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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Museum stalls court work Cl PTA official sentenced SNOW JOB Shoppers are warm to man's cool creation Bl Nicholson unesup omofhb brats at S. River win Dl Crofton wrestler U.S. champ. OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD DRIZZLE PASE.A9 FEBRUARY 1995. MD HOME 25C 35C fer factor in man s say j. Scluiiitt stole worth of test currency By MICHAELCODY Staff Writer Anti-depression and anti-anxiety medication prescribed to Edgewater resident Robert P. Schmitt contributed to his irrational theft of million from the federal Bureau of Engraving and his lawyers say. pleaded guilty last year to stealing four bricks of test currency from the where he was employed as an engineer. Internal Revenue Service investigators found hundreds of thousands of dollars in his car trunk and m a-safe-tteposit- box a block from his office when he was arrested on theft and money laundering charges in June. The maximum punishment is 20 years in jail plus a fine of Schmitt is to be sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Prosecutors will seek a three-year prison while the defense will ask for home community service and continued psychiatric according to papers filed in court last week. They disagree on three more.than minimal.planning was .required fo take the bills from locked vaults- that no employee was supposed to. visit alone. Whether Mr. Schmitt suffered from diminished mental capacity when he put test bills into his. briefcase and sneaked past guards. much credit he deserves for revealing security problems. All the stojen money has been returned. Schmitt poses no danger to himself or anyone wrote his attorneys. William E. McDaniels and David S. Blatt of Washington. has made significant progress in returning to being an contributing citizen and responsible and will continue to do so if given the Schmitt has. volunteered to help set up a computer system at Crownsville Hospital they point out. He also has been appointed assistant manager of a local .convenience store where he working in late 199-1 shortly after ending his dependence on the anti-depressant drug Prozac. Assistant I'.S. Attorney Susan .Ringler argues thai Schmitt is just another white-collar defendant. tn most of these individuals is their contention that their criminal actions were isolated indiscretions in an otherwise law-abiding she wrote distinguishing feature of their crimes often lies in ihnr motivations financial pressures or personal Schmitt. a Key School had worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing since earning an engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University SCHMITT. Page Note Could be a blow to prosecution's case ainst Arnold man Kf ft cciised ill slayiiiffs .i'-'.iO'- .-T Scotland Eugene WIHlMni Is led from the county courthouse In Annapolis yesterday after the first day of his murder trial. The Arnold resident faces the death penalty if convicted of slaying two In their Winchester area home. AP photos In what may be a blow to prosecution's case against Scotland Eugene an FBI expert said this morning that he couldn't link the defendant to a note left at the home of two slain attorneys. Prosecutors allege that the note was left on a doot by The. noteJaitl be. back The bodies of Jose E. Trias and Julie N. Gilbert were discovered on May 16 in their weekend home off Winchester Road near Annapolis. Agent Gary a handwriting expert with the Federal Bureau of said he couldn't draw any definitive conclusions from the note. The note is one of the pieces of evidence that Despite this morning's prosecutors said yesterday that they had enough evidence to prove Williams entered the couples But defense attorneys said the ranging from DNA tests W clothing won't be enough. no credible evidence that puts Scotty Williams in that attorney Craig M. Gendler said. In opening attorneys for both sides laid the groundwork for potentially bruising skirmishes over the clothing hairs and DNA test results on items found _in_the yjctimsj WadJord is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Mrs. Gilbert and Mr. who were found shot through the head in their beihtibm. If he could face the death penalty the first time in more than two years county prosecutors have sought The Capital punishment. Prosecutors this morning introduced several items found at the murder scene and in a search -of Williams' house. Besides the they also introduced a black duffle a a pair -of two pair of handcuffs and binoculars belonging to Williams. The which is expected to last at least two has drawn attention statewide of the execution- style murders and the prominence of the two victims. Mr. Trias. was vice president and chief counsel for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy his 48-year-old wife was a partner in the Washington law firm of Lewis and Bockius. In his 10-minute opening State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee tried to humanize the dead couple for the 12-perspn jury selected yesterday morning. Watch- ing throughout the day were Mr. Trias' parents and other family members. While alluding to the couple's professional Mr. Weathersbee painted a picture of two generous people who loved the fine classical music and each Page Gary may have to hike property tax By BART JANSEN Staff Writer County Executive John G Gary still expects to hire 20 new police officers. 10 firefighters and boost ertu cation spending in his first but he may have to raise the property tax rate to do it all After a decade of incendiary leaps in property this year's growth is almost and that could force Mr Gary into the first tax-rate increase we increase the rate wn will within the 3.5 limit dictated bv a voter-imposed property cap. he said. County workers shouldn't expect cost-of-living raises for the budget year that begins July 1. And proposals such as a careers center for delinquent juveniles may have to wait going to be very tight. Mr. although the county doesn't face the problems of neighbors in Prince George's County or Washing- ton1. H Revenues are projected to grow million above the current million rather than the million Mr Gary expected during the campaign Although the numbers are sketchy. Mr Gary said he might need a propertv tax rate increase to bolster revenue from the 1.8 percent increase in proper ty values cnuntywide But it isn't clear yet if a rate increase will be necessarv to reach the S20 million fipire Not everyone is convinced an in Property tax rate going Anne Arundel County's property tax rate dropped in the 1 980s as residential values soared. But assessments have since leveled and County Executive John Gary Jr. might have to increase the rate for the first time since 1983. 1 IQODQfl 300.000 1962 Two years ago the council reduced the tax rate under the cap to save 6 said Finance Officer John R Hammond. That amount would have grown to S5.7 million last for a total of million can't be retrieved under the cap. he said mind-hoggling how it com- said Mr who supported the cap To gather a full amount allowed under the cap. the rate would rise from per of assessed value of properly to about Such an in- crease on the average S 150. 000 house would boost county tax bills from to But members of the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association argue that cir- cumstances aren't so dire that the tax rate must go up Spending cuts must first and then other sources of mone.v before the property tax said Robert C Schaeffer. the group's president should not be a crutch for crying Naval center on list suggested for closing By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Annapolis is among the militarv bases recommended for closing by the according to a report re- leased this morning. Other Maryland bases recom- mended for closing include Fort Fmfrrtrk ar Surface Warfare Center in White Oak in Montgomery founty The report also recommended that some jobs at Fort George G Meade be but it was unclear this morning how many employees would lose their jobs About 4.30 employees of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Annapolis would be according to center spokesman Jim Scott Employees in the center's Machi nery Research and Development Di- rectorate and a small group of sup- port personnel will be transferred to other Naval Surface Warfare locations. Mr Scoti said Employees who are not transferred would lose their he said Mr Scott said n is still unclear how many jobs are ai but he believed Ihal iIlsTpwer fTSnTHTi The renter empli A s about T.Vi il- lan and support staff and one military representative. Mr Scott said About 120 employees were already- scheduled to be transferred to other Naval Surface Warfare Center instal- lations at Bethesda and Potomac under the 1991 base realignments Mr Scott said Page crease is needed The Spending Afford- ahihty Committee recommended spending less in the year beginning July 1 than now J70T 2 million. county spending continues at high policy-makers may errone- ously assume that 'modest' year over are the commit- tee said Jan .31 taxpayers clearly Although such constraint is imHke- ly. budgetarv pressures are focusing attention on the 2-year-old property tax cap that limits the increase in taxes to 4.5 percent or the rate of inflation. whichever is lower Inflation is now running at .3.5 percent One of the factors Mr Gary must consider is that if he doesn't raise the tax rate now. to capture all the money he will lose millions from future budgets cap. for which the group petitioned. Despite the lion's share of new money slated for they want more The Board of Education is seek- ing up from the current J409.9 million. But that's still higher than the S422 million Mr Gary reckons the county can afford He suggested the board aim lower before he and an increasingly hostile County Council start axing. TAX Page A ArurxW Report Business CaierxJar Campos News Classified Club Notes Comes Crofton Edrtorals 81 3 ron B5 Lottery OMuanes B4 Police Beat.... C3 Gevema C2 SCKXTS CIO ClrciilatkNi..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1563 Afl other departments 268-SOOO 86 Dl-6 Desm Nances ;