The Upper Chesapeake Health's Ambulatory Care Center in Bel Air was renamed the Klein Ambulatory Care Center. The name change was in honor of Harford County philanthropists Shirley and Ralph Klein.
Harford County planning and zoning officials approved site plans for the new MedStar Health's medical facility near the intersection of Plumtree Road and Route 924. MedStar officials plan to build a 102,235-square-foot, three-story building on 16.27 acres behind the Walgreens store and Sonic Drive-In restaurant on Route 924.
The Harford County Board of Estimates voted to approve a new "next-generation 911 capable" system for the Department of Emergency Services backup 911 Center in Jarrettsville. The new technology would allow the backup 911 Center to tie in with the new primary 911 Center in Hickory.
Harford County teachers adopted a "work to rule" action, according to the Harford County Education Association, the local teachers union. The union took action because of a county board of education move to cut jobs, institute student activity and sports fees, consolidate bus routes and cancel a $7 million spending package for employee salary increases. The teachers who implement "work to rule" will only follow the duties spelled out in their contracts and will not volunteer for any activities outside the classroom.
A funnel cloud was spotted around Route 40 and Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen. There was no evidence the tornado touched the ground or caused any damage.
Harry L.W. Hopkins, who served as Harford County Register of Wills for 24 years, passed away. The 87-year-old Hopkins, a Bel Air resident, was the first elected register of wills in 1986. Hopkins, whose nickname was "Tombstone," was known for his sharp wit and an engaging storytelling.
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services joined social media via Facebook and Twitter to provide emergency messages to the public. The links would help provide information to Harford County citizens to keep them informed about pending hazards and emergencies.
Upper Chesapeake was found negligent in the 2010 death of a Pylesville woman and ordered to pay the family $958,258. The family of Beverly Ann Gargiulo claimed Upper Chesapeake erroneously advised Gargiulo, who they said was physically and mentally incapable of understanding the information communicated to her. The hospital never communicated the information to Gargiulo's family.
Disciplinary action was taken against five sailors after an investigation into the deaths of two divers who drowned at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The sailors, who were not named, could choose to accept the disciplinary action or reject it. If rejected, their commander could pursue a court-martial.
Alexander Kinyua, 22, pleaded guilty to charges that he killed a family friend with an ax and ate his heart in 2012. Kinyua would remain committed to a mental health facility indefinitely. Kinyua is a Joppatowne High graduate.
A 19-year-old Bel Air resident, Seth Beckman, was shot and killed by a Harford County Sheriff's deputy after numerous complaints of disorderly and combative conduct. It was believed by investigators, and the victim's family, that the young man was under the influence of some kind of drug. The shooting occurred on the BP lot at the intersection of Route 24 and Red Pump Road outside of Sharon's Shaved Ice.
Japan celebrated its third straight championship in the Cal Ripken World Series.
The "House of Cards" film crew returned to Harford County to film the show's second season. They were seen filming in Bel Air at the Liriodendron and at the Edgewood Park Apartments. The Netflix original series stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Harford County Sheriff's detectives uncovered a "full scale commercial spice manufacturing and distribution operation," according to Cristie Kahler, a Sheriff's Office spokesperson. A box truck was required to remove all the products and ingredients from the property in Forest Hill. The confiscated synthetic drug, commonly known as "spice," had an estimated street value of $2 million.
The start of the school year 2013-14 saw the addition of fees for playing sports and participating in extracurricular activities and consolidations to school bus routes. The bus changes and new fees were among a series of measures approved by the Board of Education in June to reconcile the budget for the current fiscal year. This took place after the county council declined to approve $20 million more in county aid sought by school officials.
Harford Community College broke ground on its new Darlington Hall. The facility will be the new home of Towson University in Northeastern Maryland and will house the College of Nursing & Allied Health. The building is expected to open in August 2014.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun