Harford Week

November 02, 2003

Harford war hero flown home after stroke in Indonesia

Dennis Storm's two-month odyssey from an Indonesian hospital bed to Maryland ended Tuesday as relieved relatives gathered around the Vietnam War hero and Bel Air resident.

"It's all fine now," said Sharon Storm-Brown, Storm's sister from North Carolina, who rode with him on the last leg of his journey on a state helicopter provided by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. "This was the smoothest leg of the journey," she said.

FOR THE RECORD - Brief articles published Oct. 28 and Sunday incorrectly described the circumstances of a fatal traffic accident Oct. 26 in Bel Air. According to Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, John Cooper, 90, of Bel Air was driving his 2003 Cadillac east on Ring Factory Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by Jean Hankerson, 16, who was southbound on Tollgate Road in a 2001 Dodge Neon. Cooper died Friday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore of complications from the accident. Harry W. Branflick, 85, a passenger in the Cadillac, died Oct. 26.

Storm, 57, a Marine veteran, was awarded the Silver Star for saving eight men from a burning helicopter in 1969. He suffered a stroke Sept. 2 and had been hospitalized in Jakarta, where he was working as a consultant.

After complications set in, Denise Storm, his sister in Bel Air, paid International SOS, a medical evacuation organization, more than $50,000 from her retirement fund to transport her brother on a 20-hour commercial flight from Jakarta to JFK International Airport in New York. He was admitted immediately to the VA Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., because he began coughing up blood during the flight.

Ehrlich dispatched a Maryland State Police helicopter to fly Storm from Brooklyn to Baltimore. Storm landed at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was taken to the VA Medical Center, where he was resting well Friday evening.

Man killed, 2 hurt in Bel Air crash

An 85-year-old man was killed and two people were injured in a two-car accident Oct. 26 in Bel Air, authorities said.

John Cooper, 90, of Bel Air, was driving east on Tollgate Road in a 2003 Cadillac when he went through a stop sign at Ring Factory Road and collided with a southbound 2001 Dodge Neon driven by 16-year-old Jean Hankerson of Bel Air, police said.

Cooper and Hankerson were seriously injured. Harry W. Branflick of the 200 block of E. Belcrest Road in Bel Air, a passenger in Cooper's car, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

3 die in crash of trucks at Dublin Road and U.S. 1

Three people died and two more were injured last Sunday in an accident involving a box truck and pickup truck along U.S. 1 at Dublin Road, authorities said.

Naomi D. Gizzi, 55, and Janet Hardy, 14, both of Conowingo, and Matthew R. Caine, 26, of Bel Air, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Leo Gizzi, 64, husband of Naomi Gizzi, was driving his wife, Janet and granddaughter, Samantha Nesbitt, 14, of Conowingo and a close friend of Janet's to the Baltimore Farmers' Market early Sunday morning when Caine lost control of his GMC Sonoma pickup and hit the Ford box truck head-on, police said.

It was supposed to be the last weekend of this year that the Gizzis, who own Conowingo Orchards, were going to sell their produce at the market, according to Pam Pahl, a Baltimore County farmer.

Authorities said that Caine was traveling over the 50-mph speed limit when he veered over the center line and crashed into the Gizzi's truck. None of the victims was wearing seat belts.

1 hurt in Aberdeen collision of school bus, two trucks

A Harford County school bus was involved in an accident on U.S. 40 between Route 7 and Route 715 in Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Donald R. Morrison, Harford school spokesman, said one student from George D. Lisby Elementary School was aboard the bus and was not injured.

The mishap involved two trucks and the bus. Edward Hopkins, Harford Sheriff's Department spokesman, said an occupant of one of the trucks was flown to Shock Trauma, but there were no other serious injuries.

Teen charged in shooting of two youths surrenders

A 17-year-old suspect in a multiple shooting has surrendered to the Havre de Grace Police Department and is being held, police said Monday.

Terrell Walton of the 200 block of Wilson St. in Havre de Grace was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Bernard Davis Jr., 15, of Aberdeen and his cousin, Demetric Davis, 14, of Baltimore, police said. Waverly Corey Lewis, 16, of the 200 block of Mayberry Drive, Aberdeen, faces the same charges and surrendered two weeks ago.

Bernard and Demetric Davis were shot Oct. 18.

Health Department leases office space in Bel Air

Lambdin Development Co. has announced that the Harford County Health Department has leased additional space in the Thomas Hays Building at 120 Hays St. in Bel Air.

Several agencies of the Health Department, including the Maryland Children's Health Program, the Medical Assistance Transportation Program and Information Technology Support Services will move to the Thomas Hays Building, joining the Bureau of Environmental Health and the Cancer/Tobacco Programs already there.

Henderson Rd. in Bel Air to close for two weeks

Henderson Road between Route 543 and Leeswood Road in northern Bel Air will close tomorrow for a culvert replacement project, according to officials of the Harford County Construction Bureau.

The closure is expected to last two weeks.

Bel Air fire company gets $135,000 U.S. grant

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