Police log for 1/23

January 23, 2003

Suicide ruled as cause of death for man found in wooded area

Maryland State Police this week said suicide was found to be the manner of death of a badly-decomposed body found Nov. 4 in a wooded area south of Hagerstown, said Lt. Greg Johnston, Hagerstown barrack commander.

A hunter notified Maryland State Police in Hagerstown after finding skeletal remains in the woods behind the Park and Ride lot off Md. 65 near Interstate 70, police said.

Johnston said Wednesday the body was that of a West Virginia man.

Initially, the case was investigated as a homicide until foul play was ruled out, investigators said.

The body was described as being that of a white male with brown hair. He was wearing brown, size 8 1/2 medium Rockport shoes, a dark waist-length jacket and khaki-colored pants, said Lt. Bud Frank, a Maryland State Police spokesman in Pikesville.

A pair of gold-rimmed glasses, a green Eastport backpack that contained a green and orange latch-hook pillow, and keys to a Toyota and a General Motors vehicle were found at the scene, Frank said in November.


No identification was found on the body which forensic specialists determined had been in the woods for several months, Frank said in November.

A forensic anthropologist with the military and a forensic pathologist with the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office examined the remains.

Man uses rifle to hold up 7-Eleven on Leitersburg Pike

A man with a rifle held up the 7-Eleven at 19340 Leitersburg Pike Wednesday morning and took an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes, Maryland State Police said.

According to police, a man wearing a dark ski mask walked into the store with a long rifle of an unknown make. He demanded cash and cigarettes from the clerk and after receiving the items fled on foot, police said.

Police used a dog to track the robber, and concluded a car was waiting for him nearby. The Washington County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation.

The man was described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build. A gray beard protruded from under his mask, and he was wearing a light colored, hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and sneakers. The rifle had a stainless steel barrel, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime may call Trooper 1st Class T.E. McDonough at the Hagerstown barrack at 301-739-2101. Anonymous tips can also be left at Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Frederick Police make several drug arrests during raid

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department made several drug arrests Tuesday in two sting operations.

At about 9:15 p.m., officers entered a residence in the 1000 block of Greystone Drive looking for a man wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for probation violation and found approximately $2,200 worth of cocaine, police alleged.

Clarence Waldron James, 40, of the 1000 block of Greystone Drive, was charged with manufacturing cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to manufacture cocaine, conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing equipment, police said.

Cpl. Michael Pue III said Wednesday that James was taken to Frederick County Hospital for treatment of unrelated health problems following his arrest. Pue said James was being guarded around the clock.

Police also charged Keith Grant Fisher, 42, of the 1000 block of Greystone Drive, with unlawful manufacturing, possession, intent to distribute cocaine, possession of hypodermic syringes, drug paraphernalia, manufacturing equipment and conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine, police said.

Fisher was being held Wednesday night at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Police also arrested five people and charged them with conspiracy to manufacture crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All were being held Wednesday at the Frederick County Detention Center on $60,000 bond. They were:

  • George Edward Hill, 50, of the 800 block of East Patrick Street.

  • Anthony Darnell Brown, 39, of the 300 block of West South Street.

  • Anthony Augustus Henderson, 46, of the 5800 block of Brownsville Road, Burkittsville, Md.

  • Joyce Lynn Mitchell, 42, of the 400 block of Logan Street.

  • Colleen Anastasius Medford-Creech, 39, of the 100 block of Willowdale Drive.

In a separate sting at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday near the 500 block of North Bentz Street, police charged Shane Edward Oney, 20, of the 500 block of Carlton Place with trespassing and possession of cocaine.

Police looking for man charged with assault, endangerment

Hagerstown City Police were on the lookout for Corey Davon Hart, who is wanted in connection with an assault.

Hart, who is also known as Corey Davon Harley and Corey Turner, is black, 28 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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