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

December 18, 1992

Annapolis plans to open West St. visitors center

In a move to ease downtown traffic congestion and better serve tourists, Annapolis is planning to open a visitors center in a colonial-era house that backs onto the new Gotts Court Garage.

City officials are expected to announce at a news conference today that they're signing a lease for the two-story, chalk brick house in the first block of West Street.

The building, leased until September by Gaines McHale Antiques Ltd., is considered well-suited for a visitors center because it is next to the 540-space garage and within steps of Church Circle.

The building has a long and colorful history. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are said to have slept there after the first owner died and his wife rented out rooms.

Construction of the Gotts Court parking structure, behind the Arundel Center off Calvert Street, was finished last week, and the garage opened Monday.

Man, 2 women steal 20 pairs of pants

A team of thieves stole 20 pairs of pants, worth $900, from the Banana Republic store in downtown Annapolis, city police said.

Two women and a man walked into the shop on City Dock minutes before 6 p.m. Wednesday and began rifling through the clothes, police said. While the women distracted the sales clerk, the man escaped with a stack of pants.

The assistant sales manager chased one of the women up Main Street but did not catch her, police said.

The man was described as 30 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds and wearing a gold winter jacket.

The woman chased by the sales manager was described as 35 years old, 5-foot-2, with auburn hair and wearing a dark jacket with gold highlights. The other woman was also about 35 years old, 5-foot-2, about 130 pounds, with dark hair and wearing a red jacket.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: Burglars broke into the Annapolis Medical Specialists in the 900 block of Bestgate Road Tuesday night and stole appliances and other office equipment worth $2,800.

* Parole: A shoplifter stole $500 in jogging suits from the women's department of the Woodward and Lothrop store in Parole Plaza Monday.

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