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Man Allegedly Hulks Out, Pulls Fire Alarm at ‘Avengers’ Screening in Abingdon


Monday night, a man allegedly became “belligerent” at an Avengers screening at a Regal Cinema in Abingdon and pulled the fire alarm. And it wasn’t  that Ant-Man was left off the roster or that the film characters more closely resemble the recently revamped “Ultimate” line of Marvel characters than their classic counterparts. He was angry that the screening he was watching bore captions for the hearing impaired.

Of course, the man discovered the captions early on in the film (like, immediately, right?) and left the theater to complain to the manager. Fine. But the man refused both a refund and ticket vouchers and headed back to the theater to finish the 142-minute movie. Then, after it was all over, he became “belligerent and argumentative with management once again,” pulled a fire alarm, and left.

A couple things. First, I can totally appreciate that — in the true spirit of the film — the man would rather have been avenged than consoled. What Would Iron Man Do? Not accept a refund. Right on. Not only that, I’m sure that Mark Ruffalo’s sympathetic portrayal of the Incredible Hulk inspired this guy to (allegedly) let himself be directed by his rage, even for a few brief moments. But, really, you have to choose to either flip out and cause a scene or covertly pull the fire alarm. You can’t do both. You’ll get caught.

Joppa Man Charged with Assault after Pepper Spray Incident at a Baseball Game


Sometimes, when I’m in an argument with someone and words fail me, I think maybe I should just pepper spray the other guy until I get my point across. But I won’t. Turns out, you can get charged with assault for that.  That’s what happened to Joppa resident Joseph Anthony Bonsiero, 63, who faces charges of “second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, having a dangerous weapon on school property, and using mace with intent to injure” after allegedly pepper spraying Joshua Stephen Shincarick, 30, at a youth baseball game.

According to charging documents, Shincarick overheard Bonsiero and another man making “inappropriate comments” about the players and asked them to stop. Bonsiero was defiant, and after Shincarick asked him to stop a second time, Bonsiero left the bleachers, returned with pepper spray, and unloaded on Shincarick.

What’s Bonsiero’s side of the story? He told a Harford County sheriff’s deputy he felt threatened by the man who asked him to show some decorum at a kids’ baseball game. That’s why he went back to his car to grab the pepper spray and allegedly held Shincarick by the shirt as he maced him in a crowd of people, including young children.

Too bad Maryland isn’t a state where that kind of behavior counts as self-defense.

Ads in Schools: How Far is Too Far?


Brothers — and Minnesota Viking players — E.J. and Erin Henderson graduated from Aberdeen High School in Harford County. When they heard that their alma mater’s scoreboard was outdated and difficult to read, the brothers offered $20,000 toward the cost of a new one. The only catch? They wanted their name displayed on the new scoreboard. But Harford County has a policies limiting ads in schools, and strictly regulating the naming rights of athletic facilities — so they rejected the donation. “It’s like a slap in the face, honestly,” Erin Henderson said.

Meanwhile, a Colorado school district raised $90,000 by selling ads at the bottom of elementary school report cards (albeit ads for an education non-profit). The district is one of several nationwide that has sold ad space on school buses. A Pennsylvania school district will earn $424,000 when it plasters ads across walls, floors, lockers, benches, and cafeteria tables. And one enterprising teacher sold ad space on his tests and handouts to a local pizza shop.

So, what’s your take on ads in schools — a savvy way to make up budget shortfalls, or a slippery slope in an increasingly commercialized culture?

A Very Good Hair Day


Anastasia Whiteshall 

Anastasia ran off before we got to ask her the question that still gnaws: Who cuts your hair? Her long, lovely chestnut locks set against white Ray Bans make for an eye-catching look. You don’t need much else.

Where are you from?

I am from Hartford County. I am graduate student in clinical psychology.

What brings you to Baltimore?

I am meeting friends.

Can you tell us about your outfit?

I am not sure where I got the shirt and jeans. The shoes are from a thrift store.