In Baltimore County Businesses without water after...

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January 12, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Businesses without water after Towson main breaks

TOWSON - About 25 businesses along York Road in Towson were without water service yesterday because of a water main break.

Officials of the Department of Public Works in Baltimore, which provides water to the area, blamed recent cold weather for the break at Willow Avenue and York Road. The break occurred about 10 a.m. Thursday in a section of pipe installed in 1947, a public works spokesman said.

City officials expected the main to be repaired by this morning.

Traffic along York Road was reduced yesterday to one lane in each direction between Burke Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard as repairs were being made. Businesses along the stretch were trying to remain open despite the lack of water. In Baltimore City

Man found dead in west-side rowhouse

An unidentified man was found dead last night inside a rowhouse in the 900 block of N. Gilmor St. in West Baltimore, city police said.

The cause of death appeared to be blunt force trauma, said city police, who are treating the case as a homicide. No arrests were made, but several people were taken to police headquarters for questioning, police said.

As investigators worked the scene, a cluster of the victim's relatives and friends, some with tears in their eyes, gathered on a dark sidewalk across the street.

Police panel convicts officer of misconduct

An internal city police disciplinary panel has convicted a veteran police sergeant of assault and recommended that he be fired, city police said.

Thomas Cutler, who joined the force 26 years ago, was found guilty of misconduct in office by the three-member panel on Wednesday, said Sean R. Malone, who heads the department's legal affairs office. Harford County sheriff's deputies charged Cutler with assault last January after his wife accused him of hitting her. He was acquitted in District Court after his wife refused to testify.

Cutler's wife did testifiy at the disciplinary hearing. Cutler is expected to retire and keep his pension benefits rather than be fired, police said.

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