Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Year 2000 adds up to computer problems A2 Home on Naval Academy is given a face lift Dl The living room Is furnished In period pieces. Arundel state champs Cl Navy ousted in NCAAs HDWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 155S LAUREL MD 20707 CLOUDS PAGE All SATURDAY MAY MD 35C Emergency policy angers crews ByP.J.SHUEY Staff Writer Starting in a county resident who calls for an ambulance will get that rather than a Ore truck carrying emergency medical techni- cians. In a policy change that has angered the county firefighters' acting Fire Administrator Stephen Halford has .planned a break with tradition in handling the first response to calls for help. The change in policy will send fire- fighters trained as emergency medical technicians in available ambulances to routine medical calls for help. Firefighters say response times threatened If the change would have no effect on residents while improving efficiency in emergency medical calls. you have a highly trained trained to handle heart attacks and other life-threatening and they're transporting a broken arm. We aren't getting the best bang for the Mr. Halford said. Members of the county Firefighters Union Local 1563. said the change could result in slower response times in emergencies. Calling'the proposal and potentially local presi- dent LeRoy Wilkison said the change would leave large gaps in fire service while firefighters are transporting vic- tims of minor injuries. if a call comes in for a minor injury and the nearest fire station has a fire truck and an ambu- lance but only enough crew members to staff one of the the crew will take the fire truck. all of whom are trained emergency medical will handle the call until an ambulance arrives. The possibly staffed with highly trained will drive the patient to the hospital. The advantage is having the fire truck available again sooner. While paramedics take the patient to the the fire truck and crew are ready for another call. Mr. Halford said this luxury is something the county can no longer afford. basic life-support ambulance service is beginning to he said. More patients are being driven to hospitals now by paramedics than by emergency medical he said. With the paramedics would be freed for more serious and EMTs can transport the minor cases. The most significant difference would be seen in areas such as Shady where-one crew staffs both the ambulance and a fire engine at certain times. Mr. Halford said he was aware the policy would go against the tradition of the fire service when it was developed. am breaking some traditional and I am going to take some heated resistance for he said. with emergency medical service constituting 72 percent of all calls and the number of fires remaining constant or service has to be he said. He also said the county's advanced life-support ambulances are overbur- Part of the prompting for the revi- Page A hard Mids' assault on monument sets a record By BRIAN STEINBERG Staff Writer Never before have Navy mids taken so long to climb the 21-foot Herndon Monument as they did the plebes took four five minutes and 17 longest time in Naval Academy history pluck aseaman's dixie.cup cap from the lard-encased anacademy The formally known as the Plebe Recognition is one of the annual traditions of Commission- ing Week. can't have top many people on said Midshipman 1st Class Dan Salvatierra of Ewa Hawaii. gets too I He and other upperclassmen watched as the plebes assaulted the monument again and again. getting it. It just takes a Photos by David Trozzo The Capital This year's plebe class at the Naval Academy set a new record In the annual Hemdon Monument Climb four five minutes and 17 the longest time yet. Midshipman 4th Class Steve For- tmann holds the dJxIe cup hat he struggled to remove from the pinnacle of the obelisk. The event Is designed to bring the freshmen together and it did Just that for the Interlocking mids pictured above. Above One of several failed attempts to scale the monument. 1-9-9-5 little more he said. But if the plebes dwell on anything from yesterday's it will probably be the heroic efforts of one Midshipman 4th Class Steven The former Navy SEAL worked steadily to assist his classmates during the finally pulling himself up to Herndpn's and perching there for well over 20 minutes while he extracted the cap from a mess of lard and packing tape. Academy plebes broke through a line of 3rd Class mids to assail the Herndon Monument 10 minutes before the appointed'2pjii. starting time yesterday afternoon. They made poor use of the head however.. had a but when the first cannon that was it. It was just a mad said Midshipman 4th Page City man rushes White House INSIDE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Three days after an intruder was shot on White House an Annapolis man climbed over the mansion's 10-foot fence yester- day and was seized by Secret Service agents. The Andrew Meig said he was born in but has no fixed address. He was charged with unlawful entry. Secret Service spokesman Mike Tarr said Mr. Jopling scaled the fence along East Executive Avenue directly in front of the East Wing entrance to the White House. jumped over the fence and was immediately Mr. Tarr said. Mr. Jopling crossed the fence in an area where tourists were lined up for White House tours and where numer- ous agents are normally positioned. He was questioned at a gatehouse on the White House grounds for two hours- before being transferred to the city's central lockup. Dressed in a T-shirt and d'enim his reddish hair cropped short. Mr. Jopling was silent as he Was taken away in handcuffs in a police van. In a separate incident shortly after Mr. Jopling was a police officer was assaulted when he tried to intervene in a dispute between two vendors on a street near the White the Secret Service said. There were no reports of Although police could be seen run- ning along the sidewalk across Penn- sylvania Avenue from the White the spokesman said the officers were going .to assist the assaulted officer and there was no apparent connection with White House security. White House have become an almost routine phenomena in recent years. A White security report re- leased this month said most have been peaceful protest- ers or mentally ill individ- uals. Twenty-three people were taken into custody between 1989 and Novem- ber 1994 after climbing the iron fence around the White House grounds. On Tuesday Leland a 37-year-old suburban Virginia man climbed the fence shortly after Presi- dent Clinton stepped out of his limou- sine and entered the South Portico of the White House. Carrying an unloaded Mr. Modjeski rushed toward the rear of the grappled with a Secret Ser- vice agent and was shot in the arm by a second agent. Mr. Modjeski has been charged with felony assault and weap- ons violations. 4 48 Arundel Report..... Bl Calendar............. B4 Cap. Cam............CIS D4 Comics................ A8 Crossword........... D9 Death Notices...... D9 Editorials............. A10 Homes.................Dl-3 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 Lottery........ Movies........ Obituaries... Police Beat.. Religion...... Sports........ Stocks........ Television Tides.......... A4 B6 All All ......Cl-6 ......B24 B5 All Want Be prepared to pay for them By MARY ELLEN LLOYD StaffWriter Robert H. Evans has one word for all those people looking for crabs this Memorial Catfish. are very slow right said the president of the Anne Arundel County Watermen's He hasn't begun crabbing yet. But the carfishing sure is he-said. Mr. Evans has been hauling in pounds of catfish a day crabs are getting ready to so it's not quite softshell he said. they're rear so they're not so they're not coming into the Many of the crabs available now are coming from states farther although watermen are seeing little crabs that predict a good season that'll start around If money is any Mr. Evans' advice might be pretty good. Seafood crabbers and restau- rateurs can't remember a time when prices for Maryland blue crabs have been this high at this point in the season. Wholesale prices at his Sea- food Inc. at Tilghman are running to a bushel. Last pre- Memorial Day wholesale prices were to a bushel. Russell executive at large for the Annapolis-based Maryland Water- men's said prices are the highest he's seen in 30 years of busi- ness. think the prices will drop some after the he said. The supply of legal-sized crabs in local waters is yet the demand is high from people hoping for a crab feast over the Memorial Day weekend. very hard to get a good price this time of the year because there aren't that many crabs on the said Bill chief of the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Seafood Marketing Program. Costly crabs Some crab sellers this week reported extraordinarily high retail prices to a bushel. Wholesale bushel at to for some are also up compared to prices reported by watermen during dockside surveys In recent years. Average wholesale price per bushel in May n.a.. 1994 1993 1992 Capital graphic On the other he don't assume prices all year will stay because the catch and the demand vary from week to week. Sieling recommends checking prices and comparing prices among sellers because they can too. the season goes you'll have peaks and he Mr. Evans agreed. Page A LITTLE TO THE LEFT By J. Henson The Capital Annapolis High School students Eddie and Mike make their final before last night's graduation ceremony at the Show Place Arena In Upper Marlboro. The Class of 1995 Included about 320 who received diplomas from Principal Joyce P. Smith- The graduation was among the first this which will see several hundred students finish their years In county high schools.