Reward offered in fatal hit-and-run
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Jan 15, 2013 | 2636 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The search continues for the driver and vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Bartow County in late December, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward in the case.

The Georgia State Patrol and Crime Stoppers are seeking information on a tractor-trailer that struck a 1998 Ford Expedition on Interstate 75 at exit 293 just before 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 21.

The crash killed Maria Tabuena, 29, and her daughter, Melina Trichell, 4. They were traveling in the SUV northbound in the right lane of I-75 when the tractor-trailer changed lanes from the center lane to the right lane and struck the Expedition in the left side with the right side of the trailer. The truck continued northbound while the Expedition ran off the road on the right side, struck a guardrail, hit an overhead sign support post and then became engulfed in flames.

The lookout is for a late 1990’s, “long-nose” Peterbilt tractor, maroon in color with orange fenders, and pulling a silver trailer with damage to the right side. Additional information provided by a witness describes the trailer as having two red, horizontal stripes on the trailer door; the trailer was a refrigerated trailer; the trailer tag was mounted on the left side of the DOT bar; and the tag may contain the letter “H” and numbers of 1214. The state on the tag is not known.

Troopers and Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information in the case to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online at or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

BCSO arrests man with stolen boat

An Acworth man has been arrested for having a stolen boat in his possession.

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigators recovered the boat and arrested Timothy Dean McClure, 49, of Acworth. A report was first filed on Jan. 9 after a 26-foot SeaRay boat and trailer were stolen from a yard on Staton Place.

A BCSO patrol deputy observed the boat in the yard of McClure on Jan. 10 hooked up to a power source from the residence at 7253 Glade Road. McClure said a male subject brought the boat by his residence within the past couple of weeks to be repaired, but only had a name and no other information to be contacted when repaired, and he never met the subject. A subsequent search of McClure’s residence found he had possession of a firearm, which violated his probation and a prior felony conviction.

McClure was charged with one count of felony theft by receiving stolen property and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held at the Bartow County Jail pending a probation violation court date and a $4,500 bond.