Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Term limits debate to I UP A approach weight Bl Baseball awaiting future Cl 27 kids hurt in bus crash Dl TOMORROW CLOUDS DFTAILS PAGE- A15 WEDNESDAY MARCH MD HOME 250 350 Suspect in jail at time of By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer One of two men charged with murdering JoAnne Valentine was in a Baltimore County jail on the night when the nightclub owner was slain outside her Arnold his attorney said yesterday. The bombshell from attorney Pamela North county State's Attorney Frank R. who said he would have police investigate the alibi today. If it's Mr. Weathersbee he'll grant Ms. North's request to drop first-degree murder charges against Gilbert E. Griffin. we're convinced it's a good we'll drop Mr. Weathersbee said. 1 of 2 men charged with Valentine murder has alihi don't want to prosecute someone who's not The alibi could affect the cases of Griffin and Edward W. who were set to go to trial separately next month. It could force authori- ties to reopen an investigation already besieged by setbacks. Prosecutors allege that and Mr. McLeod. 45. killed Mrs. Valentine in the early morning of Sept. as she.retumed to her home in the 500 block of Broadwater Road. She was shot in the neck after a botched robbery- attempt around 4 a.m. and died three hours later. Attorneys for Mr. McLeod lambasted prose- cutors and police for missing would appear to be an obvious alibi and contended that the prosecution has been driven by public pressure to win a conviction. is what happens when murder investi- gations are driven by said Carroll L. assistant public defender. Police charged Mr. McLeod in October 1993 after officers discovered the murder weapon in the trunk of his car. but prosecutors dropped the charge in February 1994. citing insufficient evidence. Mr. Weathersbee denied that outside pres- sure has played any role in the case. are never a fraud. Charges are he said. someone has an we'll check it Mr. McLeod and a passenger in his friend's car when the gun was were indicted by a county grand jury in December. Prosecutors are asking that they serve prison terms of life without parole it'convicted. Ms. North and attorneys for Mr McLeod said the new alibi blasts holes in the second police investi- which appeared to rely heavily on informant Clarence D. Pittman. Pittman. who was con- victed this month of rob- was released from jail last year the hope that he could glean information about the murder from mutual friends in Page VALENTINE Eating fish has cancer risks too By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer The cancer risk from eating 7 ounces of Chesapeake Bay striped bass each is about the same as that from drinking six beers or eating 12 ounces of hamburger a state official said last night. risks are pretty and these are things that people don't think twice said Mary Jo administrator of the Maryland Department of the Environment's water quality program. But a little common sense can do a lot to reduce your chances of exposure to harmful chemicals or the Arnold resident told members of the county's Cancer Control Task Force. in all things is the key to this she said. The task force requested information on state seafood monitoring for con- taminants as part of its search for answers about Anne Arundel County's high cancer death rate. Seven hundred county residents die of cancer each putting the local death rate above state and national rates. Throughout Maryland tfssue samples from clams and oysters since the 1970s generally show- declining levels of metals and toxic chemicals such as PCBs polychlori- nated biphenyls the pesticide chlor- and mercury. In some 13 contaminants couldn't be detected for the first time. means a lot of these are working their way out of the she said. Ms. Garreis also said Maryland lev- els are lower than those in other states' and below levels allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a few exceptions. North of the the state has found unsafe levels of chlordane in fish Page SMOKING DAY CONFUSION By David W. Trbzro The Capital Dawn kitchen manager at the Ram's Head Tavern m and cook Greg Richardson take a cigarette break yesterday. Under the new etate smoking the two may continue to light up m the bar. A lot of huffing and puffing By TODD SP ANGLER and BRIAN STEINBERG Staff Writers Yesterday was the first full day of Maryland's tough workplace tobacco but those most affected were still waiting for the confusing regulatory smoke to clear. At Annapolis Bowl just outside the the management announced last night at the beginning of league bowling that no smoking would be permitted near the lanes. Patrons were to take their tobacco to the bar. But strictly the Generals Highway bowling alley can't even allow smoking in the facility. Unlike no information about who to call to get Greg Adam's the Place for Ribs taverns and fraternal a bowling alley's bar must be enclosed to allow it. clear as said Carol general manager of Annapolis Bowl. you go to a bowling 45 percent of the people are she added. More confusing to Ms. Leonard is the fact that even though this is supposed to be an occupational safety and health her bartender has to suffer the cigarette smoke. But the workers hardly ever go near the lanes. don't think they have handled it she said. With the agreement of Gov. Parris N. the General Assembly and the Court of Maryland's tough workplace smoking law went into effect at p.m. Monday. Exceptions are made for hotel rooms and a few Page NAAA won't be taken over by gov't By JOE GROSS Sports Editor After months of verbal a truce has been struck between powerful U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd and the Naval Academy Athletic Association. The leadership of Adm. Charles R. academy apparently played a vital role in convincing Mr. D-W.Va.. to change legislation that would have turned the nonprofit athletic association into an arm of the federal government. In a statement released the senator said a Department of the Navy review of the NAAA showed that there would be no advantage for the government to take over management of academy sports programs. it will cost the taxpayer more money to do the Navy's 31-page report The announcement means that Byrd will change an amendment to an October 1994 defense appropriations bill that would have put academy athletic programs under government control. The amendment's effective date had been delayed until the review was completed. It also would have forced academy Athletic Director .Jack Lengyel to resign and replaced him with an active-duty naval officer. Language undoing the amendment is included in the just- issued report. It would increase oversight of the N'AAA'by adding an active military member to the group's Board of Control and by setting up a subcommittee of the academy's Board of Visitors to review NAAA Academy officials were cautious in their be- cause legislation undoing the amendment won't be by Congress until sometime between mid-April and June. Mr. Byrd introduced the amendment after a report of th'e NAAA's purchase of a condominium in which Me Lengyel and his wife would live. The NAAA contends that Mr. Lengyel is paying a fair market rent to live in the Riva Trace home. An additional series of charges that the NAAA was spending too much money on things other than sports programs inflamed the relationship between Mr Byrd. the academy and the NAAA. The Byrd reportedly drafted in part by- staffer Dick D'Amato. an Annapolis resident and former Page TURNING OVER NEW GROUND Farmer Kenneth J. Carr Imt Into a field near Rlva Road In Davldsonvllle In preparation for planting. Rainfall tatttnf more than 1 Inch behind normal for but the National Weather Service a chance of rain Friday and Sunday. By David W. Trozzo The Caprtal INSIDE AMUNDCL The county Sen- ate delegation voted yesterday against legislation that would have changed the controversial way local school board members are selected. Dl 4 41 paf Ask a Vet......... Calendar............ Capital Camera... Chef's Choice Classified Comics...... Crossword Death Notices Dog s World Editorials 88 A5 B7 Bl-5 D2 84 D8 B6 A6 A14 Entertainment Kent island Lottery-...... Movies.......... Obituaries Police Beat.... Sports Television Tides West County A12 AID A4 A13 A15 A7. A15 .....C14 A13 A15 A8 Classified....................268-7000 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments 268-5000 Find out if you're owed unclaimed property funds The state has launched its biann ual advertising campaign to help residents find 162 million In un- claimed property. A 16-page advertisement in to- day's edition of The Capital lists more than individuals and businesses who own everything from inactive bank accounts to unclaimed safe deposit security and stocks and bonds. Financial institutions and other businesses with unclaimed funds are required to report them to the state Comptroller's Office by Oct. 31 each year. Insurance companies must report unclaimed benefits by April 30 each year Jhe unclaimed property section of the Comptroller's Office returned million to almost people last Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein said. The largest accounts were and The average claim was The ads list only recently discov- ered funds. There are more than accounts. People on the cur- rent list or wishing to check the entire list should call 225-1700 or Unclaimed property may be claimed any time during a person's lifetime under Maryland law.