25 years ago: HdG High mourns death of classmate 36 hours after graduation

May 30, 2012

From The Aegis dated June 4, 1987:

Havre de Grace High School seniors graduation celebration was brought to an abrupt halt 25 years ago when students heard the news of the death of a classmate.

George Edward Ridgely, whom most called Eddie, died in a car accident 36 hours after his graduation from Havre de Grace. He was on his way home from Odell's, a Baltimore nightclub that catered to teenagers.

The two girls in the car with him – Christina Marie Christy, 18, and Regina Renee Bond, 19, both of Havre de Grace – also died. Ms. Christy was a 1986 graduate of Havre de Grace High.

There was no evidence alcohol was involved in the crash; police said Mr. Ridgely fell asleep behind the wheel around 5:50 a.m. while driving east on Route 40 near Havre de Grace.

"Eddie had so much to live for; he had his whole life planned," one student said, adding "It's absolutely unbelievable."

On a brighter note 25 years ago, "Famed cowboy movie star Roy Rogers" appeared at the newly remodeled Maryland House to help open the new Roy Rogers Restaurant. In a front page picture, Mr. Rogers looked amused as Maryland Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg modeled a western hat Mr. Rogers presented to him.

At Aberdeen Proving Ground, unless Congress found a way to move a $78 million "reprogramming" measure through both the House and Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committees, as many as 1,072 APG employees could be furloughed in mid-June.

The 1,000-plus jobs at APG were among the 3,000 layoffs at four test firing ranges across the country. The funds were being held up "as a result of partisan squabbling" between Republicans and Democrats.

A new way for residents to provide information about crimes was unveiled this week 25 years ago. The first case: police were seeking information on the "phantom fondler," a man who had broken into as many as 13 homes in the Edgewood and Joppa areas and fondled the legs, abdomens and, in one case, the breast of sleeping women.

If the information provided led to an arrest, the caller could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for the "Crime of the Week" and between $100 and $1,000 for other crimes.

"As of today, the Harford Count Crime Solvers is active," William Benton, chairman of the group's board of directors, said, adding that criminals "better think twice before committing a crime in Harford County."

Police had "promising leads" in investigating the death of a traveling funeral plot salesman 25 years ago, but said they were not at liberty to release any information. "We are at a very crucial point in the investigation and I can't comment any further at this point," Maj. Jesse Bane, a sheriff's office spokesman, said in regard to the investigation into the death of Richard Christopher Way, 42, of Westminster, who was found shot to death in the driveway of a Perryman home.

Summer had "unofficially" begun 25 years ago and local businesses were stepping up their summer advertising. Courtland Hardware had Snapper rear engine riders on sale, including a 28-inch, 8-horsepower mower for $999.95. Swimrite Pools and Spas was advertising a 16-by32-foot in-ground pool for $12,250, spas starting at $2,890 and a 24-foot aluminum pool installed for as low as $2,350.

Another advertisement announced that new models were open at the new development called Major's Choice. The townhomes, starting in the $70,000 range, featured sunken living rooms, designer kitchens, separate breakfast rooms, bay windows and full basements. Options included fireplaces, spa baths, skylights, decks and first-floor family rooms. Twenty of the American Landmark homes had been sold before the models were complete.

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