Fallston woman recovering from 'suspicious' injury [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Sept. 22, 1988:

An elderly Fallston woman was recovering 25 years ago this week after being injured by some sort of projectile while sleeping in her home, and police were trying to determine if it was a bullet, and if it was who fired it.

The 76-year-old suffered from a "suspicious injury," and police couldn't say if it was intentional or accidental, but the projectile had been sent to a lab to determine what it was.

Police said the woman's home health care nurse arrived at the house and found the elderly resident had been shot.

An estimated 20 Harford fundamentalist ministers said they would go to jail before they would comply with new state laws licensing child care facilities that went into effect July 1.

The new laws, which established that church nurseries that meet more than once a week and other church pre-kindergarten programs be licensed by the state.

The same ministers, however, said they would agree to a compromise suggested by a Harford senator to form a delegation to meet with Maryland government officials to see if there was a solution short of "civil disobedience."

A New Jersey man was shot 18 times during a shoot-out with police at an I-95 service center near Aberdeen 25 years ago this week. He allegedly stole a car in Cecil County then took a hostage at the Maryland House.

The shootout happened after the hostage, an Elkton man, broke free from the "frantic" person who was wielding a sawed-off shotgun, periodically firing at police. Police shot back, with six of more than a dozen state police troopers on the scene firing 60 rounds. The gunman, who was at shock trauma, was charged with assault with intent to murder and various other charges.

A couple hired by Harford County Public Schools over the summer to be teachers in Harford County Public schools were the in-laws of the new superintendent, Ray Keech.

Stewart Vanderpool, the brother of Keech's wife, was hired at Churchville Elementary, while his wife, Marilyn, was assigned to Hillsdale Elementary in Aberdeen; she was filling a position left empty when the former teacher went on maternity leave.

Typically such a replacement is hired as a long-term substitute with lower play and no benefits, but Marilyn Vanderpool was hired full-time at full pay with benefits, and would be reassigned when the teacher returned from maternity leave.

Fire officials were afraid 25 years ago this week someone was setting barns on fire in northern Harford and southern Pennsylvania. This week, a barn on Chrome Hill Road in Jarrettsville burned, the same farm where another barn burned three weeks earlier. A week before, firefighters battled an intentionally set fire in Fawn Grove that killed eight calves.

An 80,000-square-foot strip shopping center was being planned for the last parcel of land in central Bel Air, on the former Deaton property.

While numbers were not officially disclosed, sources said McGill Development Company of Columbia paid $3.4 million for the 8-acre parcel, or $425,000 per acre.

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