Missing woman’s husband charged with robberyBy TOM GIAMBRONIfirstname.lastname@example.org
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LISBON - The former Rogers man whose wife disappeared nearly eight years ago is in serious trouble with the law again, this time for allegedly shooting an Ashland County man during a home-invasion robbery last month.
Clifford E. Hill Jr., appeared Wednesday in Ashland County Common Pleas Court on a charge of aggravated robbery in the March 7 robbery/shooting of John B. Stone. During the hearing Hill asked the magistrate if he could plead guilty now but was told no. He is being held in the county jail on $750,000 bond.
According to the Ashland Times-Gazette, Hill forced his way into Stone's home on the evening of March 7 and shot him twice in the abdomen while robbing him. Stone, 48, survived the shooting.
Hill, 40, was arrested on April 14 at his mother's home on Spruce Street in Lisbon. Detective Andy Sweeney of the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office said the arrest was made after Hill was contacted by his state parole officer and told to meet with him at the county adult parole department in Lisbon on that day.
When Hill arrived he was met by his parole officer, Sweeney and detectives from the Ashland County Sheriff's Office. Sweeney said they proceeded to the Spruce Street address, where Hill and his mother both gave their permission to search the premise. They were able to retrieve the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.
Hill waived his right to an extradition hearing in county Municipal Court and was returned Tuesday to Ashland County, where additional felony charges are expected to be brought against him for the shooting.
Hill is the husband of Tracy Hill, of Sprucevale Road, Rogers, who was last seen on June 7, 2001, when she showed up for work at a local machine shop. The next day a woman caller who identified herself as Tracy reported off work.
Tracy's mother contacted the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office after failing to hear from her daughter and finding her missing from the house trailer she shared with her husband. All of Tracy's belongings were still there, except for her purse.
The day after Tracy was reported missing, the car she had been given by her mother was found in Hill's possession at his mother's Guilford Lake home. Hill told investigators he had no idea what became of his wife and claimed she had given him permission to use the car.
Prior to the 25-year-old Tracy's disappearance she had obtained a domestic violence protection order against Hill, which she later dropped on June 6 - the day before her last known contact with anyone.
Sweeney said following Hill's arrest last week he was asked about Tracy, and Hill told them he still doesn't know anything about his wife's whereabouts.
Following Tracy's disappearance, Hill served a combined 20-month prison sentence for unauthorized use of his mother-in-law's car and unrelated charges of theft and receiving stolen property.
Hill was released from prison in July 2003, and in August 2004 he was arrested for robbing an Amish woman and her young daughter in Holmes County, where he is originally from. The Amish were in a horse-drawn buggy when Hill robbed them at gunpoint, stealing a purse containing $6, bank checks and a Bible. He was sentenced in February 2005 to four years in prison for the robbery and was released early last August.