City/county Digest


June 01, 2006

Howard executive names acting police chief

William J. McMahon, 43, deputy Howard County police chief and a 20-year veteran of the force, was named acting chief yesterday by County Executive James N. Robey, replacing Wayne Livesay, who retired the same day and is running for County Council.

McMahon became a major and deputy chief in July 2002, and is in charge of operations. A permanent chief will be named by Robey's successor as county executive. He is prevented by term limits from running for another term.

"He's the best-qualified. I watched his career," Robey said, adding that McMahon has been active in the police union and as the county's chief labor negotiator for police contracts, and knows both sides of most issues.

James F. Fitzgerald, police union president, called McMahon "a very competent operational-type career officer. He's the right choice at the right time."

McMahon's commands have included special operations and Animal Control, which is supervised by the Police Department in Howard County.

larry carson

Harford County: Aberdeen

Two die in crash at intersection

Two Harford County residents died yesterday after two vehicles collided at an intersection in Aberdeen, city police said. Curtis C. Daugherty, 79, of Darlington was driving a 1994 Ford Escort station wagon west on Route 22 about 1 p.m. when he attempted to turn left onto southbound Beards Hill Road and collided with an eastbound 1997 Dodge Neon driven by a 17-year-old girl, whose name was not divulged. Police said the girl and Daugherty were flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where Daugherty died. The girl was treated and released. A passenger in the station wagon, Ruth Ann Sheets, 48, of Mitchell Lane in Aberdeen, died at Harford Memorial Hospital, police said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Jobs

Career workshops series starts today

Maryland New Directions will hold a series of career workshops this month, starting with a personal career assessment today from noon to 2 p.m. The nonprofit career counseling and job placement agency will hold a career exploration event Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m., and an information session for ex-offenders June 8 from noon to 2 p.m. Appointments are required. All events are held at the group's headquarters, 611 Park Ave. Information or reservations: 410-230-0630.

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