Defender's appeal rejectedThe Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

April 03, 1992

STATE — Defender's appeal rejected

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request by Fred Warren Bennett, federal public defender for Maryland to appoint an independent committee to evaluate his office and recommend whether he should be reappointed to a fourth term.

The court told Mr. Bennett in January it would not reappoint him to another four-year term, but did not give a reason for its %J decision. His lawyer sent a letter to the judges Feb. 24, asking them to reconsider their decision and to name an independent panel as suggested by the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Samuel W. Phillips, the circuit executive, said the court, in Richmond, Va., told Mr. Bennett in a March 21 letter it had reconsidered its decision before affirming it. Mr. Phillips said the court decided not to appoint an independent committee. Although the Administrative Office on United States Courts has guidelines recommending use of such panels, they are not required, he said.

There was no jackpot winner in Maryland's Lotto drawing Wednesday night, which was worth an estimated $6 million, so tomorrow night's drawing will be worth an estimated $7.5 million.

;/ Wednesday's numbers were 20-30-36-39-42-47.

City:

Police have charged a Baltimore woman with hiring an undercover officer to kill her lover's wife.

Debra Ann Saulino, 38, was arrested yesterday in Greenbelt after she agreed to pay the officer the balance of the alleged $1,200 deal, Prince George's County police spokesman Roger Irvin said.

Police said Ms. Saulino told an acquaintance last month she wanted to hire someone to kill the 31-year-old woman, whose name was not released.

The acquaintance told police, who sent an undercover officer to arrange the deal. Police said that on March 18, Ms. Saulino gave the agent a $250 down payment and planned to pay the rest yesterday.

She was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.

Arundel:

Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall has proposed an early retirement incentive package designed to save up to $3 million by sweetening pension benefits for 400 county workers.

Neall administration officials briefed the County Council on the plan yesterday, saying it comes after a review of other retirement incentive packages, a survey of 300 county employees and meetings with department heads about potential effects on staffing levels.

The plan would affect employees who are at least 50 and have 20 years of service. Fire and police department employees would need 20 years of service only.

The program calls for increasing the pension package by one additional month of benefit credit for each year of service.

County teachers have voted to accept a contract agreement with the school system that provides no salary increases for the second consecutive year.

Thomas J. Paolino, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, said teachers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly and with no debate to accept the contract.

Teacher salaries in Anne Arundel County range from $24,346 to $48,870, depending on seniority and graduate degrees.

Baltimore County:

Baltimore County: A private foundation has donated $25,000 to help prevent evictions in Baltimore County, the latest in a string of gifts given to the Social Services Department since 1985.

Camille Wheeler, director of the department, told the County Council this week that with this gift the foundation, which wishes to remain anonymous, has donated a total of $117,000 for eviction prevention since 1985.

Mrs. Wheeler said the county will ration the money, giving an average of $347 to each family in need, which would keep 72 families from eviction.

The money comes at an opportune time because the state-funded Emergency Assistance program, which provided $200,000 to county residents last fiscal year, ended April 1 -- and $180,000 of that money was spent to prevent evictions,

according to county social services officials.

Carroll:

A Carroll County grand jury yesterday indicted David Teddy Yoswick, 24, of Overlea and Karen Sue Palido, 32, of Elkridge on charges of attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, assault with intent to murder and robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the abduction and stabbing of Frank Allen Storch.

Mr. Storch, 34, a Baltimore private detective and real estate management company president, was abducted Feb. 26 from a Jessup hotel parking lot. He was found wounded 14 hours later in Sykesville. Mr. Yoswick and Ms. Palido were arrested by state police in Westminster Feb. 28 after police interviewed Mr. Storch at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The two have been held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center since their arrest.

Harford:

Rocks State Park, just north of Bel Air, has reduced user fees for the 1992 season.

The entrance fee for most vehicles has dropped to $2 from $4 for motorists entering after 5 p.m. Buses and other large-capacity vehicles entering after 5 p.m. also will be charged half-price.

Park-use fees are charged on weekends and major holidays April through October.

The park season begins Sunday. Admission will be free. For information, call 557-7994 or 836-6735.

Howard:

A county grand jury has indicted James McManus, 34, of Catonsville in connection with two arson fires last month.

The indictments are related to a fire March 11 at the Antique Depot on Main Street in Ellicott City and a fire March 3 at the Columbia Mall Sears Store.

Mr. McManus remains in the Baltimore County Detention Center on an arson charge in Baltimore County. The investigation of other recent arson fires in Ellicott City is continuing, said the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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