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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Sailor pleads guilty to rape in Japan A2 CLEANING UP Annapolis firm does dirty work for area marinas Bl liquor stores in battle over Md. law Cl TUESDAY NOVEMBER MD 24 mids linked to drugs By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer A month-long investigation into drug use at the Naval Academy has now implicated 24 includ- ing five suspected of selling academy officials said yesterday. The five midshipmen suspected of distributing illegal drugs will undergo the military equivalent of grand jury hearings to determine whether there's sufficient evidence for said Capt. Tom academy spokesman. The group includes two mids who were arrested for allegedly trying to buy LSD from Navy investigators in a Glen Burnie motel on Oct. said Karen another academy spokesman. Up to 19 other mids suspected of drug possession will be tried under the academy's conduct she said. The actions follow an unrelated rec- ommendation made last week by a board of inquiry to dismiss a former academy conduct officer for drug use. Capt. Jurkowsky said the aggressive investigations underscore the acad- emy's for drugs and buttress its zero-tolerance policy. could have turned a blind eye and dealt with just those but clearly that was not the right thing to do. We wanted to approach this in an up-front and forthright he said. All midshipmen underwent ur- inalysis on Oct. 13 and within 48 hours of the motel bust. None tested positive for illegal Ms. Myers said. The unnalysis checked for the pres- ence of LSD and steroids. Officials have said LSD can disappear from the system within 24 Page ReneMing the NFL tradition Browns' move isn't without mixed feelings ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Art Modell turned .his back on 45 vears of NFL tradition in and now Baltimore foot- ball fans will have the hance to renew their own ritual of autumn It has been 11 agonuing years since anyone participated In an old- liiiluiiln rtal Stadium before an NFL game. Sondays had become rather mundane in almost boring. All that figures to change by Septem- ber because Browns owner Mr. Modell announced yesterday that he plans to move his team from Cleveland to Baltimore. Baltimore's jubilation conies at the expense of which joined the NFL in 1950. Mr. Modell loved the but said he couldn't field a competitive team with the conditions he was forced to work under In Mr. Modell gets a 30-year lease and a new million stadium in which he won't pay a penny in rent. He will also receive several million dollars more to help him make the move. has been a very tough for my family and me. I leave a good part of my heart and soul in he said. can never forget the kindness of the people of Cleveland and the fans that supported the with both supporting and opposing the move of the Cleveland make their opifllofM known during the official announcement of the move by Browne owner Art Browns for years it came down to a simple proposition I had no Mr. Modell concluded. Mr. Modell said he lost millions of dollars operating the and he didn't want to use the lucrative Balti- more offer as a bargaining chip a ploy used by owners in the past. is required is beyond the capacity of the community of Cleve- Mr. Modell said. didn't want to be known as a shakedown Gov. Parris Glendening threatened to pull funds for the stadium after December if he did not have a contract in hand. the outset I made it clear to AP photo everyone that Baltimore would no longer be used as leverage for an NFL team to secure better deals in other Mr Glendening said. years is long enough. Maryland de- served better than Page Complete coverage of the Browns' move. 01 Move stuns Browns coach By JOE GROSS Sports Editor The move by the National Football League's Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore would be a homecoming for the team's head coach. But just one day after learning of the decision by owner Art Modell to make the Coach Bill Belichick was far more stunned than happy yesterday. a 1969 graduate of Anna- polis High School who became head coach of the Browns in might enjoy coming back to this where his parents still but he isn't sure he relishes the vehicle. isn't the way I wanted to come an emotional Belichick said. along with Gov. Parris Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and Maryland Stadium Au- thority Executive Director John announced the contract .yesterday. The Browns will play in Baltimore next season. Each expressed their deep sympathy for the people of who were losing their team much the way the people of Baltimore lost the Colts nearly 11 years ago. appreciate the warm welcome here but I must say that I am leaving a good part of my heart and soul in but I'm looking for a new beginning for my family here in Modell said. know what you went through 11 years ago and I know that's exactly what's happening in Cleveland right now I'm deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart for what we're doing to Shortly after the news Cleveland Mayor Michael White an- nounced his city had sued the Browns and the NFL to block the move. And in the day's third news confer- Jim owner of the Cana- dian Football League Baltimore Stal- said he would like to keep his team in the city. he must find a to play and get a guarantee of more .than tickets per game. Browns players and coaching staff all heard rumors Friday that the decl- He High School eaye the team's move toil the way tie wanted to County repeals lucrative pension package ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer The Council Council last night unani- mously repealed million in pension benefits granted to top officials in 1989. Expecting legal the council took its stand after several meetings and substantial debate on the number and nature of the anticipated lawsuits. County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe and other officials have expressed confi- dence of winning any court fights in- volving the Retirement Plan for Ap- pointed and Elected Officials. The proposed by County Executive John G. Gary will return the retirement age to 60 from 50 and pay benefits based on 2 percent of salary for each year of county service rather than 2.5 percent. The changes will return county policy to where it was before a controversial law creating the lucrative pension pro- gram was. passed in 1969 with little debate. Smaller payments will cease for some retirees and begin later for others under the which goes into effect 45 days after Mr. Gary signs it He could sign it as early as after the Law Office reviews the document. The 1969 law contributed to a million shortfall in the pension plan that taxpayers are bailing out. The county closed the plan in but 84 current and former officials are still eligible for benefits and 60 will lose something under the reform measure. Mr. Gary's two provisions will save taxpayers million. In the council eliminated a third major part of the 1969 which. raised minimum annual payments for officials who retired by 1973 from to County officials expected to save from abolishing that provision. An earlier publicized estimate of reflected savings if higher pay- ments made since 1989 were retrieved. Citing confidentiality the county refuses to name officials whose benefits will be reduced. But Auditor Teresa 0. Sutherland calculated how each un- named official will suffer from the vari- ous reductions. The biggest cut will be a benefit Page Gunman innocent in N.C. death ASSOCIATED PRESS N.C. A jury this morning found a former law student innocent by reason of insanity for gunning down two including Annapolis-area resident Kevin during a shooting rampage in Chapel Hill. As a result of the Wendell Williamson will be sent to Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh. The former student at the University of North Carolina will return to Orange County Superior Court in 50 days for a commitment hearing. During Mr. Williamson's two-week his attor- neys admitted their client fatally shot Mr. Reichardt of Riva and Ralph Walker on Jan. 26. But in closing arguments they said Mr. Williamson was a troubled young man lost in a delusion. Prosecutors contended he was but able to tell right from wrong in his shooting spree. Carol Kevin's called the innocent verdict a second sentence fo'r her family. The first was when Kevin was she said. believe Carl Fox proved Wendell Williamson knew right from Mrs. Reichardt said. thought it was very here's a very sick man. But he also knew right from and he was planning. He picked Kevin out and he shot and he crawled across the and he shot him again and she said. a graduate of St. Mary's High School in was a lacrosse player at UNO Chapel Hill. Mr. worked at a Chapel Hill restaurant. Page DNR shakeup to cut 30 jobs By MARY ELLEN LLOYD and CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writers About 30 state workers will lose their jobs this year under a reorganization of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that eliminates the state Boating Administration and consolidates several officials said yesterday. The restructuring will cut million in state funds from the department's budget over the next three fiscal years and eliminate 30 more DNR positions each year during fiscal 1997 and mostly through attrition rather than DNR Deputy Director Ron Young said. The cuts are the first installment in a series of sweeping changes in state departments that may cost as many as workers their jobs over the next few said Ray a spokesman for Gov. Parris N. Glendening. The state expects to face the loss of some billion in federal funding over the next seven years at a time when Mr. Glendening has pledged to support a 5 to 10 percent cut in the state's personal income tax when the General Assembly convenes in Mr. Feldmann said. Mr. Glendening has very clear in saying that with the exception of education and some other assorted we're going to be holding our spending levels in fiscal 1997 to the same levels as fiscal Mr. Feldmann said. Staff cutbacks in the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Juvenile Justice announced earlier this year were mainly due to federal funding he said. Union officials representing the state's work- ers weren't available for comment this morning. The DNR's restructuring will affect services offered to watermen and local governments. It comes less than a year after state lawmakers Page INSIDE Business.............Bl-3 Editorials.......................... Calendar............................ 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