Harford Week

March 28, 2004

Death of woman in Havre de Grace ruled homicide

Police said Monday that they had identified an 83-year-old woman who was found dead in her Havre de Grace home March 21 and that they were investigating her death as a homicide.

Havre de Grace police were called about 10 p.m. Sunday to the 200 block of N. Adams St., where they found the body of Hazel E. Jones in the living room, said Maj. John Van Gilder. She apparently had suffered trauma to the head and neck, he said.

The death has been ruled a homicide. There were no signs of forced entry at the home, and police had no suspects and knew of no motive, he said.

2 charged with selling drug paraphernalia

Harford County police announced Tuesday the arrest of two people at an Edgewood convenience store on charges of selling drug paraphernalia.

Jayesh A. Patel, 46, of the 1100 block of Clover Valley Way in Edgewood, whom police identified as the owner of Express Deli Mart in the 600 block of Edgewood Road, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and with possession and intent to sell drug paraphernalia. Danielle N. Nevins, 21, of the 1200 block of Windy Branch Way in Edgewood was charged with possession and intent to sell drug paraphernalia.

On March 18, undercover officers bought at the store items used to package narcotics, police said. The next day, police said, officers searched the store and seized drug items and more than $20,000 in cash.

Patel and Nevins were released on their own recognizance.

Harford deputy honored by Knights of Columbus

Harford Deputy Tom Gregory was recently recognized by the Mason Dixon Council of the Knights of Columbus as Police Officer of the Year.

On Feb. 22, 2003, Gregory responded to a call at the Briarhill Shopping Center about a drunk and disorderly man in a business there. The man was escorted out of the business to the front of the shopping center to defuse the situation and obtain identification. A struggle ensued, during which Gregory severely injured his right ankle.

Sheriff R. Thomas Golding said, "It's rewarding to see sheriff's office deputies recognized by organizations in the community. Deputy Gregory should be commended on his commitment to duty. His efforts allowed Deputy Gregory to overcome an adverse situation to successfully apprehend a violent offender."

Good Shepherd church dedicates building

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, at 1515 Emmorton Road in Bel Air, dedicated its new education and fellowship building during the 11 a.m. worship service March 21.

Led by the Rev. H. Gerard Knoche of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Delaware-Maryland Synod bishop, and current and former pastors, the congregation dedicated the $1.2 million, 13,900-square-foot, two-story building at a service in its new fellowship hall.

A groundbreaking service was held March 23, 2003.

3 highway projects nearing completion

Three road-repair projects are nearing completion, the Harford County Construction Management Bureau reported last week. They are:

Singer Road: The bridge reconstruction on Singer Road between Atkisson and Clayton roads is expected to be completed next month.

Patterson Mill Road: The stream bank stabilization project on Patterson Mill Road between Route 924 and Wheel Road is also expected to be completed next month.

Red Pump Road: The culvert replacement work on Red Pump Road between Route 24 and Vale Road is scheduled for completion in May.

Cecil County

Elkton gets $600,000 for wastewater plant

Elkton received a $600,000 grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment Wednesday to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to a biological nutrient removal system.

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