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Archive of 03-23-10

On 23 Mar 10 Patricia A. Wright, age 54, 14750 County Nine Road, New Matamoras, reported sometime during the past week an unknown suspect(s) entered her home and stole a prescription bottle containing approximately 160 Vicodin pills. This case remains under investigation (1184).

On 23 Mar 10 a twenty-nine year old Whipple resident reported her ten year old son’s teachers informed her that her son told them that he shot a cat while visiting his father the past weekend. Interviewed by Deputy Sheriff Rhodes, the juvenile stated he was target shooting with his father and his father’s friend when a calico cat appeared. The boy said after his father’s friend mentioned the cat had scratched his truck the two adults instructed him to shoot the animal. Complying with the adults’ orders, the juvenile said he killed the cat with one shot because he didn’t want his father to yell at him. This case remains under investigation.

On 23 Mar 10 an employee of Byer’s Exxon, 38175 State Route 7, Newport, reported sometime overnight an unknown suspect(s) disposed of a large quantity of carpet and carpet padding in the business’ dumpster. Interviewing witnesses, Deputy Sheriff Carr identified Robert F. Gunderman II, age 46, 100 Greene Street, Newport, as a suspect. When questioned, Mr. Gunderman said he removed carpet and padding from four rooms at a residence on Greene Street and disposed of them in the dumpster because he did not want neighbors to complain. As a result, Deputy Carr requested a summons for Mr. Gunderman for littering.

On 23 Mar 10 John D. Henderhan, age 72, 1227 Greene Street, Marietta, reported when he checked his property on Laurel Ridge Road he discovered trash dumped on the property. Identified through several article of mail found at the scene, a suspect stated he had two individuals haul away his trash a few days ago. The suspect did not provide the names of the individuals but did volunteer to pick up the trash. Shortly thereafter Deputy Sheriff Anderson received a call from the suspect stating he cleaned the property of refuse. Deputy Anderson is continuing his attempts to identify the responsible parties.

On 23 Mar 10 an employee of Dollar General, 10282 State Route 550, Vincent, reported a male subject left the store without paying for items he appeared to have stuffed under his jacket and in his pants. Confronted outside the store, the suspect relinquished two of the shirts he stole. Though the suspect denied having any other items, the clerk noticed baby clothing sticking out above the top of his pants. Attempts to locate the suspect are ongoing (610).


On 23 Mar 10 Agents with the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at 1115 Mitchell’s Lane, Marietta after learning of an indoor hydroponic grow operation consisting of marijuana plants. Hydroponics involves growing plants in a nutrient rich water solution and is known to result in a higher yield of plants than growing in soil. Utilizing hydroponics a grower can place plants closer together and by closely monitoring the lighting and water supply may grow plants up to 50% faster than using soil. At this location the electric was carefully routed from the house to a barn to avoid detection of an unusually large electric bill. Intelligence information indicates this particular operation produced marijuana with a street value of over $100,000 a year.

Arrested at the scene was Grant Plemons, age 32, of the above address. Mr. Plemons was charged with a felony offense of illegally manufacturing/cultivating drugs. The charge is a first degree felony due to the weight of the drugs and the proximity of children to the growing operation. At the scene, Task Force Agents seized 275 marijuana plants which were in various stages of development.

the Sheriff’s Office received the following warrants:

Larry D. Burwell, age 53, 213 Barber Street, Marietta, for failing to appear for a Debtor’s Exam.

Fred L. Schob, age 41, 9243 Muskingum River Road, Lowell, for violating the terms of his probation.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Robert Martin Shepherd, age 28, 705 Barclay Street Lot 19, Belpre, for being a fugitive from justice. Shepherd was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Heddleston of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Mar 10 at 5:09 am.

Grant Plemons, age 32, 1115 Mitchell’s Lane, Marietta, for illegally manufacturing/cultivating drugs, a felony. Plemons was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Mar 10 at 8:45 am.

Thomas Beal Franchuck, age 51, 527 ½ Eighth Street, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Franchuck was picked up at the Jackson County Jail by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Mar 10 at 3:52 pm.

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