Harford Week

May 16, 2004

EAI awarded contract for security training

EAI Corp., with headquarters in Abingdon, was awarded a $132 million five-year contract to provide all training services at the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The center, part of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, is the nation's premier center for emergency responder training. The award enables EAI to continue the training role that began when the center opened in 1998.

EAI will support the Center for Domestic Preparedness in training first responders in incidents involving use of chemical warfare and other weapons of mass destruction.

APG team disposes of 12 inert bombs

Aberdeen Proving Ground's High Explosives Team disposed of 12 training bombs that were unearthed in a ship scrap yard in Fairfield on Baltimore's waterfront May 5.

The bomb casings were filled with plaster of Paris and were not explosive, a military spokeswoman said last week.

"Usually, the military uses plaster or cement munitions like this for training purposes," said Pat McClung, a spokeswoman for Aberdeen Proving Ground, where the bombs were buried and then destroyed with explosives.

Construction workers clearing a former shipyard on the industrial waterfront found the bombs. As a team of soldiers removed the bombs and strapped them to the back of a flatbed truck, police imposed a potential blast zone of more than a mile radius, keeping out boats, aircraft and people.

Military officials said the bombs looked potentially dangerous, even if they were duds. Large and rusty, the bombs weighed as much as 4,000 pounds, with the biggest longer than a person.

They were found in a heap of scrap metal, where Navy ships, including the USS Coral Sea, were dismantled in the 1990s.

Harford businesses honored by state group

Harford businesses and individuals received seven of 11 award category prizes from the Maryland Small Business Administration at the group's 20th annual SBA breakfast May 14 at Martin's West in Baltimore.

The Harford County winners are: Carolyn Nelson, owner of Belaire Limousine Inc., runner-up for the small business person of the year; Bill Bates, owner of Harford New Media Inc., for home-based business advocate of the year; Jack McLaughlin, staff writer for the Harford Business Ledger, runner-up for the small business journalist of the year; Pat Hogan, Small Business Development Center counselor, women in business advocate of the year; Tyrone Lucas, Small Business Development Center counselor, minority advocate of the year; Debi Williams, M&T Bank, financial services advocate of the year; and Michael Imgarten, United Source One Inc., small business exporter of the year.

Bates attributed the large number of awards won by Harford County professionals to the efforts of the county's Small Business Development Center at Harford Community College.

County continues efforts to curb heroin use

Heroin overdose calls are becoming more frequent in Harford County, according to Sgt. Al Monk of the Sheriff's Office Community Policing Unit.

Monk said heroin usage is not limited to young adults. "We are seeing men and women in their 30s and 40s abusing this drug," Monk said. According to the Office of Drug Control Policy, 32 Harford residents died last year from heroin overdoses.

Harford adopted its Heroin Alert Program in 2000 to combat use of the illegal drug. Harford's program is modeled on an anti-drug effort in New Castle County, Del., that was primarily designed to target teens.

Sgt. Steven Dunlop said that when Harford began its program there had been a number of heroin deaths in victims ages 18 to 24. "We knew this age group still associated with friends in high school and therefore believed if we targeted high school teens we could prevent them from becoming involved in heroin use," he said.

For more information, contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office Community Policing Unit at 410-638-3713.

Information sought in theft investigation

Harford County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a series of thefts from and tampering with motor vehicles. These incidents occurred May 11 in the Tudor Manor development near Bel Air.

Police have no suspects and are seeking the public's help in identifying those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Harford County Crime Solvers' 24-hour tip line at 888-540-TIPS. Callers do not have to give their name or appear in court. If information leads to an arrest, callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Shawn Malhotra to attend youth medical forum

Shawn Malhotra, an 11th-grader at C. Milton Wright High School, has enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Philadelphia.

Malhotra will join 350 other students at the forum June 20 to 29 to explore concepts on public health, medical ethics, research and general practice.

Malhotra is the son of Raj K. and Rupa Malhotra of Bel Air.

Notre Dame offers HCC transfer scholarships

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