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Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Teen robber given second FREE AGENTS Orioles sigh versatile let pitcher McDonald go Dl How to get a grip on BREEZY MICROFILMS PO BX 1558 LAUREL MD 20707 PAGE All THURSDAY DECEMBER MD Slaying suspect caught Leads police on wild chase from GambriDs to south county ByP.J SHUEY and MIKE CODY Staff Writers Alter a chase across much of south a Shootout with police and a standoff in county police this morning ar- rested a suspect in a killing at a gas station in Gambrills. The unidentified who was chased into the woods and barricaded himself in the base- ment of a home under construc- surrendered to officers at a.m. The suspect was wounded in the Shootout with police and was flown by medevac helicopter to a trauma center The shooting in Gambrills was reported at 7-52 am at Waugh Chapel Exxon at Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road One person was killed at the gas station. The suspect was believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle. The whose identity has not been was shot nu- merous times with an unknown said Officer Randy county police spokesman. No mo- tive was immediately known in the shooting. After a pursuit from Edgewater through Harwood and Lothian and back north toward police pulled over the who exchanged gunfire with officers and ran into the woods near Har- wood Road. When the shooting in Gambrills was first the suspect's vehicle description was broadcast by police. A patrol officer first Page Photos by I Henson The Capital At county police evidence technicians Craig Robinson and Hugh Mllli examine the area the unidentified victim of a murder thlt morning at the Waugh Chapel Exxon on Route 3 In A suspect In the homicide fled to and surrendered at a.m. after being wounded In a Shootout with police. rescue personnel carry the wounded murder suspect from the basement of an unfinished house In Harwood after he surrendered. The unidentified man fled to the house after crashing Ms car Into a tree at the comer of Sands and Harwood roads. Elementary schools score well in tests Standards met in tough MSPAP test By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer For the first students in four elementary schools met tough state performance standards set for the year 2000 a success that school officials attribute to changes from teachers. Mayo and Shipley's Choice elementary school third-graders met standards in all six as did fifth- graders at Jones Elementary. said Benfield Principal Teresa Sacchetti. a culmination of time and work from No schools have completely met the but 70 percent or more third-graders in the four ele- mentary schools and fifth-graders at Jones are performing at a satisfac- tory level in lan- guage social studies and according to a report released yesterday. School officials said gains are being made where the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program aimed at teaching higher-level thinking is being Infused into the curriculum. see the places where the instruction is in where teach- ers have put a big effort said Nancy Jane school spokes- man. you can tell that the effort is paving The sore point for-students coun- tywide and statewide who took the test last May were reading in which most schools failed to meet standards and some saw decreases. Another area of concern is a rising high school dropout rate. TESTS. Page Charts reveal how Individual county Mhooto fayed. A16 INSIDE Calendar. A7 Honor rolls Classified C12 Lottery D6 Crossword Death Notices Dr Gott Editorials FenHlyLMni.. For the Record... C16 C16 B4 A14 CIO ..Cl-4 B2 CS C9 A4 Cll A15 Movies Obituaries Police Beat A15 Park. C8 South County C6 Sports.-............01-5 Tension.........Cll TMM..........A15 B3 ClasaJftod....................268-7000 From Kant 327-1563 BUMPY SLOPES By Mark M Odell Capital AmoU reeldent John catchee a bump ae he heeds down the behind Anmdel Community CoHege on Me toboggan. John and Me Mends got a one-day vacation yesterday after a enow and lee storm ctoeed area schools. Today's weather wW bring partly sunny eklee with Ughs hi the dropping to the low to nW-20e Suit delays slashing of pensions 13 former county officials sue to preserve benefits By BART JANSEN Staff Writer A group of 13 former county officials filed a lawsuit yesterday to preserve their lucrative pension benefits repealed by a county law passed last month. After a brief hearing in Annapolis with only the Circuit Court Judge Lawrence H. Rush- worth Jr ordered the county to continue paying benefits for 10 days while both sides prepare arguments on whether payments should cease Dec. as the law requires. The lawsuit has been expected because members of the Retirement Plan for Appointed and Elected Officials would lose an estimated million in benefit payments under the repeal of a 1989 law that enhanced their pensions. The County Council didn't have the authority to repeal previously awarded according to the group's Bethesda Glenn M. Cooper and David M. Rothenstein. The U.S. Constitution also protects the benefits as a the law- yers argued. But County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe has said he expects to win any case because the 1989 law was a that the retired workers didn't deserve. Attorney General J. Joseph Cur- ran agreed with him in a letter in litigation comes as no surprise whatsoever.... That in no way alleviates the responsibility of the administration to correct a moral wrong and save taxpayers Lisa spokesman for Gary December 1993. litigation conies as no sur- prise said Lisa spokesman for County Executive John G. Gary Jr. in no way alleviates the responsibility of the administration to correct a moral wrong and save taxpayers 94 mil- The pension plan for top officials has been controversial for years because at its lowest ebb in 1993 it was million underfunded for about 100 members. Taxpayers are bailing it out. The November reform measure sponsored by Mr. Gary abolished the enhanced benefits for 60 offi- cials who qualified under the provi- sions. The law returned benefits to 2 Page Group says pension nests were illegal By BART JANSEN Staff Writer A county taxpayers group yester- day filed a lawsuit seeking to over- turn a series of controversial pen- sion enhancements approved for top county officials during the 1980s County Executive John G. Gary Jr encouraged this legal unlike another lawsuit filed yester- day by some of those top officials fighting to keep their pension bene- fits. The Anne Arundel Taxpayers As- sociation and Joseph C Smith of Edgewater argued in their law- suit that the County Council and administration didn't have the power to adopt the lucrative chang- es in the plan. The cumulative result left the Retirement Plan for Appointed and Elected Officials underfunded by million with taxpayers foot- ing the bill was a recognizable design in these things to feather the nest of certain said John R. Greiber the Annapolis lawyer who filed the case doing something that is in the best interests of The series of enrichments during the 1980s led to the financial prob- lems. The biggest in increased benefits from 2 percent of salary for each year of service to 2.5 percent and lowered the retirement Page Syrians planning Q. Anne's peace meeting ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Last the United States brought the par ties to the Bosnia conflict together at an Ohio military base Next Israelis and Syrians will talk peace at a sprawling conference site in Queen Anne's County Delegations from the two coun tries will resume their land-for peace negotiations at the Wye Plan- a spread about 45 miles east of Annapolis. The riverside location features three full-service conference facili- but no decision has been made as to which one the negotiators will use. The Wye Plantation manor and 28 acres of surrounding land were donated to the Aspen Institute in 1983 by Arthur Houghton Jr. A conference center was built by the think tank In 1987 The Wye Plantation hosted a con troversial three-day conference in September on whether criminals may be genetically predisposed In making the announcement yes- Secretary of State Warren Christopher told reporters he be- lieves the rustic atmosphere make It possible to Intensify the talks and will create an opportunity Page ;