Baltimore County Digest


November 16, 2006

Schuler-Baisden race still hangs in balance

A close race between two Democrats running for a seat in the House of Delegates representing the Perry Hall area might not be decided until tomorrow or early next week, when the overseas absentee ballots are counted, the head of Baltimore County's Board of Elections said yesterday.

Candidate Todd Schuler, an Overlea attorney, had a 105-vote edge over Ruth Baisden, a Parkville community activist, after the bulk of absentee ballots were counted last week.

Election workers were still verifying information yesterday on about 800 provisional ballots cast in the 8th District, which also includes Carney, said Jacqueline K. McDaniel, director of the county's Board of Elections.

The provisional ballot count could be finished as early as today, McDaniel said. The counting of absentee ballots from voters overseas will begin tomorrow, she said.

Workers are staying until 7 o'clock every night and might work through the weekend to finish the vote count, McDaniel said.

Laura Barnhardt

Golden Ring

Man is fatally struck by train

A man believed to be homeless died early yesterday after being struck by a train in the Golden Ring area of eastern Baltimore County, police said.

About 6 a.m., a man was sitting in the middle of the CSX tracks, beneath the Interstate 695 overpass near the 8600 block of Pulaski Highway, as a train approached, police said.

The train operator blew the horn and attempted to stop, but the man on the tracks did not move, police said. He was struck by the train and died at the scene, police said.

His identity has not been released, pending family notification, police said.

Nick Shields

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