Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
2 charged for club arson Bl ON TV Oklahoma State channel 13 vs. Kansas channels 13 DREAM'S OVER Marshall rules as Connecticut eliminates 99-89 Rowe Blvd. accident study Cl TD ARCHIVES AVE MD TOMORROW. COOL DETAILS. PAGE A9 FRIDAY MARCH 1995. MD HOME 25C NEWSSTAND cost relief closer to reality By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer A measure that could significantly reduce closing costs for first-time homebuyers in Maryland moved closer to passage yesterday. Over the objections of some Republican members of the Anne Arundel County delega- the House of Delegates voted 112-21 to send the closing costs bill to the Senate. Since there are only a few differences be- tween it and version passed a few weeks ago by the some form of closing cost relief for first-time homebuyers is expected to pass the General Assembly before the session ends April 10. But some county delegates balked at the complaining that it shifts costs to sellers and people who fail to qualify as first- timers. is not going to help the first-tune home- buyer the sellers won't sell their houses to said Del. Victoria L. who voted against the bill. Dels. Robert C. and Michael W. R-Glen also opposed the legislation. As the measure forces the state's counties and Baltimore city to allow current and future homeowners to pay property taxes on a semiannual basis. It also exempts first- time buyers from their half of the state's transfer which is 0.5 percent of the will reduce closing costs. It is time to move forward on Del. Anne D-Prince George's purchase price. homebuyers must pay at least a year's worth of property taxes at settlement. The change to paying the taxes on a semiann- ual basis will reduce the amount needed at settlement. For in Anne Arundel a homebuyer at settlement has to pay 14 months of property taxes reimbursing the seller for one month's worth of taxes and paying 13 months' worth into escrow. The new law would allow the buyer to pay only eight months' worth of taxes one month to the seller and seven months into escrow. will reduce closing said Del. Anne D-Prince chairman of a sub- committee considering the bill. is time to move forward on The measure also provides that all local transfer and recordation taxes on the sale of the property will be picked up by the unless negotiated otherwise. In Anne Arundel the closing costs on a house would be reduced from to But Mrs. Schade and others complained about another section of the which repeal a current state transfer tax exemption' for all homebuyers on the first of the price of a house. That exemption serves to keep the state losing money by giving up the transfer ttx first-time but it means that buying their second or third homes wUI pay'. more. And she said the measure also means that sellers will avoid first-time cause they're going to get stuck with the cost of local transfer and recordation taxes. Page Navy rings up phone tab ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE Baltimore County Circuit .Judge Thomas J. Bellinger ordered Jonita Anderson not to call any more telephone psychics. you bring your Judge Bellinger said yesterday. threat to toss the Woodlawn woman in jail came as the judge imposed a three-year suspended sen- tence on lonely 23-year-old Navy wife. Mrs. Anderson admitted to ringing up in 900-number phone calls to psychic and horoscope lines. The sentence was suspended on con- dition that she make no more calls. Mrs. Anderson left the unpaid bills on 14 different telephone numbers under her own name and nine prosecutor Katie O'Malley said. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of stealing from the phone company from March 1991 to February 1994. promised to help Mrs. Anderson told Judge Bellinger. The day-care provider and mother was given probation and ordered ID repay Bell Atlantic. attorney James L. Rouse said Mrs. Anderson was looking for help from the psychics as she went through marital problems with her who was away. She had attempted suicide in 1992. are talking about a sickness Judge Bellinger said. will not make another 900 Bell Atlantic investigator Linda C. Pabst said Mrs. Anderson used the company's ser- vice to get new numbers before a credit check could be done. it's an addiction Ms. O'Malley said. EXPANSION DELAYED AT AAMC of AnftMoRtf hontt thifiptit t BiwailaWH aW It Ttu I DW nOVMMTV VWVMP UIVOO rWWIpn VI rlfvM. IfW in wH CAn ffu VnRMtO MoncM PBHI Oft MfMilrSf ROMli New center won't open before July By J Henson The CaptUI Medical carts OfM Of tMW ftO Opofl By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Anne Arundel Medical Center will deliver its expanded facilities in Parole at least a month later than expected and the riffehftig Is bnng- taig with it a few grMklMHr. The. Rebecca CUtanoff Pavi- AAMC's millpjfi state-of-the- art center births-Wid women's won't open before officials said this week. The official opening of the Clataiv off where officials expect at least births each was pushed back from Mother's Day May 14 after delays in material deliveries and schedul- hospital spokesman Carol Drey- fuss said. AAMC adntaistrators are scrambling to line up employee curtain-raising evcoti and cattomen flar the bdlity at Carl A. Brunetto Medical Park on Jennifer Road The combined spare of new and existing medical park buildings comes up less than 10 percenl short of the square footage in the down- town hospital. AAMC has million in renovations planned at that facili- ty once the Clatanoff Pavilion opens. just very enthused about the said Regina president of the AAMC Auxiliary. The volunteer group of more than 900 is recruiting for at least 70 more people to help with the new build- ing's reception a gift shop and other she said. The three-story Clatanoff Pavilion is square feet. An million medical office building next to AAMC's existing cancer health education and ambulatory surgery centers is scheduled to open in June with 16 tenants including several muM- physician group practices now in downtown Annapolis. Page reward for information on girl's By P.J. SHUEY and CHERYL ALLISON Staff Writers County police have posted a reward for information leading to the killer of a 16-year-old Bowie girl was shot iaCffftffijjpd. Catherine E. Webster was shot in the head while riding in the back seat of a Nissan 300ZX near the Chalk Talk pool hall at Priest Bridge Drive and Route 450. Wends of the victim have specu- lated that the crime was related to a Feb. 24 racial brawl witnessed by Miss Webster at Bowie High but Anne Arundel County police have said no link has been found. Miss a saw the assault and helped identify several students as the Prince George's County police confirmed. Anne Arundel police said retribution in that incident does not appear to be a factor in the killing. this point investigators have found no connection between the re- ported incident at Bowie High School and the subsequent said Sgt. Mark county police spokes- man. Police are offering the for information leading to an arrest or indictment of the people responsible CATHERINE I tfi CiOnon MofMMy for the slaying. Anyone with information should call Detective Dean D'Camera of the. Homi- cide Unit at 222-3461. Anne Arundel police say that the killing apparently was proe-t ably a botched carjacking or robbery attempt. Miss Webster had ridden to the pool1 Page Boww Hflpi Softool 9y Sharon TotfMr ftx OH tnO BCHOOl HftWQUOO tMO INSIDE _______________J Federal housing officials yesterday ordered the manage- ment at the WoodsWe Gardens apart- ments to delay a photo Identification card policy for residents that would have started today. U After three days of testi- mony from Brian the O.J. Simpson prosecutor had heard enough. An angry and frustrated Marcia Clark implied yesterday that Mr. Kaelin wasn't just a guy whose thoughts were as disheveled as his blond she suggested the quirky douse guest was helping to cower up for a murderer by hiding details of angry battles be- tween Mr. Slmpeon and his ex-wife. A3 ....tttVTOOO Annapolis............ Cl Arundel Report..... Bl Baby Face......... A7 Calendar............. B4 Capital Camera... B3 Classified............ C4 Club Notes.......... B2 Comes............. C3 Crossword......... C12 Death Notices.....C12 Dr.fiott............... A6 Editorials............A10 Loneiy............... M Obituaries......... A9 PoteeBeat.......... A9 Sports................Dl-4 Television......... C2 A9 Portions of The an printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recyclable. Work-release a job for prison By P J. SHUEY Staff Writer A system of 12-foot chain-link fences lined with razor wire awaits Thomas Arrington at the end of his workday. he approaches in the spotlights illuminate the fences along Jennifer Road and the exterior walls the county detention center. right allowed rtBHriH locked up for the For the last two Arrington has paid 20 percent of his income tor this which includes the opportunity to deep in an over- crowded cell with cots lining the aistes. it's better than the alterna- tives. a but it's a lesson in he said. is among in- mates in the county detention can- ter's workHresMM consid- ered the best method for working small-time criminals back into the functioning world. an acknowledgment that these folks are going to return to the said Robin a deputy superintendent at the deten- tion center who oversees the pro- gram. Last the program was revised Iron a stntMce to an ton left optn to dttattM eanUr In the the percentage of inmates who give in to the ever- present temptation to walk off has dropped by half. While the percentage of walk-offs overall is 11 the number of those from coort-ncommended sen- tendng is 8 said Richard detention center superinten- dent. The number of Inmates in work- rebate hM factuattd fro to 300 tht. i.