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Man, 29, arrested in kidnap, assault of Belcamp boy, 4

Harford County sheriff's deputies arrested and charged a man Wednesday in the abduction and sexual assault last month of a 4-year-old Belcamp boy, bringing a sense of relief to anxious families in the south county community.

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Michael Wilfred Michaud, 29, of no fixed address was arrested near William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon, said State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly.

Michaud was taken into custody on suspicion of exposing himself to several schoolchildren last week, Cassilly said. During that investigation, the prosecutor said, officers noted that the suspect and his car matched descriptions from the abduction Aug. 10.

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"Uniform guys get a lot of credit for picking up on this," Cassilly said, adding that other evidence linked Michaud to the abduction case. He declined to elaborate.

Few details were available late yesterday about Michaud, who was being held at the Harford County Detention Center. He is charged with six counts of indecent exposure, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense and kidnapping, Cassilly said.

If convicted, he could face at least 40 years on the kidnapping and second-degree sex offense charges, Cassilly said.

Detention center deputy charged with unlawful sex

A Harford correctional deputy was arrested Tuesday and charged with unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate at the county's detention center in July.

Frank O. Hartman Jr., 31, who has worked at the detention center in Bel Air for 22 months, was released on his own recognizance and has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal affairs and criminal investigation, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins.

If convicted, Hartman could face a prison term of up to three years, Hopkins said.

According to charging documents, the female inmate was dispatched to a work detail in a cellblock when she was taken by a corrections officer to an unoccupied cell, where she performed a sex act with the officer.

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"This is a sad day for the office," said Sheriff R. Thomas Golding, who took over as the county's top law enforcement officer in June. "I think the agency is hurt. I don't mean hurt in the sense of damaged - I mean hurt in the sense of emotion. ... Especially the staff of the detention center. They're an outstanding group of people."

Work nears completion on Harmony Church bridge

The bridge-painting and deck-replacement project on Harmony Church Road between Glenville and Deths Ford roads in Darlington is expected to be completed this month, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau reported last week.

Next month is the target for completion of the road reconstruction effort on Windy Laurel Way between Box Hill South Parkway and Copper Ridge Road, and for the stream bank stabilization project on Patterson Mill Road between Route 924 and Wheel Road.

Work is expected to be completed in November on the Singer Road bridge reconstruction between Atkisson and Clayton roads; the bridge replacement on Turner Road between Houcks Mill and Popock roads; and the bridge repair work on Onion Road between Scott Road and Route 136.

Harkins reappoints five to aging advisory board

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Harford County Executive James M. Harkins has reappointed five members of the Advisory Board on Aging to three-year terms expiring Sept. 30, 2006. The Harford County Council is expected to consider these nominations during the council's session Tuesday.

Upon confirmation, the following five persons will again take their board seats: Dana K. Leach of Bel Air; Sylvia G. Tarnove of Edgewood; the Rev. Thomas K. Fender of Aberdeen; Judith A. Burns of Forest Hill; and Kaye K. Ramach of Bel Air.

8 appointments made to Children's Council

When the Harford County Council meets in session Tuesday, it is expected to consider two new appointments and six reappointments to the Children's Council.

Seeking first-time appointment are Linda L. Davis of Forest Hill and Lt. Mark B. Forward. The remaining candidates are current members seeking reappointment. They are Ruth A. Maiorana of Street, Brian E. McNey of Bel Air, John D. Rusinko of Timonium, Dorcey M. Berndt of Sparks, Anne M. Brown of Bel Air and Paul Lomonico of Bel Air.

Glassman named head of legislative delegation

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For the second year in a row and fourth overall, Del. Barry Glassman will serve as chairman of the county's legislative delegation to the General Assembly when the 2004 session begins Jan. 14. The Republican from District 35A received votes from six of the eight county delegates.

Del. Joanne S. Parrott, also a Republican from District 35A, was voted vice chairperson by the same count. This is her second year in that position.

The delegation's fall legislative meeting is set for Nov. 5 at Harford Community College. Glassman has also announced that he will hold a meeting early next year to discuss a possible school construction financing bill to help raise money for school construction projects.

Boys & Girls Club gets Weinberg grant

The Boys & Girls Club of Harford County recently received a three-year, $45,000-a-year grant from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation. The grant, for which the organization must raise a dollar-for-dollar match, will fund the new program "TeenTECH: Reaching & Teaching Youth Through Innovative Technology and Youth Development Programs" at the four county branches in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood and Havre de Grace.

TeenTECH will offer programs in robotics, digital arts and career development for a minimum of 188 teens. In addition, it aims to involve 400 pre-teens in related activities.

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The goal of the program is to invest "in our Clubs' technology programs, especially as the programs reach out to children and youth who need to bridge 'the digital divide,'" said George Heidlemaier, president of the Boys & Girls Club's board of directors.

Entertainment schedule set for Arts Festival

Several acts have been booked for the annual free Bel Air Festival for the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 behind Town Hall on Hickory Avenue, organizers announced last week.

The scheduled groups are: Bay City Seven (Dixieland Jazz), 10 a.m.; Members of Applause, 11:30 a.m.; Sounding Brass, noon; Upper Chesapeake Chorus, 12:45 p.m.; The Startlighters Squaredancers, 1:45 p.m.; Chuck Baker Orchestra (big band), 2:15 p.m.; Silver Eagle Cloggers, 3 p.m.; Bay Country Gentlemen, 3:30 p.m.; and Bel Air Community Band, 4:15 p.m.

About 350 artists, photographers and craftsmen plan to exhibit and sell their work at this event. Free shuttle service will be available from the Motor Vehicle Administration parking lot on Route 24.

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Ribbon-cutting planned for new road in Rising Sun

A road has been constructed connecting Route 274 to Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at Rising Sun in Cecil County.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of Manor House Drive at 4 p.m. Thursday. Government officials are expected to attend.

The address of the Chesapeake Bay Golf Club will continue to be 128 Karen Drive.


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