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.
December 30, 2012
A teen allegedly killed his father at a Bel Air home on Moores Mill Road and was captured after a car chase when he crashed near a church.
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...
April 19, 2012
Two brothers and their sister were killed in a three-vehicle accident near Bel Air. Two others were hurt while another two went uninjured.
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...
March 11, 2012
Lead by junior center Bri Jones, the Aberdeen Eagles win the schools first Class 3A state basketball championship.
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...
May 21, 2012
Tanks and other artillery fired away at wooden targets on Saturday at Aberdeen Proving Ground's live fire demonstration. An Abrams Tank, Stryker Mobile Gun System and MATV were among the fighting equipment used.
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...
June 2, 2012
Scenes and eyewitness descriptions of damage from what is suspected to be confirmed as a tornado that touched down in Fallston on June 1.
June 6, 2012
During a protest held Wednesday, Bel Air 3rd grade teacher Jessica Manns talks about her commitment to being the best teacher she can be, and how she expects Harford County to show the same level of commitment.
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...
July 4, 2012
Bel Air celebrated Independence Day on Wednesday with a slew of fun events, including a frog jumping contest, turtle races, a bicycle rodeo, "Uncle Sam Says" and a watermelon eating contest.
July 27, 2012
The Miss Harford County Farm Bureau contest was held Thursday at the 25th annual county Farm Fair in Bel Air. One of the three girls here won the title.
July 27, 2012
Aberdeen police continue their search for the suspect who abducted Vi Ripken and returned her unharmed.
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...
September 4, 2012
Two surveillance video clips from the Denny's in Edgewood in July and August show what police believe to be the same suspect, who may have had a role in a fire that burned down the restaurant.
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...
September 19, 2012
Harford County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Ian Loughran was laid to rest at a funeral service on Wednesday.
September 27, 2012
Valerie Waudby said she has seen a "white" deer near her home on Laurel Brook Road for the past several weeks and sent in a video of the animal.
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.
October 11, 2012
Forty-five people showed up Thursday evening to, again, protest the move of a Walmart to a busy road in Bel Air. Protestors described it as being a "nightmare."
October 29, 2012
Scenes from the Zombie Run at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington.
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...
November 23, 2012
Tyler Anderson, Shawn Ponton and Alexzandria McDowell died in an accident November 17 in Street, Maryland. Theresa Owensby and David Clark were critically injured in the wreck.
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.
December 3, 2012
This home on Corinthian Court in Bel Air features decorative Christmas lights with a special feature - it can "dance" to music. This video shows it synced with one of the year's biggest hits, "Call Me Maybe."
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.