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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland Stock of 'hot' water gun evaporates By PETER WEST Staff Writer Gunruaalng may to be lucrative lummer job for bothered and e nterprii- ing Annapolis reildenti. Squirt that it. guhi are laid Dan merchandiser at the Annapolis- K-Mart store. got squirt you're doing But don't bother loading up on those leaky red and blue plastic beauties you used in- your youth to soak siblings and torture teachers. The real demand today in water-powered weaponry is for high-tech though you'd have to be quick on the draw to beat the competition. Local merchants report selling the high- priced ordnance almost as fast as they can be stocked. frustrated because I can't get any- said Mike of the Annapolis Stamp Coin Co. on West Street. Normyle said he sold several dozen bat- tery-powered replicas of the Israeli-made Uzi machine pistol within weeks simply by putting the toy in his window. Adults were scrambling to get their hands on the Larami Corp. product which reputed- ly are able to hose down undesirables from clear across the room at the rate of up to 250 squirts a he said. Normyle supported the contentions of other merchants that the avenge age of water pistol customers has been creeping up beyond.the price range of children armed only with their allowances. The price of various types of the high- powered squirt guns stocked In the county are in the to according to local toy sellers. But the supply of electric water pistols Is far outstripped by merchants said. Serrano said he has a battery-powered Uzi replica in but added that many customers are willing to forgo the luxury of electricity to save a little money. use them in the swimming he said explaining the attraction of squirt guns for adults. Juvenile Sales on West tem- porarily is out of two different types of electric squirt guns. go said Terry asiist- ant manager. Hicks said the majority of his customers tend to be high school students. Kay Bee Toy and Hobby Shop at the Annapolis Mall also is temporarily dl- on Page Col. The Tomorrow's Real hot For see page 11. VOL. Cl NO. 128 MAY 25 Cents GOOD DON'T FORGET A PAPER AIRPLANE con- with awards in five age begins at 2 this afternoon outside the Careers Center at Anne Arundel Com- munity College. HOME OF THE WEEK FOR THE number of moves Peggy and Dick Roper have made you'd think they were in the military rather than the ministry. Page 25. ENTERTAINMENT The International BRASS QUINTET held each year in will be cele- brating its 7th season from June 7 through July 4.. Page STATE RONALD PELTON ena- bled the Soviets to fake effec- tive countermeasures U.S. a National Security Agency official said. Page 4. NATION WORLD THE UNITED States offers a substitute for the SALT II treaty. Page 2. THE VICE CHAIRMAN of the U.S. Postal Service's board of-governors pleaded guilty Friday to taking illegal pay- offs. Page 3. SPORTS CHARLIE BOLLING shot a 70 to move seven under par and take a one-stroke lead in Kemper Open. Page 13. PEOPLE Sinatra has bowed out of the Liberty Weekend grand finale July 6 because of an unexpected or- ganizers of the Statue of birthday bash said yesterday. Sinatra will appear as sched- howev- at the opening night ceremonies July 3 on Governor's Island. happy he wants to be in the opening spokesman .Susan Williams said. The finale will feature Presi- dent Kenny Rogers. Elizabeth Frankie Bobby Shirley MacLaine. Gene Liza Charlton Heston and 200 Elvis Presley look- alikes. For a look at other people in the see page 3 LOTTERY Numbers drawn Three-digit 407 Pick 4 INDEX 4 44 pages Calendar 9 CtaSKified Ads 2S-47 columns 23 Croawword 45 10 Entertainment 21 Homes 25 Movte listings 21 Obituaries 11 Police Beat H Religion 7 Sports...... L3-X Stock ttatfakgs Televism listings 20 Photo by Bob Gilbert MAYOR DENNIS touring the Harbour House apartments talks with 97-year-old William Chase. In center is Annie Kelly. Hot under the collar Mayor blasts air conditioning snafu By BOB MITCHELL Staff Writer Annapolis Mayor Dennis Calla- han toured the Harbour House public housing project yesterday and denounced plans not to repair central air conditioning in the apartments. The mayor also blasted plans by the Annapolis Housing Authority to spend to put in new fixtures at the apartment complex for window cooling units. was the genius who came up with this he said. To comply with federal regula- tions barring expenditure of public funds on air the bousing authority decided to take out a central air conditioning sys- tem this year instead of repairing it. air conditioning was in- stalled when the apartments were built by a private developer in 1961. Air conditioning should not be viewed as a luxury for tenants of the Eastport public housing the mayor said. it's necessary to have air conditioning because you have no flow-through ventilation he said. But many of the residents will have difficulty coming up with the to pay for the air conditioner Callahan said. In letters to city housing author- ity commissioners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban on Page Col. Stability of 'Pride' questioned Lost captain wrote of 'concern' for his ship Woman drowns at park By BOB MITCHELL Staff Writer A 29-year-old Annapolis woman on an outing drowned at Sandy Point State Park yesterday. Patricia of 901 Jackson was the first person to drown at the park in at least 11 said Gerry assistant park manager. Ms. Polk was on an outing with 16 clients and four supervisors from the Arundel said Executive Di- rector Rhonda Mewshaw. The lodge provides a transition for patients leaving the Crownsville Hospital Center and other services for those referred from mental 'health clinics and private therapists. Ms. Mewshaw said Ms. a lodge was an excellent swimmer. Ms. Polk apparently had been in an unprotected Thompson said. She had been missing for 90 minutes before park rangers were he said. Rangers began a for the woman in the water at p.m. and located her about 10 minutes later. Thompson said. A lifeguard and ranger attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and were assisted by a doctor and nurse who happened to be he said Ms. Polk was taken to Anne Arun- del General where she was pronounced dead. An investigation is Thompson said. Ms. Mewshaw said Ms. Polk's disappearance was noticed and re- ported and the body was found 30 feet from a lifeguard. situation was handled cor- she adding she didn't agree with Thompson's estimate of how long it took to report the miss- ing woman. don't know where they got that time There were two lodge staff mem bers in the water and two on the beach during the she said By EFFIE COTTMAN Staff Writer BALTIMORE The captain of the Pride of Baltimore had lingering doubts about the stability of bis according to evidence presented yes- terday during a federal accident investigation. In a letter written just before his final Armin E. Elsaesser III said he was very concerned about Pride's He said the ship should be tested this summer by a naval architect in Maine. The letter was written to Gail executive director of Pride of Baltimore the non-profit organization that operated the ship. It was the first evidence of a possible flaw in the ship mentioned during a seven-day hearing con- vened by the Coast Guard and Na- tional Transportation Safety Board. Miss the last witness in the accident maintained that Elsaesser was not questioning the safety or seaworthiness of the ship. His comment merely showed that he was interested in learning more about the the only replica of a Baltimore Clipper ever she said. was part of an ongoing discus- sion about the character of the she told reporters after testi- fying. were aware of the fact that she was a unique vessel and that we had to be very sensitive to the stability of the she said. No one will ever know for sure what Elsaesser meant by the com- said federal accident investi- who refused to release the full text of the letter. The captain was last seen swim- ming away from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico. federal accident in- vestigators said they would probe the stability question and try to determine whether the ship's histor- ic authenticity compromised its sea- worthiness. Cmdr. John Maxham. a Coast Guard hearing yesterday re- quested additional information of the Pride's stability The results of stability tests con- ducted after the ship was built and m preparation for her trans-Atlantic trip could answer those he said. It may show why the ship was knocked down and why it took on ARMIN E. ELSAESSER III proposed testing ship. water so fast that it sank within a minute. The Pride disappeared May 14 in the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles north of Puerto Rico. It was on the last leg of a journey from to Baltimore when it was knocked on its side by a hurricane-force wind called a microburst. Elsaesser and three crew mem- bers are presumed dead. Until most accounts suggested that a freak squall was the sole cause of the accident. Witnesses praised the ship and its but said they had little time to react when the storm hit. Testimony yesterday focused on the ship's design and the decision to sail the schooner in the ocean. The ship was designed to be an authentic replica of a Baltimore a vessel used by pirates and smugglers in the early 19th century Many of those early ships made trans-Atlantic voyages during the War of 1812. according to ship de- signer Thomas C Gillmer of Annap- olis. Gillmer paid careful attention to authenticity when it was he said. he said. many she was superior to the original in quality and construc- tion But like the the Pride's hatches and bulkheads were not 'Continued on Pa if Col. Video poker resists gambling crackdown BT JOANNA RAftfEY Staff Writer County polict were not alarmed to team this week that a Glen Burnie diner wit being used big time gambling parlor Despite a major crackdown on video pater gambling 14 months ago ID A one surrounding the games continue to flourish police seized three video poker machines a1 the Hooey Bee Restaurant in Burnie The brni were tttefwHy being fed op to taw in bets at a tine Video gambling at restau- rants and private clubs is widely recognized as a disease not easily cured by law enforcement officials H is also thought to be a new bastion for organized crime going to be a real problem in the state in years ahead and DO one seems to realize Deputy State's Attorney Gerald K Anders said not the bar owners we worry It's gaiag to be tht vendors and their tie to organized crime If you have an iDegal bosioets that a Jot of you're going to have orgaateed OB March 7. police hoped to make deat in the mottimiDioo- doBar video gambling business wttfc I Quartermatch Warehouses where the machines were stored and bars where gambled were raided People were prosecuted and thousands of dollars ift fines were levied appears nothing has changed a year says Gerald C Ruter. deputy state prosecutor have BO evidence to indicate the nature of the has altered subttan- The coin-operated machines are legal only if are awarded to But prosecutors and vendors alike say no one will play a machine regularly just for the sake of drawing a full house or four aces They want their points converted to cash. Payoffs can be made in a number of according to slate police Cpl Sherry who helped in veftigatc the cases she players will get change back on their tab when they are not owed anything Mere than 400 video poker ma chines were confiscated in 'Opera tion In Anne AniDdel etfht bar owners from Pasadena and Btrnie were charged with uctng the mi chines for gambling They are still awaiting trial Yet the took only i small number of machines out of circula prosecutors had estimated that there were more than 6.000 scattered throughout the state in reitau and some service and frater organizations. prosecuted only complained a vendor who agreed to be providing name at not used there are operators around the state still in business The majority of bars in Arundel County that bare been known to the machines for gam bling are north of Annapolis. Anders said They generally are small husi- M Page It Col. 1 ;