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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Former bingo boss arrested in Florida Bl TOP PHOTOS Local KINSA photo contest winners announced INSIDE Neighbors debate boys' home Cl TOMORROW COOLER SEPTEMBER MD KNICK sting kills healthy father By CHRISTINE RODRIGO Staff Writer David Knick Sr. was a healthy 40-year-old father of four before he was stung by a wasp on Labor Day. But after more than two weeks in a the Severn man died Wednesday morning. do any- I thing for any- Sherry Knick said of her I husband. Ms. Knick said I she wanted to talk about her hus- band's ordeal to in- form others of the serious threat bees I and wasps pose to those who are al- lergic to stings. The family tragedy started Sept. 4 when Mr. Knick and his 6-year-old David walked to a nearby home to retrieve a large bow target. Wasps had apparently made a nest inside the target and stung the two as Mr. Knick rolled the bull's-eye toward their home on Road. The father and son made it and Mr. Knick was able to tell his wife to call 911 before collapsing. was Ms. Knick adding that she put ice compresses on her husband's neck to try to head off swelling of the trachea. But Mr. Knick's trachea did cutting off his air supply. He also suffered a massive heart said Ms. who suspects her husband was stung by a yellow jacket. Yellow jacket populations are cycli- and this year's is said I. Barton an entomologist with the state Department of Agriculture. Unlike other types of yellow jackets are aggressive. They also don't die when they so they can attack Mr. Smith said. Yellow jacket nests are usually underground or in a hole in a If a nest must be Mr. Smith recommends spraying it with wasp or hornet spray after dark because yellow jackets are less likely to attack at night. Page Comptoto obituary. A9 Arden embezzler Jo repay By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer For five Charlene A. Thompson kept the books for the community of Arden on the Severn. She earned no but that didn't stop her from getting a finan- cial windfall. Between 1988 and the Crownsville resident used the com- munity's accounts as her writ- ing more than 180 checks to to her credit-card company and even to two bowling leagues. Thompson's years of theft cost Arden Beaches the commun- ity's corporate more than and landed her in an Anna- polis courtroom where she pleaded guilty to felony theft. of 1063 Omar also agreed to repay Arden Beaches for the dues that she embezzled since when she became treas- urer for the 800-home Severn River wMnmunity. intention is to make full said her R. Saul McCormick faces up to 15 years in but a judge could oftr her probation at her Nov. 29 sentencing. Shell repay the cemmunity at the rate of HB0 Mr. -------.ft PARADISE ByJ Henson The Capital St. CoMefe student Sarah of nestles yesterday afternoon bi tha roots of a tree on campus wMto Mttton's She couU return wtth a sweater this weekend afterrata today. TDe NattmlWeather Service at BWI Airport Is catHng for partly sunny skies tomorrow and fair weather wWi Mgtts hi the 90s both days. the drought has put a damper on fan foaaaje throqgMut the state. For see Page Bl. No parole for inmates serving life By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Vowing to send a message to so- ciety's Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday pledged to stop paroling violent criminals serving life prison sentences in Maryland. Ending a practice available to gover- nors only in recent Mr. Glenden- ing said he'll refuse to sign requests for release except for prisoners who are terminally ill or very old. To illustrate his get-tough he trumpeted his refusal to free eight prisoners approved for release by the state Parole Commission. of these victims serve a life sentence every day. The criminals should do the the governor said at a news conference at the House of Correction in The idea immediately drew praise from a statewide victims' rights group but garnered mixed reactions from area criminal who weren't sure what effect his policy would have on county courts. good that these individuals aren't going to get out on county State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said. the people that we prosecute we don't know what the governor Is going to The governor's new policy will affect only a fraction of the cases that the criminal system handles. Three violent crimes first-degree rape and sexual offense carry sentences of life in prison. And prosecutors are already allowed to ask for life without parole in some cases. Figures weren't immediately avail- but likely no more than a dozen criminals receive life sentences in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court each year. It's also unclear how far Mr. Glend- ening will carry his new policy. Aides said he hasn't decided whether to ask legislators to put his policy on the books or simply let each governor decide for himself whether to parole 'Minor' school bus accidents rise By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer The number of county school bus accidents last year rose almost 23 percent from the previous but officials say the figure doesn't tell the whole bus safety story. Although the number the severity of the accidents was relatively school transportation officials said. No child was seriously injured in a crash last and no child was hit by a school bus. County school bus drivers last year got into 86 accidents mostly fender- benders compared to 70 in 1993-94. More than students ride buses. Despite more the school system's vehicle insurance premium dropped by said Winship supervisor of transportation for county schools. He called the de- crease a of relative bus safety. While acknowledging that reduced insurance rates could reflect a soft want to take some of the Mr. Wheatley said. Insurance underwriters look at the frequency of but mainly focus on severity when setting pre- mium said William fiscal officer for the county schools. number of accidents and usually that's a red Mr. Peacock said. type of accidents that increased were the less costly ones. That means they give a little in the cost of the insurance Frequency and severity of accidents aren't the only factors involved in determining an insurance said Loretta spokesman for the Insurance Information a research group for insurance trends and issues The number of students riding the bus and the age of buses are among the factors she said. Most of last year's fender-benders involved drivers' hitting stationary ob- jects or backing Mr. WheatkpoMr The most last when a motorist rear-ended a bus. Twenty-five children were taken to area where they all were treated and released. Page Chart number of pottle school bos accidents. AIO INSIDE AmapoNs. Cl Death Notices. Arundel Report..... Bl Engagements A9 Editorials 82 Lottery C2 C3 Calender......... Camera OwMed........ ___ OubNotet......... W sports C2 B3 A8 M A9 A9 Dl-5 Comics................ 06 Television 85 Crossword....... CIO Tides A9 CfeouMbn..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 Al ottitf III Westinghouse to cut By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer About i ooo morp employees will lose their jobs at Wpstinghouse's Electronic Systems most of at the company's Lmthicum plant near Baltimore-Washington In- ternational officials said this morning The layoffs are the result of cor- iporate company spokesman Jack Martin said. In a letter to division PrwKfcrt Francis J. Harvey cal leader it is certain that we are not a Inw-rost He cited a dramatic in the defense industry that requires companies to fortify their positions significant cost and ex- pense reductions The layoffs have no connection with the recent deal between parent company Westinghouse Electric Corp in Pittsburgh and the CBS television he said. when the CBS deal was fa early Chair Jordan announced that layoffs at the Linthcium plant could result from the merger Work force reductions have been a fact of life at Westinghouse in recent years The company laid off Electronic Systems employees in 1993 and mostly at Lmthicum. The company is Anne Arundel County's largest private with approximately employ- MOO of them working in the county sod another elsewhere 00V. PARRIS N. OLENDENINQ ...gets tough on such criminals. The head of the Stephanie Roper a statewide group that represents victims of violent said the impact of the governor's an- nouncement was still significant. criminal justice system uses language that sends mixed messages to the Roberta Roper said. should at least tell the Mrs. Roper's was raped and murdered in 1982. Her killers will be eligible for parole in 2003. Describing in as the public's top gripe with the Mrs. Roper welcomed the new policy for its candor. are so many inconsistencies and imbalances in sentences that it's become a main concern of the she said Some observers questioned whether the policy will produce unintended results. Without parole as an criminals facing a life sentence may refuse to plead guilty and force lengthy Page Bar Preserve status quo By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Those packing a hearing last night on bills that would allow more late-night bars in downtown Annapolis sent a nearly unanimous Preserve the status quo. One after and business orga- nization representatives rose to ask the Planning Commission to reject two bills that would open the doors for more 2 a.m. liquor licenses downtown. They got their wish. The commis- sioners voted 4-2 against the bills after the three-hour public hearing. But the commission is an advis- ory panel. The City which has the final will hold a hear- ing' on the measures Monday and voteOct 11 A majority of the eight aldermen have signed on as sponsors of at least one of the two giving them a strong chance of passage despite the commission's recommendation. But that didn't stop commission Chairman Richard L Hilbnan from chastising supporters of the bill for avoiding last night's hearing. He also drew laughter from the crowd by opinieos of ;