As years go, 2012 in Harford County will be remembered for both the predictable and the not-so predictable and, perhaps, for more than a few stories many of us would just as soon forget. In the end, we also survived the predicted end of the world on Dec. 21. And so, after 12 months and 104 more issues of The Aegis, it's time to bid adieu to 2012 and prepare to welcome 2013 by looking back at the journey just completed.
7:39 PM EST, December 27, 2012
The year began with the first baby of 2012 as Aa'Liyah Hope was born to mom Charity Davis. The new bundle of joy came into this world at 7:44 a.m. at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. Baby Aa'Liyah, who was a month premature, weighed in at 5 pounds 4 ounces.
7:48 PM EST, December 27, 2012
In the first of too many accidents with multiple fatalities, three Fallston siblings were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Route 543 in Bel Air. Ashley, 24, David, 29, and Joseph Bauguess, 17, were all pronounced dead at the scene. The siblings were traveling south on Route 543 about a half...
8:01 PM EST, December 27, 2012
A smoking ban went into effect at the start of 2012 for all properties owned or leased by the Harford County government, with one exception, the Circuit Courthouse on Bel Air's Main Street. There would still be a designated smoking area away from building entrances and at least 25 feet away from the...
1:56 AM EST, December 28, 2012
The title of Teacher of the Year for Harford County was given to Christina O'Neill, Bel Air Middle School language arts teacher. O'Neill was chosen from the more than 3,200 teachers in the county.
9:08 PM EST, December 27, 2012
A Cecil County man, James Young Starcher, was charged in connection with five bank robberies committed in the previous two months. The sheriff's office charged Starcher in connection with a Cecil Bank robbery in the 1600 block of Pulaski Highway and with the Havre de Grace branch of the Aberdeen...
9:18 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Alexander Kinyua, an electrical engineering student at Morgan State University, was charged with the first-degree murder of his roommate 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie. Kinyua allegedly hadn't just killed the man, but also had eaten his heart and portions of his brain. The victim's severed...
9:29 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Vi Ripken, the mother of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., was abducted from outside of her home. She was tied up and put in the back seat of her car and driven all around Central Maryland. She was later found with her hands bound but unharmed in her car parked a few houses away from her...
9:35 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Harford County Executive David Craig said he will do what he can to work with Walmart and avoid having a Supercenter built on Plumtree Road in Bel Air. In a statement Craig said: "I have serious concerns regarding the proposed construction of a Walmart at the site discussed. It is in my opinion...
9:42 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Deputy Cpl. Charles B. Licato, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office was killed in a single vehicle accident near Darlington. Black bunting adorned the three Harford County Sheriff's Office buildings in Bel Air, Edgewood and Jarrettsville. Harford County Executive David Craig ordered that all...
9:49 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Harford County Executive David Craig announces a plan to give almost 2,000 county employees a 4 percent pay raise. This would be their first pay raise increase in four years. The proposal is set to be introduced to an upcoming meeting of the Harford County Council.
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...
11:09 PM EST, December 27, 2012
North Harford High girls varsity basketball coach Lin James got her 600th career win, a 61-32 home victory over Harford Christian.
8:31 AM EST, December 28, 2012
Each year we shoot thousands of photos that grace the pages of our publications. We have chosen a few of our favorites from the past 12 months showing the tragedy and triumph in and around Harford County.