Orioles Harford County Picks; 24 Accident; Sully's Plane
Three Harford County residents were also taken in the MLB draft this week.
In a heavy news week for the Bel Air area, a severe traffic accident Friday closed Maryland Route 24 for an extended period of time, while the local governments made many changes to an assortment of issues. The man who was rescued from a fire in his apartment has been charged with setting that fire, while a part of history traveled through Harford County.
1. Route 24 Reopened After 2 Flown to Shock Trauma
A five-vehicle accident closed Route 24 near West MacPhail Road on Friday, as two men had to be transported to Shock Trauma in Medevac helicopters. A third person that was injured was transported to Upper Chesapeake and three others injured in the crash declined medical attention.
2. Baltimore Orioles Draft John Carroll's Hockaday
John Carroll baseball player Kevin "K.J." Hockaday was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. Hockaday, who played shortstop for the Patriots, is projected to play third base or outfield in the future, and has signed with the University of Maryland. The next day, fellow Patriot Brendan Butler, who is slated to play for Towson University next year, was also selected by the Orioles, in the 50th round. Fallston graduate Mike Thomas was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 35th round out of Rider University on Wednesday.
3. Commissioners Increase Police, Civilian Pension Plans
The Town of Bel Air Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions Monday designed to keep retirees from withdrawing all of their money in one lump sum. The resolutions also increase current employees' pension funds. Chairman David Carey voted against both resolutions, saying it didn't seem responsible due to the economic climate.
4. Bel Air Man Arrested for Crocker Drive Arson
Michael J. Delambo is charged with first degree and second degree arson, first degree malicious burning and reckless endangerment after his home caught fire on June 1. He had to be rescued from his third story apartment by firefighters.
5. Sully's Miracle Plane Passes Through Harford County
The plane that pilot Chesley "Sully" B. Sullenberger III landed in the "Miracle on the Hudson" passed through Harford County on Tuesday, much to the pleasure of many area residents that came out to see the fuselage go by on U.S. Interstate-95. The plane was on its way to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC.
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Eleven Harford County businesses failed liquor tests concerning underage compliance during the first week in June. Each business will have to attend a hearing in front of the liquor board.
A 21-year-old Abingdon man was arrested and charged with the May 30 burglary of Medicap pharmacy.
A gas leak on Tuesday forced businesses on Boulton Street like Best Buy to be evacuated as BGE tried to repair the leak.
The Harford County Council is letting the Board of Education transfer $680,000 to allow for changes in this year's budget, stemming from rising fuel costs that are hampering student transportation.
John Carroll named its new principal on Monday, and she will take over day-to-day operations on July 1.
About 50 members of the Cedarday community attended Tuesday's County Council meeting to protest the proposed extension of Cedarday Drive to intersect with Cedar Lane.
The Town of Bel Air has announced that improvements to road surfaces will be made in six locations in the coming weeks.
Hereford guidance counselor Kevin Ensor has accepted a position as the supervisor of school counseling for the Harford County Public Schools system.
The town's July Fourth celebration plans have been released.