June: Math, science and baseball are hits in Harford

Bel Air High School's biomedical program had its first graduates in June. The magnet program was implemented in the 2007-2008 school year as part of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. In all, 31 students graduated from the program.

The Aberdeen IronBirds announced they had hired former Baltimore Oriole Leo Gomez as their new manager.

The plane that was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009 passed through Harford and Cecil counties the first week of the month on its way to a North Carolina museum.

Three local athletes had a great month when they were selected by Major League teams in the MLB 2011 amateur draft. The Baltimore Orioles picked up Kevin Hockaday and Brendan Butler, teammates at John Carroll, while the Los Angeles Dodgers picked Fallston alum Mike Thomas.

June wasn't all good news for Harford. On June 20, the county was added to the national list of high intensity drug trafficking areas by the office of national drug control policy. The designation acknowledged Harford's increasing problem with drug crimes, which is tied to the county's close proximity to the I-95 corridor between New York and Baltimore.

Patterson Mill, C. Milton Wright and Bel Air high schools all placed on the Washington Post's 2011 America's Top High Schools list. The annual list grades the country's public high schools based on how effectively they prepare their students for college. Of the 1,904 schools graded nationwide, Patterson Mill placed at 1,212. C. Milton Wright placed at 1,370 and Bel Air at 1,667.

Kingsville caricature artist Rick Wright was invited to Vice President Joe Biden's annual "beach party" on June 11 to do what he does best — draw. Wright did caricatures of everyone present at the event at the vice presidential mansion in Washington, D.C. Wright was allowed, however, to keep his drawing of Biden.

Forest Hill resident Anthony Eugene Robinson, twice convicted of sex crimes, was sentenced late in the month to two consecutive life terms for the violent sexual assault of an Aberdeen woman. Robinson, 46, was indicted in July 2010 on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, two counts of third-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and kidnapping. He is serving a life sentence for each count of third-degree sex offense, plus 25 years without parole for kidnapping.

Mark Allen Heil was sentenced June 30 to more than 13 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography and attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a 9-year-old boy. The Bel Air man, who was once affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, will serve 164 months in jail for attempted enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography. He was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised probation upon his release and to register as a sex offender.

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