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Archive of 09-17-07

On 17 Sep 07 Paul Hetrick, age 83, 10840 Highland Ridge Road, Macksburg, reported he loaned $750 to an acquaintance and the acquaintance signed his vehicle’s title to him as collateral. Mr. Hetrick stated he allowed the acquaintance to continue driving the vehicle and later learned the acquaintance sold the vehicle for scrap. This case remains under investigation (953).

On 17 Sep 07 a forty-four year old Lowell resident reported her fifteen year old daughter threw a remote control at her and struck her in the eye. Arguing with her daughter about her lying and not obeying, the mother stated her daughter also pushed her and had to be physically restrained during the incident. As a result, Deputy Eddy requested a summons for the juvenile to appear in Juvenile Court for being delinquent.

On 17 Sep 07 Deputy Sheriff Spencer began an investigation into a fight involving ten, eleven, fourteen and fifteen year old boys in the Belpre area. Details are unclear at this time but it appears that the two older teenagers were punching the ten year old when the eleven year old attempted to intervene.

On 17 Sep 07 Joseph J. Miller, age 68, 1680 North Fork Road, New Matamoras, reported over the last month he estimates seven of his personal checks were stolen and cashed or used to purchase items at various businesses in the vicinity of New Matamoras. This case remains under investigation (1184).

On 17 Sep 07 Deputy Sheriff Eddy issued a citation to a fifteen year old Vienna resident for driving without a license. Deputy Eddy stopped the juvenile for driving without headlights on Pike Street near K-Mart in Marietta.


On 17 Sep 07 the mother of a thirteen year old Waterford resident reported when her daughter arrived home from school that her daughter was crying, hyperventilating and stated she was choked while riding the bus. The juvenile further stated she was engaged in a verbal dispute with Ryan P. Sauer, age 18, 19435 State Route 676, Marietta, as the bus traveled on State Route 676 near Warren Chapel Road. At the crescendo of the argument Mr. Sauer jumped into the girl’s seat, grabbed her by the neck and allegedly choked her. Interviewed by Deputy Sheriff Morris, Mr. Sauer said he repeatedly asked the juvenile to stop cursing and when she got in his face and said “make me,” he pushed her into back into her seat. Supported by the fact that the thirteen year old had slight bruising around her neck, Deputy Morris requested a summons for Mr. Sauer for assault. Sauer and the victim are both students in the Warren School District.


On 17 Sep 07 Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from Southgate Trailer Park, Lot 60, Reno, OH concerning an individual who had been observed under a vehicle with a hacksaw in his hand attempting to cut off a catalytic converter. The individual Jeffery A. Theiss, age 29, 27130 SR 7, Marietta, OH was tracked to a nearby residence where he was found hiding in the bathtub. Theiss was charged with Possessing Criminal Tools, Criminal Trespassing and Attempted Theft. Theiss admitted he had a bad cocaine habit and was going to sell the converter to purchase drugs. During the past year the Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports concerning the thefts of catalytic converter from vehicles. The catalytic converter consists of several components such as platinum, palladium and rhodium which are very valuable when extracted by a special process. Old catalytic converters are usually sold for scrap. The prices paid by scrap yards for one of the devices have generally risen from $5 to $30 a decade ago to $5 to $100 nowadays. Some models can reach up to $150.

The cost of replacement and repairs of stolen converters can reach up to $2,100 depending upon the model. Catalytic converters are not hooked to anti-theft alarms and this makes them vulnerable to be stolen. Theiss is currently incarcerated in the Washington County Jail without bond pending an appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.

The following individual wAS processed into the Washington County Jail:

Loretta Lynn Atkins, age 50, 648 Brick Street, Rutland, OH, for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines, a misdemeanor. Atkins turned herself in to Patrolman Hanson at the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Sep 07 at 10:10 am.

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