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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

September 29, 1992

Police officer suspended for disobeying orders

A 31-year-old Annapolis police officer has been suspended with pay for allegedly failing to follow his captain's orders, a department spokesman said yesterday.

Officer Keith L. Brown was disciplined after he refused to take part in a K-9 police dog training session, said Officer Dermott Hickey, a police spokesman.

A departmental hearing board ruled yesterday that Officer Brown should remain suspended until an investigation of the incident is completed. Capt. Norman Randall ordered Officer Brown to sign up for the training after a police trial board found him guilty in early April of not following proper procedures while on duty.

The complaint was filed after Officer Brown left his dog with a fellow officer while investigating a shooting Aug. 25, 1991, in one of the city's public housing complexes. The officer watching the dog said he was worried he would be bitten because the dog behaved wildly.

Officer Brown, who is the first black member of the K-9 unit, has argued that the complaint was racially motivated. Officer Hickey said Officer Brown was disciplined for failing to follow police procedures, and pointed out that Officer Brown's supervisors also are black.

Congress approves EPA lab funding

Congress voted to spend $3.2 million last week to design an Environmental Protection Agency laboratory in Annapolis that would merge existing research facilities there and in Beltsville.

The 150,000-square-foot chemical analysis and environmental science center would provide office and research space to 180 scientists, technicians and administrative staff outside of Annapolis.

Lawmakers have sent the spending bill to the White House for President Bush's signature.

"This will allow the EPA to begin work on a new, sorely needed laboratory to carry on much of the environmental chemistry and science necessary to protect and improve the environment of the Chesapeake Bay region," said Sen. Paul Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat.

The $42 million facility will consolidate the EPA Region III Central Laboratory, currently located at three separate Annapolis sites, and the EPA's Analytical Chemistry Laboratory located in Beltsville. It also will allow the agency to test independently the safety of pesticides, hospital disinfectants and other chemical products.

EPA's current facilities are antiquated, overcrowded and in desperate need of repair, Mr. Sarbanes said. The current Region III lab was occupied in 1980.

Working Dog Show scheduled Saturday

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will present its fourth annual Working Dog Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cedarhurst Community Center.

A dog-tracking demonstration kicks off the event at 10 a.m., followed by a retriever demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Other activities include a flea prevention discussion, hawk display, duck-herding demonstration and dog show.

Free. Information: 261-5234.

Greek Orthodox church plans bazaar

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2647 Riva Road, is sponsoring a bazaar from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 11. The event will feature Greek pastries and breads, arts and crafts, and children's rides and games.

Information: 263-2550.

Car tires punctured, woman tells police

Karen Anne Sanders, 52, of the 900 block of Georges Lane in West River, reported to police that some one poked holes in the tires of her four-door Peugeot on Thursday.

Ms. Sanders said her car was parked in front of her home.

Power tools stolen from man's vehicle

An Annapolis man told police someone broke into his 1984 Ford Ranger sometime Friday night.

Nathan Schwartzberg of the 1200 block of Plateau Place said his truck was parked in front of his house when the thief broke the lock on the door and stole power tools.

POLICE LOG

Annapolis: A resident reported to county police that his house in the 500 block of Defense Highway was broken into Friday.

Annapolis: A resident of the 1000 block of Bay Ridge Road told county police someone stole $300 worth of food from his house Thursday.

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