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Archive of 10-11-07

On 11 Oct 07 Deputy Sheriff Spencer requested a summons for Brett E. Shank, age 39, 1145 Bender Road, Marietta, for possession of marijuana. While Shank was being processed into jail on a disorderly conduct charge, Corrections Officer Lagasse discovered a plastic bag of marijuana in Shank’s shirt pocket.

On 11 Oct 07 Deputies were investigating a report at the Washington County Home, 845 County House Lane, Marietta, when one of the home’s residents, Yvonne M. Duskey, age 23, became disruptive. Ms. Duskey had a strong odor of alcohol, yelled, screamed and would not comply with the home’s staff. As a result, Major Winstanley arrested Ms. Duskey for disorderly conduct by intoxication and transported her to the Washington County Jail.

On 11 Oct 07 Deputy Sheriff Morris requested a summons for a fifteen year old Marietta resident to appear in Juvenile Court for being delinquent. The teenager was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation when Deputy Morris found a marijuana pipe on the floor directly behind him. The juvenile admitted the pipe was his and he used it to smoke marijuana an hour prior to being stopped.

On 11 Oct 07 Deputy Sheriff Staats issued a minor misdemeanor citation to Tyson A. Dennis, age 19, 206 Laramie Road, Marietta, for possession of marijuana. Deputy Staats’ canine indicated the presence of drugs in Mr. Laramie’s vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 77 and Deputy Staats located a small wooden box containing marijuana.

On 11 Oct 07 Lt. Wilson issued a citation to William H. Nance, age 54, 299 Township Road 1214, Ironton, for traveling the wrong way on a one way street. Lt. Wilson stopped Mr. Nance after he observed him enter the exit ramp from US 50 to State Route 339 in Belpre Township. Learning Mr. Nance was a concealed carry license holder, Lt. Wilson twice asked Mr. Nance if there was a weapon in the vehicle. Despite Mr. Nance's reply there was no weapon in the truck, Lt. Wilson discovered a Glock 23 in a case partially covered by a shirt, a violation of weapons laws. Because Mr. Nance did not immediately notify Lt. Wilson of the weapon, Lt. Wilson will request a summons for Mr. Nance for violating the terms of his license to carry a concealed weapon.


Within the last twenty-four hours, Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Marietta City Police Department arrested Jeffrey S. Wittekind, age 19, 316 Gilman Avenue, Marietta; Thomas W. Gaughan, age 21, 790 Dodd Run Road, Marietta; and John D. Ragalyi, age 21, 616 ½ Masonic Park Road, Marietta, on charges of breaking and entering. Investigating the theft of a catalytic converter from Cunningham Scrap on 3 Oct, Deputy Sheriff Smeeks discovered Wittekind sold the item to Bill’s Recycling under a pseudonym. When interviewed, Wittekind admitted participating with Ragalyi and Gaughan in the theft of scrap from a barn at 1470 Weppler Road in Lowell and other scrap from 21 Epler Road in Lowell. Under further questioning, Gaughan admitted entering twenty-five vehicles in Norwood and others in the area between Second and Seventh Streets in Marietta.

The three suspects are currently incarcerated on charges of breaking and entering and are being held pending their initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court. The investigation into other incidents involving these suspects is continuing, with additional charges anticipated in the near future.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Brett Eric Shank, age 39, 1145 Bender Road, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and for possession of drugs, both misdemeanors. Shank was arrested on Maple Street in Marietta by Patrolman Arbaugh of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Oct 07 at 1:00 am.

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