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Archive of 08-12-08

On 12 Aug 08 Richard R. Ross, age 32, 42936 State Route 7, Coolville, reported late the previous evening the Highway Patrol contacted him to say a Dodge truck registered to him was involved in a rollover accident on State Route 26. Mr. Ross said his brother is making payments to him to purchase the truck and that the vehicle was parked at his brother’s residence at 103 Woodcrest Lane, Marietta. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the truck was a juvenile in law of Mr. Ross’ brother. This case remains under investigation (232).

On 12 Aug 08 Thomas Strahler, age 59, 1780 Pine Ridge Road, Fleming, reported he believes a timber company hired by his neighbor encroached 1,000 feet onto his property and cut twenty-nine oak trees he estimates are worth $15,000. This case remains under investigation (945).

On 12 Aug 08 Charles B. Russell, age 38, 1450 Scotts Ridge Road, Whipple, reported sometime over the last twenty-four hours an unknown suspect removed a flower basket from his mother’s headstone at the Salem Township Cemetery. This case remains under investigation (200).

On 12 Aug 08 a fourteen year old Little Hocking resident reported an unknown male pushed him off his dirt bike while he was riding on a path in the woods behind Meadowcrest Lane in Little Hocking. When interviewed the suspect said the teenager was riding the motorcycle on his property and he stood in the middle of the path with his arms outstretched to get the juvenile to stop. The suspect stated any contact with the juvenile was unintentional and he only wanted to chew out the teenager for being on his property. As a result of his investigation Deputy Sheriff Eddy closed this case as unfounded.

On 12 Aug 08 Julia McKnight, age 26, 1200 Park Avenue, New Matamoras, reported she had been arguing with her boyfriend periodically throughout the day and that their arguing culminated when her boyfriend choked her. Ms. McKnight said she was not seriously injured, was not threatened during the incident and she declined to pursue the matter further (897).

On 12 Aug 08 Deputy Sheriff Smeeks arrested Ronald L. Huffman, age 52, Route 1 Box 6, Big Ben, WV, for possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and for operating without a license. Stopped for not stopping at a stop sign at the intersection of Sixth and Barclay Streets in Belpre, Mr. Huffman answered that he had marijuana in his pocket when Deputy Smeeks asked him if he had anything illegal. In Mr. Huffman’s pockets Deputy Smeeks discovered three small bags of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. A canine indicated the presence of drugs in Mr. Huffman’s vehicle, leading Deputy Smeeks to discover another bag of marijuana behind the driver’s seat.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR

On 7 Aug 08 the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after receiving information from Washington County Children’s Services indicating that Daniel P. Williams, age 20, 1085 State Route 339, Belpre, engaged in sexual relations with and fathered a child with a fifteen year old female. Interviewed on 12 Aug, the teenager informed Detective Hiatt that she had been having consensual sex with Mr. Williams at his residence and at her grandmother’s residence both in Washington County since October 2007 and she gave birth to his child in July. The juvenile said that Williams was present for the birth, his name is on the birth certificate and there wasn’t any possibility of anyone else being the father.

Later interviewed by Detective Hiatt, Williams would answer general questions about his relationship with the child, including living at her grandmother’s residence since October of 2007 and knowing the child was 15. However, Williams stopped answering when asked specific questions about his sexual relationship with this child. At that time Detective arrested Mr. Williams for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and transported him to the Washington County Jail. Williams remains incarcerated on $5,000 bond.

In September of last year Williams pled guilty to a reduced charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after a fifteen year old Belpre girl reported engaging in sexual relations with Williams the previous July. A three day jail sentence was suspended provided Williams had no new criminal violations for a year and did not have contact with his victim. The Prosecutor’s Office is pursuing reinstatement of the three day sentence.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Melissa Dawn Bayless, age 34, 1216 Stevens Street, Parkersburg, for theft and for criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors. Bayless was arrested on State Route 7 by Deputy Sheriff Mankins and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Aug 08 at 1:28 am.

James David Vandale, age 35, 1322 Avery Street, Parkersburg, for theft and for criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors. Vandale was arrested on State Route 7 by Deputy Sheriff Mankins and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Aug 08 at 2:29 am.

Daniel Paul Williams, age 20, 1091 State Route 339, Belpre, for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony. Williams was arrested on State Route 550 by Detective Hiatt of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Aug 08 at 12:25 pm.

Jerry Lee Noble, age 36, 17111 Mill School Road, Guysville, OH, for breaking and entering, a felony. Noble was picked up at the Warren Correctional Institution by Deputy Sheriff O’Brien and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Aug 08 at 5:45 pm.

Ronald Leo Huffman, age 52, Route 1 Box 6, Big Ben, WV, for possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, for operating with an expired license and for not stopping at a stop sign, all misdemeanors. Huffman was arrested on Elm Street in Belpre by Deputy Sheriff Smeeks and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Aug 08 at 5:55 pm.

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