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December 07, 1992

Dismissal 'insults' board member

A member of a volunteer board that retires disabled police officers in Annapolis says he was insulted by being dismissed for missing a meeting.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins removed B. Bruce Hogg from the Public Safety Disability Retirement Board after he failed to show up for a court-ordered hearing Nov. 25.

The five-member board has come under fire for refusing for two years to retire three city police officers hurt in the line of duty. City lawmakers are studying whether to abolish or overhaul the board, which was established by former Mayor Dennis M. Callahan when disability benefits were increased in 1986.

In a sharply worded letter, Mr. Hogg charged that he was being made a "convenient scapegoat," and accused the mayor of ineptitude. He also defended the board's actions, saying that it saved "uncounted thousands of dollars" by investigating "misleading or possibly fraudulent disability claims."

"You should not be looking for convenient scapegoats, under political pressure, to cover your own ineptitude," he wrote Dec. 2. Later in the letter, he said he notified the mayor and the board chairman well in advance that he could not attend the Nov. 25 hearing.

The mayor said he replaced Mr. Hogg with Joseph F. Rodowsky, a former city alderman and retired insurance executive, to avoid having the city held in contempt of court.

Lawyers for the three police officers threatened to seek a contempt citation because the full board did not show up for the hearing, after Circuit Court Judge H. Chester Goudy ordered the board in August to reconsider one of the officer's cases.

The judge stipulated that all five members be present, thattorneys said.

Calvert County man stabbed during dispute

A 32-year-old Calvert County man was seriously injured Saturday morning in West River after being stabbed in a dispute over a woman, county police said.

Alex Alonzo Gross was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after the 7 a.m. incident in the 1000 block of Friendship Lane. He was listed in fair condition.

Sgt. Allen Muir of the Southern District said the suspect and victim, who apparently had hit the woman earlier in the morning, were intoxicated.

He said Mr. Gross and the suspect got into a shoving match over the incident in front of the suspect's home. During the altercation, police said, Mr. Gross was stabbed once in the abdomen.

Sergeant Muir said that police had not found the weapon and did not know exactly what type of knife was used.

Raymond Fountain Jr., 39, of the 1000 block of Friendship Lane, was charged with assault with intent to murder.


* Harwood: A resident of the 4300 block of Ritchie Highway told police that someone broke into his home Wednesday and stole a video cassette recorder.

* Annapolis: A man reported to police that someone broke into his 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit in the parking lot at Annapolis Mall Wednesday night. Nothing was taken.

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