Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson vies for chamber award despite legal woes

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The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Washington is considering Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson for its Small Business of the Year award, even as the owner and GM are facing theft charges.

An attorney for owner Gregory Head told the Bellingham Herald the charges stem from a very unfortunate situation that will be sorted out. But that’s not likely to happen before awards are presented at a banquet tonight.

Head and GM David Nelson were booked into Whatcom County Jail Nov. 18 for investigation into second-degree theft charges. Court documents cited in the newspaper detail a dispute over changing tires and wheels on customers’ bikes, and an insurance payment for the damaged wheels.

Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson is one of five nominees for the award. Chamber president and CEO Ken Oplinger says the dealership is still in the running for the award.

"We've certainly never had a situation like this before that I'm aware of," he told the newspaper.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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