Thursday, September 13, 2012
Maryland drivers who fail to stop and check for pedestrians at nonfunctioning traffic signals will soon face larger fines and points on their licenses.
Maryland drivers have a new set of rules to follow when they come upon a traffic signal that's broken, according to a Maryland State Police press release. The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, requires a driver approaching a nonfunctioning traffic signal from any direction at an intersection to stop at a clearly marked stop line, before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection. After stopping, the driver must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection. "Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution," according to the…
Friday, June 29, 2012
The year-old Harford County Traffic Task Force has lead to more than more than 6,800 traffic citations.
Harford County has a traffic problem—and local law enforcement want the public to know they're taking it seriously. A main part of their efforts include the Harford County Traffic Task Force—involving the sheriff's office, Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Police Department, Havre de Grace Police Department and the Maryland State Police (Bel Air and JFK Barracks). While it has been in place on a trial basis for about a year, a memorandum of understanding made it official on Tuesday. In an effort to combat the high rate of traffic fatalities and accidents in Harford County, local law enforcement formed the unofficial traffic task force in 2011 to target certain areas for enforcement and raise driver awareness. This past spring, Harford …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
U.S. Route 1 will be closed for at least four hours police said.
UPDATED (2:53 p.m.)—An accident at the Conowingo Dam shut down traffic on U.S. Route 1 for about nine hours Wednesday, Maryland State Police told Patch Wednesday. The road was reopened to traffic around 2 p.m., according to state police. The accident, which involved farm equipment and a tractor trailer, took place shortly before 4:48 a.m. on the dam, which carries Route 1 over the Susquehanna River, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. One person was taken by Darlington Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment, according to Gardiner. As a result of the accident, a large quantity of diesel fuel spilled in the area along with other contents …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
One person died in an accident in the Darlington area Saturday afternoon.
A serious accident in the Darlington area turned fatal Saturday afternoon. The accident took place after 1 p.m. Saturday on Dublin Road, or Route 440, in the area of Route 1, according to a duty officer with the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack. The officer confirmed the accident involved a fatality. He added Troopers were investigating at the scene around 3:10 p.m. and little more information was available at the time.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A man sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the park-and-ride on Route 155 Thursday.
UPDATED (5:05 p.m.)—A man was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Thursday after sustaining what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the park-and-ride at the I-95 interchange along Maryland Route 155 in Havre de Grace. The man's condition was unknown as of late Thursday afternoon. Maryland State Police were called to the scene of a shooting around 1 p.m. Officials remained at the scene with yellow tape marking off sections of the commuter parking lot around 2 p.m. "All we know at this point is that it is a self inflicted gunshot wound," a state police spokesman said. A state police helicopter was called to the scene to transport at least one patient. The helicopter was expected to land on Maryland Route 155 and travelers should…
Monday, November 7, 2011
A 21-year-old Street resident died Saturday after a head-on collision in Churchville.
A 21-year-old Street man died Saturday after a pickup truck crashed head-on into his car on Route 22 in Churchville, police said. Joshua John Hanna, 21, of Street, was flown by medevac helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to a Maryland State Police press release. The driver of a Dodge pickup truck, 26-year-old Jordan Craig Stewart of Churchville, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Hanna was driving a 2008 Hyundai Elantra eastbound just before 4 p.m., when the 1994 Dodge Ram pickup crossed the center line in the 3100 block of Route 22 and hit the his car head-on, according to police. …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Maryland State Police say the man spends time in Baltimore and Harford counties.
A 52-year-old man who allegedly shot at law enforcement officers during a Virginia bank robbery is sought by Maryland State Police, the FBI and Virginia police. James Whittlesey, a 5-foot-11 white male weighing about 235 pounds, may live in or frequently visit Baltimore and Harford counties, according to a release from state police. Form the statement: Officers from the Winchester Police Department have obtained an arrest warrant for Whittlesey, charging him with the attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The charges stem from the robbery of a bank in Winchester, VA, on the afternoon of Oct. 14. Anyone who sees Whittlesey or knows of his location is urged to …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Lt. Chuck Moore of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack said troopers from other jurisdictions are being brought in to help direct traffic.
As drivers cope with inoperable traffic lights at some of Harford County’s busiest intersections, Maryland State Police are loading up on resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Lt. Chuck Moore from the Bel Air Barrack said troopers from outside barracks are being brought in to help direct traffic. State route crossroads where outages have shut off signal lights have some drivers concerned. Vallesha Parker, who lives along Tollgate Road in Abingdon but works in Aberdeen, said she’s had to brave the Maryland Route 24 and 924 intersection six times since Sunday. While police have placed cones on the east side of Route 24 to block drivers from going through the underpass, Parker thinks more could be done to make the intersection safe…
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
National Night Out brought together community members and county organizations Tuesday night.
Several organizations in Harford County supported "America's night out against crime" Tuesday evening, as residents and community organizations poured into the Target parking lot in Abingdon. Harford County joined more than 15,000 communities nationwide for the 28th annual celebration of National Night Out, an event that encourages residents to interact with their neighbors and other community organizations. While the TwirlTasTix, a baton-twirling team from Bel Air, performed in the center of the Target parking lot, children and their families spoke with members of the county police force and fire department. Maryland State Police and the Harford County Sheriff's Office supplied visitors with informational brochures and packets about …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Officers from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack are investigating the incident.
A Port Deposit man who apparently committed suicide was pulled from the rocks on the Cecil County side of the Susquehanna River on Sunday. The Water Witch Fire Company responded to the scene Sunday afternoon and found Andrew J. Hall, 45, on the rocky shore of the river, according to Chief Wayne Tome Sr. “He was obviously deceased. He had been there for a while,” said Tome, who added that the body was found near the Mount Zoar boat ramp in Port Deposit in Cecil County. Tome said the fire company turned the investigation over to the Maryland State Police North East Barrack. A dispatcher for the barrack confirmed officers from that office are investigating the incident. Greg Shipley, spokesman for Maryland State Police, said North East …