Young woman evades attack


A Columbia woman walking along a dirt path in the Long Reach area Wednesday night narrowly escaped an attacker who lost his footing and fell after attempting to grab her.

Police said the woman, 18, was alone on a dark path between Dobbin Center Way and the dead end of Tamar Drive about 10:20 p.m. The assailant grabbed the victim's shoulder, and they both fell to the ground.

The woman was able to get up and run without being injured.

Police have no suspects in the attack.

Three cooking classes planned at Hammond

The county Department of Recreation and Parks is offering three cooking classes through November at Hammond High School at 8800 Guilford Road.

* "Soups and Sauces" will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 28. The fee is $21, plus $10 for materials.

* "Pumpkin Pie (Not)" will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 15. Participants will learn how to prepare pumpkin muffins, pasta and soup. The fee is $7 plus $3.50 for materials.

* "Holiday Bread Baking" will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 16. Participants will learn how to bake breadsticks and quick breads. The fee is $10 plus $3.50 for materials.

Advance registration is required. There is an additional $3 charge for nonresidents.

Information: 313-2762.


* Kings Contrivance: 7500 block of Weather Worn Way: Thieves lifted a gold 1985 Lincoln onto crates and stole its tires Tuesday or Wednesday.

* Long Reach: 8300 block of Silver Trumpet Drive: Two round-trip Continental Airlines tickets to Boston were stolen from a blue Ford Tempo between Oct. 7 and Tuesday.

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