Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
Teen admits part in Rt. 50 car chase Bl HOMECOMING Orioles name Johnson as team's 14th manager B2 Narrowest margin to hold Canada PAGE Att TUESDAY OCTOBER MD 350 Council pension blitz planned ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer A County Council member and the county executive want to abol- ish future council pension while a government attorney has ruled that some past retirement benefits were a trick on taxpayers. Councilman James E. De- D-Glen plans to introduce legislation Monday to eliminate pensions for council members. County Executive John G. Gary Jr. will also be calling for a referen- dum in the presidential elec- Legislation in the works to end the benefit tion to ask voters whether council members deserve pensions at all And a recent county attorney's opinion found that because of a quirk in county and state lucrative changes to council sions during the past 20 years might not even be legal. A court challenge to strike down the enhancements is officials said. problems are starting to fester to the said Deputy County Attorney David A. who wrote the opinion. day it's going to come to a and it's better to come to a head Council Chairman Diane R said the council would have to study the complex measures and decisions surround- ing pensions before deciding which path to pursue Pensions have been controversial in recent years because the Retire- ment Plan for Appointed and Elected which included council was underfunded million at one point. Taxpayers are bailing out the which closed in February 1994 Proposals to abolish council pen- sions would apply only to the cur- rent pension in which the county matches employee contribu- tions of 4 percent of salary. Mr. DeGrange proposed to elimi- nate pensions for council members because they serve only part time. His proposal would start with the five of seven council in- cluding elected in 1994. Mr. Gary proposed to let the voters decide. County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe said the referei dum would ask Do counc members deserve a idea is he would prefer I put this to bed once and for M Scheibe said. County attorneys said they wouJ try to draft Mr. DeGrange's bill th but that completion wasn certain. Mr. Gary's resolutioi which requires council approvi before being put to isn expected until Nov. 20. In broader Mr. Plymyer Page Error puts alleged felons on work crew Inmate is caught running toward his home By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer County police were more than a little red-faced two weeks ago when they had to run down a jail inmate Who escaped from a work detail. Jackie Allen of 1457 Berger 8t in shouldn't have been on a work detail at all. He was supposed to be in Circuit Court in Annapolis at a preliminary hearing. Charged with more than a dozen burglaries as well as auto he was mistakenly taken on work detail through a combination of errors by police and detention center officials. David county police supervisor of management said a police officer who went to the detention center to pick up inmates for the supervised work detail went to the wrong entrance. Instead of being given custody of three minor offenders serving he was given four alleged felens who should have been taken to Circuit Court. officer went to the wrong Capt. Shipley said. detention center officer assumed they were going to the The four men rode without being handcuffed with the officer in his police car to the Western District station in where the men were placed in an unsecured lot behind the building and directed to wash police cars. Although most of the rear lot is fenced the entrance is open and has no gate After about three hours of washing a regular activity for work-detail Mr. Teter allegedly hopped the back fence on the opposite side of the lot from the gate and bolted toward his less than ajl Page GOING TO PIECES Omega egg may hold good news ASSOCIATED PRESS Neb. A poultry scientist at the University of Nebraska is studying eggs that might help lower the risk of heart disease by increasing the. amount of cholesterol in a person's blood. Called Omega they are said to have high levels of omega-3 fatty which in- crease the ratio of good to cholesterol. Poultry nutritionist Sheila Scheideler says these eggs could help lower the risk of cardiovas- cular disease. The fatty acids are required for certain body and brain but are not manufactured in the human body. University nutrition scientist Nancy Lewis is completing a study to determine how Omega eggs and regular eggs affect peo- ple with high cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids also are important in neural develop- ment in premature babies and Mrs. Scheideler said. The eggs are created by feed- ing hens a diet of 15 percent flax seed. A total of 140 hens at the university's poultry research fa- cility are being fed the which a potent source of the omega-3 fatty Mrs. Scheideler said.' chicken is remarkable. She'll take the fatty acid and deposit it directly into the Student athletes at the school's training table are served 50 dozen to 60 dozen of the Omega eggs each month. Results of Ms. Lewis' study on cholesterol effects will not be released until but par- ticipants liked Omega eggs so much they wanted to know where they could buy them. Omega eggs are available for 80 cents per dozen at a dairy store on the Nebraska 20 cents more than the store's Page Fourth-grader Jonathan son of Janet and Lew Nuckols of heads the West Annapolis Elementary School costume parade of ghouls as the noggin- less man. Most of the school's 260 students were decked out In scary or happy attire to celebrate Halloween yesterday with a parade around the building. Halloween has been a safe holiday In the Annapolis area for more than 20 city police but officers advised parents to stick close to their kids and check candy before they dig In. Police will also have extra patrols searching for those who prefer to trick rather than treat. By J. Hensort The Capital Curr an wants reform in auto repair industry By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Changing the way mechanics are paid could help stop the flood of auto repair state Attor- ney General Joeseph Curran Jr. said yesterday. Joining attorneys general from 42 other Mr. Curran called for reforms in the auto repair industry. repairs continue to be among the top categories of com- plaints my Consumer Protection Division he said. the recommended changes in compensation of auto technicians and disclosures to consumers are the number of com- plaints should Mr. Curran's office has received 138 written complaints against Anne Arundel County Assistant Attorney General William Gruhn said They were part of more than written complaints state- wide. But written complaints do not reflect people who would call to complain by he said. find that the number of people who complain is only a small fraction of people who are similarly for whom similar things he said. A 139-page released by the National Association of Attorneys General Task Force calls on the auto repair industry to alter the ways in which it pays auto techni- cians and repairmen. The top complaints are unsatis- factory misdiagnosis of service misrepresenta- tion of need for and a car being damaged or vandalized while in the Mr. Fruhn said. The report also encourages indus- try members to enhance ways ol letting consumers know more dur- ing all aspects of the repair process as well as improve consumer and technician education. The report calls Eliminating bonus programs and product-specific sales quotas at repair shops. Eliminating commissions for technicians involved in the diagno- sis of a malfunction. Shifting incentive compensa- tion plans to the quality of not quantity. Disclosure by repair shops when they use the time listed in a instead of actual time to calculate the consumer's labor charge. Requiring greater consumer disclosures and distinguishing be- tween recommended repairs and necessary repairs. Improving technician training and in light of today's changing technology. The Task Force was formed in December 1992. Mr. Curran's office served on its executive committee. INSIDE Area man uses Russian workers to make the pieces fit. A5 Initial spending plan holds no tax increase. At MNMDEL Judge Clayton Greene Jr. makes history. Loyola federal workers to lose jobs. A4 ttVEMNA Volunteers plant trees in Shipley's Choice. A9 2 M Business Calendar Classified Clob Notes. Comics Crofton Crossword Death Notices.. Editorials A5-6 Entertainment All Lottery..... B7 Movies AID Obituaries 66 Police Beat A8 Sevema Park B12 Sports A14 Television A12 Tides A7 A4 All A13 A13 A9 B2-5 All A13 Portions of The Capital are primed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Classified...................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 Pram Kent 327-1583 All other 268-5000 Work begins on crab rules By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer As this year's shortened crab- bing season winds two things seem certain about the 1996 sea- Somebody's going to be re- and somebody's likely to be unhappy about it. The season ends Nov. six weeks early under emergency regulations state officials adopted last month in the face of surveys showing the female crab popula- tion has declined in recent years. State Natural Resources Secre- tary John Griffin last week told lawmakers that temporary cut- backs on crabbers' hours and work weeks protected female crabs as intended this year. The catch of female crabs has re- turned to normal after three above-average preliminary figures indicate. But state officials noted the problem won't go away by April 15 the traditional start of the crabbing season. As a Maryland's Blue Crab Steering Sport cnMfc Lee Jenkins of hM more than 000 tlpia this year's state ByJ Hmon i people who are i are working to dewstap a by opening of next year's plan for the Committee is working with inter- ested parties to develop 1996 regu- lations by opening day. talked about bushel they've talked about changing size DNR spokesman David Blazer said. really CRABS.