Crime dominates news in Harford; party ends in death [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Jan. 26, 1989:

The front page of The Aegis was consumed with crime 25 years ago this week, as a party ended in murder, a woman was raped at knifepoint, a teenager was convicted of killing a 16-year-old Edgewood boy.


An Edgewood woman was found strangled in her room at the Day's Inn in on Route 24 at I-95, after a night of partying. An arrest warrant had been issued for a Joppatowne man.

A 26-year-old woman was raped at her Churchville home by a man who was at her door around 7:30 one morning. The woman answered the door when someone knocked, and the man, with a knife, forced his way inside and accosted the woman.

A jury found a 16-year-old Edgewood boy tried as an adult guilty of killing another 16-year-old Edgewood boy a year earlier. He was facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.

And a Harford County sheriff's deputy was acquitted of six of the seven department charges against him. The 10-year veteran of the force was found culpable only of improper use of an emergency vehicle during a pursuit.

In less violent news 25 years ago, Gov. William Donald Schaefer told a group from Harford County the state cannot "break the bank" for school construction.

"We can't put the county's needs before the entire needs of the state," the governor said. "I have a strong commitment to this but if we don't take care of roads, hospitals and such, then we're playing catch-up ball again. And that's the wrong way to do it."

Members of the Harford County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and the school board had appealed an Inter-Agency Committee on School Construction's recommendation that both construction approval for a new northern Harford elementary school and planning and construction money for the Route 24 south elementary school be deferred.

Planning approval was given for a northern Harford elementary school, however.

The Harford delegation was also seeking $400,000 from the state for a lighted, three-field baseball and softball complex at Harford Community College.

College officials said the project was estimated to cost $600,000; Sen. William H. Amoss said the county's chances of getting the funding were "about 50/50."

An essay written by Bel Air resident and St. Margaret School student Annie Donnelly was one of two selected from among 60,000 letters of advice to the new President George H.W. Bush. Her words earned her an appearance on a national morning TV talk show.

In her letter, Donnelly suggested peace was the most important thing to work on, but that the $3 billion ticketed for development of the "Star Wars" missile defense system might be better spent on building bridges between old enemies. She also called for a drug-free America.

"I want an America that people will want to come back to," Donnelly wrote.

Ernie L. Preston Sr., who owned and operated Ernie's Car Care Inc. at the intersection of Rocks and Old Jarrettsville roads, highlighted this week's "Familiar Faces" column.


The Havre de Grace boys basketball team upset the undefeated C. Milton Wright Mustangs, 58-47, 25 years ago this week.