Harford Week

December 14, 2003

Longtime educator slain in apparent murder-suicide

Earl Jacob Lightcap, 75, a longtime principal of Edgewood High School and former assistant superintendent of Harford County schools, was found slain at his home in Long Bar Harbor on Tuesday, police said.

Police suspect that David Allen Johnston, 22, was the killer, said Harford sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins. Johnston was found dead in the Bush River on Wednesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. A rifle -- thought to be one missing from Lightcap's house -- was found in the river off Long Bar Harbor, Hopkins said.

Deputies are investigating the case as a murder-suicide, Hopkins said.

Aberdeen officials granted extension for water plan

On Thursday, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission gave Aberdeen officials, who are seeking permission to draw water from Deer Creek in Harford County, six more months to devise a plan for getting supplemental water when the river is too low to draw from.

Aberdeen became Aberdeen Proving Ground's water supplier several years ago, after the Army privatized the utility. One permit would serve APG; the other would provide water for the municipality. One year ago, the commission gave the city 12 months to finalize a backup supply plan, which it has not done.

During its business meeting at Cecil Community College, the commission extended the backup water deadline until June 30. James Stuhltrager, a lawyer with the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center in Wilmington, Del., who represents a group of Deer Creek landowners on the permit issue, called the allowance "ridiculous."

Ehrlich appoints two to county school board

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has appointed Thomas L. Fidler Jr. and Salina M. Pleasant-Grice to the Harford County Board of Education. Fidler succeeds Terry R. Troy and Pleasant-Grice succeeds Eugene C. Chandler. Both appointees serve the remainder of five-year terms from July 1.

Fidler is vice president of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services LLT, specializing in commercial leasing. He is a member of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation and the Bel Air Downtown Revitalization Alliance. He and his wife are Forest Hill residents and have two sons.

Pleasant-Grice is a Mid-Atlantic Region engineer for Verizon. A graduate of Dundalk Community College, She is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Association of Telecommunications Managers & Associates of Maryland. She is chairwoman of the Edgewood Community Council and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2000 at Edgewood High School, where her children attended school. An Abingdon native, Pleasant-Grice has three sons and a granddaughter. She was endorsed for school board appointment by the Harford County Permanent Nominating Caucus last year.

The Harford County Board of Education has seven members. They are gubernatorial appointees, but the Harford County Permanent Nominating Caucus endorses candidates for the board.

"I value the input of Harford County's nominating caucus and the county's elected officials," Ehrlich said. "The endorsements of these candidates by County Executive [James M.] Harkins and state Senators Nancy Jacobs and Bob Hooper played the key role in the decision-making process."

Bartell joins science staff at environmental company

Ecotone Inc., an environmental consulting company based in Jarrettsville, has appointed Brian Bartell to its staff of scientists.

Bartell has 11 years of experience in environmental assessment and design as well as in managing environmental restoration projects.

Ecotone provides environmental design, construction and project management services. Its business activities include stream restoration, pond and stream construction, forest and wetland mitigation, watershed assessment and environmental consulting.

Baltimore man dies in Edgewood shooting

A 24-year-old Baltimore man was killed late Tuesday night in Edgewood by a shotgun wound to the chest, authorities said.

Antonio Gerard Allen was pronounced dead after he was found by police in the 2000 block of Rockwell St. about midnight, said Harford sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins. Hopkins said police believe that the killing was drug-related.

Witnesses saw Allen surrounded by three or four people who fled once the shot was fired, Hopkins said. Police are searching for those involved.

Zoning official Williams honored for planning work

Stanley Williams, a Harford County planning and zoning technician, has received the 2003 Maryland Building Officials Permits Technician of the Year Award. The honor was given in recognition of Williams' 18 years of service.

"Stanley's work ethic epitomizes the best in public service," said Planning and Zoning Director John Kaii-Ziegler. "He is a credit to this department and Harford County."

New manager appointed at Havre de Grace library

Diana Dayton has been named manager of the Havre de Grace branch of the Harford County Public Library.

Before joining Harford County Public Library, Dayton was the assistant director of the East Hampton Library in East Hampton, N.Y. Dayton received her master of library science degree from Long Island University in 1999.

"Havre de Grace is a wonderful community and I am so pleased to be a part of the dynamic Harford County Public Library team," Dayton said. She replaces Susan Deeney, who served as the Havre de Grace branch manager for 18 years. Deeney was promoted to Edgewood branch manager in October.

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