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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Late-night bar proposal hits resistance Bl 49ERS STUNNED Super Bowl champs drop to 3-1 after 27-24 loss to B2 Crash sparks water safety OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AYE LAUREL MD 20707 DETAILS. PAGE A13 SEPTEMBER MD Weathering the storm ICity family By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer look at Marilyn Watching as if through a TV Dick Livingston marveled at airborne telephone poles and chunks of houses hurtling past an open window. The Annapolis man and his reftige in a hotel in St. Croix as'Httrricane Marilyn's 135 mph winds battered the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 17 the building started moaning and the roof starting thumping I was said Mr. who has traveled widely but hadn't experienced a hurricane before. don't want to do it either It's a really frightening experience Marilyn still was taking shape when Mr Livingston and his wife Dew to St Thomas They planned to stay there for several days then visit St where their son Daniel 28 runs a branch of the Annapolis Sailing School r the Livingstons arrived on St Thomas hotel staff members warned of Marilyn's approach by slipping notes beneath their door On the second on short Daniel Livingston's lined up a 9 p m flight to St. Croix. 'You had better comedown Mr Livingston said Proof of her Bound instincts wasn't long in coming. At St Thomas' Alexander Hamilton Mr. Livingston encountered a pair of college-age women They seemed to resist his warning to stock up on water and food. looked at me like I was he said. But one in four homes on St. Thomas was destroyed in the the Federal Emergency Management Agency later said. On reaching St. Croix's resort town of the elder Mr. Livingston went straight to work. With his he moved By Dick Livingston For The Capital In on St. boats were tossed the length of a city Mock Inland. At Dick Livingston holds photos of damage done by Hurricane Marilyn on Sept. 17 hi St. Croix. With him an son houseboat was sunk In the and Ms who was travMnf wttti Mr. Livingston hi tht VlTflll MHafMO WIMR Mflfllyn hit. boats awav from the took a 50-foot boat to a on a nearby and boarded up windows Then the family rented rooms a hotel occupying Danish structure two blocks from the water. Power throughout the island was shut off before the lengthy storm and most residents took shelter indoors. Exceptions By David W Trozzo The Capital were the live-aboard owner of a boat who out of desperation rode a surge tide onto a downtown and a man who earned pocket money by scrubbing autos on the street. Mr Livingston spotted the man strolling through the with his bucket held straight out from his body. next he's out on the street washing cars. I don't know how the hell he he said The eye of the storm came and but the Livingstons didn't venture out It wasn't until the morning of Sept. 18 that they inspected the waterfront. The sailing school's pier was destroyed in the and three boats were sunk. Rick general manager Page Men won't face death in murder Death penalty ruled out in city woman's slaying By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer County prosecutors yesterday decided not to seek the death penalty for two men accused of robbing and killing a 74-year-old woman in her Annapolis-area home. The county State's Attorney's Office instead is asking that James C. McGee and Richard W. Willoughby spend the rest of their lives in prison if they're convicted of murdering Katherine Huntt Ryon. Both men face life without parole. Prosecutors declined to explain their which State's At- torney Frank R. Weathersbee made late last week after review- ing evidence in the case and meeting with his deputies. The decision not to seek The Capital punishment may have been influ- enced by the apparent difficulty in determining which of the two men killed Ms. Ryon. There are no witnesses to the April 15 mur- and a defense attorney said prosecutors are still waiting for key physical evidence to return from a state police crime lab Under state the State's Attorney's Office had to decide by yesterday whether to request cap- ital punishment for Mr. Willough- since his trial is one month away. evaluated the evidence needed to prove which of the defendants was the said Kristin Mr. Weath- ersbee's spokesman. In order to pursue the death we would have to say She declined to say whether prosecutors had identified which of the two men they think strangled Ms. Ryon. of 209-G Victor Parkway in and Mr. Willough- of were arrested April 17 when police realized they had been using Ms. Ryon's Prosecutors contend the men killed the retired nurse in her Wild Rose Shores home with a dog leash. Friends of Ms. Ryon said she had known McGee and helped him repeatedly in the past. Even if a judge were to sentence either man to life in prison instead of life without parole he would have to spend at least 25 instead of behind bars. Pamela McGee's attor- held out hope yesterday that her client won't face life without arguing that Mr. Wil- loughby did the actual killing. at I think all the evidence points that McGee is not the Ms. North said. that all of physical will come back and show that he didn't kill Officials with the Public De- fender's which is repre- senting Mr. couldn't be reached for comment. Mr. Willoughby's trial in Cir- cuit Court is set for Oct. with McGee slated to be tried Nov. 20. Attorneys in his case are sup- posed to appear before Judge Eu- gene M. Lerner on Oct. 17 to argue whether particular evidence will be permitted at his trial. Authorities have connected the two men to the murder through physical including McGee's fingerprint on a light bulb outside Ms. Ryon's house at 459 Waggamon Circle. McGee like Mr. Wil- is being held without bond confessed to a role in the murder. PEPCO merger to cut not rates INSIDE AP photo H. chafe- CEO of Baftfawrs Gas and and Edward F. and CEO of Potamae Etoc- r amiounea of thok compantos In i yesterday. Tha buyout wM Irib By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer The two men who married Bal- timore Gas and Electric Co and Potomac Electric Power Co said yesterday that their new company will not cut customers' rates any- time soon but will eliminate jobs through attrition and layoffs. BGE Chairman Christian H. Poindexter and his counterpart at Edward F. for- mally announced the planned merger in Annapolis which will be the new company's home. The merger will create the ninth-largest electric utility in the with billion in assets and nearly billion m annual revenue They said BGE's bil- lion buyout of PEPCO will help them survive in an increasingly competitive power industry. The utility would move 100 to 200 executives to a small head- quarters near they said Most of the company's employees will stay in Baltimore and Washington Mr. the Arnold resi- dent who will head the combined said he hadn't chosen a site for the headquarters yet. there will be a lot of people calling he said. Benefits unlikely for home users ASSOCIATED PRESS Although your local power company might be cutting its don't start figuring low- er electric bills into yours The regulatory changes driv- ing utilities to merge aren't likely to save home users much money Residential users might even wind up helping to pay for big discounts to reg- ulators and industry observers say Planning for the day when they'll have to compete with outsiders for their most lucra- tive electric com- pany bean counters now are looking for ways to cut indus- trial rates. For more the answer has been to combine forces with a neighboring electric com- pany. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co announced its plans to buy Potomac Electric Power Co. for billion in stock. Three other big utility deals have been announced including Philadelphia-based PECO Energy Corp.'s hostile bid for Resources of Al- Pa. who have become veterans of in- Pafe What firefighters thought was a house fire was really arson U. Seattle's apathetic base- ball attitude may benefit D.C. 12 Divers will look for the remains of a Civil War gunboat. M Ross Perot to start third political party. A2 Two farm famttlet are denied zoning requests. AS Arundel Report... Business.......... Calendar Classified.......... Club Notes........ COffilCS ClDflOA............. Crossword Death Notices. Bl Editorials ..........A12 ..AM tottery................ A4 B6 Movies 85 B7 Obituaries ........A13 BO Police Beat......... Aid All SevemaPark..... AS A10 Sports................B2-4 B12 Televtslon......'85 Tides.............A13 haven't given it any After the noon news conference at Governor Calvert Mr. who will head the combined said he knew about BGE's real estate subsidi- ary's proposal to develop a site on Jennifer Road in just a half-mile from the city. Constellation Real Estate Presi- dent Rand M. Griffin has been working with the site's Anne Arundel Health to build an hotel and retail complex across from the hospital company's new facility. '1 spoke with Rand about that this Mr. Poindexter said. He said the site was an option but didn't single out the location BGE also recently leased a penthouse office atop the State Circle Theater building just across the street from the State House. The company chose Annapolis as a midpoint between the two cities it will Mr. Mitchell said. But that commitment proves a point for Michael S whose Anne Arundel Economic Develop- ment Corp. has pitched the area as a haven for corporate head- quarters. Portions of CapNaY am printed each day on recycled paper. Tht nemiipapar ado-Is ................268-7000 From KMit 32M0M Al other departments MOO I ;