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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Retail MicFrr i r LAUf-EL PONT FORGET ODD-EVEN RATIONING of outdoor water takes effect countywide beginning today. The county has ordered the weekend-only restrictions to ensure adequate firefighting supplies. Residents with odd-num- bered addresses will be per- mitted to water their lawns on odd-numbered while wa- tering at even-numbered ad- dresses can take place on even-numbered days. The rationing will remain in effect until the drought sub- sides. HOME OF THE WEEK MARINES live under the same roof in this Porter Road duplex. Page 25. STATE A DUNDALK battered wife who killed her husband was convicted of second-degree murder. Page 4. A COUPLE armed with a bomb and holding 150 hostages in a Wyoming elementary school were lulled yesterday. Page 2. NICARAGUAN REBEL leader Eden Pastora has given up his fight against the Sandi- nista government. Page 3. SPORTS FOR NAVAL Academy ath- it has been a banner year. Page 13. PEOPLE Country singer JOHNNY PAYCHECK was found guilty yesterday of shooting a man in a bar after an argument and was sen- tenced to up to years in prison. who showed no emotion when the verdict was read in Hig- land County Common Pleas was con- victed of a reduced charge of aggravated assault and tam- pering with evidence for dis- posing of the gun in the shooting of Larry Wise of Greenfield. The assault conviction in- cludes a specification that Paycheck was possessing a weapon during the a finding that carries a mandato- ry three-year sentence. In Judge Darrell R. Hottle sentenced Paycheck to 2V4 to 5 years in prison for aggravated assault and ivs years for tampering with evi- dence. The sentences are to be served consecutively. also of Green- was charged with feloni- ous carrying a concealed weapon and tamper- ing with evidence for allegedly discarding the 22-caliber handgun used in the Dec 19 shooting in Hillsboro's North High Lounge. He could have been sen- to up to 22 years in prison and fined The singer is best known for his 1978 country hit This Job and Shove For a look at other people in the fee page 3. LOTTERY Numbers drawn yesterday Three-digit 112 Pick 4 INDEX 4 48 pages Business Newi 29 Calendar 6 Clsssified Ads 26-47 columns 23 Crossword i5 Editorials 10 Entertainment 21 Homes 25 Merit listings 21 Obituaries 11 Police Beat 11 Retigiofl 9 Sports Stock listings 22 Television liftings Sweaty For MAY 25 Cents MD TOP HAT Mids make climb in By LORRAINE AHEARN Staff Writer It rained tennis shoes and gym socks on Herndon Monument yes- terday sweaty tennis shoes and gym socks caked with 200 pounds of courtesy of the Class of '88. Plebe Recognition Ceremony the tumultuous rite of passage which is ceremonious in name only was the freshmen mid- shipmen's finest hour. Make that an hour and 23 minutes and seven seconds the time it took strug- gling plebes to scale the greased 21-foot obelisk in one of the Naval Academy's more singular tradi- tions. was said Mid- shipman 4th Class Jeanine 18. was a great feeling to see that hat up The hat an officer's hat the plebes have to place on top of the obelisk after removing the sail- or's dixie-cup cap was placed there by Midshipman 4th Class Kenneth Rodell of Pine Ark. The assault on Herndon was punctuated with cannon fire ev- ery 15 and the and of the large crowd of spectators each time the plebes' best-laid plans caved into a tan- gled mass of arms and legs. think it's great I can't get over their said Geor- gette a visitor from England. Dressed in immaculate sum- mer Midshipmen 3rd Class Shawn David Wells and Ralph Baker relaxed in the afternoon shade as their grimy underlings sweated and swore. Last year in pouring rain it bad taken their class more than three hours to make the and so this time they seemed in no hurry. got confidence in these guys they're gonna be predicted whose sopho- more classmates had spent yes- terday morning slopping lard on the obelisk and covering the sail- or's cap with layers of duct tape. Baker said Herndon is an im- portant marker in a midship- PtotMbyWMlHxon MIDSHIPMAN 4TH Class Kenneth Grimes of Pine hoists his fist in victory after placing an officer's hat on top of Herndon Monument and then receives traditional from Rear Adm. Charles Naval Academy superintendent. COMMISSIONING WEEK THE CLASS OF man's a final to be surmounted at the end of plebe the of the Naval Academy's four-year ver- sion of boot camp. really gets you hyped Colson said of Herndon. makes it more instead of it's over.' A group of Canadian naval officers stationed at Annapolis appeared amused by the specta- cle. One of them was Lt. Cmdr. H.D. who as professor of electrical engineering the course also known as represents a later and more on Page Col. List of events. Page 6. PACKAGE AVAILABLE Coverage of all Commis- sioning Week everts at toe Naval Academy win be avail- able to relatives and friends of graduating midshipiaea in sfariUjr package of newspa- pers provided by The Capital The which in- cludes the editions from May through May will be mailed anywhere in the Unit- ed States for Checks should be made out to The Capital and mailed Commissioning P.O. Box MD. 21494. Packages also may be picked up at our offices at 213 West St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for County eyes shortage of firefighters By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer Some county fire engines have responded to fires manned at less than full-strength and in rare cases with only the driver aboard due to a chronic manpower short- the county's top official said. no question we've had a manpower problem. We've had it all Joseph M county fire told the County Council on.Wednesday. gave several reasons for the The cost of overtime Firefighters on sick leave or those assigned to light duty due to a and A decline in volunteers at one station and perhaps at others. Connell confirmed the manpower problem when county Councilman Michael F. D-Glen asked him about reports that fire- fighting forces running at full certain times of the day and night we have had a pumper go out with only the driver on said appearing before .the coun- cil to present the county Fire De- partment's budget for next year. The 556-worker department tries to man every fire engine with a minimum of three firefighters and a ladder truck with a minimum of Connell said. But sometimes engines have responded to fires with two or three personnel and in rare only the he said. Ideally no less than four firefight- ers should man an and no less than five should man a ladder Connell citing nation- wide standards set by the National Fire Protection Association. Until Connell studies the issue he said he couldn't estimate how far short the county falls in the number of personnel needed to staff equipment adequately. Later this year he hopes to develop a three- long-term program to help fill the gap. Connell stressed he has no com- plaints about the financial support the fire department has received in recent years. The agency's operating budget has risen nearly 25 percent annually for the past three compared to 11 Connell stressed he has no complaints about the financial support the fire department has received in recent years. percent yearly increases during the previous three-year said Thomas county budget an- alyst. Over the past four years 'the fire workforce grew by 118 new but only 19 were added to the depart- ment during the previous four Mullenix said. still have a ways to go but by and large we've come a long way and we've been treated very Connell said. County Executive 0. James Lighthizer has proposed giving the agency 127.8 million in operating up from last year's and 37 new includ- ing 27 six paramedics and four other slots. The additional 27 firefighters are designed to reduce overtime paid to keep stations adequately manned. Firefighters' overtime will cost tax- payers about million this fiscal year and million next year. Judging from the council's reac- council members appear will- ing to approve the fire budget intact. Connell believes he can ease the short-staffing pinch with a three- pronged strategy he hopes to formu- late in greater detail. manning levels must be boosted so that the department would not be forced run he said. volunteer recruitment and support must be beefed up. more personnel would be added to those stations which don't have strong volunteer fighters. would be an expensive pro- but in a few short years we'll have this under Connell said. For the 26 volunteer fire compa- Lighthizer's budget seeks up from million this year. Doctors riding out insurance hikes By SCOTT LAUTENSCHLAGER Staff Writer There's good and bad news for pregnant women who rely on Annapolis-area doctors for care. On the plus rising malpractice insur- ance premiums are not causing obstetricians to stampede out of the baby business But they have raised their fees to cover higher insurance costs. The leading provider of malpractice insur- ance in Maryland recently filed a proposal to raise premiums an average of 50 percent The which must be approved by state would be on top of a 29 percent average boost last year. Obstetricians predicted last year that their statewide ranks would diminish by up to 20 percent if insurance rates kept going up And one Annapolis doctor did quit obste- trics this spring The recent rate increase proposal by The Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland spurred new warnings that doctors will be driven out of business. But none of the 14 obstetricians remaining at Anne Arundel General Hospital are plan- ning to leave the specialty in the near said Dr. Joseph chief of obstetrics and gynecology. The situation is different in north where many women go to Baltimore hospitals to give birth. Dr. Jaime chief of gynecology at North Arundel said he and his two associates plan to drop the obstetrical portion of their practice and concentrate on gynecolo- gy- Accinelli said the decision is based on simple economics the cost of malpractice insurance for obstetrics is so high that deliver- ing babies is unprofitable Because obstetricians get sued more often than other their insurance prem- iums are substantially higher. An obstetrician will pay nearly more each year for insurance than a for example. Accinelli said his insurance will jump from a year to if Medical Mutual's proposed increase is approved. If he delivers 60 babies a his and receives for each make no profits Accinelli said He based his calculation on the reimbursement allowed by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Maryland. Moser painted a picture not quite as bleak for obstetricians Moser said he debvers about 12 babies each a rate he estimated to be near the average for Annapolis. And about 50 percent of the city's obstetri- cians no longer participate in the Blue Shield allowing them to charge their full he said Nearly all area obstetricians have raised their fees within the last so charges now range from to Moser said. Those fees cover prenatal and postpartura care and delivery.' Moser said he raised his fee from tc early this year. Raising fees is the only way to recoup increases in insurance premiums and other overhead be said. Malpractice premiums now account for about 15 percent of doctors' gross up from 5 percent before premiums started Moser said. A survey last year by Medical a trade showed that specialists in obstetrics and gynecology lagged behind most other specialties in income gains during 1984 The specialists saw net income rise 2.7 while most other doctors had gains cm Paf e Col. Levitt will be tried after all look forward to the trial and are confident it will be a successful Stephen Attorney General BALTIMORE Negotn- tioni with former Old Court Sav- ings and Loan president Jeffrey A Levitt have broken off and he will be tried for embezzlement at Attorney General Ste- phen H. Sachs announced Sachs Levitt. would stand trial before Circuit Judge Edward J Angeietti on June 2 In prepared statement re- leased by hit office. Sachs Levitt decided to fuflty to the charges against him on and demanded by tbe Levitt is accused of emberrliag more than million frorr Old Court between 1982 and 1985. Sachs said look forward to the trial and are confident it wtU be a successful Sschs said Several Baltimore news organi- zations reported in the last week that Levitt would plead guilty to the theft and misappropriation of tbe bank funds in exchange for a prison sentence of U to 20 years In he would agree to be would cooperate with the prosecution of others involved in tbe state's wide-ranging savings sod loan investigation and would repay tbe entire 6 million be is accused of stealing or misappro pnatinu from Old Court and a now defunct thrift taken cner by Old Court. First Progressive Savings and Loan of Westminster Sachs' brief statement did not explain why negotiations fell but earlier published re- ports said that the main obstacle involved attempts to as- sure his wife could retain about 12 million of her own acquired largely through personal inherit- and the couple's he-me in Lutberville Ch9dct in mill. PtQt 4. JEFFREY LEVITT