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

January 21, 1993

Middie ignores a sore throat to sing at gala

Maria Grauerholz had a sore throat and the sniffles, but that wasn't going to stop her from singing for President Clinton.

The 21-year-old senior at the U.S. Naval Academy was among more than 100 midshipmen to sing at the American Gala Monday at the Capital Centre. The Glee Club performed three songs before joining Fleetwood Mac for the big send-off.

"It was pretty exciting," Ms. Grauerholz, co-president of the Women's Glee Club, said yesterday between sneezes. "I thought after all the days of rehearsal, it might not be, but it was pretty exciting once everybody was there. We were up there with Barry Manilow, and it was packed."

Nearly 100 members of the academy's 12th Company marched in yesterday's Inaugural Parade. The 12th Company, led by the new brigade commander, Geoffrey Royal, was selected to represent the 4,300 midshipmen at the academy.

Thirty sailors from the Naval Air Station were among the hundreds of members of the armed forces lining Pennsylvania Avenue for the parade. Later in the day, the Naval Academy band played at Andrews Air Force Base to send off former president George Bush.

Some members of the women's and men's glee club met singer Michael Bolton and actor Chevy Chase. But Ms. Grauerholz said most of them "tried not to go up and hassle the stars."

They were stuck in a stairwell waiting to perform, but whenever they craned their necks, the glee club members were amazed by all the spectators.

"It was really neat," Ms. Grauerholz said.

Man says police harassed him

An Annapolis man has filed a complaint alleging that a group DTC of city police officers harassed him while frisking him after an attempted robbery at a sandwich shop Sunday.

Norwood Burton, 42, complained that he was brusquely searched by up to six police officers Sunday night. The complaint has been turned over to the Police Department's Internal Affairs division.

Mr. Burton was stopped on Taylor Avenue, between Melrose and Genessee streets, by security officers with the state Department of General Services after Annapolis police broadcast a look-out for a robbery suspect at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Moments earlier, a man had pointed a small pistol at an employee at the Subway shop on Maryland Avenue. When the employee refused to give him money, the would-be robber ran off, city police said.

A half-dozen city officers came to back up the General Services police, said Lt. Gary Simpson, a police spokesman. Mr. Burton apparently did not have any identification because he was walking his dog, Mr. Simpson said.

"I can understand that the public has a different perception of police work sometimes," Mr. Simpson said. He said the complaint would be reviewed to determine whether departmental policies for searching a suspect were followed.

Ricky Spain named to welfare panel

County Executive Robert R. Neall has appointed the Rev. Ricky Spain, minister of Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Annapolis, to the new Welfare Reform Initiative Task Force.

Task force members will work on developing programs and services for unemployed, noncustodial fathers of children who receive support from the county's Aid to Families with Dependent Children.

Dr. Spain earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from North Carolina Wesleyan College, a master's degree in divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a master's in guidance and counseling and adult education from North Carolina A&T State University. He also received a doctorate from Paul Quinn College in Dallas.

Dr. Spain is a member of the United Black Clergy, the NAACP, the county school system's Children at Risk program, the county School Guidance Advisory Council, the county Red Cross board of directors and the Committee for a Drug-Free Annapolis.


* Annapolis: Burglars broke into a home in the 400 block of Blossom Tree Court Sunday. Police do not know what was taken.

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