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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Pizza palaces fight crank calls SEE BUSINESS Bl COMEBACK O's beat Brown goes tonight Dl On MSox p.m. on Trial for Severn double murder under TUB SEPTEMBER MD Mysterious van explosion kills 5 Identity of motive still unknown in Essex blast r ASSOCIATED PRESS ESSEX A murder-suicide or a domestic dispute are among several possibilities being explored by investi- gators probing a powerful automobile explosion that killed five people yester- day. gotten some information from people that has taken us in a couple of but we don't said Brian Balti- more County police spokesman. one but we have many Residents at a nearby apartment complex said a man estranged from his and believed to be a blast had threatened the woman Sunday at a family saying going to blow you Bomb-sniffing dogs were sent to the Ross Ridge Apartment complex follow- ing the blast to check a car for explo- but none were found. The blast occurred behind a strip mall in suburban and was so powerful a body part was thrown over the mall and into its front parking lot The van's glove compartment was found a half-mile away and other car and body parts were found strewn over a 300-yard area. power went out and every- said neighbor Ted who said he felt the blast from blocks away. Sam Cavanaugh said he was about 400 yards away when the explosion occurred. Mr. Cavanaugh said he a a pressure. I saw debris going over Investigators have not found any eyewitnesses to the blast that complete- ly demolished what they believe was a blue or white minivan. A license plate has been which state re- cords show was assigned to a station wagon type but investigators are still trying to confirm whether it came from the demolished or merely fell off another .Mr. Uppercue said. The identity of the five victims has also not been he said. Although traces of explosives were found and a murder-suicide is being police have not confirmed that a bomb caused the explosion. an we don't know for sure what caused the explosion. There's speculation it could be dyna- wYhoy tttnt nut ttw frww of nMwt ttat Mptodod IN Mwt occwrad behind strip Ml. AP photo said Cpl. Preston Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department. would say an explosion at this point and leave it at that. The explo- sives were in the but how they were we don't know Investigators are hoping to use the license plate to identify the victims. tag came back for a station but investigators thought it was a minivan. So we're looking into whether it came from that or whether minivans are classified as station he said. A witness said he believed three children and two adults were in the vehicle. A girl believed to be about 9-to- 10 years old died at a nearby but police said the other four bodies were so badly damaged they couldn't determine age or gender. indication is they were all in the we don't have any indication they were City to seek cash for conference hub By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer The city will begin shopping for state and county cash for a conference cen- ter after the proposal survived a bitter debate among aldermen last night. Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins fought off a last-minute attempt to force a public hearing on the prompting him to launch into a spirited defense of his administration. He said he has managed the city well and is discouraged that opponents of the conference proposed for the corner of Taylor Avenue and West appear to have little trust in him. The mayor promised a hearing on the center at an unspecified future date and the council and audience to trust him. will be no plans will be drawn without a public hearing.... I know what the hell I'm I I do know what I'm he said. At issue was a resolution endorsing the center and allowing the administra- tion to ask the county and state to help fund the endeavor. Alderman Ellen 0. D-Ward said the search for cash will help define the carter for a future public hearing. But opponent's fears were not al- layed. Alderman Wayne R-Ward said the conference center is still undefined and a search for funding is premature. supposed to run this dry like a corporation. I've never heard of a corporation going out and asking for money for a project when you don't know how it will he said. The conference center vote started off a marathon session of the City Council that was cut short at a.m. Page Resolution allows city sidewalk cafes By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Sidewalk cafes could pop up on downtown streets almost immediately thanks to a resolution adopted last night by the City Council. Over the strenuous objection of sev- eral the council passed the measure allowing outdoor dining with few restrictions. Jerry owner of two down- town said he would open one at his O'Brien Oyster Bar and Rertaunnt on Main Street as soon as poteible. He already owns the Historic District's lone sidewalk at Middle- ton Tavern on Market Space. Restaurant need only hud over a Ueeow mpUaUoo and pv 000 The only restrictions require at least 6 feet of sidewalk be left undisturbed by the cafe and that outdoor eating stop at p.m. Cafe owners must also get outdoor liquor permits before they can serve beer or spirits at the sidewalk tables. The cafes will be allowed until Dec. unless an ordinance making their presence permanent is passed before that date. Several aldermen said the move to allow the cafes before passing bills to make them legal is a dangerous prece- dent. don't think we have any authority to suspsnd the code.... Down- town is just wide Mid AUraan 0ee TRUE CITY HEROES By Ctoorge N. Lundskow The SAIN nWitwt to flWBrtMM Glutton of Mtftt by Nonvun RAHQMI tavt tof hnpkif A frjj IM MrfftJK JLMltjXil MiA iuitt woman WOUNHIV nucNvr n Apm. wno iwpva CMWOT mv from toft to MHw Erie Atoxto WNHim iff TJnwtny EfUoct. i Residents honored for efforts to subdue woman's attacker By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Annapolis police last night honored eight city residents for their heroism in trying to subdue a woman's attacker. Neighbors came to the aid of Kathleen Finerty May 15 when they heard her after a man entered her Granada Avenue home and beat her. Their quick action and selfless work in jUbduing the man earned them awards and a ovation during a City Council meeting. courage and dedication to the city of Atnipolis deserve Officer SWlqr White Mid to handing out the awards. home using an outdoor flowerpot hanger. From there tt bprame a family affair. Mr. Elliott's father William joined the defense with a shovel and his daughter Alexis dialed 911 to give police a play-by-play of the events could see everything because the window in our house looks right into back said age 12 Neighbors William Partridge and Eric Smith then joined in the battle Mr a columnist and editorial cartoonist for The entered the fray in time to be flattened by the butcher block-wielding assailant fleeing from the armed neighbors. Officers managed tojoollar die culprit qukkry behind W far tteCnttiTe Elks now have room for By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer The national Elks Club is moving toward but it is too late for an Annapolis chapter. But Elks Lodge which had to move out of its coveted Rowe Boulevard lodge this year or lose its liquor is not bitter about the irony. just didh't hold on long enough.... we're ready to move and you can't just keep looking over your shoulder and saying 'What spokesman Robert Dletz said. All across the chapters of the 127-year-old fraternal organization are voting now on an amendment to the bylaws that would allow women to join the organization. The move is one year too late for the Annapolis which left the city this year to avoid a law that required clubs to open their doors to women and minority members if they wanted a liquor license. The Elks lobbied their national office unsuccessfully to allow women In hopes of keeping their choice location on Rowe Boulevard next to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium where the group had met for 35 years. National Elks leaders say they expect the amendment allowing women to ultimately be ratified. gut feeling is that it will said Robert chairman of the Grand Lodge Advisory Committee and pact Page INSIDE Arundel Report........................ Cl Edttwtota.............................. M Cttondv................................ 85 Mmtos.................................. 89 ClNtMled............................... 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