2 positions added for McLean's office
BALTIMORE -- The number of new jobs created by city Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean increased by two yesterday as the Board of Estimates approved a series of personnel actions.
The jobs -- a supervisor and manager in the auditor's office -- bring to 10 the number of new positions Mrs. McLean has created in a reorganization aimed at increasing her power to appoint new staff.
In the reorganization, Mrs. McLean stripped several key posts of civil service protection and abolished seven jobs. City officials said last week the reorganization would save $19,000. That savings was wiped out by the creation of the two new jobs.
The jobs were among 64 positions for which funding was approved by the board, a panel of the city's top elected and appointed officials and on which Mrs. McLean sits.
Calvert Cliffs' safety improving, NRC finds
LUSBY-- Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. has received high marks from federal regulators for improving safety at its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a periodic yearlong review of Calvert Cliffs' performance, said BG&E; made "significant progress" in upgrading operations and radiation protection at the plant.
The facility, which sits on the Chesapeake Bay 55 miles south of Baltimore, was on the NRC's "watch list" of problem-prone plants for more than three years until it was removed from the list this year.
Thomas T. Martin, the NRC's administrator for this region, said Calvert Cliffs also made "notable improvements" in emergency preparedness during the review, which lasted from April 1, 1991, through March 28, 1992.
Since then, however, the NRC has criticized plant workers for not reacting properly to several simulated emergencies. In response, BG&E; has pledged to beef up its emergency training this summer.
$1 million in cocaine intercepted at BWI
LINTHICUM -- A million-dollar shipment of cocaine was seized yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport by state police officers whose suspicions were aroused by the actions of an arriving passenger and a man who met him there, authorities said.
The cocaine packed in a suitcase arrived on a flight originating in Los Angeles, according to Tfc. J. Scott McCauley, a state police spokesman.
The officers followed a passenger who got off the plane without luggage, watching as he was met by another man, claimed the suitcase at the baggage area and then left it with the man who had met him.
The second man, who was stopped for questioning, presented identification that did not match the name on the suitcase, prompting the troopers to seize it. The man would not give permission for inspection of the contents, and was allowed to leave without the suitcase.
After a specially trained dog indicated the presence of drugs in the suitcase, the troopers obtained a search warrant and opened it to find more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Last night, officers raided the Silver Spring apartment of the man who was allowed to leave the airport and were obtaining a warrant for his arrest. The USAir passenger, who left in a cab, also was being sought.
2 firms fined $250 for alcohol sale, use
TOWSON--- An oversight by a Harford Road liquor store's clerk, and a North Point Road bar owner's desire to serve a few friends after hours caused the Baltimore County Liquor Board to levy $250 fines against both businesses this week.
Peter G. Xanthakos' liquor license for Maria's Deli and Liquors, located in the 7700 block of Harford Road, prohibited him from selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays. However the clerk on duty Feb. 16 -- a Sunday -- didn't know that. A county liquor inspector caught her selling liquor that day. Her oversight cost Mr. Xanthakos $250.
The Sparta Inn in the 6400 block Old North Point Road received its fine for what happened there Oct. 24, 1991. On that day, county police saw cars parked outside Louis Spyridakos' business at 2:23 a.m. Inside, the officers found eight people with open cans of beer and filled cups. Mr. Spyridakos told officers he was giving his friends a few free beers. His generosity ended up costing him $250. County bars must stop serving liquor, free or otherwise, at 2 a.m.
6 to be honored for community work
RANDALLSTOWN -- Baltimore County's Minority Advisory Council will honor six county residents tonight for volunteer and community work done on behalf of their respective ethnic groups.
The council will give the awards to Perlie Freeman, who is from the African-American community; Becky Hsieh, who is Chinese-American; Raymundo A. Magno, a Filipino-American; Kali Mallik, an Indian American; Lourdes S. Morales, a Hispanic-American, and Jai Ryu, representing the Korean-American community.
The awards reception will be held at the Liberty Family Resource Center, 8737B Liberty Road, Randallstown, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Think tank employees on Shore reassured
EASTON -- The Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, a think tank that moved its primary campus from Aspen, Colo. to Maryland in 1984, has begun a $16 million expansion of its facility in the Rocky Mountain resort town where it was founded more than 40 years ago.
But the prestigious research institute's president, David McLaughlin, says there are no plans to close or downsize its campus near Queenstown on the Wye River's banks.
Some of the group's Maryland employees had been troubled about their future with the institute ever since word of the construction and reorganization efforts in Colorado filtered east a month ago.
Mr. McLaughlin said the Queen Anne's County facility will continue to operate as a year-round conference center for outside groups, as well as a seminar site for institute members.
For the record
* The Russell Street entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 95 will be closed to traffic from 10 p.m. today until 5 a.m. tomorrow. Also, the Caton Avenue entrance ramp to northbound I-95 will be closed to traffic from midnight tomorrow night until 10 a.m. Saturday. Both closures are required for roadway paving on I-95.
Md. probation director to take Fla. position
Henry L. Templeton, director of Maryland's Division of Parole and Probation since 1990, announced yesterday that he is resigning to head a larger correctional program in Southeast Florida.
Mr. Templeton's departure is to be effective Aug. 17, the same day he is to begin as a director of criminal correction centers and probation and parole programs in Fort Lauderdale.
The Florida job entails supervising as many as 3,000 employees -- nearly triple the number he has had in Maryland -- in 14 community correctional centers and eight major prison institutions.
Mr. Templeton, 45, has been in criminal justice work 24 years. He came to Baltimore in September 1990 after heading the adult parole system in Illinois for more than four years.
Bishop L. Robinson, secretary of Maryland's Public Safety and Correctional Services Department, said in a prepared statement that Mr. Templeton "provided exemplary service and inspired leadership during difficult economic times."
While working for Maryland, Mr. Templeton pushed for the expansion of the police powers of parole and probation officers to improve supervision of criminals. He also advocated alleviating the tax burden by charging fees to offenders placed under parole and probation supervision.