300 naval workers given guarantee of jobs at Pa. center

September 15, 1995

Nearly 300 employees of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Annapolis will move to a Philadelphia naval laboratory by 1999, and the center itself probably will close a year later, according to military officials.

Capt. James Baskerville, the Naval Surface Warfare's headquarters commander, told employees this week that engineers, scientists and technicians are guaranteed jobs at the Naval Warfare Weapons Center in Philadelphia, said Jim Scott, the center spokesman.

About 100 people who work in maintenance, public works and clerical positions are likely to lose their jobs. The Pentagon has not decided what will happen to the center after it is vacated.

Earlier this year, the Department of Defense and President Clinton recommended the closing to help cut military spending. Congress approved the recommendations last week.

Annapolis man charged with armed robbery

County police arrested a 28-year-old Annapolis man Wednesday in the theft of a woman's purse as she was walking home from a store in the Festival at Riva shopping center.

Police said the 30-year-old woman was on Hearne Court about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man came out of the bushes and asked her whether she knew someone who also lives on Hearne Court.

When the woman said she did not know the person, the man grabbed her bag, police said.

The woman told police she struggled with the man until he told her he had a gun and she saw a dark object in one of his hands. She said she thought the object was a knife.

The man fled after the woman gave him the bag, police said.

Police later arrested a man fitting the robber's description on West Street.

The suspect, Jeffery McCreath Green, 28, of the 400 block of Captain's Circle, was charged with armed robbery.

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