Police log for 11/26

November 26, 2002

Deputies investigate Halfway Boulevard crash

HALFWAY - The reason why a Hagerstown man drove his car across both lanes of Halfway Boulevard Monday morning before it overturned was being investigated by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

George Marshall Walling, 59, of 62 Randolph Ave., was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was admitted. He was in fair condition Monday night.

Deputy 1st Class Scott Smith said Walling's 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo had come off Interstate 81 as if heading toward the Valley Mall at 8:20 a.m. but instead of following the ramp, the car drove over a curb and the concrete median separating the eastbound and westbound lanes.

The car then drove across the westbound lanes, through a guardrail and a storm culvert and then down an embankment on the Wesel Boulevard side of Halfway Boulevard where it flipped over, Smith said.


Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications received an emergency call about the accident at 8:37 a.m.

Walling had crawled out of the car by the time firefighters arrived, said Lt. Nick Dattilio with the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

Local man charged in trailer thefts

One of two men believed responsible for the theft of items from trailers parked at a trucking company south of Hagerstown early Monday morning was apprehended by employees.

Maryland State Police said the other man got away and had not been found by Monday night.

Police were summoned to Roadway Express on East Oak Ridge Drive where two men had broken into several trailers. Company employees had chased both men and detained one man when police arrived at around 3 a.m.

Joshua Michael Dunkin, 19, of 10830 Downsville Road, was charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, felony theft, misdemeanor theft, destruction of property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $40,000 bond Monday night.

Police said the stolen cargo included face lotion, hand lotion, Philly Blunt cigars, $750 worth of Energizer AA batteries and 48 pairs of shoestrings.

When he was searched, Dunkin had a small amount of marijuana and homemade smoking devices made of rolled aluminum foil, police alleged.

Police looking for witnesses to fatal crash

New information has surfaced about the tractor-trailer believed responsible for a fatal accident Saturday afternoon at 12:24 p.m. on Interstate 81 south of the Halfway Boulevard interchange.

Maryland State Police said the investigation was focusing on witness testimony that the tractor-trailer changed from the slow to the fast lane, causing the 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by William R. Milich to overturn in the median.

Milich, 40, of Wanaque, N.J., died of his injuries Sunday afternoon. His passenger, Susan Nevoso, 48, was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Monday.

Witnesses said the trucker apparently stopped south of the scene and left his truck briefly before getting back inside and driving away. No information on the tags or type of truck was available.

Police were hoping other witnesses closer to the truck saw the tag, name of the trucking company or any other distinguishing marks while it was pulled over on the side of the road.

Police ask that anyone with such information call Trooper 1st Class Todd Weaver or Cpl. R.W. Poffenberger at 301-739-2101.

W.Va. man jailed on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A call for a domestic problem in the 400 block of South Kentucky Ave. late Sunday led to the arrest of a man on a variety of drug offenses, Martinsburg City Police said.

Troy Jefferson Urias, 27, of 417 S. Kentucky Ave., was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and marijuana as well as obstructing an officer, police said.

He was being held Monday night without bond at the Eastern Regional Jail, officials there said.

Ptl. Kenneth Snuffer encountered Urias when he arrived and placed him under arrest when he refused to obey the officer's commands, police alleged. A search turned up 13 ounces of marijuana, which was packaged individually, 12 grams of cocaine, smoking devices, electric scales and plastic baggies, police alleged.

Police said $1,509 in cash was seized.

Deputies respond to vandalism calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend:

  • Two reports were made Saturday of malicious destruction on Burnside Bridge Road in the Sharpsburg area.

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