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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               60-foot BGE pole is for the birds Cl GOING Terrapins standout Smith headed for cash Dl toe Smith wHIbv mteMdby Maryland faithful. Wet sludge irks residents Bl Harundale Mall for sale TOMORROW SUNNY DETAILS PAGE A7 FRIDAY APRIL MD 350 Bereano seeking leniency Convicted lobbyist's list of supporters includes Hopkins By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Backed by letters from more than 300 including a former gover- a former county executive and the mayor of lobbyist Bruce C Bereano yesterday asked a federal judge to sentence him to no more than 10 months' imprisonment. In court papers sent to U.S. District Court Judge William M. Bereano's lawyers argued for clemency at the April 21 noting that their client's lobbying practice has already dwindled to this year. Last year he earned for three months' work during the Mary- land legislative session Bereano was convicted late last year on seven charges of mail fraud. A federal jury found him guilty of funnel- ing campaign contributions through his employees and relatives and billing the cost to his clients. jury's verdict has severely impaired earning capacity and done irreparable damage to the defendant's attorney Stuart Berger wrote. The lobbyist's client list once the largest and best-paying in Annapolis has shrunk from 45 to 14 since the December verdict Federal prosecutors have asked that Bereano be sentenced to 30 months in prison and pay a fine that could reach But defense lawyers say the scope of the crime doesn't warrant such a serious punishment one client not a one ever said it wanted a single penny back from Mr his lawyer wrote one client ever said or suggested that he felt Mr Bereano cheated or stole anything from Bereano is asking that he be sentenced to no more than 10 months in a and suggesting that half of that time be served in home detention His claiming that prosecu- tors proved only worth of said the fine should range from to All four of the clients defrauded through the scheme sent letters to the judge asking that Bereano not be jailed. result would be a travesty and a clear waste of the taxpayer's Page BRUCE C. BEREANO found guilty of mall fraud. Mansion partnership in peril County's failure to pay for repairs annoys London Town Foundation By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer Angry over the county's failure to pursue state money for leaders of the London Town Foundation are threatening to scrap the partnership that runs a historic county-owned mansion in Edgewater. County Executive John G. Gary Jr. cost the London Town House and Gardens in state funds when he told legislators he wouldn't provide a matching share for badly needed repair said Ellen the foundation's executive director. people are volunteers they feel that their trust has been she said The Capital we can't be good stewards for this The 235-year-old Georgian mansion on the South River is owned by the county but managed by the 370-member nonprofit foundation. Foundation Chairman Susan Gearing of Arnold has scheduled a private meeting of foundation directors Monday to discuss sending a letter to Mr. Gary. Ms. Rothman said the directors will discuss telling Mr. Gary that the foundation could be dissolved over the dispute. Directors also plan to meet with the county executive later in the week to suggest what he can do to make things right. The dispute arose when freshman Del Virginia P. D-West and Annapolis lawmakers succeeded in killing legislation that could have ended alfc By Mark M Odell Capital Elian executive director of the London Town deteriorating masonry In a chimney at the 235-year- old mansion In Edgewater. million city lawsuit against the county. Annapolis had sued the county seeking unpaid tobacco taxes. The lawsuit was dismissed earlier this but city officials are considering an appeal. After the bill was Mr Gary cited the financial strain that losing the lawsuit might and announced county funding cuts for the London Town House. Democrats accused him of retaliating against Mrs. Clagett because the mansion is in her district. His administration denied the charge. Without county matching legislators rejected a bill seeking state money to repair the mansion. Mr. Gary's Larry said county money would not be restored due to the possible lawsuit appeal. He couldn't be reached for further comment yesterday or this morning. The in county and state funding would have been spent in part on repairs to deteriorating a crumbling chimney and rotting windows. Foundation members also hoped to refurbish an 18th century tobacco the second-oldest in the and to replace the garden's 25-year-old irrigation system. The county supplied about two-thirds of the foundation's operating budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The rest was raised through site special gift shop memberships and donations. Ms. Rothman estimated that Page Speaker's magic carpet 165 a House Delegate Taylor spent on office renovation. By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer The speaker of the House of a leading advocate of an income tax ipent 1165 a .square foot for Imported at fltrrtjft m.000 refurbishing office last yaerv The centerpiece of Del. Casper R. Taylor's State House office renovation is an expensive English Axminster made of 100 percent worsted New Zealand wool with a loom- made Oriental design straight from the mother country- The courtesy of Maryland taxpayers. Mr. Taylor publicly pushed for an income tax cut this year and failed. But he got Gov. Parris N. Glendening to agree there should be such a reduction next year. State Republican Party chairman Joyce Lyons Terhes said the amount the speaker spent on his office shows he has a double standard. needs that kind of carpet in a public she asked. the he's I'm for the people.' TAYIOR Behind the scenes he is spending like a drunken The 61 square feet of floor covering came to Annapolis via Interior Concepts on Main the firm that handled much of the design work for the Allegany County Democrat last fall. matched. it was embarrassing in. said Mary the interior designer who- worked with the speaker. Taylor has good The total cost of the renovations was just over including a refinishing of the woodwork and ceiling as well as a new coat of paint. New furnishings and window treatments accounted for almost half the cost A built-in bookcase was as was a. chandelier. would like the office to stay this way for the next 30 Mr. Taylor said. It was the first renovation since 1969. Page AGNEW AP photo nt TWa portrait of former governor and vice pro Spire T. Agnew hung yesterday hi the Maryland State House after being taken down In 1979. Despite Mr. Agnew's resignation from the vice prseldency In 1973 during a corruption Oov. Parrts N. Gtondening restored the saying Maryland M a StaJMst Ruaala where people become nonpersons. New war on teen depression Mental health groups unite with schools to combat problem INSIDE By MARY GRACE GALLAGHER Staff Writer After three hospitalizations for a suicide attempt and three semesters at a school for emotionally disturbed children. David and Lmda Perhach's 13-year-old son is starting to show signs of recovery In just a few the Severna Park boy will re-enter county public a transi- tion that worries them school has to recognize that some kids have true problems and we all need to work together to help Mrs. Perhach said On Wednesday she attended a panel discussion on teen-age depression at Severna Park High School to find out what help is available for her son Last 321 county students threatened a 69 percent increase when the county began keeping those statistics One student committed suicide last year teen suicide jumped by 200 percent in the last decade To combat the problem in the the mental health professionals who sponsored this week's forum will reconvene to lead a workshop for guidance counselors and administrators in August The who represented a coalition of the Hospice of the Chesapeake. American TELLTALE SIGNS Signs of two or more of these symptoms over a two-week duration may indicate clinical Lack of energy or motivation. Social withdrawal or isolation. hopelessness lack of concentration in homework and conversations. Eating or sleeping problems Low self-esteem or guilt. Drug alcohol abuse. Day Treatment the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Har- undale Youth and Family and Greenspring Mental focused on detect- ing the symptoms of depression They also provided information on treatment options and causes After members of the panel the. floor was opened to an audience of more than 60 professionals and teen-agers. One teacher asked how busy counselors will be able to reach those who need help counselor doesn't have time because they're getting tests ready or helping the principal with discipline said Ger- aldine a special education teacher for the county are they going to have time for more Movita county coordinator for guidance and agreed that testing has hurt the counseling but she said the schools have implemented new strategies to detect depression Students in grades 6 to 12 throughout the county receive a health card listing resources they may turn to for help are instructed to tell an adult if students threaten suicide Ms. who predicted the number of suicide threats this year will equal last said county policy dictates that any writing or actions that threaten suicide be followed up first by a guidance then with calls to the principal and the board of education If the guidance coun- selor deems the threat an immediate the student will be taken to an emergency room is an issue of great concern to she said in the business of helping children learn When they have suicidal learning is the furthest thing from their minds When they're in that kind of they need help to get For much of the O.J. Simpson's lawyers made little effort to hide their glee at the way they thrashed police criminalist Dennis Fung on the witness stand. Johnnie Cochran Jr. roamed the halls yesterday saying. having Robert Shapiro handed out fortune cookies to authors Joe McGmnis and Dominlck Dunne and are from Dennis A2 Annapolis Cl Editorials Ad Arundel Report Bl Engagements B4 Births A 7 Lottery A4 Calendar 67 Obrtuanes Classified. C2 Police Beat A7 Club Notes 82 Sports... Dl-6 Comics. .08 Television D7 Crossword..... 66 Tides....... A7 Death Notices B6 Weddings....... B4 Portions of The are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also Is recyclable Classified....................268-7000 From Kent 327-1583 AH other departments.. 268-6000   

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