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October 29, 1992

Namesake memento Annapolis could lose more than $350,000 in state funding if the General Assembly does not accept a deficit-reduction proposal that would force counties to pick up the costs of Social Security for teachers, librarians and community college officials.

City officials were considering imposing a hiring freeze and cutting spending when Gov. William Donald Schaefer first announced plans to cut state spending by $450 million.

But a plan to balance the budget by eliminating a state program that pays the Social Security costs would have no impact on the city.

"Under the current proposal, we'll be fine," said city Administrator Michael Mallinoff.

House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. said this week that he does not yet have the votes to pass the plan. A special legislative session, tentatively scheduled for the second week of November, has been put on hold while the Kent County Democrat tries to line up the 71 votes necessary to cut the aid to local governments.

The Maryland Municipal League warned Annapolis of potential cuts in September, when an earlier plan to reduce police grants and highway user fees was proposed.

Finance Director William Tyler is scheduled to report on possible state cuts today to the City Council's Finance Committee.

Warrant issued for robbery suspect

County police have issued an arrest warrant for a Prince George's County man they say is responsible for at least three armed robberies in October.

The warrant charges Alonzo Gerard Johnson, 33, of the 2600 block of Pine Brook Ave. in Landover, with robbing the Mayo Quick Stop in the 1100 block of Central Ave. Oct. 3, police said.

Investigators said the suspect is also sought in the Oct. 10 robbery of MJ Designs in the 2300 block of Forest Drive and the Rite-Aid in Parole Plaza two days later.

Detectives are also investigating whether Mr. Johnson was involved in the Oct. 23 robbery of Sally's Beauty Supply in the Annapolis Harbor Center, the holdup of a Baskin Robbins in the 2100 block of Forest Drive the same day and the Tuesday evening robbery of Buchmans Grocery store on Route 408 in Lothian.

In the robberies, investigators said, a man would approach the counter with a small item to purchase. Once the clerk opened the cash register, he would lift his shirt to reveal a small handgun and announce a robbery. He demanded the money in the register and then left.

The suspect was seen leaving one robbery in a red Thunderbird with Maryland license plates 398-BAY. That car had been stolen in Prince George's County this month, police said.

Anyone with any information about Mr. Johnson's whereabouts should call county robbery detectives at 222-3469, 222-3475 or 222-3473.

Road name to honor black legislator

A major road in Annapolis will be dedicated tomorrow in honor of the late Dr. Aris T. Allen, one of the capital's first black doctors and a state legislator for four decades.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Transportation Secretary O. James Lighthizer, Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall will dedicate Patuxent Boulevard in Mr. Allen's name. The four-lane road from Parole to Eastport opened in the spring.

The ceremony will be from 10 a.m. to noon along the road between Route 2 and Chinquapin Round Road. A statue of Dr. Allen will be erected at the site.

Speeding stop leads to drug charge

An Annapolis man stopped for speeding on Rowe Boulevard was arrested on drug charges Wednesday after state police found 101 grams of marijuana in his book bag, police said.

A state trooper clocked a car at 74 mph on Rowe Boulevard, which has a posted limit of 40 mph, and pulled the driver over on U.S. 50.

Robert J. Nuscher, 23, of Wardour Drive, was charged with driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, police said. He was being held on $6,500 bond.


*Edgewater: Vandals broke into a boat docked at a pier on South River Road Saturday. Police do not know exactly what was stolen.

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