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
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.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR
FRAUDULENT SALE OF $10,900 WORTH OF FLAT SCREEN TVs
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
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.