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Archive of 01-16-10

On 16 Jan 10 Karen Fletcher, age 57, 1855 McGill Road, Belpre, reported she was involved in a minor argument with her husband about their television and during the disagreement her husband pushed her to the floor. Mrs. Fletcher stated she could handle herself and did not fear for her safety during the incident. As a result, Deputy Sheriff Mankins closed this case as unfounded.

On 16 Jan 10 Sgt. Underwood and Deputy Sheriff Mankins responded to a domestic violence call reported by John Lorentz, age 44, 4336 State Route 339, Belpre. Mr. Lorentz informed the Deputies his live-in girlfriend was intoxicated and shoved him several times but he said that he did not feel she was attempting to harm him. Mr. Lorentz’s girlfriend suffered an injury to her leg when her son attempt to restrain her from breaking glass items on the kitchen floor. She was transported for treatment to Camden Clark Hospital by the Little Hocking Fire Department.

On 16 Jan 10 Deputy Sheriff Carr and the Beverly-Waterford Fire Department were dispatched to a fire in the utility room at the residence of Grace Wagner, age 41, 322 Luke Chute Road, Waterford. Originating behind the dryer in the utility room, the fire caused moderate damage to the room and appears to be accidental in nature.

On 16 Jan 10 Michael A. Smith, age 38, 509 Morgan Avenue, Saint Marys, reported an acquaintance punched him in the face after a New Year’s Eve party at a friend’s home in Newport. Mr. Smith did not desire to pursue charges in the matter but did wish for his assailant to pay for the medical bills incurred as a result of the unprovoked attack (308).

On 16 Jan 10 Deputy Sheriffs Hornbeck and Sheaves and the fire departments of Barlow and Wesley Townships responded to a fire at the residence of Shirley J. Tabler, age 70, 14725 State Route 555, Cutler. Ms. Tabler was asleep when she awoke to the presence of smoke and fire in her kitchen and escape uninjured along with her dog. The cause of the fire, which completely engulfed the home, is believed to be accidental.


In conclusion to an investigation into the fraudulent sales of televisions, Deputy Sheriff Rhodes arrested Ryan D. Pracht, age 31, 114 Westchester Drive, Marietta, on 15 Jan 10 for fourth and fifth degree felony charges of theft. Earlier in the day a county courthouse employee reported she wrote Pracht a check for $1,900 on 26 Dec 09 and was to receive five, forty inch Sony flat screen televisions. The complainant also stated another individual wrote Pracht a check for $9,000 on 15 Dec 09 and expected to receive Toshiba forty-two inch flat screen televisions and none of the televisions were ever delivered.

Questioned by Deputy Rhodes and Detective Parks, Pracht initially denied trying to scam the customers out of their money but admitted cashing both of the checks. Pracht later conceded, stating that he had never sold any televisions in the past and saying that there were no televisions to be sold. Admitting he knew what he did was wrong, Pracht could not account for all of the missing money but he did say that he used $1,000 to pay off his truck that had been repossessed on more than one occasion.

The following individual wAS processed into the Washington County Jail:

Anthony Dewain Cottrill, age 22, 4152 Early Ridge Road, McConnelsville, for failure to appear at a court ordered hearing on unpaid fines, a misdemeanor. Cottrill was arrested near milepost twenty on State Route 60 by Deputy Sheriff Smeeks and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Jan 10 at 2:45 pm.

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