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Harford County Executive David Craig announces a plan to give almost 2,000 county employees a 4 percent pay raise. This would be their first pay raise increase in four years. The proposal is set to be introduced to an upcoming meeting of the Harford County Council.

Harford County ranks as the second safest jurisdiction in Maryland, according to the state's new uniform crime report for 2011.

A wiretap investigation led police to break up a drug operation in Harford County. Twenty-one people, including 10 suspected gang members and associates, were arrested as a result of a wiretap investigation led by the Harford County Task Force headed by the Harford County Sheriff's Office. This investigation shut down the drug dealings and operations of a local gang operating primarily in the Edgewood area.

Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie presented a plan to the Joppa/Joppatowne Community Council in which garbage gathered in Harford County would be taken in by the Honeygo Run Reclamation Center in Baltimore County. Guthrie said. "We won't have to deal with [the waste], and we don't have to spend $30 million in taxpayer money," Guthrie said, to build a trash transfer station the county proposed for a site on Route 7 in Joppa.

Harford Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition by $5 per credit hour next year. The increase will begin July 1, 2013 and will raise the rates from $87 to $92 a credit hour for in-county students.

A new $60 million cancer center is set to open on the campus of Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in 2013. The Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center is slated to open in the fall of next year to expand cancer care services to Harford and Cecil County residents.

Hurricane Sandy causes widespread power outages, road closing and minor damage to buildings in Harford County. There were no serious floods, no deaths, any fires or serious incidents reported from the storm, which brought heavy rains and winds with gusts to 60 mph.

A Belcamp woman discovered that a homeless man had been staying in her apartment while it was not in use. The woman said she got to her apartment around 10 p.m. and noticed a banana was missing, blueberries were gone and the television was not on the channel she had left it. She also said there was McDonald's trash in the trash can and that the towels in her spare bedroom were wet. She had also gotten two bills from Comcast for services she did not use or order. The police believe that the same individual was responsible for the break in and the cable theft. Jordan Bailey, 20, who was homeless, was charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft less than $500 and vandalism less than $500.

The area behind the Abingdon YMCA off of Box Hill Corporate Center Drive will be getting a 400-unit apartment complex. Also in plans for development a handful of new stores and restaurants near the Wegman's in the Boulevard at Box Hill.

Texas Roadhouse opens in Fallston.

C. Milton Wright, Bel Air and Patterson Mill, Fallston and North Harford High Schools, all finished in the top five among Harford's 10 public high schools on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in the 2011-12 school year.

Harford County residents showed their Oriole Pride as the Baltimore team made it to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

An overturned fuel tanker truck caused major delays for motorists on I-95 at the entrance to the Tydings Bridge. Two of the three lanes for northbound traffic were closed for seven hours while the Maryland Department of the Environment cleaned up the 3,500 gallons of spilled diesel fuel.

Harford Mall celebrated its 40th anniversary. When the mall opened in 1972, the anchor stores were Montgomery Ward and E.J. Korvette's.

A new swipe card system implemented at Bel Air and Edgewood High Schools at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year has decreased tardiness significantly. The system requires all students and teachers to have ID cards to swipe through electronic readers upon entering the school. The information is recorded by the readers and sent to the student's teachers for the purpose of keeping attendance. HCPS does not plan on expanding this program because of a lack of funding.

The Harford County Airport on Aldino Road in Churchville will possibly be getting a face lift. Shawn Pyle, president of the Harford County Airport Owners Group, drew up plans to convert the three runways into one longer runway, replace the hangars and perhaps to modernize the FBO building. The airport has been on Aldino Road since 1942 and the three runways date to the late 1950's.

Rick Grambo was unanimously elected president of the Harford County Board of Education. Grambo was serving as the interim president since the sudden death of Dr. Leonard Wheeler in September.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a EF-0 tornado touched down in Jarrettsville. The tornado, with maximum wind of 80 miles per hour ,caused tree and minor roof damage in the County. The path of the tornado stretched 1.2 miles.

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