Archive of 06-12-09
On 12 Jun 09 Sherry L.
Hartenstine, age 42, 1328 Frederick Boulevard, Reading, PA,
reported she was incarcerated between 3 Jun and 12 Jun and
sometime during that period an unknown suspect(s) broke the
rear window of her Jeep. Ms. Hartenstine said her vehicle was
parked at Dollar General in Lowell and that the suspect who
broke her window also stole her wallet containing $60, her
driver’s license and credit cards. This case remains
under investigation (296).
On 12 Jun 09 Jeffrey Householder, age 51,
1457 Hocking Road, Little Hocking, reported he is constructing
a home at 2400 State Route 124 and sometime overnight an unknown
suspect(s) kicked open the doors to the residence and a garage
and stole over $900 worth of tools and equipment. This case
remains under investigation (610).
On 12 Jun 09 Harold Ours, age 58, 44 Garden
Lane, Waverly, WV, reported he rents property at 311 Walnut
Street, Lowell, to the Lowell Food Pantry and to Joseph L.
Greathouse, age 22. Mr. Ours said when he visited the property
a week ago Mr. Greathouse ran extension cords from his apartment
to electrical outlets in the hallway paid for by the food pantry.
Mr. Greathouse unplugged the cords but when Mr. Ours returned
on 12 Jun the extensions cords were again plugged into the
outlets. Investigating the report, Deputy Sheriff Travaglio
did not see the electric cords but did notice a glass marijuana
pipe sitting on a stair step. Mr. Greathouse admitted the pipe
belonged to him and said he used it to smoke marijuana a few
hours ago. As a result, Deputy Travaglio arrested Mr. Greathouse
for possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia
and transported him to the Washington County Jail. Theft charges
On 12 Jun 09 Jerad D. Ketelsen, age 25, 175
Broome Road, Lowell, struck a deer as he traveled northbound
on Highland Ridge Road near Broome Road. Mr. Ketelsen’s
Nissan Titan sustained functional damage; no injuries were
On 12 Jun 09 Tonya Huffman, age 47, 9570 State
Route 339, Vincent, reported she and her husband moved from
their foreclosed residence next door at 9590 State Route 339
in April and during the next two months several items were
stolen from the home. Mrs. Huffman said two men who were reportedly
employed by her mortgage company to prepare the home for sale
allegedly stole kitchen cabinets, a pantry, a glider chair,
a trampoline and an animal cage. This case remains under investigation
REPEAT OFFENDER ARRESTED
FOR TRAFFICKING IN CRACK COCAINE
Justin A. Simpson, a bane on the existence
of the mid-Ohio valley, was arrested again today on drug-related
age 20, 6644 Strattfort Lakes Boulevard, Canal Winchester,
OH, has been arrested three times since March of this year
for several drug offenses, including felony possession of crack
cocaine, manufacturing crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia
and possession of marijuana. Today’s arrest of Simpson
follows two controlled buys of crack cocaine that occurred
this afternoon and on 8 Jun. During both of the transactions
Simpson sold a confidential informant two grams of crack cocaine
for $200. Upon completion of the transaction today, Task Force
Agents arrested Simpson and recovered the $200 in marked currency
used by the informant. Simpson is currently incarcerated in
the Washington County Jail on third and fourth degree felony
charges of trafficking in crack cocaine. Being held without
bond, Simpson’s initial court appearance is scheduled
for 1 pm on 15 Jun 09.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR SELLING
Mid-Ohio Valley law enforcement’s efforts
to thwart drug trafficking continued last night with the arrest
of Walter Rick Ayala, age 21, 1962 Princeton Street, Parkersburg.
Utilizing a confidential informant at 11:45 pm last night,
Agents of the Major Crimes Task Force purchased two unit doses
of heroin from Ayala in the Go-Mart parking lot. Following
the sale, Ayala was stopped by marked units of the Marietta
Police Department near exit one of Interstate 77. In addition
to the buy money previously used to make the purchase of heroin,
Agents seized a small quantity of Percocet that Ayala had concealed
in a cellophane wrapper. Ayala was transported to the Washington
County Jail and charged with trafficking in heroin and possession
of Percocet, both fifth degree felonies. Ayala remains incarcerated
without bond pending his initial court appearance this afternoon.
250 MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED BY SHERIFF’S
At 1348 on 12 June 2009 Detectives from the Washington County
Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with an officer from
the Ohio Adult Parole Authority seized approximately 250 plants
from in and around 650 King Avenue, Bartlett, OH, a rural area
in western Washington County. Detectives were in the area investigating
a series of burglaries when they made the discovery.
The plants in various stages of growth ranging in size from
seventeen inches to four feet were planted in secretive locations.
The plants appeared to have started their growth inside and
were transplanted to outside locations. Instrumentalities utilized
in cultivation were also seized and taken into evidence. This
appears to be the largest single grow operation seized in Washington
County in several years.
Brandon E. O’Brien, age 21, 650 King Avenue, Bartlett,
Ohio for cultivation of marijuana and having weapons under
Mason A. Nelson, age 21, 540 King Avenue, Bartlett, Ohio for
cultivation of marijuana and possession of drugs and paraphernalia;
Robin G. Richards, age 21, SR 550, PO Box 28, Barlow, Ohio
for failure to appear on a warrant to pay fines.
The following individuals
were processed into the Washington County Jail:
Carol Ann Miller, age 44, 82 28th Street,
Barberton, OH, for OVI and for driving outside the marked lanes
of travel, both misdemeanors. Miller was arrested on Interstate
77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the
Washington County Jail on 12 Jun 09 at 12:55 am.
Daniel Shawn Durben, age 37, Marietta, for
theft, a misdemeanor. Durben was arrested at the Tiger Stop
by Patrolman Gragan of the Marietta City Police Department
and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Jun 09
at 9:45 am.
Justin Alexzander Simpson, age 20, 27400 State Route 7 Lot
50, Marietta, for two felony counts of trafficking in drugs.
Simpson was arrested on Theis Avenue by Detective Nohe of the
Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington
County Jail on 12 Jun 09 at 1:50 pm.
Robin Jerome Richards, age 21, State Route 550, Barlow, for
failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines,
a misdemeanor. Richards was arrested on King Avenue in Cutler
by Lt. Stackpole of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office
and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Jun 09
at 5:54 pm.
Mason Andrew Nelson, age 21, 540 King Avenue, Cutler, for
possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, both
misdemeanors. Nelson was arrested on King Avenue by Detective
Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and
processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Jun 09 at 5:56
Joseph Lee Greathouse, age 22, 311 ½ Walnut Street,
Lowell, for possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia,
both misdemeanors. Greathouse was arrested in Lowell by Deputy
Sheriff Travaglio and processed into the Washington County
Jail on 12 Jun 09 at 7:04 pm.
Brandon Edward O’Brien, age 21, 650 King Avenue, Cutler,
for felony charges of violating the terms of his probation
and illegally cultivating drugs and for a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug paraphernalia. O’Brien was arrested
at his residence by Detective Rhodes of the Washington County
Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County
Jail on 12 Jun 09 at 9:00 pm.