Angry sheriff says he will sue Arundel
Anne Arundel County Sheriff Robert Pepersack says he will sue the county executive and County Council for cutting the position of his chief deputy.
Mr. Pepersack, who has been feuding for months with County Executive Robert R. Neall, says he plans to file the suit in county Circuit Court this week, alleging that county officials overstepped their bounds in May when they cut the $47,740 position of undersheriff.
Patrick Ogle, the assistant who held that position, remains on the sheriff's payroll, having been rehired July 1 as a chief deputy at $36,850, Mr. Pepersack said.
The sheriff said his suit has implications beyond the budgeting of one position.
"The underlying issue here is how is this office going to operate," he said. "Am I going to be able to run it free of interference, or are there going to be unnecessary obstacles?"
But county officials say it is the sheriff who has overstepped his bounds. Earlier this year, council members publicly blasted the sheriff when he exceeded his budget and asked for more. They gave him $125,000 to remain in operation, $79,000 less than he requested.
Mr. Neall and council members said the sheriff must specify his financial requirements as does any other county department head, adhere to those spending limits and answer to the council whenever the amount is exceeded.
Council Chairman David Boschert said the council is accountable for all public monies spent, and because of budget constraints no county department was allocated every dollar it requested.
A Prince George's County man was killed in a collision Saturday night when a car made a left turn into the path of the vehicle in which he was riding, Montgomery County police reported.
Nyoho Kamara, 54, of Beltsville, was pronounced dead at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, police said.
Investigators said Carol Hoover, 71, was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier east on Veirs Mill Road about 11:20 p.m. when she turned left onto Aspen Hill Road outside Rockville and into the path of a 1983 Honda Civic driven by Mustapha Kamara, 38, of Silver Spring.
NB Ms. Hoover, of Rockville, and the Honda driver were treated at
Suburban Hospital and released.
A Pennsylvanian was killed yesterday when his car crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 83 in northern Baltimore County and rolled down an embankment.
Police said the victim, Edward Allen Turner, 52, of New Freedom, was driving south on I-83 south of York Road in the Parkton area at 3:10 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 1987 Mercury Cougar and crashed into a guardrail.
Police said the car hit a mile-marker sign before overturning and going down the embankment.
Mr. Turner, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, police said.
An elderly woman was killed yesterday when her car left the road and struck a utility pole in Manchester, State Police said.
Louise Martin Wilhelm, 76, of the 3700 block of Maple Grove Road in Manchester, was driving a 1986 Oldsmobile about 11:30 a.m. when she failed to stop at the intersection of Church and York streets. Her car ran off York Street and struck the utility pole, police said.
The county is buying 126 acres of farmland in South Carroll for and setting it aside as a site for three schools.
Isaac Menasche, assistant county attorney, says the county expects to settle this month with Daniel Dulany, owner of the property on Old Liberty Road near Linton Road.
The rate of growth in the area indicates a need for the schools, says Kathleen Sanner, assistant for school facilities.
State requirements for school construction call for at least 50 acres for a high school, 20 acres for a middle school and 10 acres for an elementary school. The newly acquired land would be suitable for schools at all three levels.
A 33-year-old Westminster man, who kicked his 5-year-old son down two concrete steps, has been found guilty of battery and placed on three years' probation.
Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended a three-year sentence on Byron Truax, who had pleaded not guilty but agreed to submit the case to the judge on the evidence of the police report. Prosecutors dropped an abuse charge.
Evidence showed that in March, Truax, upset with his son's "disciplinary problems," injured the child's neck, back and throat by kicking him. Truax said he "overdid it" when he "booted" the child down the steps.
The child is in foster care.
Harford County Crimesolvers has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information about a bomb threat at the new Clorox plant in Perryman.
State Police say that on July 3 an unidentified man called a pay phone at the plant, which is under construction, and said a bomb was in the building. None was found.
If you have information about the incident, call the Crimesolvers hot line: 877-STOP.
County Executive Charles I. Ecker won't radically reorganize county government the way a 10-member commission he created has recommended.