Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Saints let one slid away Cl Orioles training update ON THE TOWN Young couple on the go picks Riva townhouse Dl The living room features a threfrbay window. Gingrich ready to totally remake government A2 TODAY WARMER DETAILS PAGE All IHDWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL MD 20707 APRIL 8. 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD 35C nun t throw out county pension law By THERESA W1NSLOW Staff Writer The state's highest court yesterday refused to throw out a 1989 county that fattened top officials' pensions In a 15-page the Court of Appeals said county officials should have provided better public notice of the proposed pension but the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association waited too long to sue. I'm very happy with the said attorney Avery Aisen- who represents several retirees enrolled in the pension plan. have Taxpayers finding no reason to file quickly ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Time is running out It's 10 days before the tax deadline and 43 percent of Maryland taxpayers still have to file returns. So 1.258 million tax returns have been filed in Maryland. The state comptroller's office is expecting 2.2 million returns this year. Procrastination levels are running about the same as last said Marvin spokesman for the state comptroller's office people who arr basically going to be filing in the end are the people who owe money. I'm getting ready to file my return to Uncle Sam right Mr Bond said yesterday. was due in February but I know the bottom line was I owed them Faustina a 28-year-old ex- port company was picking up forms yesterday in a state tax informa- tion office in downtown Baltimore. usually have it done a long time she said. a part-year resi- dent and I had to get Maryland forms and New York state forms. It's just a real drag this year to find out what to Once she there's a good chance her return will be proc- essed quickly. Bugs in a new electronic -imaging system caused delays in proc- essing Maryland Jax returns last but it's running Smoothly this allowing the state tp send' some refund checks back within Mr. Bond said. The state expects to send out its one millionth refund check Monday about four weeks earlier than in past he said. are using a unique imaging which scans the information you write in with your bad handwrit- your typewriter or computer prin- Mr. Bond said long as you use blue or black we're good. Red Ink is not good Pencil is not The new imaging which is only being used in Maryland and allows returns to be scanned and entered directly into a computer avoiding the tedious work of manually entering the data Page individuals re lied on the county's law The county was represented by Dep- uty County Attorney David A Plymyer The taxpayers headed by Robert C had appealed a February 1994 ruling by a county Circuit Court which also upheld the pension law The appeals court said the group failed to file its lawsuit a three- year time window after the law was enacted. principal ai-unm-n1 th.it think the court has stretched legal reasoning and common sense to beyond the breaking point and it's at the expense of the John R. Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association lawyer even if there was a procedural defect the the suit had to be in a timely Mr Plymyer said it would leave ticking time-bombs in legislation Three veais is a reasonable amount of time John R the association's called the ruling perplexing and contradictory think the court has stretched legal reasonnm and common sense to be- tin point and it's at Lori widow of Kevin embraces Marcto Glass of Burtomvllle during a dinner for family and laet night at the Deale Elks Lodge. A rock hurled through the windshield of his pickup truck killed Mr. Gallagher on Monday night In Landing. No arrests have been rfiaoe. ByJ The A community goodbye friends gather to remember south county man By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer The softball-sized rock that killed Kevin Gallagher on Monday night did more than deprive a family of a husband and father. It wrenched a grown son from a family of nine a cousin- from among more than 50 and a natural storyteller from appreciative if skeptical listeners in Anne Arundel and Prince George's coun- ties. And Lori newly wi- dowed and the mother of three young wants the person who launched the fatal stone to know. don't want them to go to pris- Mrs. Gallagher said yesterday at a dinner for family and friends in Deale. know the person didn't mean to hurt somebody. But I want the person... to know what they did with that one act. It tore my life From the moment Mr Gallagher's truck crashed in Tracys Landing until early Tuesday few suspected the cause. County police have reported no arrests in the one of several involving rocks thrown at vehicles on south county roads. didn't know it was just a stupid said Mrs. who since has been frank with sons and 3. first 1 told them it was just an accident a terrible acci- dent Then to tell them it's because someone killed it's really hard for them to understand. They're so Mr Gallagher was remembered yesterday as someone who recog- nized someone in the crowd wher- ever he whether to Key West with his wife or to a football game. And by all he was as clever with his hands as with his words. But as a self-employed con- he never was wealthy. Page Boat sponsor hopes to recoup loss By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY StaffWriter A local business man hopes to salvage some of the money sunk into an aborted 'round the world sailing bid now that the sailor he sponsored for the race has been convicted of marijuana smuggling. Mitch Nathanson of the Annapolis owner of the Oxford Boat Yard in Oxford on the Eastern said his business put about in labor and materials into the 60-foot racing yacht owned by Timothy M. TroyofCrowiBville. The yard was the main sponsor of the boat early last when Troy was an official entrant in the BOC a single-handed contest Troy was convicted of marijuana sBroattof Thursday in U.S. District involvement was not an involvement of it was a business Mitch Oxford Boat Yard owner Court in Baltimore. He admitted to helping import more than 1 ton of marijuana from Jamaica up the Chesapeake Bay to the Annapolis area in early 1987 and 1968. To make up for in drug trafficking Troy agreed to his named Oxford Boot along with a piece of property in N.C. The boat yard itself is not involved in Troy's efforts to raise the as may have been implied in The Capital yesterday. Troy also forfeited a cash- ier's check from drug- money he secreted hi an account at the Swiss Bank and Trust bank on Grand Cayman island in the British West Indies. Federal prosecutors have agreed to let him sail the yacht to Bermuda to interest a potential buyer. The boat was named before Troy was Indicted by a federal grand jury hi May one of 11 men charged in a conspiracy to import marijuana. The name was removed the day the news Mr. Nathanson said. OXFORD. INSIDE Arundel Report. Calendar Classified C7. Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials Homes Bl- Lottery A6 Movies D9 Obituaries C6 Police Beat D21 Religion D21 Sports A10 Stocks 01-8 Television A4 AS All All BW C15 B2-4 A9 Portions of The Capital are pnnted each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable ClauHled....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 the expense of the The only avenue left to the associa tion now is to petition the Supreme Court to hear the case on constitutional grounds Mr Greiber said he was undecided about taking that course of action Mr Schaeffer was disappointed by yesterday's ruling kinds of points of the law seem designed to help the bad not the good guys. I've never understood why a crime's not a crime after a certain amount of time goes He also called the argument about not filing in the proper time moot since position was that the deal was done in the theiefore we filed when we found out The law dropped the maximum re- tirement age from 60 to boosted appointees' pensions by as much as 25 and quadrupled the minimum annual benefit to The Appointed and Elected Pension Plan applies to about 92 top officials and at one point was underfunded by million Council a payment by for- Page Barbecues doused temporarily under QNR burning ban By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Don't throw any hot dogs on the charcoal grill this weekend. Alarmed by dry conditions ripe for raging brush the state banned all open-air burning in Maryland yesterday for the first time since 1983 Burning debris outdoors is prohib- ited in Anne Arundel County but officials want residents to avoid outdoor charcoal-fired barbecuing un- til the fire-breeding conditions ease. trying to eliminate the possi- ble threat that any burning material gets in contact with wooded said Will Williams of the state Forest Service. A brush fire that might have been set burned eight to 10 acres of woods near Burns Crossing Road yesterday after- noon before it was extinguished by county firefighters. It was only the latest in a week-long series of brush fires around the county. The ban by Secretary of Natural Resources John R. Griffin took effect at noon yesterday. It doesn't apply to gas- fired state officials said. For the next several anyone caught open-air burning will get a trying to eliminate the possible threat that any burning material gets in contact with wooded Will Forest Service warning. But in a few state officials will be issuing citations. there will be a more aggressive Mr. Williams said. This the annual fire risk has been exacerbated by the lack of rain and the abundance of fuel on the Mr. Williams said he's only seen conditions this bad three times in the past 10 years. The ice storms of 1993-94 left behind a woody carpet of tree debris that's as dry as kiln-fired lumber. In the winter that just passed didn't bring much which usually crushes the fallen leaves and Page BRIGADE PARADE By Gtorgf N Lurxfikow The Capital Flags the Naval Academy Brigade of Mktehlpmen resumed their annual formal parades yesterday In a style honoring the 180th anniversary of the Annapolis Institution. The color guard won Ilka those worn by tha first The parade was reviewed by retired Marine Corps ten. Wattar E. former commandant of the corps. Ha received tha Admiral Arielgh Burke Leadership Award from tha Navy League of the Unrtad Tha next formal parade la set for April 18.