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Archive of 01-01-11

On 1 Jan 11 the owner of Dave’s Auto Sales, 705 Virginia Street, Marietta, reported when he arrived at the lot that morning he discovered his office was unlocked and in disarray. Upon further inspection the victim said the lot’s key box was open and he noticed two vehicles were missing from the lot. The vehicles were subsequently found at nearby locations. This case remains under investigation (790, 1209).

On 1 Jan 11 Deputy Sheriff Deem requested a summons for a fifteen year old Marietta resident to appear in Juvenile Court on a charge of delinquency by domestic violence. Upset that his father inadvertently bent the axle of a dirt bike, the teenager began throwing tools and punched his father in the face. The teenager then retreated inside the residence and threw glass jars onto the kitchen. The juvenile’s father also stated his son threatened to kill him several times during the incident.

On 1 Jan 11 Deputy Sheriff Simmons requested summonses for Ruthie D. Scoggan, age 24, 330 Franklin Street Apt. A, Marietta, and Jason B. Whittaker, age 33, 22781 State Route 60, Beverly, for disorderly conduct by fighting. Arguing over a piece of cheese while they made dinner at Mr. Whittaker’s home, the verbal argument evolved into a physical altercation. During the fracas, Ms. Scoggan said Mr. Whittaker grabbed her by the hair and slapped her and Mr. Whittaker stated Ms. Scoggan struck him in the head and arm with a curtain rod. Both parties stated they were both equally involved in the dispute.

On 1 Jan 11 Deputy Sheriff Simmons arrested Travis R. Thompson, age 22, 1405 Pike Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication. Family members at Mr. Thompson’s residence reported he was highly intoxicated and threatening to harm himself with a knife. Mr. Thompson refused to drop the knife when ordered to do so by Sgt. Underwood and Deputy Simmons and was finally subdued with the use of a Taser. When transported to the Washington County Jail Mr. Thompson tested .190 BAC.

On 1 Jan 11 Deputy Sheriff Anderson requested a summons for Noel N. Metz, age 19, 1110 Moody Ridge Road, Vincent, for theft and for underage possession of alcohol. Investigating a report by a clerk at Par Mar at 66 Arrowhead Road, Little Hocking, Deputy Anderson viewed surveillance footage that showed Ms. Metz removing a beverage from the beer refrigerator and leaving without paying for the item. When questioned, Ms. Metz admitted taking a can of the alcoholic beverage Tilt and leaving the store with the beverage in her purse. Ms. Metz stated she stole the drink because she is nineteen years old and is unable to legally purchase alcohol. Ms. Metz later reimbursed Par Mar $2.02 for the stolen item.


Following an investigation into incidents that occurred in the early morning hours of 23 Dec, Sgt. Hornbeck requested summonses for Jakeb M. Bailey, age 20, 4746 Federal Road, Little Hocking, and Blake M. Keel, age 18, 4550 State Route 555, Little Hocking, for several charges. According to a witness Bailey and Keel were “pretty drunk” when they left Keel’s residence in a vehicle with a loaded rifle.

During their crime spree through Decatur and Belpre townships the suspects shot and killed five deer. Additionally, a witness produced a text message from Mr. Keel stating that he shot and killed a horse at 520 Gantsville Road because Mr. Bailey killed four deer and he only killed one. Other victims on Federal Road and Frost Road reported the suspects shot a mailbox and two vehicles.

As a result of Sgt. Hornbeck’s investigation he charged both Mr. Bailey and Mr. Keel with handling a weapon while intoxicated, being in possession of a weapon while under disability, complicity in injuring an animal and three counts of complicity in criminal damaging.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Travis Randall Thompson, age 22, 1405 Pike Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Thompson was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Simmons and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Jan 11 at 1:55 am.

Daniel Patrick Bryan, age 31, HC 61 Box 29, New Martinsville, WV, for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Bryan was arrested on Main Street in Belpre by Patrolman Fields of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Jan 11 at 6:11 am.

Jeremy Joseph Gossett, age 29, 221 Fourth Street, Beverly, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Gossett was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Freed of the Beverly Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Jan 11 at 8:26 am.

Zachary Wayne Goins, age 22, 305 Chestnut Street, Mabscott, WV, for theft, a misdemeanor. Goins was arrested on Pike Street by Patrolman Warden of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Jan 11 at 4:05 pm.

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