Harford Week

December 05, 2004

Sheriff's Office starting shopping center foot patrol

The Harford County Sheriff's Office announced last week that it will implement holiday foot patrols of shopping centers in an effort to deter crime and make the season safer.

"We want people to feel safe, and we believe the best way to accomplish that and deter crime is to conduct random and frequent foot patrols of the shopping centers in our jurisdiction," said Sheriff R. Thomas Golding.

Golding also said deputies also will step up patrols for drunken driving during this month and next. "There will be no warnings," he said.

Like his father, Marine is buried in Arlington

For the second time this year, Martina C. Burger of Port Deposit sat beside a casket at Arlington National Cemetery as a Marine placed in her lap a neatly folded American flag.

Having buried her husband in May, Burger said goodbye Monday to her only son, Marine Cpl. Dale A. Burger Jr. The 21-year- old Bel Air native, who was killed Nov. 14 during fighting in Iraq, was saluted by 21 rounds fired by seven Marine riflemen and the strains of taps.

Before about 100 mourners, Burger was laid to rest next to his father, Dale A. Burger Sr., a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War who died in May of complications from a heart attack. The elder Burger was 54.

APG credit union to build Bel Air branch

Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union has announced the construction of a full-service branch in the Amyclae Shopping Center off Routes 22 and 543 in Bel Air.

The location will include teller windows, service representatives, a lobby computer and ATM, the credit union said. APGFCU's eighth branch is expected to open in the spring.

Harford transit service won't run Dec. 24, Dec. 31

Harford transit service will be suspended Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 in observance of holidays, officials announced.

All services will resume on the following Mondays.

For more information, contact Harford Transit at 410-612-1621.

Government contracts cause tech firm to expand

RTR Technologies LLC, a technology start-up at the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center in Aberdeen, is expanding, economic development officials said.

The company, which moved to the HEAT Center Incubator in February, was recently awarded two new contracts totaling over $1 million by the federal Department of Homeland Security for the US-VISIT Program, which tracks the entry and exit of visitors to the country.

Under these two one-year contracts, RTR will design and apply advanced computer simulations to assist US-VISIT officials' analysis of operations, resources and the environment as new systems are introduced.

RTR anticipates hiring three to four staff members to create the state-of-the-art models for the project and to meet demand from clients such as the Naval Air Weapons Center-Aircraft Division (Patuxent River Naval Air Station), and the Bionetics Corp.

RTR employs eight at the incubator facility and has doubled in size since its move to the HEAT Center.

Deputies seeking help in finding ATV thief

Harford County sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in finding the person responsible for stealing an all-terrain vehicle last month.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 17, a red 2003 Polaris Predator four-wheeled ATV was stolen from a residence in the 4100 block of Webster-Lapidum Road in Havre de Grace.

Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call the Harford County Crime Solvers 24-hour tip line at 1-888-540-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest of those involved. The call is confidential, and tipsters do not have to give their names or appear in court.

Man sentenced to prison in child pornography case

A federal judge in Baltimore on Wednesday sentenced a former soldier to nearly five years in prison for sending child pornography over state lines by computer.

Jamie Michael Chick, 22, of Gunpowder pleaded guilty in October.

In May 2002, a detective from the Palos Heights Police Department in Illinois logged onto an Internet Relay Chat channel. There, Chick, under the screen name jdive1, advertised that he had "pre pics," meaning prepubescent pictures. The detective downloaded five images from Chick's computer.

Three months later, FBI agents searched Chick's home and seized his computer, which contained more than 2,000 graphic images of child pornography. Some of the pictures showed known, identified child victims.

On Sept. 30, 2003, an Army colonel at the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense in Aberdeen, where Chick worked, noticed Chick using the computer to gain access to the Internet.

The next day, when a co-worker refilled a printer at a work station she shared with Chick, the first sheet that printed was a picture of a nude young girl.

Numerous pictures of nude and partially clothed prepubescent girls were found in Chick's account.

Chick admitted that he used the institute's computer to look at nude and "artistic" images of 10- to 13-year-old girls.

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