McLean puts 2 more on payrollThe number of new jobs...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

June 25, 1992

BALTIMORE COUNTY: — McLean puts 2 more on payroll

The number of new jobs created by Baltimore Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean increased by two yesterday as the city Board of Estimates approved a series of personnel actions.

The two jobs -- a supervisor and a manager in the auditor's office -- bring to 10 the number of new positions Mrs. McLean has created in a reorganization aimed at increasing her power to appoint new staff.

In the reorganization, Mrs. McLean stripped several key posts of civil service protection and abolished seven jobs. City officials said last week that the reorganization would save $19,000. That saving was wiped out by the creation of the two new jobs.

The jobs were among 64 positions for which funding was approved by the board, a panel of the city's top elected and appointed officials and on which Mrs. McLean sits.

An oversight by a Harford Road liquor store clerk, and a North Point Road bar owner's desire to serve a few friends after hours caused the Baltimore County Liquor Board to levy fines against each business this week.

Peter G. Xanthakos' liquor license for Maria's Deli and Liquors in the 7700 block of Harford Road prohibits him from selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays. However, the clerk on duty Feb. 16 -- a Sunday -- didn't know that. A liquor inspector caught her selling liquor that day. Her oversight cost Mr. Xanthakos $250.

The Sparta Inn in the 6400 block of North Point Road received its fine for what happened there last Oct. 24, when county police saw cars parked outside the business after 2:20 a.m. Inside, the officers found eight people with open cans of beer and filled cups. Proprietor Louis Spyridakos told officers he was giving his friends a few free beers. His generosity ended up costing him $250. County bars must stop serving liquor, free or otherwise, at 2 a.m.

Anne Arundel County:

A million-dollar shipment of cocaine was seized yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport by state police officers whose suspicions were aroused by the actions of an arriving passenger and a man who met him, authorities said.

The cocaine, packed in a suitcase, arrived on a flight originating in Los Angeles, according to Tfc. J. Scott McCauley, a state police spokesman.

The officers followed a passenger who got off the plane without luggage, watching as he was met by another man, claimed the suitcase at the baggage area and then left it with the man who had met him.

The second man, who was stopped for questioning, presented identification that did not match the name on the suitcase, prompting the troopers to seize it. The man would not give permission for inspection of the contents, and was allowed to leave without the suitcase.

After a specially trained dog indicated the presence of drugs in the suitcase, the troopers obtained a search warrant and opened it to find more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

Last night, officers raided the Silver Spring apartment of the man who was allowed to leave the airport and were obtaining a warrant for his arrest. The USAir passenger, who left in a cab, also was being sought.

* Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall has been elected chairman of the newly formed Baltimore Metropolitan Council, an agency created in the last legislative session to replace the Regional Council of Governments.

Carroll County:

A medical malpractice and wrongful death suit filed Monday in Carroll Circuit Court says a 42-year-old construction contractor died from inadequate care by Carroll County General Hospital and its doctors.

"The untimely death of Ronald Cardwell was completely avoidable and was due solely to negligence," the suit says.

Mr. Cardwell died in the hospital emergency room Sept. 21, 1990, several hours after he had arrived there semiconscious, following an argument outside a Reisterstown bar. Doctors and the state medical examiner attributed the death to brain injuries received in the fight.

Malpractice claims first surfaced during the second-degree murder and battery trial of James K. Malone, who fought with the deceased. Prosecutors said Mr. Cardwell died from Mr. Malone's blows. A Baltimore County jury acquitted Mr. Malone last July. During the trial, Dr. Douglas Miller, a New York University neuropathologist, testified that the hospital staff erred in sedating Mr. Cardwell with Haldol and tying him face down with restraints, when his blood alcohol level was 0.19 percent.

The suit, filed by Mr. Cardwell's sisters and nephews, is expected to come to trial within four to five months.

Carroll/Harford Counties:

Crews labored overnight restoring service to nearly 13,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers, mostly in Carroll and Harford counties, whose power was disrupted by a storm.

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