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

March 03, 1993

Judge upholds board's decision to deny police officer 0) disability

A Circuit Court judge denied an Annapolis police officer's request yesterday to order the city to award him disability benefits.

Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth Jr. denied the request to reverse a Dec. 23 decision by the city Public Safety Disability Retirement Board denying the officer a disability that would have paid 66.6 percent of his salary for the rest of his life.

Officer Anthony Davis, 29, lost the use of his right thumb in 1990 when he was chasing a suspect and fell while climbing a chain-link fence.

The injury prevents him from being able to fire his service weapon. Physicians for the city who examined Officer Davis said he will never be able to fire it again.

But city officials said a law enacted Aug. 12, 1991, requires officers to be "wholly and permanently" disabled to be eligible for the benefits.

Officer Davis, who has since worked as a police dispatcher and in the department property room, is still capable of working in other positions within the department, City Attorney Jonathan Hodgson said.

Medical board charges Annapolis physician

Maryland's medical disciplinary board has brought four administrative charges against an Annapolis gynecologist who surrendered his medical license in November amid allegations that he had sexual relations with patients.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Briggs, 39, who worked with Annapolis OB-GYN Associates on Cathedral Street, was charged Wednesday after applying to have his license reinstated.

The State Board of Physician Quality Assurance began an investigation into Dr. Briggs' conduct last fall after a woman complained that he used his position to seduce her. Four other women also claimed that he had violated their trust.

In mid-November, Dr. Briggs admitted to "sexual misconduct" and gave up his license. He still has a license to practice in Virginia.

NB Maryland's board charged the physician with falsifying medical

records, unprofessional conduct and other violations of the state Medical Practice Act. If the case is not resolved, it will be heard by an administrative law judge May 17, said Barbara Vona, chief of compliance.

"The board voted to charge him so he can answer their concerns with his practice," she said.

One of the five women who claimed that he had sex with them accused Dr. Briggs of impregnating her. The woman has alleged that the doctor performed an abortion on her after the office closed and without an assistant present.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: A shoplifter took a doll Friday valued at $450 from Poppets in the 2500 block of Solomon's Island Road. A store clerk said that while she was helping two customers the man walked into the store at 5 p.m. and took the doll.

* Annapolis: Someone broke into a shed behind a home in the 3000 block of Arundel on the Bay Road Friday night. Police do not know exactly what was taken.

* Lothian: A chain saw was stolen Saturday from a truck parked in the Patuxent Mobile Estates lot. The saw was valued at $800.

* Parole: A thief took $2,000 from a cash register at the Sears store in Parole Plaza at 7:15 p.m. Saturday while clerks were in the back of the store.

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