Academy expels former athlete
Lamar S. Owens Jr., the former Navy quarterback who was convicted of two felonies after having sex with a female classmate in the Naval Academy dormitory, will be expelled with no degree and will owe the school more than $90,000, Navy officials said Thursday.
The Navy secretary, Donald C. Winter, deemed his conduct unsatisfactory and ordered him discharged, though Owens, 23, was acquitted in July of rape and supporters had launched a campaign in his behalf of letter-writing, organizing on the Internet and lobbying in Annapolis and Washington.
While Owens education was valued at about $136,000, Winter reduced his debt by a third to $90,797.75 in recognition of his noteworthy professional conduct during the time he served as a midshipman following his anticipated graduation date, the Navy said in a written statement.
The academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, had recommended that the Savannah, Ga., native repay nothing.
A section, Friday
Teachers told to work year-round
Annapolis High School teachers will have to work year-round and stay at the struggling school for three years under a tentative agreement reached Thursday by Anne Arundel County school officials and the teachers' union.
The deal makes teachers, guidance counselors, therapists and other specialists 12-month employees, as opposed to the traditional 10 months, and requires them to sign a contract to work at Annapolis High for three years.
The agreement also gives those employees $2,500 signing bonuses, an extra $3,000 for each of the three years they work at the school and up to $6,000 over three years for each year the school meets federal No Child Left Behind targets.
Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell on Jan. 24 ordered all 193 staff members to reapply for their jobs, a move called "zero-basing" that he said was needed to turn around four years of anemic academic performance and thwart a state takeover.
Maryland section, Friday
Fire company treasurer charged
A former treasurer of the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company has been charged with stealing more than $50,000 through a check-writing scheme, Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday, making him the first member of the Pasadena firehouse to face prosecution amid a wide-ranging investigation.
Police have not served an arrest warrant for Kelly T. McColl, 40, who was charged March 31, but they continue to investigate accusations of mismanagement of company funds under former Chief Kenneth B. Hyde Sr. Sacked in February as head of the Baltimore Fire Department's training academy after a recruit's death, Hyde is still acting as chief despite being demoted, several sources said.
McColl, whose last known address was in Surfside Beach, S.C., after leaving Pasadena, wrote dozens of checks from firehouse accounts to pay for his mortgages, credit card bills and car insurance, police said.
Hyde has not been criminally charged; his fellow firefighters have accused him of using the firehouse's money to cover his personal expenses.
He admitted using Riviera Beach's Visa card to make automated teller machine withdrawals and pay for trips in his capacity with Baltimore, but said he repaid the money.
Lt. David Waltemeyer, an Arundel County police spokesman, said the investigation into the department's finances remains "very active."
Maryland section, Thursday
Mid gets 2 years for assault
A military jury sentenced a former Navy football player Tuesday to two years in prison and dismissal from the service for forcing himself on a female midshipman at a Georgetown hotel last year.
Kenny Ray Morrison, 24, was also convicted Monday of conduct unbecoming an officer related to the February 2006 incident. He was acquitted of sexually assaulting a second midshipman at an Annapolis home two months later.
The guilty verdict is the first for the Annapolis military college in recent years and only the third out of at least 56 reported sexual misconduct allegations since 2001.
Maryland section, Wednesday
New schoolhouse opens in Hanover
Harman Elementary School, once a segregated three-room schoolhouse in Hanover, celebrated its reincarnation last week with the opening of an $18 million building.
The new Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School is named for a former student and principal who became supervisor of county schools in 1962. He died of a heart attack in 2001.
More than 450 students moved into the new building at 7660 Ridge Chapel Road on Thursday. Since their old school building was demolished in April 2005, the students had attended Meade Heights Elementary School on Fort Meade.
Hebron is the second black educator in county history to have a public school named in his honor, joining Walter S. Mills of Mills-Parole Elementary School in Annapolis.
Anne Arundel section, Wednesday