Mysterious briefcase makes for fun in state Senate

January 17, 1991|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff

A bomb scare that turned out to be a simple misunderstanding brought a measure of comic relief to state lawmakers meeting today in Annapolis.

On edge this morning following yesterday's outbreak of war, a security guard posted in the James Senate Office Building suspected foul play was at hand when a man rushed in, dropped a battered briefcase onto the floor and left.

The man, who turned out to be Sen. Arthur Dorman, D-Prince George's, was not immediately identified as a lawmaker. Instead, the guard called for help, and within minutes the office building was cleared of workers while police began an investigation.

Nerves were calmed when the alleged "suspicious unattended package" was revealed to contain nothing more than Dorman's papers.

On the Senate floor some time later, Dorman told a chuckling Senate that whenever he has an early morning meeting, he goes into his office building, leaves his briefcase on the floor and tells the guard who he is.

"I've been doing that for 16 years," he said.

Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, D-Balto. Co., brought down the house when he shouted spoofingly to Dorman: "The difference between this year and the past is that you should have left your alarm clock at home."

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