Archive of 06-06-08
On 6 Jun 08 Lt. Wilson began a pursuit after
nearly being struck by a vehicle while standing outside in
the parking lot of the BP in Belpre. The vehicle, which struck
a concrete barrier as it exited the bridge, struck a small
retaining wall, veered off the wall and came to rest on Main
Street. As Lt. Wilson approached the vehicle it began to drive
northbound on two flat tires. Ignoring stop signs and traveling
at a low rate of speed, the driver continued to Florence Street
operating on its rims. Finally coming to a stop near the 800
Block on Florence Street, the driver, Gary W. Schnitz Sr.,
age 51, 1009 Florence Street, Belpre, refused to open the driver’s
side door. Lt. Wilson opened the door and Mr. Schnitz again
refused to exit. To gain compliance, Lt. Wilson utilized his
Taser and physically removed Mr. Schnitz from the vehicle.
Unable to be booked into the jail because of his blood alcohol
concentration, Schnitz was hospitalized until deemed safe to
incarcerate. He was ultimately charged with a felony charge
of failure to comply with the order/signal of an officer and
for misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, OVI and hit-skip.
On 6 Jun 08 Melinda Burgess, age 30, 621 Greens
Run Road, Saint Marys, reported she was in the parking lot
of Exxon in Newport when the driver of a gold minivan backed
into the driver’s side fender of her Chevy Cavalier.
Ms. Burgess’ vehicle sustained light damage. This incident
remains under investigation (945).
On 6 Jun 08 a member of the Newport PTO reported
sometime over Memorial Day weekend an unknown suspect(s) entered
the elementary school gymnasium and stole an inflatable Halloween
castle from a storage room. This case remains under investigation
The following individuals
were processed into the Washington County Jail:
Gary Wayne Schnitz Sr., age 51, 1009 Florence
Street, Belpre, for a felony charge of failure to comply with
the order/signal of an officer and for misdemeanor charges
of resisting arrest, OVI and hit-skip. Schnitz was arrested
in Belpre by Lt. Wilson of the Washington County Sheriff’s
Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 6 Jun
08 at 12:30 pm.
Jessica Joyce McCann, age 33, 1170 Copely Road Apt. 7, Copely,
OH, for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid
fines, a misdemeanor. McCann was picked up in Summit County
by Deputy Sheriff O’Brien and processed into the Washington
County Jail on 6 Jun 08 at 7:52 pm.