Harford Digest


November 20, 2005

Search for counsel delays murder trial

The murder trial of the alleged gunman in the killing last year of an Edgewood cab driver and father of nine was postponed Monday after the defendant requested a new lawyer. Wayne Lavon Bond is accused of shooting 37-year-old Derald Howard Guess in December. Bond's co-defendant, Darrell Levon Miller, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in September in exchange for testimony against Bond.

Police said the incident was part of a gang initiation rite.

State schools chief at Fallston Middle

State schools superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick visited Fallston Middle School on Wednesday to mark American Education Week and to unveil the 2006 Pride public service campaign, which features students from Harford, Montgomery and Calvert counties, a teacher from Worcester County, and a principal from Wicomico County.

Smilko sworn in to school board

New school board member John L. Smilko was sworn in Monday at the Harford County Circuit Courthouse.

"Do I have all the answers? No," he said. "The only thing I can say with any certainty is that my time on the board will not be dull. These are exciting times."

The 24-year resident of Joppatowne was appointed to fill the seat formerly held by Robert B. Thomas Jr. for more than 10 years. The 49-year-old father of three co-founded the Bel Air-based Kramer-Smilko software development firm in 1986.

School board mulls town hall findings

The school board met Wednesday to discuss the findings of its three town hall meetings last month. In an abbreviated session, Joseph Licata, assistant superintendent for operations, presented a 70-page list of the concerns offered by parents.

Little insight was given into the school's possible scenarios for redistricting, which will be unveiled Nov. 28 and discussed and amended over a period of months.

Madonna Road section to close

Madonna Road between the Deer Creek Bridge and Mellow Road in Norrisville will close tomorrow for three weeks to complete emergency road repairs.

The detour route will be Jerrys Road, Fawn Grove Road and Route 136.

Information: 410-638-3509.

Foundation donates $5,000 for library

The Harford County Public Library Foundation will donate $5,000 to the campaign for the new Jarrettsville branch.

The campaign has raised $67,000 of its goal of $100,000.

The 14,065-square-foot branch will include a drive-through checkout window and a fireside reading area.

Holiday closings: transit, senior sites

All demand/response, fixed-route and other transportation services provided by Harford Transit Bus Service will be suspended Thursday and Friday.

All senior centers will also be closed during this time.

Both services will resume Nov. 28.

13 sheriff's workers honored for service

Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding presented 13 members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Court Services Division Civil Unit with a citation for outstanding service in a ceremony at the Harford County Courthouse.

The Civil Unit, under the command of Maj. Jesse Bane and Capt. Steven E. Bodway, possesses the highest service rate of sheriff's offices in Maryland.

Cecil college sponsors donations drive

Cecil Community College will sponsor the sixth annual Stuff-a-Truck event to collect donations for the needy during the holidays.

Suggested donations include unopened children's toys, baby supplies, winter wear for children, towels and cleaning supplies.

The truck will be stationed at the Elkton Wal-Mart from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; American Legion Hall in Rising Sun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and on the college's North East campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

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