Police log

January 04, 1997

Robbery suspect sought by police

Hagerstown City Police are looking for a man who robbed the Sheetz Store on Potomac Avenue at 11:40 p.m. Thursday.

The man entered the store and handed a note to the clerk. The note demanded money, police said. No weapon was displayed.

Described as a white man, 35 years old, 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet tall, medium build, long dark stringy hair, moustache and goatee.

He was wearing a green Army jacket, black hat and gloves, police said.

Man charged in store robbery

FREDERICK - A 52-year-old man who allegedly robbed a convenience store at knifepoint Friday morning at 4:40 was apprehended almost immediately in possession of the weapon and the money.


Charles Ferman Tipton has been charged with armed robbery, theft and second-degree assault, according to Frederick City Police.

Police said Tipton entered the 7-Eleven in the 400 block of East Patrick Street and picked up a couple of items. He allegedly approached the counter, grabbed the clerk and held her at knifepoint.

After emptying the cash drawer, the robber fled on foot. He was picked up running along the Carroll Creek project, police said.

Car of missing woman found

The car of a Hagerstown woman who was reported missing Wednesday was discovered off Limekiln Road Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Alleine Grace Mills, 60, of 9704 Clover Heights Road, was reported missing on Wednesday after family members said she left the house and did not return.

The silver and gray 1986 Chevrolet Caprice she was driving was found abandoned off Limekiln Road along the C&O towpath adjacent to the Potomac River, police said.

A state police bloodhound searched the area, but found no leads, police said.

Family members said the woman told them she was going to a doctor's appointment, police said. However, a check with the doctor's office showed she was not on the schedule, police said.

Man on bridge struck by car

WILLIAMSPORT - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man was struck by a car Thursday night while he was walking on the Potomac River Bridge on U.S. 11 at Williamsport, Maryland State Police said.

Richard Carl King, 35, was walking in the middle of the bridge when he was hit by a 1997 Chevrolet traveling northbound at about 8 p.m., police said.

King was in critical condition Friday in the intensive care unit of Washington County Hospital.

Mike Hanlon, 31, of 23 E. Washington St., in Hagerstown, was driving the car, police said.

Woman killed in Frederick accident

FREDERICK A 32-year-old Chevy Chase woman was killed Thursday evening when her car ran off Md. 75 just south of Jones Road and hit a rock.

Julie Marie Woodruff was flown to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter shortly after the 6:40 p.m. accident. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

State police said they don't know why Woodruff's 1976 Chevrolet Chevette left the road. After hitting the rock, the car rolled onto its side.

Man charged in bank robbery

MONT ALTO, Pa. Pennsylvania State Police have made an arrest in the Thursday evening armed robbery of the F&M Trust Bank in Mont Alto.

Jason Tucker Brown, 24, of Park Circle, Chambersburg, has been charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering another person.

Also Thursday, police charged Kris Eugene Jones, 25, of Fayetteville, with criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property in connection with a Nov. 19 robbery at the same bank.

Both men are being held at the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bond each.

Police: Frederick girl was strangled

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick girl whose body was found in an area frequented by homeless people was strangled, police said Friday.

The nude body of Stacy Hoffmaster, bound at the legs with yellow nylon rope, was discovered Dec. 23 in a wooded area behind a farm supply store in southeastern Frederick.

The girl had disappeared Oct. 1, a month before her 16th birthday.

Investigators are still examining evidence that could indicate when she died and whether she was sexually assaulted, Sgt. Jeffrey Hutchison said.

Inmate injured in prison stabbing

An early morning stabbing Thursday at the Maryland Correctional Training Center resulted in minor injuries to one inmate's hand, prison officials said.

The victim of the 4:27 a.m. incident suffered three small cuts which were treated in the prison infirmary, according to Joann Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction.

The suspect and the victim, both segregation inmates at the medium security prison south of Hagerstown, were in the shower at the time of the incident, Rodriguez said.

No motive was revealed, she said. A homemade weapon was confiscated.

Both inmates were returned to segregation after the incident. The investigation is continuing.

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