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NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 22 JUL 14

On 28 Jul 14 a neighbor reported observing three unknown suspects with flashlights walking around a vacant residence owned by Martha Henthorn, age 63, at 5785 State Route 26, Marietta. The neighbor said the suspects did not enter the residence but did enter an old barn owned by Ralph Long, age 83, at 5645 State Route 26. No property appears to be missing at this time. This case remains under investigation (597, 912).

On 28 Jul 14 Jerry L. Ford, age 64, 285 Belavista Drive, Marietta, reported he was traveling on Bramblewood Heights Road when he felt his vehicle strike something that was across the roadway near the intersection of Greenbrier Circle. Examining his vehicle, Mr. Ford found fishing line wrapped around the spoiler of his Pontiac Grand Prix. The antenna on Mr. Ford’s vehicle was also bent near the base. After the collision, a female emerged from a nearby wooded area and informed Mr. Ford that a twelve year old Greenbrier Circle resident was responsible for running the fishing line across the roadway. Under questioning, the twelve year old admitted running the fishing line across the road but claimed two other individuals were along with him. However, the two additional persons agreed the twelve year old was solely responsible. Consequently, Sgt. Anderson requested a summons for the twelve year old to appear in Juvenile Court on a charge of delinquency by criminal damaging.

On 28 Jul 14 a resident on Sandhill Road reported she routinely sees a neighbor’s children playing outside unsupervised and in a nearby creek. The neighbor said she has fed the three children, aged twelve, seven and three, on multiple occasions in the past and stated they appear to be malnourished. When Deputy Sheriff Huffer arrived at the scene, the children were playing in the roadway of their trailer court. Inside the children’s home, their mother was asleep in her room and the individual in charge of monitoring the children was asleep on a couch. Deputy Huffer counseled the children’s mother about leaving the children unsupervised and forwarded this case to Children’s Services for follow up.

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

Derrill King Jr., age 24, 9383 Dixie Street, Redford, MI, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. King was picked up in Michigan by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 2:30 pm.

Dustin Gregory Haas, age 23, 8251 Church Street, New Marshville, OH, for theft, burglary and receiving stolen property, all felonies. Haas was picked up at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 3:41 pm.

Paul Willard Hendershot III, age 22, 40 Fourth Avenue, New Matamoras, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Hendershot was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 4:24 pm.

Tommie Eugene Schreffler, age 26, 150 Camelot Road Lot 23, Belpre, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Schreffler was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 10:22 pm.

Sean Wayne Smith, age 24, 407 Eighth Street Lot 6, Belpre, for two felony counts of trafficking in drugs. Smith was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 7:50 am.

There are currently 105 men and nineteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 28 JUL 14

On 22 Jul 14 a shift manager at Par Mar, 3355 State Route 821, Marietta, reported lottery sale profits were $120 short and the cash register was $200 short following a particular employee’s shift earlier in the day. The suspect employee quit at the conclusion of her shift. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 25 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McConnell arrested Brad E. Conley, age 31, 27780 Rock Run Road, Coolville, for violating the terms of a protection order. Responding to a possible domestic dispute at 210 State Route 339, Belpre, Deputy McConnell found Mr. Conley in the presence of Susan Sams, age 35, who has a protection order against him.

On 25 Jul 14 an employee of Willow Island Lock and Dam, 32400 State Route 7, Newport, reported he believes one or more employees stole a total of nine new LED light bulbs from two locations at the dam. The LED lights cost approximately $17 each. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 25 Jul 14 Ella R. Hanson, age 75, 1661 County House Road, Marietta, reported she previously gave her daughter permission to remove a small freezer from her property, but she believes when friends of her daughter retrieved the freezer they also took several movies, a television, two walkers and a shopping cart without permission. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 25 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Carr arrested Jeffrey D. Wear, age 44, 10595 State Rout 555, Cutler, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and assault. Also known as “Cutler Kid,” Mr. Wear was involved in an argument over a property line with his neighbor, Karen S. Coe, age 63, 10557 State Route 555. During the argument, Mr. Wear punched Ms. Coe twice in the face and also struck her with a cucumber. Knocked to the ground, Ms. Coe’s dentures were broken during the assault. Witnesses confirmed Mr. Wear was the aggressor in the incident. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Wear tested .256 BAC.

On 25 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McKee requested summonses for disorderly conduct by fighting for: Megan M. Fry, age 24, 104 Winters Drive, Marietta; Sherrie Davis, age 54, 1415 Lancaster Street Apt. 3B, Marietta; Melissa Rake, age 45, 1415 Lancaster Street Apt. 3C; and Homer M. Fry, age 49, 208 Upper Fifteenmile Creek Road, Wingett Run. Ms. Fry, Ms. Davis and Ms. Rake were at Mr. Fry’s property to retrieve property belonging to Ms. Fry’s husband from a camper. An argument among family members at the property erupted and was followed by a brief skirmish. Each faction blamed the other for initiating the confrontation, but a cell phone video showed both parties were equally involved.

On 26 Jul 14 Sgt. Mankins was on patrol when he observed a truck parked at the gas pumps of a closed Miller’s AM/PM at 2889 State Route 821, Marietta. Sgt. Mankins awoke the driver from his slumber and identified him as Matthew D. Miller, age 44, 1608 Hill Street Apt. C, Belpre. Mr. Miller had a strong odor of alcohol and performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests. After arresting Mr. Miller for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Sgt. Mankins discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun and two bags of marijuana in Mr. Miller's vehicle. Consequently, Mr. Miller was also charged with handling a weapon while intoxicated, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Miller tested .151 BAC.

On 26 Jul 14 Renee S. Hennes, age 41, 2280 Veto Road, Vincent, reported her family has been out of town for the past five days and during that timeframe an unknown suspect(s) entered her home. Stolen from the home were a fifty-five inch television, a DVD player, a five gallon jug full of coins and currency, a .22 rifle and an antique knife. The total value of the stolen property is approximately $4,300. This case remains under investigation (507).

On 27 Jul 14 Steven L. Frazier, age 32, 8292 State Route 60, Lowell, reported one of his family members who visited his home the previous day may have stolen a total of $300 from two locations in his residence. This case remains under investigation (594).

On 27 Jul 14 the Barlow Squad transported a twenty-one year old Parkersburg resident to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment to a drug overdose. The victim was found turning blue and gasping for air in a bedroom at a home in Barlow Township. At the hospital, the victim was conscious and disoriented when interviewed by Deputy Sheriff McConnell. The victim said he was nervous about an upcoming court date and did not intentionally harm himself. In the room where the victim was found, Deputy McConnell located Zoloft pills and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. The victim was to be kept for observation, but should recover fully.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 25 Jul 14 and Monday 28 Jul 14:

Jesse James Bell, age 33, 4220 Welch Road, Little Hocking, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Bell was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Hupp of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 12:08 pm.

Patrick Steve Soulsby, age 29, 18321 State Route 13, Glouster, for passing bad checks, a misdemeanor. Soulsby was picked up at the Athens County line by Deputy Sheriff Ellenwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 1:21 pm.

David Allen Bayless, age 39, 1005 Peggs Fork Road, Newport, for driving under a suspended license, nonsupport of dependants and for not wearing a seat belt, all misdemeanors. Bayless was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 7:31 pm.

Brad Eric Conley, age 31, 27780 Rock Run Road, Coolville, for violating the terms of a protection order, a misdemeanor. Conley was arrested on State Route 339 by Deputy Sheriff McConnell and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 8:07 pm.

Jeffrey Dwayne Wear, age 44, 10595 State Route 555, Cutler, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and assault, both misdemeanors. Wear was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 8:00 pm.

Susan Kay Martin-Burge, age 59, 2259 Blennerhassett Heights Road, Parkersburg, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Martin-Burge was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Kirby of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 10:29 pm.

Matthew Denlo Miller, age 44, 1608 Hill Street Apt. C, Belpre, for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, using a weapon while intoxicated, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. Miller was arrested on State Route 821 by Sgt. Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 3:02 am.

Michael Allen Stewart, age 20, 2840 Caywood Road, Marietta, for OVI and for driving under an FRA suspended license, both misdemeanors. Stewart was arrested on Pike Street by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 4:12 am.

Ross Lester Phillips III, age 27, 329 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI, driving under a suspended license, for having an inoperable headlight, for operating a vehicle with an expired registration and two counts of possession of drugs, all misdemeanors. Phillips was arrested in Salem Township by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 6:54 pm.

Justin Allen Harris, age 32, 120 Frederick Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of a protection order, a felony. Harris was arrested on Third Street by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 1:54 pm.

Adam Daniel McKnight, age 22, 3905 State Route 530, Lowell, for contempt of a court order, a misdemeanor. McKnight was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Jul 14 at 11:41 pm.

There are currently 102 men and nineteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 25 JUL 14

On 24 Jul 14 an employee of Lang’s Excavating, 19371 State Route 60, Beverly, reported sometime overnight an unknown suspect(s) stole in excess of 2,000 gallons of off road diesel fuel from a fuel tank at the company’s jobsite at 37075 Back Road, Macksburg. This case remains under investigation (132).

On 24 Jul 14 Stephanie D. Phelps, age 48, 141 Oakes Road, Little Hocking, reported a salesman peddling educational materials refused to leave her property despite being asked to do so at least a half dozen times. The suspect was warned on previous occasions that he would be charged with trespassing if he did not comply with a homeowner’s request to vacate the property. This case remains under investigation (598).

On 24 Jul 14 Carrie L. Thrash, age 28, 107 Seneca Drive, Marietta, reported she recently discovered her debit card information was used at two retail stores in the Columbus area to make purchases totaling approximately $450. This case remains under investigation (132).

On 24 Jul 14 residents on Cave Hill Road, School House Road and Veto Road reported their mailboxes were damaged sometime overnight. More than twelve mailboxes in that area were damaged by vandals after midnight. This case remains under investigation (509).

On 25 Jul 14 Lt. Gherke and Deputy Sheriff Underwood responded to a domestic dispute at 1465 McGill Road, Vincent. Stacy D. Morgan, age 40, accidentally phoned 911 during an argument with her estranged husband over their relationship. Ms. Morgan dialed 911 on her phone as a threat to stop her husband from throwing her belongings outside. Both parties agreed that no threats or physical violence took place. As a result, Lt. Gherke closed this case as unfounded.

On 25 Jul 14 Sgt. Reeder and the Grandview Fire Department were dispatched to a vehicle fire at 11 First Avenue, New Matamoras. The 2001 Dodge Dakota, owned by Jessica Dunn, age 29, 707 Second Street, New Matamoras, sustained heavy damage and is a total loss. The State Fire Marshal was contacted to determine the cause of the fire.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 24 Jul 14 and Friday 25 Jul 14:

Travis Murle Moore, age 28, 17949 State Route 550, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting, a misdemeanor. Moore was arrested on Hart Street by Patrolman Chapman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jul 14 at 1:09 pm.

Courtney Nichole Clayton, age 21, 414 Strecker Lane, Marietta, for violating the terms of her probation, a misdemeanor. Clayton was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jul 14 at 2:20 pm.

There are currently 107 men and eighteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 24 JUL 14

On 23 Jul 14 Rose Church, age 65, 179 Second Street, Vincent, reported an individual claiming to be an attorney contacted her about obtaining a government grant for households including residents with disabilities. The attorney stated that in exchange for a payment of $3,000 she would receive a grant of $300,000. After sending payment via wire transfers of $1,500 each, Ms. Church became suspicious when she did not receive the grant and the supposed attorney requested an additional $3,700. Ms. Church said she believed the grant was legitimate because her friend allegedly received $50,000 in exchange for a payment of $850. This case remains under investigation (509).

On 23 Jul 14 Delmar Wittekind, age 44, 1485 Hanna Road, Marietta, reported he was involved in an argument with his adult aged son. The two were repairing a vehicle when an argument erupted over a broken speedometer. Neither party made any threats, nor did they make any physical contact with the other. Mr. Wittekind’s son returned to his residence to avoid any further problems. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff Reeder closed this case as unfounded.

On 23 Jul 14 Sgt. Holbert responded to the scene of death of a thirty-six year old Muskingum Township resident. Though no foul play is suspected in the man’s death, the decedent was transported to Montgomery County for autopsy.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 23 Jul 14 and Thursday 24 Jul 14:

Tyrone Anthony Frye, age 29, 208 Upper Fifteenmile Creek Road, Wingett Run, for a felony charge of failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender and misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing and menacing. Frye was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jul 14 at 1:23 pm.

Gina Marie Loy, age 26, 101 Evans Street Apt. D29, New Matamoras, for violating the terms of her probation and for failure to appear, both felonies. Loy was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Blamble of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jul 14 at 11:30 pm.

Anthony Bryan Martin, age 28, 700 Greenhill Road, Marietta, for a felony charge of failure to comply with the order/signal of an officer and misdemeanor charges of OVI, reckless operation, failure to signal and driving under an FRA suspended license. Martin was arrested on Second Street by Patrolman Dennison of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jul 14 at 7:02 am.

There are currently 109 men and eighteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 23 JUL 14

On 22 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Carr issued a citation to Jeremy D. Wright, age 32, 312 E. Spring Street, Marietta, for not stopping at a stop sign and for passing a vehicle on a double yellow line. Deputy Carr stopped Mr. Wright on BF Goodrich Road near the intersection of Waterford Road in Muskingum Township.

On 22 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff White responded to the scene of death of an eighty-nine year old Marietta Township resident. The woman’s death appears to be due to natural causes; no foul play is suspected.

On 22 Jul 14 a manager at Ken Miller Supply, 26270 State Route 7, Marietta, reported a marijuana pipe and a small amount of marijuana were discovered in a box in one of the company’s shops. The employee who is suspected to be the owner of the items was sent to the hospital for a drug test as a matter of company policy. This case remains under investigation (594).

On 23 Jul 14 Jessica M. Leedy, age 33, 9559 State Route 550, Vincent, reported during an argument over their relationship, her husband threatened to shoot himself. Mrs. Leedy said her husband’s actions did not cause her to fear for her safety and stated she wanted her husband to get help. Consequently, Deputy Sheriff Carr closed this case as unfounded.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 22 Jul 14 and Wednesday 23 Jul 14:

Ronald Dean Welch Jr., age 44, 132 Harmar Street, Marietta, for two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct by intoxication. Welch was arrested on Putnam Street by Patrolman Estes of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jul 14 at 8:29 pm.

Derrick Michael Lemasters, age 31, 427 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for OVI and for failure to control, both misdemeanors. Lemasters was arrested on State Route 7 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jul 14 at 2:49 am.

There are currently 106 men and twenty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

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