In Maryland Townsend would beat Ehrlich in governor's...

REGIONAL DIGEST

September 12, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

Townsend would beat Ehrlich in governor's race, new poll shows

ANNAPOLIS - Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend would defeat Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. by 23 percentage points if the gubernatorial election were held today, according to a new poll.

The survey by Gonzales/Arscott Research & Communications found Townsend leads Ehrlich by 54 percent to 31 percent. It was a less encouraging message to Ehrlich - considered the GOP's strongest potential candidate - than a recent Mason-Dixon poll, which put the gap at 14 points.

The Gonzales/Arscott poll has a margin of error of 3.5 points. Ehrlich is expected to announce as early as Friday whether he will enter next year's race. Townsend is considered the front-runner to win the Democratic nomination.

Board rejects attempt for input on Angelos' fee

BALTIMORE - The Maryland Board of Contract Appeals has rejected attempts by a taxpayers' group to have an independent attorney help determine Peter G. Angelos' fee for representing the state in the tobacco settlement case.

The parties have been in court and before the appeals board over the Baltimore attorney's fee of $1.1 billion, which is 25 percent of the $4.4 billion settlement.

The appeals board ruled Monday against the inclusion of an independent "special master" to help resolve the dispute, saying it does not have the authority to grant such a request. The move had been sought by a group called Project $1.1 Billion Recovery.

Deputy DNR chief quits to pursue other state jobs

ANNAPOLIS - Stanley K. Arthur, the deputy secretary of Natural Resources who briefly ran the agency after Secretary Sarah Taylor-Rogers quit last month, has resigned to "pursue other opportunities in the Glendening-Townsend administration," according to state officials.

Arthur, who has worked for Gov. Parris N. Glendening since his days as Prince George's County executive, filed his resignation letter Friday.

In Carroll County

Man's bail set at $250,000 in child sexual abuse case

WESTMINSTER - Bail was set at $250,000 in Carroll District Court for a Reisterstown man accused of molesting his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

Kishawn Lee Ward, 23, of the 400 block of Shirley Manor Drive was arrested Friday evening and charged with child sexual abuse, sodomy, second-degree assault, and second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses. The abuse occurred during the first weekend of this month at an Eldersburg residence, according to police.

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