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Archive of 08-27-09

On 27 Aug 09 Deputy Sheriff Smeeks requested a summons for Michael B. Buck, age 43, 5435 State Route 555, Little Hocking, for possession of marijuana. Noticing suspicious green plants when serving Mr. Buck with a protection order on 16 Jul, Deputy Smeeks requested a helicopter flyover during a subsequent eradication mission. Interviewed regarding what appeared to be marijuana plants spotted during the flyover, Mr. Buck admitted he was growing two marijuana plants in his backyard. Mr. Buck said he did not smoke marijuana and did not plan on selling it but stated he has cancer and was going to try it for medical purposes.

On 27 Aug 09 William Groves, age 69, 103 Chippewa Drive, Marietta, reported sometime overnight an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked garage, stole two compound bows that were hanging on a peg board and rummaged though two of his vehicles. Including the loose change taken from the vehicles, Mr. Groves estimates his loss at $853. This case remains under investigation (805).

On 27 Aug 09 Steve J. Carpenter II, age 28, 7040 State Route 821, Whipple, reported when he arrived home from work at 4:30 am he found his wife’s car doors open. Taking inventory of items in his garage where his wife’s vehicle was parked, Mr. Carpenter determined a thirteen inch television was stolen. Mr. Carpenter said he noticed a red 1990’s model Pontiac Grand Am nearby and believes the vehicle may be related to the theft. This case remains under investigation (805).

On 27 Aug 09 Jackie L. Eichmiller, age 48, 12325 State Route 676, Vincent, reported his wife noticed their John Deere ATV parked along the roadway 150 feet from their home when she departed for work that morning. Thinking that was odd, Mr. Eichmiller inspected a machine shop on his property and discovered a number of items missing. Stolen were socket sets, two saws, a chainsaw, an impact wrench, two grinders and an ohm meter. The total loss is approximately $1,700. This case remains under investigation (809, 1293).

On 27 Aug 09 Deputy Sheriff Hornbeck arrested a sixteen year old Cutler resident for delinquency by domestic violence. The teenager’s mother reported her son was upset that he was asked to drive his girlfriend home and was further angered when she hid his three guns from him. Flying into a fit of rage, the teenager punched a hole in a wall, broke a chair and wielded a two sided axe he retrieved from their garage. The teenager’s mother said her son did not threaten any family members with the ax but stated she did fear for her safety and for that of her other three children.


Undeterred by three previous arrests for trafficking in crack cocaine, Justin Simpson, age 20, Marietta, was again active in the drug trade until his arrest last night by Detectives of the Major Crimes Task Force. Free after posting $25,000 through a bail bondsman for two prior arrests, Simpson is also under indictment for manufacturing crack cocaine at an apartment in Marietta in March of this year.

Detectives arrested Simpson last night in the Brittigan Circle area of Devola after he sold an undercover operative 2.35 grams of crack cocaine. Following the controlled purchase Detectives took Simpson into custody and recovered the $200 in marked currency utilized by the undercover operative to complete the purchase. Simpson’s charge of trafficking in crack cocaine was elevated to a third degree felony due to the fact that a two year old child was present during the transaction. Simpson appeared in Marietta Municipal Court this morning and is being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Also arrested last night was Stephanie L. Wright, age 25, 125 Millers Lane Apt. C4, Marietta. Charged with violating her probation, Wright was arrested along with Simpson in July after Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in Marietta. At the time they executed the warrant, Detectives caught Wright attempting to flush a bag down the toilet that was later determined to contain fifty-eight ecstasy pills and thirty-two grams of crack cocaine. Wright remains incarcerated without bond on a holder placed on her by her probation officer.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Darrell Arthur Yeater, age 28, 1602 Deerwalk Highway, Waverly, WV, for criminal trespassing and for possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Yeater was arrested on Greene Street by Patrolman Hearn of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Aug 09 at 1:55 am.

Robbie Jo Cisler, age 51, 2500 Pryor Glass Road, New Matamoras, for nonsupport of dependants, a misdemeanor. Cisler was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Holbert and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Aug 09 at 10:08 am.

Harrison C. Featherstone, age 24, 1574 Elizabeth Street, Belpre, for robbery, a felony. Featherstone was picked up in Franklin County by Patrolman Gragan of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Aug 09 at 11:50 am.

Mark Allen Irvin, age 39, 719 Seventh Street, Parkersburg, for theft and for automobile theft, both felonies. Irvin was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Aug 09 at 12:15 pm.

Michael Eric Hoffert, age 26, Marietta, for failure to reinstate his operator’s license, for not wearing a seat belt and for violating the terms of his probation, all misdemeanors. Hoffert was arrested on State Route 26 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Aug 09 at 6:55 pm.

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