Police do not have recycling answers Phone book misprint gives chief's number

November 29, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Where's James Earl Jones when you need him?

The authoritative tones and crisp diction of the actor-pitchman for Bell Atlantic might come in handy around the Baltimore County Police Department in the wake of a misprint in the 1997-1998 telephone directories distributed this month.

The number listed for county recycling information is the office of Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan.

For now, callers will have to make do with the voice of Sgt. Joseph "Jay" Gribben, who answers the police chief's phone at 410-887-2200 and is referring recycling queries to the number that should have been listed, 410-887-2000.

Gribben received seven calls yesterday from people with recycling questions -- considerably more than might be expected when two numbers are a digit apart.

Then came an explanatory call from the Bureau of Solid Waste Management: Sorry, your number has been printed in the phone book under our listing.

The error was discovered when waste-management employees did a routine check of the new directories after they arrived this week, said Charles K. Weiss, the bureau chief.

"We supplied the proper information, and the telephone company printed the wrong number," Weiss said.

Nor was it the only error, he said. A "nonpublished" number for the waste management office also found its way into the new listings.

"The directory is good for a year," he said, sighing.

Bell Atlantic's business offices were closed yesterday, and company representatives could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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