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Rival teens involved in shooting, assault at Bel Air Roller Rink [50 years ago]

By Robin Benjes, rbenjes@theaegis.com

10:01 AM EDT, October 14, 2013

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As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, October 17, 1963:

The Bel Air Roller Rink on Route 1 was the scene of teen gang violence. Police arrived on the scene in time to see a half dozen cars loaded with teenagers leaving the scene. At the scene was a shooting victim, a reported assault victim and broken windows on several cars and buses. The shooting victim was admitted to Harford Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound in his right side. Five youths were arrested later that evening in Aberdeen in connection with the shooting. In their car was found a sawed-off double-barreled shotgun, a knife with a seven inch blade and a pair of homemade knuckles constructed from a hard plastic hose. The officer's report indicated that several car loads of youths had driven onto the parking lot earlier that evening to stage a "rumble" with other rival teenagers. A .32 caliber revolver, fired twice, was later discovered in a ditch along Route 1.

A consultant to the Park Board of Harford County, Ellwood Allen, proposed a master plan for the county parks. Allen's specific recommendations included the development of the old County Home farm, acquiring sufficient land now for the future development of a park on Winter's Run reservoir and to develop Harford Glen more fully. The next step for the Park Board would be to get an actual budget for the master park plan.

A Baltimore teen was killed while participating in an auto cross at the Edgewood Raceway. Sharon Arthur, 17, was crushed beneath her overturned car as several hundred participants and spectators watched. Arthur was driving a 1961 Sprite Roadster east on the irregular, curving track when she failed to make a left turn and ran off the right side of the track. Arthur died of a fractured skull even though she was wearing a crash helmet.

The very first neon sign erected in Bel Air years ago was finally removed. The sign belonging to Louis Getz was removed after he closed his dry goods business. The sign removal would help with the "face lift" program in place in the Town of Bel Air.

Harford County senators won the first battle to establish a nuclear phase reactor at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved an Army plan to build a $2,174,000 reactor at APG. The reactor, if constructed at Aberdeen, would be used to test weapon systems and electronic components designed to operate in a nuclear environment. The Economic Development Commission felt the reactor would increase employment in the area.

The Aberdeen Recreation Center was officially opened. The Women's Auxiliary of Harford Memorial Hospital sponsored the fundraising event where approximately $3,500 was raised for the Center.

In an ad for Woolworth's: "You'll be haunted by our hair-raising costumes for Halloween. $1.98 for an all flame-retardant suit with all vinyl mask. For ferocious spooks, 19 cents for children's vinyl masks. Youths' novelty and animal masks, 10 cents. Wigs of all kinds, 79 cents."

In an ad: "Colt Fans, Avoid the fuss, ride the bus. Bus leaves Bel Air at 12:30 p.m. at Main & Broadway. Seats for all. For information call RE4-6138."

At the Bel Air Theatre: "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" and "Gidget Goes to Rome," starring: James Darren, Jessie Royce Landis, Cesare Danova, Danielle deMeta and introducing as Gidget, Cindy Carol.