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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Police arrest man in credit card GIFT OF FOOD Favor your friends with tasty homemade holiday flavors Bl titttlW wKti your own Will Cone head to the HDWELL niCROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL MD 20707 Iff 1 TOMORROW WINDY PAGE A12 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER MD 350 Slick storm stifles commute Big mess also closes county knocks out power nn A By J Henson The Capital Robin Ftowellyn of Arnold claim up after a tote-autumn storm dropped sleet and snow In front of the State House Inn on State Circle. The storm closed afea left thousands without power and caused dozens of fender-bende rs. By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer and ice played havoc on area roads last turning rush-hour commutes into hours of plodding punctuated by scores offender-benders. The storm also closed area schools knocked out power to thousands of homes and briefly closed BWI Airport runways Interstates and numbered state highways were clear by although some secondary roads re- mained State Highway Admin- istration spokesman Chuck Brown said And ice could return to main roads by afternoon if temperatures remain below freezing as he said. Even state police were victimized by the storm last when one of their cruisers was struck twice at the same spot Troopers closed the ramp leading from Bay Dale Drive to westbound Route 50 outside Annapolis because of said Sgt. Herman Bethel of the Annapolis barrack They had set up flares to mark the and the cruiser's emergency lights were flashing when it was police said. were driving like idiots. They don't know how to drive in this 11 Sgt. Doug Morris The cruiser was disabled but can be police said Troopers handled 16 accidents between 7 p.m. yesterday and 1 a.m. Sgt Doug Morris said. A normal night would bring one or two. were driving like idiots. They don't know how to drive in this. Sgt. Morris said. no serious injuries were reported in the accidents. Traffic was moving better this but with a lighter-than- normal Sgt Morris said. quiet right I think people are staying home I hope they stay he said. State police at the Glen Burnie barrack said north county didn't suffer as badly from accidents last night. STORM. Page Storm canceled or postponed scores of events. A18 Glendening proposes strong gun control law By BART JANSEN Staff Writer -Key county lawmakers expect the deneral Assembly to shoot down a pteposal from Gov Parris N. Glend- eging to make Maryland the tough- est.place in the nation to buy a gun. going totally against the grain of the entire said Del Philip D. R-Mayo and chairman of the county house dele- gation. should be concentrat- ing on the bad guys' But gun-control advocates said the which would limit gun purchases to one a month and require fingerprinting and safety is necessary to curb vio- lence. you could tell me another way to stop those 700 deaths guns in the state each I'd give away my whole of said Dick Willis of Severna execu- tive director of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse Mr. Willis' Charley Hottel was shot to death in a local donut shop years ago Mr Glenden- ing described his bill as a balanced measure to get to the root of vio- lence He spoke at a Rockville news conference QLBtDENING yesterday at- tended by police and crime victims challenge is to put an end to gun violence to take guns out of the two hands of he said. The law is aimed only at hand- guns and semiautomatic not hunters or hunting rifles and shotguns Provisions in Mr Glendening's proposal would- Deny handguns to anyone who is under a court order for child abuse or domestic violence Make illegal sale of handguns a felony It currently is a misdemea- nor Increase the penalty for firing a gun from a motor vehicle. Make it easier to prosecute gun offenses by making it illegal to use a gun in committing a crime even if the gun is inoperable To get a license to buy a an applicant would have to undergo a state police criminal background check and complete a firearms safe- ty training course approved by state police Mr Willis said the comprehen- sive bill would make Maryland of the best for safety does attack from a variety of he said. can't just do it in little But Sen Philip C. D-Brooklyn said the state already has restrictive gun Including a seven-day waiting peri-. od for purchases don't see the legislation successful this said a member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee' that will consider the bill. need Page Griiieh steals part of family's Christinas By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer The grinch who broke into George Hmes' car last week stole a good chunk of his family's Christmas. from the trunk of Mr. Hines' Toyota were a Sega game and autographed wrapped hi red and green paper for Mr. Hues' 9-year-old Matthew. Also taken was a 36mm which contained the pictures from Matthew's Christmas caroling party at South Shore Elementary School. just never thought it would happen in front of a Mr. Hmes said. The break-in occurred in the 800 block of Whitewood Trail sometime late Thursday night or Friday morning. they were all Mr. Hines said wasn't as if they Just found the stuff they were obviously Christmas He searched woods in the finding material that may have been taken from other bat no Sega baseballs or film. Police doubt that any of the stolen items will be recovered. Mr. Hines moved to Herald Harbor at the beginning of September to take care of his who suffers from the effects of a stroke. Having left an inspection position at a power plant in Tennessee to return to Herald he and his family are partly subsidized by unemployment checks He said he'll put up as a reward for return of the merchandise. if they just gave the school pictures that would be good because they can't be Mr Hmes said Police strongly advise against leaving valuables in regardless of whether the vehicles are in a driveway or a shopping mall parking lot By Michael CMy The Capital Lewson of Cape Anne In Churchton painted thfe but didn't get a chance to Install K before a fire burned his wife end son out of their home on Momtay. The family to In an old cabin cruiser on nearby Broadwater Creek. Fire forces Churchton family to abandon home for boat By MICHAEL CODY and P.J. SHUEY Staff Writers Burned out of his Churchton home Monday night and holed up with his family in an'Annapolis motel Lee Lawson couldn't sleep Mr Lawson couldn't shake images of a workshop windows smashed and cabinets ripped off the walls. In his mind's the waterman of 36 yean aba sew bis worth bundnds of thousands of bobbing on Broadwater Creek. lay there about two just tossing and said Mr. whose known as and also are crabbers. at 2 a m the Lawsons drove back to Churchton They climbed aboard Mr. Lawson's weathered cabin cruiser on two narrow lay down to rest. Page State's Attorney's Office lambasted By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer From bouncing checks to lending an employee the county State's Attorney's Office has mis- managed its finances for the past four the county auditor charged this week. Auditor Teresa Sutherland deliv- ered a list of fiscal lapses in a report to top county officials maintaining that the office didn't oversee three checking accounts and allowed money intended for victims to languish The report concluded the which prosecutes people accused of should put control of its finances in the county's hands. have found no compelling reason why transferring control of this account to the county's finan- cial officer would pose an unaccept- able the report said State's Attorney Frank R Weath ersbee agreed with many of the criticisms yesterday and noted that last summer he fired a key adminis- trative assistant who embezzled from an office account But Mr the county's top prosecutor since disputed Mrs. Sutherland's recom- mendations A prosecutor for 24 he ran the office's day-to-day business for several years under his predecessor He argued his office needs to remain as independent as possible from a government it sometimes is called upon to investigate a question of Mr Weathersbee said don't think the government should be able to con- trol the money that it's The auditor's complaints aren't binding but likely wUl carry some weight when the County Council sets the office's annual budget next spring Much like the Board of Educa- the State's Attorney's Office Page INSIDE asks permission take on Bell Atlantic in Md A4 to Ask a Vet Calendar Capital Camera Chefs Choice Classified C9 Comics Crossword Death Dog's World Editorials. 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