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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Our The pension Go Convertibles finding quick converts among drivers El Orioles lose to Navy's new post JUNE exploding boat Severna Park couple assists in bay rescue near Thomas Point ByBABTJANSEN Staff Writer Four boaters were rescued yesterday from the Chesapeake Bay off Thomas Point after an explosion severely in- jured one boater and nearly sank the vessel. A Severna Park couple passing the partially submerged boat pulled three of the people from the water while the fourth swam to another boat. were very said Alan Adams of Shipley's Choice. man was injured in such a way that any of us would have been in Authorities would not release the names of anyone involved in the inci- dent. But the man who was burned and whose ankle was apparently broken was Down to Shock-Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. Three two men and a were taken to Arundel Medical Center. The call for help went out at p.m. for the burning boat about a half-mile south of Thomas Point near the mouth of the South according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Adams and his wife Linda were heading south to Solomons Island to celebrate their 29th anniversary when they noticed smoke billowing from the disabled boat. The stem was already in the water and Mr. Adams worried about the passengers being trapped beneath the cabin's wooden Mrs. Adams nervously steered the' family's new 44-foot powerboat named Danny after the family's golden to about SO feet away. Then Mr Adams swam to the passengers who were in the water by the time he got there. Mr. Adams pulled the most seriously injured who was wearing a flota- tion back to his boat. 'I don't know how to swim and this life jacket isn't on very Mr. Adams said. The man's left ankle appeared bro- ken and he suffered burns on his hands and face and he was covered with Mr. Adams said. Another man and the who were holding onto seat fol- lowed Mr. Adams back to his boat. The third man swam to another where people radioed the Coast Guard for help. Mr. Adams hadn't rescued anyone in a boating accident but said his actions weren't extraordinary. didn't think it was that big.a he said. Two Coast Guard boats from Thomas Point cruised to the area and trans- ported the victims to shore. A state police helicopter then flew one man to while the others were taken by ambulance to the Anna- polis hospital. The 1955 Owens wooden boat was 36 BOATERS RESCUED AFTER EXPLOSION feet long and powered by two gasoline said Coast Guard Petty Officer Mike Rank-in. Page His aim is clear New police chief using more than discipline to do the whole job' By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer When Chief Robert A. Beck took command of the county Police Department last he did not send oat a gregarious -.greeting to officers. every officer was required to watch a 9-minute videotape titled s Ethics and Values in Which he laid down a hard line on police conduct. Seated at his reading from papers directly in front of he spelled out what amounted to a warning for officers about deliberate misconduct. am approaching the issue of ethics as the cornerstone of my the new chief said. For any officer who decides to commit an unethical or corrupt he made the message plain. want you to I will have zero tolerance for this Chief Beck said. like this tarnish the Chief Beck said the message amounts to fair letting officers know that if punishment is to be meted out. it will come as a result of officers' decisions. you've done I have to he said. I'm the Around the the message was clear even if the reaction was said Officer Dennis president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70. extreme on both and there's a variety in the he said. is going to agree that Chief Beck is going to be much more of a disciplinarian than Chief Ruttefl several officers slid Chief Beck is hoping to forestall the type of disciplinary decisions forced on his predecessor decisions the former chief did not relish. A number of officers were involved In sexual with two found guilty of civil rights violations in federal court. Chief Beck has already had to fire a decorated officer who was convicted of trying to extort money from a crime suspect. of us should be personally accountable for the things that we said Lt. Harry supervisor of the Crimes Against Personi Section and former r 27 as N. Luntekow Capfed force i me AmnM County. commander of Internal Affairs. The lieutenant worked with the chief as long ago as two when they were both patrol officers in the Northern District He said the stance on discipline is only part of a long-standing approach. It includes accountability and attention to community-oriented with officers maintaining regular contact with people on their beat know he came to the department to do the whole Lt. Collier not community policing when you're not doing the whole Immediate action A Vietnam veteran with 27 years on the Chief Beck was named acting chief in November when Chief Russell announced his retirement. Among his immediate actions was determining how to handle increased personnel promised by County Executive John G.Gary Jr. Page Student promotion rate among highest Regardless of pushed along By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer When fryear-old Evan Purcell wrapped up first .grade at Edgewater Elementary this he could not read a basic sentence. His mother Gwen feared that next when his classmates are reading about science and other Evan will lag even further behind. She wanted her son to repeat first grade and had to convince school officials. have to fight to hold your child said Mrs. a former teacher. have to insist. They would have passed him If he didn't get the reading help now I could see him having trouble all the way When Evan returns to his same class next he will be an exception in the Anne Arundel County school which rarely flunks stu- dents a practice critics say sets up students to fail in the long run. Last year 99.5 percent of students in first through sixth grades were advanced to the next grade. Of about just under were held back. The promotion rate in Anne Arundel County is above the state average of 99 percent and is one of the highest in the state. School administrators say they rarely fail students because it damages and research has found that repeating a grade does not improve academic performance. does not prove to be a positive said fly J Hanson The Capital Owen Purcall of Edgewator wants her to repeat the first so he can learn to read as wed as he should. But county school ofncuris agreed only roructantfyr arjrtm tfiat the emotional Impact on him would do greater damage than passing him on without the sWHs he should have acquired. Kenneth administrative assistant to the assistant superintendent for a social not an academic thing. There's more negatives than have said that each year they get students who don't have basic reading and writing skills they should have by that grade county dispute inventory uncertainties ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer Nobody has kept track of million that the county spent on supplies and equipment during three decades of charter so County Executive John G. Gary Jr. has proposed to hire consultants to count the stuff. Inventorying everything from desks to cars is important to figure out what's worn disap- peared or fallen into unauthorized he said But rather than pay two consultants as he council members argue that existing workers could compile the lists. A worst-case scenario in the dispute emerged in when police searched the home of a former Public Works Department superintendent and found worth of equipment. Gary a 23-year veteran of the depart- hasn't been charged with a crime. But he was fired and the police investigation continues into the alleged theft of equipment for Mr. Bussey's home car-repair business Mr. Gary argued during budget deliberations that neglecting a comprehensive inventory hurts the county is nothing half-baked about proposing that we get our house in he wrote the council. it costs the taxpayers a year to get control over million dollars worth of I think the money is well But Council Chairman Diane R. said the problem wasn't urgent. County workers could compile the necessary rather Page LOW WAJUft Mostly sunny partly sunny tomorrow. 02 Stanley Cup Claude Lemieux snapped a tie at of the third period last night as the New Jersey Devils opened the Stanley Cup finals with a 21 victory over Detroit. Cl Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. DAVE Please don't feed the tl HOUM Local artist picked for directory. El hospital link for Senior Care. 14 Atlanta has case of Olympic fever. M' WOUMtWestinghouse chief ready for il ON It's beginning to brew. 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