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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Guide to 1995 football season INSIDE TODAY CARING CHEFS 5th annual Bountiful Harvest to benefit Light House Bl O's come home to 3-1 toss to PAGE A1S WEDNESDAY AUGUST MD 350 No water bill refunds on tap ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer County residents upset about in- creases in their water bills are still getting soaked Although water and sewer rates went up 13.5 percent on July households in Lirithicum and Broad- neck Peninsula were charged the high- er prices for water used in May and June. They were the first communities to receive the phased-in bills that will cost water users and average of Residents complain about 'back-billing' more per year. The rest of the county's water customers will be billed for June and July and then July and August. County Council members criticized the practice as unfair But administration officials don't plan to change any bills or offer refunds because the county needs the extra million this regardless of the time frame for billings. don't think we tried to pull the wool over anybody's Finance Officer John R. Hammond told the council at a briefing yesterday. The complaints revolve around water and sewer bills that County Executive John G. Gary Jr. and the council budgeted for the year that began July 1. The extra payments are needed for costs such as debt service and materials. But residents who noticed the unu- sually large hike in-August bills argued that the water had been used in months before the new rate took effect. The county practice for at least eight years has been to apply rate hikes when bills are not for the time periods billed Councilman George F. Bachman said polite inquiries have turned with some residents call- ing county officials should never back-bill any- he said. Chris an aide to Council Chairman Diane R. said residents characterize the billing as the latest county scheme. think the council is trying to convey that we don't like the practice of Mrs. Evans said. Mr. Bachman asked about refunding the but Mr. Hammond said the county's 30-year-old computer system couldn't split the bills that way. Even if it the county would WATER. Page Some 15 crew members from the Coast Guard cutter Red Birch started restoring some of the fading glory of the lighthouse giving toe 113-year-old Chesapeake Bay landmark a badly needed face lift. I out here next week and it will look like a Ensign Dave Wilhelm said. Perched on fiberglass crewmen were tainting wooden trim lining the windows on the jSrst day of the project. a welder was jfcpairing part of a metal sending a cloud of grange sparks showering down to the choppy A little light cleaning Coast Guard works on bay landmark c By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer oast Guard work crews this week are scrambling all over the Sandy Point scraping away at flaking paint and welding its shaky railings back At the very top of the several crew inetnbers were sanding and painting the black Jaetal railing lining the walkway around a metal- cupola Clambering over the Victorian the were outfitted like lighthouse jiountaineers everyone wore a safety 'I a life vest and steel-toed shoes. -I lighthouse was first built on the shore of what Sandy Point State Park back in just of the current location of the road Approaches to the Bay Bridge. In a new lighthouse was installed in its present location some 850 yards off the beach. Its single white light warned ships and boats from the Sandy Point a wide expanse if shallow water stretching out several hundred thirds from the beach. Even a light visible for 9 miles on a night wards _ boaters away from the Ifbore.andahom attirated in foggy _______________ helps inaters determine where they are. Standing some 51 feet above the the Octagonal red brick lighthouse is a familiar sight lo boaters. Red Birch 'screw anchored the cutter a few hundred yards away on and ferried over Supplies in a small launch. Sometime over the past several a boater must have slammed into the because the bottomrungsottbe access ladder were bent outofBhape. Photos by J. Coast Guardsman Ryan worka at the window of the Sandy Point light north of the Bay Bridge. The tint phase of renovationa on the 113-year-old OhaaaBialM Bay landmark will emt some Another craw wB rapalr tte roof later OMMl paraonnel from the cutter Red Birch were to oajfe flcMhoiiM face lift In but the work waa poatponed becawa of the praaence of an oapray neat with a fMgHnf. Crew members hoisted all of their equipment onto the deck of the bringing their own generator for electricity. Paying heed to environmental tarps were draped over the railing to prevent paint chips from falling in the water. Everything scrapped off the lighthouse is dumped into a which is then taken off for Ensign Wilhelm said. The first phase of ____________________ renovations will cost The most visible improvement will be a new coat of red paint for the lighthouse. The steel-lined caisson ringing the lighthouse will also be but in a duller shade of red. Another crew from Coast Guard Group Baltimore will restore the white roof in about a month. A separate Coast Guard team maintains the which operates on batteries recharged by a i out here next week and it will look like a new Ensign Dave Wilhelm Phone calls linked to city woman's death Former boyfriend on trial in December stabbing case By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer William a city police instantly recognized Ri- chard E. Janey's disjointed voice. got into a little he remembered Janey saying. were partners with... Susan That phone which took place hours after Ms. McAteer's corpse was found in the woods outside was among the evidence prosecutors unveiled yesterday as they tried to tie Janey to his former girl- friend's murder. On the opening day of Janey's a prosecutor described the Annapolis resident as an abusive boyfriend in is sitting in jail now for assaulting her last summer. Assistant State's Attorney Frederick M. Paone also said Janey's actions in the days after Ms. McAteer's death on Dec. 20 or 21 indicate that he dumped her body and burned the car in which she apparently was stabbed 50 To back that Mr. Biermann read the transcript of a five-minute conver- sation he had with Janey on Dec. less than four hours after Ms. McA- teer's body was discovered. Asking to speak to a narcotics detec- Janey rambled as he alluded to Ms. McAteer and blamed her death squarely on Wanda a co-defendant awaiting a separate trial. believe wholeheartedly that Wan- da did something to Sue. I got back into town Mr. Biermann quoted Janey as saying. James D. McCarthy Janey's at- tore into the evidence in his opening contending that prosecutors can show only that he was an accomplice to murder after the fact. The real killer is Ms. he said. came upon Wanda Hall and Susan McAteer after Susan had been the assistant public defender said. agreed to help Wanda Hall dispose of the The trial continued today before Judge Bruce C. Williams and is ex- pected to last the rest of the week. If Janey faces a maximum of life in prison. A trial date for Ms. of 1076 Bay' Ridge Road in has not been set. From the prosecution and defense there appears little doubt that either Janey or Ms. Hall murdered 32-year-old Ms. who lived on Southgate Court in Annapolis. Aside from Janey telling police that Ms. Hall committed the Ja- ney's nephew testified that his uncle admitted to being present as Ms. McA- teer died. county police Officer Andrew Siske testified that a car Ms. Hall allegedly stole was found burned out near Crownsville Road at a.m. Dec. 21. Prosecutors have yet to present evi- dence that Janey stabbed his but Mr. Paone said in a hearing before the jury was chosen that Janey could be guilty of even if Ms. Hall did the stabbing. theory the state may be Ing is that the defendant is a principal in the that he may not have done the actual Mr. Paone said. of 128 Obery said nothing and stared ahead throughout the Circuit Court even as several witnesses described the events sur- rounding Ms. McAteer's death. Several people discovered Ms. McA- teer's body Dec. 27 in the woods near Dubois Road outside She was fully except for shoes. That Keon-Williams bumped into his in the Robinwood community. As they talked Page Antacid overuse 4 blamed in deaths INSIDE ASSOCIATED PRESS CTCAGO Swilling antacid or jjibling tablets for your upset stomach tafttd cost you your life. 31 hospitalizations four cases of disability linked to magnesium poisoning have been re- jKHrtea' since researchers from the and Drug Administration re- ported in the August issue of the American Medical Association's Ar- of Family Medicine. and Mylanta people just arinS them like said Dr. Man C. lead author of the report' don't even think about 1 Consumers and doctors often under- Estimate the danger and may not recog- nize the symptoms of magnesium pot- frfrptrtg from overuse of antacids and Jdtner wrote Dr. Fung and Drs. Michael Weintraub and Debra L. Bowen. Symptoms can include con- fusion and coma. Magnesium is an important nutrient in foods and in drinking water. ft is common in over-the-counter laxatives and pain relievers. Taken as such products are Dr. Fung said by telephone from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer where he is now on staff. Excessive especially by susceptible can lead to magne- sium he said. Susceptible people Include the longtime people who hare had diges- tive surgery and anyone taking medl- ________________Former North- east principal calls transfer unfair. M KBIT New elementary school Is a big hit. Lottoy............ A4 Kent Island-.......AID MtHUvy N0WS....... A7 Movtos................ B7 Obituaries.-........ A15 Polka A15 Cl-3 Television........... B7 Tides.................. A15 Weddings....... 86 West County...... A12 01 Ask a Vet............. AS Calendar............. A6 Chefs Choice......Bl-3 Comics............ Crossword.......... Death Notices...... Dog's World D2 84 D7 D8 AS Editorials........... A14 Entertainment B8 Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2664800 Prom KMrt 327-1583 Al oHwr dapartnwnta..268-5000 I School auditor requested Some board members say three auditors is enough By LESLIE GROSS StaffWriter A call from a school board mem- ber for an independent auditor to oversee budget decisions has drawn strong support from several other board members. But since the school system al- ready has three the pro- posal has also prompted a warning dram one board member that such a move would be Board member Thomas R. Twom- bly wants an independent auditor to review budget decisions that the eight-member board makes. more state and in dire Mr. Twom- bly said. state we don't have any place to take them. I want all the tough questions answered. I want everything laid The school system already em- ploys an auditing officer who is paid a two senior whose annual salaries are and and an audit technician who gets paid The board also pays an outside auditor to do the school system's books each year and report to the board. But Mr. twoabfr said the aadi- ton in ftwdMBjy caNhBtful wtoji the central office staff. He wants Auditing Officer Robert W. Cox's position changed so he sits with the board during public sessions. Mr. Cox and the other auditors work out of the superinten- dent's office and monitor the school system's conducting Inter- nal audits of payroll records and other areas. The auditors also periodically re- view school accounts for sports teams and extracurricular clubs. won't be able to be controlled by Mr. Twombly said. directly for the sign hto   

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