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Catholic Charities receives grant to house the elderly

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Catholic Charities a $5.9 million grant to build a 76-unit, rent-assisted apartment building in Abingdon for seniors.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2006 at the intersection of St. Clair Drive and Singer Road. Completion is expected in 2007.

The project will be Catholic Charities' second such venture in Harford County. The organization's senior housing at 901 Barnette Lane, Aberdeen, near Beards Hill Shopping Center, is leasing now and is expected to open in January.

Council puts moratorium on senior-housing plans

The Harford County Council approved a bill Tuesday to impose a 90-day moratorium on the county's preliminary approval of housing construction for the elderly.

The bill, which was sponsored by five of the seven council members, is designed to delay any new housing projects designated for homeowners age 55 or older until the council has time to study current building practices in the county.

The majority of the council members suspect that developers are designating projects as housing for the elderly as a way of circumventing a law limiting residential development in overcrowded school districts.

Taxi driver shot dead in Harford Square area

Police charged Wayne Lavon Bond, 17, in the killing of a taxi driver who was shot dead early Wednesday shortly after arriving to pick up a fare in a suburban townhouse community in Edgewood.

Derald Howard Guess, 37, was found with a gunshot wound to his head about 12:45 a.m. in the Harford Square townhouse community, said Harford County sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins,.

Guess was found in his car, which had crashed in the front yard of a townhouse.

"After he was shot, apparently the car went out of control and caromed across the lot," Hopkins said. The cab hit a parked pickup and "then bounced in the front yard of a townhome." he said.

Police have no motive in the shooting.

Man arrested after chase, charged in bank robberies

A man sought in three area bank robberies was arrested Thursday after a high-speed chase on Route 155 in Churchville, Harford County police said.

Canine units found Gerard Antonio Hatton, 27, hiding in bushes near the 1400 block of Stepney Road, where, police say, Hatton had fled his car after officers cordoned off the area. He was arrested about noon, minutes after a BB&T; bank in Churchville was robbed, and charged with two counts of armed robbery, three counts of robbery and three counts of theft over $500, said a Harford County sheriff's spokesman.

Hatton, of Chesapeake, Va., is suspected of robbing the same bank at 2900 Churchville Road last month, as well as a BB&T; branch in Bel Air in October, the spokesman said. Hatton is also wanted for violation of probation in his hometown, the Chesapeake sheriff's office said.

Medical detachment being deployed for Iraq

More than 40 members of the Maryland National Guard's 1159th Medical Company Detachment have been mobilized for up to 18 months of duty in Iraq, according to a statement by the state adjutant general's office.

The soldiers were deployed from Aberdeen Proving Ground at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the statement said.

The unit will report to Fort Dix, N.J., before heading to Iraq. The detachment provides aeromedical evacuation support.

Disease specialist joins Upper Chesapeake Health

Dr. Michelle Bahrain has joined the staff of Upper Chesapeake Health, where she is a member of the associate staff in the department of medicine, division of infectious disease at Harford Memorial Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Bahrain is a graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She completed her internship and residency at Franklin Square Hospital Center in eastern Baltimore County, followed by an infectious disease fellowship at Georgetown University.

Charges dropped for man held in heist attempt

All charges have been dropped against a man arrested in the attempted holdup of an armored truck outside Harford Mall, the Harford County state's attorney's office said last week.

Neither a surveillance videotape nor witness interviews implicated Oladeji O. Olaore, 27, in the Nov. 18 incident, according to a statement by the state's attorney.

Olaore, of the 700 block of County Village Drive, Bel Air, had been charged with armed robbery. A security guard who fired a shot toward the suspect will not be charged, State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said. The bullet shattered a glass door and was lodged in a door frame.

Republican Women install new officers

Harford County Republican Women installed their new officers at the annual holiday banquet Dec. 4 at the Four Points Sheraton in Aberdeen.

Joppatowne resident Paula Mullis was re-elected president for a two-year term. Other officers are Jean Hruz, vice president; Barbara Suite, secretary; and Mary McCann, treasurer; all are Joppatowne residents.

Trial in swimming-pool shooting postponed

The trial of a man charged in a double shooting at Harford Square has been postponed, the Harford County state's attorney's office said last week.

An attorney for defendant Anthony Mitchell, 21, of Edgewood requested the postponement to review prosecutors' new evidence. Mitchell is one of three men charged in the shooting, which left two men wounded at an Edgewood swimming pool in June.

No new trial date has been set.

Harford public library names marketing manager

Janine M. Lis has been named marketing manager for the Harford County Public Library, according to a statement by Audra Caplan, director of the library.

Lis previously worked in the private sector, where she had a career in consumer product marketing and sales. Her most recent position was marketing manager for Jane Cosmetics, a former division of Estee Lauder. She also held a position as group sales manager for Mid Atlantic Rail Car, a local tourist attraction, and spent almost 10 years with Procter & Gamble Cosmetics and Fragrance Products in the International Division.

Lis received her bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University in New York and an associate's degree in retail business management.

Upper Chesapeake lauds 2 respiratory therapists

Upper Chesapeake Health System has named Kim Karwacki and Denise Wilkes as its respiratory therapists of the year.

Karwacki has been a respiratory therapist for 25 years and a member of the Upper Chesapeake Health team for 12 years.

Wilkes has worked for Upper Chesapeake Health for 13 years.

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