Harford Week

February 01, 2004

APG is chosen as site of school for counterterrorism

Aberdeen Proving Ground has been chosen as the site for a $52 million counterterrorism school for diplomatic security workers and foreign law-enforcement officers -- a project that received $5 million in startup funds from Congress last month.

The Center for Anti-Terrorism and Security Training could bring 100 to 200 jobs to Harford County a year, said Bill Richardson of the Army Alliance, a group that works closely with the proving ground.

Richardson called news of the selection "lovely" and said the timetable for opening the school would depend on added congressional funding and construction time, although he expects classes to begin at the 72,000-acre proving ground on the Chesapeake Bay within a year or two.

Churchville man killed while clearing driveway

A Churchville man was killed Monday morning while he was clearing his driveway, after an SUV spun out of control and struck him, state police said.

Richard M. McGauley, 57, of the 400 block of Priestford Road (Route 136) was using a snow blower at the end of his driveway when the accident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m., state police at the Bel Air barracks said.

McGauley was struck by a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer heading south on Priestford Road, police said. Rachel A. Wagman, 27, of the 2900 block of Northern Dancer Drive in Churchville lost control of the vehicle as it approached East Medical Hall Road, police said, adding that road conditions and speed appear to be contributing factors.

McGauley, who was married and worked as a logistician with Battelle's Aberdeen center, worked with the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Agency at Aberdeen Proving Ground, said co-worker Peter Bucha. With a bachelor's degree in math and master's degree in statistics, McGauley's forte was analysis. He also enjoyed cooking and playing golf, Bucha said.

"He was very knowledgeable, and an expert in his field -- plus, he was just one of the nicest guys you'd know. He was very well-liked," said Battelle spokeswoman Katy Delaney.

Democrats pick DeRan for Central Committee

Craig H. DeRan, a lawyer from Forest Hill, has been elected to the Harford County Democratic Central Committee.

DeRan has been an associate attorney specializing in commercial, litigation and estate practice with Stark and Keenan P.A. in Bel Air since 1997. He is treasurer of the Harford County Bar Foundation and serves on the board of Mason-Dixon Community Services Inc.

DeRan is a graduate of North Harford High School and received his B.A. from Davidson College in North Carolina. He received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Credit union names Tina Ripken to post

Tina Ripken has been named education director of Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union.

An employee of the credit union since 1983, Ripken's roles have included teller, member service representative, mortgage loan officer and market development director.

She is a member of various community education organizations, including Harford County and Maryland Business Roundtables for Education, Cecil County public schools' BEPAC Organization, National Youth Involvement Board and Edgewood High School Academy of Finance.

In Cecil County

Trial dates set in case of bodies in trunk

Trial dates have been set for a South Carolina man and North Carolina woman indicted on murder charges after two bodies were found in the trunk of their car in November.

James Moore, 39, will stand trial in Cecil County Circuit Court on May 19, and Porsha Harper, 37, will go on trial June 2. The trials are expected to last two days.

Moore and Harper are charged with killing Willie Robinson, 35, of New Rochelle, N.Y, and Alexandria Withers, 21, of Greensboro, N.C.

Robinson and Withers, who were fatally shot, were found in the trunk of a Dodge Intrepid during a traffic stop Nov. 6 on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia man surrenders in drug case

A Philadelphia man surrendered early Monday in Cecil County and was charged as a drug kingpin in a three-state cocaine distribution ring, state police said.

Richard Harris, 27, was taken to the Cecil County Detention Center about 2:30 a.m. after surrendering to Maryland State Police at the North East barracks, said Sgt. Tim McDonald, one of the investigators in the case.

"The organization, we allege, is ... a multikilogram drug operation," McDonald said.

Harris, also known as "Filthy Rich," a rap recording artist, remained in the detention center in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Man killed when his car hits truck in rest area

An unidentified man was killed early Tuesday in North East after he drove into a rest area in Cecil County, passed a vehicle on the shoulder and slammed into the rear of a parked tractor-trailer, state police said.

The accident, which occurred shortly after midnight at the Chesapeake House rest area, involved a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro with Virginia license tags. State police at the JFK barracks said the truck the car hit, a 2000 Freightliner, was legally parked on the right shoulder and unoccupied. Police said dental records would be used to identify the victim.

State trooper to head new Perryville police force

A state police sergeant has announced his appointment as chief of Perryville's nascent police force. Sgt. Gary Pierce, 45, of Chesapeake City will begin his duties March 1. In May, the mayor and commissioners approved creation of a municipal police department.

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