Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Fury over photo ID policy Bl OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 FRIDAY Capital graphic Oyster growth noted in S. River By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Oysters are growing naturally in the South demonstrating the Chesa- peake Bay's improved health and the need to protect the conservation- ists said this week. But the Department of Natural Re- sources' recent study confirms only the hunch that the nearly 200-acre oyster bed near the mouth of the river has potential for said Paul director of DNR's Tidewater Administration. Scientists found live oysters on about 8 acres of 116 surveyed in Janu- ary as a result of the nearby Holiday Point Marina's attempts to according to the report. Some oysters were too small to be leftovers from 1989. when the state last dumped hatchery-grown oyster seed on the bed an indication that the oysters had reproduced John Flood of the Federation of South River Associations said the sur- on top of increasing sightings of sea grasses in local shows improvement in the bay's water qual- ity are helping higher life forms to rebound oysters have not been re- producing for about a he a Mr. an environmental consul- tant who opposes the marina expan- said the findings support oyster bed protection and even when beds seem to go through periods of little or no production recovery is not going to occur but the habitat is still he said. Mr Massicot downplayed the find- ings' baywide although he welcomed increased efforts to restore the bar. Researchers found a larger area of old oyster shell called below a layer of indicating a productive bar in the he said. always good news to find repro- ducing oysters anywhere you can find Mr Massicot said I just don't know that there's that many more than you might have found the from time to time I'm just not sure if indicates any Previous surveys focused on study- ing the river bottom to determine Page On their high see Entertainment tab Hunt races are this Sunday In south county. Baseball's fate hinges on N.Y. hearing Dl TOMORROW CHILLY DETAILS PAGE AH MARCH 31. ANNAPOLIS. MD HOME 250 35C Police faulted for oversight By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer County police blame a clerical error for their failure to check a suspect's alibi that led prosectors to drop charg- es this week against two men accused of murdering nightclub owner JoAnne Valentine. Homicide detectives investigated a tip that defendant Gilbert E. Griffin might have been in a Baltimore County jail when Mrs Valentine was but jail records didn't show he was Officer Randy police said this morning. The county State's Attorney's Office dropped the murder cases yesterday against Griffin and Edward W McLeod after Griffin's attorney pro- Jail records didn't list Valentine suspect duced documentation from jail offi cials that showed her client was be hind bars on Sept 26.1993. had no record of him being there on the date that Mrs Valentine was Officer Bell said was a situation where he was not entered in the normal database Mrs. a 47-year-old night- club was gunned down in the driveway of her Arnold home in 1993 after coming home around 4am from one of two north county clubs that she and her husband owned She died three hours later A grand jury indicted Griffin and Mr McLeod in December largely on the testimony of an informant who said he heard the two men discussing the murder just hours after it hap- defense attorneys said. But that testimony from Clarence D. Pittman who's awaiting sentencing in an unrelated robbery case crumbled because Griffin was behind bars at the time of the killing. Pamela North. Griffin's said her client was in jail from Aug 30 to Sept 28 1993. awaiting trial in another case Although police were told of that potential Gnffm wasn't listed as an inmate when detectives contacted the jail this year. Officer Bell said. Jail officials apparently didn't fin- gerprint him because of a medical condition. did exactly what we would have normally done in a situation like Officer Bell said. just one of those clerical That explanation was attacked'by Public Defender Alan R who said the fact that Griflm was in jail at the time of the murder was readily available Mr Friedman said computerized court records may not have shown that Griffin was in but they would have shown that he was awaiting trial. Information that defense attorneys subpoenaed clearly placed Griffin be- hind bars at the time. records that were subpoenaed have Griffin's name all over the he said have to wonder about the Prosecutors have now dropped charges twice against Mr. a Baltimore resident who was released from the county detention center yes- terday And although the homicide investi- gation was never it will now have to stepped Officer Bell said Page GOVERNOR DINES WITH EASTPORT KIDS Photos by Bob Gilbert Capital Qov. Parrte N. Qtondmtaf vtolted Eastport Elementary School yesterday to protest possible federal to school lunch programs. Hers he has lunch from Kelly Jennifer and David 7. Lunch cuts 'a terrible mistake9 By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Gov Parris N. Glendemng went to lunch at Eastport Elementary School to drew attention to the fact that Congress could cut child nutrition programs by million over the next five Federal lawmakers are movmg to put funding for nutrition free and reduced-price school lunches into the forms of block grants to the ratter than putting money into each sepsjWfeprogram. They argue that state and local officials can better manage where the money goes than Congfess can But Mr. munching on a taco Led by first-grader Zalnab and fourtttfrader Kelly the governor gets some lunch from Roaa Hanson. at Eastport noted that the block grants will be less than the amount needed to fund each of the programs. think that's a terrible he said. In Anne Arundel some students get free and reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch which would be hit by the cuts Those according to information supplied by the state Department of could cost the county million in the next fiscal year. is the possibility the real possibility that by removing the meals children will receive will be less Page Teacher leaks test topics to students 450 Central Middle kids must retake state exam By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer A Central Middle School teacher gave students advance notice of the essay topics for a state-required writing and 450 seventh- and eighth-graders must now retake the test. School officials yesterday refused to identify the teacher and the details of the allegations because of employee confidentiality. we conducted a thorough and we have reason to believe that a certain number of students had prior knowledge of the topics on the said Ken associate school superintendent. Investigators couldn't determine how many students were tipped about the questions before the test was given in Mr. Lawson said. School officials invalidated the two-day test and 335 seventh-graders and 115 eight-graders are expected to take a different writing test next month The date for the retest hasn't been scheduled In the writing students are given a topic and must then write an essay about it It's one of four state-mandated tests that students must pass before they can graduate. They're also tested in reading and citizenship Mr Lawson also said it didn't appear as if any students took any to so no students were disciplined He refused to confirm or deny reports that the teacier was fired as a result of the investigation School officials sent a letter home with students yesterday explaining that the original test was invalidated and students would be retested. This is the first time an Anne Arundel County teacher bas been accused of allowing students to cheat in the almost 15-year history of the state functional tests. In Brooklyn Park Elementary School Principal George E. Surgeon retired amid allegations that he allowed students more than the allotted time to complete the Ifjwa Test of Basic Skills For years. Brooklyn Park had been the county's model elementary school because students consistently achieved far beyond expectations on national tests INSIDE Proving that the battle over DNA evidence in the Simpson trial won't be for the faint of a prosecutor suggested a defense scien- tist ought to go to a drug detox center before testifying A2 4 M Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments. 268-5000 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Annapolis BaOyFace Calendar Capital Camera Classified Club Notes Comics Crossword Death Nptices. Cl B6 B4 C23 C5 B2 06 Cll CI2 Editorials Engagements Honor rolls Lottery Obituaries Police Beat Sports Television Tides A1C A4 All All D15 C4 All drugs make school unsafe place ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA than one in 10 high school students said they carry weapons on school and nearly one-fourth said they were of- sold or given drugs on according to the first nationwide survey of school violence. students say it's easier to get a weapon than a said Dr. David director of the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- which conducted the survey. About students in grades 9 to 12 in public and private schools were asked about school-related violence as well as diet and smoking in the 1993 CDC study. The survey was prompted by the national education goals set by the government in which called for every school to be free of drugs and violence by the year 2000. Among the 11.8 percent of those surveyed had carried weapons on campus in the previous month. 24 percent said they were of- told or given illegal drugs at school in the previous year. 16.2 percent said they had been in a fight at school in the previous year. 7.3 percent were threatened or injured with a weapon while at school. 4.4 percent of students had skipped school at least one day In the previous month because they felt unsafe. in the school is a major health problem for said Dr. Marjorie a Minneapolis pedia- trician and a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. study should be a call to a rallying Dr. Satcher said the government needs to tighten regulation of weap- particularly guns. It's not enough to expel studenti who carry weapons or cause fights in because they take the prob- lem back to their said Keith president of the Nation- al Education Association.