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Motorcycle ride to remember recently deceased Harford police officers

BY HAFIZ RASHID, Special to The Aegis

7:28 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

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A motorcycle ride to honor and remember recently deceased Harford County law enforcement officers and to benefit their families is being planned for early next month.

Brad Lankford, controller of Chesapeake Harley-Davidson in Darlington, announced at the Darlington/Dublin Community Council Meeting Wednesday night that the dealership would be holding the memorial ride on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The ride will start at 10 a.m. at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, and will end at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson in Darlington at approximately noon. The ride is open to motorcycles, cars and trucks, with a $20 fee for drivers and a $10 fee for passengers.

Chick-fil-A of Abingdon will provide breakfast for the event and lunch will be provided by Galvinell Meat Company of Rising Sun, Lankford said.

Lankford said he hoped to have at 200 riders participating in the event, and that local sponsors were still needed.

All proceeds from the event will go to the families of Officer Charles Armetta and Detective Mark Franklin of the Aberdeen Police Department and Sergeant Ian Loughran, Corporal Charles Licato and former Sheriff Ted Moyer of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, all who passed away in September.

Before announcing the ride, Lankford apologized for earlier incidents involving the dealership that caused friction with Darlington residents. He said that precautions have since been taken, including the installation of a sound meter to keep noise levels down and lowering the intensity of lighting around the dealership on Conowingo Road.

The Darlington/Dublin Community Council meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Conowingo Visitors Center in Darlington. This month's meeting was held at the Darlington Fire Hall in a town hall format that the community council holds twice a year.

Harford County Executive David Craig was scheduled to be the main speaker at Wednesday's meeting, but was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict, according to his aides.

Craig had planned to make a brief stop at the Republican Central Committee's meeting one floor down from his office in Bel Air, but the county executive ended up staying at that meeting longer than he planned, Bob Thomas, the county executive's spokesman, said Thursday.