The Annapolis city council will vote tonight on ordinances to discourage prostitution on city streets and smoking in government buildings.
The prostitution ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Samuel Gilmer, a Ward 3 Democrat, would require prostitutes to leave an area upon police orders.
Prostitutes who disobey police orders to move would be subject to a fine not exceeding $100 or imprisonment of 90 days.
The anti-smoking ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Carl O. Snowden, a Ward 5 Democrat, would amend the city code to prohibit smoking in government buildings. The code already prohibits smoking on city buses, and smoking is prohibited in buildings by the mayor's order.
A person who violates the ordinance would be subject to a fine of not more than $100.
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Con artist fast talks cashier at Sbarro's
A fast-talking con artist paid for a $1.25 soda with a fifty dollar bill Wednesday and walked away from Sbarro's in the Annapolis Mall with $150 in change, county police said.
The restaurant manager told police that a man came into the store shortly after 7 p.m. and bought the soda. He gave the cashier a $50 bill and asked for change in several different denominations, police said.
The man then began talking very fast, confusing the cashier who eventually gave him $150 instead of the correct change, $48.75.
Inmate fails to return from work release
A Brooklyn Park man serving a one-year term for misdemeanor theft failed to return from his work release job Wednesday night, county police said.
Cardinal Hamidullah Hassan, 38, whose last known address was in the 600 block of Hillview Road, was working at Killian Contractors in Crownsville. He was scheduled to return from work at 8 p.m. A detention officer contacted county police when Mr. Hassan did not show up by 2 a.m. Thursday, police said.
Lothian farmer named to tobacco committee
A Lothian farmer has been named to a U.S. Department of Agriculture committee that makes recommendations on how tobacco is inspected at auctions, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer announced Friday.
Earl Griffith will represent the farm bureaus of Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Missouri and West Virginia on the 28-member committee. He will serve for two years.
Mr. Hoyer, a 5th District Democrat, said Mr. Griffith was helpful as a member of the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau, especially during last year's drought.
"I am also particularly pleased that a resident of Maryland will be representing such a large number of states on an issue of critical importance to the farmers of our region," Mr. Hoyer said in a statement.
The National Advisory Committee for Tobacco Inspection Services makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture regarding the level of tobacco inspection services at designated auction markets. It also assesses the collection of fees at those markets.
* Lothian: Someone shattered the passenger side window Thursday of a car parked in the 1300 block of Mount Zion Marlboro Road, causing $200 worth of damage.