Businesses robbed over the holiday

December 01, 1993

County police are investigating a series of thefts at businesses along Dobbin Road in Owen Brown over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The thefts, which police think might be related, occurred between Wednesday and Friday, in the 6400 block of Dobbin Road. Some businesses were closed for the holiday, police said.

In most cases, thieves pried open doors, ransacked the interior of businesses and took a number of items.

Among the businesses hit were Safelite Auto Glass, Allstate Insurance, Rados Technology Inc., Milgray Washington Inc. and Total Care.

Police believe a white 1992 Ford Econoline van with Maryland tags 03A999 stolen from Total Care was used to haul property in the other burglaries. The stolen van was loaded with medical supplies when it was taken, police said.

Village to receive $7,000 for legal fees

Long Reach village will receive a $7,000 supplement from the Columbia Association to partially cover costs of defending the village's disputed election in court.

The Columbia Council agreed last week to reimburse the village for half of its $14,000 request. The village's total legal bill came to $31,293. It budgeted only $2,000 for legal fees for fiscal 1994, but about $10,000 in legal costs was covered by insurance, village officials said.

The village agreed to pay $6,370 to a Baltimore law firm for legal advice after its April 24 election for Columbia Council was challenged.

The village ran up another $24,923 in legal fees when former Councilwoman Gail Bailey took the case to court.

Councilwoman Roy T. Lyons challenged the first election, claiming two apartment building owners unfairly cast 276 votes on behalf of each of their dwelling units for Dr. Bailey.

Dr. Bailey filed a lawsuit to try to block a second election after the Long Reach village board ruled the first election invalid. Mr. Lyons won the second contest to represent the village on the 10-member council.

The judge ruled in favor of Mr. Lyons, saying apartment building owners are entitled to one vote per property lot, not dwelling unit. The decision helped clarify voting rules in other Columbia villages that base voting rights on property ownership, Long Reach officials argued.

POLICE LOG

* Long Reach: 9000 block of Watchlight Court: A would-be thief tried to steal a 1988 Honda Wednesday or Thursday.

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