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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               13 local doctors named tho host SEE ARUNDEL REPORT Bl TEAM WIN Skins stage RFK Frerotte takes over B2 Prepaid phone cards replace A6 PAGE A13 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER MD seeks ByBARTJANSEN StaffWriter reform measure could save million County Executive John G. Gary Jr. said this morning that he will try to repeal the 1989 law that enriched pensions for about 100 top officials by providing them with larger benefits and lower retirement ages. If the reform measure would save an estimated Mr. Gary said. Under the current pension payouts would be suspended to some retirees already receiving Legal challenges to such a bill are but the executive said be is confident the county could win a court based on research by state and county attorneys. The move is part of a massive pension- reform measure that Mr. Gary plans to an- nounce at' a 10 a.m. news conference in Annapolis tomorrow. The bill will affect all five county pension plans and is aimed at reducing costs to the county and increasing fairness among the plans. County contributions to the rank-and-file plans which In some cases top 30 percent of salaries are reportedly among the areas where savings are sought Pension reform was a centerpiece of Mr. Gary's campaign last year because taxpayers are bailing out a million deficit in the Appointed and Elected Pension Plan. A 1969 law reduced the retirement age for these top officials from 60 to increased the value for yean of service from 2 percent of salary to 2.5 and quadrupled the minimum payments from to The plan was closed in 1994 after revelations about the costs and taxpayer bailout. By repealing the lucrative Mr. Gary's proposal would affect any official who is not yet 60 or had not accumulated at least 16 years of county service. The measure would target two architects of the enriched former chief administra- tive officer Adrian G. Teel and former person- nel director Richard F. Mayer. Mr. Teel's pension is estimated at a and Mr. Mayer's at Louise L. a former public informa- tion officer expecting to receive also would be hurt because she is 47. She had expected to receive benefits in three following a favorable county attorney's opinion in a dispute about her pension status. But Mr. Gary's reform bill wouldn't prevent three of his top officials from vesting in the plan because they were hired before the plan closed. Human Resources Officer Ardath M. Economic Development Director Michael S. Lofton and Central Services Officer Jerome W. Klasmeier would each remain eligible for the benefits. The trio is expected to receive a total of million in pensions during their lifetimes. Page Murder nlystery in Arnold Carjack attempt happens in city By BEADLE YPENISTON Staff Wrltw An attempted carjacking in a mysterious murder in and a car that turned over .at the Bay Bridge toll I plaza marred an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. A 28-year-old Chester man was shot in an attempted carjacking on Clay Street Saturday city police said. John 0. Cooper of 104 Kirwans Landing was listed in stable condi- this morning at Anne Arundel Medi- cal Center. Police said a bullet fired from a revolver struck Mr. Cooper in the right armpit and exited through his chest. _ The incident occurred at p.m. when a car driven by Mr. Cooper's friend stopped at the intersection of West Wash- ington and Clay streets. Mr. Cooper was in the front passenger seat and had the window rolled three-quarters of the way police said. As the car a man stuck a black revolver into the passenger and demanded that the police said. By Oww A. A state Toll Facilities PoHce officer end eoHirtji firefighter confer at the scene of a wreck at the Bay Bridge booths Police ssM the p.m. accident was caused when a 1991 Hyundai driven by Shentel L of wtth a aS93Sstum driven by DavM A. Butcher of Baltimore. The then drew In front of a toH snaaspjig efMttie bNnldng yeHow end fsfl onto Its eWe In lane 0. Neither drivw was charged. Mr. CameooH and a passenger In the Sytvlat were Injured hi the crash. They were treated and released from Anne Arundel Medical Center. Mr. Cooper grabbed the arm of the would-be pushed it out of car and instructed his friend to drive away. The shot was fired as the Volkswa- gen Gotf sped away. Mr. Cooper's friend drove him to the hospital. The attacker was described as a 6-foot- tall man with a heavy who was wearing a white t-shirt with a design on it and dark pants. county police this morning were still seeking the identity of a homi- cide victim whose body was found Satur- day tfmming in a gully near the commun- ity of Woods in Arnold. The man sofJbnd multiple gunshot and died where he was said Sgt Robert supervisor of the Homicide Unit. Sgt. Jaschik said the man probably died soon after the shooting. problem now is trying to identify he said. The victim is a black 30- to 40-yean standing about 6-feet weighing between 270 and 280 with close-cropped black hair and brown eyes. He was found face down in a gully wearing a bright blue double-extra-large polo bright blue medium-sized and black mesh boxer shorts. The victim also was wearing 'white size 10 Reebok shoes. A blue New York Yankees baseball cap believed to have belonged to the victim was found in a tree nearby. The body was found by a man walking a dog around noon on Saturday. Page Game Ripken to tie mark tonight By JOE GROSS Sports Editor' the lives of two baseball greats from Vastly different eras be- come inexorably entwined. The Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr. .will tie the record of New York Yankees' great Lou Gehrig by playing in his consecutive major league IRON STREAK Baseball flans have come from across the nation to witness Ripken equaling and then breaking the record most people believed would never be broken. Gehrig established the record play- ing hi consecutive games from 1925 until 1939. Ripken started his streak May 1982 and has started every Orioles game since. the almost shy 35-year-old aswrea that he is relieved that the attention of his streak la about to diminish. TONMHT ON Aafris at Ml Mash now to I've been able to feel it and it seems to be affecting me every be said. importance of the streak seems to be growing. a little distracting when you're has been toying to go out and play baseban every night. It's a little too. Positive things like this can be very just like negative things. I've been trying to go along with it all. I've been trying to do the best I but it's very draining. In a little while it will all be An overflow crowd of near is expected to turn out for tonight's p.m. game against the California An- gels. Among the fins will be more than 200 in specially totalled field seats that sold for each as one of several charitable endeavors linked to the event. Many tickethdders have offered their seats for safe in area newspapers during the past week. They have gotten as much as apiece from ardent fans who want to be a'part of the historic night And there is a reliable story out of Delaware of a person who paid for a pair of tickets in the upper deck behind home plate. In addition to the the Orioles Pap Despite dry county won't ration water supply By DAVE GULLIVER StaffWriter Even though it has hardly rained in a probably won't for a Anne Anmdel County toe 1m. expect any water shortages and does not plan any don't anticipate the need for any restrictions. not experiencing any said Lisa ment of Public Works spokesman. That is despite residents and businesses on public systems using water in near-record amounts. In the county well system supplied 1.1 billion gallons of water close to the July 1993 record of 1.24 billlorf gallons. August use figures were not but Ms. Ritter said the department expected them to be even higher. The supply apparently is surviving an extended which is expected to continue. No precipitation is forecast for the next five said Amet National Weather Service meteorologist at BWI Airport. On that seems to be a minor problem. In the weather service recorded 2.89 inches of rain at Baltimore-Washington International three-quarters of the month's average. But statistics are Mr. Figueroa said. All but a quarter-inch of that total came in a midnight storm Aug. 5. Since it's been except for a quarter-inch of rain from Hurricane Erin and a trace amount Friday night. it wasn't for there could have been a Mr. Figueroa said. There have been no problems with shortages or salt-water intrusion in private wells in Anne Arundel Health Department inspector Spencer Franklin said. Officials in Queen Anne's which has a public water system serving parts of Kent Island and private could not be reached for comment this morning. It helped that the county was not that bad off in the first place. Rainfall for July and August was 8.43 about three-quarters of the combined monthly averages. But the rain-free summer has hurt south county soybeans and Eastern Shore and poses a potential fire hazard. Page INSIDE -.1 Changes assist domestic violence convictions. U Focused Agassi slamming Open foes. 12 WOMJK Women cheer Hillary Clin- ton. A2 Glendening cautious about casinos in state. M Arundel Report.... Bl Calendar.............All Classified........ B6 Club Notes..........AID Comics............... AS Crofton................ A9 Crossword...........Bll Death Notices...... B4 Editorials A12 Lottery A4 Movies............... All Police Beat... Park Sports......... Television.... Tides.......... A13 A13 AS B2-5 All A13 Portions of The are primed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kant 327-1683 AM other departments. 268-6000   

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