Harford Week

October 19, 2003

Vandals cause closure of Aberdeen High School

Classes at Aberdeen High School were canceled Thursday after school officials discovered that vandals had discharged several fire extinguishers inside the school, requiring extensive cleanup of hallways and several classrooms.

By the time school officials saw the extent of the damage, buses were picking up students on their routes. Harford County Schools spokesman Don Morrison said officials need to make a decision about school closure by 5:30 a.m.

Students who drove or walked to school were dismissed immediately, while students who rode buses waited in the gym and cafeteria until buses picked them up about 9:45 a.m.

Aberdeen High is in the midst of constructing a $38 million building, scheduled to be completed in August. The ninth-graders are attending classes at the nearby middle school, while upper grades are compressed into the campus north building during construction.

Deputies fatally shoot Norrisville man, 53

Three Harford County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a 53-year-old Norrisville man Monday night after he refused to lower his rifle, which was pointed at the officers, police said.

Larry Steve Ford of the 5500 block of Norrisville Road died in front of his home from gunshot wounds, police said.

Cpl. Kevin Thomas, Deputy 1st Class Charles Sadowski and Deputy 1st Class Justin Blubaugh were placed on administrative leave from the Sheriff's Office pending state and departmental investigations, police said.

According to authorities, Brenda Joyce Ford, 53, called state police at 9:16 p.m. saying her husband was behaving in a hostile manner. Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the county Sheriff's Office, said Brenda Ford informed police that Ford had a gun. Police said the couple had been drinking.

At 9:30 p.m., deputies arrived at the house and ordered the couple out of their home. Brenda Ford left the house and was put in a patrol car, police said. Larry Ford came out holding a rifle when police ordered him out a second time, authorities said.

Ford walked toward the officers, refusing requests to put down the rifle, police said. Hopkins said the three officers opened fire when Ford lifted the rifle and pointed it at them.

Advanced Polymer to open plant in Havre de Grace

Advanced Polymer Compounding Inc. will open a 12,000-square-foot, seven-person facility in Havre de Grace this fall, the company announced last week.

Wayne Norris, company president, said Advanced Polymer, which specializes in customized rubber compounds, will serve smaller companies that require a "fast turnaround."

Advanced Polymer chose Havre de Grace as its new site because of its proximity to On- guard Industries, formerly the Bata Shoe Co.

Advanced Polymer supplies compounds to Forest Roller in Havre de Grace and Precision Polymer Products in Pottstown, Pa.

Fiore Winery named Small Business of Year

Fiore Winery of Pylesville was named the 2003 Small Business of the Year at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's Celebration of Small Business.

The Chamber of Commerce considers a small business to be between one and five employees. It selected Fiore based upon its business and income growth, innovation, community involvement and excellence in industry among other criteria.

Mike and Rose Fiore, who received a citation from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in addition to the award, opened Fiore Winery in 1986. It has grown to produce 25,000 gallons of wine a year. Its wines have won medals in state, national and international competitions, and have been served locally and at the White House.

Woman, 54, dies in fire at Darlington apartment

A woman died early Thursday when a fire broke out in her first-floor apartment in Darlington, authorities said.

The two-alarm fire that broke out on the 1100 block of Main St. about 6 a.m. caused about $150,000 worth of damage, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Faron Taylor. Fire marshals said the blaze started when a cigarette ignited bedding materials. The victim was identified as Donna Marie Sexton, 54. She died of burns and smoke inhalation.

The two-floor frame building contained three apartments and offices for Sabco, a trucking company. The six residents of the two second-floor apartments escaped from the building, fire marshals said.

4 county roads closed for repairs

Four Harford County roads are closed for repairs:

Singer Road between Atkisson and Clayton roads is closed for bridge reconstruction.

Patterson Mill Road between Route 924 and Wheel Road is closed for stream bank stabilization.

Turner Road between Houcks Mill and Pocock roads is closed for bridge replacement.

Windy Laurel Way between Box Hill South Parkway and Copper Ridge Road is closed for reconstruction.

All four projects are expected to be completed in November.

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