Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
300 500 injured in India train crash A2 O's STOPPF Two-game winning streak snapped by the A's B2 On O'sat Governor wants lottery bidding kept clean Bl DCTO ARCHIVES LAUREL AVF uAUFEL MD 20707 PAGE All MONDAY AUGUST MD 350 Arson suspected in Glen Burnie fire By Gtenn A. Milter For The Capital County flraflfhtan tNtftle a tbur-aJarm Maze at 362 Klagg Court In Glen Buntte earty yesterday. Six people were taken to area hospitals In the which lire Investigators say was arson. By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Arson caused a Glen Burnie apart- ment fire early yesterday morning that left more than 70 people homeless and one man critically injured when he jumped four stories to escape the county fire officials said. Residents of 362 Klagg Court in the Southgate Apartments were making arrangements this morning to remove any salvageable said Bar- bara a leasing consultant with which owns the apartments. I The four-alarm blaze began on the third floor 'of the said Batta- lion Chief Gary a spokesman for the county Fire Department. He would not release further details on how the fire was started. Five other including a county police suffered smoke inhalation after the fire roared through the apartment fire officials said All 73 residents have been relocated to other apartments in the 500-unit Ms. Teal said. None of the residents apparently had she said. Damage is estimated at for the building and for its con- tents. Chief Sheckells said. All 14 units in the three-story build- ing were damaged. The fire was con- tained to the top but lower-level units were damaged by smoke and he said. Officials with the American Red Cross were on the scene yesterday offering and management officials were accepting donations of clothing and furniture. The fire was reported at 3.55 a m By the time emergency crews several residents were screaming for help from the upper Chief Sheckells said. The blaze was brought under control in about one hour. Christopher of Apartment broke his left upper leg after jumping from a third-floor balcony before firefighters arrived. the the ground drops so it was actually four floors Chief Sheckells said. Mr. Riehl also suffered smoke inha- lation and second-degree burns to his head and face. His condition this mom- ing had been upgraded to serious at the Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in a spokesman said. Firefighters used ladder trucks to rescue five other people from a third- floor balcony in the rear of the build- ing. had people on the front of the yelling out of the third-floor Chief Sheckells said. Crews used also ground ladders to rescue three more people from the windows of apartment units. County police Officer Andrew Klaus- a patrol officer and the first emergency worker on the was released from the shock trauma center yesterday morning after being treated for smoke officials said. He and others awakened residents in the basement and on the second and third floors. Page Love is in the air bride can't miss huge proposal on Harwood field By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer They met by at a car-and-auto show three years ago in Pasadena. Butirhen Matt Gibson surprised Terry Smith with a marriage proposal in midair on he left no detail unplanned. Mr. bought an engagement ring in then browsed Friday at an Annapolis Mall jewelry store with Miss as if buying a ring could be something he'd get around to one day. He invited Miss Smith's family down from near without letting her know. Mr. Gibson hired a plane at Lee Airport on Saturday under the pretext that the couple would make an aerial video of his parents' 25-acre property in Harwood as an anniversary present. Aloft in a four-seat Piper peering through the camera's Miss Smith suddenly understood that a question was being asked of her in 18-foot-high letters on Barbara and Elmer Gibson's field. 'TERRY WILL YOU MARRY could see there were letters written and inew without reading them what the words would Tve been aching for this for a long Miss Smith began to and reached for Mr. t hand. i I was said pilot Kammi with the Edgewater-based Annapolis Flying Service. didn't talk at all coming a sweet thing to Miss Jasperson said I of Gibson's effort. hope somebody does that Sbrme some The inside for those who know is that groom-to-be is prone to motion sickness and Dislikes flying. He'd rather drive 10 hours than Hoard a plane. But on he felt One. excitement kind of overwhelmed Mr. Gibson said. Miss Smith was living in Pennsylvania three years ago when she took her 1968 Ford Mustang to an auto show at Fort Smaflwood Park. It wasn't something she had done but the ihov was rta by the spcmsor of a race brother dwve. By Bob Gilbert Capital Scott and Matt Oltaon use art athletic fold striper to print WILL YOU MARRY hi Barbara and Elmer AeM off OwmvNto-Sudtoy Road In Harwood. Matt Gibson popped the extnriatfo question Saturday on Tarry Smith. The couple flow over Mr. Gibson's parents' homo on the pretext of shooting a video as an annrvertwy present. BBMBiaHIHIMsaillllMHBBlllMSIjlllHU Mr. production manager for Hargrove a special-events company in isn't sure why he attended the show. His fiancee thinks he was longing for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle like one he recently had sold. Now the couple has lunch together Mondays through Fridays in where she has taken a job as secretary. They're buying a bouse near Annapolis. A pager he carries for work helped him keep in touch with his 24-year-old brother and helping with the confidential project Bat Miss Smith detected just one than new- found confidence in small her companion. couldn't figure out why he kept putting on The Weather Channel It this is boring. Can we switch Hurricane Felix faded into the the skies and Miss Smith answered to tile question. t By Mfcfewl Cody Capital Matt just as thtlt Mtdft it Upt Airport hi EdftWerttr. JMpMBOffl Off jMMpOW Flylflf 94tfVI00v who pHoted the ISO over the reached the Trouble lurked behind adviser's trusting facade Theft allegations against Crofton PTA treasurer keep mounting By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Like most of Peter J. Boudreau's Judy Richardson learned about the financial adviser through a friend who said he could be trusted. She was quickly won over by his self-assured manner. So were others. introduced him to a lot of profes- sional people. They were very im- she said. But beneath his reserved Mr. Boudreau was busy shifting money in and out of Ms. Richardson's financial accounts for she said. By last she realized that most of her investments and savings had vanished. She sued Mr. Boudreau when he didn't show for court hear- she even had him placed in jail for a night. Then he vanished. But the Crofton resident and former PTA who disappeared nine months also appears to have left behind a web of shaky financial deal- several former colleagues said. While he gained others' trust not to mention scores of clients he managed to hide a history of troubles and failed even from those closest to him. Mr. they practically led a secret life. was very and that's why I find it really difficult to said Jay a Colum- bia insurance agent who briefly planned to form a firm with Mr. Boudreau in the late 1980s. are just a whole lot of things that don't make County police and local prosecutors recently began investigating com- plaints that Mr. Boudreau ran off with perhaps more than from Richardson and from the Crof- ton Elementary School a group for which he had volunteered as treas- urer. But the allegations of wrongdoing don't stop there. Mr. Jayso contends that Mr. Boudreau bilked him out of about years ago. while Mr. Boudreau managed the finances of at least one state securities offi- cials said he hasn't been licensed with them since December 1992. he was reporting activity as an investment we'd be very inter- said Robert a securi- ties commissioner for the Attorney General's Office. Mr. hasn't been con- victed of any crimes. Nor did state securities officials say they have re- ceived any complaints against him. That clean record would fit well with the polished image Mr. Boudreau's acquaintances say he presented. A Massachusetts he managed ac- counts at CIGNA Individual Financial Services since the early 1980s and eventually culled a large client base of many of them in Anne Arundel County. For Ms. who was re- ferred to him in he was a godsend. After she was hurt in a car accident in September she turned over all of her investments and most of her finan- ces to him and his the Financial Services Group Inc. Ms. a medical sales said she came to trust BOUDREAU. Page INSIDE fflrtts All Lottery BfMdrwck A6 Monday's Child.. A4 A7 Calendar A5 Movies AS All Classified B8 Obituaries Cofnfcs B7 PoHceBeat All Crossword B13 Sports B2-6 Death Notices 66 Television A9 Editorials AlO Tides All CUmHM 268-7000 Circulation From Kent 327-1583 AM uUni liipartmatiti. .268-6000 Comptroller to target transient vendors By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Maybe you've seen them on the side of the two a and a couple of or maybe a table full of T-shirts. Longtime state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein has certainly teen the from fhe driver's seat of his car. stops them all the time. It's just something he has been fairly committed said Marvin a spokesman for the Comptroller of the primarily from out of who sell goods without paying Maryland sales tax have been a nuis- ance to state officials for some Mr. Bond said But when the General Assembly reconvenes in the comptrol- ler's office will ask legislators to make it easier to enforce the law governing the street-corner merchants. 'I'm sure you can go by the side of the road and find people who don't have Mr. Bond said. when any law enforce- ment nflJrut spots an unlicensed veri- ho can issue a license right away in moat cases. The license is canceled after 90 days if the vendor owes the state sates taxes. .To improve enforcement of the licensing Mr. Bond said the comptroller's proposal would give local police and additional state in- spectors the power to issue fines to vendors for not paying sates tax. a fine gets to a certain then you have to have certain specific police Mr. Bond said. The bin has been submitted to Gov. ParrisN. Gtedenlng's office as official departmental legislation. Vendors commonly hawk their wares on selected south county cor- ners on the or in front of Camden Yards in Baltimore during an Orioles Mr. Bond said. In the three months that ended June the comptroller's office is- sued 270 transient vendor which are Mr. Bond said. And the vendors ended up paying the state in back sates tax. The situation has improved since when Mr. Goldstein got the legislature to enact licensing regula- Mr. Bond said. Without a licensing and monitoring process enacted a few years Mr. Bond estimated the tax revenue from transient venders would drop by 50 to 60 percent. Some state legislators are getting into the act as well Del. John R. sold a constituent complained to his office in July about a tour operator selling T-shirts and other items at LaFontaine a Glen Burnie cater- ing hall.