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Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Armed sex assault at THURSDAY QB CONTROVERSY Pressure picks up after each pfckoff for Gus Frerotte D1 Out hat won but juttont game tor the Skins. SAT is a true test of nerves SEE FAMILY LIVING Cl DETAILS PAGEA15 OCTOBER MD 350 Slain trooper's family speaks out his his his charged in 'roadside slaying f were delivering say police -I- ASSOCIATED PRESS Edward A. Plank into seclusion when he learned 't-tfaat his a state had kilted in the line of duty. he stood bravely before .reporters and cameras and talked about how the death of Trooper Edward A. Plank had changed the lives of his family. loved he loved he loved 7-month-old daugh- ter. His 7-month- old daughter doesn't have a fath- er now because of this tragic Mr. Plank said. Two who LYNCH investigators say were delivering 1 pound of cocaine to North Carolina when they were stopped for were charged yesterday with killing Trooper who pulled them over. William S. of was being held without bail in the Somerset County Detention Cen- ter in Princess Anne. Ivan F. Elizabeth was hospi- talized with gunshot wounds to the head and right arm. He was also denied bail. Trooper Plank's also made her first public appearance yesterday. The Haley wasn't there. was very proud to be a Mary- land State Police trooper and he will have those honors Mrs. AP photo Sandy mother of state Trooper Edward A. wIpM tear tway as she and Lori Trooper Plank's listen to a description of her son's murder. Plank said. A viewing is scheduled for tonight and the with fuiJ police is set for tomorrow in Salis- bury. Trooper was shot in the head after stopping the car on south- bound Route 13 in Princess Anne about 1 a.m. Tuesday. His backup. Trooper Dennis was treated for minor injuries and released. Mrs. Plank thanked Trooper Lord and Andrew and Margarite Robinson of who took on Mr. Lovell when he broke into home. I have to say is I have the deepest gratitude towards Dennis tor his involvement in Mrs. Plank said. also my deepest gratitude towards the for being able to get these two. And that justice will be Trooper who didn't com- fought back tears and clutched the hand of Trooper Plank's Kelly who was also overcome with emotion. The Robinsons were honored with plaques from .state police for their heroism. can't describe how much we appreciate their quick their to get said Col. David state police superintendent. The Robinsons also had no com- ment. Page towers to come down By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer Some or all of the Navy's communications towers on Greenbury Point near Annapolis will be removed in the next five to seven Navy officials said this morning. Long a part of the Atlantic submarine fleet's communications the radio transmitter station will be deactivated in said Cmdr. Denis an electronic materiel officer at Atlantic Fleet headquarters in Va. Seven civilian j6bs will be eliminated when the station and its 23 military personnel will be transferred to other Navy spokesman Elaine R. Cardone said. The 13 wire-guyed ranging in height from 300 to must be taken down or permanently Cmdr. Ventura said. a point at which they're just going to fall down by he said. But the three oldest radio the that stand farthest out on the may be left up because of their historical significance and their role as favorite nesting spots for he said. The Navy hasn't decided how to remove the towers. In five 600-foot towers at the facility were dynamited to make room for new ones. Although no final plan has been the Navy has begun to study the site. It will enlist local Page Turning over school construction would be costly By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer A 588 percent cost overrun in courthouse renova- tion is one reason why school construction planning should not be turned over to the the school board was told last night. As part of a pitch to keep construction in the Board of Education's school planning staff members outlined the county's record on control- ling costs and its lack of experience in building schools. The presentation came after County Executive John G. Gary Jr. last week asked school officials to consider having the county serve as a subcontractor to the board for school construction. specialize in said Kimberly a school facilities specialist. like you wouldn't have a cardiologist perform back a special- ist in sewage treatment might not be the best to oversee the construction of a Mr. Gary has proposed that the county take over construction as a way to reduce the costs of paying for both county and school construction designers. The county executive has said it's inaccurate to compare such a large project as the courthouse with a school construction project. County spokesman Lisa Ritter said this morning that she was to hear about last night's presentation. first concept of a courthouse renovation in no way envisioned what the final design has she said. is not a school project. This is not a cookie-cutter design that is repeated over and Such an unprecedented takeover of school con- struction which would likely lead to the loss of some school planning jobs would avoid the recent spate of errors made by the school system that total Mr. Gary has said. But the county has had some cost overruns of its school officials pointed out. The new Circuit Court building in Annapolis topped their increasing to million from its initial cost of million. Such factors as the decision to keep the court- house in downtown renovate the historic Page New lessons for school overcrowding By BART JANSEN Staff Writer Annual magnet schools and busing are among the options county and school officials will study to relieve overcrowding in county officials said this week. After reaching a consensus that increased development isn't entirely to blame for school County Executive John G. Gary Jr. and the Board of Education have each assigned staff members to study ways to ease overcrowding. Meetings between the County Council and the school board are officials said. The action follows a report by a council committee that blamed overcrowding on shifting classrooms to other construction on vacant lots and more families having children. Overcrowding has been controversial because development is supposed to cease when schools or roads are full. A widespread perception is that the county Office of Planning and Code Enforcement grants too many exceptions to the called waivers. But the committee found that only 600 seats in the system were filled because of waivers. About students were added in the last while classrooms were converted to computer labs. basically debunked the myth that waivers contributed to said Councilman John J. Klocko R-Crofton. Council members searched for options during a meeting Tuesday night with committee mem- bers from communities and govern- ment. Page Barriers bring peace to homes along Rt. 50 INSIDE By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Their dishes used to shake and they often couldn't hear them- selves but it's a lot quieter these days at the North River Forest and Heritage Harbour homes bordering Route 50. The Two long concrete walls set up last year by state to block the highway din. couldn't even hear your- self said John a North River Forest resident. have to say it's much more peace- ful We can at least sleep with the window open at Made of pre-cast bar- riers reduce noise by reflecting sound away from homes. They only cut noise by about 10 deci- couldn't even hear yourself think. I'd have to say it's much more peaceful We can at least sleep with the window open at John North River Forest sounds like the din is said Charlie director of the State Highway Administration's Office of Environmental Design. The composition of a wall de- pends on numerous factors in- cluding the density of the distance of homes from the high- way. To give an idea of the cost Mr. Adams estimated that a panel 20 feet high and 12 feet wide carries a price tag of Residents fought for the Route 50 sound barriers for years and are well-acquainted with the way they work. But motorists who speed by them and generate the noise they guard against probably don't give them thought. A wall is erected by first drill- ing a hole in the then installing circular steel caging. concrete is poured in to create posts. Panels are inserted FAMLY Aging parents can upset life's balance. Cl Baseball's better off with the best. 01 4 18 Arundel Report..... Bl Calendar............. AS Capital C10 Classified............ C7 08 Crossword...........CM Death Dr.Gott.............. C6 Entertainment..... D10 FamHyLMftg........Bl-4 For the Record.....B2-3 C5 OMuanes.......... Police Beat.......... SevemaParfc....... South County..... Sports A4 A15 A15 88 B4 01-7 09 A15 Tree Talk.............A12 CtaMMted... Ckcutatton. .268-7000 7. ;