- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) — A company with ties to City Council President Sheila Dixon was raided by police, the latest in an ongoing probe by the state prosecutor’s office.

A search warrant was executed Wednesday at the offices of Union Technologies (Utech), which employed Miss Dixon’s sister and had been a minority subcontractor for two of the city’s biggest contractors. A city police spokesman confirmed that officers assisted state officials in the search of Utech offices.

Officials from the state prosecutor’s office also searched the Randallstown home of Mildred E. Boyer, Utech’s politically connected owner, the Baltimore Sun reported, citing unnamed sources.

The probe has added political significance because Mayor Martin O’Malley is running for governor. If he were to win the election in November, Miss Dixon would finish out his term as mayor.

Mr. O’Malley also controls the city’s Board of Estimates, which hands out city contracts, and the contracts could reflect badly on his oversight. Last month, the Board of Estimates banned Utech from winning city contracts for two years because it lied on an application to be qualified to win up to $8 million in construction work on city projects.

In March, Miss Dixon said the state investigation into city funding of companies employing her sister and her former campaign chairman was an attempt to discredit her politically.

City Solicitor Ralph Tyler confirmed in March that the city has received six subpoenas from the office of the state prosecutor. Three sought documents involving Utech, which employed Miss Dixon’s sister, Janice Dixon; three others relate to contracts with Dale Clark, Miss Dixon’s former campaign chairman who owns Ultimate Network Integration.

Miss Dixon has said her sister no longer works for Utech.

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