Archive of 10-29-10
On 29 Oct 10 an employee of Marietta Silos,
731 Second Street, Marietta, reported the business received
a phone call from an employee at Lowes in Knoxville, TN stating
an unauthorized individual attempted to make purchases. The
Marietta Silos employee stated no fraudulent charges were made
and they informed Lowes of new credit card purchasing procedures
implemented by the company. This case remains under investigation
On 29 Oct 10 an employee of Lakeside Golf Course,
18218 State Route 60, Beverly, reported an unknown suspect(s)
attempted to pry open two soft drink machines at the golf course.
Nearby at Lang’s Excavating at 19371 State Route 60, a
soft drink machine was pried open and approximately $30 was
stolen. All of the damaged machines are owned by Pepsi Cola
in Parkersburg. This case remains under investigation (594).
On 29 Oct 10 an employee of Specialty Fabrication,
26540 State Route 7, Marietta, reported sometime overnight an
unknown suspect(s) stole over a ton of various pieces of scrap
metal from behind the business. This case remains under investigation
On 29 Oct 10 a neighbor of Toni Shutts, age
55, 201 Watson Lane, Belpre, reported it appears a horse trailer,
camper and garage were entered sometime during the day. Speaking
to Ms. Shutts, Deputy Sheriff Holbert determined a set of Craftsman
tools valued at $158 was stolen from the detached garage. This
case remains under investigation.
On 29 Oct 10 Donald D. Oberdier, age 68, 2064
Darnold Road, Vincent, reported at some point during the past
day an unknown suspect(s) entered a small shed on his property
that is located approximately 3/4 mile from his home in a wooded
area. Mr. Oberdier keeps his hunting equipment in the building
and he stated a rangefinder and a crossbow were stolen from
the structure. This case remains under investigation (1293).
On 29 Oct 10 Shawn Winstanley, age 23, 716
Calder Ridge Road, Belpre, reported when he awoke that morning
he discovered his red 1995 Dodge Neon was missing from his drive.
The vehicle has two black racing stripes in the hood and trunk
of the vehicle and several dents on each of the fenders. This
case remains under investigation (208).
On 29 Oct 10 Earl Keiffer, age 59, 395 Watertown
Road, Waterford, reported sometime between 27 Oct and 29 Oct
an unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle and stole a Stihl
chainsaw with a 20” bar. This case remains under investigation
On 29 Oct 10 Kristin Sciance, age 24, 5057
Buchanan Road, Waterford, reported on either 25 Oct or 26 Oct
an unknown suspect(s) entered the home she shares with her boyfriend
and stole a plastic water jug containing a large sum of change.
This case remains under investigation (208).
On 29 Oct 10 Paul Westbrock, age 42, 429 Fifth
Street, Marietta, reported he dropped of his boat at 148 Arends
Ridge Road, Marietta, to be winterized on 26 Oct and when he
returned to pick it up three days later he noticed the boat’s
cover and its rear bench seat were missing. This case remains
under investigation (208).
On 29 Oct 10 one of the owners of Heiss Electric,
314 Third Street, Lowell, reported at some point during the
past two weeks 200 and 500 foot rolls of copper grounding wire
along with six eight foot grounding rods were stolen from the
business’ storage area. It is possible the items were
stolen during daylight hours when the area was unattended, the
owner said, but pry marks were present on the hasp of the door
to the storage building. The value of the stolen items is approximately
$500. This case remains under investigation (594, 953).
MARIJUANA PLOTS DISCOVERED
– SUSPECT ARRESTED
Earlier this month the US Forestry Service
initiated an investigation after discovering three plots of
marijuana growing on US Government property in Liberty Township
in the vicinity of Coon Run Road in Lower Salem. Utilizing surveillance
equipment, the Forestry Service identified the suspect as Robert
J. Steers, age 58, 1770 Coon Run Road, Lower Salem. Steers owns
49.5 acres of property adjacent to the government land where
the marijuana plots were located and Forestry Agents located
an ATV trail from Steers’ property to the marijuana plants.
On 26 Oct 10 Forestry Service Agents and Agents
of the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at
Steers’ residence and discovered approximately 2,000 grams
of marijuana, fertilizer, garden sprayers, bamboo stakes, fencing,
Miracle Grow, twine and drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Agents
located items of clothing they observed Steers wearing while
he tended to the marijuana plants.
At the locations of three marijuana plots Agents
observed that all the plants except one had been harvested.
Along with the single remaining plant, Agents recovered a five
gallon bucket containing marijuana.
Steers was arrested for a third degree felony
charge of illegally cultivating marijuana and transported to
the Washington County Jail. Steers appeared in Marietta Municipal
Court and remains incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bond.
The following individual
wAS processed into the Washington County Jail:
Devonne Curtis, age 51, 735 Eighth Street,
Marietta, for domestic violence, a felony. Curtis was arrested
at his residence by Patrolman Hansen of the Marietta City Police
Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on
29 Oct 10 at 6:05 pm.