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

April 14, 1993

Student killed in car crash at intersection

A 17-year-old Southern High student was killed Monday afternoon when the car he was driving was broadsided at a South County intersection.

Eric Christopher Warch, 17, of the 5100 block of Chalk Point Road in West River was pronounced dead on arrival at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Police said he suffered fatal head injuries.

Police said Eric was driving a 1982 Buick east on Owensville Road when he stopped at the intersection of Muddy Creek Road about 4:30 p.m.

When he pulled into the intersection, police said he was hit by a 1983 Chevrolet driven by Rodney Althouse, 30, of the 1400 block of St. Christopher Court in Edgewood, who was driving south.

Mr. Althouse was injured, but police said yesterday that he has been released from the hospital.

A passenger in his car, Ronald Althouse, 29, of the first block of Payson Avenue in Catonsville, was treated and released from Anne Arundel Medical Center.

A passenger in Eric's car, Jason Lucas Ryan, 17, of the 5400 block of Shady Side Road in Churchton, was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday.

Chuck Brown, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration, said the SHA had been planning to put a traffic signal at the intersection next year. Construction was scheduled to start in the spring of 1994.

"Due to the accident, we're trying to speed things up," he said.

County police said no charges have been filed in the accident, but the investigation is continuing.

Developer unable to pay back city loan

Annapolis stands to lose $50,000 to $70,000 borrowed by the developer of a highly touted affordable town house community off Forest Drive.

South County Residential Projects, a nonprofit development group, has nearly completed the complex of 35 town homes known as Greenbriar. The houses are being sold for as little as $70,000 to qualified low-income buyers.

Bob Gaines, the builder who worked with South County Residential Projects, told city officials Monday night that the group faced some unexpected costs.

Higher construction expenses and bank fees have left him unable to fully reimburse the city for its $459,000 loan, he said.

Several months ago, the city agreed to allow the group to pay off the outstanding $125,000 with proceeds from the last house.

But now, Mr. Gaines said he expects the group will be unable to pay the last $50,000 to $70,000.

The final payment was due April 10, but the city has agreed to postpone the loan another 60 days.

If the city is unable to recoup the lost money, it would be indebted to First National Bank, said City Attorney Jonathan Hodgson. Some of the options for paying back the money include using general revenue in the city's operating budget or a Community Development Block Grant.

Council rescinds secretary's pay raise

The Annapolis City Council has revoked a pay raise that a secretary received at a time when all job descriptions are under review.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins gave a Fire Department secretary the raise, angering 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 determined the secretary's position was reclassified, which requires council approval. The Finance Committee then recommended rescinding the raise, a move the council approved Monday night.

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