In Anne Arundel Court of Appeals to hear case testing...

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January 18, 2001|By From staff reports

In Anne Arundel

Court of Appeals to hear case testing state wiretap law

ANNAPOLIS - In a case expected to test the reach of Maryland's wiretapping law, the state's highest court will hear an appeal from a Laurel man who claims he inadvertently recorded sound when he secretly videotaped a woman in the bathroom of her parents' Edgewater home.

The Court of Appeals accepted the case of Thomas P. Deibler last week. The case is expected to be argued in May.

Last year, an Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge convicted Deibler, 34, on charges including two counts of illegal wiretapping. Deibler maintained that he did not intend to capture sound, only images. The state law that bars secret video exempts such taping done in a private home.

In Maryland

MTA installs line to report buses with faulty lifts

The Mass Transit Administration has installed a toll-free telephone number that customers can call when they observe buses with broken wheelchair lifts.

The number is 1-866-LIFT- BUS. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may call 410-539-3497.

In Harford County

County Council delays rezoning vote until Feb. 6

BEL AIR - The Harford County Council delayed a decision Tuesday night on whether to rezone 155 acres targeted for annexation by Havre de Grace. The issue will be taken up again when the council meets Feb. 6.

The council deferred the vote after more than 20 residents, including Havre de Grace and county officials, spoke out on the city's request to change the zoning from agricultural to commercial.

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