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NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 25 APR 16

On 22 Apr 16 Deputy Reeder responded to the Washington County Career Center, State Rt 676, Marietta, in reference to drug paraphernalia being located on the premises. This case remains under investigation.

On 22 Apr 16 Deputies were dispatched to the old Bartlett Elementary School at 2035 State Rt 550, regarding a breaking and entering. Dispatch advised that a check was done of the building per the owner, due to some trespassing. The subject checking detected fresh cigarette smoke coming from a room. Upon entering the room he found Samuel J. Kohan, 1885 Main Street, Stockport, asleep on a couch. Kohan got up and left the building, advising that he knew he was trespassing. Kohan was stopped along State Rt 555 where he was found walking. Kohan was read his rights and was placed under arrest for breaking and entering and theft, due to tools he had taken from the building. (790)

On 22 Apr 16 the Devola Volunteer Fire Department reported a car fire at 123 Woodrow Street, Marietta. The owner of the 2006 Cadillac, Jerry Jenks, stated they had just returned home from shopping and after going inside noticed the fire. No foul play is suspected. (594)

On 23 Apr 16 Deputies, the Fearing, Reno, and Little Muskingum Volunteer Fire Departments, responded to 6009 Pleasant Ridge Road, Marietta, to a house fire at that location. The fire was extinguished; however the home is a total loss. No foul play is suspected. (907)

On 23 Apr 16 Deputy Hall responded to meet with Alfred D. Beaver, 325 Sandhill Road, Reno, regarding a 2007 Toyota Camry. Beaver stated that April N. Calvert resides with him at that location and after picking her up from jail on 4 Apr 16, they returned home. Beaver stated on 6 Apr 16 he noticed the vehicle gone, and states he had not given Calvert permission to drive this vehicle. Beaver had requested several times of Calvert to return the car, however she never has. Deputy Hall made contact with Calvert and advised her to return the car to avoid prosecution, as Beaver did not want to prosecute her. The vehicle has still not been returned. A warrant for the arrest of April Calvert is being requested through Marietta Municipal Court for grand theft auto.

On 23 Apr 16 Deputy Metts completed a private property crash report for Mitchel Daniel Barth, 1359 Weppler Road, Lowell. Barth was exiting his driveway, driving over a temporary driveway from where a pipe line had been installed going through his property. The driveway collapsed and his vehicle ended up in a ditch, submerged in water.

On 24 Apr 16 Deputy Carr responded to Muskingum Township, State Rt 60 area to a report of an empty syringe and lights laying along the roadway. The items were recovered and have been marked for disposal.

On 24 Apr 16 Deputy McConnell responded to 99 Sandhill Road, Marietta, in reference to a domestic disturbance. Deputy McConnell met with Jane Miller, who stated her live in boyfriend, Zachary L. O’Dell, had threatened her. O’Dell had left the home prior to Miller calling 911. Miller stated that when O’Dell returned there today he was very belligerent to her, cussing and threatening her. Deputy McConnell was able to locate O’Dell driving on Colegate Drive in which he conducted a traffic stop. O’Dell denied the accusations, however was placed under arrest for domestic violence and transported to the Washington County Jail. Miller requested a temporary protection order be issued.

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

Billy U. Azbell, 305 Lee Street, Belpre; contempt for failure to appear.

Lionel Justin Gore, 130 Cemetery Road, New Matamoras; for failure to appear.

Chad E. Morgenstern, 902 West Virginia Avenue, Parkersburg, contempt for failure to appear

The following subjects were recently sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court:

Eric Ellis Luke, age 29, 115 Muskingum Drive, Marietta; probation violation, 60 days county jail.

Natasha Marie Slyer, age 25, 3569 Veto Road, Vincent; fourth-degree felony burglary, 60 days county jail.

Garland D. Randolph III, age 51, 553 Blue Knob Road, Marietta; second-degree felony, pandering obscenities, 13 counts, 4 years prison.

Miranda Marie Casteel, age 29, 8248 State Rt 239, Stewart; fifth-degree felony drug possession, 31 days county jail.

George Steven Dunn, age 59, 8929 State Rt 555, Cutler; third-degree felony possession of chemicals, 120 days prison.

Seth Everett Lawrence, age 20, Marietta; fifth degree felony breaking and entering, and first degree felony complicity to arson, 10 years prison.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between friday 22 apr 16 and Sunday 24 aPr 16:

Daniel Paul Williams, age 28, 1085 State Rt 339, Belpre, for probation violation, a misdemeanor. Williams was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Probation Officer P. Brockmeier of the Marietta City Probation Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 16 at 9:53 am.

David Daniel Carpenter, age 52, 22500 Frostyville Road, Caldwell, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Carpenter was arrested at Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Richards of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 16 at 11:50 am.

Joel Edward Cooke, age 26, 114 Dean Street, Marietta, for receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. Cooke was arrested at Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Ellenwood of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 16 at 1:18 pm.

Samuel Jason Kohan, age 43, 1885 Main Street, Apt. 1, Stockport, for breaking and entering, a felony, and theft, a misdemeanor. Kohan was arrested on State Rt 550 by Deputy Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 16 at 6:08 pm.

Andrew Bryant Tucker, age 32, 221 Sheldon Avenue, Marietta, for theft, driving under suspension and breach of recognizance, all misdemeanors. Tucker was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Venham of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 16 at 11:10 pm.

Ross Lester Phillips III, age 29, 329 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI, OVI suspension, equipment plate light, all misdemeanors. Phillips was arrested in Marietta by Trooper Reiter of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Apr 16 at 3:18 am. Phillips is also being held on felony charge of probation violation by Adult Parole Authority.

Jodie Dawn Miller, age 32, 255 Silver Globe Road, Marietta, for disorderly conduct, fighting, a misdemeanor. Miller was arrested by Patrolman Venham of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Apr 16 at 4:02 am.

Steven Ronald Simons, Jr., age 32, 3549 Rangoon Drive, Westerville, on warrants for 3 counts repeat traffic offender, no turn signal, and no seat belt, all misdemeanors. Simons was arrested at the Washington County Jail by Deputy Black of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Apr 16 at 8:10 pm.

Timothy Alan Cline, age 27, 1230 Goose Run Road, Marietta, for theft, a misdemeanor. Cline was arrested at Walmart by Patrolman Huffman of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Apr 16 at 9:30 pm.

Nathan Sean Tyson, age 29, 608 Elm Street, Belpre, for trafficking in drugs, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Tyson was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Huffman of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Apr 16 at 1:57 pm.

Keith Allen Huff, age 32, 1308 Williamson Avenue, New Matamoras, for domestic violence, a felony. Huff was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Blamble of the New Matamoras Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Apr 16 at 2:09 am.

Zachary Lyle Odell, age 51, 2686 E. Bueller Road, Lake City, MI, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Odell was arrested on Colegate Drive by Deputy McConnell of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Apr 16 at 11:03 pm.11:03 pm.

There are currently 22 females and 83 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 26 APR 16

On 25 Apr 16 Lt. Stackpole was on patrol near Hilltop Raceway when a call was received from the track security that there was possibly an intoxicated individual on the property at the race track. Contact was made with James Fry, 560 Blue Knob Road, Marietta, who advised he had no driver’s license. Lt. Stackpole had observed this same vehicle earlier, driving on the roadway. Fry was issued a citation for driving under OVI suspension.

On 25 Apr 16 the Barlow Volunteer Fire Department Squad and deputies responded to Palmer Township to a report of a deceased male individual. No foul play is suspected. Case closed. (131)

On 25 Apr 16 Deputies responded to 1187 McGill Road, to meet with Kevin D. Dewees in reference to a trespassing complaint. Dewees advised officers that he has a civil litigation against their neighbor, David L. Antill, 1245 McGill Road, Vincent. This litigation prohibits Antill from being on the dispute property between the homes, however today Antill was standing in the middle of it videotaping the property lines. In speaking with Antill he did not deny entering the disputed property section. A summons is being requested through Marietta Municipal Court for criminal trespassing. (126)

On 25 Apr 16 Chad Alan Westbrook, 2180 Federal Road, Little Hocking, reported a breaking and entering at a home next door to him. Westbrook advised that items to include a weedeater, Stihl weedeater, McCullough chainsaw, Craftsman chainsaw, Honda mower motor, Bear Alaskan hunting bow, guitar and misc. items were removed from the residence. This case remains under investigation. (912)

On 26 Apr 16 Deputies responded to the Larry and Carol Schwendeman residence, 427 Strecker Lane, Marietta, regarding a possible domestic situation. Larry Schwendeman and his sons were outside arguing when deputies arrived. Sean Schwendeman appeared to be intoxicated and had called his parent’s home several times throughout the evening wanting a ride from the bars. The Schwendemans would not go pick him up at which time he stated he would come to their home and make them give him a ride. Sean Schwendeman did arrive at his parent’s home intoxicated and pounding on the door until his father came to the door and advised him to leave several times. Sean’s mother picked up the phone to call 911 at which time Sean ripped the phone from her, and shattered it into pieces, making it inoperable. Sean shoved his father to the ground, attempting to gain entry back into the home. Deputies arrested Sean Schwendeman, 4725 Zion Ridge Road, Marietta, for 2 counts of domestic violence, criminal trespassing, and disrupting public service. A temporary protection order was requested by the Schwendeman. Schwendeman was transported to the Washington County Jail.

THE FOLLOwing suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between monday 25 apr 16 and tuesday 26 apr 16:


Finley Thomas Marks, age 29, 49 Brown Avenue, Parkersburg, WV, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Marks was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Apr 16 at 3:52 pm.

Sean Clay Schwendeman, age 46, 4725 Zion Ridge Road, Marietta, for disrupting public service, a felony, probation violation, 2 counts domestic violence, criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Schwendeman was arrested on Strecker Lane by Deputy Hunter of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Apr 16 at 2:40 am.

There are currently 24 females and 82 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 27 APR 16

On 26 Apr 16 deputies responded to a business in the Dunham Township area. It was reported that upon arrival this date they observed a man exit the building. Contact was made with the individual and it appears that nothing is missing from the business. This case will be closed. (608)

On 26 Apr 16 Zachary Hunter West, 1574 Suzanne Street, Belpre, reported that upon driving his Jeep Wrangler this date and stopping at a couple of businesses, he found that all four of his tires had been slashed. This case remains under investigation. (712)

On 26 Apr 16 Sgt. McGilton responded to Audrey L. Augenstein’s home at 12830 SR 676, Waterford, regarding dog licenses for 2016 that had not been purchased. Contact had been attempted earlier in the month, with both attempts meeting with negative results. Augenstein had previously been told by the Washington County Auditor’s Office that she did not qualify for a kennel license and would have to register each dog individually. Sgt. McGilton requests a summons for Augenstein through Marietta Municipal Court for failure to register the 10 dogs before 1/31/2016.

On 26 Apr 16 Samantha Sue Six, 1200 Park Avenue, New Matamoras, reported a theft from her home. his case remains under investigation. (1303)

On 26 Apr 16 Deputies along with the Wesley, Stockport and Chesterhill Volunteer Fire Departments responded to 430 Spears Hill Road, Palmer Township, to a fire at this location. The structure is owned by David Burt, 4235 Patten Mills Road, Stockport. The garage with an apartment is a total loss. (912)

On 27 Apr 16 Deputy Carr assisted in the removal of marijuana plants in Ludlow Township. Case remains under investigation.

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

April N. Calvert, 325 Sandhill Road, Reno, for grand theft auto.

Corey Cowan, 25 Lane Road, Vincent, for driving under suspension, failure to display plates.

Shannon Rushing, 4401 Sparling Road, Waterford, for failure to complete list of assets and liabilities and failure to appear for court hearing.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail BETWEEn TUESDAY 26 APR 16 and WEDNESDAY 27 APR 16:

Thomas Lee Thompson, age 50, 3211 Pioneer Trail, Portal, GA, on a warrant for contempt of court order, a felony. Thompson was picked up in Georgia by Deputy Sheaves of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Apr 16 at 5:50 pm.

David Lee Rowe, Jr., age 39, 711 Warren Avenue, Belpre, for 2 counts of theft, both misdemeanors. Rowe was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Apr 16 at 7:00 pm.

Timothy Ryan Hyde, age 23, 1501 Cottage Street, Ashland, OH, or disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Hyde was arrested on Pike Street/State Rt 7 North by Patrolman Hilverding of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Apr 16 at 7:54 pm.

Vernon James Morehouse, age 52, 40 Dye Street, Newport, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Morehouse was arrested at his residence by Deputy Hunter of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Apr 16 at 12:28 am.

There are currently 21 females and 85 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 28 APR 16

On 27 Apr 16 Deputies responded to Lowell, Ohio to the Dollar General 10200 State Rt 60, in reference an alarm. Upon arrival officers found the building to have been entered. This case remains under investigation. (131)

On 27 Apr 16 Scott A. Wendelken, 126 Pine Drive, Little Hocking, reported that upon returning home this date he found his home had been forcibly entered and items removed. Those items include but are not limited to Sony Playstation 3 and games, Xbox 360 and games, shotguns, rifles, guns, compound bows, jewelry and a 2006 Suzuki four wheeler. This case remains under investigation. (1007)

THE FOLLOWING SUSPECTS WERE PROCESSED INTO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL on WEDNESDAY 27 apr 16:

Brandon Michael Hall, age 31, 721 Ohio Avenue, Belpre, on warrants for contempt of court order, open container and OVI suspension, all misdemeanors. Hall was arrested in Belpre by Deputy J. Hall of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Apr 16 at 9:13 am.

Timothy Edward Blair, age 52, 37903 Wagner Road, Dexter City, for assault, a misdemeanor. Blair was arrested at the fairgrounds by Patrolman Blasko of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Apr 16 at 12:41 pm.

Mandy Leigh Biehl, age 39, 1109 Second Street, Lowell, for 2 counts of theft, misdemeanors. Biehl was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Huffman of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Apr 16 at 5:14 pm.

Shannon Eugene Rushing, age 48, 4401 Sparling Road, Waterford, on a warrant for failure to appear. Rushing was arrested in Beverly by Patrolman Perine of the Village of Beverly Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Apr 16 at 5:50 pm.

Matthew Raymond Fitch, age 43, 279 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, for probation violation, a felony. Fitch was arrested in Marietta by Sgt. Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Apr 16 at 9:14 pm.

There are currently 19 females and 84 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 29 APR 16

On 27 Apr 16 Sgt. McGilton responded to a dog running loose from 613 O’Neal Street in the City of Belpre, on a regular basis. A black and white Terrier dog was found running loose behind the residence. Contact was made with James Leroy Mason III, who lives at this residence with his brother, Ryan Mason, who he advised was the dog owner. James was, at this time, responsible for the dog’s care. A citation will be issued to James Mason for failure to restrain.

On 28 Apr 16 Deputies responded to the Frontier boat ramp in reference to a couple arguing. The incident was reported to not have involved any assaults or threatening behavior. Both subjects advised officers of the same. Both subjects were advised of disorderly conduct charges if the behavior in public continued. (790)

On 28 Apr 16 contact was made with the Washington County Auditor’s Office regarding Richard C. Blind, 2091 SR 676, Stockport, not obtained a dog license. Blind had been contacted earlier in the month and advised to obtain the tags to avoid a citation, however he has not done so. A summons is requested through Marietta Municipal Court for failure to register his four dogs. (805)

On 28 Apr 16 Sgt. McGilton responded to 3 Fifth Street, Belpre, to meet with Heather R. Davidson in reference her not registering her dog. Contact had been made earlier in the month, and left a notice for Davidson to register her dog. A citation for failure to register will be issued to Ms. Davidson. Ms. Davidson was advised to obtain her registration for the dog to avoid further citations.

On 28 Apr 16 the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a subject being bitten by a dog. Sgt. McGilton met with Hope Lockhart, 14 Rolling Hills Court, Parkersburg, who reported being at a home in Lower Salem and being bit on the calf by the dog. This case remains under investigation, however the victim refused to prosecute.

The following warrant was received at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Levi Scott Jarvis, 1213 Wyatt Lane, Belpre, for delinquency.

The following individuals were recently sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court:

Roy Lee Goodnight, age 36, 3407 7th Avenue, Parkersburg, WV, third degree felony, abduction, 12 months county jail.

Mitchell Robert Ruble, age 65, 4000 SR 530, Lowell, felony aggravated murder; life in prison, felony possession of dangerous ordinance, 11 months, to run concurrent.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail on thursday 28 apr 16:

Darren Sean Smith, age 38, 722 North 7th Street, Apt. A, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Smith was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Dennison of the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Apr 16 at 5:40 am.

Trina Ilene Ellis, age 43, 214 6th Street, Beverly, for probation violation, a misdemeanor. Ellis was arrested at Marietta Municipal Court by Probation E. Brockmeier of the Marietta City Probation Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Apr 16 at 11:48 am.

Alison Blake Hinton, age 28, 607 Center Street, Beverly, for probation violation, a misdemeanor. Hinton was arrested at Marietta Municipal Court by Probation E. Brockmeier of the Marietta City Probation Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Apr 16 at 12:22 pm.

Natalie Sue Weckbacher, age 32, 300 Center Street, Beverly, for probation violation, a felony. Weckbacher was arrested by Deputy Moyers of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Apr 16 at 3:01 pm.


There are currently 20 females and 79 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

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