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Archive of 01-06-06

On 6 Jan 06 Deputy Sheriff Rhodes issued a citation to Brian M. Stone, age 21, 1683 Darnold Road, Vincent, for driving under a suspended license. Deputy Rhodes stopped Mr. Stone on Washington Boulevard near Farson Street in Belpre Township.

On 6 Jan 06 Deputy Sheriff Rhodes issued a citation to Donald E. Bartimus Jr., age 25, 2342 Sealy Ridge Road, Little Hocking, for driving under a suspended license. Deputy Rhodes stopped Mr. Bartimus at milepost one on Arrowhead Drive in Belpre Township.

On 6 Jan 06 Detective Jenkins issued a citation to Joshua C. Harris, age 26, Route 1 Box 198B, Cutler, for failure to register his vehicle. Detective Jenkins stopped Mr. Harris on State Route 550 near Layman Road Fairfield Township.

On 6 Jan 06 Deputy Sheriff Mankins conducted a traffic stop on State Route 550 after observing a passing vehicle traveling 59 mph in a 45 mph zone. Noticing an odor of alcohol on the driver, Jerry G. Caseman, age 69, 594 Lewis Center Drive, Vincent, Deputy Mankins request he perform field sobriety tests. Mr. Caseman voluntarily complied, with poor results. In consequence Deputy Mankins arrested Mr. Caseman for OVI and speeding and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

On 6 Jan 06 Travis Westfall, age 29, 23415 State Route 7, Marietta, reported during a controlled fire on a property adjacent to that which he leases, he believes the workers tending to the fire threw $5,000 worth of plants from his greenhouse into the fire. This case remains under investigation (200).


On 5 Jan 06 officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Belpre City Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office participated in a traffic stop, that when concluded, resulted in the seizure of 1,048 grams of cocaine and nearly $4,000 in cash. The traffic stop was part of an interdiction effort being conducted by the Washington County DICE Team.

Noticing the driver’s suspicious behavior as it began to overtake a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77, the Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Cadillac with window tint that appeared to be darker than allowed by law. The driver, Brandie M. Payne, age 24, 3996 Estates Place, Columbus, stated she and her passenger, Lorenza L. Anderson, age 22, 2235 Webster Canyon Apt. A, Columbus, were en route to Beckley, WV, to pick up their children. When a computer check returned an active warrant for Mr. Anderson the Trooper placed him under arrest and called for the assistance of Deputy Sheriff Parks who was riding with Patrolman Smeeks and his canine of the Belpre PD.

Patrolman Smeeks’ canine indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle and when it was searched, a total of four cellophane packs containing cocaine were located next to a battery under the back seat of the vehicle. Under questioning by Deputy Parks, Mr. Anderson freely admitted that the bought the cocaine on consignment for $22,000, hid it under the backseat of the car early in the morning and that he was traveling to Charleston, WV, to sell the drug.

Payne and Anderson are being held without bond on First Degree Felony Charges of possession of cocaine.

The cocaine when broken down into grams or smaller amounts and sold on the street would have a street value of over $100,000.


On 30 Dec 05 Detectives began an investigation into the theft of five guns stolen during a burglary at the residence of Mary A. Janes, age 58, 1121 County House Lane, Marietta. Processing the crime scene Detectives located a number of items that once a suspect was identified, could definitively link the suspect to the burglary. Ms. Janes commented that an individual renting an apartment on her property knew the whereabouts of the guns in the residence and had inquired of her about purchasing one of the guns in the days preceding the burglary. Detectives then executed a search warrant on 4 Jan 06 at the residence of John G. Comsa III, age 51, 1111 County House Lane, Marietta, and forensically linked him to the crime scene. The items linking Comsa to the crime scene were the tip of a knife which had been broken off while forcible entry was being made through a window and footprints from a pair of boots. The broken knife and boots matching the impressions at the crime scene were located at Comsa’s residence. Mr. Comsa was arrested and is being held without bond pending his initial court appearance due to his history of felonious assault and weapons violations. Comsa has served considerable time in county and state facilities for convictions of aggravated and felonious assaults.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Walter R. Jaraucaro Jr., age 23, 587 Morris Loop, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Jaraucaro was arrested on Pike Street by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 6 Jan 06 at 1:55 am.

Dennis Mathew Stacy, age 37, 875 Mount Tom Road, Marietta, for a felony charge of violating the terms of his parole and for misdemeanor charges of OVI, failure to control and obstructing official business. Stacy was arrested on Mount Tom Road by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 6 Jan 06 at 7:35 pm.

Jerry Gene Caseman, age 69, 594 Lewis Pointe Drive, Vincent, for OVI and for speeding, both misdemeanors. Caseman was arrested at State Route 550 by Deputy Sheriff Mankins and processed into the Washington County Jail on 7 Jan 06 at 12:33 am.

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