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Archive of 04-22-10

On 22 Apr 10 Deputy Sheriff Reeder responded to an assault report on Pike Street in Marietta. Marsha Smith, age 40, 34221 Brownsville Road, New Matamoras, was visiting a relative at the residence when her teenage nephew slapped her in the face, choked her and wrestled her to the floor. Ms. Smith declined to pursue charges in the matter due to the fact that her nephew has mental health issues.


On 22 April 10, Agents with the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at 3790 Bells Run Road, Newport. The search warrant at the residence of Edward A. Minke, age 42, marks the second search warrant executed at Minke’s residence during the past four months and follows five purchases of narcotics during a span of five months. On occasions beginning on 7 Aug 09, Task Force Agents purchased a variety of drugs from Minke at his residence, including two pounds of marijuana, a quarter ounce of cocaine, a half ounce of cocaine, ten Oxycontin pills and an eighth ounce of cocaine.

In addition to $1,518, prescription pills, marijuana, digital scales, and a wireless surveillance system seized from Minke’s residence during a search warrant on 25 Jan 10, Agents this morning seized marijuana, marijuana seeds, various pills and drug paraphernalia. Arrested on 25 Jan, Minke subsequently posted $15,000 bond through a bondsman and resumed trafficking in drugs upon his release. As a result of their investigation, Task Force Agents concluded Minke operated a lucrative drug trafficking enterprise and as such, was engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Task Force Agents arrested Minke this morning and charged him with a fourth degree felony of trafficking in marijuana, a third, fourth and fifth degree felony of trafficking in cocaine, and a second degree felony of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The Major Crimes Task Force is a multi-faceted organization composed of representatives from the Marietta Police Departments; the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification and the Morgan and Washington County Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff’s Offices.

Minke is incarcerated in the Washington County Jail without bond pending his initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.

the Sheriff’s Office received the following warrants:

Sedequa J. McDowell, age 18, 400 Russell Street Apt. 3, Beckley, WV, for failing to appear for pretrial on 19 Apr 10.

Keith D. Transou, age 40, 102 Muskingum Terrace Apt. A, Marietta, for trafficking in marijuana on 19 Nov 09.

Ryan J. Jeffers, age 29, 207B McFadden Street, Saint Clairsville, for driving under a suspended license on 9 Apr 10.

Douglas W. Thompson, age 49, 490 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, for failing to file Marietta city income taxes for 2008.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Edward Albert Minke, age 42, 3790 Bells Run Road, Newport, for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and for four counts of trafficking in drugs, all felonies. Minke was arrested at his residence by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 10 at 9:55 am.

William Chris Offerman, age 45, 115 Hart Street Apt. 8, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Offerman was arrested at 3790 Bells Run Road by Deputy Sheriff Mayle and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 10 at 9:55 am.

Matthew David Wiseman, age 20, 118 Bartlett Street Apt. A, Marietta, for automobile theft, a felony. Wiseman was picked up at the Southeastern Correctional Institution by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 10 at 2:05 pm.

Jeremy Elijah Ernest, age 25, 810 ½ West Virginia Avenue, Parkersburg, for domestic violence and for failure to appear, both misdemeanors. Ernest was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 22 Apr 10 at 8:37 pm.

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