BY ROBIN BENJES, Aegis staff
December 28, 2012
Based on the numbers of early voters, the polls were expected to be crowded on Election Day. Besides the presidential race, this year's election features a number of controversial statewide issues. There were referendum votes on same sex marriage, gambling expansion and in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants who attend Maryland state colleges.
In Republican dominated Harford, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received 58 percent of the vote to barely 40 percent for President Barack Obama. Harford voters opposed same sex marriage and gambling expansion, though both issues passed statewide.
Harford Community College opens their new 2,552-seat, $26 million arena. The APGFCU Arena will be the new home of the Owls men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. The arena was part of a an expansion project at HCC that began in the summer of 2011.
A car accident at Prospect Road and Mill Green Road in Street killed three people and seriously injured two more. Killed was the driver and two of his passengers, all of which were under the age of 22.
A road rage incident on I-95 caused two people to lose their lives. The fiery crash occurred in the northbound lanes of I-95 just south of the Route 24 overpass. An off-duty Maryland State Police Trooper was called heroic by stopping at the scene where he tried to pull the three passengers in the burning car to safety. The Trooper was treated for smoke inhalation and released.
A Glen Arm man was killed when a deer that was hit by a car going in the opposite direction, went through the truck's windshield. The victim was the middle passenger of a F650, heading west on Route 23 near the Morse Road overpass.
Plaza Ford collected donated bras in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than 1,000 bras were donated to the Bras for a Cause fundraiser. For every bra donated, $1 will go to the Upper Chesapeake's Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
Almerta Williams, an Edgewood resident, wins $2 million dollars in the largest Powerball game sponsored by the Maryland lottery to date. She purchased the ticket at Herb's Deli & Spirits in Edgewood.
A YouTube video entitled "Evil Kenevil lives in Bel Air" caught the attention of local residents. The video shows a biker in a cape and helmet, riding a motorcycle preparing for and jumping the fountain in front of the Harford County Courthouse on Main Street. Curiously, the fountain is right across the street from the Harford County Sheriff's Office headquarters.
Maryland State Police were looking for a unidentified man dressed in construction clothes that robbed the BB&T Bank on Route 1 in Fallston.
An announcement was made by the developer of the Aumar Village shopping center in Fallston about his hopes to add a recreational vehicle park to the property. The center already houses a McDonald's, CVS, Texas Roadhouse and a APG Federal Credit Union. The developer must first go before the Harford County Board of Appeals to request a special exception for the campground.
The new Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Substation at Patterson Mill, which was two decades in the making, went into service. The new station was officially dedicated by dozens of volunteers from fire companies across Harford County.
Veterans Day is celebrated at Bel Air Memorial Gardens by American Legion Harford Post 39.
The Fallston Cougars Field Hockey team won its 14th state field hockey title, beating Crisfield at the Maryland Class 1A tournament.
There was an increase in daytime burglaries in the Whiteford, Cardiff, Pylesville and Street areas of the county. Burglars were targeting prescription drugs, electronics and jewelry. They were targeting houses that were in more remote, secluded areas.
It was the 25th anniversary of the start of "the new Route 24." Construction of the 6.3-mile, four-lane stretch began Nov. 23, 1987. It was expected to take the pressure off the old two-lane Route 24, which was then renamed Route 924.
Approval was made for the salary increase of 4 percent for most Harford County employees. Raises will also go to the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Harford County Public Library employees.
The Harford County Council voted to improve the Havre de Grace High School field facilities which will include a concession stand and new toilets.
The Aberdeen IronBirds unveiled their new team logo for the 2013 season. The new logo "looks mad, looks aggressive," said Bill Ripken, co-founder and executive vice president of Ripken Baseball.
At the Fallston Community Council meeting, residents showed up to protest the possibility of an RV park being developed near the Aumar Village Shopping Center.
Two of the original Conowingo Dam cranes that have been part of the structure since its construction in 1928 are scheduled to be replaced. It will take eight to nine weeks to dismantle the cranes and replace them with three new ones.