Harford Week

May 04, 2003

String of robberies, burglary reported along Route 24

Maryland State Police and Harford County sheriff's deputies are investigating a string of armed robberies along the usually quiet Forest Hill area north of Bel Air, officers said.

One burglary and four armed robberies have occurred along the commercial route in the past three weeks, said Detective Sgt. Douglas Zeller of the Bel Air barracks. The burglary occurred April 12 at the Roy Rogers Family Restaurant in the 1400 block of Rockspring Road, he said. The armed robberies happened April 16 at the Royal Farms in the 200 block of Route 543; April 17 at High's convenience store in the first block of Red Pump Road; and April 18 at 7-Eleven in the first block of Bynum Road. The last one occurred April 22 when a shopper was held up in the parking lot at Klein's grocery store in the 2000 block of Rockspring Road.

No one was injured in the incidents, and property stolen in each case was valued at $500 or less, Zeller said.

Garrett Island bill approved by House

A bill to protect Cecil County's Garrett Island as a wildlife refuge was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

The bill authorizes the secretary of the interior to acquire the property for inclusion in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The island would be purchased for $300,000 to $400,000 and managed by Blackwater Refuge.

Garrett Island, in the mouth of the Susquehanna River, is the only rocky island in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The island encompasses 189 acres and is about 1 1/2 miles wide. Its topography, featuring the granite dome of an ancient volcano, rises 115 feet above sea level.

Havre de Grace woman receives federal honors

Sheryl Coleman, a resident of Havre de Grace, recently received two awards. Last month, she won the Individual Award for outstanding support of the goals and objectives of the Baltimore Federal Executive Board Federal Women's Program Advisory Council. She also won the silver award for equal employment opportunity service from the Federal Executive Board.

Coleman works for the Army Research Laboratory in the weapons and materials research directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground. She has 30 years of federal service.

Coleman has an associate of arts degree from Harford Community College in secretarial science and a bachelor of science degree in business and management from the University of Maryland.

Bainbridge developers get 2-month extension

Bainbridge Development Corp., the quasi-public agency created by the General Assembly in 1999 to oversee development of the former Navy boot camp at Bainbridge, offered the development team a two-month extension of an exclusive agreement on the 1,200-acre site. The extension requires the developers to submit a plan for the minimum number of houses that can be built there with financial success.

The extension comes after public outcry about the initial proposal for the former naval facility, which closed in 1976.

The initial proposal featured a $750 million upscale, mixed-use community with an office campus, retirement center and hotel. There would have been open space for ball fields and hiking trails. Land had been set aside for a branch of Cecil Community College, a museum and a veterans' cemetery. A lake on the property would have been restored, complete with a fishing pier and a ramp for small boats. A marina club was planned for the banks of the Susquehanna River.

Abingdon second-grader wins $5,000 scholarship

Carissa Bryant, a second- grader at William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School in Abingdon, received a $5,000 college scholarship last week for her dream of becoming a dentist.

The award was made through the Dare to Dream competition, sponsored by Brainstorm USA, a program started in 1999 that has awarded over $2 million in scholarships, computers and software to students.

Carissa is the second pupil at the school to win a scholarship in the competition this school year. In December, Lance Lotharp, a fourth-grader, received a college scholarship. Lance's dream is to become a brain surgeon.

Carissa's teacher, Tracey Gay, and the school will each receive a computer. In addition, Kaitlyn Ruark, a fourth-grader whose dream is to become a chef, has won a computer for herself. Dan Locke, of Brainstorm USA, came to the school to make the presentations to Carissa and Kaitlyn during the school's Celebration Assembly on Monday.

Northrop Grumman names scholarship winners

James Thomas Ioannidis of Bel Air High School and Megan Elizabeth Payne of Elkton High School were among the winners of this year's statewide Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program.

The program provides in college scholarships to high school seniors interested in studying engineering.

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