West Columbia

January 11, 1993

Mjuaji Smith takes part in Marine exercise

Marine Lance Cpl. Mjuaji A. Smith, son of William H. Smith of the village of Dorsey's Search, recently participated in HATRAKU UMA-II, a 24-hour battalion-level exercise with the 9th Motor Transport Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group in Okinawa, Japan.

The goal of the exercise is to increase the training readiness of the Marines in areas of convoy movement and control; nuclear, biological and chemical defense; individual battle skills; physical conditioning; night movement by foot; and human resources skills, including suicide awareness and "core values" training.

HATRAKU UMA-II is derived from Japanese and means "workhorse." The 9th Motor Transport Battalion is known as the "workhorse of the Pacific."

Corporal Smith is a graduate of Howard High School in Ellicott City. He joined the Marine Corps in 1991.

POLICE LOG

* Harper's Choice: 5400 block of Beaver Kill Road: Someone broke a combination lock on a locker at the Columbia Fitness Center Thursday and stole $75.

* Hickory Ridge: 10300 block of Hickory Ridge Road: Someone dented the hood on a 1986 Toyota Supra between 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and 8 a.m. Jan. 1.

10300 block of College Square: Someone used a weapon, possibly a BB gun, and shot out three side windows of a house between 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 p.m. Tuesday.

* Town Center: 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: Someone stole a purse from an employee at the Columbia Mall.

The theft occurred between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

* Wilde Lake:: 10400 block of Cross Fox Lane: Someone stole a jacket and credit cards from a locker at the Columbia Swim Center about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

5300 block of Eliots Oak Road: Someone damaged a front lawn light between midnight and 4 a.m. Monday.

5200 block of Even Star Place: Someone entered a residence between 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and stole a VCR, a television set, jewelry boxes and jewelry.

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