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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 (208).

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 (594).

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 (208).

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).


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.

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