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NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 22 MAY 15

On 20 May 15 Travis J. Westfall, age 19, 1020 Pike Street, Marietta, reported a seventeen year old acquaintance punched him in the face. Mr. Westfall went to a residence on Forshey Road to retrieve a tool he left there when the teenager developed an attitude towards him. The hooligan challenged Mr. Westfall to fight multiple times despite the fact that Mr. Westfall repeatedly ignored him. Then, as Mr. Westfall was seated in his vehicle, the teenager struck him once in the face. This case remains under investigation (1010).

On 21 May 15 a resident near 3915 State Route 676, Stockport, reported a female was outside the residence screaming for help. Ashana Long, age 23, 912 Parks Street, Beverly, was involved in an argument with her boyfriend over the location of her keys. Ms. Long was upset because she believed her boyfriend hid the keys in an attempt to keep her from leaving the residence. Deputy Sheriff Call determined that the incident was only verbal and that no act of domestic violence occurred.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 21 May 15 and Friday 22 May 15:

David Aaron Hansen, age 37, 832 Ridge Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Hansen was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 12:09 pm.

Steven O’Neil Rood, age 58, 39240 Briddle Trail Road, Reedsville, for violating the terms of a protection order and criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors. Rood was picked up in Lancaster and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 1:37 pm.

Meriah Shay Dunn, age 24, 150 Browns Lane, Newport, for felony charges of possession of drugs, tampering with evidence and illegal conveyance of items into a detention facility and a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of her probation. Dunn was arrested in Marietta by Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 3:30 pm.

Ryan Andrew Davis, age 32, 106 ½ Sacra Via, Marietta, for burglary and voyeurism, both felonies. Davis was picked up at the Warren Correctional Institution by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 5:45 pm.

Samantha Sue Six, age 46, 1208 Park Avenue, New Matamoras, for failure to appear, a felony. Six was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Blamble of the New Matamoras City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 5:57 pm.

Nathan Edward Zinser, age 24, 729 Seventh Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Zinser was arrested on Gilman Street by Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 7:47 pm.

Matthew Vernon Scott, age 29, 221 Sheldon Avenue, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Scott was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 May 15 at 9:19 am.

There are currently eighty-six men and twenty-three women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 21 MAY 15

On 20 May 15 the following individuals were arrested for possession of crack cocaine: Chelsea L. Clifton, age 27, 317 Gayland Avenue, Clovis, NM; Brianna S. Cossin, age 25, 600 Hill Road, Cutler; Brandon L. Kennedy, age 27, 668 Hill Road, Cutler; Tyson J. Butcher, age 27, 8690 State Route 124, Stewart. Ms. Cossin was the driver of a vehicle that Lt. Rhodes stopped near the intersection of Brownrigg Road and State Route 550 for having an inoperable headlight. Lt. Rhodes noticed an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and discovered a small bag that Mr. Kennedy said previously contained marijuana he smoked earlier. After the suspects exited the vehicle, Lt. Rhodes observed a pill bottle containing ten grams of crack cocaine at the foot of the suspects. None of the suspects admitted having any knowledge of the crack cocaine. Mr. Kennedy said it must have been a coincidence that the traffic stop occurred in the same area where a relatively large quantity of crack cocaine was found. Lt. Rhodes confiscated over $15,000 belonging to Ms. Clifton that he found in Ms. Cossin’s purse. Ms. Clifton claimed the currency was to be used to purchase a car but she could not provide answers to questions such as what kind of car she was going to purchase or where she was going to purchase it.

On 20 May 15 Sgt. McGilton requested a summons for Britton Robinette, age 27, 5984 State Route 26, Marietta, for failing to confine/restrain a dog. Earlier in the day a cyclist reported she was riding along State Route 26 near Jennings Hill Road when Mr. Robinette’s Tibetan spaniel approached her in an aggressive manner. In the past the same dog has acted in a similar manner toward the cyclist. The dog was captured and transported to the Humane Society for running loose in late April. The cyclist temporarily thwarted the dog’s attack by spraying it with pepper spray but the dog again charged at her before ceasing its attack. Oy vey, Mr. Robinette was not pleased when Sgt. McGilton tried to speak to him about his dog and began yelling obscenities at her and ordering her off his property.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 20 May 15 and Thursday 21 May 15:

Joyce Elaine Koon, age 40, 72 High Street, Vincent, for contempt of a court order, a misdemeanor. Koon was arrested at her residence by Probation Officer Gregory and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 12:07 pm.

Joshua Allen Barker, age 29, 57 Rock Street, Coolville, for being a fugitive from justice, a felony. Barker was arrested on Putnam Street by Patrolman Nedeff of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 1:21 pm.

Joshua Michael Wagner, age 24, 1304 Wells Circle, Parkersburg, for being a fugitive from justice and for violating the terms of his probation, both felonies. Wagner was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Fields of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 3:32 pm.

Timmy Lynn Ertz, age 42, 802 Front Street Apt. B, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Ertz was arrested on Knox Street by Patrolman Pinkerton of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 5:20 pm.

Nicole Marie Goldman, age 31, 1304 Wells Circle, Parkersburg, for being a fugitive from justice and for carrying a concealed weapon, both felonies. Goldman was arrested on Washington Boulevard by Patrolman Kirby of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 6:07 pm.

Chelsea Lane Clifton, age 27, 317 Gayland Avenue, Clovis, NM, for possession of drugs, a felony. Clifton was arrested on Brownrigg Road by Deputy Sheriff Call and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 2:03 am.

Brianna Shauntelle Cossin, age 25, 600 Hill Road, Cutler, for a felony charge of possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of driving under an FRA suspended license. Cossin was arrested on Brownrigg Road by Deputy Sheriff Call and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 2:33 am.

Brandon Lee Kennedy, age 27, 668 Hill Road, Cutler, for possession of drugs, a felony. Kennedy was arrested on Brownrigg Road by Lt. Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 3:04 am.

Tyson Jermaine Butcher, age 27, 8690 State Route 124, Stewart, for possession of drugs, a felony. Butcher was arrested on Brownrigg Road by Lt. Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 3:38 am.

Chad Blaine Bledsoe, age 30, 14735 Waterford Road, Waterford, for a felony charge of tampering with evidence and misdemeanor charges of obstruction of justice and possession of drug abuse instruments. Bledsoe was arrested on Washington Boulevard by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 4:06 am.

Christopher Wayne Toothman, age 34, 406 Front Street, New Matamoras, for theft, a misdemeanor. Toothman was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Nedeff of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 8:42 am.

Hunter Michael Shepard, age 20, 223 Broughton Avenue, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Shepard was arrested on Pike Street by Probation Officer Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 May 15 at 11:15 am.

There are currently eighty-eight men and twenty-seven women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 15

On 17 May 15 Christina M. Hower, age 30, 1045 Sandhill Road Lot 24, reported her boyfriend assaulted her. Ms. Hower and her boyfriend were visiting a friend's residence when Ms. Hower observed her boyfriend kissing her friend. At that point, Ms. Hower charged at the friend, grabbed her hair and by her own admission, attempted to further assault her. Ms. Hower's boyfriend grabbed her by the arms and pulled her away to end the altercation. Deputy Sheriff McPeek determined no act of domestic violence occurred. Ms. Hower's friend declined to pursue charges.

On 19 May 15 Joan E. Guinther, age 72, 75 Northlake Court, Vincent, reported she paid a contractor approximately $8,000 to replace her roof and to complete other projects at her home and she has not seen or heard from him since March. Ms. Guinther said the contractor completed a portion of the work and left several of his tools on her property. This case remains under investigation (910).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 19 May 15 and Wednesday 20 May 15:

Brent Edward Deeter, age 36, 204 E. Ninth Street, Williamstown, for a felony charge of tampering with evidence and misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and breach of recognizance. Deeter was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Malone and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 May 15 at 1:01 pm.

Justin Lee Rexroad, age 32, 829 Main Street, Belpre, for a felony charge of domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of his probation. Rexroad was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Nichols of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 May 15 at 3:59 pm.

Jerry Lee Noble, age 43, 17250 Millschool Road, Guysville, for breaking and entering, theft and safecracking, all felonies. Noble was picked up in Meigs County by Deputy Sheriff Moyers and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 May 15 at 6:03 pm.

Nicholas Dewayne Boley, age 30, 1004 Grandview Avenue Apt. A, New Matamoras, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Boley was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Moyers and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 May 15 at 9:39 am.

There are currently eighty-five men and twenty-five women being housed in he Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 19 MAY 15

On 12 May 15 Sgt. Mankins issued a citation to Christopher M. Scharfenberger, age 30, 204 Bonnie Lane, Louisville, KY, for traveling 71 mph in a 55 mph zone. Sgt. Mankins stopped Mr. Scharfenberger near milepost twelve on State Route 60 in Adams Township.

On 15 May 15 Danielle Koegel, age 36, 550 Archers Fork Road, New Matamoras, reported her live-in boyfriend, Travis Walker, age 32, assaulted her. Ms. Koegel said her boyfriend was working at a campground near Browns when he became upset for no apparent reason. Though Ms. Koegel claimed Mr. Walker struck her in the head with a log and attacked her with a knife, Deputy Sheriff McPeek could not find evidence of injuries to corroborate her story. However, Ms. Koegel’s and Mr. Walker’s clothing were wet, supporting Ms. Koegel’s assertion that Mr. Walker attempted to drown her in a creek. Based on his investigation, Deputy McPeek arrested Mr. Walker for domestic violence and transported to the Washington County Jail. At the jail, Mr. Walker tested .096 BAC.

On 15 May 15 Deputy Sheriff Call responded to an altercation outside the residence of Denver Goff, age 44, at 50 State Route 339, Belpre. Mr. Goff sparked the confrontation when he flipped off Dakota A. Lawson, age 22, 210 State Route 339, as Mr. Lawson Drove by his residence. Mr. Lawson stopped and exited his vehicle and ignited fisticuffs by insulting Mr. Goff’s wife several times. The two brawled for a short period before being broken up. Both suspects admitted being involved in an altercation. Consequently, Deputy Call requested summonses for Mr. Goff and Mr. Lawson for disorderly conduct by fighting.

On 16 May 15 a Watertown Township resident reported the driver of a large blue van drove through her yard and caused damage. Deputy Sheriff Call located the vehicle on Waterford Road near Lang Farm Road and conducted a traffic stop after the vehicle drove left of center. The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey D. Parker, age 49, 1007 17th Street, Parkersburg, had difficulty answering Deputy Call’s questions and had a strong odor of alcohol. Mr. Parker admitted consuming “enough” alcohol that evening and said to Deputy Call that “you could probably test me and I’d be in trouble.” Mr. Parker also requested several times that Deputy Call not test him. Thereafter, Mr. Parker performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Arrested for OVI, Mr. Parker tested .225 BAC at the Washington County Jail.

On 17 May 15 Lt. Rhodes arrested Terry L. Watson Sr., age 63, 24771 Brimstone Road, Coolville, for OVI and for failing to reinstate his operator’s license. Acting on a report from the Belpre Police Department, Lt. Rhodes stopped Mr. Watson for having a fictitious vehicle registration on State Route 7 at Gravel Bank Road. Lt. Rhodes noticed Mr. Watson took longer than a normal amount of time to stop his vehicle and when he did so he stopped in the middle of the intersection. While speaking to him, Lt. Rhodes noticed Mr. Watson slurred his speech and that he urinated himself. Following his poor performance on field sobriety tests, Mr. Watson was transported to the Washington County Jail. Mr. Watson tested .163 BAC.

On 18 May 15 Sgt. McGilton requested summonses for Daniel Metz, age 44, 101 Allen Street, Little Hocking, for failure to confine/restrain a dog and for four counts of failure to register a dog. A neighbor was walking her corgi on Franklin Drive in Little Hocking on 15 May when a pit bull-mix belonging to Mr. Metz attacked the corgi. The corgi suffered puncture wounds to its right side, left paw and left shoulder. Sgt. McGilton found three additional dogs on Mr. Metz’s property that he did not register for 2015.

On 18 May 15 Deputy Sheriff Carr requested a summons for Della M. Lewis, age 50, 108 Berry Lane, Marietta, for criminal trespassing. Ms. Lewis drove to a residence on Ferncliff Drive in Marietta where she believed her husband was visiting a woman with whom he was having an affair. Mrs. Lewis observed her husband speaking to the woman, and then she exited her vehicle and began yelling. When Mrs. Lewis departed the scene, she backed her vehicle into the driveway and spun gravel as she sped away. Following a similar incident nearly a year ago, Mrs. Lewis was warned that if she returned to the property she would be charged with trespassing.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 18 May 15 and Tuesday 19 May 15:

Thomas William Dearth, age 23, 785 Bender Road, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Dearth was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Sheaves and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 2:07 pm.

Troy Allen Johnson, age 18, Marietta, for breaking and entering, a felony. Johnson was arrested on Harmar Hill by Patrolman Blasko of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 3:41 pm.

Jassandra C. Johnston, age 34, 683 Wynncrest Drive, Marietta, for two felony counts of conspiracy to c ommit forgery. Johnston was arrested in Barlow by Deputy Sheriff McConnell and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 5:17 pm.

There are currently eighty-nine men and twenty-seven women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

These suspects were recently sentenced in Common Pleas Court:

Andrew N. Elkins, age 34, 797 Congress Road, Belpre, for illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second degree felony; and child endangering, a third degree felony; four years;

Mary E. Nicholas, age 40, 1001 Third Street, Marietta, for permitting drug abuse, a fifth degree felony; and trafficking in drugs, a fifth degree felony; sixty days;

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 18 MAY 15

On 15 May 15 Deputy Sheriff Reeder arrested Matthew R. Jett, age 30, 312 Third Street Apt. 2, Lowell, for possession of drug abuse instruments. A clerk at the Lowell Duke reported Mr. Jett was behaving oddly and spent long periods of time in the store's bathroom. The clerk also said he found drug paraphernalia in the bathroom. A subsequent search of Mr. Jett's vehicle yielded twelve needles and three spoons.

On 15 May 15 the owner of Big Dog Automotive, 1410 ½ Hocking Road, Belpre, reported sometime overnight an unknown suspects stole miscellaneous scrap metal and vehicle parts from his business. This case remains under investigation (912).

On 16 May 15 Lt. Rhodes issued a citation to Jordan N. Garretson, age 22, 10240 State Route 550, Vincent, for driving under a suspended license. Lt. Rhodes stopped Mr. Garretson on State Route 7 near Bender Road in Warren Township. The owner of the vehicle, Tamia Z. Grant, age 18, 1418 Barth Road, Belpre, was a passenger in the vehicle and was issued a citation for wrongful entrustment of a vehicle. She admitted knowing Mr. Garretson's driver's license was suspended but she allowed him to drive nonetheless.

On 16 May 15 Lt. Rhodes issued a citation to Denver W. Gibson, age 30, 1337 Latrobe Street, Parkersburg, for driving under a suspended license. Lt. Rhodes stopped Mr. Gibson on Veto Road near Braun Road in Dunham Township.

On 16 May 15 Thomas E. Greathouse, age 39, 115 Francis Road, Lowell, reported he was mowing his property using his riding motor when it backfired and began to smoke. The front of the tractor then caught fire. Mr. Greathouse and a neighbor extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of the Oak Grove Fire Department (1010).

On 16 May 15 a Waterford Township trustee reported the driver of an unknown vehicle struck and damaged one of the brick posts at the entrance of the cemetery on Sunset Lane. This case remains under investigation (610).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 15 May 15 and Monday 18 May 15:

Jermaine Scott Green, age 34, 3330 Babbs Road, Nashport, OH, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Green was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 May 15 at 3:24 pm.

Travis James Walker, age 32, 558 River Road, Walton, WV, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Walker was arrested on Browns Road by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 May 15 at 6:33 pm.

Jeffrey Dean Parker, age 49, 3730 State Route 26, Marietta, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Parker was arrested on Waterford Road by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 May 16 at 7:41 pm.

Scott Lee Carpenter, age 52, 415 ½ Third Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Carpenter was arrested on Third Street by Patrolman Estes of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 May 15 at 2:14 am.

Terry Lynn Watson Sr., age 63, 24771 Brimstone Road, Coolville, for OVI and for failing to reinstate his operator's license, both misdemeanors. Watson was arrested on State Route 7 by Lt. Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 May 15 at 8:01 am.

Mary Cathrine Schisler, age 57, 715 Barclay Street Lot 44, Belpre, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Schisler was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Fields of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 May 15 at 3:32 pm.

Codi Lee Douglas, age 19, 2611 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, for a felony charge of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Douglas was arrested at Rinks by Patrolman Thomas of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 6:11 am.

Cori Levi Patterson, age 18, 452 Elk Run Road, Belleville, WV, for a felony charge of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Douglas was arrested at Rinks by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 6:33 am.

Seth Everett Lawrence, age 19, Marietta, for a felony charge of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Douglas was arrested at Rinks by Deputy Sheriff Call and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 7:00 am.

Stephen Christophe Albert, age 18, 104 Riley Drive Apt. 2, Marietta, for a felony charge of complicity in committing breaking and entering and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Albert was arrested at Rinks by Patrolman Kampmeier of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 May 15 at 8:06 am.

There are currently eighty-six men and twenty-six women being housed in he Washington County Jail.

These suspects were recently sentenced in Common Pleas Court:

Matthew G. Burwell, age 31, 3600 Warren Chapel Road, Marietta, for burglary, a third degree felony; and aggravated menacing, a first degree misdemeanor; ninety days;

Chantae R. Elkins, age 28, 797 Congress Road, Belpre, for illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second degree felony; and child endangering, a third degree felony; three years;

Leilani L. Fortney, age 36, 1139 Cisler Drive, for theft, a fourth degree felony; ninety days;

Jerianne K. Myers, age 21, 140 Clinton Street, Marietta, for domestic violence, a third degree felony; ninety days;

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