Judge raises Taneytown man's bail to $250,000

September 16, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County District Court judge rejected a Taneytown man's request for reduced bail yesterday and then raised it tenfold, to $250,000.

If James M. Shipp Jr. is able to post the full amount, Judge Marc G. Rasinsky ordered that he have no contact with his wife and daughter and be evaluated by mental health officials.

Shipp, 36, of the 400 block of Red Tulip Court, was given a $25,000 bail Friday after being arrested on charges of assaulting his wife and police officers, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and child abuse.

Prosecutor Edward J. Puls Jr. asked for the higher bond because of Shipp's previous convictions for escape, assault and malicious destruction, dating to 1982.

Shipp held officers at bay for more than two hours late Thursday and early Friday, police said.

According to charging documents, Shipp's wife called police about 11: 20 p.m. Thursday, alleging that he had threatened to kill her, struck her several times and pushed their 7-year-old daughter.

Officers said they tried to knock on the door of Shipp's home, but dived for cover after Shipp pointed a gun at them from a second-floor window.

The state police Special Tactical Assault Team Element was called. Negotiators talked Shipp into surrendering at 1: 48 a.m. Friday, police said.

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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