Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Computer link keeps officers informed Bl HEARTBREAK Last-second TD pass gives Denver 38-31 victory B2 U.S. greenbacks will be updated to foil forgers A3 PAGE All DCTO ARCHIVES 2 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 MONO SEPTEMBER MD 350 Marilyn batters Virgin Islands At least 9 marshals sent to stop looting ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLOTTE U.S. Vir- gin Islands It was easy to tell which way the winds blew. At the St. Thomas Hospital yester- parking signs were bent perpen- dlcular to the pointing west. near a car flipped upside for Employee of the patients were rushed away from the east side of the hospital during Hurricane Marilyn. The trunks of some fan palms along the tartar were wrenched yachts' masts tipped toward the set- ting sun. The the fourth to hit the Caribbean in as many struck the Virgin Islands and eastern Puerto Rico splintering mangling parked aircraft and killing at least nine people. At least 50 people were injured or missing in St. Thomas Irater and phones were out yesterday on the island of 51.000 people and Debi Boerckel of IriaodBhip spent the night hiding frnk the storm in an underground i'wtttor tank at a house on St. family members said. The lade of communication has their Jennifer and from reaching _. bat a happy message came through with friends who made it of the Caribbean over the -weekend. heard they're the Boerckels' daughter Jennifer said this moraine. tf photo High tldM canted by Hurricane Marilyn oanted aatlboata and other veaeeto onto St. Thomas' main ctreet yesterday hi the Virgin Marilyn to the fourth hurricane to hit the Caribbean In at many She said the couple has been on St. Thomas for about six weeks scouting a location for a bed and breakfast. They were staying in a house on the north side of large she said. had taped up the win- but they were staying on the north side where it got hit pretty we heard. They had to stay in the she In Charlotte the hundreds of women and chil- dren calmly took goods from stores at the severely damaged Grand Union plaza. No police officers were in sight. people need what they can't a man said as he searched for a pair of sneakers that fit in a Foot Locker store. Gov Roy L Schneider of the U.S. Virgin Islands asked federal officials to send law enforcement officers to police the hoping to prevent looting of the magnitude that oc- curred in St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989. At that local officials did not ask for military help for several and most businesses were looted by the time soldiers arrived. The U.S. Marshal's Service said as many as 150 marshals would be sent. Mr. Schneider also declared a cur- few from 6 p.m. yesterday to 6 a.m. today. I'm asking you to be calm and continue to be m your Mr Schneider said a message broadcast from Puerto Rico. want all the people that have been running around to go home and remain at Richard Furney of the 1st Army Readiness Group based in said scattered loot- ing was under way when soldiers and officials first landed on the island Saturday morning and set out to inspect damage. Page Parched land gets a soaking By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Just about everyone was glad it finally rained this but maybe not quite as glad as Kenneth Carr. The Davidsonville farmer the moisture may help his 60 acres of soybeans that have been decimated by the dry weather. was very I'll tell Mr. Carr said. think it done some good. He also said the rain would probably help parched trees and shrubs. It was much the same across the with the rain providing a respite from the record-setting eas- ing the threat of wildfires and soaking parched lawns. A total of 1.98 inches of rain fell at Baltimore-Washington International boosting the month's previ- ously anemic total to 2.09 inches. The only other rain this month came Wed- nesday night. The weekend total in Annapolis was slightly lower at 1.89 inches. The typical total for the entire month at the airport is 3.41 inches. In if we fail to reach that it will be the 12th straight month with below aver- age rainfall totals. For the rainfall is about 6tt inches below said Dave a forecaster with the National Weather Service at BWI Airport. still need more said Jim executive director of the federal Consolidated Farm Service Agency for Maryland. Weather watchers said several more inches of rainfall are needed to satur- ate the ground. Mr. Voss said it may help late as well as October seedlings of wheat and barley. But it's too other he said. The overall effect of the rain on burned out lawns is less clear. Tim one of the owners of Lawn Doctor of said he predicted about 75 percent of the browned lawns could be depend- ing on a variety of factors. Among them are how muchwater the lawn how frequemrypeople walked over it and what type of grass it is. stressed out prior to the drought that had heavy traffic will have a difficult time coming he said. The county's lawns are about a 50-50 mix of bluegrass and improved tall he said. Bluegrass much more quickly than tall fescue. Across the rainfall totals var- ied between 1 and 2 with BWI Airport at the high end. Pikesville recorded the most at 2.10 ac- cording to the weather service. Frederick and Cumberland got 1.15 inches and 1.30 through while Easton got 1.18 inches and Salisbury 0.95 inches. It was enough to lift the restriction of burning permits imposed by the Page Rain puts damper on violation of new crab rules Violations of Maryland's new crab- bing restrictions on the first weekend they took effect were few and far mainly because weekend rain kept recreational boaters off the Chesa- peake state officials said. there's 'been very little difficulty with people complying with the regulations this said Darryl a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources. It's my understanding there were a few verbal and there may have been a few written Many of those crabbers warned were from out of he said. The could not provide statistics on the number of verbal and written warnings that were issued. Mr. Claggett said most of the effort was focused on educating people on the water about the new which took effect Friday. Natural Resources Police had planned to mobilize most of its 200 field personnel over the weekend to patrol the bay and get the word out about the new restrictions. One Natural Resources Police officer patrolling Anne Arundel County's waterfront by boat yesterday found one recreational crabber near Sandy Point at a half hour before the starting said John an- other DNR spokesman. The crabber was forced to return his catch after getting a warning from the Mr. Surrick said. the word's gotten out very Natural Resources Police Sgt. Dan Hughes said. Another officer said places usually crowded with crabbers and such as the old Severn River Bridge fishing had too few people out Saturday to justify a stop to check for undersized crabs. been pretty partly be- cause of the Sgt. Tom Worob said. Close to 2 inches of rain fell Sunday at the state police barrack in Annapo- lis. The restrictions seek to preserve the bay's beleaguered stock of female crabs by reducing their fall harvest by 20 percent this year The regulations bar commercial crabbing one day a week and reduce the permitted time for crabbing 4M to six hours for the rest of the week. Recreational crabbing is banned statewide today through af- fecting boaters and property owners along Anne Arundel County's 432 miles of shoreline. Commercial watermen who use crab pots are not allowed to work today above the Bay Bridge. Those who use baited called are al- lowed to crab in tributaries above the bridge today until 2 p.m. The new restrictions also end the season on Nov. instead of the usual Dec. 31. The suggested fine is for a recreational crabber caught violating the time but a judge could increase that up to if the violator contests it in District Court. The suggested fine is for water- men caught violating crabbing dates and times the first time. Staff Writer Mary Ellen Lloyd and the Associated Press contributed to this story Girl killed as family flees smoking car INSIDE By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer A 6-year-old Queen Anne's girl was struck and killed last night as her family fled a smoking car stopped on the shoulder of southbound Ritchie Highway in Sevema Park. The Evelyn J. of was riding with her fam- ily when smoke began to pour from under the hood at around county police said. The driver pulled to the shoulder north of Coachmans and the family rushed fearing the vehkle was on fire. What the family thought was smoke turned out to be steam venting from a raptured hose in the vehicle's police said. The steam engulfed the obecur- ttg the family members as they darted from the vehicle In the Evelyn became from family members and apparently walked into the path of a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Joi lifton of Savage. What the family thought was smoke turned out to be steam venting from a ruptured hose in the vehicle's engine. Ms. Hurley had entered the steam cloud and started to slow down because of a near-total loss of visibility when she struck the child. The child was taken by state police helicopter to the pediatric trauma unit of the Johns Hopkins Children's Cen- where she was pronounced dead at p.m. Officers from the Traffic Safety Sec- tion are investigating the accident. No information was available this morning on who was driving the ve- hicle in which Evelyn was a what type of vehicle it or whether Ms. Hurley possibly faces any charges for her rote In the accident A new advocacy group will lobby the school board. The Orioles shut out the 2-0.92 Plans for expanding the high school have been approved. AT Perry holds out hope for peace In the Balkans. A2 Arundel Report..... Bl Lottery............... A4 BroadnecK........... A7 Monday's A5 Calendar............. AS Movies................ A9 Classified............ 68 Obituaries...........All Comics................ A6 Police Beat..........All Crossword........... B14 Sports................B2-7 Death Notices...... B7 Television........... A9 Editorials............. AlO TOM..................All Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also It recyclable. CteMtftod....................268-7000 emulation..................268-4800 ROM Kent 327-1583 AN otter dtfMirtiMnts..268-6000 Tobacco trick helps habitat Marina owners save environment By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer Growing up in a tobacco-farming E. Steuart Chancy learned a trick of the trade that could create a habitat for crabs and while saving his Tracys Land- ing marina thousands of dollars. On their farm years the Chaneys would hang their best to- bacco plants upside-down in a saving the seeds that fell for plant- ing. Now he's taking seeds from the smooth cordgrass that grows up and down the and putting them in an old tobacco barn for curing. With time and they'll help Mr. Chancy avoid as much as in extra costs on a voluntary wet- lands reconstruction project. By N LundsKow THe Caprtil E. StMiart on a pier that arches ever Improved ttdel wetlands atonf Tracys Creek at the Harrington Harbour Marina In south county. Mr. Cheney and Me Mehard H. Cheney of hope common NOQB Mr. Chaney has spent about so far to eradicate and exca- vate reedt that smothered a quarter- acre cove off Deale Road at Herring- ton Harbour North.