Local Leads: 10/27/10

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    AMTRAK WIRE THEFT
    Washington Post: "Amtrak police are investigating the theft of 100 feet of steel wire that delayed Amtrak and MARC Penn Line trains between Baltimore and Washington early Monday, rail officials said Tuesday.  The act of cutting the wire, which transmits signals to train engineers, activated a "track occupied light" about 6 a.m. as a safety precaution, said Barbara Petito, an Amtrak spokeswoman. The light tells engineers to stop and then proceed slowly because another train or something else might be on the tracks, she said."

    SIGNS OF THE TIME
    Gazette: "As Election Day rapidly approaches, a sign of the times are political signs. They abound, and some of them are not just blocking the scenery — they're also violating local law. While the message on a sign is not regulated, the size is, depending on the zoning where it is located and its proximity to roads, said Susan Scala-Demby, zoning manager for the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services."  

    COPS "INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR"
    Columbia Flier: "Top county officials are promising to deal with the “unacceptable,” unruly behavior exhibited by some county police officers at a fundraising event at Turf Valley in Ellicott City Oct. 15.
    In an e-mail sent to police officers and County Executive Kenneth Ulman after the event, Howard County Police Officers’ Association President Gregory Der criticized fellow officers for “Inappropriate behavior by a few that left a lasting impression” at the event."