Police log

July 23, 1997

Body found at dam still unidentified

A partially decomposed body found by a fisherman in the Potomac River at Dam No. 3 near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Friday still hasn't been positively identified, Maryland State Police said Tuesday.

Police did say the body could be that of a local woman reported missing on Jan. 1.

Theft charges placed on inactive docket

Washington County District Court officials placed a Waynesboro, Pa., man's theft charges on the inactive docket Tuesday, according to court records.

Travis Eugene Knott, of 8647 Sheffield Manor, was charged in connection with a theft at the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. last December. He was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor theft five months after $2,000 was discovered missing from the fire station.


Cases placed on the inactive docket can be brought back, for any reason, within one year.

Knott said he also agreed to perform 50 hours of community services through the Washington County Alternative Sanctions Program.

Reward offered in tree vandalism

A $500 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the vandals who destroyed a number of red oak trees lining the lane to Plumb Grove in Clear Spring.

The reward, raised through private donations, was announced by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the incident that was discovered over the July 4 weekend.

In addition, the Town and Country Garden Club of Hagerstown has announced the donation of $500 toward replacement of the trees.

The 25 trees were planted in the spring of 1996.

Woman missing

Alleine Grace Mills, 60, of 9704 Clover Heights Road, was reported missing after family members said she left the house Dec. 31 and did not return.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Greg Johnston said there was no reason to suspect foul play.

He said dental and other records are being checked by the state medical examiner in Baltimore.

2 charged in taxi office break-in

Two men who were allegedly found inside Turner's Taxi offices at 655 W. Washington St. Monday evening have been charged with breaking and entering, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Charles Ardinger Spigler, 29, and Olen Wayne Hawn, 23, addresses unknown, were being held in lieu of $10,000 bond Tuesday night.

Man found sleeping in city apartment

An 18-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man was arrested Monday after he was found sleeping in a vacant apartment at 303 Bentley Court, Hagerstown City Police said.

Geoffrey Shane Sharrard, of 5567 Buchanon Trail East, was charged with fourth-degree burglary, police said.

Cigarettes stolen

Thieves broke into AC&T at 724 Frederick St. Monday and stole 57 cartons of cigarettes, Hagerstown City Police said.

The loss was $928.

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