The Associated Press
BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A man wanted by police in Indiana and
Pennsylvania has been arrested after living in western Kentucky under
his dead stepbrother's name, authorities say.
George Wesley Smalley, 35, was arrested at his home Thursday and is
being held in the Herman B. Ford Detention Center without bond. An
extradition hearing in Marshall County District Court is scheduled
Smalley had used the name of David Warnick, who police say died in
1984 at age 6. He was charged with possessing false driver's licenses
from three states and lying to police.
Marshall County Chief Deputy David Maddox said the sheriff's
department made the arrest after receiving a tip that a man calling
himself David Warnick was a fugitive.
A warrant issued in February 1999 charges Smalley with failure to
appear in a felony case out of Hendricks County, Ind. He was charged
with operating on a suspended license and possessing a false license.
A Pennsylvania State Police warrant from May 2001 charged Smalley
with possessing altered, forged or counterfeit documents or plates
and making false statements to police.
Smalley was involved in a car accident near Uniontown, Pa., in
October 2000 and told police he was Warnick, Maddox said. He showed
an Ohio driver's license and Social Security card under the name.
According to affidavits sent to Maddox, Leona Warnick told
Pennsylvania State Police in October 2000 that her stepbrother
obtained the documents in her deceased brother's name.
In Uniontown, Trooper David Bell said he does not know why Smalley
uses the name.
"Unless he's been in trouble before," said Bell, who was unaware of
Smalley was known at his job at Napa Auto Parts as David "Wes"
Warnick, said his boss, Frank Miller.
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"He was the hardest-working, best-natured, honest-to-the-penny
person," Miller said. "We can't believe it. I don't think he missed a
day of work in two years. He was like the perfect guy."