County identifies 5 more coaches with criminal...


November 27, 2001

County identifies 5 more coaches with criminal convictions

Anne Arundel County officials who earlier this month forced 20 coaches with criminal records to resign from youth athletic teams in the county have identified five more coaches with criminal convictions.

Yesterday, county officials were notifying the five coaches that they will have to resign, said Dennis M. Callahan, director of recreation and parks. The county has reviewed the criminal records of about 1,500 coaches. Starting in July, assistant coaches also will be checked for felony convictions.

The company that is performing the background checks, Kroll Background America Inc., is using computerized state records of criminal cases that date from 1981.

Maryland City man dies in fire at mobile home

A Maryland City man died yesterday morning after he re-entered his burning mobile home, fire officials said.

George Thomas Sr., believed to be in his late 50s, escaped from the fire and told his neighbors to call 911, said Division Chief John M. Scholz of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Then he went back inside to a small office in his home on Paula Street South, where he was found dead by firefighters.

"We don't know why he went back in," Scholz said. "He did the right thing when he left to call 911 from a neighbor's house. But the wrong thing was to re-enter. This is one of the tragic events that occur when you do."

No other people or pets were in the home, which was completely destroyed by the blaze, Scholz said. Neighbors said Thomas, who owned a roofing company, might have gone back inside to salvage valuables from his business, officials said.

The fire, which started shortly before 7 a.m., was so intense that it melted the siding on two nearby mobile homes, Scholz said. It took 31 firefighters from Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Howard counties about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire. Firefighters were investigating the cause of the fire yesterday afternoon, Scholz said.

One neighbor who tried to extinguish the fire cut his hand breaking a window and was treated at Laurel Regional Hospital.

Public invited to attend Parham farewell reception

Anyone who wants to say goodbye to schools Superintendent Carol S. Parham may do so next week at a public farewell reception.

The school board will hold the reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the board headquarters, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. Refreshments will be served.

After eight years as county schools chief, Parham is leaving at the end of December to take a professorship at the University of Maryland.

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