Harford Week

November 09, 2003

Counterfeit money found after I-95 fatal accident

State troopers found counterfeit merchandise - including pirated compact discs and digital video discs - and counterfeit money in a vehicle involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 95 near the Susquehanna River bridge Thursday.

The accident occurred when a 1987 Chevrolet Astro van spun out of control and blocked the northbound left lane, said state police Sgt. Thornnie Rouse.

The driver of a 2001 Toyota Camry was able to slow to avoid the van, but then was hit by a 1984 Chevy pickup truck.

Killed in the accident was a passenger in the pickup truck, Maria Brandoni, 89, of Richmond, Va. Its driver, Morris L. Grantham, 55, also of Richmond, and John Ballard, 76, of Hightstown, N.J., a passenger in the Camry, were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and reported in serious condition, police said.

The Camry's driver, Ballard's wife, Phoebe Ballard, 74, was taken by ambulance to Harford Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The two men in the van - identified as Joshua S. Azor, 25, of Irvington, N.J., and Jamison T. Crouch-Nunn, 23, of Newark, N.J. - were arrested and held at the JFK Highway barracks on charges of possessing counterfeit money and goods.

APG restarts operations to destroy chemical agent

Chemical agent destruction resumed at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Monday after a nearly three-month work delay caused by equipment problems.

APG, one of eight chemical stockpile sites in the United States, is home to a storage yard of mustard agent, a banned, carcinogenic liquid that is stored in steel bulk containers. Workers are destroying the agent through a process called neutralization, in which the chemical warfare material is mixed with hot water to break it down into a less-hazardous byproduct. About 55 tons of the 1,600-ton stockpile have been destroyed so far, APG officials said.

Operations at the destruction plant stopped Aug. 16, after a carbon filter drum overheated. Bechtel Aberdeen contractors have modified some equipment and enhanced the monitoring system used to check emptied containers for any traces of the agent, officials said.

Upper Chesapeake's Ness named to pharmacy post

John Ness, pharmacy director at Upper Chesapeake Health, has been reappointed as clinical assistant professor by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Experiential Learning Program.

Ness has been a pharmacist at Upper Chesapeake Health since 1995. He holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland.

6 county roads closed for repair work

Six county roads are closed for repairs, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau reported last week.

Turner Road between Houcks Mill and Pocock roads is closed for bridge repairs, scheduled to be completed this month.

Windy Laurel Way is closed between Box Hill South Parkway and Abingdon Road for road reconstruction.

Henderson Road is closed between Route 543 and Leeswood Road for culvert replacement work.

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

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

Red Pump Road is closed between Route 24 and Vale Road for culvert replacement. This project is expected to be completed in February.

Harford-area pipe band wins at Scottish Games

The Guilford & Glencoe District Juvenile Pipe Band won beginning-level pipe band contest at the Anne Arundel Scottish Games in Crownsville on Oct. 11.

This is the Harford-area band's fourth first-place finish of the season.

Children interested in learning to play pipes or drums are welcome to practice at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the American Legion Hall, 125 York Road, Towson. Instruction is free. For more information on the band, visit Web site info@kidspipe band.org.

Exercise at APG to run Wednesday to Nov. 21

Aberdeen Proving Ground will hold a training exercise from Wednesday to Nov. 21, according to George Mercer of the base's public affairs office.

Day and night activities, including weapons firing, are planned over land and water.

Information: 410-278-1147.

Cecil County

State police find 2 bodies during I-95 traffic stop

The bodies of two apparent homicide victims were found bound Thursday in the trunk of a car stopped for speeding on Interstate 95 near Elkton, and the driver and a passenger were charged with murder.

Police named the suspects as James Moore, 39, of Andrews, S.C., the driver, and Porsha L. Harper, 36, of Greensboro, N.C., the passenger - each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The bodies were found during a late-morning traffic stop after a trooper pulled over a northbound Dodge Intrepid for an unsafe lane change and driving 74 mph in a 65-mph zone, said Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman.

Rising Sun couple die in possible murder-suicide

A man was found dead in his truck Thursday morning, about 10 hours after his wife was found slain in their Rising Sun home in an apparent murder-suicide, state police said.

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