Friday, July 27, 2012
O'Malley says session, which begins on August 9, will be about job creation and funding for schools.
UPDATED (2:57 p.m.)—Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday announced he will call the General Assembly back to Annapolis for a special session on the issues of gambling and the creation of a sixth casino. "This is an issue about jobs," O'Malley said. "This is an issue about maximizing revenues from gaming." A bill was not available at the time of the morning news conference. O'Malley said it needed tweaking and would likely be made public shortly before the beginning of the special session. O'Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller all said the bill would create about 2,500 jobs from the legalization of table games and generate $100 million for schools. Sen. E.J. Pipkin Friday afternoon blasted O'Malley for …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Police have released images of Vi Ripken's suspected kidnapper.
UPDATED (6:44 p.m.)—Aberdeen police continue to investigate the circumstances that led to Vi Ripken's alleged abduction Tuesday and said no motive has been determined. Ripken, 74, was found safely with her hands bound in the back of her car Wednesday after being driven around the Baltimore metro region, police said during a Wednesday's news conference. Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick said Thursday afternoon that a motive remains under investigation and that police are still searching for the suspect. See the images in this slideshow provided by the Aberdeen police department via the Harford County Sheriff's Office. In a statement released earlier Wednesday, Aberdeen police said a man armed with a handgun—described as in his late…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Aberdeen resident and Ripken family matriarch Vi Ripken was taken from her home Tuesday and found in the back seat of her car with her hands tied Wednesday morning.
UPDATED (4:05 p.m.)—Aberdeen resident Violet Roberta Ripken is safe at home after she was abducted from her home Tuesday morning, Aberdeen police said. Ripken, 74, was found with her hands bound in the back seat of her 1998 Lincoln Town Car Wednesday morning near her home, Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick said in an email. Asked if the abduction was targeted at the matriarch of the Ripken family, Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick told Patch there was no indication of such Wednesday, and that a motive is still under investigation. Aberdeen police Chief Henry Trabert reiterated in an afternoon news conference that a motive remains under investigation. WATCH: Patch video of the news conference. Sign up for breaking news …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
State sought delay in implementing ruling that declared Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement for a gun permit was unconstitutional.
UPDATED (4:16 p.m.)—A U.S. District Court judge has lifted a stay on a federal court ruling that declared Maryland's permitting process to wear and carry a gun unconstitutional. The order, issued by Judge Benson Everett Legg, lifts a stay sought by the state as it appeals the decision made last year. Legg's ruling, which goes into effect in 14 days, lifts the stay sought by the state after a federal court ruled that the law requiring those seeking a permit to carry a gun must have "a good or substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger." David Paulson, a spokesman for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, said the ruling "is…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Kamhou Zairavong's body was found Tuesday.
The body of an Edgewood man who went missing in the Bush River Sunday was recovered Tuesday morning, authorities said. The body of missing boater Kamhou Zairavong, 35, was recovered around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday after days of searching, according to a release from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police. The body was recovered from the Bush River near where he was last seen swimming. On Sunday, Zairavong and a friend were boating on the Bush River when they got into the water for a swim, according to the release. Crews responded at about 8:25 p.m. after the boaters were reported in distress in the water near Park Beach Drive. Zairavong's friend was rescued from the water that night, while Zairavong remained missing after being swept…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Groupon deal offers thrill-seekers a discount in Harford County.
Those looking for an extreme experience this summer need look no further than Churchville. Groupon.com is offering a skydiving deal for two through Skydive Baltimore, located at 3536 Aldino Road, Suite A in Churchville. The deal offers the opportunity to strap to a partner and jump out of a plane for an 11,000-foot fall at 120 miles per hour. And in case you were wondering how to preserve the experience, photos are included in the package. The deal can be yours for $155—an advertised savings of $134—if you act before midnight Sunday. The deal must be used before Sept. 30, 2012, according to the fine print.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Grades 3-8 in Harford County are on target in reading and math, based on state figures.
Harford County elementary and middle schools are ahead of the state curve in reading and math, based on Maryland School Assessment figures released Tuesday. According to a release from the school system, Harford County students "outpace the state" in both elementary and middle school reading and math proficiency. This estimation is based on 98 percent of Harford middle and elementary schools achieving proficiency in math and 83 percent overall proficiency in reading, according to the release. Harford County students surpassed the state averages at both the elementary and middle school level, see the chart below: In addition to these assessments, which are done every year, the state also evaluates school progress year over year. This year, …
Find the links to Harford County area funeral homes.
Here are links to obituaries for the communities of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace and our neighbors around Harford County, as posted by local funeral homes: William C. Brown Community Funeral Home(Aberdeen) Evans Funeral Chapel (Parkville) Harkins Funeral Home (Delta, PA) Kurtz Funeral Home (Jarrettsville) McComas Funeral Home Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home (Perryville) Schimunek Funeral Home Lisa Scott Funeral Home Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home Zellman Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
In a letter to the utilities' regulatory agency, leaders of seven jurisdictions outline changes they said need to be made in light of the power failures during the derecho storm.
Less than two weeks after a massive storm disabled power to more than three quarters of a million Maryland residents, elected leaders wrote in a letter to a state regulatory agency that utility companies need to improve their performance and disclose critical outage information when government agencies request it. In the letter to the Public Service Commission, officials urged the regulatory agency to consider changes to the way utilities operate, including burying some power lines underground, mandatory staffing levels and improved disclosure of outage information to local municipal officials. The letter was signed by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the executives of Anne Arundel, …
Harford County Restaurant Week was held in June at businesses throughout the area.
Harford County Restaurant Week boosted sales at local businesses some 10 to 15 percent, the county said in a news release Tuesday. The third annual Restaurant Week, held last month at businesses throughout the county, increased business at restaurants at a 10 to 15 percent clip for the second straight year. "We are very pleased with how well the promotion went this year," Wini Roche, coordinator of Restaurant Week and the manager of tourism for Harford County, said in a statement. "We want to thank everyone who supported our local businesses." A contest ran throughout restaurant week, enabling patrons to enter cards for the chance to win $1,000 worth of dining gift cards from participating restaurants. Aberdeen Proving Ground employee …