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Capital, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Home loans full of 'junk' SEE BUSINESS Bl SKID ENDS Ripken's four hits key 54 win vs. Yanks Dl On Rtxxtosvs. p.m. on Sidewalk cafes out of SEE ARUNDEL REPORT Cl 1 HClWFrLl II 1C RDF I LIT-. FfJ BOX LAUREL tip 07 TOMORROW WARM DETAILS. PAGE A9 TUESDAY JUNE 20. 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD 35C Charges dropped in Crofton death By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Confronted with a persuasive prosecu- tors yesterday dropped first-degree murder charges against a 19-year-old man accused of Stoeting a Bowie girl three months ago behind a Ccbfton pool hall. fierre T. Wallace was still being'held in the county detention center this but his attorney said he could be set free today after spending 75 days in jail awaiting trial for the March 20 murder of Catherine E. Webster. It was the second case in three months in which State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee has been forced to drop murder charges after Alibi discovered in case of murdered Bowie girl discovering an alibi. In this two people told State's Attorney's Office last month that they were with Mr Wallace in Virginia on the night of Ms. Webster's death. Defense attorney Gill Cochran lambasted county police for failing' to check out his client's alibi and for mounting a case based largely on a witness identification from a photo lineup. State's Attorney's Office should be commended for doing what the police didn't do which is check out the Mr. Cochran said. they got locked onto a they refused to consider any additional informa- Police arrested the Annapolis man April 4 for the which killed Ms Webster and injured Robert Saunders. Police said Ms. was sitting in the back seat of a Nissan 300ZX behind the Chalk Talk pool hall when a gunman motioned to the car and ordered her and Mr Saunders out. As they apparently sped the man fired several one of which struck Ms. Webster in the back of the head. Bullets also traveled across nearby Route 450. Prosecutors and police said Mr. Wallace is still a suspect in the shootings after a meeting decided they didn't have enough evidence to win their case. was decided that if you've got one shot at that this was not the shot to said Kristin-A. spokesman for-the State's Attorney's Office. Officer Randy police con- firmed that Mr. Wallace is still under investiga- tion. But Mr. Cochran called the prospect that his client committed the crime ludicrous. representing an innocent he said. In Gilbert E. Griffin and Edward W. McLeod were cleared of murder charges after defense attorneys discovered Griffin was in jail the night that Arnold nightclub owner JoAnne Valentine was slain. No other arrests have been made in that case. Mr. Cochran accused Detective Dean D'Ca- who investigated the Webster of trying to obstruct his attempts to bring the alibi witnesses to light. Page Vultures robbing Apparently BGE hopes spikes keep birds at bay By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Gremlins have nothing to do with that blinking digital clock or winking computer screen. The culprit is more liRely to be a local flock of turkey vultures. In the cool of the early these soaring scavengers roost on giant powerline towers running through Crownsville occasionally get robbing customers in the Annapolis area of valuable Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. don't have to get real close to volts for something to said Gregory J. BGE environ- mental specialist. In an attempt to ward off the vul- BGE field crews will spend the week installing miniature crowns of plastic set at an angle on the lower overhangs of the towers. The Spiked plastic strips are supposed to cause the birds to find alternate perches. Turkey and perhaps the less common black vultures as perch on the overhangs on a 12-mile of towers just off Interstate Route 3 and Herald Harbor Road. The birds like to spread their wings in the morning to catch the sun and wind Mr. Kappler said. When the birds take fully extending their they often brush against the wires. are soaring like he said. not real good Page FALLING ARCHES Photos by Bob Gilbert The Capital A bulldozer razes the McDonald's restaurant on West Street In Annapolis this morning as owner Gerry QlmeMob of below leftf his daughter RHud and neighbor Eric also of watch. A newer McDonald's win make Its debut In StpWflwffiT OM OWIMf MM. TlW IMW flwtMiwrt wIM INI ltd flnd whtt6r with 1990s motif. It wtN feature drtvt-ta bicyclist die in accidents Teen-ager killed sprinting across Rt. cyclist dies in Churchton By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY and P.J. 8HDEY Staff Writers A 15-year-old Broadneck boy and a 31-year-old south county bicyclist were struck and killed in separate accidents about an hour apart last The teen-ager was identified as Do- nald Jackson Jr. of 651 Broadneck and the bicyclist was Jeffrey Blunt of Box 112 in state and county police said. The first accident occurred when the youth was sprinting across Route 50 east of the Cape St. Claire exit with two said Trooper Mary Griffies of the Annapolis barrack. He was struck by a Toyota Camry in the center lane of westbound Route 50 at around Trooper Griffies said. Mr. Jackson was pronounced dead at the The 50-year-old Janet E. Hryn of didn't see the youth until impact and was not at fault in the Trooper Griffies said. was absolutely no way for her to take evasive she said. The'other two teen-agers were not injured The trio was apparently running across Route 50 from the McDonald's restaurant to the Roy Roger's restau- rant. State police have noticed a problem with pedestrians darting across Route 50 to the fast-food restaurants along the service Trooper Griffies said not just she said. The accident caused a backup for Capkil graphic several hours along westbound Route as state police diverted traffic onto East College the access road paralleling the highway. On the Eastern Maryland Page 500 housing units get school waivers INSIDE BQE workers Fred and Don Mammon attach plastic spikes en a Crownsvffle electric tower. The salhes should keep bothersome vul- tures at utility officials said. By SUSAN GROSS Staff Writer As the county school board was holding public hearings on redrawing school boundaries this another county department was negotiating waivers that would allow Crofton de- velopers to build more than 500 new housing units. The signed by County Executive John Gary Jr. on March waived the requirement that the devel- opers of Crofton Cantor Severn Valley Farms and several sec- tions of Crofton Village provide ade- quate school facilities. In the four developers donated 14 6 acres worth an estimated million for a future elementary school The subdivisions will add 195 stu- dents to already burgeoning schools in the according to school planners' projections. While some of the subdivi- sions are under construction there has been no starting date set on others. School board President Michael A. Pace hadn't heard of the agreement and declined comment. But the agreement also came as a surprise to Larry the school board liaison on the development pro- jects. never approved that. The schools out there have no he said. In his most recent recommendation May he said both the elementary and the high school for the area will have more students than the state recommends this fall. A memo from the county Department of Planning and Code Enforcement dated the same day asked Mr. Ripley to reconsider knew they've been trying to get our but the schools are a he said Steven R. director of the Department of Planning and Code En- said the county administra- tion evaluated a variety of factors in overruling school A rule of thumb is that officials Page Building waivers don't cause overcrowding UVmNA Boy finds wad of hundreds. U Police near around the clock cervice. C2 4 33 pegM ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer Better construction planning and cooperation between county and school officials would ease the class overcrowding that is being unfairly blamed on development ac- cording to an advisory group Waivers fees that developers pay the county to build in congested areas of the county have added less than 600 students in a total school popula- tion of according to a report unveiled before the County Council last nfght by the Committee to Study the Adequacy of School Facilities Requirements Rather than eliminate the committee recommended more better construction planning and spending the fees already cpj- lected. may aggravate the prob- but they are not the main nor the sole cause of the the 18-page report said The report won't be the last word on the explosive subject. Council members weren't prepared last night to ask questions about the report as it was released But the committee plans to hold public hearings to explain the infor- mation and recommendations. Chair- man Arthur D Ebersberger said requires he told the council Council Chairman Diane R sponsored the resolution creating the group in an effort to chart a compromise between parents and developers. Page Business...... Calendar Campus News Classified... Club Notts. Comics Crofton....... Crossword Death Notices Dr. Gott..... Editorials Bl-3 Engagements. B6 Honor roll A7 Lottery C5 Movies A7 Obrtuanes C3 Police Beat.. C2 Sevema CIO Sports C4 Television C4 Tides A8 Weddings A6 A7 A4 D6 A9 85 .014 D5 A9 A6 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper alto It recyclable ClMsMod....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other 268-5000
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