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

March 25, 1993

Judge denies county's bid to close bookstore until hearing

A Circuit Court judge has refused a request by county officials to close a Parole adult bookstore until a hearing can be held on a county law requiring it to close permanently.

Judge Bruce C. Williams' order, issued Tuesday, means 2020-C News on West Street, just outside Annapolis, will be allowed to stay open until a hearing is held on the constitutionality of a county law closing such businesses.

No hearing has been scheduled.

The County Council passed legislation in 1991 aimed at closing adult bookstores in residential and commercial zones and requiring them to move to heavy commercial or industrial areas.

The bill establishes a fee structure for adult bookstores, which would require 2020-C News to pay either $2,500, or $300 per adult video device, whichever is greater, said assistant county attorney David Plymyer. Burton Sandler, the lawyer for the store, argued that his clients are not violating any obscenity laws.

Mr. Sandler also said that the 1991 law violates the County Charter because it was passed as an emergency ordinance that raises revenue through license fees.

The charter forbids revenue raising bills to be passed as emergency ordinances, he said.

Man, 50, charged in school break-in

A 50-year-old man was charged with breaking into an Annapolis elementary school late Tuesday, county police reported.

According to the police report, officers were called to Parole Elementary School in the 100 block of Chinquapin Round Road at 11:50 p.m. and sent their dog, Major, inside. The dog found a man hiding in a storage closet between rows of shelves, police said.

Jerome D. McGowen, of no fixed address, was turned over to Annapolis City police to be charged.

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