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NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 30 OCT 14

On 30 Oct 14 Charles Barrett, age 67, 450 Cramer Road, Marietta, reported at some point during the past week an unknown suspect(s) disposed of old furniture and trash at three locations on his property at 1955 Rosenbush Road, Newport. This case remains under investigation (132).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 29 Oct 14 and Thursday 30 Oct 14:

Glenn Gray Fraley II, age 21, 2011 Washington Boulevard Apt. 3, Belpre, for failure to appear, a felony. Fraley was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Oct 14 at 6:03 am.

William Louis Mitchell II, age 18, 3261 School House Road, Little Hocking, for underage consumption of alcohol and for obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. Mitchell was arrested in Belpre by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Oct 14 at 7:47 am.

Joshua Allen Campbell, age 31, 230 Oakwood Avenue, Marietta, for theft, a misdemeanor. Campbell was arrested near milepost twenty on State Route 821 by Lt. Stackpole of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Oct 14 at 9:59 am.

Phillip Dale West Jr., age 27, 836 Pike Street Apt. 17, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. West was arrested at Wal-Mart by Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Oct 14 at 10:37 am.

Mandy Leigh Biehl, age 38, 125 Rummer Road, Marietta, for operating a vehicle with an expired registration, a misdemeanor. Biehl was arrested at her residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Oct 14 at 12:48 pm.

There are currently ninety-four men and thirty women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 29 OCT 14

On 28 Oct 14 Susan Harvey, age 40, 11722 State Route 555, Cutler, reported her adult-aged daughter shoved her during an argument. Arguing over a text message her daughter received, Ms. Harvey began throwing her daughter’s belongings off their front porch. Ms. Harvey then dumped paint on her daughter’s belongings, at which time her daughter shoved her. Ms. Harvey and her daughter reconciled and Ms. Harvey said if the water-based paint could not be removed she would replace the belongings. Neither party reported being in fear for their safety during the incident. As a result, Deputy Sheriff Augenstein closed this case as unfounded.

On 28 Oct 14 Sgt. Mankins was off duty when he observed the driver of a vehicle back into a kerosene pump at the Duke station at 100 Main Street, Lowell. Deputy Sheriff McKee contacted the driver, who said he did not realize he struck the pump. The driver phoned the gas station and made arrangements to settle the issue.

On 28 Oct 14 Chelsea Windland, age 22, was burning trash in a barrel on property she rents at 12995 State Route 676, Watertown, when the wind blew fire and ash onto dry leaves nearby. The fire then spread to the neighboring grass and wooded area and to near the roadway. State Route 676 was closed for a short time until the fire was extinguished by the Beverly-Waterford and Watertown fire departments (507, 790).

On 29 Oct 14 an employee of JF Electric reported sometime within the past five days an unknown suspect(s) stole eight rubber parking mats from a job site located near the intersection of State Route 618 and Drag Strip Road in Belpre Township. The total value of the stolen mats is approximately $1,600. This case remains under investigation (132).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 28 Oct 14 and Wednesday 29 Oct 14:

Amy Dawn Abshire, age 37, 102 Whispering Pines Court, Parkersburg, for failure to comply with the order/signal of an officer and possession of drugs, both misdemeanors. Abshire was arrested on State Route 7 by Patrolman Blamble of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Oct 14 at 5:08 pm.

Melody Ann Keene, age 60, 173 Groves Street, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Keene was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Warden of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Oct 14 at 7:29 pm.

William Patrick George, age 21, 2197 Old River Road, Williamstown, for failure to appear, a felony. George was picked up at the Monroe County line by Deputy Sheriff Augenstein and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Oct 14 at 8:28 pm.

Billy Joe Bellville, age 50, 1944 Barth Road, Belpre, for OVI and for not wearing a seat belt, both misdemeanors. Bellville was arrested on State Route 7 by Patrolman Heddleston of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Oct 14 at 11:31 pm.

William Lewis Campbell, age 26, 9 Spring Avenue, Vincent, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Campbell was arrested in Beverly by Deputy Sheriff Augenstein and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Oct 14 at 12:50 am.

Chelsey Danielle Bills, age 23, 270 Hendricks Street, Newport, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Bills was arrested in Newport by Sgt. Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Oct 14 at 1:28 am.

John Nicholas Wooten, age 23, 121 Putnam Street, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Wooten was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Kampmeier of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Oct 14 at 8:48 am.

Kevin Scott Lewis Jr., age 41, Marietta, for falsification and for driving under a suspended license, both misdemeanors. Lewis was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Oct 14 at 10:14 am.

Zachery Todd Schexnider, age 19, 5084 Rainbow Road, Lowell, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Schexnider was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Oct 14 at 11:45 am.

There are currently ninety-seven men and thirty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 28 OCT 14

On 25 Oct 14 Deputy Sheriff Hunter patrolled the Lowell area in search of a vehicle that was involved in a hit-skip crash in Marietta earlier in the evening. The driver of the vehicle in question struck and injured a motorcyclist in downtown Marietta. Deputy Hunter located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Muskingum River Road near Augenstein Lane. The driver of the vehicle, Julie A. Watson, age 37, 211 Augenstein Lane, Lowell, had a strong odor of alcohol and glassy, bloodshot eyes. Inside Ms. Watson’s vehicle, Deputy Hunter observed opened and unopened cases of Busch Light. Though she only admitted drinking one or two beers as she traveled from Marietta, Ms. Watson performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Based on his observations, Deputy Hunter arrested Ms. Watson for OVI and for driving under an OVI suspended license and transported her to the Washington County Jail. At the jail, Ms. Watson tested .125 BAC. She was subsequently charged with hit-skip and aggravated vehicular assault by the Marietta City Police Department.

On 27 Oct 14 Deputy Sheriff McKee arrested a seventeen year old Lawrence Township resident on a charge of delinquency by domestic violence. For the third time in less than a week Deputies responded to the teenager’s residence due to problems her parents were having with her. The teenager developed an attitude upon her return home from school and was involved in multiple confrontations with her parents. During one instance, the juvenile threw a cordless phone at her stepfather and also kicked him in the leg and punched him in the shoulder.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 27 Oct 14 and Tuesday 28 Oct 14:

Ashley Nicole Cline, age 26, 1206 Wood Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of her probation, a misdemeanor. Cline was arrested at the office of Probation Officer´. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 1:48 pm.

Sean Wayne Smith, age 25, 407 Eighth Street Lot 6, Belpre, for possession of drugs and for trafficking in drugs, both felonies. Smith was picked up in Elkins, WV by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 2:39 pm.

Ruthie Dulcia Rhodes, age 27, 330 Franklin Street, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Rhodes turned herself in to Corrections Officers and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 6:14 pm.

Karly Rae Tucci, age 27, 1005 Ridge Street, Belpre, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Tucci was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Holiday of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 8:46 pm.

Ashlee Nicole Haught, age 22, 315 Rummer Road, Marietta, for driving under a suspended license and for violating the terms of her probation, both misdemeanors. Haught was picked up in Monroe County and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 9:07 pm.

Clarence William Leedy, age 34, 9550 State Route 550, Vincent, for a felony charge of being in possession of a weapon while under disability and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing. Leedy was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Augenstein and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 9:31 pm.

There are currently ninety-three men and thirty-four women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 27 OCT 14

On 24 Oct 14 a fourteen year old Vincent resident reported a group of students attacked and assaulted him without provocation in a restroom at Warren High School during a school dance. The student was unclear on the exact details of the assault and did not exhibit any injuries. This case remains under investigation (509).

On 24 Oct 14 Deputy Sheriff Call requested summonses for Samantha Smith, age 24, 30 Abicht Drive, Newport, and Serena Strause, age 22, Belmont, WV, for disorderly conduct by fighting. The siblings were at Ms. Smith’s residence when they became embroiled in an argument. As the two argued, their mother stepped between the two. Despite their mother’s efforts, the siblings continued to attempt to slap each other and pull each other’s hair. The confrontation ended shortly thereafter.

On 24 Oct 14 a sixteen year old Lower Salem resident was backing her vehicle out of a stall at the Washington County Career Center when her front driver’s side bumper struck the rear passenger side fender of a Hyundai sedan being driven by Tara Walters, age 19, 1088 Cornes Road, Little Hocking. The collision caused minor damage to both vehicles (509).

On 24 Oct 14 the owner of Thomson’s Landscaping, 26130 State Route 7, Marietta, reported at some point during the past two weeks an unknown suspect(s) stole a Honda generator from the business. The company purchased the generator for $2,700 in 2012. This case remains under investigation (132).

On 25 Oct 14 a clerk at Par Mar, 17785 State Route 7, Marietta, reported the driver of a Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck drove off without paying for $15 in gasoline. This case remains under investigation (509).

On 25 Oct 14 Rebecca A. Merrells, age 32, 283 Maze Road, Belpre, reported she was involved in a brief altercation with her live-in boyfriend in his vehicle as they traveled near the intersection of Maze Road and Braun Road in Belpre Township. Ms. Merrells said her boyfriend slapped her during an argument and that she slapped him in retaliation. Ms. Merrells declined to pursue charges in the matter (509).

On 25 Oct 14 a twenty-two year old Marietta Township resident received treatment at Marietta Memorial Hospital for a heroin overdose. The victim had a seizure at her home and was transported to the hospital by her parents. After she was treated for heroin poisoning, benzodiazepine overdose and renal failure, the victim was listed in stable condition (132).

On 26 Oct 14 Deputy Sheriff Carr requested a warrant for Clarence W. Leedy, age 34, 9550 State Route 550, Vincent, for aggravated menacing. Intoxicated and growing increasingly angrier, Mr. Leedy began yelling at his wife and threatening to assault family members. Mr. Leedy subsequently grabbed a .22 revolver and bullets and stated that he was going to find his sister and his ex-wife and shoot them. Deputy Carr determined that Mr. Leedy’s wife feared for the safety of her sister in law and she feared her husband would cause her serious physical harm.

On 26 Oct 14 a cashier at Dollar General, 10200 State Route 60, Lowell, reported she believes a customer left the store without paying for what she thought was a can or two of Dr. Pepper in his coat pocket. Questioned about the alleged stolen items, the suspect, Aaron C. Brooks, age 23, 303 Fifth Street, Lowell, denied stealing any soft drinks. However, Mr. Brooks did admit stealing a $.50 can of Vienna sausages. Consequently, Deputy Sheriff Hunter arrested Mr. Brooks for theft and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

On 27 Oct 14 Deputy Sheriff Huffer issued a citation to Rebecca Sergent, age 24, 1320 Caywood Road, Marietta, for driving under an FRA suspended license. Deputy Huffer stopped Ms. Sergent on County House Lane at the intersection of State Route 7 in Marietta Township.

On 27 Oct 14 Deborah L. Cassimore, age 45, 1392 Gantsville Road, Little Hocking, reported sometime overnight an unknown suspect(s) stole a red 2001 Pontiac Grand Am from her driveway. This case remains under investigation (507).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 24 Oct 14 and Monday 27 Oct 14:

Joseph Louis Carthens, age 31, 1315 16th Street, Parkersburg, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Carthens turned himself in to Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Oct 14 at 4:35 pm.

Edwin Carey Kimbrough III, age 20, 615 Eighth Street, Marietta, for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony. Kimbrough was arrested at his residence by Detective Johnson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Oct 14 at 5:38 pm.

Challis Curtis Howell, age 31, 18695 State Route 26, Reno, for theft and for possession of drugs, both misdemeanors. Howell was arrested on S. Seventh Street by Patrolman Heddleston of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Oct 14 at 1:14 am.

Julie Ann Watson, age 37, 211 Augenstein Lane, Lowell, for a felony charge of aggravated vehicular assault and misdemeanor charges of OVI, driving under an OVI suspended license, hit-skip and violating the terms of her probation. Watson was arrested on Muskingum River Road by Deputy Sheriff Hunter and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Oct 14 at 9:30 pm.

Lawrence James Humphrey, age 27, 7405 Jimmies Lane, Omaha, AR, for being intoxicated along the interstate, a misdemeanor. Humphrey was arrested on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Oct 14 at 4:10 am.

Aaron Casey Brooks, age 23, 303 Fifth Street, Lowell, for theft and for violating the terms of his probation, both misdemeanors. Brooks was arrested in Lowell by Deputy Sheriff Hunter and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Oct 14 at 10:42 pm.

Kyle Matthew Stafford, age 25, 700 ½ Cisler Drive Apt. A, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Stafford was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Harlow of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 2:09 am.

Kyle Toney Richerson, age 27, 126 Olgia Street, Johnson City, TN, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Richerson turned himself in to Deputy Sheriff Ellenwood and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Oct 14 at 9:49 am.

There are currently ninety-nine men and thirty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 24 OCT 14

On 23 Oct 14 Deputy Sheriff McKee requested summonses for four Frontier High School students to appear in Juvenile Court on charges of delinquency. Questioned by the school’s principal, two of the teenagers admitted smoking marijuana outside of the school. The other two teenagers acknowledged smoking marijuana inside a bathroom at the school.

On 24 Oct 14 Corrections Officer Schwendeman charged Washington County Jail inmate, Darren C. Farnese, age 20, 613 Eighth Street, Marietta, with theft. Another inmate initially gave Mr. Farnese permission to use his phone card in exchange for a meal tray but Mr. Farnese was moved to a different dormitory before he could pay his debt. Mr. Farnese then used the phone card without permission on another occasion.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 23 Oct 14 and Friday 22 Oct 14:

Christopher Paul Smith, age 27, 2805 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, for a felony charge of theft and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear. Smith was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Oct 14 at 6:08 pm.

William Chevelle Bailey, age 35, 731 Seebert Street, Columbus, for violating the terms of a protection order, a misdemeanor. Bailey was arrested in Cutler by Deputy Sheriff McConnell and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Oct 14 at 6:51 pm.

Charika Fana Pugh, age 23, 7823 Hare Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Pugh was apprehended by a bondsman and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Oct 14 at 9:29 pm.

There are currently ninety-seven men and thirty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

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