June: Cannibalism case a shocker; bear tales a welcome relief

Alexander Kinyua, an electrical engineering student at Morgan State University, was charged with the first-degree murder of his roommate 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie. Kinyua allegedly hadn't just killed the man, but also had eaten his heart and portions of his brain. The victim's severed head and hands were found in the men's Joppa home. Additional remains were found in a nearby church's trash container. Kinyua was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and assault and had been sent to a Maryland state mental hospital.

Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Aberdeen was being targeted by vandals. A total of 28 gravestones were toppled over during a brief period. One of the gravestones knocked over is that of the late state senator and state treasurer William S. James. The stone of his wife, Margaret Higinbothom James, was also toppled from its base. The vandalism seemed to be random and specific gravestones did not appear to be targeted.

A black bear was sighted wandering in Harford County. On of the first sighting locations was Montreal Drive, in the Carsins Run area west of Aberdeen. The bear was described as 2-3 years old, 250-300 pounds and approximately six feet tall. The Department of Natural Resources was notified of the sightings, but would only respond if the bear was acting aggressively.

The Harford County Council was approved to move back to the "Black Box" building at 212 S. Bond St. in Bel Air. Council members said they did not know when the move might happen, but hoped to return to their original location by the beginning of summer.

Cal and Billy Ripken announced that they will use their own concession service - Double Play Dining – at Ripken Stadium. The switch to an in-house dining system coincided with the Aberdeen IronBirds' 10th anniversary season. The new concessions were ready for the IronBirds home opener.

An F1 tornado tore through Harford County in Fallston. The storm's winds blew up to 100 mph and caused an estimated $1 million in damage. Damages were reported on Belair Road, Old Joppa Road and on Whitaker Mill Road.

Nearly 3,000 Harford County students graduated from the local public and private schools.

Plans are in the works to build a new hospital and medical center at the Route 155 and I-95 interchange in Havre de Grace.

A new 45-acre regional sports complex is being built on Schucks Road in Campus Hills. The project includes construction of five baseball diamonds, a soccer/lacrosse field, an entry drive, pre-engineered bridge, a pre-fabricated building for electrical equipment, asphalt paving, parking lot lights, fencing, bio-retention areas, turf installation and grass and plantings. A future indoor recreation center is planned for construction in fiscal year 2021.

Harford County officials unveiled the expansion of the Abingdon Water Treatment plant which will double the plant's current capacity of processing 10 million gallons of water daily to their 43,000 customers.

A film crew for the Netflix series "House of Cards" was setting up shop in areas in and around Havre de Grace. The film crew would cast union and non-union extras from their open casting calls held this month. The filming was expected to bring much needed revenue to the area.

Bel Air's annual July 4th parade will follow Main Street from beginning to end without its usual turn on Baltimore Pike to Kenmore Avenue. The 4th of July Committee thought that the alternate route was better for the spectators, parade participants and for the volunteers running the parade.

Harford County Public Schools announced it had reached a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union. The teachers would get their raises but the school budget would need to cut 73 positions. The agreement would give teachers and guidance counselors a 1 percent cost of living raise next school year, plus a step increment raise for those who are eligible and a longevity increment for others.

Four APG employees were indicted by a federal grand jury, charged with stealing aluminum and copper that they had access to on the military installation as part of their jobs. The employees were charged with conspiracy to steal and theft of government property, specifically more than $87,000 worth of copper wire.

Gus's Deli Mart on Route 1 in Bel Air abruptly closes its doors. The convenience store was in the shopping center with Looney's Pub for two years. The store posted a message on its Facebook page reading: "We are sorry to announce that Gus's Deli Mart is now closed and will not be re-opening."

Benjamin Boniface, son of Harford County Council President Billy Boniface, was killed when his pickup crashed in the early morning hours on his family's farm. Boniface was driving a 1994 Ford pickup along a private farm lane when the accident occurred. Deputies "believed that the driver lost control of his vehicle when he failed to negotiate a curve," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The vehicle left the roadway and struck a fence. Parts of the fence went through the windshield causing trauma to the driver."

The hourly parking rate in the Town of Bel Air doubled to 50 cents an hour. Metered fees for the parking garage were 25 cents per hour but were approved at 50 cents per hour after a public hearing. The change affects all meters on town streets, in the municipal parking garage and on town parking lots.

Bel Air's David Cohen, owner and operator of Hirsch's Men's Clothing Store, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 94. Cohen owned Hirsch's Men's Clothing Store on Main Street in Bel Air since the 1940s, after his father-in-law Benjamin Hirsch, the store's founder, died and he took over the business. When Cohen decided it was time to retire, he closed his business in 2007. Hirsch's would be remembered as a place where high schoolers could get their prom suits, men had their tuxes altered for their weddings and police and firemen got their uniforms since 1924, when Hirsch's opened.

Three members of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company were suspended and one member was demoted after a suggestion on a member's Facebook page that they should start a dumpster fire at the Bel Air Sonic Restaurant. The inappropriate comments began when a member complained about not receiving a discount that was available to the military and law enforcement at the Sonic Restaurant.

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