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Archive of 06-22-06

On 22 Jun 06 Deputies began an investigation into the theft of property from vehicles in the vicinity of Mount Tom Road. Four residents on Mount Tom Road reported a total of $37 stolen and one resident of Debbie Drive reported her purse and its contents therein stolen (1184, 1203).

On 22 Jun 06 Elizabeth A. Russell, age 18, 708 Goddard Road, Marietta, reported being assaulted by her live-in boyfriend Roy D. McElfresh, age 22, after an argument over whether the two were going swimming. Mr. McElfresh pinned his girlfriend’s face to the bed using both hands, released his grip, grabbed her legs and pulled her onto the floor. Mr. McElfresh then ordered Ms. Russell out of the house, threatening to get one of his guns and shoot her if she did not. Due to a prior domestic violence conviction Mr. McElfresh was arrested for felony domestic violence and having weapons while under disability and transported to the Washington County Jail.

On 22 Jun 06 Deputy Sheriff Evans arrested Jeremy J. Kesselring, age 29, 205 Market Street, Marietta, for .17 breath OVI. Stopping Mr. Kesselring for not having a license plate light, Deputy Evans noticed an odor of alcohol and requested Mr. Kesselring perform field sobriety tests. Following Mr. Kesselring’s poor performance on the tests, he was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where he tested .230% BAC.

On 22 Jun 06 Lt. Canavan and Deputy Sheriff Simmons were dispatched to the scene of a domestic altercation at 6466 Germantown Road, Lower Salem. Injured at the hands of her cousin James H. Sprague, age 56, during the incident was Jerrie L. Rastorfer, age 49. Ms. Rastorfer stated she was discussing his cousin’s portion of the rent when Mr. Sprague became violent and pushed her backward into a table and falling to the floor. Mr. Sprague quickly gathered some belongings and fled prior to the Deputies’ arrival. While Ms. Rastorfer received treatment fort her injury, Deputy Simmons requested a warrant for Mr. Sprague for domestic violence.


On June 22, 2006 at approximately 10:30 am Deputy Sheriff Morris was working on Interstate 77 along with K-9 officer Patrolman Scott Smeeks of the Belpre City Police Department as part of a routine DICE operation. At the aforementioned time the officers observed a black Acura southbound on the interstate traveling well under the posted speed limit and also driving over the right marked lane several times.

Conducting a traffic stop near milepost three, Patrolman Smeeks deployed his dog Dutch around the vehicle. Once the canine indicated the presence of drugs to the right rear passenger door, the officers performed a search of the vehicle which resulted in a find of approximately 205 grams of marijuana in a bag in the trunk and approximately 15 grams of cocaine in a 7 Up “stash can” under the driver’s seat. After reading the occupants their Miranda Rights, the passenger in the vehicle, Shawn P. Stevens, age 23, 2859 East 13th Avenue, Columbus, admitted the drugs were his. In a statement, the driver indicated they were en route to a friend’s home to sell the drugs before Mr. Stevens appeared in Common Pleas Court to be sentenced for a drug arrest by the DICE Team on Interstate 77 in January. At that time Stevens had 48.5 grams of cocaine in his possession. Two trafficking in drugs charges on Mr. Stevens were elevated from third and fourth degree to second and third degree felonies due to the presence of girls aged two and thirteen being occupants in the vehicle.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Jeremy Ray Kesselring, age 29, 205 Market Street Apt. 3, Marietta, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Kesselring was arrested on Greene Street in Marietta by Deputy Sheriff Evans and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jun 06 at 3:15 am.

Shawn Eugene Leasure, age 29, 413 12th Street, Cambridge, for violating the terms of his probation and two counts of passing bad checks, all misdemeanors. Leasure was arrested at Marietta Memorial Hospital by Patrolman Hanson of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jun 06 at 7:58 am.

Gretchen Adair Mace, age 21, 18001 State Route 676, Marietta, for contempt for not paying fines, a misdemeanor. Mace was picked up at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post in Marietta by Patrolman Newell of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jun 06 at 8:49 am.

Shawn Patrick Stevens, age 23, 2859 13th Avenue, Columbus, for two felony counts of trafficking in drugs. Stevens was arrested on Interstate 77 by Deputy Sheriff Morris and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jun 06 at 12:50 pm.

Derek Michael Fortney, age 24, 2208 State Route 339, Belpre, for trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both felonies. Fortney was arrested at his residence by Detective Schuck of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jun 06 at 1:15 pm.

Roy Daniel McElfresh, age 22, 708 Goddard Road, Cutler, for felony charges of domestic violence and failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear. McElfresh was arrested at a residence on Goddard Road by Lt. Huffer of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Jun 06 at 9:50 pm.

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