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Archive of 12-02-07

On 2 Dec 07 Deputy Sheriff Mankins issued a citation to Jason M. Rowe, age 27, 127 Ohio Boulevard, Marietta, for operating a vehicle with tags that expired in October 2007. Deputy Mankins stopped Mr. Rowe near Chamberlain Drive on State Route 60 in Muskingum Township.

On 2 Dec 07 Heather Marcum, age 22, 20340 State Route 60, Beverly, reported between midnight and 11 am that morning an unknown suspect entered her home and stole her purse. This case remains under investigation (790).

On 2 Dec 07 Deputy Sheriff Evans arrested Jerry W. Seabolt, age 36, PO Box 4353, Parkersburg, for OVI, for failing to reinstate his operator’s license and for not stopping at a red light. Stopping Mr. Seabolt for not stopping at a red light at the intersection of Third and Putnam Streets, Deputy Evans noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Mr. Seabolt admitted drinking four Long Island iced teas and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. When transported to the Washington County Jail Mr. Seabolt refused to submit to a BAC test.

On 2 Dec 07 Brent M. Townsend, age 20, 213 Summit Street, Marietta, reported he parked his truck on State Route 550 at 7:30 and when he returned from hunting at 9:30 am the rear glass of his truck was broken. Stolen from inside were a radar detector and a radar scrambler. This case remains under investigation (1293).

On 2 Dec 07 Sgt. Underwood and Deputy Sheriff Lockhart responded to a single vehicle crash at the residence of Patrick L. Murphy, age 29, 871 Tower Road, Little Hocking. Mr. Murphy informed the deputies he had been drinking at a work party and was mad at his wife. Also admitting he was drunk, Mr. Murphy said he tried to climb an embankment in his Ford Mustang. Arrested for OVI after failing sobriety tests, Mr. Murphy was transported to the Washington County Jail where he tested .149 BAC.

On 2 Dec 07 Deputy Sheriffs Carr and Sgt. Underwood were dispatched to a domestic dispute at 106 Dixon Ridge Road, Cutler. Stephanie Newberry, age 35, stated her live-in boyfriend Robert L. Frederick, age 35, twisted her arm and threw her to the floor after she snuffed out his cigarette and yelled at him for smoking in the house. Mr. Frederick claimed he thought Ms. Newberry would attack him when she knocked the cigarette from his hand and grabbed her as to avoid being hit. Both parties, being equally involved, were issued summonses to appear for disorderly conduct. Ms. Newberry said she suspected her boyfriend also smoked marijuana that evening and does so in an outbuilding on the property. Granted permission to search the building, Sgt. Underwood discovered a marijuana pipe and a bag of marijuana. Therefore, Mr. Frederick was also charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

THREE ARRESTS, ONE SUMMONS ON TWO BURGLARY CHARGES

Following an investigation into two burglaries that occurred on 14 Nov 07, Sgt. Scott Parks yesterday arrested Christopher A. Peyton, age 18, 118 Second Street, Lower Salem; Daniel D. Luke Jr., age 18, 907 Garfield Avenue, Marietta; and Michael J. Farnsworth, age 18, 723 Fourth Street, Marietta, and charged them each with two counts of (felony 2) burglary. A thirteen year old was also involved in the incidents and was issued a summons to appear in Juvenile Court for being delinquent.

The burglaries took place in the vicinity of 22050 State Route 60 in Beverly and involved the theft of over $7,000 in rare coins, cash, a Budweiser lighted sign, a .22 caliber rifle and other numerous items. Investigating the crimes, Sgt. Scott Parks learned from Peyton’s mother that her son brought a large number of items matching those stolen to the residence they share. When questioned, Peyton confessed he broke into two residences along with Luke, Farnsworth and the juvenile. Confronted with the allegation of his conspirator, Luke admitted taking part and revealed several items matching descriptions of those stolen. Similarly, Farnsworth also admitted burglarizing and stealing items from the two locations.

SUPPLIERS OF BLACK TAR HEROIN ARRESTED IN COLUMBUS

In August 2007 agents of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and Major Crimes Task Force, in conjunction with the Columbus Police Department Narcotics Division, began a joint investigation involving black tar heroin being supplied to Wood-Washington Counties from Columbus. Agents were able to introduce an undercover Columbus police officer to Matthew Fourman, age 29, of Columbus. Matthew Fourman, a former Marietta resident, now lives in Columbus and is believed to be a major source of heroin coming into the Parkersburg-Belpre-Marietta metro area. Fourman has an extensive arrest history in Washington County.

The undercover officer was able to meet with Fourman and purchased thirty-five balloons of black tar heroin. A second buy was arranged, at which time Fourman was arrested by the Columbus Police Department Narcotics Unit. Two Mexican nationals, Roberto Sandoval and Miguel Zavalsa, were also arrested and identified as suppliers to Fourman. Sandoval and Zavalsa are believed to be members of an organized crime syndicate from Mexico.

Along with the arrests 344 balloons of black tar heroin, with a street value of approximately $12,000, were also confiscated. The charges against the individuals include second degree felonies of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force is composed of officers from the Parkersburg and Vienna Police Departments, Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Police.

The Major Crimes Task Force is composed of the Athens, Morgan, and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices; Athens, Marietta and Belpre Police Departments; the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification; Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit and the Athens, Morgan and Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Offices.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Ronnie Franklin Estep, age 48, 11030 Freedom Road, Kimbolton, OH, for a felony charge of having a weapon while under disability and for a misdemeanor charge of OVI. Estep was arrested on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 2 Dec 07 at 12:30 am.

Jerry Wayne Seabolt, age 36, PO Box 4353, Parkersburg, for OVI, for failing to reinstate his operator’s license and for not stopping at a red light, all misdemeanors. Seabolt was arrested on Front Street in Marietta by Deputy Sheriff Evans and processed into the Washington County Jail on 2 Dec 07 at 1:05 am.

Amanda Sue Hescht, age 22, 416 Poplar Avenue, Williamstown, for OVI and for driving outside the marked lanes of travel, both misdemeanors. Hescht was arrested on State Route 550 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 2 Dec 07 at 2:00 am.

Patrick Lee Murphy, age 29, 871 Tower Road, Little Hocking, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Murphy was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Lockhart and processed into the Washington County Jail on 2 Dec 07 at 2:35 am.

Chasady Lynn Whipkey, age 21, 305 36th Street, Vienna, WV, for OVI and for not yielding to a public safety vehicle, both misdemeanors. Whipkey was arrested on US 50 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 2 Dec 07 at 5:30 am.

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