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TOWSON -- An automated telephone system to...


TOWSON -- An automated telephone system to notify crime victims about important court dates is set for a County Council vote today.

The one-year contract for up to $45,000 is with Interactive Systems LLC., county officials say. The contract would replace the current system of sending letters or making phone calls to victims, which can take hours of staff time.

Victims would be able to call a designated number to learn the status of a case and would automatically be called by the system before they are due in court.

Council expected to OK contracts for snow removal


TOWSON -- Snow might seem remote given recent warm temperatures, but the county plans to be prepared as the County Council is expected to approve today 11 contracts with private companies for snow removal and road salting this winter.

Plans are to engage 20 contractors on an "on call" basis -- so if no snow falls, the county won't pay. If needed, the private companies would receive $40 to $85 per hour per truck, depending on the equipment, and up to $140 an hour for front-end loaders in case of a heavy storm.

Including county-owned Public Works Department vehicles, the county would have 300 pieces of public and private equipment available for snow removal.

First technology director leaves after three years


TOWSON -- William H. Bond, the first director of the county's 3-year-old Office of Information and Technology, left the job Friday to become a private consultant. His replacement in the $86,314 job is Thomas G. Iler, 31, of Towson, chief information officer for the county Economic Development Commission since 1993.

Bond, 60, was hired in 1994, returning to county service after working in Florida for several years. He was appointed a department head the next year, when County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger created the department to operate the government's growing computer operations.

The decision for him to leave "was mutual," Bond said last week. Iler takes over today.

Police are trying to find knife used in two killings


ROSEDALE -- County police are asking for the public's help to find a knife used in the fatal stabbings of a Rosedale couple Thanksgiving Day.

Police described the weapon used to kill Joseph and Bernice Ohler, both in their 80s, as a black folding knife with plastic grips and a length of 6 to 8 inches with some damage to the handle. The knife might have been left in the area near the 6700 block of Havenoak Drive.

Charged in the killings were Lawrence Borchardt and Jeanne Cascio, both being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail. Anyone with information about the knife is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

William Jenkins Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Ciera, said a police spokesman.

Jenkins, 25, of the 2700 block of Dulany St. was arrested and charged with assault and child abuse Nov. 29, the day he took Ciera to Johns Hopkins Hospital with a severe head injury, said police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. While treating Ciera, doctors found other injuries.

Ciera died Friday, and the state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide Saturday. Jenkins, who is being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center, was charged with first-degree murder the same day, Weinhold said.

Fund-raising festival will feature young singers

Gallagher Fest '98 will have a youthful ring this year when 126 students from Friends School perform as the featured high school chorus at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The students will perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and sing an a cappella piece with soprano Kishna Davis.

The event will benefit Francis X. Gallagher Services, a Catholic Charities program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 410-783-8000.

Pub Date: 12/07/98

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