Elkton man held on arson charges in fire at Bel Air store

Derek Wesley Hall, 33, of the first block of Rivermist Drive in Elkton has been charged in a string of three recent fires at Home Depot stores in Edgewood, Bel Air and Christiana, Del., said Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo.


Fire officials are also investigating whether Hall could be connected to four other Home Depot fires in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties since May, one of which caused $100,000 in damage at a Glen Burnie store Aug. 13.

Hall had worked for Home Depot as a loss prevention manager until March, Zurolo said, when he was dismissed.


Hall is being held in the Cecil County Detention Center, awaiting extradition to Delaware, Zurolo said.

White Hall teen dies in crash on Route 152

A White Hall teen-ager was pronounced dead early Thursday after he lost control of his car on a curve near Jarrettsville, state police said.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 1990 Acura Integra driven by David A. Svec, 19, of the 2600 block of Openshaw Road was headed north on Route 152 when it passed a state trooper, who clocked its speed at 95 mph, said state police spokesman Maj. Greg Shipley.

The car ran off the highway minutes later at Jarrettsville Road and caught fire after it struck a telephone pole, Shipley said. Harford sheriff's deputies and the trooper freed the driver, who was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 5:25 a.m. Thursday, Shipley said. No one else was in the car at the time of the incident, he said.

3 area skaters win medals at State Games of America

Three skaters from Ice World in Abingdon brought home a total of six medals from the recent State Games of America in Hartford, Conn.

Heather Birschbach, figure skating director at Ice World, competed in the Senior Ladies Freestyle and won a silver medal.


Samantha Rochester, daughter of Rose and Jerry Rochester of Bel Air, won a silver medal in Basic Graduate Level Freestyle and a gold medal in Basic Graduate Compulsories.

Krysta Watts, daughter of Patricia Tylee of Fawn Grove, Pa., collected silver medals in compulsories and footwork categories and a gold medal in her freestyle program.

All three skaters were invited to compete after winning medals in their respective State Games.

Birschbach recently moved to Bel Air from Fond du Lac, Wis., and represented her home state. Rochester represented Maryland, and Watts represented Pennsylvania.

More than 5,000 athletes from 43 states competed in 15 sports including figure skating and ice hockey.

Attorney general takes complaints about club


Consumers who owned memberships in a Shapes Fitness for Women health club in Edgewood, which closed last month, and are concerned about automatic payments that they had authorized to the club can file complaints with the Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.

The health club operated at 1906 Pulaski Highway.

Consumers can call the division at 410-576-6530, or send an e-mail with name, address and telephone number to consum The division will send the consumers a letter describing how to file a complaint and how to stop automatic payments.

About 12 complaints have been received, the attorney general's office reported.

Proving ground plans week of training exercises

Aberdeen Proving Ground will conduct training exercises tomorrow though Friday.


Day and night exercises are scheduled. Activities can include weapons firing and use of multiple aircraft and watercraft.

Area residents and boaters in the surrounding waters may experience noise from weapons firing and aircraft, and illumination devices may create flashes of light visible off the post, a proving ground spokesman said.

College of Notre Dame honors 16 Harford students

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland has named 16 Harford County residents to the dean's list for the spring semester. They are:

Aberdeen: Ebony Smith '06.

Abingdon: Natalie Massoni '04.


Bel Air: Dianna Abramowski '06, Tracy Christ-Callahan '05, Rachel Estremer '04, Roberta Fleming '06, Heather Moore '05, Amber Moxey '04 and Sarah Smith '05.

Edgewood: Jennifer Meyer '03.

Fallston: Amber Andrzejewski '04.

Forest Hill: Corinne Greenwood '04, Zenobia Johnson '03, Jennifer Kelly '03, Sarah Puls '05.

Street: Jennifer Howard '03.

The dean's list honors students with a minimum 3.5 semester grade point average who also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.


Rotary plans golf match to help Boys & Girls Clubs

The Rotary Club of Aberdeen will sponsor its 13th annual benefit golf tournament Sept. 8 at the Swan Creek Country Club, 1 Country Club Road, Havre de Grace. The event benefits the county Boys & Girls Clubs.

Registration is at 10 a.m., with a luncheon at 11 a.m. and a tournament start at noon. The entrance fee is $125 per golfer.

Information: Kevin Ferrell, 410-836-8000.