New year begins with unexpected snowfall [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Jan. 5, 1989:

The new year came in with a bang 25 years ago, with a snowfall on New Year's Day and hurricane-like winds a few days later. The first measurable snowfall of the winter was enough for a group of Forest Hill children to make a pretty big snowman, but the white stuff didn't last long, with temperatures in the upper 40s the next day.

The snow didn't stop 14 "die-hard runners" from taking to the roads New Year's Day for the RASAC St. Mary's Six Mile, where running conditions were slow, not treacherous, despite a snow-emergency plan in effect.

"If wasn't bad if you stayed off the tire tracks," said Edgewood's Greg Thompson, who trained and ran in all kinds of weather. He won over the 5.88 mile course through the snow, which was still coming down.

On Williams Street in Bel Air, a man was using his chain saw to cut branches knocked down by the winds that damaged power lines and left many residents without power.

The first baby of 1989 was Arthur Allen Pollock, born at Harford Memorial Hospital at 12:11 a.m. on Jan. 1 to Shirley and Arthur Pollock, of North East, in Cecil County. The 8 pound, 7-ounce baby was delivered by Dr. Leo Bellantoni.

A countywide police force with an appointed chief, rather than a sheriff elected to lead the county's top law enforcement agency, was on the table in Harford County 25 years ago.

Just a few days before Christmas, the Harford Citizens Task Force on Policing, assembled by Harford County Executive Habern Freeman in March 1987, supported a recommendation made by The Police Executive Research Forum, a consulting group of "police professionals" hired to study the 221-member sheriff's department. Were the county to move to a police force, the role of sheriff would be diminished to supervision of deputies who performed civil duties and those who operated the detention center.

It was unclear what changes would come from the group's recommendation.

At the beginning of 1988, Freeman said he wanted to fine-tune the government over the next 12 months. As 1989 started, the county executive looked back and said "we did a lot more than that."

He said he expected the county's financial position to be as good, if not better than, the year before. The county finished FY1987-1988 with a $20 million surplus.

The biggest challenge in 1989? Comprehensive rezoning, which Freeman said had the makings to be "a real war."

Four men suspected in a murder in Maine were caught and arrested in Perryville in Cecil County 25 years ago by Maryland State Police, who were monitoring I-95.

The four men were spotted driving on I-95; a trooper at the JFK Barrack estimated how long it would take to get to Maryland if they stuck to the interstate, and spotted the car in the area. He and other troopers pulled them over and in the trunk found a double-barreled shotgun, believed to be the murder weapon, in the trunk.

The new, 23,000-square-foot post office in Bel Air wasn't going to be ready for its Jan. 17 scheduled opening. Because of "minor structural changes," the $3.5 million facility behind Harford Mall wasn't going to be ready until mid-February.

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