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Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland INSIDE TODAY EBOOK Your guide to living and working in Anne Arundel County BRIGHT SPOT Palmeiro giving the Orioles a lot to shout about Cl marijuana seizures on the rise in Md. Dl AUGUST Crack deals in despair By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Driving past a knot of people standing on a city street corner late one recent police Sgt. John Mellon exchanged a quick gesture with a young man. He pulled the truck up to the curb a dozen yards away from the group on the 1900 block of Copeland and the young man sidled up to the driver's side door. the he said. I look like said Sgt. a veteran dressed in street clothes and driving a pickup truck with a tendency to stall. A moment then Sgt. Mellon took a crisp 120 bill from his shirt pocket and held it inches from the man's face. Sellers in local pipeline are raking in big profits The man took the bill and handed over a a little chunk of crack cocaine sealed in a yellow plastic baggie slightly larger than a postage stamp. In this undercover police were in control of the situation. But on a given night in drug sellers and customers ex- change money and drugs in an orchestrated dance of greed and despair. For the crack sales translate big bucks. Just a gram of crack 28 grams are in an ounce divided into five rocks is worth on the street. For the an addiction to smoking the base form of cocaine can bring on memory brain black even death Researchers say half the people who smoke which produces an intense get addicted the first time. After Sgt. Mellon made his he drove out of the neighborhood and radioed the man's description to two nearby officers in an un- marked car. Some half-dozen officers responded to the call for assistance. They caught the who had run in a field along Bywater as car-bound spectators gaped. The alleged crack seller turned out to be Charles A. Gray a 21-year-old local man. Back in 1990 in the same Mr. Gray participated in a drug deal that turned into a robbery. A customer was shot and left paralyzed from the chest down. Mr. Gray was but Sgt. Mellon said someone else handed Mr. Gray the packet of crack moments before the sale. Mr. Gray's court date for possession and distribution of crack is a few months away. The arrest took one more street-level seller off the street for a few Sgt. Mellon said. But the man's suppliers the people who transformed powdered cocaine into rocks of packaged it and put It on the street went untouched. Sgt. Mellon believes several of the group clustered nearby were probably involved in drugs. One of the men was probably holding the and someone else was probably armed. But police had no probable cause to search so they were not approached. that does is increase the arrest statis- tics. The main man's still out there holding the he said. Page Dealing for big A description of the trail of drugi and money. A7 City police hope to cut Into open-air drug activity. A7 Pilot Mike Ashford first noticed Annapolis from the air. Since the McGarvey's Saloon owner has planted deep roots. Intrepid aviator McQarvey's Saloon bi downtown Infiandetyto hi An old-fashioned saloon keeper v 1 By MARY GRACE GALLAGHER StaffWriter It's lunch hour at McGarvey's Saloon at Market Space in and the tavern is spinning with waiters and patrons taking refuge from the oppressive heat All along the brass-beamed bar sit the oblivious to the chaos around them. At the end of the Mike Ashford holds court. He's got one arm around the back of a gray-haired the other on a second man's and he's got his eye on a group of Mows in the corner who are about to depart. old boy's not giving you any is one friend asks with a wink at Mr. who gives a short laugh and with a sweeping escorts him out the door. Mr. saloon is in his rubbing elbows with the city's decision-makers. the 57-year-old proprietor smooths over any disputes or complaints with rounds on the house and generous Invitations to return the battery of well-drilled wait-staff and managers still call the intrepid aviator by his old calling Captain. Old pal and former television news anchor Walter Cronkite likened him to the lord of a manor. can imagine him an old boy in the English countryside twirling his walking taking long walks about the said Mr. who met Mr. Ashford years ago at a cocktail party. ieentomy grin. got Smooth but genuine With his bald bold smile and strong Mike Ashford is one of toe town's best-known characters. Although he longagiHoppri off associates insist that their colleague is not just playing the part of grand saloonkeeper. He lives it. Very but in a genuine said Jim who wer 19 yearshas worked his way npat McGarvey'i frombusboy to general manager. a very old-fashioned with lots of beliefs and mannerisms based on tried-and-true Among them id Hie lost notion of having theowner on the HMOs often dispute bills from the ER By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer With a ballooning covering nearly her entire NancyAnne Burt was in enough pain after a cooking accident one Sunday night in February that her family urged her to get Immediate medical care. The Edgewater woman called her health maintenance which directed her to the hospital because the HMO clinic was closed for the night. The HMO still hasn't paid Anne Arundel Medical Center's bill and dis- putes whether the which Ms. Burt believes are less than were for a true emergency. It's a scene local hospital officials and lawmakers say is replayed often around the country. An emer- gency in the eye of the beholder isn't always one to an HMO. The result is that hospitals and patients can get stuck with emergency-room bills. one hand we're having the saying 'You've got to see everybody and TOU can't delay treatment to find out what their insurance status but the HMOs are saying 'We're not covering Dr. David S. an emergency physician at North Arundel Hospital. Federal lawmakers in September will consider a bill expanding Mary- land's approach to the issue nationally. And state health players are trying to fine-tune current law as the number of Marylanders in HMOs swells beyond the current 1.8 million. Among emergency-room anecdotes local officials cite as having been refused for coverage by various A man is awakened by crushing chest pain that appears to be a heart but which turns out to be related to digestive problems. A child with a history of asthma Page School discipline be first lesson Students begin class tomorrow By LESLIE GROSS StaffWriter When the first-period bell rings Tuesday history and math will take a back seat in many county classrooms to switchblades and stun guns Teachers will use the beginning of the school year's second day to inform middle and high school students about weapons or at least what authorities consider weapons. The list includes Chinese stars and starter pktols. Students also will be told what constitutes an assault. It's all part of two new school poli- cies aimed at cracking down on a growing discipline problem in county schools that has seen violence rise to an all-time high. As the school year begins tomorrow for most of the nearly county discipline is just one issue hanging over the schools. A tight linger- j ing sex abuse allegations and ongoing debate over some controversial pro- grams also cloud the picture. school system faces a million budget shortfall and looming cuts from state and county governments. Despite tight the school board will have to decide which schools get renovations and additions. One-third of the elementary schools and several middle schools are over- crowded. Page Cflp-anfreave calendar tor pub- Re echool etudente. A6 and LOW cloudy today Girl gridder When Jemmarle Alvarez came to football tryouts at Arundel High School this she didn't know what to expect and neither did her coaches or the other players. not looking for any I just want to she tt AT TW Some Main St. merchants find positives. M. COW TO State polishing business image. ON TM Employers find room for work couples. U UMPIIIAUU ISDN spreading Into mainstream. 19 UT US Boomers flock to contemporary churches. II Your life does not compute. VI Swordplay knows no age limits. 14 Holy Land site re- created In D.C. n Anmdel Report Editorials AM Bwlneu.........Bl LDOtty...........A4 Clawffled.....Fl-14 02 Crotottrd..........E6 Police Beat........D2 I ;