Countywide meeting planned for United We Stand, America
Central County membership of United We Stand, America, started by Ross Perot, has grown so quickly that the Severna Park chapter has canceled its July meeting to hold a larger, countywide meeting.
The Severna Park group originally had scheduled a meeting for July 26 at the Severna Park library. The date of the new meeting has not been set.
The Severna Park/Arnold chapter, one of five chapters in the county, now has more than 300 members, says Pam Asa, a coordinator.
Members pay $15 and join through the national United We Stand in Texas, and a list of members is then sent to local groups, she said.
Maryland must have 20,000 members to become a state chapter, "and we're quickly approaching that mark," Ms. Asa said.
"I think the main goals of the national organization are government reform," she said. "There's a lot of waste in government and excessive spending. Taxpayers see money wasted left and right. Our goals are to get rid of the deficit before our country ends up bankrupt."
Usually, the Severna Park chapter invites a speaker from a group such as Citizens Against Government Waste or a victims' rights group, Ms. Asa said.
At the countywide meeting, Anne Arundel United We Stand members plan to organize and elect county officers.
Grandmother given custody of youth
A 16-year-old Millersville youth convicted of stabbing a teen-age friend to death last October is being transferred from his uncle's farm in West Virginia to his grandmother's home in Hanover to await sentencing.
Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Martin A. Wolff agreed to the transfer last week after he was told that the uncle no longer wanted the youth, Steven Calvin Barrett Jr. of the 8300 block of Brookwood Road, staying on the farm. Barrett was tried as an adult.
Barrett, a high school dropout, was convicted in April of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Charles H. "Chucky" Cross, 16, of the 8300 block of Oakwood Road in Millersville, during a fight over a flattened bicycle tire.
He was placed in the custody of his uncle, William Heward, to await sentencing because of tensions in his home neighborhood.
The sentencing originally was scheduled for June 10, but Judge Wolff postponed it until August to allow Mark Blumberg, Barrett's lawyer, additional time to have his client evaluated by a therapist.
When Mr. Heward learned of the delay, he told defense and prosecution attorneys that he wanted the youth off his property.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2. Barrett faces up to 10 years in prison.