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Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Housing chief awaits 'toughest test' By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH Staff Writer Arthur G Strissel Jr. started out in the world in 1973 with the personal baggage of an ordinary 26-year-old. He had two years of a government job that paid per year and part ownership of a pizzeria in Eastport But he had something too something ultimately better than money or a good tomato sauce recipe. He had the political support of a mayor he had helped to get elected. And he had the loyalty of a tight group of associates who stayed by his side in business and in politics. 13 years Strissel earns and heads a government agency with a million annual budget. He and his wife own the pizzeria in Eastport outright. He also owns a restaurant in Gales- a Eastport home and a smaller house. His wife owns a beach- side records show. FBI probes Strissel's finances From pizza baker to public housing Strissel has risen to a position of influence and wealth in Annapolis. His life often has been in the public eye Yet his actions have been largely beyond the public reach because his agency works in an area between state and federal govern- ment supervision. Dogged by controversy for Strissel has been on the defensive before But now he faces perhaps the biggest challenge of his career. A month the FBI and the U.S. Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development confirmed they are investigating Strissel for unspecified allegations of fraud and misman- agement. Federal agents have reviewed records per- taining to the construction of his private home in Eastport. They are also said to be looking into his hiring of private contractors to renovate a local public housing project. The investigation may be based largely on allegations of two former authori- ty who were fired some time ago. Owen M. former property mainte- nance has filed a complaint against Strissel with the Maryland Equal Employ- ment Opportunity Commission. He refused to comment. The other former who asked not to be charged Strissel with a long list of abuses. Included were allegations that Strissel has improperly mixed authority and personal business affairs and that he has broken basic conflict of interest laws. a current authority who also requested things are going on that people should know about. In addition to the federal probe of his personal Strissel has become the focus of a pressure campaign by Mayor Dennis Callahan and Alderman Carl 0. Snow- den. The two newly elected officials are trying to bring the housing authority under tighter City Hall control. Callahan has asked for the resignations of the members of the housing authority's Board of Commissioners and obtained one. He has criticized policies of Strissel and the board. Hundreds of tenants of the city's public housing units have called for Strissel's resig- nation. Snowden has joined in that call and helped coordinate the tenants' protests. Through it Strissel has said he is proud of his accomplishments and innocent of any wrongdoing. on Page Col. ARTHUR Q. STRISSEL JR. heads agency Classified- 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 Capital Tomorrow's wet For see page 11. MARCH 25 Cents GOOD DONTFORQET THE AREA IV String Feiti- val Concert will be presented at tonight at Georgetown Eait Elementary 111 Dogwood Drive. The concert is free. AREA CIVIC groups should be allowed to participate in the school board a panel has Page 35. CHEF'S CHOICE if jutt the antidote for the dot drubs of winter. M. IN WASHINGTON THE ART of New Mexico is on dazzling display at The National Museum of American Art. Page 33. STATE THE SALE of Community and First Maryland savings and loan associations is ex- pected by the end of the week. Page 4. RONALD REAGAN and Jimmy Carter are believed to have received cam- paign contributions from form- er Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. Page 2. SPORTS CLEVELAND STATE has' come out of nowhere in the NCAA tourney. Page 23. PEOPLE PRINCE second son of Queen Elizabeth II. will marry Sarah a red- haired commoner with close family ties to the Buckingham Palace an- nounced today. Tbe announcement ended months of speculation that the dashing Royal Navy lieutenant and helicopter pilot would marry Miss a sales attentive at a London art pub- ttataag firm and the daughter of Prince Charles' polo manag- er. Tbe palace did not announce a date of the royal wedding LOTTERY Numbers drawn yesterday 741. Pick 4 31 37-42 41 17 It 12-M 1J-14 ...II .11 INDEX 4 44 pages. Calendar CUMlflcdAdi eatanas Creenrord Editorials...... MarUiaaeot Pofealttt Ptioto by Bob AUCTIONEER BOB Cage keeps pace with bidders as he moves down row of tobacco. OUTBID Tobacco prices lower at auction By JUDI PERLMAN South County Staff Writer Tobacco farmers had hoped for high prices during opening day of the annual tobacco auction yester- but they received about 6 cents less per pound than last year. market tone on opening day is best described as uncer- said Tony Evans of the Maryland Department of Agricul- ture. Farmers at Triangle Tobacco Warehouse in Waysons Corner showed mixed reactions lo the bids as they followed buyers up and down rows of tobacco looks a little one farmer said when bids began at per pound But Maurice Parks of Tracys Landing was not as optimistic. afraid the price won't stay- up that he said just before a tremendous amount of tobacco and is one of the more expensive Bradley Agricultural official bids began to at times as low as 70 cents a pound. Yesterday's overall average at Maryland's eight tobacco ware- houses was 51 per com pared to last year Almost pounds of tobacco were sold yesterday for 39 million. Evans said. Farmers may have a tough time getting the prices they want. Bradley DOA's market- ing said it is impractical for farmers to hope for higher prices each year because buyers can get cheaper tobacco else- where. Powers and other tobacco ex- perts recently traveled overseas to persuade European buyers to pur- chase more Maryland tobacco They discovered that overseas buyers think Maryland tobacco has outpriced itself in the world he said. Many countries that are con- cerned more with price than quali- such as have switched to less expensive tobacco grown in Zimbabwe and Ita4y A Maryland farmer may receive 50 per pound from a but by the time the tobacco is sent European companies on Page Col. Panel OKs seat belt legislation politics cited By PAT RIVIERE Staff Writer A House of Delegates panel ap- proved mandatory seat belt legisla- tion and a long-time supporter of the bill ajjurtimted the victory to constituent pressure and The House Judiciary Committee's approval of mandatory seat belt legislation paves the way for pas- sage by the General Assembly. For two consecutive the Senate has passed a mandatory seat belt but the bills were later quashed by the House commit- are a lot of people out there who want this and I think that coupled with this being an election year made the said Del. Elmer a mem- ber of the committee. The committee yesterday voted 12- 9 to approve legislation requiring motorists to wear seat belts. a former county police has been a consistent support of mandatory seat belt legislation. Last year he sponsored a similar measure that failed to win commit- tee approval on a 16-4 vote The Senate already has passed its version of mandatory seat belt legis- lation. Both bills would require the driver and front-seat passenger next to the door to buckle up beginning July 1 Violation of the according to the House would be punisha- ble by a fine and one point on the violator's driving record. The law would apply to any motor- ist traveling in Maryland. Motorists could not be cited for failing to wear a seat belt unless they were stopped for a traffic offense The House version also would make passengers 16 years old and THE BEIT Bill Drivers and front-seat pas- gr nearest wear belts. Maximum A one point on drivers' licen- se's. Passengers 16 and older without belt gets ticketed Driver ticketed for unbuckled passengers under 16. older responsible for wearing a seat and drivers would be assessed a point for passengers under 16 who were not buckled up. One amendment to the bill pro- vides that failure to wear a seat belt could not be used in court as evi- dence of contributing to injury sus- tained in an accident. The House and Senate committees also accepted an amendment offered by Del. John that requires annual reports of the law's effect on Insurance rates and accidents. a former opponent of the had said he would sup- port the bill this year if his amend- ment was included in the bill took a few amendments that weakened but the important thing was to get the bill Hagner said. 'Del. Thomas D-Prince a member fo the judi- ciary committee who opposed the mandatory legislation last said he was convinced to vote for the bill this year because of statistics from on Page Col. Rock Ml debated. Page 35. House votes on SALs. Page 4. Area feels auto insurance crunch By DEERA VIADERO Baslaess Writer In the automobile insurance busi- the mathematics work like More expensive cars more accidents 4- soaring-repair costs miscellaneous factors higher auto mobile insurance premiums more than they have in recent years. Marylandert are feel- ing the crunch of that equation Increases in car insurance prem- iums are averaging 14.49 percent in Maryland according to tics from the Insurance Dlvi That's the highest average in- cretee In at least six accord- ing to Thomas F. Rilmondi. atttataat insurance commissioner The increases may fait ta conpariMB to dramatic ta commercial ttabfltty and malpractice prentaaii. bat tbty dwarf the cost of premium fet HASTE MAKES WASTE You may want to think twice before sinking your dollars into that racy new sports car All other factors being the insurance premiums can be more for some 19S6- model can than for others Ac- cording to the Insurance Infor- mation Inititute. tome of the costlleit are the 300ZX. the Maida RX7. the Chevrolet Corvette and the Camaro Though not so expenine as the first four lilted the follow- ing cars also result in higher- than-average premiums the Pul sar XR the Dodge Colt. the Honda Civic CRX. the Mazda the Mercury Capri and Cou gar. the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Sprint lowest are generally the big. rear-wheel drive said institute spokesman Harvey Seymour. larger car you buy. you probably will pay leu became on Page 12. Col. Market goat and the aurkai fees la at say in- they appear to be JusUfla- Jkk 1 HRi PBOTV OT OT IMS said Thomas P. Barbers deputy insurance commissioner What may bt one of the biggest kfkaf in auto premiumi came from the car insurer in Maryland. State Farm Insurance wtikrfc tMWM U pareant of ill Maryland car raiaad Its premtaM lift Deeewber by aa average of II par. cent across UM state. In AnaapoUs. State Farm raised its rates 11.7 percent The hikes were the largest here since for nuaate4aasd a spokes- jasa Mid AUatata Insurance Cos.. irtta a 111 iMffcat raiaad pram- tans by M parcettt la Nationwide another large increased vehicle premiums March. 1 by 13.4 percent the same kinds of things that we're seeing in the liability area I expect it to continue I don't think we're going to tee any in liability claims for auto said Bob a spokesman at regional office in An- napolis. For the increase after a 6 9 percent cut in its one year ago A few tuch State raised slightly higher than average last year for Annapolis car owners Arundel County has a greater population today than five years ago. It's probably not as a place to drive as some country Barbara sstd. not surprising tht rates would reflect Insurers attribvtad unusually large tecreasas to a amber of many of part at the aa Fags Cat YEAR 80 81 82 at 84 16 CHART SHOWS
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