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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Search called off for bombing victims A2 HOME AGAIN Orioles take on Brewers in today's home opener Dl Pedro Munz dives safely back to second. BGE rate hike will be fought Bl MOWF TOMORROW CLOUDS DETAILS PAGE A7 MONDAY MAY MD 35C List for new police chief narrowed Liaison s necessity questioned By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer In the four months since Aubrey Linton was named the county execu- tive's liaison to the Fire firefighters have wondered who he is. Now county police are asking the same question Mr a retired Prince George's County firefighter and par- became a presence at the county Fire Department headquar- ters in Millersville when County Executive John G. Gary Jr. named him liaison in December. The south county .resident was given an office and a salary of Last Linton's job was Aubrey Linton stands outside the county Police Department In where he serves as liaison for County Executive John G. Gary Jr. By Mark M. Odell The Capital expanded to include the Police De- partment He was given a second office at police headquarters just across Maxwell V. Frye Jr. Road from his first office. is the eyes and ears of the to go between the de- partments and the county execu- tive's said Larry spokesman for Mr. Gary. are sometimes issues that don't warrant a call from the chief to the county executive is going to hear things from the rank and file that management would not But a number of firefighters and police officers have wondered what Mr. Linton's function is. don't see why you need a liaison between a county executive and a department one veteran fire- Page Acting head among the 18 prospects By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer A list of some 90 applicants for county police chief has been culled to about 18 but only one of them Acting Police Chief Robert Beck comes from within the depart- ment. County Executive John G. Gary Jr. said. Although an advertisement for the position was placed in law enforcement publications Mr. Gary de- cided that only regional candidates would be considered. He did not want the county to pay the cost of flying in applicants because candidates from Washing- Pennsylvania and Virginia were well qualified to head the 550-member county department. wanted to avoid that ex- said Larry spokesman for the county executive. Mr. Gary hopes to have recommen- dations for a new chief from a search committee by next week. The position will pay a salary of between to a de- pending on experience. Blue skies from now on Meteorologist is predicting a pleasant retirement By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer Pasadena resident Fred A. Davis is quick to admit he a forecast or two in 21 years as meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office at BWI Airport. His colleagues and friends are even quicker. Ted executive director of the Maryland Aviation remembers the few flakes of snow Mr. Davis supposedly predicted on Feb. 18 and Nearly 2 feet fell instead and the who denies he made the was blamed. mythology just said Mr. who retired last month. was 15 or 16 years and I'm still called 'Light Prognosticates put up with plenty of pressure. Early in Mr. Davis' when daughter Laura was an afternoon shower ruined a neighborhood picnic. In a group of pals tossed Mr. Davis into the creek. didn't understand why they were picking me up by the arms and legs and throwing me he said. was 3 years and she couldn't quite understand It's something the veteran weatherman got used to. is linked to their and as a I'm even more Mr. Davis I walk through the I get eight to 10 questions about the weather. No one asks me about religion or even though I'm a sports The Massachusetts native likes the Celtics and Red of course. Mr. Davis joined the Army in rather than be drafted. Following in an uncle's he requested weather training. He learned meteorological and was blamed by the artillery for every inaccurate shot. Partly because his last post was in Mr. Davis chose Florida State University as a good place to earn a degree on the G.I. Bill. As a young Weather Service Mr. Davis was assigned to and Ohio. He came to Anne Arundel County's then-Friendship Airport in 1969 as principal and was By J. Henion The Capital Although predicting the weather can be a stormy retiring weatherman Fred Davis doesn't let that stop Mm as he checks the skies In Pasadena from the cockpit of his 21-foot powerboat. According to daughter CiuVa Dftris raht rarely mutts In changes to the family's plans. Washington International office was staffed by two nine an electronics technician and a secretary. Pilots routinely requested oral and boaters tuned in marine forecasts broadcast from two Maryland towers. the radio equipment is gone and Mr. Davis' desk is empty. Successor and longtime co- worker Amet Figueroa can't bring himself to occupy it. was a guy who supervised without_______________ said Mr. at the station in 1971. WUsable to get you to do what you had to and a little bit without you realizing Staffing has been reduced by and those who remain wonder what will become of their workplace as the Weather Service turns more and more to automation. offices will be closed before next spokesman Stephanie Kenitzer said the plan is to is linked to their and as a I'm even more so. When I walk through the I get eight to 10 questions about the weather. No one asks me about religion or even though I'm a sports Fred retiring meteorologist phase out the BWI office as modernization of the Philadelphia and Washington offices comes up to Mr. Davis says he understands the changes that technology wrought. he's sorry to see local Weather Service offices a tremendous comedown for all of Mr Figueroa said job now has nothing to do with the other than taking the To Mr. a the always kind of felt the person at the scene was giving you a little better he said. And Bill a BWI operations said the change is for the worse computer isn't worth a he said. forecasting is an not a and we're losing the Mr. Bonnie Davis and their three children moved to Ross Cove when it was a new community. The young parents improved their community ate crabs in summer and taught one another to sail. were all around the same said Tom 52. new that came we went over and Touch football games got under way as neighborhood children grew older and the Davis home was a reliable spot to round out a team. come the door and ask for said Laura Davis 27. She now lives exactly 2.3 miles from her childhood home. Mr. also known as measured the distance shortly after her husband and 13-month-old daughter Kaylea moved to Pasadena. Grampy drives the route as reliably as he once reported to work at BWI. Growing the Davis children knew better than to ask their father to expect a rainy or sunny day. He never changed a planned regardless of the weather. Onlya month ago_at Kaylea's first Mr. Davis and a group of children in the the games he had organized. His son-in- law meanwhile joked that a tornado probably couldn't move them all indoors. An inaccurate forecast can bother him. I've got other interests in my Mr. Davis said. Thomas E. a school board member and chairman of the eight-member search said that beginning tomorrow the remain- ing applicants will be interviewed by subcommittees composed of panel members Committee members have not yet been briefed on how many candidates they will be interviewing or the proc- ess for determining their recommenda- tions. don't know anything about the narrowing down the list of said Mr. Florestano. who will explain the process to them later today. The who is also the for- mer president of Anne Arundel Com- munity said the names of between 12 and 18 candidates were selected by the county Personnel De- partment. Three panels interviewing the candi- dates will be asked to select their top two applicants. The full committee will then reconsider those remaining appli- cants and make a recommendation. The county executive expects the committee to recommend Us top three candidates. Mr. Telford said. The original list of applicants in- cluded candidates from across the na- but Mr. Florestano acknowledged that the cost of flying in candidates from places like California or Maine was prohibitive. He confirmed that Acting Chief Beck is the only candidate left from within the county Police Department. The acting chief was unavailable for comment this morning. A 26-year police Acting Chief Beck took over the job under former county executive Robert R. Neall in November after Robert P. Russell retired from the post. He joined the department in starting as a patrol officer in the Northern District. In he ended a three-year stint as the last county police officer to act as warden of the detention center on Jennifer Road. During his tenure as acting he has made no secret of his desire to make the job a permanent saying Page Inmates fear officials say jail's safe By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer In the infirmary of the Anne Arun- del County the fear of AIDS is as close as the man next to you One inmate described a prisoner with AIDS bleeding his mouth and in a recent letter to The Capital was using our show- ice bin and spitting in the sinks and while the inmate wrote. don't understand how they can subject other inmates to such an envir- onment and disease such as a Broadneck Peninsula wom- an married to an inmate in the infir- said her husband didn't learn about an AIDS patient until the sick man himself advised him not to clean up his vomit She said inmates should be warned about the risks. don't give these guys a chance to take she speak- ing on the condition that her last name not be used But health and jail officials say the fear of Acquired Immune Defi- ciency may be more preva- lent than the risk of contracting the virus that causes AIDS. While an unknown number of in- mates are infected with HIV the virus that causes AIDS inmates and correctional officers are taught to ap- ply the same rules for protection as they do officials said. with a communicable dis- ease is handled according to current with a communicable disease is handled according to current medical standards. I think the care's Richard jail superintendent medical jail Superinten- dent Richard Baker said. think the care's Yet corrections officials admit the risk is even if the fear is over- blown. still blows my mind that we find homemade tatoo said James deputy superintendent of operations. In the last six center offi- cials have found three or four rudimen- tary machines using a ballpoint pen hooked up to a battery. Despite the fear of the deten- tion center may actually be in the forefront of controlling contagious dis- eases. Officials expect to open within a month two rooms designed for isolat- ing people with contagious respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis. They will be the only ones in the county. Inmates with AIDS are generally not isolated in the infirmary's existing observation which is separated from the mam infirmary area by a Page INSIDE ARUNDEL County Executive John G. Gary Jr. has more than matched a state grant for London Town House and Gardens in tiis proposed 1995-96 budget. And the London Town Foundation's volunteer board has voted to preserve its partnership with the county Bl The Broadneck Federa- tion of Community Associations is ask ing the county Parks and Recreation Department to provide day care for students displaced while Broadneck High School is renovated. Cl With a surge in the number of drug the inmate population of America s local jails more than doubled in a a Justice Depart- ment agency reports A3 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable 4 Arundel Report Births Broadneck Calendar Capital Camera Classified Comics Crossword Death Nonces Bl Editorials A7 Lottery Cl Movies A5 Obituaries B2 Police Beat Cl Sports 06 Television C8 Tides D5 Weddings A6 A4 B6 A7 A7 D15 85 A7 B3 Classified.................268-7000 Circulation.................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 ;