Harford Week

November 23, 2003

Abingdon man charged with child abduction

An Abingdon man was arrested Wednesday at Bel Air Middle School and has been charged with one count of child abduction. He is being held without bond, Harford County authorities said.

Gary Linwood Williams, 24, was seen in the school parking lot around dismissal time with a 12-year-old sixth-grader, schools spokesman Donald R. Morrison said. Morrison said Williams had befriended the youngster that afternoon.

Williams, who is accused of trying to sign the pupil out at school dismissal, was taken to the school office, where Bel Air police arrested him, Morrison said. Bel Air Deputy Chief Norman Ross said Williams also is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of burglary tools.

Victim of Nov. 9 crash in Darlington identified

State police have identified the body of a man burned beyond recognition in a Nov. 9 accident along Route 161 in Darlington.

Dental records helped identify George Dewey Horn Jr., 37, of the 300 block of Roundhouse Drive in Perryville, who was the single occupant of the 1995 Chevrolet Camaro that crashed into a tree near Prince Road at 1:40 a.m., police said Thursday.

High's clerk wounded in Havre de Grace

A 23-year-old clerk at a High's of Baltimore store was shot several times in an attempted robbery Monday night, authorities said

Beth Ann Aziz of Havre de Grace was working at the store on the 900 block of Pulaski Highway about 9:30 p.m. when a white male wearing a hooded Notre Dame jacket and ski mask demanded that she give him money from the cash register, according to Maj. John Van Gilder of the Havre de Grace police. When she refused, the man shot her several times but failed to open the register himself, Van Gilder said.

Aziz was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated and released, authorities said. Police are still searching for the robber.

Council OKs penalties for yard waste dumping

The Harford County Council adopted an amended bill Tuesday night that imposes a $1,000 fine or six months in jail for people illegally dumping yard waste.

Council President Robert Wagner, who has criticized the county's shutdown of the several satellite yard waste recycling centers, was the only member to vote against the bill.

The amendments stipulated that people could be fined up to $1,000 if they dump waste illegally or after hours at the new site on Tollgate Road in Bel Air, or at the Scarboro landfill.

Man seized in series of Harford carjackings

A man sought in connection with a series of crimes Nov. 15 in Harford County that included two carjackings at gunpoint, an abduction and the theft of a state police cruiser was arrested Monday in Philadelphia by FBI agents and U.S. marshals, authorities reported.

The suspect - who police said was in a stolen car and fled in the vehicle as a companion was being arrested - was identified as Karief Youmans, 22, of Philadelphia. He was taken into custody in an apartment in that city, the FBI said.

Police said Youmans was driving a stolen car that crashed near Havre de Grace. That was followed by the theft of a police cruiser and two armed carjackings. In one carjacking, a pizza delivery man was forced into his trunk and driven to Philadelphia, where he freed himself and called police.

A second suspect in the case, George Briggs, 21, of Philadelphia, was captured earlier in Harford County and identified through fingerprints. He was charged with three theft-related counts and with obstructing and hindering police, and was being held on $25,000 bond.

Man gets 10 years in 1998 beating death

Robert Matthew Glover received a 10-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty Wednesday in the beating death of Charles Ray Sherer, bringing to a close a 5-year-old homicide case.

Glover was charged after Sherer's body was found in February 1998 along U.S. 40 near Aberdeen, the state's attorney's office said. But a judge dismissed the case for lack of a speedy trial.

An appellate court reversed the dismissal and a new trial was scheduled for Dec. 1. Glover was sentenced by Judge William O. Carr in Harford County Circuit Court.

Colleges receive grant from science foundation

Harford Community College, with the Community College of Baltimore County, College of Southern Maryland and Wor-Wic Community College, has been awarded a $2.99 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Maryland Center for Manufacturing Educational Excellence.

The regional center is funded under the NSF Advanced Technology Education initiative, and funding will be provided over four years.

Goals of the program include creating a model that can be adapted to meet educational requirements of multiple industries; creating a regional baseline of skill standards; increasing interest in manufacturing careers; and conducting a summer program for high school students.

Republican Women install officers

Paula Mullis was installed as president of the Harford County Republican Women at the group's monthly meeting.

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