Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Serious crime on rise Bl IT'S Playoff Game 7 haunts the Caps again Dl Field for tomorrow's race Dl wwm AT PI M L IC 0 TO 31 ..Mj'-ri Capital TOMORROW PLEASANT DETAILS PAGE All FRIDAY MAY 1995. IYID 350 Troubled YMCA closes Severna Park facility forced to slam door on more than By Mark M. Odell County YMCA members were greeted with this sign as they arrived for activities yesterday. Many who encountered the sign weren't just to leam that the organization had closed. By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer The county YMCA permanently closed its doors citing the unfortu- nate that the organization could not be pulled from a deep financial morass. The closing leaves more than members of the Severna Park facility without a pool or the summer camps that entertained and edu- cated children. YMCA Chairman Gary Paul said the board of directors made the unanimous decision to close after learning recently that the national and Central Maryland YMCA chapters their only possible saviors wouldn't be able to help. The Maryland chapter said last week that the Y's debts were too substantial for a bailout and merger. The national chapter told the board Monday that it would revoke the county group's charter. With nearly no a deteriorating facility and mounting the only reason to keep the Y open had been the possibility of getting Mr. Paul said. board decided the moral and legal thing to do would be to close the Mr. Paul said. likelihood of us being able to continue forward was virtually The board will explain its which remain to the members at 1 p.m. June 1 at the headquarters on Cypress Creek Road. In the two weeks until the the board will consult bankruptcy attorneys and former leaders to chart the dismantling of the YMCA and the sale of its properties. The main issue will be the settlement of several hundred thousand dollars in debt accrued since when the Y couldn't pay several vendors and a landlord. Members showed up throughout the day yesterday to discover a locked door and a sign telling them of the meeting. An explanatory letter was to go out today. The sentiment of those locked out was mostly that children of the area will be hurt by the lack of swimming and camps. think the Y has a history of mismanage- and now we're paying for said member Estelly Turney of Severna Park. Mary Cohn of Severna who learned to swim at the Y with her 6-year-old worried that the pool would go to waste. all the water around that's probably the biggest service they offer teaching swimming and water she said. The successful Severna Park YMCA swim team will continue without its namesake orga- nization. It has two outdoor pools lined up until when it will have to look for new indoor according to the mother of a team member. The team may end up back at the Severna Park facility if the YMCA board gets its wish of keeping the pool open as a community recrea- tion center under some new authority. one way or another it will turn out for the community. That's our biggest Mr. Paul said. With the county YMCA the YMCA of Central Maryland may eventually have an opening to fill the county's tremendous recreational he said no doubt in my mind that Central Maryland wants to provide services in the' Mr. Paul said. this they are not able to be linked to our programs or our Page Stolen supplies exposed worth found at the home of ex-county official By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Police and local prosecutors uncovered a cache of stolen county equipment worth close to yesterday from the home of a veteran public works official who was fired two months ago. Prosecutors did not immediately press charg- es against Gary W. Bussey but said the after- noon search of his Severn home and backyard auto body shop yielded at least two truckfuls of painting materials that were bought illegally. dismantling a lot of equipment that's at his said David an investi- gator for the State's Attorney's Office. Mr. a 23-year county was fired in March after the Department of Public Works linked him to what may be one of the largest procurement scams in county history. Over as long as a Mr. Cordle Mr. Bussey allegedly ordered painting picked them up in his county car and delivered them to his Severn Road home. actually would pick them up Mr. Cordle said. He has admitted to his bosses that he bought equipment illegally and already has returned another in materials before yesterday's Mr. Cordle said. The raid on Mr. Bussey's marked the high-water point in an investigation that began in late March when county public works By John The Capital intjr property seized from the Severn home of Gary W. Bussey Is loaded onto a truck yesterday. Mr. a veteran public works Stolen i was fired two months ago. officials conducted a review of their purchasing system. After discovering the they turned the case over to criminal who served two search warrants yesterday. A search of a second location in Severn yielded Cordle said. Mr. Bussey allegedly used most of the equip- ment that was recovered in Gary's Auto a shop that he ran on the side. Investigators yesterday loaded spray-painting welders and other machinery onto flatbed Mr. Cordle said County officials would not say if they deter- mined the value of the equipment and supplies. that were diverted through the Department of Public Works. was enough to raise said Bob the department's deputy director. Mr. who started working for the. county in July 1972 and climbed to a senior position in the Department of Public was fired in March. He left his position as a utility line superintendent March 30. In that Mr. Bussey oversaw a staff of workers that maintained and repaired water lines. He reported directly to one of the deaprtment's regional managers. He suprevised an annual budget of million of which went for Mr. Loomis said. A person identifying himself as Mr. Bussey hung up the phone when a reporter called him yesterday. It's uncertain what criminal charges Mr. Bussey could face. Prosecutors routinely charge alleged embezzlers with felony which carries a top penalty of 15 years in prison. Also unclear is whether more than one Page Bereano prison sentence sought By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer While lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano fights to overturn a federal conviction against prosecutors will work to increase his light sentence and put the Annapolis man behind bars. U.S. Attorney Lynne Battaglia .yes- terday confirmed that prosecutors will appeal U.S. District Court Judge Wil- liam M. Nickerson's April 21 sentence. the govern- ment is successful in its Be- reano would face a sentence of 18-24 months incarcera- tion instead of the probation and six months of com- munity confine- she said in a statement. BEREANO Bereano was convicted -in November on seven counts of mail fraud for funneling contributions to political candidates through his family and employees Then he billed the cost to his lobbying masking them as expenses. A federal jury convicted Bereano who was Annapolis' first lobbyist to make million in one year and has become well-known for his lavish life- style His which includes in fines and 500 hours of community has been delayed pending the outcome of his in which he hopes to have the conviction thrown out. Page INSIDE A bacteria that hibernated as a spore for at least 25 million years is awake and thriving after researchers recovered it from the gut of a bee that had been preserved in amber. A3 4 SS pages Annapolis Cl Death Notices.....C12 Arundel Report..... Bl Editorials............A10 Baby Face...... B2 Lottery............ A4 Births..................All Obituaries...........All Calendar............. C3 Police Beat.........All Classified......... C4 Sports .............Dl-4 Club Notes.......... C2 Television........... 05 Comes.............. 06 Tides.............All Crossword.....C12 Tree Talk............ A6 Portions of The Capital are primed each day on recycled paper Trie newspaper also is recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 Storms cause power outages By 1. Hetwon The Capital A wrecker hooks up a car that crashed white driving through deep water on Route 450 west of AnnapoHs. More than an Inch of rain fed yesterday as storms lashed the cutting power to some BQE By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer Tornadoes touched down to the west and but Anne Arundel County suffered little damage in spring storms yesterday and overnight. An afternoon downpour dumped more than a half-inch of water on and another half inch was added in an after-midnight storm. But other than a tree falling on car near Navy- Marine Corps Memorial no serious damage was reported. About customers in the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Annapolis service area lost power during the daytime spokesman Art Slusark said. The area extends from Severna Park to Calvert County All power was restored by but a l a.m. to 2 a.m. storm knocked out power to 700 more customers others. All but 200 had electricity by sunrise. 800 customers lost power this morning when a tractor-trailer rig smashed into a BGE pole and overturned along Dorsey Road about a mile west of Interstate 97 in Glen Burnie. Service to more than 100 could not be immediately restored. Police were forced to close Dorsey Road for several hours after the a.m. accident near Road while crews cleaned up stereo equipment packages spilled from the rig. The cause of the accident was not immediately available. The whose identity was not was taken to North Arundel Hospital with minor injuries. In another a Prince Frederick man was killed around a.m. today when he apparently fell asleep while driving along Route 258 west of Rockhold Creek Road near Tracys STORMS. Page Rivers and In Missouri.