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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

October 26, 1992

Lawsuits prompt private council session

Annapolis lawmakers will meet in private tonight to discuss multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the city brought by two firefighters who claim they were wrongly accused in a sex scandal.

The City Council has called an executive session before the regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. to review recent litigation against the city.

Lt. Kenneth E. Rowe Jr. hit the city with a $15 million suit two weeks ago, alleging he was wrongly fired and defamed by city officials who ensnarled him in last year's widely publicized scandal of firefighters having sex on duty.

Firefighter Robert "Tommy" Thomas, who was also fired after being accused in the scandal, filed a $12 million suit against the city Sept. 11.

Mr. Thomas and Lieutenant Rowe were reinstated in December after city officials learned that firefighter Dan A. Early, one of the investigators, once had sex off-duty with a woman involved in the case.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins concluded that the department's sex probe was "tainted," but said that did not mean the allegations were false.

Beauty supply shop clerk robbed at gunpoint

A Parole beauty supply shop was robbed at gunpoint Friday evening.

A man entered the store in the 2400 block of Solomons Island Road at 8:54 p.m., picked up a small mirror from a display and placed it on the counter.

When the cashier rang up the sale on the register, the man raised his shirt to reveal a handgun and demanded money, police said.

The man drove away in a 1992 black Nissan Sentra that had been parked out front.

Police said the suspect weighed about 180 pounds and was wearing a dark leather jacket and dark gray or blue pants.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: A student at Annapolis High School reported to police Wednesday that someone stole his videocassette recorder from a classroom.

* Davidsonville: A resident reported that someone broke into the garage of his home in the 900 block of Mount Airy Road Monday and stole fishing equipment.

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