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Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Annapolis, Maryland
268-7000 microfilms Marla Thuch of Park it Urang hot Voi Annapolis Maryland thursday August 2, 1979 20 cents Don v forget the Chesapeake Bay Center for environmental studies in Edgewater will feature a or Seuss ecology film during a family night animation festival begin bag at 7 30 tonight there is a Small admission charge and the Public is invited to attend area today s people Page features the 17th annual Davidsonville rur Ltan club auction. Seepage 8. The chuckling a yester a restaurant overlooking the West River in Galesville is featured in to Day s dining out column. See Page 19. State isolated Rural areas and Baltimore s inner City would be the hardest hit sections of Maryland if there is a heating Oil shortage this Winter. See Page 3. Nation about one fifth of the Amtrak passenger train network appears headed for elimination under a con Gressional plan that Falls far Short of president Carter s original rail Cut Back proposal. Seepage 2. Sports the professional golfers association championship gets under Way today at the Oakland Hills country club in Birmingham Mich. Seepage a world War ii Soldier who went absent without leave and hid in the mountains for 36 years in fear of be ing shot As a deserter spent his first Day Clear of the Law yesterday look ing fora place to live in Shady Point okla. . Benson a private in the old army air corps in to leave the military and hide in the Billy country of Southeast Oklahoma. Fearing he might be shot As a deserter Benson lived in the Woods Miles from roads or telephones until relatives found out about his plight and convinced him to turn himself in he agreed to sign less than honorable discharge papers after leaving the Woods. Lottery the winning number drawn wednesday in Maryland s numbers game daily lottery was 824. Weather it will he very warm with a sight Chance of a Shower or thunderstorm tonight and again on Friday. Lows tonight will be in the mid 70swith the highs Friday around 90. The Chance of rain is 20 percent tonight and Friday. The extended forecast for Satur Day through monday Calls for partly Cloudy warm and humid each Day Index businessnews.14 classified Ada .27-38 comics features.39 editorials.t.4 .entertainment.18-19 for the lottery obituaries.5 people.8-13 byed Kean staff writer at the Hyde Park Haberdashery at the City Dock owner John Griffin is paying a month to a local garage so his key employee can be assured of having a place to Park. At the Harbour House employees complain parking anywhere near the restaurant is virtually out of the question. And at Bob Ward Manhattan liquors employees routinely need is to 20 minutes to find a parking space. Sometimes the Hunt for a spot takes so Long they Are late for work. These Are just some of the stories downtown merchants Tell to illustrate their never ending frustrations about the parking problems in downtown an Napolis. While some of these merchants acknowledge that parking problems have and will continue to plague downtown businesses in some fashion they maintain the problems have been exacerbated by the establishment of a residential parking District the residential parking District prohibits non residents from parking in the area for More than two hours Ween 8 . And 4p.m. The plan several merchants say was designed to discourage employees of the naval Academy and the state govern ment from parking All Day on residential streets in the historic District. But Many merchants voiced opposition to the that two hours was not enough time for people to shop downtown. The first residential parking District was established merchants have complained Little about any Adverse Impact on their business according to Garrol Mace executive director a of the chamber of Commerce of greater an Napolis. The chamber supports a four hour limitation on non residential parking in a residential District yet the merchants Are Riping about various parts of the plan. Interviews with several merchants show that they Are dissatisfied for different reasons. For instance Mickey Freeman owner of Bay jewellers on Mam Street maintains the two hour limitation is forcing customers to shop elsewhere. It does t give people enough time to come downtown and shop. They need four he said. But Ralph Crosby manager of the Harbour House and Francis Keller owner of the smoke shop on Maryland Avenue have no complaints with the two hour parking limitation on non. Residents their objections to the residential parking District Stem other reasons. F Crosby maintains the plan has serious Impact on the ability of his approximately 90 employees to find a parking place. They constantly com Plain they have no place to he said they re4ate because they can find no place to Park Crosby and other merchants maintain the City should not approve the establish ment of any additional residential parking districts until a peripheral parking and shuttle bus system is worked out for employees of downtown businesses. V City Council has approved three new residential parking districts to begin oct. 9. A shuttle bus system from the Navy Marine corp stadium is scheduled to be in operation by oct. 1 but imposition of the plan could be delayed because of problems Between the City and the stadium operators. Keller argues the City has fatted to properly promote the ability of shoppers to Park in the residential parking zones for two hours without getting a traffic ticket. Some merchants like Freeman and Griffin the owner of the Hyde Park warn the City s parking problems Are casting a dark Cloud Over the future of _ downtown businesses. And they contend the City officials Don t seem bothered by that possibility very frankly the mayor John Apostol and the City Council Don t seem interested in the said Freeman. Apostol could not be reached for comments but two councilman Gustav j. Ackerland a Ward 2, and Edward continued on Page 20, col 1 Mickey Freeman owner of toy jewellers on main Street is one of severe merchants who contend that downtown businesses Are suffering As a result of City s new residential forking districts. Officials Are showing no interest in the parking problems of the merchants end their customers. Outlaw s Bullet unearthed Kansas City to. A a Jesse James expert says a Bullet unearthed during an excavation at the James farm last year is the slug that wounded the outlaw after an aborted Bank Holdup in Minnesota 103 years ago. Jesse was carrying this Bullet i his leg the Day he was murdered five years after the said Milton Perry superintendent of historic Sites for Clay county in Missouri. The slug was uncovered by archaeologists digging into Jesse s original grave nearly a year ago and has been a Point of controversy since. The nine member James gang ventured out of its usual territory in 1876 to Rob a Bank in Northfield Minn. But the citizens there organized quickly when the strangers arrived in town. A Hatt of gunfire greeted gang members when they stepped out of the Bank. Three were shot to death in the Street and five others surrendered or were captured a Short time later. Only Jesse and his brother Frank escaped. Perry says historical accounts indicate the James Brothers tried to steal a horse from a Minnesota time after the Holdup. But the Farmer fired at the Brothers. The Bullet passed through Frank s leg and struck Jesse s leg. Until the .38-caliber slug was found last year it was generally accepted that the old West s infamous Bank and train robber was killed by a .44-caliber Bullet. But John Cayton chief forensic firearms examiner at the regional cumin Alistick Laboratory la Independence studied the Bullet and he found that it was consistent with other bullets which have penetrated a victim s Perry says the Coroner s report at the time of Jesse s Jie ath indicated the fatal slug was removed during the autopsy. Its precise whereabouts is not Mcnown although a descendant of the Coroner has said he remembers the slug once held a place of Honor on the family m Antle. T -3st pact averts strike by Nancy Jane Adams staff writer High school sports will resume As usual la As a result of an worked out yesterday Between school officials and coaches. In the agreement already approved by the school Board a committee of coaches and school administrators will study the athletic program and pay Structure. The panel will then make recommendations to the Board by january. The pact averts a strike vowed by coaches who have complained repeatedly about their pay. Coaches said wednesday they were not backing Down by accepting the study committee idea. Bernie Walter head baseball and assistant football coach at Arundel senior High said we think we re going to get a substantial salary increase next year a committee also will be formed to conduct a similar study of other extracurricular personnel activities such As clubs and band items to be studied by the committee that will form recommendations to be Are schedule totally readjust the existing salary schedule am revise base salaries for each class of establish longevity salary establish a salary adjustment comparable to other negotiated increases Hare evaluations of work. Security establish continuing contracts and include the existing evaluation process in this package. The athletic program As a vital element of the Overall educational program by giving department status to each senior High athletic department and by developing staffing provisions related to hiring assigning and transferring coaches. Travel expenses related to coaching and athletics. The preparation and maintenance of athletic facilities and equip ment continued professional study continued on Page 20, col 6 when citizen spoke legislators left. Cool combo photo despite the High humidity and intense heat yesterday these members of the colonial Consort dressed in far from Cool colonial garb did t seem to mind the muggy weather. The group performed outside the county court House at lunchtime As a part of the county s weekly noontime diversions concert. The concerts Are held every wednesday at noon through the sum Mer and Are open free to the Public. By Michael d Antonio staff writer when Carol Vitek finally made it to the podium to speak her mind about the Early release program in the state s prisons the legislators started to walk out before she could Clear her Throat the chairman of the committee asked who would like to leave. The chairman then kept mrs. Vitek waiting while an Agenda for upcoming meetings was reviewed. By that time eight of the 11 legislators at the hearing of the joint special com Mittee on corrections had left and Carol Vitek the first Ordinary non official citizen to appear before the hearing thought seriously about leaving herself. Mrs Vitek of Glen Burnie spent Days preparing to speak before the committee. She had visited prisons spoken to judges police experts and fellow citizens. She s concerned that the Early release program implemented by Public safety com missioner Gordon Kamka Mil endanger the Public. But As far As she can Tell the lawmakers assigned to hear testimony on the program Don t care to hear her con Cerns. It s True that the hearing Hai run past continued on Page 20, col 1 convicted by Scott Lebar staff writer Van Gregory Johnson was convicted and sentenced last year for committing a brutal sexual assault and has managed to stay out of jail not by using the Legal system but by escaping it. The Severn Man who was sentenced to eight years in jail in May 1978, has since been free on Boud pending an Appeal that was really never filed. However because county state s at Torney Warren b. Duckett or. Was not notified of the status Case it was Only recently the prosecutor realized his efforts to put Johnson behind bars had been derailed by some missing paperwork. It makes me wonder How Many other cases there Are like this that fall through the cracks of the Legal Duckett said. He has been walking around free on Bond when he is supposed to be in j ail Duckett began to try to pull Johnson Back through the crack in june when he began to wonder what happened to the Man he claims committed the most vicious Case of sexual assault i be Ever been involved a Bench warrant was issued for Johnson on june 26 after circuit court judge a Mackall Childs revoked his Bond and Duckett has since contacted Johnson s Mother to have him appear in court or her House will go up for Sale. The House was used As collateral in posting the Bond. It is one More bizarre twist to a Case that began on aug. 13, 1914 when a 38-year-old Severn woman was savagely assaulted by a Man who initially intended to rape her she identified Johnson then 24, As the he was tried and convicted m 1975 and sentenced to 16 years in jail he appealed the state court of special appeals remanded the Case to circuit court again because of a procedural mistake by the prosecution the second attempt to try Johnson ended in a mistrial in 197? when a juror admitted to being friends with Johnson s brother who was a defense witness Johnson was finally convicted of assault with intent to rape in april 1978 and sentenced by Childs to half the jail term of his original sentence in May he remained free on Appeal. Duckett s unknown to him began in july 1978 when Johnson s request for an Extension on his Appeal for trans copts of the court record to be made was denied by the court of special appeals. Johnson s Appeal then was never completed Duckett said then it just dawned on me about a month Duckett said. I wondered happened to his when he discovered there was no Appeal he began to actively seek Johnson. Since then Duckett with his investigator George Roth visited Johnson s Mother to Tell her to Contact her son and have him appear in court. He spoke with her on the phone yesterday advising her that if Johnson did not appear by this Friday her House would be sold and the state would keep of whatever the Selling Price came to. But finding Johnson May be As hard As pinpointing the mistake that allowed him to remain free Duckett who admits Iris his responsibility to pursue such cases said he should have been notified of the Case status. A spokeswoman for the court of special appeals said notices of such developments in cases Are sent to the state attorney general s office which is supposed to notify Duck cent. And Duckett said there is a moral obligation of the defense attorney to advise him of such developments the defense attorney could not be reached for com ment. I Don t see any Way we can do Duckett said. A copy of that pleading should have been sent to Trie. It was t and i Don t know How Many there could be like that 11 is
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