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rag ba me Sunday Star September 1, 1991 and "a Maryland review Ambulance policy recommended ANNAPOLIS. (AP) An Annapolis City Council committee will recommend a new city rule discouraging elected officials from overruling police and fire department policies dealing with questions such as use of city ambulances. The committee vote taken Wednesday was prompted by Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins' decision to send one of the two city ambulances to Baltimore on a non-emergency run for Hilda Mae Snoops, longtime companion of Gov. William Donald Schaefer. Currently no policy exists on whether elected officials can overrule department policies. Since the recommen-" dation says officials "should not" overrule policies, it isn't an outright prohibition. The committee recommendation will be brought before the full city council for a public hearing, probably at the Oct. 28 meeting said Terrie DeGraff, chairman of the committee. The committee was asked to take a look at the circum- stances surrounding the use of the ambulance by Mrs.-Snoops after she fell at the governor's mansion July 24. The ambulance took her to the Baltimore hospital where her doctor practices. The fire department turned down a request from the governor's state police security detail, but Hopkins overruled the department. Man uses fake grenade in robbery ANNAPOLIS A man carrying a fake grenade and possibly a toy revolver robbed a bank Friday of an undetermined amount of money, Anne Arundel county police said. The robber, wearing a hat and a mask, walked into the Farmers National Bank at Heritage Harbour shortly after 6 p.m. and demanded money, said Officer V. Richard Molloy, a county police spokesman. The robber then left the grenade 'on the floor and told employees to stay in the building for five minutes after he left, police said. A representative from the county Fire Marshal's Office later determined the grenade was a fake. The gray-haired robber, about 55, then fled on foot. A witness reported seeing a brown pickup truck leaving the area shortly afterthe robbery, Molloy said. Police are investigating whether the robbery is related one at a Crofton bank in March. A man armed with a handgun also covered his escape with a fake grenade during that incident. Section of dam removed. HAGERSTOWN (AP.) An 80-foot sectfonjf an old dam near the West Virginia side of the Potomac River was removed Friday to improve safety, federal and Maryland officials said. "During the periods of high water, it trapped a lot of debris," said Don Campbell, superintendent of the Harpers Ferry National Park. ""As' people get beyond the guard rail, they go out over it and get trapped between the upriver current and the debris." The National Park Service received a permit to do the work from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, said Scott Boylan, regional chief of the enforcement division.'.-" - - ' A crew of U.S. Navy Seabees from Little Creek, Va., used jackhamers and explosives to remove a concrete abutment and part of the dam, said Boylan. Campbell said the dam has been the site of numerous accidents and drownings over the years. The dam was built in the 1800s to provide water power at the U.S. armory in Harpers Ferry. It was later converted to generate power for Potomac Edison. " Last year, the Seabees removed steel reinforcing rods that protruded from the structure, Campbell said. The dam will be inspected again either this fall or next spring to see if more reinforcing rods need to be removed. FBI catch culpret from TV tip HAGERSTOWN (AP) A man suspected of stealing more than $17,000 from two local banks has been apprehended in Texas as a result of a tip generated by a television crime show. John James Irwin Jr., was apprehended by FBI agents in Dallas, said Barry O'Neill, an FBI agent in Hagerstown. i - Irwin is wanted by other law enforcement agencies across the country, however O'Neill said Irwin was wanted in connection with thefts at two banks in 1986. O'Neill said Irwin allegedly deposited checks at the Home Federal Savings Bank and the First Federal Savings and Loan Association that were drawn on closed accounts in Ohio and Florida. Irwin is accused of withdrawing some of the money. His whereabouts were unknown until a segment about him on the July 3 episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" generated a tip. A U.S. magistrate in Dallas set Irwin's bond at $250,000 for the bank thefts. O'Neill said Irwin will be transported back to Maryland within 10 days. New uses for tires being tracked BALTIMORE (AP) State officials are tracking ways to find new uses for 4.7 million automobile and truck tires Marylanders throw away every year. State officials have asked organizations and companies to suggest new uses for discarded tires. In February, officials hope to begin collecting a $1-per-tire fee for all new tires sold in the state, as mandated by the General Assembly last spring. The money will be used clean tire dumps and promote recycling and reuse of discarded tires. "There's a lot of interest and people are looking into what can be done," said Larry Walsh, a project engineer with the Maryland Environmental Service, a unit of the Division of Natural Resources. At some point, the state will request formal proposals , from groups that want some of the tire-fee money to recycle, reuse or dispose of the tires without putting mem into a lancum, yvaisn said. Companies that can demonstrate an abilitv to turn the old tires into new products may receive capital for startup or get a per-tire fee from the state fund, he said. Among the ideas proffered by industry groups,: submerging the tires in the Chesapeake Bay or the ocean for fish or oysters to use as artificial reefs. "The oysters seem to like to attach to them,' Walsh said. Albin seeks to change traffic law TOWSON (AP) A Baltimore County lawmaker wants to change the state law to prevent motorists from avoiding prosecution for more serious traffic offenses by paying fines for lesser, related offenses. - Delegate Leon Albin, D-Baltimore County, said this week that he plans to pre-file legislation that would make traffic offenses that are not punishable by prison sentences civil violations rather-than misdemeanors. It would also require that people facing multiple charges in an accident be tried on the most serious charge first. Lawmaker suggests judicial scprecards (for judges WESTMINSTER (AP) A state lawmaker has suggested that the sentencing records of Maryland judges be compiled to provide a jik dicial score sheet for voters. Delegate Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll County Republican, $aid he intends to introduce legislation next year requiring tharMarylandTAcF-ministrative Office of the Courts maintain a public register filled with the sentences imposed by each judge in Maryland. "What this system would do, I think,, would portray a pattern of an . elected - judge,'!, said - Matthews,- a Hampstead businessman. Matthews' bill modeled in part after a Rhode Island law would require that records be kept on the decisions of district and circuit court judges as well as those sitting on the Court of Appeals. To lessen the burden of recordkeeping, the law would limit the types of crimes and sentences to be included in the ledger. tthewOaiOegotTtieideff tor the bill from his constituents, many of whom have the impression that the court system is not imposing stiff enough sentences on convicted criminals. "They don't know" for sure, Matthews said. He said he backed away from introducing a similar record-keeping measure this' past year after hearing concerns about whether court administrators could process the additional paperwork. Matthews said he also hesitated af ter some judges told him the statis tics would not accurately reflect the complex nature, and often mitigating circumstances, that shape many "criminat sentences: But he said he decided to go ahead because judges should stand on their records just as legislators do. "I just think it is the public's right to know," he said. State Court Administrator George E.-Riggin Jr.- said Friday that his office would not be able to handle such a heavy burden of statistics from courthouses all around the state. Riggin said his office does not have the manpower, nor do most of the tate s county courthouses yet have the computer systems needed to do the job. Plans are under way to install com puter systems in all of Maryland's ' inty-courthousesTmenmejwitl the next two years, Riggin said. Until then, the task would be nearly impossible, he said. "It would be an onerous recordkeeping task to do it," Riggin said. "I don't have the staff to do it now. If they- want to get me the staff -that's fine. But I doubt that is going to happen with the condition of this economy." , If she wins, Fries will champion deaf awareness, eating disorders fc. - A DEBRA RENEA FRIES : Miss Maryland HAGERSTOWN (AP) Just after Debra Renea Fries was crowned Miss Maryland here in June she said: "The first thing I want is a Reese's Pieces sundae because I'm so hungry." She never got one, and had to settle for fresh vegetables, cheese and crackers back in her hotel room, but the remark was more than a offhand statement. It demonstrated her personal victory over bulimia and anorexia, two eating disorders she will describe for the country if she becomes the next Miss America. "I have been a sufferer of anorexia and bulimia and I have been able to conquer it," said Ms. Fries, a 26-year-old instructor of the deaf in Charles County. "I am a healthy individual today." Ms. Fries is among thousands of woman who have battled bulimia, which involves a pattern of binge eating followed by purging by vomiting or with diruetics. Anorexia is characterized by self-starvation and an intense fear of being fat. Women suffering from an orexia often are abnormally lean, ... ivn? iviui jrivJim State emergency medical 1 : sysTem gets nign marks but view themselves as being overweight. The reigning Miss Maryland said she suffered the worst from the eating disorders while in college. She did her undergraduate work at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and in 1990 earned a master's degree in deaf education from Gal-laudet University in Washington. "Nothing started to happen to me until I reached the point where ' I said Debra Fries has an eating disorder that I couldn't hold up the walls around me," she said. "It was hard for me to admit that there was this eating disorder in my life that was breaking me down." If crowned Miss America, Ms. Fries said she will talk often about the dangers of the problems and encourage women to appreciate themselves as they are. She also plans to stimulate more awareness about people with hearing problems. Ms. Fries, who grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., said she decided in the fourth grade to become a teacher of the deaf when she became keenly interested in the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Troopers on bikes monitor beach goers ANNAPOLIS (AP) As motorists J wiz to the beach this weekend for a Labor Day fling, they may catch a glimpse of two of the newer weapons in the quest traffic safety: troopers on motorcycles. Two police motorcycles stationed permanently at the Annapolis barrack have been used an average of three days a week. Tfc. Richard Savage, began the start of a long holiday weekend Friday patrolling Route 50 on the cream colored, fully equipped motorcycle. Things went smoother than Memorial Day weekend, which Savage said featured a lot of disabled vehicles, wall-to-wall case and a lot of minor accidents. Savage and Tfc. Leon Foreman of the Annapolis barrack completed a two-week police motorcycle training course last spring. ANNAPOLIS (AP) Maryland's emergency medical system got good grades in a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study undertaken this month said Maryland has been a pioneer in developing a statewide emergency medical system. It said Maryland is unique among the states in providing free ambulance and helicopter service for people needing emergency medical care, anywhere in the state. Maryland's Med-evac helicopters make more than 4,100 medical flights a year. Almost 500 emergency ambulances answer more than 400,000 calls a year. The team of consultants that prepared the report found some problems, mostly of a minor nature, with the emergency medical system. One major recommendation that would be costly to implement proposed improving the radio communications network between ambulances and hospitals. The report said the Maryland communications is superior to most other states because it is statewide in nature and has advanced features that allow emergency medical technicians to communicate instantly with physicians in hospital trauma centers. 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