Regional Digest

In Harford County

Police release description of unknown woman's body


ABERDEEN - The unidentified body found Sunday in the 1400 block of Stepney Road near Aberdeen is described as that of a Caucasian woman 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 110 pounds, with a petite build and dark hair, a Harford Sheriff's Department spokesman said yesterday.

The victim had numerous tattoos, and the body was partially clothed when found, said spokesman Edward Hopkins. In an autopsy Monday, the cause of death was ruled as blunt-force trauma to the head and face, Hopkins said.


Anyone with information is asked to call 410-836-5431.

Police seek gunman who robbed Royal Farms

CHURCHVILLE - A man robbed a Royal Farms store in the 3100 block of Churchville Road at 4:55 a.m. yesterday, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The man approached the clerk and showed a handgun tucked into his waistband, said sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins. The man stole less than $300 in cash and cigarettes. He was last seen running east on Churchville Road.

Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information concerning the robbery. Call 888-540-TIPS.

In Maryland

Appeals Judge Eldridge to retire in November

Judge John C. Eldridge, a longtime Court of Appeals judge, is retiring in November after nearly 30 years on Maryland's highest court.


Eldridge, 69, will be leaving when he turns 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges. A graduate of the Gilman School and Harvard University, Eldridge graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1959.

Though court officials have known for a few weeks that Eldridge was retiring, the court posted a notice of the coming vacancy this week.