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NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 28 JAN 15

On 28 Jan 15 Tammy Ruth, age 50, 1630 Braun Road, Belpre, reported her live-in boyfriend, Robert Devan, age 44, assaulted her. Ms. Ruth said she and her boyfriend had been arguing for several days and that Mr. Devan was highly intoxicated. Mr. Devan threatened to choke Ms. Ruth to death multiple times during their argument. As the dispute escalated, Ms. Ruth retreated to a bedroom and attempted to leave the home through a window but Mr. Devan blocked her escape with his body. Mr. Devan blocked Ms. Ruth again as she tried to leave the bedroom and closed the bedroom door on her leg. Mr. Devan subsequently pinned Ms. Ruth to a wall with a mattress. Thereafter, Mr. Devan struck Ms. Ruth’s jaw with his shoulder, placed her in a headlock and twisted her arm. Ms. Ruth was finally able to flee when Mr. Devan released her so that he could get another beer. Mr. Devan has two prior domestic violence convictions and has another domestic charge pending in Common Pleas Court. After he was placed under arrest, Mr. Devan pulled away from Deputy Sheriff Reeder and attempted to run. He did not make it far and fell to the ice covered ground when Deputy Reeder grabbed him. Mr. Devan faces a felony charge of domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Devan tested .152 BAC.

The following suspect were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 27 Jan 15 and Wednesday 28 Jan 15:

Timothy Alan Cline, age 26, 13839 State Route 26, Reno, for theft and for contempt of a court order, both misdemeanors. Cline turned himself in to Corrections Officers and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Jan 15 at 16:19 pm.

Timothy James Newbrough, age 31, 517 Smith Street, Marietta, for contempt of a court order, a felony. Newbrough was picked up in Hennepin County, MN by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Jan 15 at 8:41 pm.

Megan Cheyenne Roach, age 22, 804 Fourth Street, Marietta, for receiving stolen property, a felony. Roach was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Harlow of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jan 15 at 12:09 am.

Abby Lynne Roach, age 21, 804 Fourth Street, Marietta, for receiving stolen property and for violating the terms of her probation, both felonies. Roach was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Harlow of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jan 15 at 12:14 am.

Robert Louis Devan, age 44, 1630 Braun Road, Belpre, for a felony charge of domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. Devan was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jan 15 at 6:55 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 27 JAN 15

On 23 Jan 15 Sgt. Mankins attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of State Route 60 and Walnut Street in Lowell. The driver of the blue Subaru Impreza gave chase, accelerating and turning onto Cats Creek Road. The driver turned onto Vanfossen Road and then onto Laurel Ridge Road before Sgt. Mankins lost sight of the vehicle. Sgt. Mankins patrolled the area in search of the vehicle but was unable to locate it.

On 26 Jan 15 Justin A. Scarbrough, age 27, 122 Tennis Center Drive Apt. 43, Marietta, reported he believes that a female that spent the night at his residence stole a full bottle of prescription medication and $350 while he slept. This case remains under investigation (910).

On 26 Jan 15 the BSA officer for Citizens Bank in Vincent reported she believes one of the bank’s customers was scammed out of a large sum of money. The seventy-seven year old victim said she received phone calls beginning in October of last year detailing a $6.5 million lottery prize she won. Over the course of the following months the victim received additional calls requesting money for taxes and other costs related to her lottery win. It is believed that the victim sent the scammers in the neighborhood of $45,000. This case remains under investigation (507).

On 26 Jan 15 Lt. Gherke issued a citation to Kevin R. Blackburn, age 28, 29000 Sugar Run Road, Coolville, for operating a vehicle without a license. Lt. Gherke observed Mr. Blackburn operating an ATV on the roadway in the vicinity of 99 Arrowhead Road in Little Hocking. Mr. Blackburn admitted he did not have a license and stated he rode his ATV from his residence in Athens County to the Marathon in Little Hocking.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 26 Jan 15 and Tuesday 27 Jan 15:

Joseph Lee Greathouse, age 28, 427 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Greathouse was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McConnell and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jan 15 at 12:25 pm.

Gordon Fredrick Reneau, 52, 715 Barclay Street Lot 32, Belpre, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Reneau was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Greathouse of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jan 15 at 10:56 pm.

Kevin Michael Busch, age 21, 1380 Brackenridge Road, Vincent, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Busch was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Jan 15 at 9:35 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 26 JAN 15

On 23 Jan 15 Deputy Sheriff Huffer requested summonses for Anna Cunningham, age 24, and Nicole Griffin, age 35, both of 124 Buell’s Circle, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting. An argument over a mobile phone led to a scuffle between the two. Each party blamed the other for starting the kerfuffle and provided conflicting accounts of the incident.

On 23 Jan 15 Tammie O’Brien, age 53, 6879 State Route 550, Cutler, reported she has been out of town since 18 Jan and during that time an unknown suspect(s) stole her 2005 Ford Focus. This case remains under investigation (907).

On 24 Jan 15 Lt. Rhodes arrested Phillip A. Motley, age 29, 1870 State Route 144, Stewart, for OVI and for driving under a suspended license. Mr. Motley failed to stop his vehicle at the stop sign on Joe Skinner Road at the intersection of State Route 7 and nearly collided with Lt. Rhodes’ cruiser. Lt. Rhodes noticed Mr. Motley had an odor of alcohol and slurred speech. Thereafter, Mr. Motley performed poorly on field sobriety tests. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Motley tested .117 BAC.

On 24 Jan 15 Deputy Sheriff Call requested a summons for a seventeen year old Vincent resident to appear in Juvenile Court for being delinquent. The teenager broke a jug of tea on the floor in the home and threw a box that struck his grandmother in the leg. When the teenager’s sister confronted him about his behavior, he struck her in the head and scratched the back of her head and neck. The teenager then threw his mother to the floor and punched her several times on the top of her head.

On 24 Jan 15 Deputy Sheriff Hall responded to the scene of death of an eighty-five year old Dunham Township resident. The woman’s death appears to be due to natural causes; no foul play is suspected.

On 24 Jan 15 Jocelyn Whealdon, age 25, 1040 Barth Road, Belpre, reported her brother, Robert W. Ellison, age 34, 987 Barth Road, was intoxicated and scratching a vehicle with a rock. When he arrived at Mr. Ellison’s residence, Deputy Sheriff Hall noticed the suspect had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Based on his observations, Deputy Hall arrested Mr. Ellison for disorderly conduct by intoxication and transported to the Washington County Jail. At the jail, Mr. Ellison tested .194 BAC. Mr. Ellison was also charged with possession of drugs after he revealed to Corrections Officers that he had marijuana in his pocket.

On 24 Jan 15 Lt. Rhodes and Deputy Sheriff Call responded to a domestic dispute at 2720 Braun Road, Belpre. Andrew Miller, age 23, reported he was arguing with his wife over their marital problems when a mutual shoving match broke out. Both parties agreed that the incident was only minor and that neither feared for their safety. As a result, Deputy Call closed this case as unfounded.

On 25 Jan 15 Deputies and Detectives responded to an armed robbery call at the Duke Station at 100 Main Street, Lowell. Around 2 am, a male subject in his twenties brandished a knife at the store clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk threatened to hit the suspect with the ice rack she was holding, at which point the suspect fled from the store. The suspect was covered from head to toe in camouflage clothing and appeared to be approximately six feet tall. The suspect departed the store on foot headed in the direction of Third Street. Any citizen with information concerning this attempted robbery is requested to phone the Sheriff’s Office at 740-376-7070 x0.

On 25 Jan 15 multiple residents in Washington County reported receiving phone calls from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division (the Sheriff’s Office does not have a Warrant Division). The caller claims there is a warrant for the recipient’s arrest and that they would face arrest if they did not pay between $500 and $1,000 using a prepaid credit card. The targeted victims became suspicious and contacted law enforcement. At this time, it does not appear that any of the victims suffered a loss. Any citizen who has received a similar call is requested to phone the Sheriff’s Office at 740-376-7070 x0.

On 25 Jan 15 Jennifer C. Ireland, age 31, 6580 State Route 339, Vincent, reported she recently discovered a Ruger 9 mm handgun, a credit card and five prescription pills were stolen from her home. This case remains under investigation (907).

On 26 Jan 15 Sgt. Johnson and Deputy Sheriff Underwood responded to the scene of death of a seventy-nine year old Muskingum Township resident. The man’s death appears to be due to natural causes; no foul play is suspected.

The following suspect were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 23 Jan 15 and Monday 26 Jan 15:

Shawn Eugene Covey, age 37, 250 County House Lane, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Covey was arrested at his residence by Sgt. Anderson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jan 15 at 2:37 pm.

William Eugene O’Brien, age 50, 470 King Avenue, Cutler, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. O’Brien was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jan 15 at 3:20 pm.

Phillip Allen Motley, age 29, 1870 State Route 144, Stewart, for OVI and for driving under a suspended license, both misdemeanors. Motley was arrested on Briggs Hill Road by Lt. Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 3:02 am.

Jason Todd Binegar, age 36, 6550 Highland Ridge Road, Lowell, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Binegar was arrested on Third Street by Patrolman Thomas of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 3:15 am.

Christina Faye Bannert, age 42, 415 Sixth Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Bannert was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Thomas of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 4:33 am.

Anthony Dewayne Mack, age 33, 421 Mechanic Street, Macksburg, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Mack was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 4:52 am.

Robert Wayne Ellison, age 34, 987 Barth Road, Belpre, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and possession of drugs, both misdemeanors. Ellison was arrested on Barth Road by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 9:32 am.

Dustin Lee Brooks, age 28, 1776 Briggs Hill Road, Belpre, for driving under a suspended license, failure to appear and for violating the terms of his probation, all misdemeanors. Brooks was arrested by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 11:34 am.

Dustin Alan Reynolds, age 31, Marietta, for theft and for unauthorized use of a vehicle, both misdemeanors. Reynolds was arrested at Marietta Memorial Hospital by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jan 15 at 10:52 pm.

Jonathan Paul Vingino, age 33, 96 Wildwood Drive, Parkersburg, for a felony charge of possession of drugs and for misdemeanor charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vingino was arrested on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jan 15 at 1:24 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 23 JAN 15

On 22 Jan 15 Ashley N. McKnight, age 26, 15725 State Route 821, Macksburg, reported at some point during the past two days an unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and stole twenty-nine prescription pills, a tablet computer, a twenty-four inch television, a blu-ray player, an aluminum radiator and four aluminum rims for a Camaro. The total value of the stolen items is approximately $310. This case remains under investigation (296).

On 22 Jan 15 Sgt. Mankins and Deputy Sheriff Reeder responded to the scene of death of a sixty-eight year old Belpre Township resident. The man’s death appears to be due to natural causes; no foul play is suspected.

On 22 Jan 15 Lt. Gherke and Sgt. McLeish responded to a domestic dispute at 122 Tennis Center Drive Apt. 39, Marietta. Barbara Shrewsbury, age 39, said her live-in boyfriend accused her of infidelity earlier in the evening and stated she became angrier with him when he started snoring in bed. After Ms. Shrewsbury attempted wake him up, her boyfriend pushed her out of bed. The two continued to argue for a short time. Neither party reported being in fear for their safety during the dispute. Consequently, Lt. Gherke closed this case as unfounded. Ms. Shrewsbury’s boyfriend agreed to spend the night elsewhere to avoid further problems.

On 22 Jan 15 a passerby reported an unknown male was stumbling in and out of traffic on BF Goodrich Road. Sgt. McLeish and Deputy Sheriff McConnell located the suspect, Robert E. Boston Jr., age 49, 1145 BF Goodrich Road, Marietta, and attempted to detain him for questioning. When they did so, Mr. Boston jumped over an embankment and rolled toward railroad tracks. He then ran into a cornfield, where Deputy McConnell tackled him. Mr. Boston had an odor of alcohol a, bloodshot eyes and impaired speech. Based on their observations, Deputy McConnell arrested Mr. Boston for disorderly conduct by intoxication and obstructing official business and transported him to the Washington County Jail. At the jail, Mr. Boston tested .132 BAC.

On 22 Jan 15 a fifty-five year old Vincent resident reported his ex-girlfriend is attempting to extort him. The suspect’s ex-girlfriend allegedly has information on the victim’s cases that he compiled as a fraud investigator and threatened to “ruin his life” if he did not pay her cell phone bill. The suspect has also allegedly phoned the victim’s ex-wife’s employer and accused her of wrongdoing. This case remains under investigation (910).

On 23 Jan 15 Deputy Sheriff Reeder requested a warrant for Jonathon H. Watson, age 26, 6 Bellville Road, Washington, WV, for assault. Mr. Watson was visiting a friend’s home on Moody Ridge Road in Belpre when he began to speak nonsensically and became combative. One of the home’s residents, Michael Reed, age 64, said he tried to corral Mr. Watson in an attempt to keep him from harming two young children in the home. When Mr. Reed did, Mr. Watson ran into him and caused him to hit his head on a windowsill. A struggle followed, during which Mr. Watson grabbed a screwdriver. Mr. Reed subsequently removed the screwdriver from Mr. Watson’s hand and pinned him to the floor until law enforcement arrived. Deputy Sheriff Reeder attempted to question Mr. Watson, but he noticed that he appeared to be under the influence drugs. Mr. Watson was unable to answer questions, had dilated pupils and was lethargic. Deputy Sheriff Reeder transported Mr. Watson to Marietta Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted to the ICU for further treatment. From the pill bottles and pills found in his possession, Mr. Watson could have been intoxicated on any combination of hydrocodone, clonazepam and amphetamine.

On 23 Jan 15 Trisha D. Steele, age 34, 116 Cedar Ridge Road, Lowell, reported at some point since 21 Jan, an unknown suspect(s) entered a barn on her property and stole a horse saddle valued at $200. This case remains under investigation (610).

On 23 Jan 15 Sgt. McGilton requested a summons for Kayla Chisolm, age 29, 470 Rummer Road, Marietta, for failure to confine/restrain a dog. A neighbor reported she watched as Ms. Chisolm’s dog came onto her property and attacked her cat. The cat’s owner said the dog bit her cat and shook it vigorously. Sgt. McGilton examined the cat and observed a puncture wound and felt what appeared to be a broken neck.

On 23 Jan 15 Rochelle French, age 37, 250 County House Lane, Marietta, reported her live-in boyfriend of four years, Shawn Covey, age 37, threatened to punch her. Ms. French said Mr. Covey drew his fist back during an argument and threatened her, which caused her to fear for her safety. After an argument, Ms. French said Mr. Covey threw a bottle of whiskey that shattered on the kitchen sink. Ms. French said the bottle did not land near her, not was it thrown at her. She said she wanted to illustrate an example of one of Mr. Covey’s fits of rage. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff Hunter arrested Mr. Covey for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

The following suspect were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 22 Jan 15 and Friday 23 Jan 15:

Kayla Lachelle Wallace, age 21, 840 Pike Street Apt. 40, Marietta, for violating the terms of her probation, a felony. Wallace was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Malone and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jan 15 at 10:21 am.

Robert Eugene Boston Jr., age 49, 1145 BF Goodrich Road, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. Boston was arrested on BF Goodrich Road by Sgt. McLeish of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jan 15 at 3:37 pm.

Delmer Leroy Rhodes, age 63, 105 Gilman Avenue Lot 10, Marietta, for receiving stolen property, a felony. Rhodes was arrested on Gilman Avenue by Patrolman Heddleston of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jan 15 at 8:15 pm.

Cory Ray Clark, age 28, 409 Seventh Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and for violating the terms of his probation, both misdemeanors. Clark was arrested on Terrace Avenue by Patrolman Dennison of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jan 15 at 12:43 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 22 JAN 15

On 21 Jan 15 Deputy Sheriff Huffer issued a citation to Evan Merten, age 27, 331 Oakwood Avenue, Marietta, for traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. Deputy Huffer stopped Mr. Merten near milepost thirty-three on State Route 7 in Newport Township.

On 21 Jan 15 Donald L, Bradford, age 77, 27195 State Route 7, Marietta, was backing his Dodge pickup truck in the parking lot of 1305 Pike Street, Marietta, when he struck the front right fender of a Jeep owned by Joseph E. Defrank, age 58, 1276 Milltown Road, Newport. The collision with a large hitch on Mr. Bradford’s truck caused moderate damage to Mr. Defrank’s vehicle (1090).

On 21 Jan 15 Deputy Sheriff Metts investigated a report concerning threats a Frontier High School student made toward another student on his Facebook page. School officials suspended the fifteen year old New Matamoras for a period of time. No criminal charges were filed.

On 22 Jan 15 Sarah J. Burgess, age 45, 9531 Federal Road, Vincent, reported she was away from her residence during the night and during that timeframe an unknown suspect(s) stole a Chevy S-10 from her property. While investigating the theft, Deputy Sheriff McConnell learned that the Highway Patrol responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of Federal Road and Two Mile Run Road, which is very close to Ms. Burgess’ home. The vehicle matched the description of Ms. Burgess’ truck and was towed from the scene. When she was informed that her vehicle was recovered undamaged, Ms. Burgess stated she did not want to pursue any charges in the matter.

The following suspect were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 21 Jan 15 and Thursday 22 Jan 15:

David Michael Stewart, age 20, 41600 Mush Run Road, Lewisville, OH, for two misdemeanor counts of theft. Stewart was arrested at Wal-Mart by Patrolman Caldwell of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jan 15 at 3:33 pm.

Jordan William Belford, age 19, 41600 Mush Run Road, Lewisville, OH, for two misdemeanor counts of theft. Belford was arrested at Wal-Mart by Patrolman Caldwell of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jan 15 at 3:33 pm.

John Craig Daniels, age 51, 313 Greene Street Apt. 2, Marietta, for assault, a misdemeanor. Daniels was arrested at his residence by Patrolman McClelland of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jan 15 at 12:10 am.

Jeffrey Galen Enlow, age 27, 1153 Greene Street, Newport, for violating the terms of his parole, a felony. Enlow was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Sheaves and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jan 15 at 9:12 am.

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

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