Klocko changes tune, decides land transfer probe is not...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

September 15, 2000

Klocko changes tune, decides land transfer probe is not required

County Councilman John J. Klocko III agrees - on second thought - that Anne Arundel's ethics commission is not required to investigate the county's transfer last year of a 16-acre floodplain to an exclusive country club.

"I called [commission officials] and told them I'm off base on that," the Crofton Republican said yesterday.

Klocko had asked for an ethics inquiry because County Executive Janet S. Owens belongs to the Old South Country Club in Lothian, which was developed and is partly owned by her friend and adviser William F. Chaney.

When the commission declined this week to review the transaction, Klocko wrote a letter saying county law required an investigation. He said yesterday that he had misinterpreted the law.

But Klocko is not going to forget the land deal, which he thinks violated county subdivision law. He said he will attend the commission's meeting Oct. 10 to press his case for an ethics investigation even though one is not required.

The county's law department has said the exchange was legal and corrected a 9-year-old drafting mistake that erroneously gave the county ownership.

Pasadena man charged in robbery at 7-Eleven

A Pasadena man was arrested yesterday and charged with robbing a Mountain Road 7-Eleven store early Tuesday.

A store clerk told county police that the robber reached for his back pocket as if he had a gun and demanded $100 from the clerk. Based on a subsequent tip, police showed a photo lineup to the clerk, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a department spokesman.

Frank Nicholas Jordan, 32, was arrested at his home in the 600 block of Eliot Road and charged with armed robbery.

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