February: A horrific crash kills three siblings

In the first of too many accidents with multiple fatalities, three Fallston siblings were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Route 543 in Bel Air. Ashley, 24, David, 29, and Joseph Bauguess, 17, were all pronounced dead at the scene. The siblings were traveling south on Route 543 about a half mile south of Wheel Road when they crossed the double yellow center line.

When the Bauguess vehicle crossed the center line it was sideswiped by a car heading north on Route 543 and began to spin when it was hit by another car heading north. The second impact split the car carrying the siblings in half, one half was on the road and the other half was over the guardrail in a wooded area.

Harford County was up in arms over Governor O'Malley's proposed increase to the gasoline prices with the addition of Maryland's 6 percent sales tax. This proposal would add an additional 18 cents or more per gallon at the pump. If the Governor's proposal passes Maryland would become the eighth state in the country to impose a sales tax on gasoline.

HCC reveals that its new Susquehanna Center will be named APG Federal Credit Union Arena. The Arena will house three HCC athletic teams, as well as host community and regional events, commencement ceremonies, concerts, fundraisers, conferences, trade shows and other special events. The new Arena is set to be completed by the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Harford County Public Schools reached a tentative settlement with the teacher's union, HCEA, in regards to teachers receiving a bonus payment. The county's teachers will receive a one-time, $625 bonus payment provided the amendment to the teachers' contract is approved by the union members. The county teacher's union and the Harford County Board of Education both approved the one-time $625 bonus for teachers.

The Harford County Council approved legislation increasing water and sewer user rates. The new rates take effect in July.

A town hall meeting was held in the Abingdon Library by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane. His message was that the biggest crime problems in Harford County are drug related. The most common source of drugs in the county comes from prescription drugs. Despite the new drug crimes in the country, overall crime was down in Harford County.

More than $100,000 worth of top-shelf liquor was stolen from various liquor stores in Harford County. 31-year-old Kyle Brown of Anne Arundel County was arrested and held at the Harford County Detention Center. The thefts occurred over a three year period. Police believe that Brown had committed thefts in several states, some as far north as Connecticut.

Harford County celebrated the first day of February with a day where the temperatures climbed to almost 70 degrees.

C. Milton Wright Varsity Cheerleading Team won first place in the Harford County 2012 Winter Cheerleading competition.

The BB&T Branch in Upper Cross Roads at the corner of Routes 165 and 152 was robbed early one February morning. The suspect, Julius Montgomery, 30, was taken into custody a short time later and charged with robbery and theft. Montgomery was found at a vehicle crash site in Baltimore County with dye on his hands.

Charles Edwin "Bunk" Grimmel, Sr., received a first-time award honoring his 70 years of active service to the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company. Grimmel was a top responder for 60 years and his service dated back to 1941.

Harford County Public School Superintendent Robert Tomback announced that two public schools may be getting more support in regards to funding of the AP tests. The school system expects to get grant funding that could help with offering AP tests at no cost to students. Tomback would not name which two schools would get the funding at this time.

A taxicab driver was stabbed and robbed in the Bel Air Route 543 area. The driver, Robert Donley of Aberdeen, was assaulted by a fare who demanded money after he was picked up. The assailant fled the scene after stabbing Donley in the upper torso.

Change will be forthcoming at the Route 40 and Route 715 interchange. When construction is completed the bridge over Route 40 will be widened and the road will be four lanes in each direction from the Route 40 interchange to Old Philadelphia Road. Three lanes on the Route 715 bridge will be created in each direction, the ramp to Route 715 will be widened and relocated to provide a new ramp northbound, the route 715-Old Philadelphia Road intersection will be improved and there will be a new traffic signal southbound on Route 715 to eastbound 40. The project should be completed by summer of 2013.

The Intractable Pain Clinic in Fallston closed its doors suddenly. The clinic's primary doctor, Rakesh Mathur, was charged with "improper prescribing practices" by the Maryland State Board of Physicians and had his license suspended.

The Harford Tech Varsity Cheerleaders won the Maryland State High School Championship. This was the first state cheer title for the Cobras.

In sports, the C. Milton Wright girls and boys swim teams won the Harford County championship. The Fallston Cougars wrestling team won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Tournament. John Carroll Boys Basketball won the MIAA "A" Conference Tournament and the John Carroll Girls Basketball team won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "B" Conference Championship. The Aberdeen girls basketball team won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title. The Edgewood boys basketball team also won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title.

A pedestrian was killed on Route 755, Edgewood Road. Ramiro Mejia stepped off the curb and into the path of a 2012 Ford Escape. The Ford was traveling north on Edgewood Road when Mejia stepped off the curb and was struck by the car. There isn't a crosswalk at that location, but there was a controlled intersection nearby. Mejia was transported by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

JC Penney announced that it will build a store at the Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon. The 85,775 square foot building is expected to be ready in the fall.

Trooper Jon Sawa, of the Bel Air Barrack, was injured in a high speed chase in Joppa. He suffered minor cuts and bruises as a result of the crash and was treated and released form the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Sawa tried to stop a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt on Route 152 in Fallston when the vehicle fled. The pursuit continued to Old Joppa Road where Sawa's patrol vehicle hit a wooden fence.

A Facebook page was established for the Bel Air teen who was charged with shooting his father. A fundraiser and donation account were set up to help raise money for the defense of Robert Richardson III, 16, who was charged as an adult in January with first and second degree murder. The "Free Robert (Bob) Richardson III" page had 742 likes as of Feb. 1.

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