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
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).
SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR
INDOOR MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION
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.
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.