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Killer told people before shooting his parents were already dead [25 Years Ago]

Shootings

From The Aegis dated May 26, 1988:

Timothy Scott Sherman, accused of killing his parents, was said to have told at least two people on different occasions in the weeks before he shot them that his parents died in a car accident.

Two witnesses testified in Sherman's trial, which began in Harford County Circuit Court 25 years ago this week.

Sherman, who maintained an unknown person broke into the house he lived in with his parents and shot them to death, said he was awakened by the blasts.

He was charged, however, with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Stevenson Thomas Sherman, 34, his adoptive father, and his mother, Elizabeth Ann Sherman, 35. He would end up being convicted and many years later would apologize for the crime.

It was a close vote 25 years ago when the Harford County Council rejected a move by two council members to lower the county tax rate by 10 cents from $2.73 per $100 of assessed value.

The council was split 3-3 until President John Hardwicke cast the deciding vote, saying county residents would most likely see an increase in their tax bills because of higher assessments, even if the tax rate stayed the same.

The rate reduction was offered by G. Edward Fielder and J. Robert Hooper to the proposed budget of $169 million, including a $116 million operating budget.

Mr. Hardwicke also said the county executive underestimated county what county revenues would be for the next year.

While waiting on the council to take action on his budget, the county executive was offering proof that the original county charter allowed him to moonlight.

Habern Freeman had, for several weeks, been working part-time as a physical therapist in Timonium.

While the charter said the executive must "devote full time to his duties," the debate arose over the definition of full time. Critics contended it meant the executive couldn't hold another job, while Freeman said full-time was 40 hours a week.

He said he had documentation from a meeting of the charter board when members discussed moonlighting and said there was no reason the elected executive should be barred from having a second job. It did say, though, that "the types of occupations should be carefully defined in a separate Code of Ethics."

A 20-year-old man was killed this week 25 years ago when a 12-foot-deep unshored trench collapsed on him, burying him in 5 to 6 feet of dirt for more than an hour. Robert Lamar Poole, who lived on Crocker Street in Bel Air, was a laborer with Dick's Plumbing and Heating and was laying a pipe inside a trench when one side gave way. He was a 1985 C. Milton Wright High School graduate.

Kimberlee Ann Suerth, of Edgewood, a 1987 Edgewood High graduate who had appeared in television commercials and films "No Way Out," "Tin Men" and "The Bedroom Window," was headed to San Antonio, Texas, for a new Sea World "Wheel Show" featuring performers on various forms of wheeled transportation.

Suerth, who lived across from the Starlight Arena roller skating rink, was to play "Helen Wheels," whose heart suitors on everything from skateboards to unicycles would try to win.

The Aegis featured a quarter-page ad on Bel Air's "New Ponderosa" at 312 S. Main St. that was "now open." The restaurant featured "our new No-Stopping-The-Topping Sundae Bar," new menu entrees, great lunches and "a whole lot more for your money."

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