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Frederick News-Post (Newspaper) - April 12, 2003, Frederick, Maryland O 2003 Randall Family, LLC taH-Ioat SATURDAY Vol.120 No. 181 5 Sections Press Run: Frederick, Maryland 21705 wwwifredericknewspost.com FINAL EDITION April Good morning You don't make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. Winston Churchill Weather Today: Partly sunny and windy at times. High 65. Tonight: Brisk and becoming chilly; mainly clear. Low 40. MorcnnB-14 Market watch Nwkq compotltt 1358.85 Ij'iside The Masters Tiger Woods is anything but Master-ful Sports B-l Dancing for God Troupe prepares for Palm Sunday Religion Ethics B-5 Arrest log Individuals arrested and processed through the Frederick County Adult Detention Center A-7 Index Arrest log..............A-7 Business.............B-ll Classifieds .C-l-12, D-l-11 Comics...............D-8 DearAbby............B-13 Editorial, letters........A-10 Lotteries .............A-ll Obituaries...........A-ll Police blotter...........A-7 Real Estate..........C-l-11 Region..............A-5-7 Religion Ethics .....B-5-10 Sports..............B-l-4 TV Listings............B-13 Weather..............B-14 LookAhead SUNDAY Horizon -Meet John Smith. Actually, meet a lot of them Outdoors -La Costa Maya is the 'next big thing1 in Mexico MONDAY Farm Garden Hi-tech methods ate the future of agriculture in Frederick County ftmions ol ITtf fmtofefc News Posl arc prmltd each clay on recycM 1 papci. also n recyclable. Coalition destroying Iraqi force WASHINGTON (AP) Fierce fighting and air strikes have com- pletely destroyed the ability of Iraq's army and Republican Guard to fight conventionally, and no major military forces remain in the country, the Penta- gon said Friday. Though parts of forces and pockets of resistance remain, mil- itary officials were detecting no indication of any command and control ability on the part of Sad- dam Hussein's forces, nor any communication between rem- nants of forces, according to a Defense Department official. "There is no question the regime has lost control, and that represents a good turning point for the people of presiden- tial spokesman Ari Fleischer said. "The regime is gone." He cautioned, however, there may be tough fighting before Iraq is secured. "There may be more wounded, more dead and that tempers the president's reaction." The assessment follows the Pentagon's aggressive targeting Thursday of remaining Iraqi army units in the northern part of the country. "They are the last significant formations on the battlefield that we're aware Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, vice director of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon news conference Thursday. He said the Iraqi forces' capa- bility has dropped significantly "both from casualties and from people just leaving the battle- field." On Friday, officials said that Ba'ath Party officials had either fled or gone underground and that there were no clues on the COALITION A-ll) Mosul falls without fight ASSOCIATED PRESS American troops took the northern city of Mosul with- out a fight and awaited sur- render from holdout forces in western Iraq on Friday, dis- mantling the remnants of Sad- dam Hussein's regime. U.S. commanders vowed to stem looting in Baghdad and other areas. Tikrit, Saddam's home- town, was the biggest popula- tion center not under the con- trol of American-led forces. Warplanes bombed Iraqi forces in the area, and U.S. commanders were planning (Sen MOSUL A-ll) Assorinted Sgt. Javier Vila, from Miami, Ha., cries as he and fellow soldiers pay their respects at a memorial sendee for Cpl. Henry Brown in Baghdad on Friday. Cpl. Brown, who was killed on April 7, was from Natchez, Miss. Family isn't told baby to be adopted By KATHERINE HEERBUANIIT_____________ News-Post Staff kheerbraniHffifrcdericknRwsiiost com A former Frederick County Department of Social Services board member filed a complaint against an agency administrator this week for putting her grandchild up for adoption without notifying the family of the child's existence. Pat Owens of Thurmont alleges in her complaint that Anne Walker, then the director of Social Services acted neg- ligently and possibly illegally when she put Ms. Owens' grandchild up for adoption without first contacting the family. Ms. Owens and her family found out about the baby on July when they received medical bills relating to the child's birth. By this time, the baby was 6 weeks old. She contacted DSS in an attempt to find the child. Ms. Owens sent the complaint to the Board of Social Work Examiners, a state licensing and regulation board that investi- gates allegations of misconduct by licensed social workers. State family law states that "the depart- ment shall, as a first priority, attempt to place the child with a kinship before placing the child in foster care and subsequent adoption. The law was mandat- ed by the federal Adoption and Safe Fami- lies Act of 1997. Ms. Owens has had no contact with the child, who will turn 3 in June. Ms. Owens is already raising a 6-year-old grandchild. Both children were born to the same daughter, who has had no contact with the family in two years. Ms. Owens contends that Ms. Walker ini- tially told her she had no right to notifica- tion about the child because her daughter had voluntarily given the child up for adop- tion. Under those circumstances, the daughter and the child had a right to confi- (See FAMILY A-ll) Attorney: fee 'punitive' By SEAN BARRY _____ News-Post Stuff sbarryis frGdericknewspust.com Former city attorney N. Lynn Board defended her fee to sign a liquor license renewal for the municipal golf course, saying she took the "punitive" act because the city didn't remove her name from the license as promised. Ms. Board, who quit the city in 2001, said the city's failure to replace her as an officer of the Clustered Spires Golf Course exposed her to legal and adminis- trative liability. The application for the 2003 liquor license, submitted on the March 31 due date, required golf course officers' signatures. Ms. Board charged saying in an interview Friday she performs no other legal services for that sum. The contract for the fee, signed March 31, also calls for Ms. Board to collect a day after May 1 if the city has not taken certain steps to replace her as an officer. Ms. Board produced a letter from Mayor Jennifer Dougherty dated more than a year ago, pledging to have Ms. Board replaced as an officer. Ms. Board speculated city employees avoid- ed becoming officers to duck out of signing on to the liquor license. "My understanding, which is hearsay, is that city employees refused to take my Ms. Board said. "Several people in (See ATTORNEY A-ll) Staff photo by Sam Yn Heading north President Bush, second from left, disembarks from Marine One at the Frederick Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon to board a motorcade to Camp David after visiting wounded troops at Wal- ter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The president's helicopter landed at the airport because of rain and low clouds over Camp David, in the Catoctin Mountains north of Frederick. Other photos on A-5. Mural rubbed out Jurors find Gerlach guilty ASSOCIATED PRESS An award-winning muralist has been blocked from decorating the side of an old hotel in Freder- ick's downtown historic district. The city's Historic District Commission on Thursday reject- ed William Cochran's plan.for painting figures inspired by William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" on an exterior wall of the Francis Scott Key Hotel. Commission members said the figures would be unnecessary dec- orations on the 80-year-old build- ing, which was recently converted to luxury apartments. Mr. Cochran has been recog- nized around the world for his intricately detailed, lifelike paint- ings, including several downtown. Mr. Cochran did not attend the meeting. His wife, Teresa Cochran, said he was working on a mural in Cincinnati. She called the decision "disappointing" and said board members of Shared Vision, a nonproftt organization that raises funds for Mr. Cochran's works, would have to decide their next move. By Vic BRADSHAW____________ News-I'ost Staff vltradshawy frcderickncwspost.com WESTMINSTER Randall Gerlach is in jail today after being found guilty of first-degree mur- der in the killing of Dr. Rodney Cocking. A Carroll County jury returned its ruling Friday after deliberating for about two hours and 15 minutes. Mr. Gerlach's bail was revoked after the verdict, which concluded a trial that began March 31. Mr. Gerlach also was found guilty of theft by deception, a felony. He is to be sentenced on June 25 and can receive life without parole on the murder conviction and up to 15 years for felony theft. Carroll County Assistant State's Attorney David Daggett said he probably will request a sentence of life without parole. Barry Helfand, the Rockville lawyer who defended Mr. Gerlach, was disappointed by the verdict. He said an appeal is likely. Police and prosecutors believe the 59-year-old psychologist was killed on Feb. 23, 2002, when he was struck in the head four or five times with an unknown object. Blood was found inside and out- side the garage at Dr. Cocking's Sams Creek Road home that day, and his skeletal remains were found four months later in the Frederick city watershed. Mr. Gerlach committed the crime after Dr. Cocking asked for the return of money he invested with Mr. Gerlach, Mr. Daggett argued. The prosecutor claimed Mr. Gerlach was committing high- stakes frauds on a number of peo- ple; including Dr. Cocking. Mr. Daggett said Friday that Maryland State Police did a good job of investigating the crime, and Internal Revenue Service agents helped unravel Mr. Ger- lach's tangled financial web. "I had no doubt that he was Mr. Daggett said, "and I'm glad to hear we were able to con- vince the jury as well. The Mary- land State Police and IRS agents were the ones who put it all in my lap. They did a great job." The IRS agents helped make Mr. Gerlach's financial maneu- vers "easy for the jury to under- Mr. Daggett said. Mr. Gerlach, a 57-year-old Mount Airy resident, denied guilt in the slaying and theft. Mr. Helfand called it an extremely difficult case. "The state's attorney's office in Carroll County and the Mary- land State Police are really to be commended for doing their home- Mr. Helfand said. "1 hope as a trial lawyer that I did my job, discovered enough error to help my client on appeal, which is inevitable." Mr. Helfand questions whether there was enough probable cause for investigators to get warrants to search several items, including Mr. Gerlach's truck, where evi- dence of Dr. Cocking's blood was found. That evidence was crucial to the state's case. "If the grounds of appeal are Mr. Helfand said, "all of the evidence will be suppressed and Mr. Gerlach will be a free man." ;