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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               CHnton claims his West NBA All-Star Game Dl Glen Burnie fire ousts nine people SH AMMDH RiPORT HOWELL MICROFILMS FO rOX 155S LAUREL MD 207Q7 Glapttel WARMER DETAILS' PAGE AT MONDAY FEBRUARY 13. 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD A plea against violence Mother tells sad tale of her son's murder ByLIAMMCGRATH Staff Writer don't do she said in a quavering her index linger pressed against her head as if it were the gun of her son's killer. Melanie a- Salvation Army worker from Glen was speaking the last words of her 19-year-old replaying his death in agoniz- ing detail for a group of Glen Burnie middle school students. In an effort to stem the use of violence to solve Mrs Thompson told the Corkran School audience Tuesday that the pleas of Arthur R. Childress IV were in vain. He was shot execution-style on May 16 in a dispute over a Mark A was convicted of first- degree murder Nov. 18 after a jury decided he had traveled from his Lansdowne home to Glen Burnie specifically to kill Mr who had just dropped off his girlfriend Mr sitting in his pleaded with Wheelton and others at the scene to spare his life Two weeks ago in county Circuit Wheel- ton was sentenced to Me in prison Hell be eligible for parole In 13 years. ihere-and has got to Ms Thompson said before the speech She appeared before six 50-minute gym classes Tuesday and telling all 860 students her personal tale of violence's consequences. In October she made a trial presentation to about 30 Corkran students The Principal Phyllis and parent and teacher groups all recommended that Ms. Thompson return Last week she told the students about Ray's rambunctiousness as a partly explained by a diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder She talked about her family's and Page By John Glllls The Capital Metafile Thompson ticks off points during an witi-vtotoncfl speech to students at Corkran Middle School. Her Arthur R. ChHdress was murdered on May 16 In a dispute over a girlfriend. HOME 25C 33C Feds paying hefty tab for drug Smoking i ASSOCIATED WASHINGTON Drug abuse and including will cost the federal treasury billion in entitlement payments this a study released today estimates It recommends that Medicare follow the lead of many private health plans and charge higher fees to people who smoke The costs estimated in the study represent 20 percent of the billion the federal government is spending on Social Security disability veterans health and other said Columbia University's Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse we want to move people from welfare to said Joseph A. Califa- president of the must first address a crippling stumbling block for many thousands their substance abuse and addiction by providing adequate funding Mr who headed the De partrnent of Education and Welfare in the Carter recommended cutting off welfare pay- ments to drug addicts and alcoholics who refuse and placing in orphanages the children of drug or alcohol addicted welfare mothers who won t undergo treatment To help reduce costs over the long term Medicare should charge higher premiums for beneficiaries who smoke as many private health plans are beginning to do Mr Califa- no said The impact of substance abuse and addiction on federal entitle ments is equivalent to more than 40 percent of the federal deficit for 1995 The cost of all Includ- ing Social Security and other retire- ment is the center said Its billion figure includes only those programs on which substance abuse has an impact The addiction cost estimate includes 4 billion in health care and disabil- ity costs resulting from substance and billion in welfare payments to people are regular alcohol or drug users.' If House Speaker. Newt andPresldenrtJEhton are ing for a way to deal with the spiraling costs of entitlements 'without cutting raising taxes or dumping the problem on the then they must face up to the epidemic of alcohol and drug abuse and Mr Califano said The study found that 20 percent of women age 18 to 44 receiving aid for dependent children and 28 percent of SSI recipients users of alcohol or illegal as well as 20 percent of people age 18 to 64 on food stamps all the tobacco takes the greatest financial toll on health and disability entitlement said the study the Social Security disability system will pay 6 billion to individuals disabled as a result of smoking related diseases It said 92 percent of the money spent by health care entitlement programs as a result of substance abuse goes to treat the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse while only 8 percent goes to treat the dependence itself Request for jury trial brings quick Guilty By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer Defendants who ask for jury trials in county Circuit Court should be careful what they far They may get it Deon M Walker and Jarvis L Brooks 120-year old cousins from Bo wie appeared in District Court Friday morning a year after being charged with possession of cocaine marijuana and drug paraphernalia They asked for a jury trial thinking that would delaj prosecution by 60 days or more I was hoping for a postponement Mr Brooks said later I was swindled' Instead by 1 30 p m the two men were representing themselves before a jury in Circuit Court Judge Raymond Thieme Jr s courtroom Tune was too short Mr Walker said just before the three-hour trial began 'We're not prepared The jury deliberated nearly two hours before finding the defendants guilty on all counts When sentenced next month they will face maximum sentences of four years m prison and a fine for cocaine a year in jail and a fine for marijuana possession and a fine for possession of paraphernalia All the charges are misdemeanors Any District Court defendant who faces more than 90 days in jail has a right to request a jury trial in Circuit Court Although Judge Thieme relaxed some rules because of the defendants lack of courtroom experience he showed-no sympathy once the verdict was returned received notice they were going to trial today and even were warned in November to get a the judge said And they re surprised9 Why should they be surprised9 It was the latest example of a policy designed to prevent abuse of the court system said Judge Thieme admims trative judge for the circuit that serves Anne Arundel Carroll and Howard counties All this is to stop the games being played he said Five to 10 criminal cases go to Circuit Court juries ma typical month But several years ago before Judge Thieme required same or next-day trials on cases from District Court Circuit Court was averaging 100 to 125 requests for jury trials every month It was only being used as a delaying tactic Otherwise you d have the same number Judge Thieme said The attorneys all got the word Even most defendants are aware of the policy Mr Walker and Mr Brooks high school graduates with no college or legal experience were not From a panel of 40 potential jurors they rejected older reason- ing that younger residents would better understand their predicament Joseph LaMore Jr assistant state s attorney outlined the case against the pair County police officer Brownlow Mul lins was looking for an underage run away girl last February when he knocked at the door of an apartment in the Laurel Oaks complex When the girl opened the door Officer Mullins smelled marijuana smoke and saw a pair of bongs tall pipes for smoking marijuana on a coffee table He also saw Mr Brooks hurrying to the but failed to intercept him before the toilet was flushed he said A search of Mr Brooks yielded a small bag of crack cocaine in his pants TRIAL. Page INSIDE ARUNDEL A proposed school redistnctmg plan would save million by eliminating the immediate need for four new schools according to school system figures Bl. Many Broadneck Pen msula residents have applauded a pro- posal that would avoid while Broadneck High Schoo vated and expanded Cl. In her eyes aren't sniilin' Teen finds Irish cooking school falls far short of brochure's claims By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer The cooking school that drew Cananna is reno- Arundel Report Broadneck Calendar Campus News Cao Camera A8 Classified Comics Crossword Death Notices Bl Editorials Cl Honor roll B3 Lottery 84 Movies C8 Obituaries C2 Police Beat 85 Soorts C5 Television C8 Tries A6 BU M D6 A7 D5 course with modern equipment fine ingredients and regular lectures on wine Instead the 19-year old Broadneck High School graduate encountered ordinary kitchen stoves produce gone bad and no sign of visitmg experts at the Cookery Centre of Ireland in near Dublin The first day that I n11ilH tljUJfcH just ntly via HfcjStae fi from Portions of The are prtnted each day on recycled paper The ClmitotkMi 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 AN other 268-6000 sank' she said recently Dalkey Miss Schreitz briefly considered the possibility that standards differ overseas despite tuition of jwarly Uwecks ehJoffJie and three of her five classmates decided to drop out and ask for their money back The achool has refused Ireland's Director of Consumer Afflttrs is with encouragement from tite Irish Embassy in Washington The embassy ma con- tacted by Miss Schrettz's William Schreitz of St. Margarets did indeed seen to MUM discrepan- cies between what was fldVcrUMl Aid what was arid Eamoan AM first day that I walked my heart just sank So many Cananna Schreitz of the embassy Miss Schreitz whose late grandmother was Irish has worked in food service in Annapolis and Seattle and lately in a sandwich shop In Nantucket The winter seemed a good time to take some formal education and a listing for the Cookery Centre in a book on cooking schools seemed attractive fRought Tt oe a greaf Idea fo see Ireland which 1 love aside from this school business she said 'On the practical side I wanted to use these three months to get a recognized qualification Aylmer Manna administrator of the and lead teacher Bee Mannix Walsh both declined comment But in a statement faxed to The school solicitor Yvonne OTfenton made these comments In 10 more than 300 students have tutored at the Cookery Centre and none has registered complaints like Miss Schreitz s Many graduates now run restaurants Mrs Mannix Walsh is a fully qualified do rwstt teacher and has been a i the Hotel and Catering Institute for years Her membership lapsed in an oversight but since has been renewed Although a master chef wasn t present during the first two weeks of the course the chef taught during the third week and has lectured since My client is at a loss to know how Mr Schreitz and his 19-year-old daughter can make a judgement in relation to the facilities Ms OUanlon wrote It is difficult to understand how a 19-year-old student could make a decision of such import after less than two weeks of a 12 week course rad been completed But an official with the Irish Hotel and Catering Institute said Wednesday that Mrs Mannix doesn t belong to the professional asso- ciation far as we're concerned Mrs Mannix is not a member of the institute said Tina Maree operations manager And Miss Schreitz. who recently helped other Dalkey residents cater a dinner said she had no Page   

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