Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


April 02, 1993

Student, 15, charged with possessing gun

A 15-year-old South River High School student has been charged as a juvenile with possession of a firearm on school property and making a false statement to police.

County police said last night Dr. Heather P. Miller, an assistant principal found a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a holster in the youth's school locker Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Miller, who had received a tip, also found two boxes of ammunition and a clip for the weapon loaded with six rounds of live ammunition.

Police believe the youth, who was released to his parents, brought the gun to school to sell to another student.

Panel urges raise to secretary be revoked

A city committee has recommended revoking the controversial pay raise that Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins gave a Fire Department secretary while city officials are reviewing all job descriptions.

The City Council's Finance Committee voted yesterday to rescind the raise, which angered city employees who have waited for more than two years for a salary increase.

In March, 11 secretaries signed a petition questioning the fairness of awarding one employee a raise when the rest were told to wait until the review is completed.

Mayor Hopkins gave secretary Pat Como a promotion without the council's approval several months ago, saying her workload had increased substantially and she deserved a raise. Several council members promptly questioned the mayor's action and requested a legal opinion.

The city attorney looked into the issue and determined the secretary's position was reclassified, which requires council approval. The matter was then turned over to the finance committee.

Mr. Hopkins repeatedly denied that he overstepped his authority in securing the raise. He also promised to reimburse the city if it were revoked.

But the finance committee decided not to require that action, said Alderman John Hammond, R-Ward 1, who chairs the committee.

Libraries extend specialty collections

The county's two largest libraries have expanded their specialty collections of business and medical reference materials.

At the Annapolis branch on West Street, the collection of business materials has been enlarged to include Business Periodicals on Disc, which provides summaries of more than 800 business and management magazines. It also offers full-text coverage of 300 titles.

The business collection includes reference mainstays, such as Standard and Poor's business services, and Dun and Bradstreet directories.

At the North County branch on Eastway, across from the Harundale Mall in Glen Burnie, the health collection has been upgraded to include references on cancer prevention and treatment, nutrition and heart disease.

The Annapolis branch now houses the county's largest collection of business materials, with information on everything from starting a business to financing, investments, marketing and management.

A $5,000 donation from the county Health Department and a $3,000 donation from the Maryland State Department of Education helped offset the costs.


* Annapolis: Someone stole $300 worth of food from a truck parked at the Ramada Inn on Jennifer Road Tuesday night. The '' thief made off with cases of frozen fish, baking goods, apple juice and potatoes.

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