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Archive of 08-11-08

On 11 Aug 08 Heather Martin, age 31, 3860 State Route 676, Stockport, reported she was asleep at home when her husband Joshua, age 28, woke her and started an argument. Mrs. Martin said her husband pushed her out the door and against a wooden rail on their deck. Hearing the wood on the rail crack, Mrs. Martin said her husband made comments about killer her and then himself. Unable to locate Mr. Martin at the scene, Deputy Sheriff Eddy requested a warrant for Mr. Martin for domestic violence.

On 11 Aug 08 Debbie Jarrell, age 51, 1200 Lynch Church Road, Marietta, reported a teller at Chase Bank phoned to inform her that a male subject attempted to cash a check with her signature forged on it. Ms. Jarrell stated she believes the suspect used to live with her and that the check was from an old checkbook stored in a desk at her home. This case remains under investigation (897).


On 11 Aug 08 at 11:30 pm Deputy Sheriff Mankins observed a red truck parked outside Polar at 30760 State Route 7, Marietta, and believed something illegal was amiss. Deputy Mankins located the vehicle’s driver, James D. Vandale, age 35, 1322 Avery Street, Parkersburg, and questioned him on the pile of scrap metal in the bed of the truck. Mr. Vandale stated a friend told him about the scrap metal around the business and that he and his passenger, Melissa D. Bayless, age 34, 1216 Stevens Street, Parkersburg, loaded scrap metal from the business into the truck. Both Ms. Bayless and Mr. Vandale acknowledged they did not have permission to be on the business’ property nor did they have permission to remove scrap metal from the location. Vandale and Bayless were both arrested for theft and criminal trespassing and transported to the Washington County Jail. They were later released after posting $1,250 bond and will appear in Municipal Court at 1 pm this afternoon.


On 11 Aug 08 Major Crimes Task Force target Jamal Cruse, age 28, pleaded guilty to a third degree felony charge of trafficking in cocaine and to second degree felony charges of possession of cocaine and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. In Athens County Common Pleas Court, Cruse was sentenced to nine years in prison, of which he must serve five years, and ordered to forfeit $910 to the Task Force. As part of the plea agreement the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss an additional third degree felony charge of trafficking in cocaine.

On three occasions between May and July 2006 Cruse sold powder and crack cocaine to a confidential informant. One of the drug transactions involved 14.1 grams of crack cocaine and others took place in the presence of children. A search warrant subsequently executed at Cruse’s apartment at the Plains Plaza Apartments resulted in the seizure of cash, guns and drugs.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

John Peter Nichols, age 43, 1020 Caywood Road, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Nichols was arrested at the courthouse by Deputy Sheriff O’Brien and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Aug 08 at 11:04 am.

Graham Michael Cochran, age 24, 1045 Sandhill Road Lot 13, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Cochran was picked up at SEPTA by Probation Officer Gault and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Aug 08 at 4:55 pm.

Joseph Richard Fox, age 28, 9556 State Route 550, Vincent, for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines, a misdemeanor. Fox was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Walters of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Aug 08 at 5:19 pm.

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