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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Sea level mysteriously BIRD BATTLE Brown open 3-game home stand vs. Jays Dl On O's host p.m. on Bay Bridge Walk on tap for Sunday SEE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION DCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 TOMORROW BREEZY DETAILS PAGE A9 FRIDAY MAY MD 35C Like like son Younger Astle soon tell Marine stories like his dad By RUSSELL ARRINGTON Capital News Fr 12 years state Sen. John C. Astle has been irectly influencingJMaryland's For Imost twice that long the Annapolis Democrat has influenced his son a midshipman at the Naval Academy. Part of that influence a intangible part will lead to Midshipman Astle's being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps later this month. Like like Mr. Astle is a colonel in thfe Marine Corps Reserve. During a recent interview at the academy's Bancroft the two talked about their relationship and about their family's links to the military. The midshipman wore his Navy dress blue the senator a gray two-piece suit accented with a'Marine Corps lapel pin. With clean-shaven faces and close-cropped each looked younger than his years. The father is the son 23. didn't really try to influence me Midshipman 1st Class Astle said. I think he did have a-pretty big influence on me. He always had good stories. Lots The a former combat helicopter didn't recall talking exclusively to his son about his experiences. But he said the younger Astle was within earshot while he shared them with friends. time I got shot wounded... he's heard that Astle said. he's also heard about the good times and friendships and that sort of Page i By David W. Trozzo The Capital When Midshipman 1st Class Jay Astle graduates from the rffbl Academy In he will follow In the footsteps of his John C. D-Anne and enter the Marines. City police seek alleged scam man Believed to have sold same computer 4 times By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Playing a shell game with a computer he sold at least four times to different a former Annapolis man allegedly scammed more than out of local businesses early this year. City police are looking for Christopher J a 57'year-old with a gift for computer gab. His scheme was straightforward Presenting himself as a computer consultant with a business called Softside Mr. Hanlon would offer to upgrade the computer systems of local said Detective Pete who handled the investigation for city police Mr. Hanlon would then sell the business a computer A short time he would return to the business and say he needed to do some more work on the equipment go pull it and turn around and sell it to the next Detective Medley said. Police know of at least four businesses victimized by the scheme in Annapolis in February and March. Businesses started contacting city police early last after they couldn't get Mr Hanlon to return computer. He was last seen in the area on March 23. Police believe Mr. Hanlon has lived in Annapolis for the past year or renting an apartment on Maryland Avenue. Some of the work that Mr Hanlon did for local businesses was legitimate. Rusty manager of Harry Browne's restau- rant in downtown said Mr Hanlon furnished a menu-writing program. it he said. Romo said Mr. Hanlon was a regular patron of the bar for a few years Page City police are looking for Christopher J. a 57-year-old He was last seen In the area on March 23. INSIDE ARUNDEL The Annapolis Historic District Commission may be overhauled next but the powerful panel will be more city officials said last night Cl 4 32 Entertainment County groups go to war over base realignments Annapolis. Amndel Report Births Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics Crossword Bl-2 Cl A9 A7 C2 B3-4 D5 C9 Death Notices Editorials Lottery Obituaries Police Beat Sports Television Tides B4 A8 A4 A9 A9 Dl-6 B5 A9 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Classified...................268-7000 Circulation.................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments .268-5000 By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer CATONSVILLE In a college field- house packed with defenders of two county nvlita y instal- lations that may be shut down made their cases yesterday to the h se clos- ing commission The hearings at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County lasted all day as representatives from threatened bases throughout the mid-Atlantic re- gion beseeched the Pentagon commis- sion to keep their facilities open The commission will screen the list and give President Clinton a revised version by July 1 Representatives from the Naval Sur- face Warfare Center in Annapolis and Fort George G Meade's Kimbrough Hospital got their tum early in the day after remarks by some of the state's most powerful including Parris N. Sens Paul Sarbanes and Barbara and Rep Steny D-St Mary's More than a thousand workers from Maryland's five threatened bases watched from bleachers and folding chairs as former NSWC assistant re- search director James L Corder led off the defense of the Annapolis research center Defense Department's 1995 rec- ommendation is costly and. I damaging to the Mr Corder told the five members of the seven member commission who were present Hoping to trim the Pentagon wants to close the Annapolis center's machinery transfer eight of its research facilities to a Philadelphia installation and abandon two including the Navy's only deep ocean pressure simulation tanks. The move could cost the Annapolis area 425 jobs Mr Corder called the plan illogical. Moving the center will cost more than not million as the Pentagon he said And without the pressure the Navy will have to perform tests at which will cost 10 times as much and yield poorer results Mr Corder said In the move will break up an unparalleled research team and sever the close relationship with the Naval Academy whose professors do much summertime research at the he said The move will also disrupt for two years the center's efforts to develop alternative cooling pre- Page Cost keeps rising for courthouse By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer It may be a but a new county court- house that just keeps getting more expensive set off alarms yesterday for the County Council. In a budget- briefing on the million set for completion in one council member balked at news that the expanded courthouse's pricetag has climbed by million in the last year. we see a million we're looking at another school we're not Councilman George F. Bachman complained. Pointedly questioning county public works the Linthicum Demo- crat railed against repeated cost over- runs on the which was sup- posed to cost million jdst two years ago. there any feeling that we can keep on doing this because the council is going to fund he asked. County Executive John G. Gary Jr. is asking the council to approve million in the next fiscal year for the which will expand and reno- vate the existing Church Circle build- ing. The council will weigh funding the courthouse renovations as part of Mr. Gary's million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. Court watchers have touted the changes as a needed overhaul for a building whose first section was erected in 1824 The construction essen- tially will create a new complete with 18 courtrooms and sev- eral county offices This year's budget request adds to the million already approved for the renovation. And with construction under there's virtually no chance that the council would want to pull the plug on the project now. But admitting that he was raising the issue out of said several council members had dis- cussed simply refusing to pay for any extra cost overruns and ultimately approving just million. That was the figure the council approved last year them do what they can with that he said. got to put a stop to these County public works officials apolo- gized for the price increases but said they were inevitable because of the scope of the project. The expansion will create a building that occupies almost a full square block of downtown space vand is one of the largest The Capital projects the county has taken on in years. Page Fire and sheriff's offices need cash ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer The county Fire Department and the Sheriffs Office have overspent their budgets by a total of and need emer- gency funding to finish the budget officials confirmed yesterday. The shortfalls are among million in fund transfers that the County Council must ad- dress by June 30. the council shifts money around to balance the books. The Fire Department needs for health insurance and for overtime. Insur- ance enrollment was incomplete when the current fiscal year's budget began on July 1. Emergency medical services received less than what was needed to cover overtime. And extra relief pay didn't take into account a 6 percent pay raise in the according to the Finance Office. Battalion Chief J. Gary department spokes- couldn't explain the short- falls yesterday. The Sheriffs Office needs for part-time for clerical for overtime and for health insurance. Former sheriff Robert Peper- sack annually butted heads with council members about the costs of running his agency. Sheriff George Johnson said the million agency's annual deficit was estimated at when he defeated Mr. Pepersack in November. But Sheriff Johnson said he moved to stop the overspending. He cut part-time deputies' from 20 to reduced their pay from per hour to and abolished a policy that allowed overtime for washing cars and cleaning guns. that they're re- questing occurred under my Page Employees and supporters of the Letterkenny Army Depot In Pennsylvania wave signs as they show support for their depot In Jeopardy of being closed or moved. County representatives also attended the hearing held In Catonsvllle yesterday. AP photo