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

February 09, 1993

An article in yesterday's Anne Arundel edition incorrectly reported the amount of money in the Annapolis Housing Authority's reserve fund in 1989. The correct figure was $245,000.

4( The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

AHA accountant resigns, will join private company

Matthew Whitney, who took over accounting for the troubled Annapolis Housing Authority in 1989 and boosted the depleted reserve fund from $245 to more than $1 million, is resigning.

Mr. Whitney, the authority's accountant for the past four years, said yesterday that he is joining a private firm in Annapolis. His last day at the authority will be Friday.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

When he joined the agency that manages the city's 10 public housing communities, the reserve fund had dwindled to less than $300, he said. The former executive director, Arthur G. Strissel Jr., had been convicted the previous November on charges of fraud, bid-rigging and taking kickbacks.

"There was a tremendous challenge to turn the agency around," Mr. Whitney said. "With any career, the opportunity to take on more challenges and begin new avenues is important."

His resignation comes as the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has completed an extensive audit of the agency.

Mr. Whitney said his resignation is in no way connected with the audit, which looked at financial records and the management of the city's 1,104 public housing units over the past three years.

Annapolis man charged in robbery

A 26-year-old Annapolis man was arrested Friday on charges that he beat and robbed a man, city police said.

Leroy E. Johnson of the 900 block of Madison St. was charged with theft, robbery and battery in the incident, police said.

He allegedly hit a 40-year-old man over the head with a bottle, then beat and robbed him of $60 in a parking lot of the 1100 block of Madison St. The victim suffered a detached retina, police said.

Man charged with shoplifting

A Denton man has been charged with shoplifting $560 in merchandise from three stores at Annapolis Mall, county police said yesterday.

Officers were called to the J. C. Penney store at 11 a.m. The officers found the man hiding behind a toy store.

Security officers told police the suspect had dropped a shopping bag with merchandise from Penney's, J. Riggins and Hecht's as they were chasing him.

Everette R. Tasker, 31, of the 500 block of Gay St. was taken to Southern District station to be charged.

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