Capital, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Fund honors slain athlete SEE ARUNDEL REPORT O's run away from Sox in Erickson's debut B2 Clinton to OK base closing A2 Hope fades in Korea search DCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD MONDAY JULY MD PLEASANT PAGE All 35Q AP photo SUSAN SMITH jury selection today. Smith trial ASSOCIATED PRESS UNION. S.C. As townspeople largely stayed Susan Smith was hustled into a side door of the county courthouse ready to face trial to decide whether she should die for drowning her two sons in a lake. Ms. Smith was brought to the court- house at about a.m. in a State Law Enforcement Division car. Shortly almost 170 potential jurors were brought into the courtroom. Last when Ms. Smith was ar- an angry crowd pressed around the downtown some shout- the scene was with only about 10 people walking by quietly The sense in this old mill town was one of everyday business except for the television scaffolds in the middle of Main Street and about 50 reporters and camera operators massed in front of the cream-colored courthouse. Ms. Smith's trial begins today with jury after a competency hear- ing to assure that she understands the proceedings and can assist in her own defense in the highly publicized rase. Though Ms. Smith has yet to enter a her lawyer has said his defense will be based on her mental state. Juror questionnaires origfflally were sent to 250 but R3 were elimi- SMITH. Page better place to move souls to Christ than in a place where it's obviously By David W. Ttozzo The Capital The Rev. Herman prays with Inmate Everefte Tasker at the county detention center. The Ohio native recently marked his 10th anniversary as the Jail's chaplain. Chaplain finds fulfillment in detention center work By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer He's on call 24 hours a day. he works out of a miniscule and he spends most of his time with criminals. No wonder the Rev. Herman Fletcher loves his job. not just work. 1 enjo'y doing what I'm the 67-year-old Hillsmere man said she'd have to leave ifl was sitting That attitude at least partly explains why the Ohio native has spent the last 10 years as chaplain of the county detention an anniversary he marked last month. As the person who has held that post longer than any the Rev. Fletcher has been a firsthand witness to the jail's inmate explosion from about 250 when he started to more than 700. He. in has boosted the number of religious services. Now programs are availaBfc for Catholics and Muslims. the chaplain's job may hardly appear rewarding his cramped office itself resembles a jail and he admits that many inmates undergo religious conversions. But he said dealing with many of whom are looking for religious help because of their has been a godsend for him. have 6.000 inmates going through here every and what better place to move souls to Christ than in a place where it's obviously he said. A former car dealer in the mid-1980s worst time in Chrysler's he the Rev. Fletcher perhaps wouldn't seem a likely candidate to oversee the coUnty jail's religious programs. In other the Grace Brethren minister fits the mold of a jail chaplain perfectly. He's one of five brothers who were involved in ministry was president of FLETCHER. Page Eiiola Gay storm fuels local tempest By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer For I. Goldstein But the debate more than a lokpn local flavor r Iff'facf. some peace activists sav the the dropping of the atomic bomb rilscusslonf m tn Japan is an intensely normal issue Ihe_ ._ moce an act that may have Divert h'i's a reporterilv Bv -x. 'he 'hr i-Himh .inr thai never needed marff Thr .irf' da. Thr activ-ist' weren't there and donv Know their Mr GolrlstPin said Fifty years after the ground-zero Lnni.rnvf'rsv nrean. shock waves 2fnpr ra'p historiMl and wapne tvtwpen veterans snri peace Thp fPTitPr of arnunri a of the planp that rirripppri stornir bomh 5PI ha.- to promotp a diaiopip' said Rplkr of coord i- for the rour.'v chapter of PPBCP Action Tbprp is morp iof thp rleha'pi m the nf ibe Inral npwspaper premier he i fir rifpri IISP 'hf Parific Theatre defend- A-BOMB. Pagp mi ByP.J.SHDEY Staff Writer Judging by the jump in pedestrian fatalities in the county this it might seem dangerous to take a walk anywhere near a local road. County police have investigated eight pedes- trian fatalities and one bicyclist's death since Jan. 1. At this time last there'had been only three such deaths. And state police from the Annapolis barrack have already matched the single pedestrian fatality investigated for all of last year. City police have re- ported no traffic fatali- ties of any kind thus far this year. None of the .deaths have been attributed to errors on the part of a motorist. The jump in pedes- trian fatalities has helped to push the total number of fatalities handled by county po- ifce up by 41 percent this year. There have been 24 fatalities thus are not seeing a concerted effort to make it easier for people to get from one place to another without using a Annapolis Alliance for Sustainable Communities far. compared to 17 at this time last year. The overall number of fatalities was run- ___________________ ning about even with last year until last when several multiple- fatality accidents propelled the overall figure well past last said Officer Robert a county police accident investigator. In first months of this fully half of the fatalities m accidents handled by county police. involved pedestrians Alcohol was blamed in the deaths of three of the pedestrians as well as the he said. The accidents apparently don't have anything in other than being attributed lo the victims no real Officer Squire said. modern roads can be an alien landscape lo people on foot. Anne project director for the Annapo- Page INSIDE ARUNDEL Rates lo m crease at county hospitals Bl. Teen makes mark with tie design A6. State area may be A4. Sampras wir.s straight Wimbledon title B2. Ah 4ft i Classified....................26S-70OO Circulation 268-48OO From. Kent All other departments 268-5OOO A camera crew films before the the nose section from the Enola the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima In 1945. The plane te part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum that has caused controversy between peace activists and veterans.