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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Annapolis' most 'sacred places' A10 Jr ON TV Georgetown vs. North Carolina channels 13 Maryland vs. Connecticut 10.30pm channels 13 SWEET DREAMS UConn take tourney floor in Sweet 16 Students in spelling HDWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX LAUREL fD 20707 Capital TOMORROW SUNNY DETAILS' PAGE A13 THURSDAY MARCH MD HOME 250 35C Tax cut delay a 99-42 By TODD SPANGLER Staflf Writer As Republicans tried to push an income-tax reduction through the House of Delegates yesterday. they found the Democrats were ready for them. With an almost amazing show of unity despite the pressure to cut all but one Democratic delegate sided with the leadership against any reduc- tions this year. Republican delegates after learn- ing of House Speaker Casper R. Tay- lor's decision to forgo any income tax cuts this year asked members to support them in a 6 percent tax reduc- tion. The vote was killing the meas- ure and ensuring that no such tax cuts will make it through the General As- sembly during this legislative which ends April 10. But Mr. said there will have to be income tax reductions in 1996. stage is set for next he said. we don't deliver an income vax we're Up until Mr. Taylor had remained a staunch supporter of a tax cut this year. That position wasn't given that Republican bernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauer- brey came within votes of beating Gov. Parris N. Glendening with just such a pledge. But.Mr. Glendening and Senate Pres- 1 ident Thomas V. Mike Miller have pledged to support a tax cut next saying the state's fiscal outlook is too uncertain to approve one in 1995. Mr. Taylor managed to keep practi- cally all members of his party together when the issue came up for a vote losing only Del. Richard to the other side. all 41 Republican mem- bers of the House including Anne Page Treasure By David W. Trono Tlw John of stows of ttw many Iw hat found wtth the help of metal detector. He plant to flCht a charge that he excavated historic property betonfmc to the state. Man fighting charge that he excavated historic property By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer Combat veteran and treasure hunter John J. Reichenberg Jr. didn't think twice about refusing police orders to leave South River waters off London Town Publik House in October. paid my dues to this said the 49-year-old Edgewater man. you're you're going to stand there and hold your So his response to criminal charges filed two weeks ago in District Court should come as no surprise. of us need this he said. didn't want but I've got and we're going to the Mr. who sells metal and two of his customers are charged with excavating historic property that belongs to the people of Maryland. If each faces up to 30 days in jail and a fine. Although the case involves a well-known historic a high-profile treasure hunter and a unpopular with hobbyists state officials insist they're not trying to make an example of Mr. Reichenberg. Hans the assistant attorney general who advised the Maryland Historic Trust on the said he doesn't know why it took four months for charges to be filed. Mr. an Annapolis serves on the Page County fire compromise announced Volunteer chief equipment control shifted ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer Volunteer firefighters regain senior- ity in the county Fire Department's chain of command and the department gets more control over volunteers' under a compromise an- nounced this morning by County Exec- utive John G. Gary Jr The negotiated by a com- mittee of six paid and volunteer fire- is an effort to resolve a long- standing dispute between the two ser- vices. looking at what 1 think is a monumental accomplishment in re- storing good cooperation between paid and volunteer firefighters in Anne Arundel Mr. Gary said at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. Art president of the county Volunteer Firefighters said company commanders unani- mously embraced the agreement at a meeting last night. Acting Fire Administrator Stephen D. Halford said the agreement provides the foundation to build trust between the forces. a good first he said. But union members filed a dissent- ing report criticizing the lack of staff- ing on fire trucks and the restoration of the rank of volunteer fire The agreement aims to ease tensions between the services that have sim- mered for 25 years. Conflict erupted in March 1992 when a former fire admin- istrator abolished the rank of volunteer damaging morale among volun- teers. The volunteer force is crucial to county fire protection. There are 700 volunteers and 550 paid with volunteer companies contributing looking at what I think is a monumental accomplishment in restoring good cooperation between paid and volunteer firefighters in Anne Arundel JohnG. Gary county executive about million in buildings and equipment that county taxpayers don't have to buy. Former county executive Robert R. Neall created a panel called the Turner Commission to study the1 controversy. The group produced a massive report listing ways to improve operations of the joint which became the blueprint for Mr Gary's compromise. But the County Council last year rejected legislation Mr. Neall proposed to enact the report's recommendations. In a fight for volunteers opposed giving the administration the and of which volunteers had raised money to buy. Under Mr. Gary's the rank of volunteer fire chief will be below only the fire dep- uty chief and battalion chiefs Cap- lieutenants and firefighters from will be equals. Anne Arundel County Professional Firefighters Association Local 1563 op- posed the restoration of the rank which would put volunteer chiefs Page Senate keeps vehicle emissions compromise on track ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer A compromise on the state's contro- versial vehicle emissions inspection program won preliminary approval in the Senate as changes that would have further weakened the pro- gram were beaten back. On a voice senators approved the measure that would delay the starting date for the expanded pro- including a much-criticized dy- namometer to June 1996. The expanded program was initially scheduled to go into effect in but computer glitches and complaints from the public held it leading to a proposal to delay it by Gov. Parris N. Glendening's administration. Senators agreed to only one change from the House position on the delay deciding that the current which will begin again as soon as the gover- nor signs the should cost The House approved a Inspection price. The Senate's amendment to the program would allow the cost to go to once the expanded program begins next June. Senators should hold a final vote on the measure before the end of this week. Although the majority of lawmakers agreed to preliminary approval of the some senators clamored for fur- ther including Sen. Philip C. D-Brooklyn Park. Mr. long a critic of the state's emissions asked for a provision in the bill that would have required the General Assembly to re- consider the issue before putting any- thing into effect next year. bill will be back before he said. not be afraid to make that tough Under the measure as the expanded program will go into effect in June 1996 regardless of any decisions made by the Environmental Protection Agency in the interim. Given the fact that many states are balking at the expanded the EPA is ex- pected to make changes in its Clean Air Act requirements One of the most controversial as- pects of the expanded program would require drivers in 14 Maryland coun- ties including Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's to let inspectors put their cars on a dynamometer. That machine would allow inspec- tors to accelerate the on metal up to 55 mph to test emissions at highway speeds. Mr. Jimeno argued that lawmakers should look at that requirement again before the expanded test goes into effect. But Sen. Walter chairman of the committee that considered the said if the EPA changes the legislators will recon- sider program without it being written into the bill He also said any amendments to the Page INSIDE In the strongest sign so far that a secretive religious sect is the prime suspect in the Tokyo nerve-gas police reportedly want to ques- tion its missing ltdder in connection with the poisoning. A2 SOUTH The county Police Department has recommended disciplin- ary action against an officer who shot a family's dog in Edgewater last year. But Offi er Gary a member of the K-9 has asked that his case be heard publicly by a police trial board. B4 SCVEMU The Sevema Park Chamber of Commerce is establishing a unified closing time for businesses one night a week in an effort to better serve customers. Many chamber businesses will adjust their closing time to 9 p.m. on starting April 6. M murder wasn't so funny anymore. Brian Kaelm Shifted from limelight-loving jokester to reluctant prosecutwn witness m the O.J. Simpson trial after he was asked about the children whose mother had just been slain and whose father was the prime suspect. A3 Calendar.......... All Classified............ C7 Comics............... D8 Death Notices......C14 Editorials............. A12 Engagements..... 63 Entertainment...... B7 Family Uving........Cl-4 For the Record..... B2 M. MHItaiyNews... 88 Movies............ C5 Obituaries.......... A13 Nice Beat....... A13 Sevema Park....... B6 South CLunty...... B4 Sports........Dl-7 C5 Tides.................. A13 A9 A7 Ousted minister disputes sex allegations Says church's action an 'ecclesiastical lynching' Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled The newspaper recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................26M800 From 327-1683 AN oMtr ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer A minister suspended from his south county parish because of accusations of sexual miscon- duct has denied the allegations and charged that the United Methodist Church hierarchy abused his civil rights. The Rev. Warren of Landover said he was sus- pended March 2 as pastor at Sellers and Union United Meth- BRICE odist churches in pend- ing investigation into charges of adultery and child abuse made by his estranged wife But he has strongly denied the claim- ing that church officials are conducting an siastical Although they don't know the exact nature of the leaders of his congregation said this week that the Rev. Brice is a good pastor who has been treated unfairly. The Rev. Martin L. the church's Annapolis-area district declined comment on the case. And officials from the Baltimore-Washington Con- ference of United Methodist Churches did not respond to requests for comment. An announcement from the Rev. McKenney about the suspension was read to both congregations March according to parishioners. A final decision about the case is expected within 60 but the Rev. Brice is not supposed to contact his congregation or his until according to the statement. Parishioners are upset that they've been given no details about his removal. Just leaving us hanging out to said Verma head of the pastor-parish relations committee for the two churches. letter is not fair to Rev. Along with Leroy who read the statement at she praised the Rev. Brice as a good minister who has built up the joint congregation since Joining By Bart JanMfi Tho Amid of adultery and cMU ttw Wwrwt hM MMpwtdtd from Sotton United Church. in July 1993 hope the troubles get resolved so there are no clouds Mr. Creek said. The complaint stemmed from letters that the Rev. Brice's Juanita wrote to the Rev. Page   

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