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January: A first baby and a case of patricide

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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.

A 16-year-old boy in Bel Air was charged with fatally shooting his father and dumping his body in a pond near Aberdeen. Robert C. Richardson III confessed to the crime and told police where to find the body. Police were alerted to a domestic violence disturbance in the Richardson home possibly involving a weapon. When they arrived at the Moores Mill Road residence, investigators found blood outside and inside the home. They then began a search for a 1991 Chevy Blazer driven by Richardson. Police spotted the vehicle which led to a chase. The chase ended with the teen crashing the car into a cinder block wall in the parking lot of Bel Air United Methodist Church. A motive was not released, but neighbors said that they had heard screams and conflicts coming from the residence for years.

An Aberdeen man was killed in an accident involving a tractor trailer at the intersection of Route 22 and Beards Hill Road. Robert Simmons, 47, of Aberdeen, had to be extricated from his vehicle and was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The tractor trailer driver was not injured in the accident.

Ring Factory Elementary School receives recognition as a Blue Ribbon School. The Blue Ribbon Schools program awards institutions around the country that have shown high achievement and/or improvement in reading and math. The school will go on to compete in the National Blue Ribbon Awards which will be announced in September by the U.S. Department of Education.

Motorists started using the E-Zpass system to cross the Thomas J. Hatem Bridge which carries Route 40 over the Susquehanna River.

A possible addition to the Boulevard at Box Hill may come with the arrival of JC Penney to Harford County. The box store would be an additional anchor to the shopping center housing Wegman's.

Fund raising was started to build an event center at Cedar Lane Regional Park. Bricks can be purchased through The Buy a Brick Campaign. The bricks would be used to form a large patio next to the grandstand and a lighted field in the center of the park. The brick program is the first major fundraiser for the center which will include offices, a possible concession stand, restrooms, and team rooms.

Pawn shops will have to wait 30 days before selling an item and will be required to keep records of their transactions for at least three years. This new law, will give law enforcement agencies a better opportunity to track stolen goods.

Harford County's delegates and senators will be working with the Maryland General Assembly on getting funding for HCC's Towson University building. The building is a partnership between HCC and Towson University and would allow students to earn bachelor's degrees from the HCC campus.

The Cal Ripken Senior Foundation announced their plan to develop a youth park to be built across from the Aberdeen branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The park will be named after Cal and Billy Ripken's mother, Vi. Ground for the park will be broken some time this year.

Sonic, a drive-through fast food chain, should be opening this spring on Route 924 near Plumtree Road. The opening of the Bel Air Sonic will add close to 100 new jobs in Harford County.

All public schools in Harford County are under 110 percent capacity. This is the first time in 20 years that there hasn't been an overcrowding problem in the county.

A faulty extension cord was to blame for the fatal fire that killed John Youngblood, 88, in his home in the Long Bar Harbor area. Youngblood died as a result of heart failure from experiencing fire and smoke conditions in his second floor bedroom.

Joe's Crab Shack opens in Abingdon. People lined up overnight to earn a free bucket of snow crabs a month for a year.

A Towson priest was arrested in Harford County at the Bush River Books & Video adult bookstore for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Numerous complaints from the Bush River Community Council caused the sheriff's office to make spot checks at adult bookstores in the Route 40 corridor. On one of those spot checks, Mark Bullock, 47, a priest at Immaculate Conception in Towson, was found naked from the waist down, sitting in a theater inside the business.

Harford fans geared up for the Baltimore Ravens road to the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately, the dream of heading to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl ended with a loss to the New England Patriots when, in the waning minutes, Lee Evans dropped what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass and Billy Cundiff missed a kick for what would have been a game-tying field goal.

Christopher Scott Kelley, 21, of Joppa, was found hanging in a cell in the Harford County Detention Center. Kelley was in the detention center for a violation of probation in a case he was charged with second-degree assault. He was transported to Upper Chesapeake and later to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he died a week later.

Three men were charged with armed robbery after an incident in Whiteford on Tabernacle Road. Adam Emery, 20, Daniel Rohlfing, 19, and Michael Wells, 19, left their victims in just their underwear and socks causing them to seek help from neighbors around 2 a.m.. The prosecutor stated that the incident started as a drug deal that ended with an assault and robbery with a handgun. The robbers were apprehended at the Wawa at the intersection of Routes 1 and 136. All three men were arrested and held at the Harford County Detention Center.

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