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NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 22 DEC 14

On 19 Dec 14 Steven A. Fryman, age 23, 29800 State Route 7, Marietta, reported he found what appears to be an old military munition under his front porch. The shell is approximately twelve inches long, three inches in diameter and was corroded but still in decent condition. A Deputy recovered the item and placed it in a safe place pending its destruction.

On 19 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff Huffer requested summonses for Delmar Wittekind II, age 44, and his son, Chace, age 20, both of 1485 Hanna Road, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting. An altercation between the two broke out after the elder Wittekind confronted his son about bringing drugs and alcohol into their home. Each party successfully landed punches to the other’s face before the two separated.

On 19 Dec 14 Natasha A. Hart, age 37, 1405 County Road 9, Marietta, reported she was giving Holly A. Gail, age 40, 105 Shady Lane, Marietta, a ride home from a bar when the two began to argue. Ms. Hart said she hardly knows Ms. Gail and stopped her car near Family Ford because she began to feel uncomfortable. After Ms. Hart stopped the vehicle, Ms. Gail exited, opened the driver’s side door from the outside and began yelling and screaming at Ms. Hart. Ms. Gail then punched Ms. Hart and fled from the scene when she heard sirens. Deputy Sheriff Huffer located Ms. Gail on Products Lane and arrested her for assault. At the Washington County Jail, Ms. Gail tested .266 BAC.

On 19 Dec 14 Jonathan D. Francis, age 18, 110 Dean Street, Marietta, was attempting to pull into a driveway on Warrior Drive in Barlow Township when he struck a gas meter. The collision caused minimal damage to Mr. Francis’ Toyota truck. Dominion Gas responded and repaired the gas meter (126).

On 20 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff Hunter and the Beverly Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at the residence of Norman J. Howard, age 56, at 1785 Hayesville Road, Waterford. After smelling smoke emanating from a bedroom, Mr. Howard attempted to fight the fire with an extinguisher and a garden hose until the fire department arrived. The fire appears to have originated in a joint where the two sides of the mobile home were joined. The fire caused approximately $4,000 in damage.

On 21 Dec 14 William D. Richards, age 64, reported sometime overnight an unknown suspect(s) cut the lock off a cargo trailer he has parked in front of a home he is constructing at 501 Ash Road, Marietta. Mr. Richards said the only property that is missing is two ratchet straps and some plastic hose, valued at a total of $60. This case remains under investigation (592).

On 21 Dec 14 Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene of death of a fifty-four year old Fairfield Township resident. Though the cause of the man’s death does not appear to be suspicious, the decedent was sent to Montgomery County for autopsy (126, 292, 1293).

On 22 Dec 14 Lt. Rhodes issued a citation to Aaron W. Cain, age 33, 16687 Crooked Tree Road, Dexter City, for driving under a suspended license and for operating a vehicle with an expired registration. Lt. Rhodes stopped Mr. Cain on Muskingum Drive near the intersection of Colegate Drive in Pioneer Township.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 19 Dec 14 and Monday 22 Dec 14:

Ryan Andrew Davis, age 32, 106 ½ Sacra Via, Marietta, for a felony charge of violating the terms of his probation and a misdemeanor charge of voyeurism. Davis was arrested at Marietta College by Officer Racz of the Marietta College Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 3:53 pm.

Joey Dean Brooks, age 26, 316 ½ Harmar Street, Marietta, for felony charges of breaking and entering and tampering with a coin operated machine and a misdemeanor charge of theft. Brooks was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 4:15 pm.

Shawn Rodney Gayheart, age 26, 427 Moose Drive, Kilbuck, OH, for being a fugitive from justice, a felony. Gayheart was arrested on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 5:03 pm.

Holly Ann Gail, age 40, 105 Shady Lane, Marietta, for assault, a misdemeanor. Gail was arrested in Marietta by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 10:08 pm.

Michael James Farnsworth, age 25, 103 W. Montgomery Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting, a misdemeanor. Farnsworth was arrested on Front Street by Patrolman Dennison of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Dec 14 at 2:58 am.

Shad Allan Martin, age 37, 1359 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Martin was arrested near the intersection of Pike and Acme streets by Deputy Sheriff Call and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Dec 14 at 9:36 am.

Harold F. Thompson Jr., age 46, 300 Starlite Drive Lot 26, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting, a misdemeanor. Thompson was arrested in Reno by Lt. Gherke of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Dec 14 at 12:30 pm.

Carl Allen Thompson, age 43, 17360 State Route 7 Lot 17, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting, a misdemeanor. Thompson was arrested in Marietta by Lt. Gherke of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Dec 14 at 1:07 pm.

Karen Nicole Statkiewicz, age 33, 243 Lake Road, Belpre, for OVI and failure to control, both misdemeanors. Statkiewicz was arrested on State Route 550 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 20 Dec 14 at 9:20 pm.

Kevin Cole Siegfried, age 34, 807 Gilman Avenue, Marietta, for domestic violence, a felony. Siegfried was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Chapman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Dec 14 at 1:59 pm.

Paul Wesley Boling, age 36, 319 McGill Road, Vincent, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Boling was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Dec 14 at 2:29 pm.

Jeremy John Jones, age 34, 42 Muskie Way, Elizabeth, WV, for theft, a misdemeanor. Jones was arrested at Wal-Mart by Patrolman Dennison of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 21 Dec 14 at 9:25 pm.

There are currently seventy-seven men and eighteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 19 DEC 14

On 18 Dec 14 William A. Abbott, age 42, 2165 Congress Road, Belpre, reported at some point during the past two weeks an unknown suspect(s) stole his Cobra .380 handgun from the trunk of his vehicle. This case remains under investigation (790).

On 19 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff McGilton requested a summons for Astin A. Oliver, age 31, 230 Faye Avenue, Marietta, for failure to confine/restrain a dog. While Ms. Oliver’s dog was running loose, it attacked a ten year old and bit the child on the arm. The laceration the child suffered required five stitches to close it.

Deputy Sheriff Reeder is attempting to locate the owner(s) of two lawn mowers that were reported abandoned along Lindamood Road near State Route 821 in Aurelius Township on 15 Sep 14. One mower is a Troy-Bilt push mower and the other is a Craftsman riding mower, model number DYT4000. Anyone with information regarding these mowers in requested to contact Sgt. Reeder at 740-376-7070 ext. 6915.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 18 Dec 14 and Friday 19 Dec 14:

Amber Leann Bowling, age 24, PO Box 2, Regina, KY, for operating a vehicle without a license and for failure to register, both misdemeanors. Bowling was arrested near milepost nine on Interstate 77 by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 11:39 am.

Amanda Jo Sampe, age 34, 213 Fourth Street Apt. A, Lowell, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Sampe was arrested in Lowell by Patrolman Day of the Lowell Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 4:06 pm.

Coty Scott Harris, age 23, 303 Woodlawn, Cambridge, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Harris was arrested in Lowell by Patrolman Day of the Lowell Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 6:06 pm.

Christopher Michael Hilton, age 27, 213 Fourth Street Apt. A, Lowell, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Hilton was arrested in Lowell by Patrolman Day of the Lowell Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 6:16 pm.

Michael Eric Hoffert, age 32, 421 Phillips Street Apt. 14, Marietta, for a felony charge of violating the terms of his probation and a misdemeanor charge of theft. Hoffert was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 6:35 pm.

Felicia Dawn Wallace, age 24, 300 Alderman Street Lot 8, Marietta, for a felony charge of violating the terms of her probation and a misdemeanor charge of theft. Wallace was arrested at K-Mart by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 9:07 pm.

Regina Lynn Hoover, age 50, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Hoover was arrested near the intersection of Second and Washington streets by Patrolman Kampmeier of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 9:50 pm.

Julie Anne Reynolds, age 52, 231 E. Faye Avenue, Marietta, for failure to appear and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Reynolds was arrested near the intersection of Second and Washington streets by Patrolman Pinkerton of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 10:11 pm.

Dakota Wayne Gary, age 19, 20 Charles Street, Newport, for gross sexual imposition, a felony. Gary was arrested at his residence by Sgt. Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 2:41 am.

Donald Eugene Bartimus Jr., age 34, 2342 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for operating a vehicle with fictitious plates, driving under a suspended license, possession of drugs, for not using a child restraint, theft and three counts of failure to appear, all misdemeanors. Bartimus was arrested on Washington Boulevard by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 3:02 am.

Katherine Louise Bartimus, age 33, 2342 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for possession of drugs, theft and three counts of failure to appear, all misdemeanors. Bartimus was arrested on Washington Boulevard by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 3:26 am.

Brandon Robert Claypool, age 27, 2417 Lake Washington Road, Washington, WV, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Claypool was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 10:15 am.

Mark Anthony Hart, age 23, 434 Douglas Avenue, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Hart was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 11:29 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 18 DEC 14

On 17 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff Augenstein arrested Cindy J. Harris, age 48, 343 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI and for driving under an OVI suspended license. Patrolling after Dispatch received reports of an intoxicated driver, Deputy Augenstein located the suspect’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near milepost four on Germantown Road. In speaking to Ms. Harris, Deputy Augenstein noticed she had an odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. Ms. Harris, whose license was suspended due to a previous OVI, admitted she consumed six beers that evening. She subsequently performed poorly on field sobriety tests. At the Washington County Jail she was unable to provide a breath sample.

On 17 Dec 14 an anonymous caller reported reading threatening comments on Facebook that were directed at Thomas H. Bailey, age 50, 83 Watson Lane, Belpre. In his post, the suspect writes that he is upset that Mr. Bailey scammed his father and other victims out of over $100,000 and is still free despite failing to make restitution as ordered by the court. The suspect comments that Mr. Bailey will be able to spend the holidays with his family, but not if he “caps” him first. Questioned by phone at his residence in California, the suspect apologized for making the comments and said he was venting because he was upset. This case remains under investigation (1007).

On 18 Dec 14 an Adams Township trustee reported he was walking on Buell Island the previous day when he found trash dumped near the Lowell dam. Among the trash were a car door, a stroller, a garden hose reel and two bags of kitchen and household trash. This case remains under investigation (790).

The following suspect was processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 17 Dec 14 and Thursday 18 Dec 14:

Cindy Joy Harris, age 48, 343 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI and for driving under an OVI suspended license, both misdemeanors. Harris was arrested on Germantown Road by Deputy Sheriff Augenstein and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 14 at 10:54 pm.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 17 DEC 14

On 16 Dec a twenty-nine year old Marietta resident reported she received several unwanted text messages from the father of her children. A court order dictates that the two only are permitted to communicate via text message and that the sole subject they may discuss is their children. In his recent text messages, the father of the victim’s children made comments about her husband. Deputy Sheriff Hunter informed the victim that because she replied to the text messages she violated the court order as well.

On 16 Dec 14 Teresa Porterfield, age 44, 1385 Sheets Run Road, Newport, reported when she arrived home from the store that evening her live-in boyfriend, Aaron W. Schneider, age 34, initiated an argument. During the argument, Mr. Schneider punched the glass of the microwave and slapped Ms. Porterfield in the face. In order to avoid further abuse, Ms. Porterfield began walking toward a door. As she passed Mr. Schneider, he struck her in the back of her legs with a broom handle. Thereafter, Ms. Porterfield was able to flee from the home. Mr. Schneider admitted he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend but denied striking her in any way. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff Hunter arrested Mr. Schneider for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

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

Joan Elizabeth Harris, age 50, 612 Second Street, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Harris was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 1:29 pm.

Bradley Douglas Worstell, age 19, 29725 State Route 7, Marietta, for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, a felony. Worstell was arrested at his residence by Lt. Gherke of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 4:21 pm.

Anthony Trent Hill, age 25, 1154 Patten Mills Road, Bartlett, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Hill was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 4:31 pm.

Talon Daniel Feucht, age 20, 843 Greene Street, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Feucht was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Chapman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 4:55 pm.

Austin Michael Sanderson, age 19, 100 Snodgrass Lane, Williamstown, for theft, a felony. Sanderson was arrested at Wal-Mart by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 7:00 pm.

William Theodore Winter, age 39, 619 Central Avenue, Williamstown, for abusing harmful intoxicants and theft, both misdemeanors. Winter was arrested at Big Lots residence by Patrolman McClelland of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 10:18 pm.

Aaron Wesley Schneider, age 34, 1365 Sheets Run Road, Newport, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Schneider was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Hunter and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 11:53 pm.

Dustin Allen Carpenter, age 22, 105 Gilman Avenue Lot 2, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Carpenter was arrested in Common Pleas Court by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 14 at 9:18 am.

Kenneth Ray McIntire Jr., age 48, 300 Starlite Drive Lot 8, Marietta, for criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. McIntire was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Ellenwood of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 14 at 12:00 pm.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 16 DEC 14

On 15 Dec 14 Steven M. Plum, age 65, 2807 28th Street, Parkersburg, was backing his 2008 Hummer at the entrance of 1100 Pike Street, Marietta, when he struck a gas meter. The collision sheared off the meter and ruptured the gas line. Dominion East Ohio Gas responded to the scene and shut off the gas. Due to the damage to the supply lines, a crew was dispatched to replace the lines. Mr. Plum’s vehicle sustained light damage to the rear driver’s side (597).

On 15 Dec 14 Donna Ridings, age 51, 23525 County Road 9, New Matamoras, reported she believes a family member stole her Android tablet two months ago. The family member formerly lived at her home and still has a key. Ms. Ridings also thinks the family member has stolen clothing, an antique doll and a blanket. This case remains under investigation (610).

There were no suspects processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 15 Dec 14 and Tuesday 16 Dec 14.

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

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