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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Gas leak snarls city traffic Bl Slaying suspect evaluated CAL WATCH O's Ripken not alone when thinking about streak Dl 'Beauty and the Beast' hits town SEE ENTERTAINMENT TAB HDWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL MD 207Q7 TOMORROW MILD DETAILS PAGE All APRIL 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD BRUSH FIRES SWEEP THROUGH COUNTY By Liam McGrath For Tha Cipiul Flraflgntefs yastarday spray water on a 20- to 30-acre brwh flra near the Severn Run Ama In The Bra WM extinguished hi three noun. The blaze was one of three In the county yettenley. Dry conditions set off By MICHAEL CODY and LIAM McGRATH Staff Writers Firefighters responded to outdoor blazes in Severn and Har- undale yesterday as the spring brush- fire season continued to heat up bottom line is it's very dry said Lt Robert a county Fire Department spokesman. March marked the sixth consecu- tive month of below-average precipi- tation while fallen branches some a result of ice storms of 1994 are ready fuel for runaway fires. should be no outdoor burning Lt. Kornmann said. Yesterday's first on Trails End Road in was reported at a.m Trash that resident Jeff King was burning in a drum ignited surrounding woods and spread to a wood-frame structure. Firefighters responded with sev- eral engines and a tanker and soon had the 1- to 2-acre blaze under control. The which belonged to Mr. King's reportedly was.of no value. Lt. Kornmann said. The day's second and most serious brush fire swept across 20 to 30 acres near the Severn Ron Environmental Area in Severn. About SO firefighters with 12 en- eight brush trucks and two tankers responded to the seven-alarm blaze off Quarterfield which was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Fire vehicles could not move close to the so firefighters had to inarch into the dragging thou- sands of feet of hose and lugging 5-gallon pump tanks to spray the flames. Winds of up to 15 mph that gusted and shifted in direction made the fire especially difficult to fire- fighters said. did move it a little Lt. Kornmann said. On Sandy Hill Road north of Fine Farms Road residents carried valua- bles and pets from their home as firefighters used their driveway to move equipment closer to the woods. Wanda who said she has lived most of the last 20 years at 653 Sandy Hill said a drawer full of old an iguana named Jasper and a cockatiel named Archie were singled out for protection. About 4 a wind gust fanned flames and produced a blanket of smoke. But when firefighters doused Page Local sailor admits drug smuggling By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer BALTIMORE A well-known Crownsville convicted of mari- juana smuggling yesterday in federal must give up in drug trafficking profits and cooperate in future government drug investigations. Among the Timothy M. must sell is the Oxford Boatyard and federal prosecutors have agreed to let him sail the 60-foot racing yacht out of the coiifltry to interest a potential buyer Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Walter E. Black Jr. in U.S. District Troy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and failure to report a foreign bank account. Troy admitted his role in an East Coast-based marijuana ring as part of an agreement worked out with federal prosecutors over the past several months. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Alsup said that if Mr. Troy cooperates with federal he will qualify for a sentence of 21 to 27 months in a minimum security federal prison. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a million fine. A sentencing date has not been set Troy would have been the first Marylander to enter the around-the.- world BOC a contest It started in Sep- tember in Charleston. S.C Page Bicycle helmet proposal passes ByTODDSPANGlfR Staff Writer The Maryland General Assembly yesterday passed a bill requiring chil- dren under age 16 to wear helmets when riding bicycles. The which would go into effect on Oct. 1 if Gov. Parris N. Glendening signs allows one excep- helmets- are not required for children riding bikes on the Ocean City boardwalk. Mr. Glendening has not yet said whether he intends to sign the legisla- tion into law. But the measure which began as a proposal to force everyone who rides a bicycle to wear a helmet enjoyed if not unanimous support in both houses of the legislature. The House of Delegates yesterday approved the bill sponsored by Del. Mary D-Prince by a voice vote after receiving in back from the state which had passed it unamended by a vote of 39-8. Delegates had earlier voted on the passing it by a margin of 98-30. The only real debate centered on whether to exempt Ocean City from the requirement. A virtually identical bill sponsored by Sen. Arthur D-Prince is also moving through both houses and could win approval The legislation as passed provides that anyone under age 16 must wear a helmet while operating a bicycle on any bicycle path or any other Page NO HORSING AROUND By N. Undsfcow TIM Capital Jacqute Cowan of the Odenton baaad Chesapeake Plantation Wafting Horse at a steady of a to 10 mail. Club D.C. For the Paga Bl. Utility tax Jaw OKs disputed charges ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer County businesses that paid a dis- puted million in utility taxes over the past two decades won't get any of that money back under a law the County Council quietly approved this week without debate or public testi- mony. Administration officials portrayed the bill introduced by County Execu- tive John G. Gary Jr. as a simple change in definition about what elec- tricity and gas charges are covered But the law passed Monday night retroactively authorized taxes collected from commercial and industrial cus- tomers since despite not being specifically listed in the County Code. The measure involved the county's 10 percent tax on Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s base rates for power. But BGE's bills are broken down into different components besides base including energy pur- chased capacity customer charges and demand charges. Large companies have resisted pay- ing taxes on these additional charges. For companies opposed a tax on demand charges because the fee covers power capacity rather than power that was actually used. Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group in Linthicum fought Baltimore County in court for lack of authoriza- tion about taxes on more than base according to a BGE spokesman. Baltimore County corrected the problem legislatively to include the additional charges. Anne Arundel County did about the same thing. The changes were cal to the according to Finance Officer John R. Hammond. He reported to the council March 15 that the bill would not increase county revenue collected under the tax He and Deputy County Attorney David A. Plymyer each told the council during a legislative briefing March 27 that the bill simply cleaned up the definition of electricity taxes that the county collects. Acting County Auditor Teresa Su- therland reported to the council March 29 that the county collected million per year from the tax. The bill changed the definitions ret- roactively to July so two decades of million payments would total more than million Council members didn't question the substance of the bill publicly. Nobody from the public testified about it dur- ing a council hearing Monday that preceded the unanimous vote. Council Chairman Diane R said yesterday that she was unaware of any financial implications Page INSIDE As a boom of homes and commercial development envelops the Bestgate Road residents there want a louder voice in issues affecting their neighborhoods. Cl Annapolis. Births........ Calendar...... Classified.... Club Notes Comics Crossword Death Notices Cl AS A9 C5 C4 C2 C12 B3 Editorials Honor rolls Loneiy........ Obrtuanes.. Police Beat. Sports Television Tides. A10 A4 82 All All DM C3 All ClaMMtod....................268-7000 From Kent 327-1583 Warm winter cause of sniffles ASSOCIATED PRESS Two words could explain the stuffy noses and watery eyes you may have been experiencing warm winter. The second-warmest winter in the past 100 years has caused trees to begin releasing their pollen a bit earlier than normal. Pollen counts usually begin to build about but high are being recorded nationwide because of the mild said Sarah Kaluzny-Petroff of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology in Milwaukee. kind of she Mid. with the real nict pop of weather that we really just jump-started all the For Dr. JamM R. an AT- kind of everywhere. Mild with the real nice pop of weather that we really just jump-started all the allergy specialist nold allergist whose practice con- ducts pollen several times a three words lack of rain explain your seasonal symptoms. of the most overlooked prin- ciples for bow bad the Mtion will be is whether or not we hare rain worn the trees are doing their Dr. Banks said. need rain but certainly allergy sufferers wUl desperately need No rain is forecast through Mon- yet a soaking rain can often help wash away much of the pollen causing problems. Nurse Joy who charts periodic pollen counts at the Arnold practice of Dr. Banks and Dr. R. Brucce said she registered a count of 370 earlier this a little early in the season for a number that high. really did jump up there pretty she said. Ms. Kaluzny-Petroff said the acad- emy has about 70 stations across the Page   

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