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Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Mussina makes sure one run is Reptile pets are creeping into homes and hearts Cl Geckos nd other reptiles become popular. Judge We say thanks for 25 years A10 HO MICROFILMS LA.URE'L- MD PAGE Ail THURSDAY AUGUST MD Charges filed in medal scam Carroll county man to turn himself in on 3 counts of theft By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer When retired Navy Joseph Taussig Jr. was approached out of the blue by a man eager to write a book about war the World War II veteran was happy to help. He-let the Carroll County budget analyst into his house and talked freely about his experience as a ship's deck commander at Pearl Har- where his thigh was pierced by an enemybullet. By the time they finished he Stephen. Van Rensselaer Pyne walked out of the captain's Annapolis home not only with war memories but also with a cache of valuable medals that he swiped. the medals_in my He's a sleight-of-hand Capt. Taussig said yesterday. If local prosecutors are the captain is just one of perhaps of war veterans from Annapolis to Texas who have been cheated out of their from Medals of Honor to Navy Crosses to Purple Hearts. Displaying boxes of medals they've prosecutors yesterday charged Mr. of Westmin- with three counts of felony theft. Like Capt. some victims had their prized possessions stolen di- rectly from their and others lost the medals after Mr. Pyne alleg- edly promised to frame them. He later sold some of prosecutors said. reaction to this whole affair I have been trapped I a pretty big said retired Adm. Maurice a 1938 Naval Academy graduate and Severna Park resident whose case tipped off the county State's Attor- maybe individuals out there in the public who don't know they lost their Frank R. state's attorney ney 's Office to the scam. As they filed criminal county prosecutors said they've iden- tified at least 16 veterans who have lost medals. medal known to the United as well as foreign have been investigator David.. Cordle said. .Mr. who couldn't be reached for is expected turn himself in to authorities tomorrow. The county State's Attorney's Office also has contacted the FBI and state who could file additional charges. Breaking a practice of refusing to disclose criminal State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said he displayed boxes of medals that were recovered from Mr. Pyne's house last month in hopes of reach- ing other veterans who might have been swindled. may be individuals out there in the public who don't know they lost their Mr. Weath- ersbee said. Authorities have found three vet- erans from the county who said they Page By George N. Lundskow The Capital Retired Navy Adm. Maurice and retired Capt. Joseph Taussig Jr. look over a cache of stolen medals and memorabilia confiscated from a Carroll County man's home. Prosecutors yesterday charged Stephen V. Pyne with three counts of theft. Investigation of donation is requested Legality of gift for French class doubted By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer The board yesterday called for ah investigation of member Michael A. Pace's do- nation to a French immersion program for kindergartners. The board voted 7-0 to have 'board .an investigation into whether it's legalfor a board member to help pay for a program on which he has the authority to vote. am very uncomfortable with the fact that a board member is donating his money and voting on an said board member Michael J. who introduced the motion to start an investigatidn. Mr. Pace seconded the motion and said'he encourages the board to look into ita-Board member Thomas E. Florestano wasn't present for the vote. Although Mr. McNelly asked Mr. Bennett to take the matter to the state. Attorney General's a spokes- man for the office and the head of the State Ethics Commission both said this morning that they have no jurisdiction over the issue. John E. executive direc- tor of the Ethics said the school board ethics panel should inves- tigate the Officials of that group couldn't be reached for comment this morning. The vote came after two hours of debate over the controversial which would teach regular curriculum French fall at Crofton Woods Elementary School. Other parents and school officials were disturbed by Mr. Pace's contribu- tion. am- concerned-with-ethical'guide2' retired Annapolis High School principal Laura Webb said. are appointed by the governor and state of Maryland to make equitable not participate in Last month the board rejected the. French program by one vote. of a motion by Mr. the board to go ahead with it if in private donations could be raised by July 31. his one over which he and his wife he said Once the board passed the motion to raise the money last Mr. Pace he told supporters he would help them. made it because. I think it will benefit the whole he said. believe it was entirely appropriate to do... and I'm glad I did Mr. Pace's children won't benefit from the program. A former Crofton he and his family now live in Edgewater. Page AAMC light show to brighten raise money By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Ninety-degree days can't keep Anne Arundel Medical Center's auxiliary from thinking of winter wonderlands. The volunteer arm of the Annapolis hospital is organizing a drive-through exhibition of lights in Sandy Point State Park that will begin just before Thanksgiving and run past New Year's Day. Organizers hope the event attracts vehicles and raises at least the first' year while brightening residents' holiday sea- sons. The 900-member auxiliary will pledge the money for health care services for mothers and said AAMC spokesman Vicki Fret- well. About 35 displays as tall as 20 feet will use thousands of multicolored flickering lights to create holiday shapes and outlines of local she said. Shapes with a nautical theme and historip buildings are likely. Some figures will appear to move as motor- ists take the 20-minute drive through the park. Other communities across the country have created the light shows. A similar production in Howard County General Hospital's of raised about and attracted more than vehicles in its debut last said hospital spokesman John Walker. Like that AAMC plans to charge a car for entrance into the display. AAMC President Emeritus Carl A. Brunette pushed for the project after seeing a similar display in North Carolina and recogniz- ing their increasing popularity. only will it be an excellent fund-raiser for the but it will provide the community with a wonderful tradition to be enjoyed year after he said in a prepared statement. For the the auxiliary hired Brandano a lighting firm from Syracuse. N.Y. AAMC is leasing the lighted figures with holiday themes and will buy displays with local themes. Organizers are working with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to arrange for the necessary power. The Capital will be an event sponsor. Expenses for the project are estimated at including park a site electricity and the light display Ms. Fretwell said. Organizers hope a minimum of vehicles will pay the fee to visit. can pack as many people in those cars as you she said Development won't need supermarket By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Without a public the county dropped its main requirement for a planned Parole shopping center and land higher-paying tenants. In a July 12 the Planning and Code Enforcement Department told Atlanta-based developers of Gateway Village that the complex nn longer had to include a supermarket Steven R. the department's new agreed to the change in return for more concessions from the Co-Mart Inc don't think it's a reversal in he said this week. not a big deviation from our previous Gateway with 250.000 square feet of is to be built at the intersection of Defense and Generals highways apartments and a restaurant are part of a proposed second phase Last year a supermarket was thp county's primary condition for approv ing the project which is not under the zoning for the site retail component is not per mitted by right in the underlying C2 zoning of the profjerry acting director Robert Dvorak Shopping center planned in Parole ----------proposed road INSIDE ARUNDEL Plans for year- round school are discussed. Bl Continuous heat frays tem- pers at Redskins camp. Dl SEVERNA Restrictions on group homes on the agenda. B5 SOUTH Residents opposed to a golf range start a petition. B4 ashore near Pensacola. A2 Officials are pessimistic about Yugoslavian talks A2 4 M wrote last year. developers can get such projects approved through the incen- tive plan for by building fea- tures tomty planners deem in this a supermarket. inclusion of a grocery service retail and additional housing units has satisfactorily addressed the provisions the incentive Mr Dvorak wrote in the approval letter That changed in July Co-Mart told the county that its prospective grocery tenant. Shoppers Food out Shop- pers' didn't return calls seek- Arundel Report Baby Face. Calendar. Classified Comics.. Crossword..... Death Notices Edrtonais Entertainment Family uving..... Bl Honor Rolls A5 47 Lottery A4 A8 Movies C5 Obituaries A15 06 Police Best A6 Cil Sailing............ 05 C4 Sevema ParV 65 AlO Soutri County 84 C4 Sports Dl-5 ...Cl-2 Television........... C3 Portions of The Caonai are onntwJ day r 'ecyciefl oaoer newspaper aiw is Classified 268-7000 Circulation 26S-48OO From Kent 327-1583 All other departments. 268-5000 The developers also STORE. Page i Peace through the anger Grieving mother writes 2 books to help others By MARY GRACE GALLAGHER Wl UCT--------- Twelve years when Bonnie Conrad's teen-age daughter was killed by a bullet wound to the police labeled her a And Mrs. Conrad admits there were times when she thought she had gone insane. Crying through the night and fantasizing about what she might have done to intervene were normal reactions trt feast. wconnng to an the grief manuals she read. But her her fury with including her dead daugh- ter. was never mentioned. was feeling all these black feelings. But I couldn't speak to anyone about them. I just ago- said Mrs. of Pasade- na. Since Laurie's however. Mrs Conrad has been reaching out trying to help others through their By John GMb Bonnie Conrad of Pasadena a picture of tor daMfhter taken before kitted 12 yeen ago. Mrs. Conrad hae written two books to to releated thta fall. which talk about recovering from ptof. anger. She has written two soon-to-be- released books addressing parental and most recently has begun to lay the groundwork for a newsletter for parents of murdered children.. have to know that you're she said. doesn't allow as to express this anger. Reli- gion doesn't let us express this anger. No one wants to hear us say we want to go out and hurt some- body with this anger. You end up 'Am I Am I crazyT Page Al ;