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For Immediate Release
July 19, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

WICOMICO COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH
ILLEGAL TIRE DUMPING

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that charges were filed against an individual for the unlawful hauling, storage and disposal of scrap tires and related offenses.

Shawn Torrell Wharton, 26, of the 1700 block of Emerson Avenue, Salisbury, was arrested on a six-count criminal information filed in the District Court of Maryland for Wicomico County charging him with the unlawful transporting and storage of scrap tires, the disposal of scrap tires for monetary gain, as well as fourth degree burglary and the obtaining of services by bad check.

Wharton is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for unlawful storage or transportation of scrap tires is a $10,000 fine, and the maximum penalty for disposal of scrap tires for monetary gain is $25,000 and/or five years. The maximum penalty for obtaining services by bad check is $100 and/or 18 months and the maximum penalty for burglary in the fourth degree is three years.

Wharton was arrested by Maryland State Police and released after posting $20,000 bond. No trial date has been scheduled.

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