From The Aegis dated April 30, 1987:

A Harford woman was sentenced 25 years ago to five years in prison, which equated to "one year for each bullet she fired into her husband's body."


The woman never denied shooting her unemployed husband, but said she did it because she feared the man she had lived with for 19 years and feared for her children. Not only did her husband abuse his step-daughter, he also fought with his two sons with the woman.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Circuit Court Judge Brodnax Cameron called the case "an extremely tragic circumstance," but said "the Court cannot [condone] private executions."

Randy McMillan, the starting fullback for the Indianapolis Colts who was the only Harford County player to be drafted in the first round by a professional football team, suffered a broken leg and serious head injuries 25 years ago this week, ending his 1987 season before it began.

McMillan, a North Harford High School graduate, was hit by a car while crossing York Road in Timonium. He was taken to shock trauma where he was treated for his injuries.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office had a brand new, $800,000, 80-bed expansion wing at its detention center, but it sat unused for a year because the agency didn't have enough guards to staff it.

Ten guards were needed to property staff the wing, but funding in the coming year's budget would only allow two of them to be hired.

Harford County Executive Habern Freeman said six months earlier he had been misled by Sheriff Ted Moyer, believing the existing staff at the jail would be enough to staff the new wing.

The cost to the county to hire the 10 guards was estimated to be about $274,000. The two positions approved were estimated to cost $55,000.

What the county's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year also didn't include was $4 million to close Tollgate Landfill. A portion of the cost - $700,000 - was in Freeman's spending plan for FY 1988. It was unclear why the entire cost to install a liner on the landfill wasn't funded.

It was election time in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace 25 years ago. In Aberdeen, two of the five commissioner seats were up for election. In Havre de Grace, voters would choose a mayor (David Craig was running unopposed) and three of six city council members. Three incumbents – Lucile Correri, Gunther Hirsch and Stephen Sharp – were being challenged by Katherine "Kay" Mike.

In Aberdeen, incumbents Raymond Warfield and William Benjamin were being challenged by Ron Kupferman and John Bailiff, who was making his sixth try for the town board.

Elections were scheduled for May 5.

An Edgewood woman who said the man she thought was her husband, whom she was told she married during a drinking binge in 1974 in Tennessee, was finding out she may not have been married after all, and therefore wasn't entitled to any of her "husband's" $1.4 million 1985 Lotto prize.


Deborah Huffman filed suit 25 years ago against her husband, Daniel Tidwell, in Baltimore County Circuit Court, claiming that because they lived together for 19 years as husband and wife, she deserved part of his winnings. After he won the lottery, Tidwell left his "wife" and moved back to his native Tennessee.

The Aegis 25 years ago this week included a special section called "Progress," that highlighted various facets of Harford's economy. It included a look at the Mercedes-Benz of North America Vehicle Preparation Center in Riverside Business Park, where cars were checked inside and outside before they were shipped to dealers on the East Coast.

An explosion in a work cubicle at a pyrotechnics test facility at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground 25 years ago cause only minor injuries.

No chemical agents were used or stored in the building where the explosion was. It began in an oven where three to four pounds of pyrotechnic powder was being dried to remove the moisture. The powder was used in flares and signal rockets and used commercially in fireworks.

Grimmel's Fine Home Furnishings was featuring its "biggest Barcalounger sales and sweepstakes...ever!" 25 years ago this week. The chair was being sold for 40 percent off.

Glen Echo Furniture and Carpet was featuring Oak Hill occasional tables for $185, while an Embassy cocktail or end table was advertised for $130.

Bel Air Athletic Club was telling Aegis readers to "pull yourselves together... so you won't miss this limited opportunity." That was the chance to buy a membership at 50 percent off the regular fee. Only 50 would be sold at that price, however.