Digest

October 31, 2007

Official calls for talks with Va. cable provider

The risks of allowing Virginia-based Cavalier Telephone Corp. to provide cable service in Baltimore County appear to be minimal and are offset by the benefits of providing more choices for residents, a county councilman said during a council work session yesterday.

As part of a two-stage process, the County Council is expected to vote Monday on whether to negotiate with Cavalier - a decision that hinges on whether the company is considered "technically and financially" strong enough to do business in the county, according to Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, who negotiates cable franchises on the county's behalf.

Kamenetz said that while Cavalier doesn't have the same "financial portfolio" as Comcast and Verizon, the county's major cable providers, the company's proposal calls for a smaller-scale operation. Cavalier would not need to do extensive digging in the public right of way because the cable provider plans to lease copper lines from Verizon to deliver the service, Kamenetz said.

The Sun has reported that Cavalier hopes to start offering service to some areas in the county by Jan. 1.

Gina Davis

White Marsh

Sewage spills into waterways

People are warned to avoid contact with the waters of White Marsh Run and the Bird River after last week's heavy rains caused a sewage spill, a Baltimore County public works spokesman said.

About 17,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the water late Friday evening after storm water overwhelmed the White Marsh pumping station, public works spokesman David Fidler said, adding that the sewage spill had been diluted by rain. The county's Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management has posted warning signs, Fidler said.

Julie Scharper

Crime

Suspect sought in robbery, attempt

Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help in finding a 24-year-old man charged with robbing one business and attempting to rob another on opposite sides of the county within a one-hour period.

Terrence Edward Boone, of the 4900 block of Challedon Road in Gwynn Oak, is accused of robbing a White Marsh gas station and later assaulting a clerk in a robbery attempt at a Milford Mill convenience store early on the morning of Oct. 10, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-LOCKUP.

Julie Scharper

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