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

December 10, 1992

Madonna poster stirs Main Street controversy

In Maryland's proper capital, where history is revered and youthful liberalism endured, a poster in a music shop window has caused quite a stir.

The lady, you see, is not quite properly attired. It's Madonna.

And she's wearing nothing but jewels -- strategically placed rubies, sapphires and diamonds in the shape of a bikini.

Passers-by have stopped to gawk at the pin-up poster in a side window of Oceans II, an alternative music shop on Main Street that caters to the city's artistic community and students at liberal St. John's College.

At least one woman has called City Hall and the State's Attorney's Office to complain about the promotional poster for Madonna's "Erotica" album. But city officials have said they can't force the store to remove it.

John Lauck, 33, and David Kneas, 38, co-managers of Oceans II, say they will take down the poster if more than one person complains. But both said it is not any more offensive than beer advertisements featuring bikini-clad women, or videos on MTV.

They also pointed out that the semi-nude poster is a far cry from the photographs of Madonna in her controversial "Erotica" book, which featured the pop diva in various states of undress and in a variety of poses.

"We watch people stand and stare at it while they are walking down the street," said Mr. Lauck. "A lot of women who are 40 and over really get upset over it. The younger women and men don't object."

Is he saying that older women envy Madonna's blond curls and ultra-toned boffo bod?

"Yeah," Mr. Lauck said with a grin. "There's got to be an element of that."

Oceans II has been on Main Street for 16 years and is one of the last small, independent music shops in Anne Arundel County, Mr. Kneas said.

Man with Uzi robs restaurant

A gunman with an Uzi machine gun robbed an Edgewater restaurant Tuesday evening, county police reported.

According to the police report, the gunman walked into the Adam's Rib restaurant in the 100 block of Mayo Road at 7:42 p.m. and demanded money.

The manager gave the robber cash and he left the store.

Police described the gunman as a white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 250 pounds, wearing gray sweat pants, a red flannel shirt and white tennis shoes. He was also wearing a blue baseball hat with the word "Edgewater" written on it.

He was last seen leaving the restaurant in a white van.

Satellite dish stolen from yard

A man stole a satellite dish from the yard of a home in the block of Franklin Gibson Road in Deale Saturday.

According to the police report, the suspect asked the caretaker of the vacant home if he could buy the dish. The caretaker said it wasn't his to sell.

A few days later, the suspect returned to the house and took the dish, telling the caretaker the owner had sold it to him. He and two other people loaded it into his pick-up truck.

Later in the day, the caretaker found that the owner of the dish did not sell it, the police report said.

Driver faces drug, weapons charges

A 38-year-old Annapolis man was arrested on weapons and drug charges early yesterday after police stopped him for a routine traffic violation, city police said.

A police officer stopped Foday Wajih Al-Fagih of Heritage Court at 2 a.m. on Spa Road after he allegedly crossed the center line. When the man climbed out of the Nissan station wagon, the police officer saw he had a knife in his hand and disarmed him.

Police also said they found a homemade crack pipe in the car.

POLICE

* Harbor Gates: Two residents of the 2000 block of Harbor Gates Road told police that their cars had been broken into over the weekend. Police said the burglars stole stereo equipment from a 1988 Isuzu Trooper and a woman's purse from a 1990 Nissan Pathfinder.

* Annapolis: Someone stole a boat trailer parked at the Mayo Ridge Marina in the 1200 block of Mayo Ridge Road. The trailer was taken sometime between July and November, police said.

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