BALTIMORE COUNTY — $1.4 million expected from new, increased fees
Baltimore County residents will have to pay either a $3 daily or a $15 yearly fee to launch their boats from county park boat ramps this year -- just two of eight new fees County Executive Roger B. Hayden is asking the council to pass.
The new fees, together with recent increases in a long list of existing fees, are intended to make local services self-supporting. All told, they would bring in an estimated $1.4 million in new revenue every year, according to county administrative officer Merreen Kelly.
The increases in existing fees range from raising the cost of licenses for plumbers and electricians to raising the cost of fishing at three reservoirs and swimming at county beaches and the Dundalk Center indoor pool.
The greatest single source of revenues from higher fees -- about $304,107 per year -- will come from an increase in the cost of permits for plumbing and electrical work.
If the County Council approves the new fees at its meeting tomorrow night, they will begin May 1. The increases in existing fees went into effect April 1.
Error in '78 trial leads to overturned conviction
After 14 years, Joyce Danna may get another chance to prove that her husband's death was an accident, not murder.
Mrs. Danna, 42, was sentenced to life in prison in 1978 after being convicted by a Baltimore County jury in the Dec. 11, 1977, fatal shooting of her husband, Louis J. Danna, a 30-year-old Baltimore police officer.
She testified during her trial that the officer's .38-caliber service revolver discharged while she was handing it to him.
Friday, the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis overturned her conviction, ruling that the trial judge improperly instructed the jury before it began to deliberate. The three-judge panel concluded that Baltimore County Circuit Judge John E. Raine Jr. made an "extraordinary" error by suggesting to jurors that they did not have to reach a unanimous decision over whether Mrs. Danna was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mrs. Danna is serving her term at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, where she has been a model prisoner, according to Rachel Wohl, a lawyer who took up her cause two years ago.
Man found slain in Irvington alley
A Southwest Baltimore man was found shot to death Friday night in an alley off Woodington Road in the Irvington section of the city.
City police were called to the 800 block of Woodington Road at 9:30 p.m. for the sound of gunfire. When they arrived, they found Troy Dixon, 23, of the 4300 block of Old Frederick Road lying in an alley with several gunshot wounds.
Homicide detectives said they have no suspects or motive in the shooting.
Klan pamphleteers met by NAACP rally
A sometimes noisy 40-minute standoff between the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP ended peacefully yesterday at the main intersection in Galena, a small town in upper Kent County.
Seventeen Klansmen and one woman, who were outnumbered by both police and NAACP supporters, distributed recruiting leaflets and shouted "white power" on a street corner. Then they got back into their cars and headed for Sudlersville in neighboring Queen Anne's County for an even shorter demonstration.
Klan leader Chester J. Doles, who earlier had scrapped plans to hold a Klan march in downtown Elkton yesterday, said he was invited to Galena and Sudlersville by local residents who support KKK activities. "I imagine they'll want us to have some cross ceremonies," he said.
Yesterday's activities fell on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Local black leaders decided to counter-demonstrate in Galena to show their displeasure with the Klan.