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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Jhe Tomorrow's Sunny A 90 For see page 11. VOL. Cl NO. 126 MAY 25 Cents GOOD QONTFORQET HIKE SEMINARS on water resources will be held at 7 tonight The bay's resources win be dUewsed at the Board of Education 2644 Riva Road. Ito geography will be discussed at the Smithsoni- an Environmental Research Center Education Conte's Wharf Edge- water. AREA SENIOR CITIZENS support a wetlands license for Ginger a retirement communi- ty. Page ARUNDEL DIGEST A WATER ban remains in effect this weekend. Page 33. SEVERNA PARK THE LONG-STANDING de- bate over the Severn draw- bridge continues. 41. LIVING SOFTBALL IS more popular than ever. Page 13. VIGNETTES LETTERS REVEAL a Navy medic's problems during World War I. Page 14. YEARS AGO IN the mayor and City Council were trying to fight construction of a toll bridge over the bay. Page 18. DINING OUT THE BAYSIDE Inn is one of those roadhouses with claims to nothing other than being a madhouse. Page 35. STATE THE BALTIMORE Sunpa- pers are sold to the Times Mirror Co. Page 4. TEXAS and Washington oppose plans for a nuclear waste dump. Page 2. TEE TRANSPORTATION Department will cut highway aid to Arizona and Vermont for failing to reel in their speeding motorists. Page 3. BOATING LADY LUCK played a role in Saturday's racing. Page 30 SPORTS THE ORIOLES trounce the A's. Page 21. PEOPLE Lionel Richie and Stevie Woader took top honors last night at the American Society of Authors and Publishers 3rd annual Pop Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills for the third consecutive was named Song- writer of the Yearrfor penning inch hits is Are the the song that sparked I national movement to feed the hungry in Africa Wonder captured Soog of the Year for Just Called to I Love You For a took at other people in the newt page 3 LOTTERY Nambers drawn yesterday Three-difft 771 Pick 4-4174 INDEX S 79 paf es Cateodftf Clacstftctf A4s Editorials 15 0-74 75 19 S4-M 11 11 IS COURT CRITIC Woman keeps eye on system By JOANNA RAMEY Staff Writer Joan Comstock gave up teaching to keep her eye on drug addicts as the friend and critic of the county justice system. The prize-winning needlepoint artist and mother of three seems an unlikely person to spend steamy summer nights at the county Detention Center or long hours at Circuit Court. She volunteers to watch court for the county Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program and visit inmates for the Offender Aid and Restora- tion agency. And after working both sides of the fence for almost six she has come up with her conclusions of how justice particularly for the PCP and other hard-core drug users. you go in for a drug you're going to walk out with very little punishment. To that's not getting the message across that drugs are the Annap- olis resident said. are a big problem and the only way to fix that is by making the penalties more Mrs. backs her thoughts up with pages of statis- tics she has compiled on sen- tencing patterns in Circuit Court. The results come from long hours of sitting in the county courthouse on Church Circle. In a palm-size blue notebook she jots down each defendant's sen- tence and judges' comments. This data is illuminated by her memory of several drug addicts she has known who continually end up in jafl with their arms swollen from track marks. From the 129 people sentenced for drugs from October 1985 to March Mrs. Comstock has About 45 percent of the drug users or dealers received no jail time and were placed on super- vised probation. Thirty-three percent of the defendants received which amounted to only 1 percent of the maximum fine they could have received. Around 21 percent of the defendants got some jail in addition to probation. Seven percent received jail time which amounted to two JOAN COMSTOCK at the county courthouse where she keeps track of sentences and judges' comments. 'I find nothing wrong with offenders pick up trash along the Joan Comstock weeks to 10 years. Treatment is ordered in 29 percent of the cases. About 17 percent of the de fendants are ordered to perform community service for their pun- ishment. These statistics show that drug users and dealers need to be pun- ished but not necessarily with more jail Mrs. Com- stock said can't put everyone in she said can fine them. They can be given community service. I find nothing wrong with them pick- ing up trash along the Mrs Comstock started court watching after joining the inmate visitation program. She was con- cerned about inmates who could on Page Col. Tenants air complaints Housing authority head appears before council By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH staff Writer The City Council grilled Arthur G. Strissel director of the city housing last night about the worsening air-conditioning prob- lem at the Harbour House public housing project in Eastport. Some residents of the 273-unit project say they may face serious medical problems because their poorly ventilated apartments no longer have air conditioning and summer is near. The housing authority removed the air conditioning months ago and failed to replace it in time for summer because of a purchasing oversight involving worth .of new officials said. people who live in those units are going to have to suffer now because of your Rosalee a Harbour House told Strissel and the hous- ing authority Board of Commission- ers at a board meeting earlier this month. Board Chairman Everett G. Petti- grew told Ms. Mitchell the delay was not due to but to we cannot foresee all technicalities. That's just the way it he said. At the council meeting last Strissel said air conditioners have been given to seven tenants who faced health problems from the teat. More are available for emergency he said. An emergency may be what is unfolding at Harbour resi- dents and relatives said. a very serious health problem developing over there right said Burton of Mun- roe whose mother lives in Harbour House can really foresee a very ous problem if they don't do some- thing Blistein said he asked the housing authority to tell him why the situa- tion with the air conditioners devel- but he said he got wierdest and most incredible expla- Strissel attempted to explain the problem to the council last night The Harbour House apartments were built in 1961 with central heat- ing and air conditioning. Later in the on Page Col. Map by M. SITE OF new office-garage. -million project to begin By DEBRA VIADERO Business Writer After four years of developers hope to break ground this summer on an million parking and office complex that may help revital- ize a gritty stretch of West Street. Work could begin on the 4- story West Garrett Building as early as July or said Louis a local real estate agent and a partner in the project. beginning to see day- he said. When it's the build- ing will be a sleek-looking complex of three floors of of- ground-level retail a pedestrian plaza and a 260-space parking garage in the rear. The project is one in a string of 10 renovation and new de- velopment projects along West Street in the last two years. Most of the revitalizaUon so far has focused on the first two blocks of West where commerce is heaviest and businesses hope to profit from traffic to the newly-opened An- napolis Hotel. The West Garrett bordered on one side by Amos on Page Col. Mid gets 6-hour diploma By JOANNA RAMEY Staff Writer A midshipman graduated today after a judge fined him and placed him on six hours of probation for assaulting a police officer. New Marine 2nd Lt. Michael Ken- ney received his commission from the Naval Academy one week late after being arrested when his grad- uation party turned into a brawl May 18 After a daylong trial yesterday. District Court Judge Robert N Lucke found Kenney guilty of as sault and destruction of disturbing the peace resisting arrest 21. of Ogden Utah found innocent of obstructing justice But the judge then struck the convictions and issued a probation before judgment verdict that ai lowed Keaney's record to be wiped clean once he paid the fine and served the probation Kenney was scheduled to graduate this morning in a private ceremony at the academy He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and will leave immediately for Marine Officers Basic School in Va said Lt Deb a spokeswoman for the academy Kenney pleaded innocent to all the charges and testified that he did not touch county Officer Roland Haag About 10 people who were at the Round Bay party also testified that they did not see the midshipman assault the officer Yet three officers called to testify by Assistant State's Attorney Wil bam Katcef said the pros- ecutor said. Haag was dispatched to the party after neighbors complained of loud music As the officer walked through the party of about 50 people to tell the band to turn down the he was restrained by Kenney's brother Phillip S. Kenney a Naval officer and 1982 Naval Acade- my according to police Haag called for more officers When they arrived around the party degenerated into what police described as a with on Page Col. Fought to live Death of Pride's crew detailed LOMO TT LJEQS tend-aland while eoottOQ off ai the Community WM Danny son of Mr. and Mra. William Martin ton of Mr. and Mrt. Larry Jotood Mm twtm in ttw Sovtti ATM rttidonta will to cool off aummwtike grip tha For tha outlook By EFFFE COTTMAN Sun Writer BALTIMORE Exhausted and unable to the carpenter on the Pnde of Btltimore clung to life for nearly two hours before he died in the Atlantic survivors of the boat accident testified yesterday Barry Duckworth. of George town. died while his tned to inflate two life rafts near where the schooner sank May 14 in a sudden storm north of Puerto Rico was in James Cbet oey. the ship's told accident Investigators was very cold and blue arooad the lips His stomach wai distended It was full of water He was aware to a certain extent He waaa't in good shape Testimony by Cfcewey. of New market N H and deckhand Robert Foster. 25. of Alexandria. Va pro- vided the first pnbbc account of Duckworth's death Other smrtws described seeing was in shock. He wasn't in good James Cook on the Pride the body of Ntna Schack. 23. of floating face down near the life rafts The other two misstaf saiters Captain Armtn Elsaesser III. 42. of South Dartmouth. Mats. and enfi- oeer Vinaey of WeM Com were iBve the last time surrtrors saw then. The Coast Guard has eiDed off the search for them and they are premmed dead In a barely awiJbte voice. Cbeaoay described bow the crew helped Duckworth to the rafts aad heM his Pafe It CaL v ;