Running for office

prosecutors leave

fireworks violations

July 25, 2011

From The Aegis of July 3, 1986:

The state and local election season was officially under way 25 years ago and the races were set.

The deadline to file for election passed this week in 1986, and a slew of candidates threw their hats into the ring. Among them were the incumbent and a former county executive, educators and former educators, the daughter of the county executive, a member of the sheriff's office and all seven members of the Harford County Council — a first in the history of the county's charter government.

County Executive Habern Freeman was seeking re-election and was being challenged in his party by fellow Democrat Dr. C. Joseph Bernardo. The two served on the first county council in 1972.

Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr got an automatic election to his first full term. Appointed two years earlier, Carr was unopposed.

Four candidates filed to run for sheriff: Theodore S. Moyer, appointed in 1981, was seeking his second full term, and being opposed by Lt. Dominick Mele, Marlin L. Mills and Jerome J. Siatkowski.

They were all gearing up for the Sept. 9 primary.

In other front page news this week, State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who also filed for re-election, was dealing with a bit of a morale problem in his office. In a span of just a few weeks, three of the 12 assistant state's attorneys in his office had given notice they were leaving. All three cited salary as their reason for leaving.

One said he could get a "much higher salary" working for a private firm, another said she could make more money starting for the county than she could after three to five years in Cassilly's office and a third said he needed a change, but money was also a factor.

"Every year it's the same thing. We are promised raises and don't get them," one of the remaining assistant state's attorneys said.

A fired Bel Air town police officer sued for $100,000 and his job back. Douglas S. Crouse was fired one day before his one-year probationary period with the department was up and he would have been eligible for job security protection.

In his suit filed in Harford Circuit Court, Crouse said he was fired without having been told about any shortcomings and that he was fired because of "derogatory comments" he made about the police chief, Thomas P. Broumel.

Aberdeen Proving Ground was one of eight potential sites where the Army would dispose of its stock of lethal chemical agents and munitions. In 1985, Congress approved funding to build facilities to destroy the stockpiles by September 1994.

Norrisville area residents won their battle to keep Route 23 over Deer Creek open while the state replaces the bridge. The state had planned to close the road while the new span was built to replace the 64-year-old one, but after opposition from area residents and help from members of the General Assembly, the state announced it would build a temporary bridge on either side of the existing one. The temporary bridge would only be one lane, but it would not have a weight limit, allowing all traffic to pass.

With school out for the summer, the Bel Air Athletic Club was advertising its summer rate of $109. The advertisement said the club offered swimming, racquetball, exercise classes and weightlifting.

Sears Surplus Store on Baltimore Pike in the Bel Air Plaza Shopping Center was advertising July 4th "SUPER SAVINGS." Misses' swimsuits were $5 while men's swimsuits were $6. "Nylon Jogging Shorts by Dove" were 70 to 75 percent off, reduced to only $2. One day only, July 4, Sears Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent was marked down to $15 from $19.

And on the even of the Fourth of July holiday, two Baltimore men were charged with possession of illegal fireworks and other violations. Police seized 18 quarter sticks, also known as blockbusters, which contained an explosive charge equal to a quarter stick of dynamite.

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