Harford Week

November 16, 2003

Bel Air girl, 17, Taneytown man killed in crash

Allison Anne Petrecca, 17, of Bel Air was one of two people killed in a car crash on Tufton Avenue near Dover Road in Shawan early Tuesday.

The second victim was identified as John Ryan Strebe, 19, of Taneytown.

Petrecca, of the 600 block of Carleton Trail, and Strebe, of the 300 block of E. Baltimore St., were members of the Bel Air Vipers, a competitive cheerleading squad, their parents said.

Petrecca graduated early from Bel Air High School in May, Harford County school officials said.

She worked at a hair salon in Bel Air and planned to attend cosmetology school in Timonium, her mother, Karen Petrecca, said.

She was an only child.

Two men arrested in gambling investigation

A seven-month investigation into a sports book gambling ring that officials said spanned three counties and handled at least $100,000 each week, brought arrests Thursday afternoon of two men and confiscation of cash, betting records and vehicles, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Charged in warrants with multiple violations of state gambling laws were Bruce Davison, 36, of the first block of Lockhart Circle, Forest Hill, and Stephen Hendrickson, 52, of the 200 block of Fox Hall Drive, Bel Air.

Davison was described as the head of the gambling enterprise that operated in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Edward Hopkins. Hendrickson took bets or collected money, police said.

The operation handled thousands of dollars each day and included nearly every sport - professional and college, Hopkins said. "The busiest time was professional and college football season."

Davison and Hendrickson were released on their own recognizance, Hopkins said.

State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said investigators are looking into the men's financial background. Cassilly said that the $100,000 cash recovered Thursday night represented a snapshot of the operation. "If that's for one week or so," he said, "you're probably taking significant amounts of money in the long term."

Johnson reappointed to preservation panel

Laurence M. Johnson of Forest Hill has been reappointed to a seat on the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board by Harford County Executive James M. Harkins.

The County Council is expected to review the reappointment at its session Tuesday. Upon confirmation, Johnson will serve a five-year term that will expire on April 7, 2008.

HCC nursing student gets $1,000 scholarship

Harford Community College nursing student Roxanne Mathis has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. College President Claudia Chiesi presented her with a certificate of award at a recent HCC board of trustees meeting.

Scholarship recipients must demonstrate academic success and must have performed 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months. The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program awards 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher education institutions that grant two-year degrees.

"The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program gives support and encouragement to an ever-underserved population of college students," said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "This program is an extension of our longstanding commitment to college education throughout the United States."

Housing prices continue to climb in region

Baltimore-area home sales lost some of their frenzy last month, but prices continued their steep ascent.

Sales in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties rose to 3,304 homes last month, an increase of 1.85 percent over October 2002 - the smallest increase since April, according to figures released last week by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. in Rockville.

But the average sales price jumped to $210,439 - 11.79 percent above a year earlier. It marked the seventh consecutive month that prices rose by double-digit percentages.

Home prices were highest in Howard County, with an average of $297,557. That was followed by Anne Arundel, at $271,417; Carroll, $264,580; Harford, $206,000; Baltimore County, $195,952; and Baltimore City, $113,689.

Unidentified driver killed in crash near Darlington

One person was killed Nov. 9 when a car ran off Route 161 near Darlington, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, state police reported.

The victim - who was severely burned - was the lone occupant of the 1995 Chevrolet Camaro, which was southbound near Price Road when it crashed about 1:40 a.m., police said.

State police called on its auto-theft unit to retrieve vehicle identification numbers to help identify the car's owner.

Six roads in county remain under repair

Three road repair projects are expected to be completed this month, according to the Harford County Construction Management Bureau. They are:

Turner Road between Houcks Mill and Pocock roads.

Windy Laurel Way between Box Hill South Parkway and Copper Ridge Road and between Abingdon Road and Deer Creek Drive.

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