2011 in Harford - April

A crew lowers the "Daybreak" sculpture, designed by Richard Brink, into its permanent home in Bel Air next to Route 24 and the Ma & Pa Trail in early April. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / December 29, 2011)

Arrests were made in connection with the bomb threats called into five different Harford County schools. Police arrested and charged two girls from Bel Air, a 14 and a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old Forest Hill girl with making the threats. All three girls were Bel Air High School students.

Harford County Council meetings started broadcasting live and online. The council began live, online streaming of its public council meetings. Residents can access from their personal computers by logging on to http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/videos. Residents will also be able to see archived footage from previous meetings. Other groups that will be using the new online technology include the Harford County Board of Education and the county's administrative offices.

Another teen drinking party was broken up in Jarrettsville. A woman could be facing charges after allowing underage drinking to take place in her home. This was the third underage drinking party busted by police in Harford County this year.

A shortfall in the Harford County school system budget for 2012 could result in teachers not getting their previously negotiated pay increases. The budget also did not include any pay raises or cost-of-living increases for county employees for the third successive year.


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A county meeting was held for people that live in the area around Patterson Mill Middle High School to express their concerns about a possible building of a Super Walmart at the intersection of Route 924 and Plumtree Road. The residents who spoke at that meeting were mostly concerned about the increased traffic in an already heavily traveled area of the county.

Ravens fans flocked to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen to get autographs from various Baltimore Ravens players to help raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. Baltimore Ravens who attended included: Joe Flacco, Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Chris Carr, Brandon McKinney, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Haruki Nakamura, Lamar Divens, as well as former Raven Qadry Ismail. Many in the crowd walked away without getting the meet and greet they expected. The event, which was scheduled from noon until 3, saw most of the popular players leaving before 3. This left many fans without coveted autographs they believed they had paid to receive.

The 24-hour CVS pharmacy in Bel Air on Route 22 was robbed at gunpoint. Police were still looking for the suspect who was described as a white man, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 160 pounds. The robber jumped over the counter in the pharmacy section and pointed a handgun at the pharmacist at about 3:45 a.m. The pharmacist then handed over an unknown quantity of prescription drugs. No one was injured and the store reopened at 10 a.m.

The Harford County Council voted to extend water and sewer service in a Fallston commercial district. The area encompasses Route 1 between Reckord and Joppa roads and includes the area planned for the Aumar Village at Routes 1 and 152.

The "Daybreak" sculpture, designed by Richard Brink, was put into its permanent location on the Ma & Pa trail along Route 24 and the Bypass.

We looked back on the 150 year anniversary of the War Between the States. There were plenty of divided loyalties among Harford County residents of the day. Lincoln didn't get many votes in 1860, but four years later Lincoln was clearly the choice for Harford County.

North Harford High School mourned the loss of 2009 graduate Adam Thompson. Thompson was driving north on Route 1 when just south of Sandy Hook Road, he lost control of his car and hit a utility pole. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fourteen people were arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in the illegal sale of prescription drugs. The arrests were the result of a six-month Harford County Task Force investigation. The investigation involved surveillance and wiretapping. About 58 percent of drug-related deaths in Harford County within the past five years involved prescription drugs. Last year, about 80 percent of drug-related overdoses involved prescription drugs.

Harford County students had their spring vacation cut short because of the snow this past winter. Four of the other snow days will be made up at the end of the school year.

About 150 protesters turned out in Bel Air for the LiberTEA Festival. The event was hosted by the Harford Campaign for Liberty. The name LiberTEA, combines the terms Liberty and TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already). Participants in the event gave speeches and put on skits to present their view on the state of the country. The Bel Air rally took place on the day federal and state income taxes were due.

Two bodies were discovered in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam. One body was identified as that of missing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, who had been missing from Baltimore since December. The second body had yet to be identified. Police found no clear connection between the two bodies.

Students from Emmorton Elementary School won first place in the Maryland level of the Earth Day Disney Planet Challenge. The fourth-grade class developed a schoolwide composting program titled, "From Lunch to a Better Planet." The teachers involved won cash prizes and the students won several Disney items, including DVDs, CDs, lunch boxes and more. Each student also received a first place certificate.

Capt. Charles Ridgley Jr., of Aberdeen, was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Capt. Ridgley had 20 years of service in the military.

Two veteran Harford County high school principals lost their jobs. Aberdeen High Principal Thomas Szerensits and Joppatowne High School Principal Macon Tucker, Jr. are expected to retire at the end of the current school year. Superintendent Robert Tomback met with Szerensits and Tucker and asked them to either retire or accept reassignments.

Christian Slattery, a vocal music teacher at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School, is honored as Harford County's Teacher of the Year.