Harford Week

April 25, 2004

Vandalism to manhole causes sewage to spill into Bel Air tributary

Vandalism to a collector sewer in the woods in Bel Air caused 800,000 gallons of sewage to overflow into a tributary of Winters Run, public works officials said Tuesday.

People were warned to avoid contact with the water behind Markham Court until May 20, Harford County health officials said.

During a routine check, workers said that flow into the Woodland Hills pumping station had fallen below normal. Workers found that the debris in a manhole, apparently put in by vandals, caused an overflow.

FOR THE RECORD - An brief article on Tyler Lloyd of Churchville, a junior at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., in last week's edition incorrectly identified the honor society he has joined.
Lloyd has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi.
The Sun regrets the error.

The backup started about eight days ago, officials said.

Locking covers were installed on manholes to prevent more vandalism.

Singer Road reopens after $1.2 million reconstruction

Singer Road between Atkisson and Clayton roads in Joppa has reopened after completion of an estimated $1.2 million road reconstruction project.

The work included replacing a bridge, installing retaining walls and straightening out sections of the roadway, which links Routes 24 and 152, according to a spokesman for the Harford County Construction Management Bureau. The project took about 22 months and had several weather-related delays and engineering problems, said Thomas A. Pistel, chief of capital projects, roads and bridges.

"The weather problems caused one of the worst construction years we've ever had," Pistel said. "But the end result is one beautiful job. I think people will be very pleased with the result. Having Singer reopened will certainly eliminate some of the bottlenecking that has occurred on [Route] 24."

Two county roads remain closed:

Patterson Mill Road is closed between Route 924 and Wheel Road in Bel Air for a stream bank stabilization project. The road remains open from Route 924 through Gillingham Drive during construction. The work is expected to be completed later this month.

Red Pump Road between Route 24 and Vale Road in Bel Air is expected to reopen next month upon completion of culvert replacement work.

Foundation helps Arc reach $1 million goal

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has donated $82,000 to The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, enabling the organization to reach its $1 million goal and ending its first capital campaign.

The Weinberg Foundation has also pledged $168,000 as a matching challenge grant that will be used as an endowment fund for The Arc, a nonprofit organization that aids people with developmental disabilities.

The area Arc center consists of 6,600-square-foot building on Philadelphia Road in Aberdeen and a 15,000-square-foot addition.

Jarrettsville man, 32, killed in tractor accident

Corey Scott Chesla, 32, of Jarrettsville was killed Monday evening when he was crushed by a tractor he working on in his home garage, police said.

Harford County sheriff's officers arrived at the residence in the 3800 block of Federal Hill Road in Jarrettsville about 5:50 p.m. after they received a 911 call reporting a man trapped under a tractor in cardiac arrest. Police said they found Chesla pinned under the farm machinery.

Police said Chesla's father, Lawrence Chesla Sr., called 911 after he heard a loud noise and went to the garage to find his son pinned.

Emergency medical personnel from the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Department pronounced Chesla dead at 5:52 p.m.

Carjacking reported at Edgewood Village

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating a kidnapping, armed carjacking and robbery at the Edgewater Village Shopping Center in front of the Giant grocery store about 1:15 p.m. April 14.

Police said the assailant forced a woman at gunpoint to drive out of the shopping center toward the Village at Lakeview apartments.

The victim was assaulted and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money, according to police.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5431.

Street skater wins event at Lake Placid competition

Claudia Moessinger Brown, 27, of Street won the Gold Ladies I event at the U.S. Adult National skating competition in Lake Placid, N.Y., on April 14.

Brown skated to a medley of On the Town. She executed 10 jumps, including a double toe jump and three combination jumps, to place first in a field of 14 skaters.

Brown is a 1994 graduate of North Harford High School and a 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a speech instructor at Harford Community College and a skating coach at Ice World in Abingdon.

Brown credits her longtime coach, Dan Kuhn, for her success. "From the beginning, he challenged me to perform at a high standard, and he always believed in me," she said. She also gave credit to her choreographer, Lisa Bell. Brown has been skating since 1996.

Harkins announces two appointments

Harford County Executive James M. Harkins has appointed Kathy A. Kraft of Bel Air to a seat on the Advisory Board of Aging. Upon confirmation by the Harford County Council, Kraft will serve until Sept. 30, 2005.

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