Thief's haul includes a police uniform

May 06, 1994

Annapolis police are looking for a thief who might be wearing a police uniform.

Joseph Schulz, an officer with the state Department of General Services, walked out of the Eastport Clipper restaurant at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue Wednesday night and found that someone had broken into his car.

A Department of General Services police uniform, cassette tapes, and a video tape of the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" were among the missing items. The items were valued at $370, police said.

Historic edifice coveted as council chamber

Reviving an idea first considered several years ago, two County Council members said yesterday that part of the 1824 Courthouse on Church Circle might make a nice council chamber once restoration work on the building is completed.

Council members Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis, and David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville, said the space would get more use as a meeting room for the council than as a ceremonial courtroom as is called for in plans to restore the historic building as part of the $55 million courthouse construction project.

County officials testifying before the council during a budget hearing on the project, said the idea was considered briefly about four years ago, but abandoned.

"Nobody picked up on it?" Ms. Lamb queried. "Well, I'm picking up on it. It certainly is something that can be considered."

Mr. Boschert suggested exploring the possibility of moving the council and county executive's offices to courthouse because they must, by charter, remain in Annapolis; moving the rest of the county offices out of the Arundel Center to the Heritage Office Complex in Riva; and then selling the Arundel Center to the state.

"The state has had a very strong interest in this complex for over 10 years," Jerome W. Klasmeier, director of central services, told the council.

County officials said they would explore the idea, a variation on earlier courthouse plans, and get back to the council at a later date.

County Executive Robert R. Neall is seeking $24 million for the courthouse this year. Work on the project is scheduled to begin this fall, with the first phase to be completed in August 1996 and the second phase to be finished by October 1998.

Man fails to return from work-release

An Edgewater man serving six months for contempt of court did not return to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center Tuesday night from his work-release job, county police said.

Amos Jones, 43, whose last known address was the 1200 block of Shesley Road, started his first day of work-release at a roofing company in Churchton at 7 a.m. Tuesday, police said. He did not return by 9 p.m., police said.

A Detention Center officer contacted police when Mr. Jones did not return. Mr. Jones began his six-month sentence April 25, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: Someone stole two bicycles and a cellular telephone Sunday from the garage of a house in the 1100 block of Bay Ridge Road and a generator from the garage of another house in the same block. The bicycles and telephone were valued at $546, the generator at $400.

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