Harford Week

February 15, 2004

Gilchrest announces academy nominations

Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a 1st District Republican, has nominated these students from Harford and Cecil counties to the service academies:

Jose Zachary Canto, the son of Geraldine Canto of Fallston and Jose Canto of Pennsylvania. He is a student at Calvert Hall College High School (nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy).

Thomas Carpenter, the son of Jon and Gerry Carpenter of Elkton. He is a student at St. Mark's High School (Naval Academy).

Kathryn Chlada, the daughter of James and Michelina Chlada of Fallston. She is a student at John Carroll School (Air Force Academy).

Keith Fine, the son of Stephen and Lo-An Fine of Forest Hill. He is a student at Harford Technical High School. He has been offered an appointment by the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Catherine Horn, the daughter of Clare Horn of Carrs Mill Road in Fallston and Harry Horn of Towson. She is a student at John Carroll School (Merchant Marine Academy).

Bradley Jensema, the son of Richard and Christina Jensema of Bel Air. He is a student at C. Milton Wright High School (Naval Academy).

John Kearby, the son of Scott and Michele Kearby of Churchville. He is a student at John Carroll School (West Point).

Matthew Kennedy, the son of Robert and Deborah Kennedy of Forest Hill. He is a graduate of Fallston High School and attends Northwestern Preparatory Academy (Air Force Academy).

Kevin Killeen, the son of Kevin and Linda Killeen of Fallston. He is a student at Fallston High School (West Point).

Steven Manning, the son of Joseph and Vicki Manning of Bel Air. He is a student at Bel Air High School (Air Force Academy).

Christopher Markey, the son of Wayne and Rosemary Markey of Kingsville. He is a student at John Carroll School (West Point).

Ryan Mull, the son of Steve and Susan Mull of Fallston. He is a student at Fallston High School (West Point).

Jessica Ostasewski, the daughter of Peter and Jennifer Ostasewski of North East. She is a student at North East High School (West Point).

Mark Rich, the son of Peter and Maureen Rich of Forest Hill. He is a student at Calvert Hall College High School (Merchant Marine Academy).

Kathryn Tag, the daughter of Donald Tag and Sharon Gandy of Havre de Grace. She is a graduate of Havre de Grace High School and currently attends the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Naval Academy).

Library foundation elects Betty Wells to board

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has announced the election of Betty Wells to the Harford County Public Library Foundation board of directors. She will serve a three-year term.

Wells is a resident of Edgewood and a sergeant in the Harford County Sheriff's Office, where she works in the Detention Center Division.

Wells holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Pickett named director at Upper Chesapeake

Katherine Pickett of Bel Air was recently appointed to the board of directors at Upper Chesapeake Heath Foundation.

A retired early childhood education teacher, Pickett has been a member of the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission for six years and is president of the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance, an organization that raises funds for cancer-related programs throughout Maryland.

Cecil County

Port Deposit weathers environmental headache

PORT DEPOSIT - Residents of this old Susquehanna River town breathed a sigh of relief when engineers determined last week that cracks found in High Street were caused by thawing and freezing and not by movement of the underlying granite bedrock.

Old retaining walls, made of stone and concrete, buckled when meltwater seeped into cracks in the roadway and expanded when it refroze.

Devices were installed to detect ground movement, but they found no bedrock problems. "We're making sure it's not moving more," said Mike Dixon, spokesman of the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services.

Port Deposit, home to about 700 residents, is often subject to flooding. Residents endured several days of anxiety while they awaited an explanation of the damage to a 75-yard section of High Street and the retaining wall near Main Street.

"We're about as tough as the Port Deposit granite used to build that wall," said Donald Poist, 72, a town councilman and former mayor, the day after town officials described a plan to repair the damage.

North East man sentenced for drunken driving

NORTH EAST - A 33-year- old man with a record of drunken driving offenses was sentenced last week to a year in prison for driving while intoxicated, a charge that stemmed from an accident that seriously injured a sheriff's deputy in November.

Deputy 1st Class Felix Cervantes was seriously injured after a head-on collision with a car that swerved into the path of his patrol car.

Brian Stacey Langhorne of North East pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in July as part of a plea agreement with the state.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped related counts of reckless driving and failure to yield the right of way, both finable offenses. Prosecutors also dropped a third finable traffic charge: violation of a driver's license restriction, specifically relating to alcohol consumption.

On Monday, District Judge James C. McKinney sentenced Langhorne to a year in prison, then suspended all but four months of the sentence.

Elkton woman indicted in fatal crash into house

CHESAPEAKE - An Elkton woman has been indicted on three counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed a man in his home.

The indictment against Danielle Crouse, 26, was made public Wednesday. Crouse is free on bond.

Crouse allegedly was behind the wheel of a car that slammed into a house in Chesapeake Nov. 4, killing Keith Ferguson, 46, as he slept on a living room sofa.

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