Police log

July 25, 1997

Decomposed body identified

The partially decomposed body found by a fisherman in the Potomac River at Dam No. 3 near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., July 18 has been positively identified as a local woman reported missing on Jan. 1.

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.

Dental and other records were used by the state medical examiner in Baltimore to make the identification.

Stereo gear taken from auto

A Pioneer compact disc player, two 10-inch speakers, an amplifier and 30 compact discs were stolen early Friday morning from a Jeep parked in the driveway at 20354 Trovinger Mill Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.


The door of the 1992 Jeep Wrangler, which belongs to Larry S. Luther, of the same address, was damaged, police said.

A newer model, teal-colored Mitsubishi Eclipse with several people inside was seen fleeing the scene, police said.

Python missing from show

An albino python turned up missing Friday from an animal side show in the Wal-Mart parking lot along Wessel Boulevard, according to Hagerstown City Police.

It was believed the snake might have been taken by a bystander, but that was later ruled out, said Sgt. Gary Spielman.

Spielman said he did not know how big the snake was. Pythons are large, nonvenomous snakes that coil around and suffocate their prey.

Cash stolen at liquor store

A total of $715 was stolen from Interstate Liquors at 18413 Rose Glow Ave. about 6 p.m. Friday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The suspect distracted the clerk, entered the rear office and stole the money from two unsecured bank deposit bags, police said.

The liquor store is owned by Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade.

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