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Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel

May 30, 1999

`Baby's' midnight deadline

AS THE midnight deadline for Anne Arundel's budget approached Thursday, budget officials huddled over spreadsheets and calculators trying to decide whether all the numbers matched up. At the center of a group of burly budget officers was auditor Teresa Sutherland, who was pregnant and due to give birth the next day. At one point, as the clock ticked closer to midnight, Sutherland looked up from her adding machine and declared: "This baby's got to come in five minutes." Everyone froze. Fortunately, she meant the budget.

As the budget talks dragged on past 1: 30 a.m., weary County Council members rocked in their red leather chairs, waiting for the county executive to present a revised proposal. Then, without warning, Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk rose from her seat and asked, "Anyone want coffee?" She took several requests and returned carrying a full tray of steaming java. As she passed out the coffee, Councilman Cliff R. Roop turned to council President Daniel E. Klosterman Jr. and smiled. "Ah, yes," he said, "constituent services."

During one break, a county employee approached Councilman John J. Klocko to ask him about the convertible car he was selling. "Have a seat," he told her. "Let me tell you my Saab story."

-- Matthew Mosk

Right skills, wrong field

IN OPENING-day testimony in Anne Arundel Circuit Court recently, convicted drug dealer James C. Patrick Jr. described taking a cocaine client with him in September so the client could make a $3,600 buy from Patrick's supplier.

According to Patrick's version, his passenger became a homicide victim when the supplier, Leshon Ruffin of Glen Burnie, pumped several bullets into him and took off with the victim's cash.

Patrick said he had been in the drug business since 1988, except for a breather while he was on probation.

But that didn't last long.

"What made you go back to selling drugs?" prosecutor M. Virginia Miles asked Patrick.

"It's what I'm good at," he replied.

-- Andrea F. Siegel

In the eye of the beholder

SQUINTING IN the hot sun on a recent Friday in Annapolis, Robert Bryant, the subject of a recent Sun story about strict rules for home renovation in the historic district, fidgeted and adjusted his pose repeatedly, until the photographer said: "You're perfect."

"I know," Bryant said, smiling. "But very few people see that."

-- Cheryl Tan

Pub Date: 5/30/99

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