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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - June 27, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland lixH V^'Ì;' U.S. team runs out of comeback magic at World Cup/Bl SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010 WWW.HOMETOWNANNAPOUS.COM — Annapolis, MD $1.50 County plows through snow damage claims Most of nearly 550 claims settled, but some still headed to court By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer On top of the whopping $15 million spent removing this year's record snowfall, Anne Arundel County received almost 550 damage claims following the 'round-the-clock effort to dig out. Most of those claims have now been settled, about 20 percent are still open, and some might end up in court. According to documents obtained by The Capital through a public information request, 533 claims were filed with the county. By the time claims stopped coming in two weeks ago, that number had risen slightly, according to the county's risk management office. Once the claims were filed, investigations were initiated. "The Roads Division (of the Department of Public Works) went out to investigate who might have done the damage," said (See SNOW, Page A6) Boat police aim to keep waters safe By Shannon Lee Zirkle — The Capital Cpl. Aaron Parker of the Natural Resources Police checks on boaters Charles Lilly of Catonsvllle and David Brlstow of Pasadena on the Magothy River yesterday evening as part of this weekend's Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated program. The two boaters and their vessel were cleared during the routine stop. Officials ramping up efforts before busy holiday weekend By LISA BEISEL Staff Writer During the hot and humid evening yesterday, Cpl. Aaron Parker and Sgt. Randy Charron of the Maryland Natural Resources Police had one simple goal: keep the waters of the Magothy River and its creeks safe. This weekend in particular, along with other Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Coast Guard, they were on the lookout for boaters who'd been drinking — as part of Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated program. ONLINE EXTRA • For a quiz on boating rules, go to HometownAnnapolis.com. Drinking and boating is a big problem. In eight out of the 16 boating fatalities in. Maryland last year, alcohol was a contributing factor, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, a Natural Resources Police spokesman. "That's pretty alarming," he said. The body is more sensitive to alcohol while on the water because it's dealing with other factors, like wind, motion and sun exposure. "These are all stressing your body, and they're causing fatigue over time," Windemuth said. Prior to the Fourth of July holiday next weekend. Natural Resources Police wanted to put boaters on notice that drinking is something they take very seriously. "Our aim is to prevent accidents before they happen," he said. It's possible the word is already out. During a two-hour ride with Charron and Parker yesterday evening aboard their Boston Whaler, they found no one they suspected to be under the influence. But they still had plenty to do. Natural Resources officers check boats for (See SAFE, Page All) 21 city workers take early retirement City saves $1.8I\/I; many high-level officers, firefighters departing By LISA BEISEL Staff Writer Twenty-one city employees — including 12 firefighters and four police officers, some of them high-ranking — have opted to take Mayor Josh Cohen's enhanced early retirement offer, saving the city about $1.8 million and preventing another round of layoffs. Despite the losses, Annapolis' police and fire officials are confident they have sufficient staff to maintain public safety. Cohen offered early retirement incentive packages earlier this month in an effort to balance the city's tight $75.1-million budget. Incentives for police and firefighters included a better deal on their health insurance for the next three years and a pension component. After the incentive period ended, one more police officer retired, but he did not get the incentives, bringing the total salary savings to nearly $1.9 million, according to Phill Mc-Gowan, a city spokesman. The retirements will allow the city to avoid any additional layoffs, McGowan said. To help balance the budget, 33 city employees were laid off in March. Police Chief Michael A. Pristoop and Fire Chief David Stokes will meet with the mayor to review staffing levels over the next few weeks, McGowan said. The city was hoping to save $1 million by offering the retirement incentives. Many of the positions will be refilled with employees making smaller salaries, he added. Employees with 18 years of service were eligible for retirement; the normal requirement is 20 years. (See RETIRE, Page A12) TAKING THE INCENTIVES Twenty-one city employees have tal(en an early retirement with incentives offered by Mayor Josh Cohen, including: • Twelve from the Fire Department: three battalion chiefs, one captain, five lieutenants, three firefighters first class. • Four from the Police Department: one captain, one sergeant, one lieutenant, one police officer first class. • Four people from the Public Works Department: one garage supervisor, two engineering technicians, one equipment operator. • One account associate from the Finance Department. iSi ¿'I ^Ijl Feds targeting counterfeit merchandise Area store owner guilty of selling knockoff purses By SCOTT DAUGHERTY Staff Writer The first clue the designer handbags were counterfeit was their location inside a Glen Bumie gift shop. The makers of Coach, Gucci, Versace and Kate Spade only sell their products in high-end stores such as Neiman Marcus and Macy's, according to Richard Logue, a private investigator ftom Bowie drafted by the designers to help protect their trademarks. Gift World, located in a strip mall between a nail salon and a barber shop, just didn't measure up. "That was the biggest tip," said Logue, a former detective with the Prince George's County Police. "Without even walking in I could tell these weren't legit. Even a regular citizen would be able to teU right away." If there was any doubt, though. there also were loose Dolce & Gab-bana and Jimmy Choo emblems stashed in a comer of the store, labels inside many of the purses indicating they were made in China, and price tags selling the handbags for a fraction of the manufacturers' list prices. Zhi Cheng Lin, the owner of the shop at 322 Hospital Drive from which federal agents and county police last December seized more (See FAKE, Page All) Fake designer purses bearing Kate Spade iabeis iined a sheif iast December in Gift Worid In Glen Burnie. County police and federal agents raided the store after getting a tip from a private Investigator hired by brand^ame purse designers. Photo courtesy of the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Office lëâi^ WEATHER 93 77 HIGH LOW SUNNY: Chance of storms tomorrow. C2 FREE 8x12" American flag from K&B True Value C0UP0N/C3 BUSINESS HURT BY THE SPILL: Local BP station owners feel effects of boycotts. A7 H Four sections, 36 pages Calendar......02 Puzzles.........08 Crossword ... D5 Editorial.....AlO MyTime......012 Lottery.........A4 Obituaries .. 02 Television .... 04 Classified............410-268-7000 Circulation......... 4i0-268^00 From Kent Island .. 800^27-1583 M f
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