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Archive of 12-17-04

On 17 Dec 04 Deputy Sheriff Gherke responded to the scene of a domestic dispute at the home of Michelle Banks, age 31, 1424 Barth Road, Belpre. Mrs. Banks stated her husband Donald, age 46, became extremely agitated after an argument and deliberately cut her finger with a knife drawn from his pocket. As Mr. Banks continued his invective tirade he tossed his wife about by the hair, pushed her against the wall, choked her and as he held a knife to her throat, and threatened to kill her. After Mrs. Banks freed herself to call for help, Mr. Banks fled the scene in his wife’s vehicle, possibly en route to Columbus where he has family. Resultant of his investigation Deputy Gherke requested a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Banks for felonious assault.

On 17 Dec 04 Natalie Meanor, age 42, 1827 Barth Road, Belpre, reported between 9 am and 8 pm that day, several gifts including a t-shirt, a DVD, cologne and a pancake maker were stolen from under the Christmas tree in her locked home. This case remains under investigation (597).

On 17 Dec 04 an employee of White Oak Pharmacy, 8465 State Route 339, Vincent, reported an individual who rented two DVD’s on 27 Jul 04 has yet to return the movies. This case remains under investigation (586).

On 17 Dec 04 James Bryant, age 56, Cedarbark Village Apt. 1B, Marietta, reported between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, two tires on his Dodge station wagon while parked in the lot of his apartment complex. This case remains under investigation (586).

On 17 Dec 04 Deputy Sheriff Rhodes received a report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at a residence on Archer’s Fork Road in New Matamoras two days ago. The home’s matriarch informed Deputy Rhodes she is afraid of her thirteen year old adopted son and he is continually unruly and disobedient. During this particular incident the fifteen year old pushed his nine year old brother against the wall and choked him. The fifteen year old then pushed his mother into the wall and closed her hand in the door as he continued to elude her. Determining the mother and her nine year old son were in fear for their safety, Deputy Rhodes arrested the fifteen year old for being delinquent and transported him to the Washington County Juvenile Center.

On 17 Dec 04 Deputy Sheriff Spencer responded to a report of domestic violence at 2810 Beach Drive, Belpre. Melisa K. Williams, age 23, informed Deputy Spencer that an argument with her live-in boyfriend Robert B. Cook, age 40, escalated into physical violence. Angered at the fact that Ms. Williams spoke at length with his former girlfriend, Mr. Cook threatened hit and kill her. As she stood from the couch to confront him, Mr. Cook entered the kitchen and returned with a knife. Mr. Cook then choked Ms. Williams from behind and held the knife to her throat. Following a back and forth struggle Ms. Williams escaped to a neighbor’s home to call for help. For reasons unknown, Mr. Cook commenced striking himself in the face with his fist causing a number of bruises and cuts. As a result of his investigation Deputy Spencer arrested Mr. Cook for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail where he is being held without bond until his initial court appearance.


On 10 Dec 04 Lt. Jon Coppernoll of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office became the latest member of the organization’s staff to complete advanced leadership training. On that day Lt. Coppernoll was one of the two hundred and forty-nine law enforcement officers to graduate from the 219th Session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Courses of study at the FBI Academy also qualify as fourteen hours of undergraduate or comparable graduate credit. Including an array of subjects such as educational leadership, forensic investigations leadership as well as labor and Constitutional laws, the Academy offers eleven weeks of advanced training, allowing officers to return to their departments and fulfill executive level positions.

In an effort to fully utilize the skills of managers at the Lieutenant’s level, Lt. Alex Canavan and Lt. Bill Wilson attended similar training offered by Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command held at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus, OH.

Completing their training in August of 2003 and May of 2004 respectively, Lt.’s Canavan and Wilson obtained eighteen undergraduate credits studying every aspect of executive management. Topics as diverse as the Fundamentals of Management, Improving Performance Through Training, Police Resource Deployment and Budget Preparation and Management were studied by the Lieutenants during their course of study at the School of Police Staff and Command.

The level of dedication exhibited by these Lieutenants in acquiring training to greater utilize their talents is but a small glimpse of the effort put forth by Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies on a regular basis to ensure the safety of every resident in Washington County.

the Sheriff’s Office received the following warrantS:

Gerald L. Miller, age 37, 523 Dennision Avenue. Akron, for possession of drug paraphernalia and for possession of marijuana on 4 Oct 03.

Deidre F. Arnett, age 36, 208 Maple Street, Marietta, for failing to appear to serve three days in jail on 9 Nov 04, 16 Nov 04 and on 30 Nov 04.

Tyler N. Bailey, age 23, 1210 Cisler Drive, Marietta, for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on 15 Dec 04.

Jon H. Booth, age 44, 612 29th Street, Parkersburg, for contempt for failing to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines in the sum of $65.

James R. Bush, age 23, 1005 Pike Street, Marietta, for failure to appear for trial on 15 Dec 04.

Ronald L. Hornbeck, age 33, 3127 Youba Ridge Road, Coolville, for driving under a suspended license and for having fictitious registration on 5 Dec 04.

Tammy S. Mayle, age 41, 1206 Drag Strip Road, Belpre, for contempt for failing to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines in the sum of $1,437.80.

Dennis R. Oakley, for failure to appear for a Debtor’s Exam on 17 Nov 04.

Donald E. Banks, age 46, 1424 Barth Road, Belpre, for an assault committed on 17 Dec 04.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Henry Clement Lori Jr., age 43, 207 Curtis Boulevard Apt. B, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and for violating the terms of his probation, both misdemeanors. Lori was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Wenzel of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 04 at 3:55 am.

Robert Brian Cook, age 41, 2810 Beach Drive, Belpre, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Cook was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Spencer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 04 at 5:45 am.

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