September: Police officers, school leader, equine champ mourned

Deputy Cpl. Charles B. Licato, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office was killed in a single vehicle accident near Darlington. Black bunting adorned the three Harford County Sheriff's Office buildings in Bel Air, Edgewood and Jarrettsville. Harford County Executive David Craig ordered that all Harford County flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Cpl Licato until sunset the day of this funeral. Cpl. Licato is the third member of the sheriff''s office to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the Sheriff's Office.

Aberdeen Police Department Officer Charles Armetta died as a result of a fall off of an I-95 bridge. Ofc. Armetta was the second police officer to die this month in Harford County. "Harford County citizens have lost two great officers in 48 hours this past week," wrote Jason Neidig, president of FOP Lodge 128. "Words cannot express the sadness or grief, especially with the death of Officer Armetta."


Dr. Leonard Wheeler, President of the Harford County Board of Education, died Sept. 11 at his Bel Air home. Dr. Wheeler was best known as a lifelong educator who always tried to do what was best for the children and to stand up for what he thought was right.

Theodore "Ted" Moyer, a former Harford County Sheriff and a retired Maryland State Police major, died in his Edgewood home at the age of 83. "We lost a great man in Sheriff Moyer," Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane said in a statement. "History will remember him for his contributions to the State of Maryland as a member of the Maryland State Police and for his contributions to Harford County as sheriff."

Deputed Testamony, winner of the 1983 Preakness Stakes, died at Bonita Farm in Darlington. In addition to the Preakness, Deputed Testamony was the oldest Triple Crown winner and the last Maryland bred horse to win the Preakness.

Ring Factory Elementary School in Bel Air earns a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School honored by the U.S. Secretary of Education. It is only one of just 10 public and private schools in the state and 269 in the nation to receive this prestigious distinction for students achieving at a very high level or making significant improvements in levels of achievements.

The Joppa community celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding. This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the development of Joppatowne.

The Bel Air Police Department acquired four new 2013 Ford Taurus police vehicles. The vehicles are black with white lettering, replacing the white cars with green lettering that have been in use for nearly 25 years.


Cal Ripken Jr., Hall of Fame shortstop, had his bronze statue unveiled outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Ripken's statue was erected as part of the Orioles Legends Celebrations Series. His was the fifth of six bronze sculptures. Other legends statues included Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray. Brooks Robinson would be the final of the six unveiled.


The old Bel Air Post Office building on Main Street, home of the Harford County Historical Society, celebrated 75 years.

The Maryland House Travel Plaza on I-95 near Aberdeen closed for reconstruction. The Maryland House opened the year the highway opened in 1963 and was renovated in the mid-1980s.

The U.S. Navy blimp was spotted in the skies over Route 40 around the town of Aberdeen.

The Harford County Board of Education requested funding for replacements of Youth's Benefit Elementary School and Havre de Grace High School in its fiscal year 2014 capital budget. School officials have been considering a replacement of Youth's Benefit's two buildings for more than a decade. A new Havre de Grace High School wasn't even on the radar until Harford County Executive David Craig began letting it be know publicly he wanted consideration given to replacing the oldest high school in the county.