Harford Week

January 11, 2004

Man gets life sentence in death of friend

A Havre de Grace man was sentenced Wednesday to life without parole for the first-degree murder of a friend whom he shot after a night of gambling.

Robert Scott Earl, 24, of the 500 block of Bourbon St. received an additional 40 years on armed robbery and handgun charges in the death of Troy Reid, 30, of Havre de Grace, said Diana Brooks, deputy state's attorney.

According to court records, Earl became angry at Reid after playing dice in Havre de Grace's Hilltown neighborhood July 31, 2002. Earl left, then returned wearing a mask and robbed Reid, shooting him twice. Reid was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about three weeks later.

Bel Air resident named company's top salesman

Bel Air resident Brandt Bell, a door and window salesman for the Precision Entry company in Ohio, has been named salesman of the year by the company.

In a news release, Precision Sales Manager Randy Albaugh praised Bell for his strong work ethic and "excellent organizational skills," which he said contributed to an increase in company sales.

Brandt, who started working with Precision in 2000, began as a sales representative in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. He has been living and working in Maryland since October 2002.

Waypoint Bank appoints Fritz market manager

William R. Fritz has been named market manager of the Waypoint Bank branches in Bel Air and Forest Hill, according to David E. Zuern, president and chief executive officer of the company.

Fritz is a Towson State University graduate and was previously manager of the Baltimore branch of Charles Schwab & Co.

Fritz resides in Bel Air with his wife and three children. He is a member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce and the John Carroll Parent Advisory Board. He also serves as music director at the Crossroads Community Church.

14 students from Fallston named to county orchestra

Fourteen Fallston High School students were recently selected to the All-County orchestra, which will be performing a concert at Havre de Grace High School at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

The students are: Erin Leeb (cello), Elizabeth Stefan (viola), Brittany Henderson (violin), Lauren Lane (violin), Jessica Bullock (violin) and Crystal Rufenacht (flute).

Also Heather Goodman (violin), Samantha DeSpirito (violin), Elizabeth DeGele (viola), Alex Mirabule (tuba), Jackie Conrad (trombone), Katlyn DeGraw (cello), Jenny Hasselbusch (violin) and Bob Harvey (bass trombone).

The Fallston High School Dance Team took first place in the recent Regional Eastern Cheer and Dance Association competition in Dundalk.

The Fallston High School marching band placed second at the recent Tournament of the Bands Chapter IX Championships at Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County.

Kathryn Smith elected to student board post

Kathryn L. Smith, a Fallston High School junior, has been elected the 2004-2005 student representative to the county's Board of Education.

Smith, 16, will represent Harford's 40,000 public school students on the board beginning in July.

Five Harford seniors to be Assembly pages

Five Harford County high school seniors will serve as student pages during the Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis.

Chosen to serve were Kevin Killeen and Diane Ketler of Fallston High; Amanda Henninger and Jacob Tanenbaum of Bel Air High; and Anastasia Feaster of Edgewood High School.

Aberdeen Middle teacher gets national certification

Edith D. Smith has achieved National Board Certification as a teacher.

Smith, a 26-year veteran, is an art teacher at Aberdeen Middle School.

Library foundation names three to board of directors

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has named Edward Walker, Lucie Snodgrass and Edward Kimmel to its board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term.

Walker is a senior vice president of AEGON Direct Marketing Services Inc. and heads Transamerica Affinity Services Inc. He holds an executive master's degree from Loyola College in Baltimore and a bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College in Virginia. He lives in Fallston with his wife and two children.

Snodgrass and Kimmel were appointed by the Harford County Public Library board of trustees, on which they serve.

Before becoming a free-lance writer, Snodgrass served as director of governmental and community relations for Harford County government. Snodgrass received a bachelor's degree in political science from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a master's degree in political administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Snodgrass lives in Street.

Kimmel has been a resident of Harford County for 59 years and has worked for Harford County government for 39 years. He is chief of operations for the Water and Sewer Maintenance division of the Department of Public Works. He lives in Joppa.

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