Police log 4/11

April 11, 2002

Ronnie Larry Turney was picked up in Ohio on armed robbery warrants issued by Hagerstown City Police on Wednesday, the same day his picture and criminal charges were highlighted in the local media.

North Randall Police in Ohio stopped Turney during a traffic stop at 11:40 a.m., said Hagerstown Police Lt. Rick Johnson.

Turney was being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing, according to Capt. David Davis of the North Randall Police.

Turney, 23, was being sought in connection with an April 4 armed robbery at the intersection of Jonathan Street and West North Avenue.

The victim told police he was accosted by a man who displayed a handgun and then hit him in the head with the weapon. The victim was struck again when he went to the ground and his wallet was stolen.


In addition to armed robbery, the warrant charges Turney with one count each of robbery, theft, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in a crime of violence, police said.

Hagerstown City Police's new most wanted person for this week is Steven Vincent Dillinger who is being sought on charges stemming from a March 9 incident at 45 Wakefield Road.

Dillinger is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and three handgun violations, police said.

Described as a 23-year-old black male, Dillinger is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds and has brown eyes. He also has black hair which may be longer now and braided in rows, police said.

Dillinger has a muscular build and several tattoos including a noticeable one in Chinese letters on the back of his neck.

His last known address was 45 Wakefield Road.

Anyone with information about Dillinger's whereabouts may call Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Hagerstown City Police are warning small businesses that routinely cash payroll checks for customers that a number of counterfeit payroll checks have shown up around Hagerstown and Washington County.

"We got a call from a bank in Hagerstown about a counterfeit check submitted for deposit from a local business that appears to have been computer generated," said Detective George Brandt.

In two of the more recent incidents, payroll checks were presented from businesses that don't exist, Brandt said. One was supposedly for a Miller's Nursery in Leitersburg and the other was for B&M Cleaning in Frederick.

A third check was from a bonafide business in Washington County but was not legally issued by that firm, Brandt said.

Brandt said business owners wanting to protect themselves should know the person presenting the check and require identification from anyone seeking to cash a check.

CHEWSVILLE - Maryland State Police were looking for the driver of a Ford pickup truck they alleged was at fault in an 8 p.m. crash on Md. 64 that injured an off-duty Montgomery County police officer.

Trooper 1st Class D.W. Smith said witnesses told him a 20-year-old Hagerstown man driving the pickup walked away from the crash scene. The driver remained at large hours later, he said.

The other driver, James Ralph Dunn, 53, of Smithsburg, was being assessed in the emergency room of Washington County Hospital at presstime Wednesday, Smith said.

Dunn was alone in his Chevrolet compact car when the pickup truck pulled out from Twin Springs Drive into the path of the Dunn car, which was eastbound on Md. 64. The impact forced the car into a guardrail.

Dunn was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, Smith said.

Two passengers in the pickup truck had minor injuries but refused treatment, Smith said.

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