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Archive of 02-01-09

On 1 Feb 09 Rebekah L. Heldman, age 26, 311 ½ Walnut Street, Lowell, reported her live-in boyfriend Denzil M. Robinson, age 37, was yelling and throwing objects at her and her nine year old daughter. Distraught over the abuse his sister was undergoing, John Heldman, age 30, attempted to intervene but was attacked and punched several times by Mr. Robinson. Confessing that he argued with his girlfriend, Mr. Robinson also admitted fighting with Mr. Heldman, stating “I wanted a piece of him.” Both victims said they feared for their safety, prompting Deputy Sheriff K. Travaglio to arrest Mr. Robinson for domestic violence for disorderly conduct by fighting. In an act of retaliation Mr. Robinson stated Ms. Heldman has marijuana and a marijuana pipe in a dresser drawer. Deputy Travaglio located the contraband, which Ms. Heldman admitted were hers, and requested a summons for Ms. Heldman for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On 1 Feb 09 Sandra Groves, age 66, 1045 Sandhill Road Lot 1, Marietta, reported after hearing what sounded like gun shots at 8:00 am she found holes in the side of her trailer that were caused be two orange paintballs. This case remains under investigation (610).

On 1 Feb 09 Deputy Sheriff Smeeks issued a citation to Peter S. Saunders, age 26, HC 34 Box 327, New Castle, VA, for traveling 72 mph in a 60 mph zone. Deputy Smeeks stopped Mr. Saunders near milepost two on State Route 7 in Belpre Township.


On 01 Feb 09 at 0758 the Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a train derailment near the AEP Plant, 1501 Sparling Road, Waterford and Deputies along with the Beverly-Waterford Emergency Squad were dispatched to the scene. CSX train engineer Allen Waybright, age 59, Vienna, WV, was checked for pain in the rib area but was not transported for treatment. The train’s conductor, Rodney Humphreys, age 47, Wellston, OH, reported no injuries. Information received at the scene indicated the train left the Parkersburg train yard at 3:50 am with two engines and eighty-three cars loaded with approximately 11,666 tons of coal. Around 6:55 am the train was crossing a cinder crossing traveling at 6 to 7 miles per hour when the employees on board felt the head engine come off the tracks and subsequently roll over onto its right side. Preliminary investigation by CSX officials revealed there was an excess of debris at the cinder crossing, causing a flange on the head engine wheel to jump and the engine to exit the tracks. A CSX official further stated that once the head engine was placed back on the track the train should be able to be driven back to the train yard for repair. There is no evidence indicating suspicious activity was the cause of the derailment.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

James Michael Deems, age 27, 219 ½ Virginia Street, Marietta, for carrying a concealed weapon and for disorderly conduct by intoxication, both misdemeanors. Deems was arrested on Front Street by Patrolman Kampmeier of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Feb 09 at 3:00 am.

Alan Michael Tracewell, age 22, PO Box 583, Waverly, WV, for assault, a misdemeanor. Tracewell was arrested on the campus of Marietta College by Officer Ruble of the Marietta College Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Feb 09 at 3:55 am.

Robert Carl Burgett, age 31, 45145 Stock Township 233, Summerfield, OH, for failure to appear and for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines, both misdemeanors. Burgett was picked up at the Noble county line by Deputy Sheriff Norman and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Feb 09 at 9:40 am.

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