Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

February 27, 2007

Council to discuss Verizon cable

Baltimore County Council members plan to discuss today a tentative deal with Verizon Communications that would give county residents a choice in cable service.

If approved, Verizon would begin competing with Comcast Cable, which is the only cable service provider in Baltimore County, with about 220,000 county customers.

Under the tentative deal, Verizon would contribute 5 percent of its gross revenue to the county as compensation for using county land to deliver the service. Comcast contributes the same percentage to the county, said Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, who negotiated the deal on behalf of the council.

Kamenetz estimated that the franchise agreements with Verizon and Comcast would generate a combined $11 million for the county government.

If the agreement is approved, the communities of Towson, Catonsville and Essex would be offered Verizon cable service within three years, possibly as early as this summer, Kamenetz said.

The council is to discuss the deal during its work session at 2 p.m. today in Towson. The council is to vote on the agreement March 5.

Information: www.baltimore countycouncil.org/legis.htm.

Laura Barnhardt

Suspect in killing might be dead

Investigators from the Harford County Sheriff's Office believe the suspect in the Jan. 1 killing of a Baltimore County man is dead, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The sheriff's office would not release the suspect's name or say how he was linked to the crime, pending DNA evidence to confirm his identity, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, the agency's spokeswoman. The investigation is being conducted in Baltimore County, she said.

"The suspect is deceased, and we are waiting on evidence to confirm the identity," Presberry said.

Walter Antonio Overton, 20, who had been living with his brothers in Middle River, was fatally shot outside of a home in the 400 block of Meadowood Drive in Edgewood on New Year's Day.

Justin Fenton

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