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July 30, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Ex-office manager accused of embezzling $154,000 from firm

TOWSON -- A former office manager of a Timonium-based insurance brokerage has been charged with embezzling $154,000 from the company.

Dorothy K. Hofstetter, 60, of New Freedom, Pa., was charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court with felony theft Tuesday. She is accused of stealing money from her former employer, Brokerage Insurance Services Inc. The charge stems from an investigation by the attorney general's office and the fraud division of the Maryland Insurance Administration.

The charge alleges that Hofstetter took the money between April 1992 and May 1998. Hofstetter worked for the company for more than 20 years and left in June 1998. Felony theft carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Property owners may send requests for zoning changes

TOWSON -- Property owners seeking a change of zoning on their land during the county's comprehensive rezoning process may begin submitting their requests to the county Monday.

Because of recent changes in the law, landowners must post at least one sign on the property that is the subject of the rezoning request announcing that a change is sought. In March, letters will be sent to adjacent property owners informing them of the rezoning request.

Signs cost $60 each, due at the time the zoning request is submitted. Information: County Office of Planning, 410-887-3211.

In Baltimore City

Anti-drug rally for youths set for W. Baltimore church

An anti-drug rally for youths will be held from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Traveler's Rest Bible Church, 3501 Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore.

As many as 500 teen-agers from various congregations are expected to attend the rally that will feature seven church choirs. The event is sponsored by Traveler's Rest Bible Church in Edgewood, Harford County.

The rally will call attention to the Mayor's Annual Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 3, when neighborhoods hold events with crime prevention as the theme.

26 arrested for visiting city pools in off-hours

Unannounced off-hour visits to municipal pools by police and Department of Recreation and Parks employees have resulted in the arrests of 26 people this summer and criminal citations issued to 29 others.

The random inspections will continue at least through the end of the summer, Thomas V. Overton, director of recreation and parks, said in a news release yesterday.

City law states that no person or vehicle is allowed on park property between dusk and dawn. Anyone caught trespassing will be prosecuted.

Peace activist sentenced for violating her probation

A peace activist who violated terms of her probation when she rejoined a West Baltimore group home of fellow activists was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday in federal court in Norfolk, Va.

Michele Naar Obed was released from prison in November 1997 after serving an 18-month civil disobedience sentence for defacing a nuclear submarine in Newport News, Va. She returned to Jonah House, where Catholic Worker peace activists live, in defiance of the terms of her probation, which ordered her not to live in the house after her release.

Another Catholic Worker activist, Susan Crane, also returned to Jonah House in defiance of her probation. In a hearing last month, a federal judge in Portland, Maine, permitted Crane to live in Jonah House.

Pub Date: 7/30/99

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