Motorcycle thieves using stolen minivans

Thieves have a new tactic for taking motorcycles: hauling them off in stolen minivans. In Baltimore County alone, six have been stolen since July 13. Thieves targeted a dozen minivans, stealing them or attempting to steal them, county police said. Investigators with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force say that if a thief can't easily disable a lock and take a motorcycle, they'll often steal a minivan, haul the bike away and remove the chains or locks elsewhere. Police offer these tips to prevent motorcycle theft:

* Don't leave the key in the ignition, and always keep the front fork locked.

* Park bikes out of sight. If it's not in a shed or garage, park it in view of a security camera.

* Use a good lock and secure the bike to a stationary object.

* Consider using an alarm or tracking device.

Harford teacher, coach indicted on sex charges

A Harford County grand jury has indicted a 43-year-old teacher and coach on third-degree sex offense, sodomy and unnatural and perverted sex practices involving a 14-year-old boy, authorities said. Jonathan Stewart Dick, of Bel Air, taught physical education at Fallston Middle School and coached lacrosse at Fallston High School at the time of the alleged offenses, between March 1, 2007, and April 1, 2008. His current employment status with the school system is unclear, officials said. In addition to the 18 counts announced Tuesday, Dick was indicted in April on six counts ranging from sexual solicitation of a minor to solicitation for the production of child pornography. He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $350,000 bond.

- Mary Gail Hare

19-year-old Columbia man is victim of stabbing

A 19-year-old Columbia man was identified Thursday as the victim of a stabbing at a basketball court near his home Wednesday. Darius Wimbley of the 5200 block of Brook Way was stabbed multiple times. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated and released. The incident took place in the 5200 block of West Running Brook - less than a mile from the victim's home - about 5 p.m. Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call Howard County police at 410-313-3200. Callers may remain anonymous.

- Don Markus

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