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Archive of 03-15-09

On 15 Mar 09 a fifty year old Belpre resident was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital following what appeared to be an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs. The man’s blood work was not deemed abnormal, however he will undergo a psychological evaluation prior to his release (790).

On 15 Mar 09 Traci R. Widener, age 42, 159 Second Lane, Belpre, reported a male and a female asked to use her phone after their vehicle broke down and while the two subjects were in her home she believes they stole her prescription bottles of hydrocodone and Prevacid. This case remains under investigation (707, 1104).

On 15 Mar 09 Deputy Sheriff Holbert issued a citation to Michael D. Bateson, age 39, 790 State Route 555, Corning, OH, for driving under an FRA suspended license. Deputy Holbert stopped Mr. Bateson near milepost seven on State Route 555 in Decatur Township.

On 15 Mar 09 Deputy Sheriff Holbert arrested Christopher C. Griffin, age 25, 852 Greene Street, Marietta, for possession of drug paraphernalia and for possession of marijuana. A canine indication for the presence of drugs prompted a search of the vehicle in which Mr. Griffin was a passenger and led to the discovery of a glass pipe in his front pocket. When questioned, Mr. Griffin replied that the pipe was not his and that a friend gave it to him to clean.

On 15 Nov 09 Deputy Sheriffs Norman and Smeeks was dispatched to 1681 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, after receiving a report that an intoxicated male was in possession of a weapon and previously made statements about harming himself. Prior to the arrival of the Deputies a witness at the scene obtained and secured the weapon away from Timothy P. Charlton, age 27, without incident. When questioned, Mr. Charlton said he drank seven beers that evening and admitted firing the .22 rifle at a nearby tree stump. As a result, Deputy Smeeks arrested Mr. Charlton for handling a weapon while intoxicated and transported him to the Washington County Jail.


On March 15, 2009 area law enforcement officers and Agents from the Major Crimes Task Force as a follow-up to the arrests yesterday continued their war against the importation and manufacturing of crack cocaine in the Mid-Ohio Valley by executing a search warrant at 1125 ½ Greene Street, Marietta, OH. Upon searching the residence Agents located a plastic bag containing approximately 53 grams of recently manufactured crack cocaine, digital scales, glass beakers, containers and other items utilized in the production of this illicit drug. The 53 grams seized is in addition to the 86 bags of crack cocaine, 116 Xanax pills, 19 Ecstasy pill and 6 grams of marijuana seized yesterday. The 53 grams seized today has an approximate street value of between $5,000 and $10,000.

Powder cocaine is being transported into this area and then refined into the more powerful crack cocaine by several “cooking” processes at various mobile transient locations. The cooking process is fairly simply and widely known by drug abusers.

Justin Alexander Simpson, age 20, 6644 Stradford Lakes Road, Canal Winchester, OH was arrested at the Four Seasons Bar, 133 Greene Street, Marietta, OH by the Marietta Police Department and charged with FI Possession of 53 grams of crack cocaine and F2 Manufacturing of Crack Cocaine, a Schedule II narcotic. He is being held in the Washington County Jail without bond. This investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Brian Lynn Hendershot, age 24, 1206 Williamson Avenue, New Matamoras, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Hendershot was arrested on State Route 7 by Chief Bourne of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Mar 09 at 12:25 am.

Christopher Corey Griffin, age 25, 852 Greene Street, Marietta, for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Griffin was arrested near Braun Road on US 50 by Deputy Sheriff Holbert and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Mar 09 at 1:25 pm.

Timothy Paul Charlton, age 27, 1681 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for using a weapon while intoxicated and for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines, both misdemeanors. Charlton was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Smeeks and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Mar 09 at 10:20 pm.

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