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December 09, 1992

Officer to appeal 10-day suspension

Annapolis police Officer Keith L. Brown has said he will appeal the findings of a police trial board that suspended him without pay for 10 days for charges stemming from his failure to keep his K-9 dog on a leash during a disturbance at an Annapolis American Legion Post.

An article in the Anne Arundel County section of The Sun on Sunday incorrectly reported the circumstances surrounding the board's decision last week.

The board found Officer Brown, 31, guilty of charges stemming from an incident on March 16 in the parking lot of the Cook-Pinkney American Legion Post No. 141, in the 1700 block of Forest Drive.

The trial board found Officer Brown guilty on two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer, for filing a false administrative report on the March incident, and for giving false statements to internal affairs officers investigating that incident.

The board also found Officer Brown guilty of failing to keep his K-9 dog on a leash during the incident.

The board dropped five other related charges.

Last April, a trial board found Officer Brown guilty of failing to follow proper procedures for leaving his dog with another officer in August 1991 while they were investigating an incident at a public housing project.

In that case, the board took three days of vacation from OfficeBrown and placed a letter of reprimand in his personnel file.

Laurel man pleads guilty to assault

A 19-year-old Laurel man admitted yesterday that he blasted a man in the back, legs and arms with a shotgun in retaliation for flirting with the gunman's girlfriend on a July night in an Annapolis public housing complex.

Johnnie M. Perkins, of the 8900 block of Merrill Lane, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to assault with intent to maim and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. In exchange, prosecutor Ronald M. Naditch is to recommend that his sentence not exceed seven years.

An accomplice, Dameon Banks, 20, of the unit block of Bens Drive, Annapolis, pleaded guilty to possession of a short-barreled shotgun on the condition in exchange for a recommendation of a sentenced of 18 months.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for both for Jan. 29.

Mr. Naditch said that Perkins and Banks saw Angelo Boston, 28, of Baltimore, "smiling and/or talking" with Perkins' girlfriend near Marcs Court in the Bay Ridge Gardens complex off Forest Drive shortly before 8 p.m. July 19.

Local students are Rhodes scholars

Two students from Annapolis' neighboring but starkly different colleges have each been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic prizes in the nation.

David Ismay, a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Jeffrey Seidman, a senior at St. John's College, were among 32 students in the country to win the two-year, all-expenses-paid scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.

Mr. Seidman, a 22-year-old from Cleveland, thought he was a "long shot" but is excited at the chance to study philosophy, politics and economics for a second bachelor's degree. He became fascinated by Greek philosophy while studying the Great Books, St. John's liberal arts program. He plans to teach philosophy at the college level and took a year off from school in 1990 to teach English in Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Ismay, a 21-year-old from McLean, Va., said he wants to further his history studies at Oxford. He fell in love with history while hiking around Civil War battlefields as a Boy Scout in Virginia.

"I thought I'd go into engineering when I got here, but the academy has a great core classes in liberal arts, and I really loved history," said Mr. Ismay, an honors student with a 3.99 average.

He also is a member of the heavyweight crew team and hopes to join the team at Oxford.

"I've never been to England," he said. "I'm really looking forward to it -- this is an incredible opportunity."

In the 1960s, students from St. John's exchanged insults with the midshipmen as tempers flared over the Vietnam War. But nowadays, the two schools are on friendlier terms.

Police respond to Phoenix Center

Annapolis police were called twice last week to the Phoenix Center, a school for troubled youths on Locust Avenue, to investigate fights.

In one incident, police arrested a 15-year-old student who threatened a classmate with a kitchen knife.

The principal called police at 8:20 a.m. Thursday to report that the boy had come to school with a knife. Police confiscated the knife and charged the boy with bringing a concealed deadly weapon to school. He was released to the custody of his parents.

Wednesday afternoon, police investigated a fight at a bus stop that left a teen-age boy with a large gash in his head.

The boy, whose age was not known, told police that another youth had hit him with a chain.

But school officials later determined that the student had been picking on an 8-year-old boy who retaliated.

Man reports assault with rifle butt

An Annapolis man told police that he was beaten with the butt of a rifle and shot at early Saturday morning.

Kacy Queen of Bowie Avenue reported that he was on Forest Drive near Center Street when a man he knew from a card game pulled over in a blue Jeep Cherokee and demanded $50, police said.

When Mr. Queen refused, the man hit him in the face, then drew a gun and began beating him with it. Mr. Queen ran off and said he heard a shot fired.


* Edgewater: Burglars stole several pieces of office equipment from the Kenster Construction Co. offices in the 600 block of Central Ave. Wednesday night.

* Davidsonville: Thieves stole car tools from the Brandywine Sand and Gravel Co. in the 3000 block of Patuxent River Road Friday night, police said.

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