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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Loose ammo closes 1-97 Bl County drug sweep nets 17 CHILD'S FIAY Games kids play are great learning experiences Cl Gross says O's need to shape up SEE SPORTS Dl THURSDAY HAZY DETAILS PAGE All JULY 1995. MD 35C 3 officials in line for millions really disappointing... We were snookered tt's deja Lofton qualify for lavish pensions Reaping big benefits By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Even though benefits under the county's gener- ous and vastly underfunded retirement plan for appointed and elected officials were frozen last some officials are still earning eligibility for lavish pensions. Three top officials who were expected to receive smaller pensions will instead qualify next year for benefits worth some million under the closed The Capital has learned. By the end of Human Services Officer Ardath Central Services Officer Jerome W. Klasmeier and Economic Development Corp. head Michael S. Lofton will cross a five-year employment entitling them to much richer pension payments. But they're not the only top officials who will collect under the Appointed and Elected Officials' Retirement Plan. When County Council Chairman Diane turns -50 in three she'll qualify for a pension worth assuming she cpllects until she's 80 years old. When the plan was closed Feb. it was generally believed that anyone not receiving benefits at that time would be unable to qualify in the future. As it turns the officials under the plan need only conclude five years of continuous service with the county to be eligible. really said former council- man David G. who supported closing the plan after voting to create it in 1989. were snookered before. It's deja Mr. Boschert said he'believed the plan was closed to any new beneficiaries. the best of my that was the intent of the he said. Others said they weren't surprised that the plan's closing meant less than originally believed. asking a saying that an individual should give up such a said Robert C. president of the Anne Arundel Tax- payers Association. no one can feel good about taking this money unless he's a The three appointed officials all of whom are holdovers from former county executive Robert R. Neall's administration will receive pensions Page Three top county originally hired from the state by former county executive Robert R. stand to receive pensions worth millions when they retire. According to calculations done by The here are the benefits they will receive after they have served five years with the ArdathCade Human Services Officer Qualifies for Oct. 1996 Annual Total cost of pension to age million Central Services Officer Qualifies for April 1996 Annual Total cost of pension to age million MtchaelS. Lofton Economic Development Officer Qualifies for Dec. 1996 Annual Total cost of pension to age million do not accept your suggestion that we ask the attorney general for an Decision Fatter pension owed to ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer Reversing a previous County Attor- ney Phillip F. Scheibe has ruled that a former top official deserves a bigger pension that could cost taxpayers an extra But County Auditor Teresa Sutherland has challenged his which boosts the pension for former public information officer Louise L. Hayman by nearly one-third. Citing an apparent conflict with the state Ms. Sutherland suggested that the county get the attorney general's opinion on the subject. But Mr. Scheibe rejected her suggestion. The Pension Oversight Commission is sched- uled to review the dispute July 20 with Mr. Scheibe. It's the latest in a series of confusing decisions about Ms. Hayman's pension. She's scheduled to begin receiving a annual pension May when she turns according to a calculation by The Capital. The figure is based on her salary at the time the pension program was closed and her nearly 15 years of government work. If she lives to age her total accounting for would be about million. But without Mr Scheibe's Ms. Hay- man would lose credit for three years and 10 months of service out of 14 years and 10 months total. This would reduce her initial pension pay- ments to per year. The total loss if she lives to 80 would be Citing state the county refuses to release actual retirement figures. The pension was part of the controversial Appointed and Elected Officials' Retirement which was closed Feb At its lowest ebb two years the generous program had only million to cover million in assets. Taxpayers are bailing it out over eight years. Ms. Hayman said she wasn't aware of the controversy involving her case until told by- 8 reporter. She said years of misunderstandings about her pension have been and Inconclusive at like to see it resolved as soon as Page Grocer may be leaving the area By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer The Magruder's grocery store xom- pany might be leaving the Annapolis taking 45 jobs with it and narrow- ing local supermarket competition. Steven vice president of Rockville-based said the Parole Plaza store would close by the end of the month. A liquidation sale began and Magruder's employ- ees said the closing could come within 10 days. Magruder's is telling customers that it's seeking a new Annapolis but Mr. Fanaroff said the search has been fruitless so far. are still up in the he said. The privately owned company dis- closes little information. An industry publication estimates sales at about making ninth in area market share. After Parole's there will be 11 Magruder's grocery the near- est in the Hilltop Shopping Center in Bowie. The company still owns the vacant building at its former 1605 West which most recently housed Erol's Video But Mr Fanaroff said the building was barely half the size the company needs. Magruder's came to Annapolis in 1978 and moved to Parole Plaza in 1984 Since large chains like Giant Food and Safeway have opened glitzier and newcomers like Fresh Fields have staked out parts of the market But Mr Fanaroff said the closing wasn't related to his competitors think we had a great niche We'd still be there if our landlord hadn't needed the he said The company had more than three years remaining on a 15-year lease But Carl who represents the partnership owning the said his group bought out the lease so it can demolish the buildings this winter. The partnership also bought out Shoe next to and Page CAT BECOMES CITY 'LEGEND' Photos by J. Hanson Capital Eaetport mechanic Jack of Mayo works under a car where a kitten was trapped for two hours between the muffler and fas tank Tuesday. Paaeersby Caroline Hermrlkus and Rob both of heard the Uttan's cries and tried to help free her. The Calico was eventually freed unharmed. who adopted the named her after the car she was trapped under. Hours kitten wedged under car rescued unharmed By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer This kitten wasn't stuck in a but her release was just as precarious. The 6-week-old kitten was rescued unharmed Tuesday after getting stuck underneath a wedged between the muffler and gas tank for two hours. The young Calico was lodged under the car white driver Terry Bright of Annapolis drove about three miles along West Street and before Annapolis resident Rob Schnabel heard the kitten's cries. were afraid she was stuck because she was crying so said Caroline a friend of Mr. Schntbel's who was aim at the scene. was a pretty sad cry. I could see her face and four- paws from the so 1 could see she was A passerby tried to Jack up the but couldn't get at the kitten. Eventually Jack a tow-truck driver from Eastport freed the cat by loosening the muffler. Mr. Schnabel quickly named the unharmed kitten after the Acura Legend she was trapped under. The cat was caught between the shield that protects the gas from the heat of the muffler and the gas Mr. Torres said. The cat would have never survived the heat if the driver hadn't stopped the he said. The kitten must have been running from something or trying to keep Torres suspected. He's seen cats die from hiding inside car motors to keep but never under the car. the first time I had to save a Mr. Torres said. was a neat Page Sketch first big lead in solving teen's murder By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer County police this morning released a composite sketch of a possible wit- ness in the murder of a 14-year-old Old Mill girl 2Vi years ago. The sketch is the first significant development in the investigation of the slaying of Lisa K. Haenel since the fall of last when police organized a special task force to solve the baffling case. The witness is described as a black or Hispanic male in his with light a pitted complexion possibly asso- ciated with dark hair kinked or twirled upward and a short goatee. The witness may have the name or nickname police said. The drawing shows how he appeared at the time of the murder in January 1993. Detectives wouldn't say why they believe the man is a possible witness. No suspects have been arrested or identified in connection with the mur- der. The body of Miss who at- tended Old Mill High was found Jan in a wooded ravine north of Shetlands near the school. The freshman had been stabbed to death on the morning of Jan 15 She had been walking to school from her home near North Arundel Hospital and had used a shortcut near where her body was found. Her clothing had been and she was stabbed once in the chest. Detectives said her killer may have Composite sketch of potalMe wtt- hi the claying of UM K. Haenel. been scared off after planning to sexu- ally assault her. In the ensuing 30 county police have combed the area and inter- viewed dozens of people who knew Miss Haenel and her family as well as those went to school with her Last then-police chief Robert Russell created a special eight- member task force assigned solely to the with detectives re- interviewing friends and relatives and re-examining evidence. Over several the investiga- tors completed their assignment with- out producing an arrest Page A INSIDE Calendar Classified Comics Crossword Death Notices Or Gott Edrtonals Entertainment Family Living for the Record. Honor roll Portions of on recycled recyclable A5 Lottery C6 Movies 06 Obituaries Cll Police Beat C12 Sailing C4 Sevema Park A10 South County C4 Sports Cl 3 Television 62 3 Tides A7 Varieties A4 C4 All A12 D5 B5 B4 D15 C5 All A7 COUTH Owner -Of Lou's Woodland Restaurant says goodbye M MVDINA GSPC to hear from designer of road shift M Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 The Ctprttl are printed each day paper The newspaper also u   

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