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Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland spending plan OK'd without debate C2 UCLA halts Arkansas' bid for 2nd NCAA title Dl UCU'sEd O'Bannon celebrates his team's NCAA win. Boat-slip tax to be phased out SEE ARUNDEL REPORT r r Capital TOMORROW COOLER DETAILS PAGE A7 TUESDAY APRIL MD HOME 25C 35' Rock thrown at truck causes fatal crash Rock thrown through windshield kills driver By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer A 38-year-old Deale man was killed last night near Tracys Landing when a rock thrown from an oncoming vehicle struck the wind- shield of his pickup causing him to crash into some trees. Kevin M of 5949 Sneed was driving eastbound on West Bay Front Road just east of Solomon's Island Road at p.m. when the rock struck the windshield almost directly in front of the driver's county police said. The 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck careened off the right side of the hit SeveraMjgw ail rolled Offi- cer in a report. The fatal crash was preceded by at least five other rock-throwing inci- dents reported including one involving the county medical examiner who was in route to the accident scene. None of the other incidents caused any said Officer Randy a police spokesman Police described the rock which was recovered at the scene as about the same sire as those used to lay paths at the start of road construction pro- jects. Officer Darren George of the South- ern district nearly witnessed the fatal incident as he was driving on West Bay Front Road near the scene Traveling in the opposite he saw a car pass another vehicle on the shoulder and was about to turn around to pursue it when he spotted the overturned truck in the police said. He and a motorist from North Caroli- na tried to help Mr. Gallagher out of the mangled vehicle. The incident is being investigated by Homicide Unit detectives as well as Traffic Safety officers. Officer Bell said Mr. Gallagher was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Police have only vague reports on the other vehicle involved in the inci- describing it as a dark possibly a Dodge Shadow Mr Gallagher's truck was towed to the county police evidence lot in Mil- lersville for examination. The other vehicles struck by rocks last night included a car driven by Dr. William the county medical examiner. He was northbound on Muddy Creek Road about a half-mile south of Route 255 at 9'20 p.m. when his truck was hit. He stopped and looked around the area but did not see any suspects or wit- police said. Shortly before the windshield of a Pontiac van was hit at Route 256 near Deale Beach Road. The van. driven by a Shady Side Page mstimmmnaau The scales of justice Courts put emphasis on efficiency 2 10110111 To find out what happens during one day in the war on crime in Anne Arundel County and Staff Writers P.J Chnstopher Brad Peniston and Brian Wheeler took to the streets. From midnight March 27 to midnight March they watched and talked to cnme judges and defense What emerged was a look at a on society's dark side. By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Pity poor Rodell Ford. It's bad enough that the Annapolis resident had just been found guilty of assault and battery. an assistant. state's attorney starts ticking off a list of crimes that the 26-year-old claims he didn't commit. the wrong Rodell he standing up. A mistaken Ford is a common but can there be two of them named a lot of Rodell Fords he insists to a clearly perplexed District Court judge. The funny thing he's right. Or at least he appears to be. As Judge James W. Dryden listens to Ford plead his he shakes his head at the coincidence that the two Fords born just three months apart and apparently unrelated have both run afoul of the law. After he swears to his story under Ford is set free. He receives a jail term that is suspended as long as he pays in court fees. The State vs. Rodell as the case Part III of a three-part series on crime in the community is is just one of hundreds of criminal cases that wllipass through the county's court system on March 28. Circuit Court judges will hear 24 criminal 57 will be called in District with more than 100 people appearing for traffic violations. And Juvenile Court mastets will hear 14 more cases. The three courts handle every criminal case tried in Anne Arundel County. Juvenile as the name handles most cases involving defendants younger than age with two court masters and Circuit Court judges presiding over more serious cases. District with seven judges in Annapolis and Glen handles traffic and largely misdemeanor criminal cases. Circuit Court and its nine judges act as an appeals court for District hear most felony cases and all jury trials. Page By Sob Gilbert The Capital Judge Warren B. one of nine Circuit Court for his day's caseload. The six-year judge doesn't have an assigned courtroom and has to trek downstairs from his second-floor office to hold court. Deputies carefully orchestrate prisoners'journey By Bob Gilbert Ttte Capital Circuit Court begins each snstnTs deputies such M Deputy Joe and Sgt. John Crispens transport manacled Inmates from ttM county JaN. murderers to Sgt. Crlspsns ssid. By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Marcellis Anderson starts off his day with a a boisterous laugh and a spirited conversation with a group of friends. The fact that he's charged with attempted murder doesn't seem to bother him at all. It doesn't seem to bother Sgt. John either. But that doesn't mean the 28-year veteran of the county Sheriffs Office takes MarcelJis Anderson lightly. Before he drives Anderson and three other county jail inmates to Circuit Court in Sgt. Crispens frisks each one and then shackles them in handcuffs and leg irons. For the 2-mile journey in a locked Sgt. Crispens takes no even with an easygoing 16-year-old like Anderson. all murderers to he sitting in the front seat of a Dodge Ram van handle them all the same every one so there's no mistakes For the sheriffs deputies who transport inmates to and from the courthouse every making a mistake isn't an idle consideration. For a mistake can mean their Sgt. Crispens said. A deputy hasn't been killed in action since Clarence W. Johnson was attacked 28 years ago while transporting an inmate to the county jail The sedan he was driving veered off Ritchie Highway and crashed into a killing both the deputy and the inmate The impact of the incident was far- especially for Sgt who knew Deputy Johnson That's why the routine the deputies perform every morning is so meticulously orchestrated. Deputies make sure to place their Page By Bob Gilbert The CapiU Seized as a mangled 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck tits In thi county Police Department Impoundment lot In Mlllersvllle this morning. I rock was thrown from a car at the truck last causing Its driver to lost control of the which crashed Into some killing him. Cooke abandons Anne Arundel site for P.G. County ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer More than a year after beginning the laborious process of putting a new stadium in Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke said yesterday he has all but abandoned plans to build it in Anne Arundel County. The news came amid speculation that Mr. Cooke is interested in proper- ty that the Prince George's County Council may decide to buy tonight in order to sell it to the Redskins. During a news conference at the State House yesterday to announce the July opening of a new Western Mary- land training the Redskins owner said building in Anne Arundel may be preference is somewhere in Prince George's County. I'm pretty sure that's where it is going to Mr Cooke said. He characterized his intentions to build in Prince George's as preference is somewhere in Prince George's County. I'm pretty sure that's where it is going to Jack Kent Redskins With that simple Redskins owner may have effectivelj ended I1 years of controversy over site he had selected a small tract near Laurel Race Course off Route 198 just inside Anne Arundel County Last after weeks of hearing well- organized opponents complain about potential environmental wor- ries and the nuisance of stadium lights in residential a county hearing officer rejected the project Page Police make arrest in jlibrary CD theft By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer County police are trying to track down a group of 11 county library patrons who checked out almost worth of compact offering many for sale at flea mar- kets. Library officials say the group checked out valued at 110 from March 13 to 17. About were found for sale at a flea market in Baltimore a week later during a search by police and library officials. Police found an additional 400 CDs at the flea market that were out on loan from Howard and Baltimore Counties. Anne Arundel County police made their first arrest in the case this charging Dawn Michelle of with felony Police have applied for four other arrest warrants and are investigat- ing six others in the wake of the March 19 search at the Big Top Flea Market on Patapsco Avenue. All of the 11 patrons had valid library cards with Baltimore City said Diane library system spokesman. Anybody who lives or works in MaryUtad can INSIDE Jeff and Lee Franklin always thought their interest in children was best focused on which they did for seven years before moving from Ohio to Annapolis in 1978. When the Be Beep-A Toy took the Kent Island pair postponed their return to the classroom II AHUNOCL More than a third of the women students at the nation's military academies say they have encountered deliber- ate physical contact of a sexual na- according to a congressional report released yesterday Cl ClMtrfled..................268-7000 Circulation ..........268-4800 From Kent 327-1883 All other 268-5000 Business Calendar Capital Camera Classified Club Notes Comics Crofton Crossword Oath Notices 813 D5 C2 C3 85 06 B6 C7 A8 Editorials Lottery Movies Obituaries Police Beai Sevema Part Sports Television Tides A6 C2 05 A7 A7 B4 D14 05 A7 Portions The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable ;