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Capital, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland esin vjng 900 BA que- ii 4' 0-. Falling rates spur home buyers Bl ROYAL VISIT Gore visits SP to watch son in lacrosse tournament Cl -S Tipper and AIGore among the crowd at Kinder Park. Glendening style irks legislators SEE ARUNDEL REPORT HOWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX.1558 LAUREL MD 20707 JUNE and Tor-.' tras 0 30. By BRIAN WHEElLEft Staff Writer least 15 police detec- tives had kept their xeyes on James launching full-scale .investigations into his rumored drug times. when they learned late in Octo- drug rings Wide open and charged nine including Emory and his a undefca law that meant they could spend at least 20 years behind bars. J -More than years the cases that sprang from the raid ended this month -far less dramatically than they ber 1992 that perhaps a quarter-toil pf marijuana brought into the they moved fast. By the end of a dizzying day of raids on Oct. they had broken two allied Emory the tfrug ring's of the and the .last of the defendants -to plead' guilty was con- victed Monday- of two lesser charges and sent to prison for 15 years. His attorney said he. could be eligible for parole in 28 months. Emory's fateT wasn't much -different- froni that of his cohorts. Of six alleged kingpins in the case who pleaded guilty to drug-related none is serving more than 15 years in prison. And hone being-a kingpin. In more than five years after the much-ballyhoped law took State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said he doesn't recall has been convicted in. an Anne Aruridel court of being a kingpin. That track record may not be as poor as it he said. The threat posed by has goaded several dealers into ratting on most seriou's drug cases. aren't tried he but m federal But some critics of Mr. Weathersbee said privately that his inability -to win a .kingpin conviction in the Emory cases be viewed as a not a cut lawyer that couldn't prosecuted Mrtch one local attorney said.. Mr. Weafhersbee defend his handling of the Emory cases. Of the six defendants indicted by a grand all pleaded guilty to offenses tied to the investigation. at prosecu- tors did win against Mitch Emory and his in 1993. But those convictions' were overturned 17 mphths.later when an appellate court ruled that a judge allowed inadniissable evidence in 1993trial.'..-.. By the time prosecutors were set to Mitch EmorjL this key Lawrence C. Leiben had suf- fered heart problems that Would hav6 kept him from testifying.' not in greatest of attorney. He said his client had re1 cently undergone .triple bypass sur- gery. J'They would have had to post- Page Oil brewing vats and machinery weighing 3 ate Utted by above the Ram's Head Tavern roof on West Street. To get the brewing equipment Inside the a hole In the roof had to be cut and the vats lowered to the floor. Ram's Head Tavern owner Bill Muehlhauser and brewmaster Allen Young watch as the equipment Is Installed at the pub yesterday. The Ram's Head will be the city's first commercial breweryln 300 years when K begins operations In August. For see story on Page Dl. Photos by George N. The Capital By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer At least One county-based charity in 10 spends haty1 its money on itself rather than its a review of state records shows. In some'cases high spending on overhead reflects- -a -young- struggling to establish a donor base while facing high start- up costs. It can also reflect a charity's errors or the state's invalid assumptions. In other the spending is a sign of the organization's ills such as the recent case of the YMCA of Anne Arundel .which closed May 17. Many of its members had paid for day cdre or swimming classes in the preceding unaware that the YMCA was hemorrh- aging cash and headed for collapse. When the charity last filed in June it showed a deficit of nearly In a March 1994 the YMCA's accountants reported doubt as to the organization's ability to'continue as a going concern.'' The national of Better Business Bureaus' charity watchdog arm cites 50 percent as the maximum reasonable level of combined administrative and fund-raising.spending. The .YMCA and eight more of the 84 regis- tered county charities failed to meet that standard during fiscal 1993'and according to a list compiled by The Capital from records at Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State. Three more spent more than percent on according to the the most recent available. None of those contacted exhibits the YMCA's fiscal distress or appears in danger of folding. Several charities said their tax filings depict an incorrect picture of their overhead spending. Topping the list is Survivors of Fallen an obscure Crofton group that has no current telephone listing. It spent a reported 95.9 percent of income on overhead. Its files are under review by the secretary of state's and details of the group's expenses Page reccml-keepiiig By GULLIVER Business Writer Judging by state First Night Annapolis appears to be a model charity With no administrative or fund-raising But an analysis of its tax filings shows that nearly 50 cents out of every dollar First Night receives goes toward overhead costs. Those costs doubled in the most recent fiscal year reported and the first year the event lost money. Only 25 cents of every dollar goes to the artists who perform at the New Year's Eve event.'s The state says First Night is doing nothing and on May 7 Mary- land's Office of Secretary of State re- newed the nonprofit -organization's charitable status. But the organization's method of reporting its finances could mislead potential donors. certainly a disservice to the contributing said Bennett Weiner. who heads the national Better. Business Bureau's Philanthropic Advis- ory. Service. certainly raises the question of whether program services had been overstated and administrative'' services First Night's officers said they were simply procedure has been perfectly acceptable to all the .agencies we deal Page 8-year South county landfill fight goes on By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer landfUU'-reartt the Oicker- on a trailer door at the entrance to the 150-acre P.S.T. Reclamation site in Harwcod. Nearly 70 employees share the senti- ment. But scores of neighbors along Sands Road in Harwood and Lothian have an opposite feeling and have spent more than a year letting public officials know. don't think we're said Rhonda Zinn. president of the South County Civic Association think the county .was wrong in ever letting this tial on these The 150-acre which at- tracts hundreds of trucks and its some of whom live in are wed to one another by geography. It's an unhaapy and the differences virtually irreconcil- able By most accounts. P.S.T. has worked hard at establishing a relationship with its neighbor's. As the business has management has warned haul- ers to drive changed its operat- ing hours and even offered a lucrative community benefit fund to ease its impact. like any other from time to time we make a hut if it occurs we move quickly to correct company president Presley S Tay- lor III said in a prepared we are doing just about all we can be doing to run a law-abiding business and demonstrate civic respon- sibility But jarred by a stark contrast between the bucolic surround- ings they wish for and the heavy industrial tnicks that head for the landfill wonder whether some- thins has goneawry None fails to note the out-of-state plates on many trucks bound for P.S.T. Local telephone lines jangle when trucks turn over or collide with cars on Central Avenue. Patuxent River Roari or Sands Road. Residents grab cameras and shoot pictures of the wrecks Early-morning commuters report that trucks pack the shoulders of Cen- tral in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties like a tunnel gning through there You've got tnicRs lined up all up and down the said Tom president of the Riverwoorl Community just north of Central Ave- nue in Davidsonville. Unannounced inspections punctuate a cycle of complaints. A businessman hostile to the landfill has even supplied aerial photographs of the site to his allies. '1 had no idea this stuff existed. 1 Page we looked at ts ridden all the way down Sands I would never have agreed to move Rhonda South County Civic Association LOW A chance today and tonight. 02 Orioles win Cal Ripken had three hits and Jeff Manto hit his fifth home run in the last three games as the Orioles topped California 6-2. Cl TV Mover vs. Langston. p.m.. HTS. LIFESTYLE WHEN TO Today's couples put careers frrst. El DAVE A trek through the wilds of Alaska. El A new approach to estate planning. E4 There's more to Yorkshire than just Codding. El- NATION WORLD RESCUED Politicians. Hollywood after O'Grady. A2 Disney film premieres in Central Park. A2 CALIF. Political shakeup on West Coast. A3 FATAL Alaska mountain claims fifth victim. A3 ClauMtod Circulation ;