Baltimorean Dies After Fall Into River

Police beat

June 02, 1991

A 34-year-old Baltimore man died after falling into the Susquehanna River from the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge in Havre de Grace Thursday at 4:30 p.m., state Department of Natural Resources police said.

Oscar A. Valdez was standing on a scaffold to paint the bridge when he fell about 80 feet into the river, said Thomas Freeburger, a spokesman for the state Transportation Authority. Investigators are notsure what caused Valdez to fall from the scaffolding.

Valdez was a worker for Odyssey Contracting Co. of Havre de Grace, Freeburger said. Odyssey was contracted by the Transportation Authority to paint the bridge.

The state Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration and the authority are investigating the incident, Freeburger said. An autopsy also has been ordered to determine the causeof death.

Crimes that county police agencies said they investigated last week include:


2800 block Bynum Overlook Drive:Tools, a generator and a steel storage box, worth $5,555, were stolen from a garage on May 8, the county Sheriff's Department said.

Bel Air

700 block Churchville Road: Video equipment worth $1,200 wasstolen from John Carroll High School on May 20, town police said.

100 block Jackson Boulevard: A 5-foot-tall statue worth $650 was stolen from a yard on May 16, town police said.


2800 block Bel Air Road: A fiberglass hull boat was stolen while in storage atCar City between Monday and Tuesday, state police at Benson said. Value of the boat was not disclosed.

Havre de Grace

400 block North Washington Avenue: A radar detector and stereo equipment, worth $460, were stolen from a car on May 24, city police said.

Unit blockBourbon Street: A $1,570 motor was stolen from a boat docked at Tidewater Marina between May 14 and May 17, city police said.

200 block South Stokes Street: Tools worth $400 were stolen from a house between May 12 and May 17, city police said.

Unit block Robin Hood Road: Stereo equipment worth $1,100 was stolen from a car on May 10, theSheriff's Department said.


400 block Pulaski Highway: Chain saws and a gas can, worth $3,210, were stolen from Centurion TreeExperts Inc. on May 9, the Sheriff's Department said.

2300 block Dunwood Lane: Jewelry worth $1,800 was stolen from a house on May 14,the sheriff's department said.

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