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Bel Air teen given two life sentences for killing his parents [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Sept. 8, 1988:

Eighteen-year-old Timothy Scott Sherman, who was convicted of killing his parents while they slept in the bedroom of their Bel Air home in October, was given two consecutive life sentences 25 years ago this week.

Before he was sentenced, Sherman spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest: "I am innocent of these allegations," he said. "Everybody has lost something ... and I have lost my parents for something I did not do."

"My parents always told me that you could not be punished for something you did not do," he added.

Before handing down the sentence, Harford County Circuit Court Judge Cypert O. Whitfill told Sherman he didn't think he was innocent.

"I believe you stood there with that shotgun and I believe you fired that shot that killed your father and I believe you fired that shot that killed your mother," Whitfill said. "I don't think the average human mind can accept that a child can kill his parents."

The judge also ruled that Sherman would have to be transferred at the end of September to the Maryland Department of Corrections, despite objects from his lawyer and doctor that Sherman didn't have the "emotional maturity or physical maturity to withstand the rigors" of a state prison.

Army tests to determine what caused workers at an Aberdeen Proving Ground site to break out in rashes a month earlier were inconclusive 25 years ago this week.

About 50 people spent 3,000 hours analyzing samples taken at the site on the Edgewood area of the installation. While no probable cause of the illness was found, a post spokesman said chemical agents were ruled out as the source. The site was closed in late August after a worker complained of dizziness. Earlier in the month, several workers said they developed rashes while working on the Wheeled Vehicle Training Facility on Otto Road, a $17 million, 285,000-square-foot building scheduled for completion the following May.

New Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ray Keech declared 25 years ago, the day the new school year began, that every day would be an open house in the county's 42 public schools.

"I want the parents to know and everyone else that they are welcome any time, any day, there is no need for an appointment," Keech said. "The more the merrier – all the moms can pile in the station wagon and come on down to the schools to see them in action first-hand."

Under the previous superintendent, Dr. A.A. Roberty, anyone could visit, but only with an appointment.

Several Harford County residents were honored 25 years ago this week by the American Heart Association for their volunteer efforts.

Jean Wood, the immediate past chair of the Northern Maryland Division, was awarded the Bronze Service Recognition Award; others honored included William Freeland, of Havre de Grace; Sandra Long, of Bel Air; and Donald Reinhart, of Fallston.

Harford County had a good year in its collection of recordation taxes for fiscal year 1987-1988, when $5,677,569 in revenue was collected. It was less than the previous year's $5,705,736, but substantially more than that of two years ago when the recordation tax generated $3,598,500 in revenue for the county.

Sisters Wendy Popp and Bonnie Hardwicke were the "Familiar Faces" this week 25 years ago. The pair had been working at Swiss Pretzel Shop near Montgomery Ward in Harford Mall for 12 years.

One was the night manager, the other the day, but the two looked so much alike they were often mistaken for the same person and constantly answered questions such as "Don't you ever go home?"

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