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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Waterfront property Bl NEW MOOD Coach Weatherbie puts spring in Navy step Dl Spring football drills begin Saturday. Camp Letts' valued history uncovered Cl HOWELL MICROFILMS PO BDX 1558 LAUREL MD 20707 TOMORROW SOME SUN TAILS PAt.F A13 THURSDAY MARCH 30. MD HOME 25C NEWSSTAND. 35C Valentine slaying case crumbles By BRIAN WHEELER StaO Writer The county State s Attorney's Office this morning dropped charges against two men facing trial for murdering nightclub owner JoAnne Valentine after the testimony of a key witness was contradicted The decision by State's Attorney Frank R Weathersbee followed the disclosure this week that one of the two Gilbert E was in jail the night of the Arnold woman's slaying. Mr Weathersbee said in a prepared statement that he would drop charges Charges are dropped against both men facing trial against Griffin and Edward W. McLeod. who were indicted by a grand jury in December. we cannot meet our burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at this then justice is not Mr. Weathersbee said Mr. Weathersbee's decision will al- most assuredly force police to jump- start their investigation that dates to Mrs. Valentine's Sept. murder. Mrs Valentine died after she was shot once in the neck in the driveway of her Arnold home. She was returning home from work at a north county nightclub that she and her husband owned. Prosecutors have maintained that she was killed after a botehed robbery Within weeks of the police arrested Mr McLeod after he was caught allegedly shoplifting in Pasade- na. A .38-cahber Taurus handgun found in his car's trunk matched the gun used to kill Mrs Valentine the state's attorney dropped the first-degree murder charge in February 1994. citing insufficient evidence Nine months later a county grand jurv indicted Mr McLeod and Griffm. a passenger in the car the day Mr McLeod was arrested The charges were based on testimony by an inform- ant still in jail who said he heard the duo talking about the murder just hours after it happened Clarence D the inloimant was convicted of robberv this month and faces sentencing in Mav In dropping the charges Mi Weulh ersbee fired a broadside at the cumin Public Defender's which iepre sented Mr. McLeod. -15 Mr Weathersbee charged that the which represents clients too poor to afford an attorney knew tor a long time that Giiffin was in the Hdltmioie Counts jail the night ol the imirdei but told authorities nothing. 'For vears the local Public Defend- ei s Office's contingent has thought more ol publicity for themselves than representing their he said office allowed their Edward McLeod. to remain in jail while thev determined a time when they could best try to taint the opera- tions of this office and to better achieve headlines tor themselves in the local Attorneys for Griffin and Mr Page Md.'s first ladies under one roof Maryland first lady Frances Hughes Gtondenlng talks about the portrait of former first lady Helen Avalynne I at duflnf Mansion yesterday. Mrs. Qtondanlng Is exhibiting portraits of fonnor ftret ladtoslnthe Including Dorothy Byron Lane at right. School boss goes to class for a job Parham botches mock interview for the sake of county students Photos by George N Lundtkow Capital Wives are on display in mansion exhibit ASSOCIATED PRESS Frances Hughes Glendenmg is tipping her hat to a Maryland first lady with In her first project since her husband took the state's top job in Mrs. Glendening has assembled the first display of paintings of her First Ladies Official Hostesses of The reference to hostesses is in deference to Hilda Mae the longtime companion of former governor William Donald Schaefer. But it was First Lady Helen Avalynn Tawes who inspired Mrs. Glendening's pictorial display. a woman after my own Mrs. Glendenmg said. identify with Mrs. Tawes ignored naysayers who advised her that first ladies simply do not appear in the governor's official portrait. Her pose is captured In the background of tlje circa 1966 J. Millard Tawes painting that now hangs in the State House reception room. The 13 portraits banging in the public rooms of the governor's mansion are the only images available of the 70 or more women who have resided in the Governor's Mansion oh State Among 13 portraits Is one of Eugenia wfc of femur govamor llatbaU R. O'Conor. A Mtt portrait to of Henrietta Queen of EnglansV for wfami the colony of and before in St. Mary's City. Tawes 'A governor's wife comes here and works like a dog. I just feel they get so little some recognition would be said Mrs. 43. happen to agree with her. I'm sure Mrs. Tawes would be gratified to see this exhibition Mrs Glendening has gathered representations of such first ladies as Priscilla Dorsey who died in 1814 before her husband became Maryland's 15th and Barbara who kicked Maryland's 56th governor out of the mansion during a feud. Mrs. Tawes commissioned five of the including her own. First ladies have often had more to contribute than merely making a home for the said Mrs. a Federal Election Commission lawyer who was co-chairman of her husband's transition She has asked the Maryland State Archives to research the history of first ladies and is looking for volunteers to assemble a book on the subject. The display is open to public tours By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer County School Superintendent Carol S Parham returned to the classroom yesterday as an unemployed woman who will work as long as she can still chew gum and watch Ricki Lake every day The usually eloquent of thi- county school system stumbled into the mock job interview to show about 2.1 students at Lothian Elementary School how not to act Their Bryna had trouble keeping a straight face while playing the part of the interviewer sorry I'm a half-hour Mrs Parham said frantically here for the job of production and I'm ready to go to work right now let me ask you a few questions Ms Groveston said you chew Mrs Parham asked Anv idea how vou would be good for this 'I need Her list of references her Uncle and Aunt She recom- mended against calling her previous employers at the donut shop and at because didn't like me too much there And her outside interests included watching a davtime tabloid TV show can't have a interfere with Ricki she said By the end of the Ms Groveston shook Mrs Parham's hand and call we'll call you Mrs Parham is one of dozens of professionals who have volunteered to bring the business world into class- rooms throughout the county over a five-week now in its second week Volunteers teach one class a week It's all part of Junior Ac hiovement. a Page By Ctfwfr N LunrtSkow The Capital School Superintendent Carol S. Parham laughs with a group of at Lothian Elementary School while teaching a class about the world. INSIDE State to make antenna sites available SOUTH The State Highway Administration does not-plan changes to Bay Front despite a crash last weekend that killed two people not a high-accident said Chuck Brown. SHA spokesman M Portions ol The Capital arp printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Arundel Report Baby Face Births Calendar Classified Comics Crossword Death Notices Or Gotl Editorials Family Living For the Record Bl Honor roll B3 Lottery 83 Military News A10 Movies CIO Obituaries A7 A4 A12 C8 A13 C7 Police BeaU AID. A13 C16 Sevema Park C6 South County B6 Sports A14 Television C14 Tides B2 Vignettes B5 B4 01-6 C5 A13 A9 Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer Cellular telephone and other private antennas soon could be attached to the Bay the National Guard Arm- ory in Annapolis or the Maryland Public Television tower in Crowns ville Those structures are on a list of government-owned antenna sites that the state will make available to private communications firms for a price Other state owned structures likely to attract bids from the communica- tions industry are the James Senate Office Building in downtown Annapo- the Tawes State Office Building on Rowe Boulevard and a Department of Natural Resources tower at Sandy Point State Park A tower at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and another at the state House of Correction in Jessup also are included on the still-changing list From 350 to 400 state-owned tower sites may be offered mclud ing perhaps .10 in Anne Arundel said Dave spokes man for the Department of General Services Structures owned bv local govern ments also are under consideration But Mr Humphrey said he dicln I know if any property owned bv Annapolis or Anne Arunriel has been put forward We're targeting midApnl lot the request for he said In the interim as state agencies tions requirements and construction plans arc verified sites mav be added to or removed from the h.st leasing space on government build and towers is another wav lor the state to The Capitalize on its resources but it mas also allow cellular phone compa- nies to fill gaps in their networks without having to fight community groups to build new towers Neighborhood groups rerentlv h.ive thwarted tower proposals in rural Gamhrills Btrclsville with com- plaints about aesthetics and potential harm Irom eleuiomagnetu fields Virtuallv din proposal in i.ish 01 sei vices m.iv be considered when the state determines how its antenna sites mav be used Bell Atlantic Mobile Nextel and BGF. already have ANTENNA. 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