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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

May 14, 1993

Fire hazard delays work at Harbour House

Renovations at Harbour House have been delayed again, this time by the discovery of a fire hazard that will cost $500,000 to correct and will prevent residents from moving back into their apartments until late next month.

City fire inspectors found a four-inch gap between the utility areas on the balconies outside the apartments and the building, said Harold S. Greene, executive director of the Annapolis Housing Authority.

Inspectors said the gap -- between the air-conditioning units outside and the building -- would create a chimney effect and allow a fire to spread rapidly through the building.

Harbour House, the largest of the city's 10 public housing complexes, has been under renovation since last fall.

The authority is spending about $8 million to overhaul the 273-unit complex.

The first two buildings still aren't completed, however, because city inspectors uncovered several code violations, and the contractor stopped work for more than a month last winter.

While the authority was negotiating the price of changing the fire walls in the 30-year-old kitchens to meet modern building codes, the contractor, R. J. Crowley Inc. of Laurel, halted renovations because of a dispute over doors.

The delays have kept residents from moving into the buildings that were scheduled to be completed in late January.

"They won't give us clearance to occupy the building until this is corrected," Mr. Greene said about the latest problem. "The work is essential. There's no choice about it."

Mr. Greene emphasized that $500,000 was an estimate, and it could cost less, depending on the expense of the materials needed to fill the gap.

Midshipmen face probe after drinking incident

U.S. Naval Academy officials say they are weighing disciplinary action against six senior midshipman who allegedly became intoxicated recently at a dinner on campus, sources and school officials said yesterday.

The academy is investigating the incident that apparently began when several students drank heavily at a dinner sponsored by their company.

The seniors apparently passed on alcohol to underage students in their company, said a source familiar with the incident.

Academy officials released a brief statement in response to media queries yesterday afternoon that stated "the incident allegedly involves intoxication. There has been no determination punishment at this time."

Seniors at the academy are finishing their spring-semester finals this week.

They will graduate on May 26 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. U.S. Sen. John S. McCain, R-Ariz., a POW during the Vietnam War, will deliver the graduation address.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: Tools valued at $600 were stolen from the back of a truck parked in the lot of the Denny's restaurant on Route 450 Saturday morning.

* Lothian: A shed in the 5900 block of Little Road was broken into May 5 and a dirt bike valued at $1,700 was stolen.

* Annapolis: Burglars broke into the Annapolis Garden Center in the first block of Hudson St. Tuesday and took $50 and a checkbook.

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