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No serious, fatal accidents on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day in Bel Air was calmer in terms of police activity than it has in years past, the town's police chief said, even as the town's streets were filled with revelers throughout the day.

Throughout the county, police cracking down on drinking and driving were out on the roads in full force, making more than 240 traffic stops that resulted in several arrests.

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Maryland State Police made eight St. Patrick's Day-related arrests throughout the weekend as part of their "Don't Press Your Luck" operation.

Troopers from the Bel Air Barrack arrested Lee P. Addington, 42, of Bel Air; Scott D. Bailey, 23, of Baltimore; Nicola A. Canty, 39, of Baltimore; Kendall K. Gray, 24, of White Hall; Jennifer Louisa Jewell-Young, 24, of Edgewood; Kyle A. Tomlinson, 26, of Bel Air; and Edward T. Thiess, 31, of Baltimore, on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release.

In addition, Joshua A. Workman, 24, of Elkton, was arrested on a charge of urinating in public and Jermile A. Cheatham Jr., 20, of Aberdeen, was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

In total, Maryland State Police troopers made more than 240 traffic stops, issued 130 citations and 215 warnings through this operation, which the release reported was one of the most "productive" St. Patrick's Day initiatives in the department this year. There were also no fatal or serious accidents, which state police attribute to "high visibility" enforcement efforts, according to the release.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office worked with Maryland State Police throughout St. Patrick's Day weekend, according to Monica Worrell, public information officer with the sheriff's office. The Traffic Task Force was out Friday night, she said, and consisted of the sheriff's office, Maryland State Police and town police departments.

The task force arrested three people Friday night, she added.

Saturday night, the sheriff's office and Maryland State Police worked on the DUI Saturation Patrol and arrest eight people total – three were sheriff's office arrests and five were Maryland State Police arrests, according to Worrell. In addition, sheriff's office patrols throughout the county Saturday made two other drinking and driving-related arrests.

This year was calmer compared to years prior in Bel Air, according to Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola. His agency made one arrest Friday night, charging a motorist with driving while impaired, he wrote in an e-mail, and four people had to be given rides home or were taken to the hospital for apparent alcohol overdoses.

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There were no fights or arrests in downtown Bel Air, Matrangola added, although he wrote the taverns were "very busy."

"They provided an extra layer of security," he wrote. "We thank them for the proper level of staffing to handle the crowds."

Harford County Liquor Control Board Administrator Kathryn Thess also commented on the holiday weekend Tuesday, saying she had not heard of any liquor law violations.

"I haven't gotten any reports," she said, "and as far as we know everything went well with our outside events."

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