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NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 16 JAN 17

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 17 JAN 17

Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission
Special News Release 17 Jan 17

An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force, resulted in a search warrant at 106 Plum Street in the City of Marietta, Ohio.

On 16 Jan 17 Agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Eugene Offenberger. Agents knocked at the door with Cynthia Wallace opening the door and then slamming it shut, after being asked to come outside. Once inside the residence Felicia Wallace was located running through the residence, and was found in possession of an uncapped syringe. Agents then located Cynthia Wallace and Eugene Offenberger in another area of the home with a table that was set up for narcotics use. Located in that area was a cap to a syringe, cotton, and an open bag with residue. Beside the table Agents located another table with a spoon containing a brown liquid substance consistent with heroin. Agents also located both female’s purses, indicating that they were seated at the table where all the drug use was occurring.

Eugene Robert Offenberger, age 61, 106 Plum Street, Marietta, was placed under arrest and charged with drug possession, a fifth degree felony. Offenberger advised Agents that he had a small bag of meth in his change pocket. Agents tested the suspected meth and found it tested positive for methamphetamine. Agents also tested the liquid, with it testing positive for heroin. Offenberger was transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.

Cynthia Mae Wallace, age 53, 105 Leland Avenue, Marietta, and Felicia Dawn Wallace, age 26, 1360 Silver Globe Road, Marietta, were both charged with possession of heroin, a fifth degree felony, and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.

All three subjects are being held on a $2500 bond.

The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.


On 13 Jan 17 Deputies responded to 433 2nd Street in reference to a report of Brittni Messick being at that location and there being an active felony warrant for her arrest. Deputies arrived at the location and were unable to locate Messick. A canvass of the area was conducted by Deputies at which time a female matching the description of Messick was located. Upon making contact she advised that she was Brittni Messick. Brittni Cheyenne Messick, age 23, 260 Muskingum Drive, was placed under arrest for failure to appear, original charge illegal conveyance into a detention facility. Messick was asked if she had anything on her that was going to harm Deputies or herself. Messick advised she had a “rig” on her person and multiple “rigs” in her purse. Messick then removed one syringe and needle from her clothing. A preliminary search of the purse revealed 3 syringes affixed with needles, and a spoon, with what appeared to be burn marks on the bottom, and an unknown substance on top. Messick stated that these items were the only illegal items she had on or about her person. Messick was then transported to the Washington County Jail for processing. Once at the Washington County Jail Correction Officers began performing an intake search on Messick. This search soon revealed a small baggie with what appeared to be heroin, fall out of Messick’s bra and onto the floor. Messick then advised the substance was heroin. Based on the above contributing circumstances, Messick was charged with possessing drug abuse instruments, 3 counts, second degree misdemeanors, and conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, a third degree felony.

On 13 Jan 17 Deputy J. Hall responded to Frontier High School, 44870 State Route 7, New Matamoras, in reference a juvenile being in possession of marijuana. The school administration spoke with the juvenile who admitted to having the marijuana. Deputy Hall spoke with the juvenile as well in which he was advised that a “snap chat” conversation was held with the other student about purchasing marijuana so they then brought the marijuana to school. The juvenile will be summoned into Washington County Juvenile Court for delinquency/trafficking in marijuana.

On 13 Jan 17 Deputy P. Tornes filed for a warrant through Marietta Municipal Court for the arrest of William Joseph Mitchell, age 32, on a charge of failure to provide change of address as required, a fourth degree felony. On 23 Nov 15 William Joseph Mitchell was sentenced to register as a Tier 1 sex offender for the offense of gross sexual imposition. This sentence requires Mitchell to register his address with the Sheriff or his designee. On 6 Jan 17 a home visit was conducted by Mitchells’ Parole Officer, at the address he had registered since January 2016. The current resident stated that Mitchell did not live there, and had not lived there since the end of October 2016.

On 13 Jan 17 Thomas J. Piehowicz, 155 Rauch Drive, Marietta, reported a problem with an account he had, possibly being hacked. This case remains under investigation. (907)

On 13 Jan 17 Sgt. McGilton responded to 20 Charles Street, Newport, in reference to Samantha Jean Burns, age 35, allowing her dogs to run loose on the previous date. Burns had been told about her animals being loose in the past. Contact was made with Burns and another resident at the home. It was confirmed that the dogs had been loose at different times. A summons is being requested for Burns for failing to restrain her dogs through Marietta Municipal Court.

On 13 Jan 16 Dennis E. Herndon, 311 Walnut Street, Lowell, reported a Samsung cell phone was removed from his residence. This case remains under investigation. (1007)

On 13 Jan 17 Deputy Black responded to the Dollar General, 27055 SR 7, Marietta, in reference to the theft of a pink shirt. This case remains under investigation.

On 14 Jan 17 Deputies responded to Watertown Township in reference to a possible domestic situation. After speaking with all parties involved it was determined that this case would be closed as unfounded. (790)

On 14 Jan 17 Deputies responded to Marietta Township in reference to a possible domestic situation. After speaking with all parties involved it was determined that this case would be closed as unfounded. (1010)

On 14 Jan 16 Deputies responded to Wesley Township in reference to a possible menacing complaint. This case remains under investigation. (910)

On 15 Jan 17 Deputy J. Hall assisted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officer in reference to hunters in the Belpre Township area. This case remains under investigation.

On 15 Jan 167 Deputies along with the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department Squad responded to Oak Grove Lane in reference to an unresponsive 32 year old male individual. This case remains under investigation. (907)

On 15 Jan 17 Deputy Hall along with the Warren Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to 1235 Bethel Road, in reference to a mobile home fire. The fire personnel extinguished a small fire at the home. This case will be closed, no foul play is suspected.

On 15 Jan 17 Steven P. Wagner, 315 ½ Marion Street, Marietta, reported his 2001 Dodge pick-up truck was taken from 27360 State Route 7, Marietta. This case remains under investigation.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 13 Jan 17 and Tuesday 17 Jan 17:

Brittni Cheyenne Messick, age 23, 460 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, on warrants for illegal conveyance into a detention facility, drug instruments possession and failure to appear, all misdemeanors. Messick was arrested by Deputy Zide of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Jan 17 at 9:50 am.

Caleb Michael Smith, age 18, 242 Blair Avenue, Mineral Wells, WV, for aggravated robbery and breaking and entering, both felonies, and theft and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. Smith was picked up at North Central Regional Jail by Patrolman Nichols of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Jan 17 at 2:24 pm.

Jason Lee Mulligan, age 32, 822 Morgan Avenue, Belpre, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Mulligan was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Campbell of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Jan 17 at 3:29 am.

Kelly Jane Farnsworth, age 28, 122 Harmar Street, Marietta, for theft, drug instruments possession and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Farnsworth was arrested at Walmart by Patrolman Richards of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Jan 17 at 8:06 pm.

Marcus Allen Jenkins, age 34, 32140 Hopewell Ridge Road, Wingett Run, for OVI, speed, reckless operation and drug possession, all misdemeanors. Jenkins was arrested on SR 7 in Belpre by Patrolman Campbell of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Jan 17 at 7:49 am.

Mark Aaron McIntyre, age 35, 223 Broughton Avenue, Marietta, for unauthorized use of motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. McIntyre was arrested at his residence by Deputy Allender of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Jan 17 at 1:07 pm.

Zachary David Reel, age 20, 1030 Quincy Street, Parkersburg, WV, on a warrant for contributing unruly/delinquent child and obstructing justice, both misdemeanors. Reel was arrested at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy Allender and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Jan 17 at 2:35 pm.

Robert Earl Obrien, Jr., age 34, 343 Main Street, Lower Salem, on warrants for two counts of failure to appear, both misdemeanors. Obrien was arrested at his residence by Deputy Allender of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Jan 17 at 6:33 pm.

Tess Lynn Conzo, age 30, 823 Florence Street, Belpre, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Conzo was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Campbell of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jan 17 at 2:34 am.

Eugene Robert Offenberger, age 61, 106 Plum Street, Marietta, for drugs possession, a felony. Offenberger was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Ritchie of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jan 17 at 11:38 pm.

Felicia Dawn Wallace, age 26, 105 Leland Avenue, Marietta, for drugs possession, a felony. Wallace was arrested at 105 Plum Street by Patrolman Warden of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jan 17 at 11:58 pm.

Cynthia Mae Wallace, age 53, Lowell, Ohio, for drugs possession, a felony. Wallace was arrested at 105 Plum Street by Patrolman Warden of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Jan 17 at 1:04 am.

Jesse Bernell Holmes, age 28, 5049 Federal Road, Coolville, for domestic violence and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Holmes was arrested at his residence by Deputy Zide of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Jan 17 at 2:45 am.

There are currently 17 females and 94 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 18 JAN 17

On 16 Jan 17 Deputy Johnson along with the Little Muskingum Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the residence of Florizel W. Woodford, 11355 State Route 26, to a house fire which was fully engulfed. Medical attention was also given to Woodford at the scene. No foul play is suspected, this case will be closed.

On 17 Jan 17 Deputies responded to 5049 Federal Road, Coolville, to the Jesse and Danielle Leah Holmes residence in reference to a 911 call. Mrs. Holmes reported her husband, Jesse Homes, was abusing her. Lt. Hornbeck spoke with Mrs. Holmes who reported Jesse was drunk and became verbally abusive. Mrs. Holmes described his behavior as him trying to show that he is stronger than her. Mrs. Holmes reported Jesse began calling her derogatory names and continued to escalate his behavior by pushing her into the wall. Mrs. Holmes, who is currently pregnant, went to check on her small child in which Jesse blocked the door and would not let Danielle into the room. Mrs. Holmes stated that Jesse then pushed her again after she entered the room to get the child. Abrasions observed on Mrs. Holmes were consistent with the events of the evening as she described them. Deputies went into the bedroom where Jesse Holmes was sleeping and announced themselves. The covers were removed from Holmes as they were advised he had a multitude of knives where he sleeps. Holmes became agitated and attempted to cover himself back up, even after being told numerous times to stop. Holmes was ordered to be still and he further resisted. Holmes was non compliant with all verbal commands. Holmes was then ordered to place his hands behind his back, which he refused to do. Holmes began to clinch his hands into fists and refused to cooperate with Deputies. Deputies then took Holmes' arms and attempted to place him in handcuffs. Holmes violently jerked his body away as he moved his arms in evasive and aggressive movements to avoid being handcuffed. Holmes grabbed Lt. Hornbeck’s arms in an attempt to control his movements during the struggle. Deputies were finally able to place Holmes in handcuffs and placed him in the patrol car. Jesse Bernell Holmes, age 28, was placed under arrest and charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest. Mrs. Holmes declined a protection order. Holmes submitted to a portable breath test once at the jail with the results being .220 BAC.

The following warrants were processed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

Jeffrey S. Wittekind, 316 Gilman Avenue, Marietta, Ohio, for failure to appear.

Joshua L. Gore, 130 Cemetery Drive, New Matamoras, Ohio, for failure to appear.

Corey Smearman, 910 Fourth Street, Marietta, Ohio, for failure to appear.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 17 Jan 17 and Wednesday 18 Jan 17:

Brandon Michael Schmidt, age 26, homeless, on two warrants for theft, both misdemeanors and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Schmidt was arrested at Walmart by Patrolman Ritchie of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Jan 17 at 7:23 pm.

Austin Leroy Lightfritz, age 18, 116 Harmar Street, Marietta, for auto theft, a felony and operating with expired operator’s license, a misdemeanor. Lightfritz was arrested at Ridgewood Apartments by Patrolman Huck of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jan 17 at 12:23 am.

Carlos Roberto Munoz, Jr., age 43, 612 Ninth Street, Marietta, on a warrant for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Munoz turned himself in at the Washington County Jail on 18 Jan 17 at 8:15 am.

There are currently 16 females and 93 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 19 JAN 17

Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Special News Release 19 Jan 17

An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in the arrest of Haydon Givens and Jacinda Hutson.
On 18 Jan 17, with the assistance of the Ohio State Highway and the Marietta City Police Department, Agents conducted a traffic stop on Haydon Lee Givens, age 26, 17990 State Route 550, Marietta, while he was southbound on State Route 7 near Interstate 77. Agents were able to retrieve .84 grams of suspected heroin on Givens’ person.
At the same time Agents conducted a search of the residence of Jacinda Nicole Hutson, age 25, 1209 County House Lane, Apt. C, Marietta. During the search of the residence approximately 27.12 grams of suspected heroin was located within the residence as well as $900 US currency. Drug paraphernalia, Schedule 4 prescription pills, digital scales, packing materials, along with a small quantity of marijuana was also located.
The suspected heroin was field tested with the test indicating a positive result for heroin.
Haydon Lee Givens and Jacinda Nicole Hutson were placed under arrest for trafficking in drugs, a 2nd degree felony and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.
Agents further learned that Haydon Givens was currently out on bond from Wood County, WV due to being under indictment for heroin trafficking.
The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.
Givens and Hutson are each being held on $50,000 bond, with their next court appearance set for 25 Jan 17 in Marietta Municipal Court
Marjorie K. Kimble, 22 Walnut Lane, Belpre, reported damage to a 2001 Toyota Camry door handle. This case remains under investigation. (415)


On 17 Jan 17 Deputies were dispatched to Decatur Township, Little Hocking, in reference to a 15 year old putting pictures of himself holding an AK47 and a shotgun on Snap Chat. In one of the pictures, the juvenile is holding an AK 47 semi-automatic rifle with a drum magazine, and the caption states, “Same. I’m shooting up tomorrow”. Another picture shows the AK 47 and a Remington 870 shotgun with a caption that reads, “Oh I’m shooting kids”, and the last picture shows the AK 47 rifle and the Remington 870 shotgun with a caption that reads, “I’m just kidding y’all. Not shooting up tomorrow”. Deputies spoke with the juvenile who admitted to the acts, however, he stated he did not have any intentions of carrying out the acts. The juvenile was placed under arrest for making terroristic threats and transported to the Washington County Juvenile Center. (1504)

On 18 Jan 17 Deputy Allender along with the Warren Volunteer Fire Department responded to Bramblewood Heights Road in reference to an unresponsive 80 year old male. No foul play is suspected. This case will be closed.

On 18 Jan 17 Deputy Carr met with Michael J. Stafford, 770 Coal Run Road, Marietta, in reference to a missing cell phone. This case remains under investigation.

On 18 Jan 17 Michael Offenberger, 307 N. Seventh Street, Marietta, reported his 2013 Jeep Patriot stolen from 1415 Pike Street, Marietta, while he was at work. This case remains under investigation. (1010)

On 19 Jan 17 Deputies responded to Waterford Township to a possible domestic incident. After speaking with all parties involved it was determined to be unfounded. Case closed. (953)

The following warrants were processed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office

William T. Schoonover, 1807 Beaver Street, Apt. 2, Parkersburg, WV, failure to appear, original charge driving under suspension.

Dustin Todd Potter, 1408 22nd Street, Apt. A, Vienna, WV, for probation violation, original charge theft.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 18 Jan 17 and Thursday 19 Jan 17:


Jeramia Kemp Brandyberry, age 28, 280 Jett Hill Road, Marietta, for OVI, and windshield wiper violation, both misdemeanors. Brandyberry was arrested at Byers Exxon by Trooper Gossett of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jan 17 at 3:27 pm.

Curtis Michael Lewis, age 34, 1001Green Street, Marietta, on a warrant for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Lewis was arrested on Pike Street by Trooper Jones of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jan 17 at 6:20 pm.

Haydon Lee Givens, age 26, 17990 State Route 550, Marietta, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Givens was arrested in Marietta by Trooper Payne of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jan 17 at 9:29 pm.

Jacinda Nicole Hutson, age 25, 1209 County House Lane, Apt. C, Marietta, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Hutson was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Wenzel of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jan 17 at 10 pm.

Marquise Antwuan Culbreath, age 21, 1660 E. Whittier Street, Columbus, OH, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Culbreath was arrested on State Route 7 by Trooper Knowlton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jan 17 at 4:04 am.

There are currently 17 females and 91 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 20 JAN 17

On 13 Jan 17 Deputy Metts along with the Caldwell Fire Department, responded to 535 Wickens Road, Caldwell, in reference to a porch fire. The official cause of the fire was the cord on a chest freezer shorted out and caused several bags of garbage sitting on and around the freezer to begin smoldering from the heat of the cord. No foul play involved.

On 17 Jan 17 Deputy A. McConnell cited Heather M. Lane, 407 Oak Hill Road, Cutler, Ohio for disregard of traffic control devices, a minor misdemeanor.

On 19 Jan 17 Deputies were dispatched to 2255 Tick Ridge Road, Vincent, where an assault had been reported by Richard Mollohan. Mollohan reported that he was being assaulted by a female roommate, Lynn Elkayam during a heated dispute. After interviewing both sides, it was determined that Ms. Elkayam had physically assaulted Mr. Mollohan. Lynn Ann Elkayam, age 40, 2255 Tick Ridge Road, Vincent, was arrested for assault and transported to Washington County Jail for processing.

On 19 Jan 17 Deputy Hall was dispatched to 844 Ridgewood Blvd., Belpre, in reference to Brody T. Flowers having a warrant out of Hillsborough County, Florida. Deputy Hall was able to match the social security number and birthdate to the warrant out of Hillsborough County. Deputy Hall arrested Brody T. Flowers, age 28 for Fugitive from Justice Charge out of the State of Florida and transported him to Washington County Jail where he was processed.

The following warrant was processed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

Thomas J. Givens, 2250 Willamont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, for failure to appear.

Larry T. Lang, 3701 Plum Run Road, Waterford, Ohio, for failure to appear.

Jessica D. Beaver, 765 Danas Run Road, Newport, Ohio, for three warrants of failure to appear.

Eric B. Siders, 6070 Sandhill Road, Marietta, for failure to appear.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 19 Jan 17 and Friday 20 Jan 17:

Brody Thomas Flowers, age 28, 844 Ridgewood Blvd, Belpre, Ohio, for fugitive from justice, a felony. Flowers was arrested at his residence by Deputy Hall of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jan 17 at 1:22 pm.

Tabatha Dawn Cain, age 36, homeless, on two warrants for theft, both misdemeanors. Cain was arrested by Marietta Probation Office Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jan 17 at 1:52 pm.

Abele Gerawork Fissha, age 22, 4235 Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, on two warrants for trafficking in drugs and one for drugs possession, all felonies. Fissha was picked up at Jackson Pike Jail in Franklin County by Deputy Sheaves of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jan 17 at 3:02 pm.

Lynn Ann Elkayam, age 40, 2255 Tick Ridge Road, Vincent, for assault, a misdemeanor. Elkayam was arrested at her residence by Deputy McKee of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jan 17 at 11:48 pm.

Joshua Leroy Gore, age 28, 130 Cemetery Drive, New Matamoras, on three warrants for failure to appear, a felony, assault and theft, both misdemeanors. Gore was arrested at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office by Sgt. Johnson and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jan 17 at 2:01 am.

Jerry Lynn Watson, Jr., age 33, 1002 5th Street, Marietta, on two warrants for probation violation and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. Watson was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Bonnette of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jan 17 at 4:03 am.

There are currently 16 females and 94 males housed at the Washington County Jail.


 

 

 

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