BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, email@example.com
9:44 AM EST, December 30, 2011
Former Fallston Psychologist David Wayne Schrumpf, 56, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexually abusing three girls in his care. Although in his plea agreement, Schrumpf agreed to six years, Harford Circuit Judge Maurice Baldwin modified the sentence to 18 months because of a heart condition.
The newest public school, Red Pump Elementary School, was dedicated by school and elected officials.
Harford County came closer to acquiring 110 acres of property along Route 24 and Abingdon. Plans for the land include a park and arts center.
Bel Air residents voted in two incumbents, Robert Reier and Edward Hopkins, in the town election, as well as newcomer Susan Burdette. Incumbent Terence Hanley, with the fewest votes, was not returned to the town board.
The Bel Air Town Commissioners later voted for Hopkins to be the new chairman, also known as the mayor, and Reier as the vice-chair.
Aberdeen voters re-elected incumbent Mayor Mike Bennett as well as the four unopposed city council members, Bennett winning by just 25 votes over challenger Patrick McGrady.
A 21-year-old man died in a car accident between Churchville and Aberdeen. Joshua John Hanna graduated from Harford Tech in 2008 and had been working as a molding technician.
Harford County council members voted against a gas station bill that would have made it easier for current stations to upgrade their tanks and fuel storage equipment by allowing them to bypass the board of appeals process in certain situations. The bills sponsors, Councilmen Richard Slutzky and Jim McMahan, were the only ones to vote for the bill.
A C. Milton Wright senior was honored as a Heisman finalist. Danielle King, 18, was announced as one of 12 national finalists for the 2011 Wendy's High School Heisman award for students who do well in academics, athletics and their community.
Harford County's volunteer fire and ambulance companies agreed to disclose certain financial information and bond their officers to continue to receive financial support from the county government. All 12 signed County Executive David Craig's mandate.
Police announced that five armed robberies in Harford, Baltimore and Cecil counties in a week were all related. One man was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, as well as Perryville, Overlea and at the Maryland House. Michael Ray Malpass, 26, of nearby Charlestown in Cecil County, was charged in connection with all five robberies, but died while in the Harford County Detention Center. His cause of death still has not been determined.
Del. Rick Impallaria suggested that Wegman's be taxed for calling itself "Wegman's of Bel Air," when the store is in Abingdon. The comments were made at a meeting between the Harford delegation to the General Assembly and local officials.
Occupy Movement protesters marching from Wall Street in New York to Washington, D.C. traveled along Route 40 in Harford County. The marchers spent the night in Havre de Grace and Joppatowne while on their journey to D.C.
A 17-year-old Joppa teenager was selected to play in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sam Winnie, a senior at the Math and Science Academy at Aberdeen High School, was chosen to play his bass trombone along with more than 200 other students nationwide to perform in the Macy's Great American Marching Band.
An Edgewood man died following a home invasion at a neighbor's home. The death of Joseph Augustine Breckenridge, 53, who entered an unlocked home in the 2000 block of Rockwell Street, remains under investigation. Breckenridge struggled with one of the home's residents before his death.
A county official announced that the Kohl's warehouse in Edgewood would be expanding by June 2012. Economic Development Director Jim Richardson said the distribution center is expected to grow by another 400,000 square feet to 1 million square feet.
Harford County government announced a plan to impose a smoking ban on all properties it owns or leases. The smoking ban would include all indoor and outdoor parks, as well as recreation facilities, and is expected to take effect on Jan. 1.