Jim Costa

They sold the wheels off the mobile home, so trouble rolls around

It seemed like a good idea at the time to Carl Davis, Bruce Jackson and their neighbors in Chesapeake Mobile Court in Harmans: sell the wheels and axles off their mobile homes and pick up some spare change, anywhere from $90 to $250.

"Everybody could do with a little extra money," figured Mr. Jackson, who made $90 on the sale.

What they didn't know was that a county ordinance forbids the removal of those wheels and threatens a six-month jail term and a $1,000 fine for violators. Not only that, it could cost $500 to $1,000 to replace the wheels.

"I don't know what I'm gonna do now," moaned Mr. Davis, who has been out of work for nearly a year....