25 years ago: Guns missing from Hickory home of murdered couple

From The Aegis dated Nov. 12, 1987:

It could have been just coincidence, but police confirmed 25 years ago this week that two guns were reported missing from the house where Stevenson Thomas Sherman and Elizabeth Ann Sherman, were killed by their son, Timothy Sherman.

What was unclear is when the guns, a .357 magnum and a 9 mm automatic pistol, disappeared – before, during or after the murders. The missing guns were reported by the person caring for the Shermans' estate.

Sherman was out of jail on $150,000 bail 25 years ago, much to the chagrin of family members were afraid of him being in the community. A preliminary court hearing scheduled for this week was postponed, like the one several weeks earlier. (He would later be convicted of, and decades later admit to the murders.)

"It's been a month and nothing has happened. Every day, people ask me what is going on with this and I tell them nothing ... they can't believe it. He's free as a bird and nothing's being done," an older relative of the late Mr. Sherman said.

Friends of Dawn Marie Garvin, a 1985 Joppatowne High grad who was killed in her White Marsh apartment a week earlier, had organized a drive to raise money for a reward for anyone who provided information that led to the arrest of her killer. She was a student at Harford Community College when she was killed.

The public school system's budget request for fiscal year 1989 for the first time stretched to nine figures 25 years ago this week. Superintendent Dr. A.A. Roberty's request, revealed this week 25 years ago, topped the $100 million mark, coming in 10 percent higher than the $94.2 million of the 1987-1988 budget year.

Most of the increase was requested from the county government, which supplied almost $49 million to the 42-school, 3,000-employee, 29,000-student system.

Speaking of schools, it was early November and already public schools were closed because of winter weather 25 years ago this week. Freezing rain, sleet and a snowstorm forced schools to be closed for a day. It was initially reported the start of schools would be delayed two hours, but even before the day started, officials announced the closure.

Maryland State Police said there had been several disabled vehicles and minor fender benders because of the inclement weather, but no serious accidents.

Less than an inch of snow had been expected, but a fresh blast of cold air and significant moisture combined to up those forecasts to 2 to 4 inches.

High school juniors may have thought they were getting a bum rap 25 years ago, when the school system voted to push back the graduation date for seniors until the three days before the 180th day of the school year. Rather than get their diplomas on May 24, 25 and 26, 1989, members of the Class of 1989 would have to wait until May 31, June 1 or 2 to cross the stage.

In 1987, the senior class would be graduating 13 to 15 days short of the 180-day school year requirement.

Angel Brengle was crowed the 1988 Miss Harford Teen 25 years ago this week. The 16-year-old from Havre de Grace was crowed at the annual pageant at Havre de Grace High School. Brengle was to receive a $1,500 scholarship, $50 bonds and $100 bonds. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Brengle of Havre de Grace, Angel was on the county executive's Children's Council of Harford County, worked with the Special Olympics and was a volunteer for the local FACETS home for boys. She had also received many awards for her roller skating in both regional and national competitions.

Grimmel's Fine Home Furnishings took out a full page ad on Page 2 25 years ago announcing its "remodeling sale."

"We're giving our showcase a 'facelift' and that leaves us with 2 choices: 1. Move the furniture physically. or 2. Move the furniture by selling it at REDUCED PRICES!!!" The moving got a big thumbs down, while the sale got a thumbs up. Customers could save up to 50 percent.

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