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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

October 06, 1992

Courthouse pitch gets counteroffer

County Central Services Director Jerome W. Klasmeier met with representatives of Annapolis' Historic District Commission and other preservation organizations yesterday, seeking support for plans to build a Circuit courthouse in the historic district that will exceed existing height and bulk restrictions.

Mr. Klasmeier left the meeting without that support, but rather with a counteroffer to work together to produce a mutually acceptable plan.

Mr. Klasmeier said the county must now decide whether to meet with the historic organizations or whether it would be more feasible to pursue building the courthouse on one of three other locations.

County Executive Robert R. Neall has set a deadline of Oct. 31 for a final decision on when and where the new courthouse will be built.

Donna Ware, the Historic District Commission chairwoman, said her group needed more information about the project and wanted to provide input as to the size of the building before giving the project its blessing.

"We are saying that a building can be designed that will be compatible with the historic district in its character," she said, adding her goal was to ask, "How can we mitigate the height that this building might have to achieve?"

Mr. Klasmeier said he was impressed with the zeal expressed at the meeting for renovating the existing historic courthouse and building additional facilities on the site.

"But at the same time, we can't let that enthusiasm delude us into burning up a lot of time," he said.

8 arrested Saturday on drug charges

Annapolis police arrested eight people on drug charges Saturday morning and seized 5.1 grams of marijuana in a raid of two neighboring apartments off Forest Drive.

Police searched the adjacent apartments in the 2000 block of Allen Drive shortly after 5 a.m., but found nothing in one of them. In the other, police found the marijuana, a marijuana cigarette and assorted paraphernalia.

Charged with possession of marijuana and/or possession of paraphernalia were: Rick A. Posey, 28, of the first block of Clay St.; Susan L. Taylor, 33, of the 1200 block of Cedar Park Road; James L. Mackell, 46, of the first block of Kirby Lane; Debbie E. Bennette, 22, of the 100 block of Dorsey Drive; and Anthony G. Bacon, 46, of the 2000 block of Allen Drive.

Also charged were: Russell Moore, 46, of the 900 block of Carrolton Ave.; Charles E. Pritchet, 42, of the 1900 block of Vincent St.; and Lorrie L. Decker, 39, of Overton Road, Baltimore.

Flower show today to benefit preservation

The Four Rivers Garden Club is having a flower show today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hammond Harwood House on Maryland Avenue.

Proceeds from the show will benefit historic preservation efforts.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students ages 6 to 18.

Civic group to elect officers tonight

The Murray Hill Civic Association will elect officers for the coming year at its general membership meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. today in the Bates Middle School Media Center.

Also tomorrow, Annapolis Alderman John R. Hammond, Ward 1 Republican, will talk about plans for the county courthouse and the park at Old Woman's Cove.

Nominated officers for the coming year are: president, Gilbert Renaut; vice president, Tom Welch; treasurer, Dee Wyatt; and secretary, Winship Wheatley.

Astronauts to attend midshipmen parade

Astronauts who are Naval Academy alumni will review the Brigade of Midshipmen dress parade at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow at Worden Field.

Academy alumni have participated in the space program since NASA created the manned space flight program in 1959 with the selection of seven men as Mercury astronauts. Two were academy graduates: Alan Shepard and Walter Shirra.

Since then, 32 academy graduates have become astronauts, more than any undergraduate institution in the nation.

The most recent astronaut candidates picked in March included four academy graduates: Cmdr. Jerry Linenger, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Lopez-Alegria, Lt. Cmdr. Brent Jett Jr., and Lt. Cmdr. Wendy Lawrence.

The parade is free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Part of Rossback Road to close for six weeks

Rossback Road, from Davidsonville Road to 300 feet east of Davidsonville Road, will be closed to traffic for six weeks, State Highway Administration officials said.

Workers are reconstructing an intersection. Detour signs will direct motorists to alternate routes at Davidsonville and Rutland roads.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: Theodore Carpenter, an Annapolis cab driver, was robbed at knifepoint Sunday by two men who got into his taxi about 9:25 p.m. at Bowie and Poplar avenues, held a knife to his neck and escaped with his cash box containing $54.

* Lothian:Steven Guy Updike, 42, of the first block of D St. in the Lyons Creek Mobil Estates, told police someone kicked open the door of his home and stole five guns sometime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The guns are valued at $800.

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