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Archive of 11-27-09

On 27 Nov 09 a sixteen year old Marietta resident reported she was involved in a dispute with her father. Deputy Sheriff Mayle is attempting to obtain statements from witnesses in order to clarify each party’s role in the conflict.

On 27 Nov 09 Jessica L. Gates, age 29, 2430 Dutch Central Ridge, Rockport, WV, reported her now ex-live-in boyfriend awoke her in the middle of the night and demanded her to identify a male whose number she had in her mobile phone. Ms. Gates said her boyfriend ran with her phone into the bathroom of their apartment in Belpre and when she attempted to grab the phone he slammed the door on her arm. Ms. Gates stated she was not harmed intentionally and did not fear for her safety but that she did want her ex-boyfriend to return her phone and a set of keys. As a result, Deputy Sheriff Mayle closed this case as unfounded.

On 27 Nov 09 a twenty-eight year old Beverly resident reported she has received several threatening phone calls from a male she met on the internet and that he continues to phone her despite her repeated requests to not do so. This case remains under investigation (308).

On 27 Nov 09 Deputy Sheriff Holbert and fire departments from Newport and Grandview Township were dispatched to a structure fire at 160 Main Street, New Matamoras. The cause of the fire at the rental property owned by Conrad Mace, age 72, 17730 County Nine Road, New Matamoras, appears to be accidental. The Grandview Township fire chief said the aluminum chimney of a gas floor console furnace appeared to overheat and ignited the vinyl siding outside the home.

On 27 Nov 09 Deputy Sheriff Smeeks conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle whose driver immediately reversed direction when she encountered his cruiser in the parking lot of Cutler Elementary School. Speaking to the vehicle’s three occupants, Deputy Smeeks observed an open can of Budweiser on the floorboard in front of the seventeen year old backseat passenger. Deputy Smeeks determined the can belonged to the front seat passenger, Christopher N. Mayle, age 30, 672 Hill Road, Cutler, and issued Mr. Mayle a minor misdemeanor citation for possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. A search of the vehicle followed a canine indication for the presence of drugs. During the search Deputy Smeeks located a bag of marijuana and an unloaded Glock .40 handgun inside a coat belonging to the juvenile. A check of the weapon’s serial number showed the handgun was stolen and further checking revealed the weapon was stolen from a Licking County Sheriff’s Deputy along with a bullet resistant vest. Under questioning, the teenager said on 22 or 23 Nov he asked an acquaintance in Zanesville to find a gun for him to purchase to use hunting. The juvenile said he later met again with his acquaintance and two white males who offered to sell him a handgun for $200 and a bullet proof vest for $150. In consequence, Deputy Sheriff Smeeks arrested the teenager on delinquency charges of carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. Information pertaining the theft of the firearm was forwarded to authorities in Licking County for further investigation.


Investigating leads related to the attempted armed robbery of Par Mar in Little Hocking at, Deputies identified Christopher C. Griffin, age 25, 5320 Rye Road, Reedsville, as a suspect. The robbery attempt occurred in the late evening hours on 19 Nov at 66 Arrowhead Road after Mr. Griffin unsuccessfully attempted to purchase beer and cigarettes. Told by the clerk that she would not sell him the items because he had no photo identification, Mr. Griffin produced a pocket knife and demanded the cash from the register. Mr. Griffin did not unfold the knife to reveal the blade and fled in a vehicle toward Coolville on US 50 after the clerk stated she activated an alarm.

Once Deputies developed Mr. Griffin as a suspect, they interviewed a witness to the crime, who stated he was the driver of the vehicle other witnesses said fled from the store. The witness stated Mr. Griffin asked him to take him to Little Hocking to purchase cigarettes and he waited in the vehicle as Mr. Griffin went inside the store. After seemingly taking a long time, the witness said Mr. Griffin hurriedly exited the store and said, “go” followed by “I did something I shouldn’t have done. I tried to rob the store.”

On 24 Nov 09 Mr. Griffin was arrested by law enforcement authorities in Meigs County on an outstanding warrant in Ashland County for failure to appear. Later transported and processed into the Washington County Jail, Mr. Griffin had several tattoos similar to those described by the clerk who reported the attempted robbery. While being interviewed at the jail, Mr. Griffin admitted that he recently altered the tattoos on his fingers, neck, and face.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Joshua James Blewett, age 22, 43735 Tabor Hill Road, Summerfield, OH, for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines, a misdemeanor. Blewett was picked up at the Noble County line by Deputy Sheriff Mankins and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Nov 09 at 2:46 am.

Michael Eric Hoffert, age 26, 101 Washington Street, Marietta, for burglary, a felony. Hoffert was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Blasko of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Nov 09 at 12:10 pm.

Robert Gregory Miller, age 38, 2136 Silverville Road, Freeport, PA, a fugitive from justice, a felony. Miller was arrested near milepost sixteen on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Nov 09 at 7:50 pm.

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