ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

November 23, 1992

Trash collectors protest privatization

Dozens of Annapolis trash collectors plan to picket in front of City Hall tonight to protest a proposal to privatize the city's garbage collection service.

The council has scheduled a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on the controversial plan to hire a private company to pick up trash.

A council committee that spent a year studying the issue said that privatization would cut taxpayers' trash fees in half and increase recycling.

But union officials say it will cost 29 garbage collectors and seven landfill employees their jobs.

More than 50 garbage collectors and supporters, sporting stickers that said "Save Our Jobs," told the mayor and council two weeks ago that they disliked the plan.

The council postponed a vote and

scheduled tonight's hearing at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St.

Man, 78, encounters card game scheme

County police were looking for three men who tried to cheat a 78-year-old man out of $25,000 in a card game scheme Thursday.

According to the police report, the victim met three men in the parking lot of the Giant Food store on Riva Road, and they all got into his car and began playing cards.

The victim won $400 in the first three games. He lost the last three games and gave the men a watch, wedding ring and a 1932 class ring. The men then persuaded the victim to withdraw $25,000 from his bank account.

But when the man went to make the withdrawal, the teller called the man's wife, who told the teller not to give her husband the cash.

Police arrest two in Churchton drug raid

County police arrested two people and confiscated $600 Friday night during a raid at a Churchton home.

Members of the Central Narcotics Unit said the raid on the house in the 5300 block of Churchton Road, which started about 9 p.m., was the culmination of a monthlong investigation of charges that cocaine was being sold there.

Ramona Denise Gray, 24, who lives in the house, was charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. A man in the house also will be charged, probably with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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