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August 2012 Week In Review
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Alexander Kinyua is currently deemed unffit for trial.
The Joppa man accused of killing his housemate and eating part of the dead man's heart and brains was this week ruled incompetent to stand trial—at least for now. Alexander Kinyua, 21, of the in the 500 block of Terrapin Terrace pleaded not criminally responsible to charges of first-degree murder and use of a dangerous weapon in connection with the May slaying of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie. Court records show Harford County State's Attorney Joe Cassilly submitted a letter to the court Monday stating his office reviewed a report from Clifton T. Perkins Hospital, a maximum security psychiatric facility, and agreed based on the report that Kinyua is currently incompetent to stand trial. Cassilly consented to the ruling without a hearing based …
A service honoring the life of Hannah Kriss is scheduled to take place Saturday in Bel Air.
An 18-year-old John Carroll School graduate lost her life in a car accident Tuesday, and the school's campus minister says her loss has sent ripples through the school community. Hannah Kriss, of the 100 block of Theodora Court in Forest Hill, died at the scene of the crash after her car crossed the center line at Old Joppa and Mountain Roads and brushed one car then hit a second head-on, according to Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack. "Hannah was filled with life and she lit up a room with her huge smile," Patti Murphy Dohn, John Carroll Campus Minister, said Thursday. Dohn, now in her 32nd year at the school, explained she has know Kriss and her family for a long time. Not only did Kriss's two older siblings attend the school, but …
Hannah Kriss died Tuesday in a car crash at Old Joppa and Mountain Roads.
An 18-year-old John Carroll School graduate lost her life in a car accident Tuesday, and the outpouring of support and grief is evident through social media. Hannah Kriss, of the 100 block of Theodora Court in Forest Hill, died at the scene of the crash after her car crossed the center line at Old Joppa and Mountain Roads and brushed one car then hit a second head-on, according to Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack. See messages of love and sorrow posted in the storify piece above. Do you have your own fond memories of Hannah? Share your thoughts, comments and condolences below.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Gavigan's Furniture opened this weekend.
After a significant facelift, the former C-Mart in Forest Hill has a new purpose. Gavigan's Furniture now fills the space located at 1503 Rock Spring Road. The business opened it's doors over the weekend, a store employee confirmed. Today a handmade "come on in" sign was posted on the door and the banner announcing the business was on its way was taken down. In its place went a sign advertising the store's grand opening. Gavigan's website also changed today, shifting from "Coming Soon" to a "Now Open" announcement. Messages left for business management were not returned as of post time. The building and parking lot show drastic improvement with a fresh paving and new facade. Do you plan on shopping at the new furniture store? Leave a …
The Bel Air intersection is expected to remain closed to traffic for 15 days.
A new roundabout is going in not far from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, but its construction means temporarily closing part of Tollgate Road. Starting today, Wednesday, Tollgate Road will close in the area of West Macphail Road in Bel Air. The closure is expected to last about 15 days. Those who normally travel the area are urged to make other plans during the construction period. Will this road closure disrupt your daily travels? Leave a comment.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A line of severe storms passed through Harford County late Tuesday night.
UPDATED (Wednesday, 12:20 a.m.)—A line of severe storms passed through Harford County late Tuesday night, bringing with it hail, high winds, lightning and a tornado warning. The National Weather Service warning was issued at 10:37 p.m., urging people to take cover. It was set to expire at 11:30 p.m., but was cancelled at 11 p.m. after the storm weakened. Have photos or video of the storm? Add them by clicking the "Upload Photos & Videos" button above. Flood and severe thunderstorm warnings remained in effect for Harford and Baltimore counties, according to the weather service. The flood warning was set to expire at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday while the thunderstorm warning was set to expire at midnight. Stick with Patch for updates.
The accident took place between Joppa and Fallston Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATE (7:25 p.m.)—A head-on collision claimed the life of an 18-year-old Forest Hill woman Tuesday afternoon. Around 2:14 p.m. a head-on collision took place in the area of Old Joppa Road and Mountain Road in Fallston, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Kloiber with the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack. Hanna Mackensie Kriss, 18, of the 100 block of Theodora Court in Forest Hill, was driving north on Mountain Road when her 1999 Saturn crossed the double-yellow line in the area of Old Joppa Road, according to a release from state police. The Saturn sideswiped a 2011 Toyota Avalon, driven by 44-year-old Sandy Rohe of the 2500 block of Beverly Drive in Joppa, according to police. The Saturn continued on the wrong side of the road after hitting …
The Patterson Mill High School senior is this year's student representative.
Patterson Mill High School senior Panashe Mutombo was sworn in as Harford County Board of Education's 25th student representative Monday evening. Mutombo steps into the role as the county's first student representative with partial voting rights. He was able to employ those rights Monday by voting in favor of the school system's branding initiative. The teen says he looks forward to representing Harford County's student body anyway he can. Patch was able to sit down with Mutombo at Monday's board meeting. _____ PATCH: How often is your name mispronounced by other students and friends? Mutombo: It takes a little bit of time to get accustomed to my name. Other people get it right off the bat. I give them this rule, if you can say my name …
The Harford County Board of Education met Monday night in Bel Air.
The Harford County Board of Education welcomed two new members prior to Monday's meeting. Havre de Grace resident Thomas Fitzpatrick, appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley to represent Havre de Grace, and Patterson Mill High School senior Panashe Mutombo, the student representative for the 2012-2013 school year, were sworn in Monday. Mutombo, with his family in the audience, was excited and grateful for this new adventure as Student Representative to the Board of Education. "I'm happy to be here," he said. "I'm happy to initiate a good year with all of you. I've seen all the good work that you guys have put in here and I see the effects through the schools and I'm just proud to be here." Items Approved All 15 items on the evening's agenda, …