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January 11, 1994|By From Staff Reports

ANNAPOLIS — Power failure darkens much of Annapolis area

ANNAPOLIS -- Electrical power to much of the Annapolis area was cut off briefly last night because of the failure of a 110,000-volt line connected to a series of area substations, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported.

The blackout, affecting about 50,000 customers, was traced to high-voltage transmission lines in the 1500 block of Waterbury Road in Crownsville, said Karl Neddenien, a BG&E spokesman.

"The cause remains a mystery right now," Mr. Neddenien said. "We'll be trying to identify the cause tomorrow during daylight hours."

The blackout occurred at 6:13 p.m., and power was gradually restored to all customers between 6:30 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., he said.

The 110,000-volt line feeds the utility's Cedar Park substation in Annapolis, which in turn feeds electricity to the Hunt Club, Bay Hill, Tyler Avenue and Crownsville substations, Mr. Neddenien said.

2nd teacher's jurors to be quizzed on abuse


ANNAPOLIS -- Jurors in the trial of a 30-year-old Northeast High School teacher will be asked to answer the same comprehensive list of questions on sexual child abuse and the schools that jurors in the Laurie S. Cook case were asked, an Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.

Judge Eugene M. Lerner agreed to the request by the lawyer for Charles A. Yocum that prospective jurors be required to complete the survey, with roughly 70 questions, just before trial next month.

The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 8.

Terrence M. Nolan, Mr. Yocum's attorney, acknowledged yesterday that many of the questions are identical to those used by M. Cristina Gutierrez, the attorney for Northeast teacher Laurie S. Cook. Ms. Cook was acquitted Dec. 10 of child sex abuse charges by a Circuit Court jury last month.

Both teachers were charged after Ronald Walter Price, a former Northeast social studies teacher, was indicted in April on charges of sexually abusing three students.

The charges against Mr. Yocum are based on sex acts allegedly committed in the 1988-89 school year between a 16-year-old student at the school and Mr. Yocum, a five-year teacher who was also an assistant football and wrestling coach.

Police made him confess, slaying defendant says


ANNAPOLIS -- A 33-year-old Glen Burnie man whose murder conviction was overturned because his lawyer was incompetent told a Circuit Court judge yesterday that the confession used against him was coerced and that police in Florida supplied him with details about the killing after his arrest.

Bernard L. Ward Jr. is to be retried Feb. 1 in the slaying of Edward Brewer, who was beaten and stabbed to death in an abandoned house on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie in November 1988.

Yesterday, Mr. Ward told Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. that he never intended to confess when he was picked up by Leon County sheriff's detectives in Tallahassee, Fla. in 1988, but that he was taken into a small room and repeatedly threatened.

"I was told that I was going to give them a confession whether it took all night or not," he said at a pretrial hearing.

Mr. Ward is asking that his confession and other evidence be barred in his new trial.

Slowdown reported in bank robberies


BALTIMORE -- Although 1993 was a year that shattered city and state records for bank robberies, the December figures show a decrease -- and bank officials are hoping the worst has passed.

The FBI reports eight bank robberies in Baltimore in December, usually a peak time for bank robberies, down from 21 a year ago. Statewide, there were 34 bank robberies last month, down from 45 the previous December.

Official figures haven't been completed, but the FBI said suspects had been identified in about 70 percent of the 1993 bank robberies.

Baltimore had 116 bank robberies in 1993, by far its worst year. The previous record was 96 in 1980.

Maryland also set a record in 1993 with 333 bank robberies, breaking the old record of 221 that was set in 1992.

Confederate generals to be honored Saturday


BALTIMORE -- The annual ceremony honoring Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lee-Jackson monument at Art Museum and Wyman Park drives, across from the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Col. Harry W. Gilmor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will include fife and drum music, re-enactment units in uniform and a wreath-laying.

Stewart's necklace found in his house


TOWSON -- Police investigating last week's attack on basketball player Larry Stewart said yesterday that a personalized gold chain believed to have been stolen has been found inside his Relay home.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman, said the necklace was thought to have been stolen by the four intruders who stabbed Mr. Stewart and shot him in the neck.

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