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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.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 22 JUL 14

On 20 Jul 14 Cole M. Dutton, age 22, 990 Laurel Ridge Road, Lowell, reported at some point during the past two weeks an unknown suspect(s) entered vacant homes he owns at 3705 and 4000 Cats Creek Road, Macksburg. Stolen from the homes were an antique lard press, antique milk cans, a wood gun cabinet and a barn pulley system. This case remains under investigation (509).

On 21 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Underwood arrested Steven S. Pierce, age 25, 3915 State Route 676, Stockport, for intimidation. The previous day Mr. Pierce drove to an acquaintance’s residence and threatened her. The acquaintance is the live-in girlfriend of a friend of Mr. Pierce, who was arrested for domestic violence. Deputy Underwood determined Mr. Pierce brandished a firearm and stated to the victim if she did not go to court and get the charges against his friend dropped, she would regret it.

On 21 Jul 14 Brent McKinney, age 40, 26935 State Route 7 Apt. 3B, Marietta, reported he departed his residence at 6 pm the day earlier and when he returned after midnight he discovered four of his prescription medications and over $300 were missing from his kitchen. This case remains under investigation (132).

On 21 Jul 14 Leslie Pritchard, age 60, 5523 Second Street, Vienna, reported sometime between 3 Jul and 11 Jul his Economy brand vehicle trailer was stolen from the lot at 18192 State Route 7, Marietta. This case remains under investigation (610).

On 21 Jul 14 a relative of Dorothy Way, age 86, 19 Garden City Road, Marietta, reported she believes Ms. Way is being scammed. Ms. Way receives phone calls from a man purporting to be an FBI agent and has been promised $5.5 million and two cars over the course of several years. The suspect sends funds to Ms. Way via Western Union and instructs her to forward the money to another individual, sometimes in foreign countries, at her own expense. This case remains under investigation (296).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between MONday 21 Jul 14 and TUESday 22 Jul 14:

Robert Dean Ritchie, age 43, 165 High Lane, Whipple, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Ritchie was arrested on State Route 7 by Deputy Sheriff Metts and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 10:37 am.

Jerrianne Krystal Myers, age 21, 705 Montgomery Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of her probation, a felony. Myers was arrested at the Adult Probation Office by Deputy Sheriff Malone and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 1:17 pm.

Angie Selene Riley, age 49, 188 Main Street, Lowell, for domestic violence and criminal damaging, both misdemeanors. Riley was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Ellenwood of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 1:49 pm.

Michael Eugene Packard, age 47, 811 Walnut Street, Belpre, for illegal manufacturing of drugs and for illegal assembly of drug making chemicals, both felonies. Packard was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 3:07 pm.

Clifford Elmer Stephens, age 53, 2020 Nancy Drive, Zanesville, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Stephens was arrested picked up in Franklin County by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 6:33 pm.

Brittany Maria Martin, age 28, 100A Linwood Avenue, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Martin was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Kampmeier of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 9:29 pm.

Sara Audrey Luke, age 23, 115 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, for disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. Luke was arrested at her residence by Deputy Sheriff McKee and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 9:46 pm.

Clarence Otto Jeffers, age 34, 220 S. Fifth Street, Marietta, for contempt of a court order, a misdemeanor. Jeffers was arrested on Quarry Street by Deputy Sheriff McKee and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 10:09 pm.

Heather Marie Statler, age 37, 1418 20th Street, Parkersburg, for OVI, driving under an OVI suspended license and speeding, all misdemeanors. Statler was arrested on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jul 14 at 1:48 am.

There are currently 108 men and twenty-three women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 21 JUL 14

On 16 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Hunter arrested Casey T. Carpenter, age 18, 186 Main Street Apt. 9, Lowell, for underage consumption of alcohol and for disorderly conduct by intoxication. Found passed out laying in the middle of Highland Ridge Road near milepost 2.5 at 3:30 am, Mr. Carpenter had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Mr. Carpenter had no idea where he was, firstly stating he thought he was on State Route 530 and secondly stating he was on State Route 7 on his way to work. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Carpenter tested .135 BAC.

On 18 Jul 14 the Fearing Fire Department transported a forty-four year old Whipple resident to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment following a suicide attempt. Depressed over her recent divorce and other family issues, the victim ingested poisonous amounts of Tylenol and buspirone pills. The victim was released from the hospital two days later (1010).

On 18 Jul 14 Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene of death of a thirty-seven year old Warren Township resident. The decedent was transported to Montgomery County for post-mortem examination. Though no foul play is suspected, this case remains under investigation.

On 18 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Hunter requested a summons for a thirteen year old Belpre resident to appear in Juvenile Court on a charge of delinquency by domestic violence. While visiting family on State Route 555, the teenager became involved in an argument with his seven year old brother and struck him in the head with his fist. The teenager’s mother said her younger son was not injured but she wanted the teenager charged because his aggressive behavior is getting worse as he ages.

On 18 Jul 14 Eileen M. Haas, age 65, 150 Walnut Drive, Whipple, reported she recently discovered an unknown suspect used her credit card information to purchase $81.70 in children's clothing on the internet. This case remains under investigation (126).

On 19 Jul 14 Sgt. Anderson requested a warrant for Everette L. Crites, age 37, 704 ½ Mitchell Avenue, Belpre, for violating the terms of a protection order. The previous day, Mr. Crites had four pizzas delivered to his estranged wife’s home and drove by her residence as the pizzas arrived. Mr. Crites also phoned his wife and left two voicemails in violation of a protection order she has against him.

On 19 Jul 14 Eric Fowler, age 38, 208 Alden Avenue, Marietta, reported he was assaulted by his soon to be ex-wife, Amanda M. Montano, age 33, Marietta. While exchanging custody of their child at Mr. Fowler’s residence, Ms. Montano found a note in Mr. Fowler’s vehicle and flew into a fit of rage. Ms. Montano initially slapped Mr. Fowler and then punched him in the face while holding a set of keys, then slapped him in the face several more times. Viewing Mr. Fowler’s injuries, Deputy Sheriff Hunter arrested Ms. Montano for domestic violence and transported her to the Washington County Jail.

On 19 Jul 14 Lt. Gherke and Deputy Sheriff Call responded to the scene of death of a fifty-six year old Center Point, IN resident. The victim was found deceased at Leith Run Campground on State Route 7 in Newport. No foul play is suspected.

On 19 Jul 14 a sixty-one year old Marietta resident reported she has not heard from her forty-two year old son for several days. Deputy Sheriff Reeder made contact with the woman’s son in Marietta, at which time he informed Deputy Reeder that he did not feel like being around his family.

On 20 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriffs Huffer and Hunter responded to an altercation at the residence of Tanya Gibbs, age 36, at 122 Tennis Center Drive Apt. 41, Marietta. Ms. Gibbs and her boyfriend of two months were arguing over another woman and she asked him to leave her apartment. While he packed some belongings, Ms. Gibbs’ boyfriend kicked her in the back. Ms. Gibbs retaliated by striking her boyfriend with a belt. Neither party desired to pursue charges against the other.

On 20 Jul 14 Lynelle Goheen, age 45, 5270 Patten Mills Road, Stockport, reported her live-in boyfriend, Randall Harlow, age 49, became angry when he awoke because he could not find any marijuana to smoke. At one point during his tirade, Mr. Harlow threatened to put Ms. Goheen in their home’s cistern. Ms. Goheen said her boyfriend’s comment caused her to fear for her safety because she cannot swim. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff Reeder arrested Mr. Harlow for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

On 20 Jul 14 Lorne J. Miller, age 42, 3780 Baker Road, Albany, OH, reported an unknown suspect(s) cut the lock off his storage unit at 21 Clifton Road, Belpre, and stole a number of items. Among the stolen property are acetylene torches, a MIG welder, military and miscellaneous clothing, a reciprocating saw, a Playstation and two games. The total value of the stolen items is approximately $2,500. This case remains under investigation (509).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between FRIday 18 Jul 14 and MONday 21 Jul 14:

Jackson Oden Patterson, age 29, 10 Browns Road Apt. 10, Marietta, for violating the terms of his parole, a felony. Patterson was arrested on State Route 7 by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jul 14 at 11:02 am.

Ryan Patrick Nelson, age 31, 1110 Hocking Road Apt. B, Belpre, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Nelson was picked up at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jul 14 at 5:06 pm.

Michael James Shrader, age 53, 4555 Dublin Road, Columbus, for nonsupport of dependants. Shrader was picked up at the Ross County Jail by Deputy Sherriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jul 14 at 5:22 pm.

Don Wesley Barnhart, age 38, Marietta, for receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. Barnhart was arrested at Kroger by Patrolman Harlow of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jul 14 at 9:26 pm.

Stephen Russell Duley Sr., age 31, 1013 Campus Drive, Belpre, for failure to appear and for contempt of a court order, both misdemeanors. Duley was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Stump of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jul 14 at 3:40 am.

Amanda Mae Montano, age 33, 208 Alden Avenue, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Montano was arrested in Marietta by Deputy Sheriff Hunter and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Jul 14 at 2:08 pm.

Alison Renee Roach, age 22, 14 Maplewood Drive, Williamstown, for OVI and for driving outside the marked lanes of travel, both misdemeanors. Roach was arrested on State Route 7 in Warren Township by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jul 14 at 4:06 am.

Steven Joe Francis, age 21, 2134 Washington Boulevard Lot 1, Belpre, for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Francis was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Dennison of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jul 14 at 5:29 am.

Randy Ray Harlow, age 49, 5270 Patten Mills Road, Stockport, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Harlow was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jul 14 at 10:42 am.

Mario Crist Allen, age 24, 322 Main Street Apt. 1, Belpre, for being a fugitive from justice, a felony. Allen was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Greathouse of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jul 14 at 8:12 pm.

Mark Lee Reiter, age 39, 391 S. Second Avenue, Middleport, for driving under a suspended license, a misdemeanor. Reiter was picked up at the Athens County line by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Jul 14 at 10:47 pm.

Steven Matthew Samuel Pierce Jr., age 25, 3915 State Route 676, Stockport, for intimidation, a misdemeanor. Pierce was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Jul 14 at 12:48 am.

There are currently 107 men and twenty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 18 JUL 14

On 16 Jul 124 Angela R. Coleman, age 38, 460 Shaffer Road, Waterford, reported a day earlier she discovered her recently filled prescription for Xanax was missing. Ms. Shaffer was unsure if the pills were simply misplaced or if an acquaintance possibly stole them. This case remains under investigation (296).

On 16 Jul 14 the Oak Grove Fire Department transported a thirteen month old Marietta resident to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment to a possible head injury. The toddler fell from atop a slide at Ashland RV Park and landed on her stomach, striking her head on the ground in the process. Emergency room personnel said the toddler did not have any signs of a serious head injury and that she will fully recover (113).

On 16 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff White arrested Alice J. Keeler, age 50, Marietta, for criminal trespassing. Despite being told on multiple occasions she was not welcome at a vacant residence in New Matamoras, Ms. Keeler was seen inside the home during the past several days.

On 17 Jul 14 an employee of B&N Coal reported sometime overnight an unknown suspect(s) stole a Honda water pump and 100 feet of discharge hose from a mine site on Back Road in Aurelius Township. The company declined to pursue the matter further (910).

On 17 Jul 14 John D. O’Brien, age 59, 1195 Sandhill Road, Marietta, reported he believes his stepdaughter and her husband stole five or six large bags of aluminum cans from his garage. This case remains under investigation (113).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 17 Jul 14 and Friday 18 Jul 14:

Jennifer Lynne Jones, age 41, 1201 Poplar Street, Belpre, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Jones was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Kirby of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Jul 14 at 5:20 pm.

Ruby Fay Reneau, age 44, 715 Barclay Street Lot 15, Belpre, for domestic violence, a felony. Reneau was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Jul 14 at 11:43 pm.

Aaron Robert Fulton, age 28, 834 Pike Street Apt. 8, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Fulton was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Pinkerton of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Jul 14 at 3:30 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 17 JUL 14

On 15 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Reeder arrested Paul D. Mayle, age 50, 20729 Sharps Run Road, Stewart, for obstructing official business, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Patrolling in search of a reckless driver, Deputy Reeder located Mr. Mayle and his vehicle, which matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle, on State Route 555 near Norris Cemetery Road. Mr. Mayle initially refused to provide his name and then gave a false name, date of birth and social security number. A subsequent search of Mr. Mayle’s vehicle yielded a small bag of marijuana and rolling papers.

On 15 Jul 14 Martha A. Shilling, age 69, 1390 Kohl Road, Whipple, reported her son’s live-in girlfriend, who resides at 7100 State Route 60, Lowell, informed her that the 2006 BMW she had stored at the property was wrecked. Ms. Schilling said her son’s girlfriend gave permission to a fourteen year old to drive the vehicle a short distance to practice his driving. The teenager subsequently overturned the vehicle while driving on State Route 530. Ms. Shilling declined to pursue charges after her son’s girlfriend agreed to pay for all repairs to the vehicle.

On 16 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McConnell responded to the scene of death of a sixty-four year old Marietta resident. The man’s death appears to be due to natural causes; no foul play is suspected.

On 16 Jul 14 a thirty-eight year old Marietta resident reported the father of her fourteen and sixteen year old sons permitted the teenagers to smoke marijuana when they had visitation at his home. This case remains under investigation (296).

On 16 Jul 14 a witness reported the previous day she observed an unknown white male dumping a small safe into a creek approximately 100 yards north of the intersection of Whipkey Drive and Milner Road in Waterford Township. This case remains under investigation (129).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 16 Jul 14 and Thursday 17 Jul 14:

Misty Lane Bennett, age 38, 601 Barclay Street Lot 6, Belpre, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Bennett was picked up in Athens by Deputy Sheriff Malone and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jul 14 at 2:06 pm.

Steven Craig Kehl, age 44, 625 Bramblewood Heights Road, Marietta, for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Kehl was arrested in Marietta by Deputy Sheriff McKee and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jul 14 at 3:58 pm.

Kenneth Ray Sasser, age 28, 1205 Poplar Street, Belpre, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Sasser was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jul 14 at 9:04 pm.

Alice Jane Keeler, age 51, Marietta, for criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. Keeler was arrested on State Route 7 by Deputy Sheriff White and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jul 14 at 9:49 pm.

Bryan Lee Eddy, age 23, 127 Franklin Street, Marietta, for a felony charge of abduction and misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. Eddy was arrested in New Matamoras by Patrolman Moyers of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jul 14 at 10:12 pm.

Brent Jason Sidwell, age 32, 1045 Ridgewood Boulevard, Belpre, for three counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and four counts of trafficking in drugs, all felonies. Sidwell turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office on Fourth Street and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Jul 14 at 8:05 am.

There are currently 102 men and twenty-five women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

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