Annapolis police union rejects a contract offerANNAPOLIS...


August 12, 1993

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ANNAPOLIS — Annapolis police union rejects a contract offer

ANNAPOLIS -- The city police union unanimously rejected the latest contract offer from officials yesterday but postponed a no-confidence vote on Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.

Police Sgt. John Mellon, chief union shop steward for Local 400 of the Food and Commercial Workers union, said the no-confidence vote "will be deferred to a later date."

The 50 assembled union members approved a no-confidence vote, 44-6, against Chief Harold Robbins.

Biotechnology company moves to Parkway Center I


HANOVER -- Adheron Inc., a biotechnology company that develops adhesives from marine bacteria, has become the fourth company in the second quarter of 1993 to lease space at Parkway Center I, pushing the occupancy rate at the industrial park near 99 percent.

That's the highest level of any such park in the Baltimore-Washington area, said David R. Paulson, vice president of marketing for the Svatos Co., the park managers.

The claim could not be independently verified, however.

The leases, with Adheron, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems Inc. and two other companies, total 83,925 square feet of space at the center near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, he said.

"We're delighted to have each of them because they each bring something different to the park," he said.

State police are seeking out-of-state paint crews



WESTMINSTER -- State police are looking for eight contractors and their crews of laborers from out of state who have been spray-painting the metal roofs of houses without obtaining a license from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

Detective Sgt. Donald Hoffman of the Westminster barracks said the teams are believed to be from North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina, and have been working along Old Westminster Pike in the Reese area for about a week.

The newly painted roofs have not yet been tested by time and weather, and there is no complaint of shabby work, police said, but the Home Improvement Law requires anyone participating in the home-repair business to obtain a state license.

Police have arrest warrants charging three contractors for whom they had names with contracting without a license: Berry Stevenson, 29, of Sparta, Ga.; Lee H. Berry, 33, of Augusta, Ga.; and John Joseph Carroll, 39, of North Augusta, S.C.

Sexual harassment ban is extended to students


WESTMINSTER -- The school policy against sexual harassment now extends to students, who can be disciplined for "unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature."

The Board of Education unanimously approved the policy yesterday. The system already had such a policy to discipline employees who harassed each other or students. The change means that students also can be punished for such conduct.

Discipline for students ranges from a conference to referral for counseling or extended suspension, at the discretion of the principal.

Examples of the harassment include threats or demands for dates, unwanted touching, sexual name-calling and derogatory drawings, cartoons or gestures.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling also said school staff will get more information this fall on laws requiring the reporting of suspected child sexual and physical abuse.

Boy getting rabies shots after bite by groundhog


FREDERICK -- An 11-year-old city boy is undergoing a series of shots after being bitten by a rabid groundhog in northern Frederick County, health officials said.

The boy was trapping groundhogs when he was attacked last month and bitten on the foot, said Ed Woods, director of environmental health for the county.

Twenty-one cases of rabid groundhogs have been reported in Frederick County in the past 11 years, according to statistics supplied by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Frederick County, with 31 cases, has had the third highest number of rabies cases as of July 31. Wicomico County leads the state with 97, and Dorchester County has had 32, according to the state statistics.

Some opposing raise for the commissioners


FREDERICK -- Several members of the legislative delegation oppose a pay raise for the commissioners.

"I'm not in favor of public officials getting a raise when people are struggling to get a job," said Del. James E. McClellan, a Frederick Democrat.

Ronald Sundergill, president of the board, suggested that the commissioners' $30,000 annual salary was "a pretty small amount" and might not attract the best candidates in the next election. But he said he would not favor a raise "at this time."

Commissioner David Gray said the board could include the pay increase proposal in its requests to the county's state lawmakers. But the pay increase doesn't seem to have the support of the board.

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