August: Cal and Irene are big, but nothing tops a quake

Three 17-year-old boys accused of armed robbery in Aberdeen were charged as adults. Devonte Vanhook, Wesley Moore and Deshaun Moore were accused of robbing two males of a cell phone in late July.

Rachel Ann Hicks, 37, of Lake Forest, Cal., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old Bel Air boy she met online. The boy was raped while they were playing X-Box Live in September 2010.

Some members of the Harford County Council said they were not eager to move back into the Black Box building after it was officially deemed safe. County Council President Billy Boniface said he "would just as soon stay" in the building at 18 Office St. where they had been temporarily relocated.

A library was cut from the plan to build a Churchville recreation center. The site plan included a 20,000-square-foot center and several athletic fields, but a branch of the Harford County Public Library was postponed.

The Harford County Board of Education considered expanding its definition of "gang" and adding procedures for reporting and investigating gang activity.

The Cal Ripken World Series kicked off its 12th year, and its ninth in Aberdeen, at the Ripken Baseball Academy. The five-day-long event included 16 teams, six from the United States and six from foreign countries. In the championship, Japan beat Lexington, Ky., 7-0, to take the series title.

An employee of a tree-cutting service, Elmer A. Galdamez, 24, of Glen Burnie, was killed while trimming a tree on a steep hill in Forest Hill. More than 50 rescue personnel worked for more than four hours to extricate him after he was trapped 30 feet in the air.

Bel Air's town commissioners accepted one of two easements needed to make the block-long Western Alley, at the edge of Howard Park, into a wider street.

Lincoln High, 17, of Bel Air, was killed while hiking with a friend at Bushkill Falls in Pike County, Pa. He was a recent Harford Tech graduate.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs accused state government of dragging its feet on the BRAC process. She told the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on BRAC that Harford County's infrastructure and education-related needs have gone unmet.

Forest Hill residents came out to a BGE open house after many suffered extended outages during the summer. Company representatives were on hand to answer their questions.

A Forest Hill resident was killed during one of three fires reported during a thunderstorm. One firefighter was also taken to a hospital in that fire with a non-life-threatening injury.

The Bel Air Recreation Council canceled the 2011 football season of the Bel Air Terps 12U Red after two adults fought during a scrimmage. More bad behavior was also reported from adults after they learned the season was in danger of being canceled.

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, around 2 p.m., buildings shook and widows rattled throughout Harford County as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia rocked much of the Northeast. No major damage was reported locally, but the 9-1-1 Center was overwhelmed with calls, as were cell phone networks.

Hurricane Irene downed trees and left tens of thousands of people without power after dumping about 5 inches of rain across Harford County. About 101,000 people were without power at some point during the storm.

The state board of elections disputed Harford County Board of Elections' claim to have 150,000 registered voters, which would have qualified Harford for an additional early-voting site.

Red Pump Elementary School officially opened its doors, with young students "pumped" about being in a brand-new school.

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was marked in Bel Air with a flag ceremony in front of the county building at 220 South Main St. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated commemorative flags to the county and three municipalities in honor of the occasion.

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