Fred Budnick feels like he's on vacation this week, and he suspects it may feel that way for a while. But after 37 years of service with the Aberdeen Police Department, the 59-year-old isn't on vacation – he's retired. His last day was last Friday.
Three years after the queen of Aberdeen's baseball royal family was kidnapped at gunpoint and driven around the state, city police said they still hope the public can help track down Vi Ripken's mysterious assailant.
The year just ended brought a number of significant milestones, most of them good, to the area covered by The Record, including a couple of noteworthy sports accomplishments, completion of a major highway project, the end of a couple of eras in our history, the celebration of another and possibly the beginning of another of historical proportions.
Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. will stand before the media on Thursday morning, flanked by local and federal law enforcement officials, and again call for the public's help in solving the bizarre abduction of his mother last summer.
Walking around the Aberdeen IronBirds' stadium that bears her family's name, Vi Ripken says she feels protected in her hometown a year after her mysterious kidnapping and safe return, but everyday moments can be startling and leave her "thinking thoughts you shouldn't be thinking."
One year after Violet Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint from her Harford County home and driven around the Baltimore region for nearly 24 hours before being returned unharmed, police in her hometown of Aberdeen are still searching for the man responsible.
Vi Ripken, the mother of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., was abducted from outside of her home. She was tied up and put in the back seat of her car and driven all around Central Maryland. She was later found with her hands bound but unharmed in her car parked a few houses away from her Aberdeen home.
The man police believe kidnapped Violet R. Ripken from her Aberdeen home stopped at a Middle River Walmart the day after the July abduction and may have had a brief encounter with the driver of a dark green minivan, Lt. Fred Budnick said Monday.
Harford County's top lawman says he's been wrestling with leading an agency of 290 sworn officers through tragedy unlike any the Sheriff's Office has endured in the last two centuries: the back-to-back deaths of active duty officers.
Possibly it has taken a decade of the Great American Pastime being played by kids from around the world in Aberdeen to crystallize that the city is, despite the problems it shares with many other communities, a perfectly nice place to spend the other 51 weeks a year
Two weeks after Vi Ripken was abducted at gunpoint, fans of the Aberdeen IronBirds were glad to have her back to her routine Wednesday night — taking in a game at the stadium named for her famous baseball family.
Cal Ripken Jr., the Oriole's Hall of Famer, will meet with reporters at the B&O Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in order to answer questions related to Violet Ripken's July 24 abduction on behalf of his famous family, according to John Maroon, a family spokesman.
As the investigation into Violet R. Ripken's abduction stretched into an eighth day, police on Wednesday remained silent about their leads, a strategy Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said could ensure the potential suspect doesn't destroy evidence or intimidate witnesses. Investigators in the small, 40-man Aberdeen police force must find a balance in publicly releasing details that will help solve the case, but not aid the man believed to have kidnapped the 74-year-old mother of
Police have received more than 50 tips as to the identity of the man who kidnapped Vi Ripken last week and are hoping to generate more with the release of a video of the suspect as well as a composite sketch