Archive of 04-17-09
On 17 Apr 09 Deputy Sheriff Mankins issued
a citation to Matthew R. Miller, age 20, 406 Potomac Court,
Wexford, PA, for traveling 79 mph in a 55 mph zone. Deputy
Mankins stopped Mr. Miller on State Route 7 near Joe Skinner
Road in Belpre Township.
On 17 Apr 09 Dave Kendall, age 42, 165 Upper
Archers Fork Road, New Matamoras, reported sometime overnight
an unknown suspect(s) slashed two tires on both his 1978 Chevy
truck and his son’s 1987 Chevy truck. This case remains
under investigation (805).
On 17 Apr 09 Lt. Stackpole responded to the
scene of death of a ninety-six year old Marietta resident.
The woman’s death appears natural; no foul play is suspected.
On 17 Apr 09 Susan Combs, age 52, 38232 Goose
Run Road, Dexter City, reported she just arrived at her sister’s
residence on Lindamood Road in Macksburg when an individual
brandished a handgun and ordered her to leave the property.
Interviewing the suspect, Sgt. Eddy determined Ms. Combs’ approached
the residence in an aggressive manor and the alleged suspect
removed his weapon from his holster in fear that Ms. Combs
may cause harm to a child at the residence. Furthermore, Sgt.
Eddy concluded Ms. Combs lacked credibility. As a result, Sgt.
Eddy closed this case as unfounded.
On 17 Apr 09 Deputy Sheriff K. Travaglio issued
a citation to Natasha N. Miller, age 22, 5501 N State Route
60 NW Lot 4, McConnelsville, for not wearing a seat belt. Deputy
Travaglio originally stopped Ms. Miller for having a cracked
windshield on State Route 7 near Longacre Street in Marietta
On 17 Apr 09 Judith Harris, age 66, 45359
County Road 23, Coshocton, reported during the winter she cares
for her mother’s summer farm house at 175 Ellifritz Road,
New Matamoras. Ms. Harris said sometime between 20 Feb and
20 Mar an unknown suspect(s) entered the home and stole a laundry
basket full of towels, a TV/VCR, a stereo, three sets of sheets,
five pillows, laundry soap and two blankets. This case remains
under investigation (805).
On 17 Apr 09 Maranda S. Southall, age 28,
2839 Beach Drive, Belpre, reported she was attacked by her
mother’s roommate who lives with them, a man she identified
as James D. Johnson, age 39. Unsteady on her feet and reeking
of alcohol, Ms. Southall said Mr. Johnson inflicted the injuries
that left red marks on her neck and did so for no apparent
reason. Contradicting Ms. Southall, Mr. Johnson said he was
attacked while he slept and was bleeding from where Ms. Southall
grabbed his genitals during the altercation. Unable to identify
a primary aggressor, Sgt. Underwood requested summonses for
Ms. Southall and Mr. Johnson for disorderly conduct by fighting.
On 17 Apr 09 Jon G. Barnes, age 64, 311 Ohio
Street, Marietta, reported at some point during the past month
an unknown suspect(s) pried open a storage building door on
his property at 7049 Veto Road, Belpre and stole an Ohio State
canopy, two folding tables and five folding chairs. This case
remains under investigation (1104).
On 17 Apr 09 the manager of White Oak Pharmacy,
8465 State Route 339, Vincent, reported a male subject appearing
to be between sixteen and eighteen years old left the store
without paying for earrings, a candle and possibly other items.
Attempts to identify the suspect have been unsuccessful. With
no further leads, Deputy Sheriff Hornbeck closed this case.
FOOTPRINTS AID IN IDENTIFYING
At 6:00 am this morning Sgt. Norman and Deputy Sheriff Reeder
were dispatched to the Darrell Thieman residence at 230 Brooker
Road, Marietta, to investigate a burglary. Mr. Thieman reported
sometime overnight someone entered his home and stole his wallet,
his cell phone, his wife’s cell phone and her purse.
The persons also entered his outbuilding and stole a new Stihl
chainsaw and a twelve gauge shotgun. While searching around
the structure the Deputies located two fresh shoeprints one
of which was on the floor of the building and the other in
the mud outside.
A nearby resident, Mitchell Brooker, informed the Deputies
an unknown suspect(s) entered his detached garage at 235 Brooker
Road, Marietta, and stole his new Husqvarna weedeater. Additional
shoe prints, matching those found at the Thieman residence,
were on the dusty floor of the garage. Kenneth Wriston, 85
Brooker Road, also contacted Deputies and said he was missing
property. Upon entering an outbuilding on Wriston’s property,
Deputies located a Husqvarna weedeater matching the one stolen
from 235 Brooker Road. Stating the item did not belong to him,
Mr. Wriston said he has two friends staying with him and commented
they may have information on the weed eater. As the entered
the home, the Deputies found Callie Stauffer, age 32, and Tyler
Bailey, age 27, both of 10260 State Route 550, Vincent, asleep
Deputies immediately noticed Mr. Bailey was wearing shoes
with characteristics similar to the pattern that was left at
230 and 235 Brooker Road. Searching the home further, Deputies
found two cell phones, a twelve gauge shotgun, a purse with
Mr. Thieman’s wife’s belongings in it and a new
Questioned on the property, Mr. Bailey stated he was under
the influence of alcohol and drugs last night and did not remember
the incident. However, Ms. Stauffer said she went with Mr.
Bailey to the neighbor’s houses and Mr. Bailey took the
items. When they returned to the Wriston residence, Ms. Bailey
contacted Western Union with Mrs. Thieman’s cell phone
and purchased money transfers using the Thieman’s credit
While Bailey was arrested for a second degree felony charge
of burglary, Stauffer was arrested on a probation violation
charge. Burglary charges against Stauffer are anticipated.
Both suspects remain incarcerated in the Washington County
Jail pending their initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
TESTIMONY RESULTS IN MULTIPLE SEX OFFENSE CONVICTIONS
At the conclusion of testimony, including
examination of Detective Carrie Smithberger, a federal jury
in Springfield, Illinois deliberated approximately one hour
before returning guilty verdicts against Jeffrey D. Chambers,
49, of Quincy, Illinois, on charges of using the internet to
entice minors to engage in sexual activity and two counts of
distribution of child pornography. Chambers remains detained
in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and faces a mandatory
penalty of ten years to life on the enticement charge and a
mandatory penalty of five to twenty years on the child pornography
charge when he is sentenced on September 14, 2009.
Detective Smithberger, who posed as an underage
female on the internet, testified earlier this week during
the two and a half days of trial that Chambers attempted to
entice her to have sex with him. Other evidence was also presented
that Chambers’ computer contained graphic images and
videos of children, including toddler-aged children, engaged
in sexual acts with adults.
The charges are the result of an investigation
by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, the Quincy Police Department and the Washington
County Major Crimes Task Force. This case was brought as part
of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat
the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse
launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United
States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's
Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe
Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better
locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children
via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit
individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:
Chad Matthew Schwendeman, age 27, 427 Strecker
Lane, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a
misdemeanor. Schwendeman was arrested at the office of Probation
Officer Hamilton and processed into the Washington County Jail
on 17 Apr 09 at 9:44 am.
Angela Marie Bouvia, age 24, 16065 US Highway 33 Apt. 113,
Nelsonville, for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Bouvia was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman
Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed
into the Washington County Jail on 17 Apr 09 at 10:30 am.
Callie Alida Stauffer, age 33, 10260 State Route 550, Vincent,
for being a fugitive from justice, for felony charges of burglary,
breaking and entering a possessing a weapon while under disability
and for a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of her
probation. Stauffer was arrested on Brooker Road by Deputy
Sheriff Hornbeck and processed into the Washington County Jail
on 17 Apr 09 at 10:50 am.
Tyler Nathaniel Bailey, age 27, 10260 State Route 550, Vincent,
for burglary, breaking and entering and for possessing a weapon
while under disability, all felonies. Bailey was arrested on
Brooker Road by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the
Washington County Jail on 17 Apr 09 at 11:30 am.
Geoffrey Lynell Watt, age 49, 138 Cameron Avenue, Winston
Salem, NC, for a felony charge of domestic violence and for
misdemeanor charges of failure to appear and violating the
terms of a protection order. Watt was arrested on Interstate
77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the
Washington County Jail on 17 Apr 09 at 12:30 pm.
Christopher Brian Border, age 23, 415 Shriver Road, Stockport,
for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid
fines, for obstructing official business and for two counts
of failure to appear, all misdemeanors. Border was picked up
at the Morgan County line by Lt. Stackpole of the Washington
County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington
County Jail on 17 Apr 09 at 5:05 pm.
Benjamin Andrew Stehulak, age 23, 3165 139th Street, Cleveland,
for operating a vehicle with an expired license and for speeding,
both misdemeanors. Stehulak was arrested on Interstate 77 by
the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington
County Jail on 17 Apr 09 at 8:20 pm.
David Allen Sayres, age 44, 235 Watson Avenue, Fairmont, WV,
for failure to appear and for failure to appear at a court
ordered hearing on unpaid fines, both misdemeanors. Sayres
was picked up in Belpre by Patrolman Nedeff of the Marietta
City Police Department and processed into the Washington County
Jail on 17 Apr 09 at 8:45 pm.