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Va. man now faces robbery charges in Md.

March 24, 1999

A Stephens City, Va., man charged with robbing an Inwood, W.Va., bank now faces similar charges in Maryland.

Hagerstown City Police said Wednesday they filed charges against Charles Franklin Adams III in the March 15 robbery of the Hagerstown Trust Co. branch at West Side Avenue.

Adams, 31, was being held Wednesday on $50,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., on charges stemming from Monday's robbery of the Blue Ridge Bank branch in Inwood, W.Va.

He also has been charged with robbing two Hagerstown motels and a Dual Highway convenience store late Sunday and early Monday, police said.

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He could face charges in a March 4 robbery at the Hagerstown Trust Co. branch on the Dual Highway, according to Maryland State Police.

"I'm still typing my charges," said Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Troy McDonough on Wednesday afternoon.

After he was apprehended by West Virginia State Police on Monday, Adams was interviewed by Hagerstown City Police and Maryland State Police. He confessed to the Maryland crimes in their presence, police alleged Tuesday.

Paroled last June from the Maryland prison system for drug-driven robberies in the early 1990s, Adams faces a parole violation in light of the new charges, according to Maryland Parole Commission Chairwoman Pat Cushwa.

- Marlo Barnhart

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