Car Flips Over, Kills Virginia Man On I-70

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August 18, 1991

A Winchester, Va., man was killed Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Lisbon when his Ford Bronco flipped over several times after striking theback of another car, county police said.

Charles Edward Mathers, 51, was ejected from the vehicle at 9:05 p.m. and died shortly after being flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Matherswas not wearing a safety belt, police said.

Mathers was heading west on I-70 about one mile east of Route 94 at a high rate of speed when he switched lanes and struck the rear ofa car driven by James William Wilcoxin, 47, of Rockville, police said.

The Bronco rolled over several times and came to rest 528 feet from the point of impact, police said.

Wilcoxin and a passenger inhis car, Jean Frey, 42, of Germantown, were both wearing safety belts and were not injured, police said.


County police have charged a Baltimore man in connection with the July 29 robbery of the Crab Shanty in Ellicott City, one of at least eight restaurants in the Baltimore area that have been hit recently by a shotgun robbery gang.

Clifton Degraffinried, 36, of the 3700 block of Overview Road was charged by Howard County police with armed robbery Wednesday following his arrest the previous day by Anne Arundel County police. Police are questioning him in connection with the other thefts.

Degraffinried was charged by Anne Arundel police with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a sawed-off shotgun after he and another man were apprehended behind a Wendy's restaurant in Linthicum, police said.

Howard County police questioned Degraffinried about the crime and linked him to the Crab Shanty robbery, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

The Crab Shanty was one of eight armed robberies -- five in BaltimoreCounty, one in Baltimore, and two in Howard County -- committed by the suspected gang in the last two months, police said.

Four recentarmed robberies in Anne Arundel County may also have been committed by the same gunmen, police said.

In all the robberies, between twoand four masked men forced their way into a restaurant at closing time and threatened employees with shotguns and knives, police said.

Police are continuing their investigation into the robberies and more charges are pending.


Twogunmen barged into a spa Thursday in Columbia and robbed jewelry andcash from employees and customers, county police said.

The two men, armed with revolvers, entered the Tokyo Spa in the 7000 block of Oakland Mills Road shortly before 11:30 p.m. and ordered everyone to hand over their valuables, police said.

Seven employees and three customers were in the spa when the robbery occurred. The gunmen also took money from the counter register, police said.

The thieves thenordered everyone in the spa into a laundry room and ordered them notto get out until the robbers made their getaway, police said. No onewas injured in the incident.

Police did not disclose the amount of money taken from the business or the victims. The three customers left the scene before police arrived, although employees were able to give a general description of the gunmen, police said.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:


9100 block Flamepool Way: Aug. 12, a cable television box was reported stolen sometime before 4:30 p.m. from a home that was entered through a rear kitchen window.

10100 block Placid Lake Court:Aug. 12, several pieces of jewelry were reported stolen at 3:30 p.m.from a home entered after someone smashed a window.

12100 block Blue Paper Trail: Aug. 8, food items were reported stolen at 4:30 p.m.from a home entered through a rear sliding glass door.


6400 block Greenfield Road: Aug. 11, a 1991 Honda motorcycle was reported stolen at 8:20 a.m. from a residential parking lot.

Ellicott City

3400 block Orange Grove Court: Aug. 11, a 1988 Mitsubishi automobile was reported stolen at 10 a.m. from a residential community.


10000 block U.S. 1: Aug. 12, a 1991 Toyota Corolla automobile was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a business area.

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