On 2 Aug 11 Melissa B. Lang, age 43, 130
Saint John Road, Marietta, reported she noticed a crack in
a window pane that she felt was caused by someone attempting
to gain entry into her home. Examining the window, Deputy
Sheriff Lockhart found no pry marks and concluded the crack
was likely caused by an object impacting it from inside the
home. As a result, Deputy Lockhart closed this case as unfounded.
On 2 Aug 11 Bonita Van Wey, age 49, 36075
State Route 7, Newport, reported she was involved in a heated
argument with her husband. Ms. Van Wey said she filed for
divorce earlier in the day and her husband was upset after
she gave him a document to review. A witness commented that
Ms. Van Wey was also argumentative and that no physical violence
took place. Neither party reported being in fear for their
safety. As a result, Deputy Sheriff Schubert closed this case
On 2 Aug 11 Corrections Officer Follrod filed
charges against Washington County Jail inmate Phillip A. Martin,
age 23, 5380 Johnson Ridge Road, Waterford, for illegal conveyance
of items into a detention facility. After smelling marijuana
during a dorm check C/O Follrod conducted a brief investigation
and concluded Mr. Martin was the responsible party. During
an interview Mr. Martin admitted he smuggled the marijuana
into the jail by concealing it in a body cavity. He subsequently
retrieved the remainder of the marijuana for C/O Follrod to
On 2 Aug 11 Deputy Sheriff Smeeks requested
a summons for a fifteen year old Coolville resident to appear
in Juvenile Court for being unruly. The teenager’s mother
reported her daughter arrived home intoxicated a 3 am that
morning and was previously forbidden from being on the family
computer because of “drama” taking place via Facebook.
The teenager’s mother said her daughter was using the
computer when she came home from work and when she took the
laptop away from her the teenager began to argue and shout
profanities at her. At the request of her mother, the teenager
was transported to a relative’s home to avoid further
problems for the evening.
SCAMMERS TARGETING LOCAL
Recently the Sheriff’s Office has received
a number of reports from local residents who have received
notifications in the mail from organizations stating they
won a lottery or other cash prize. Several of the scams appear
to originate in the United Kingdom and are accompanied by
a check the recipient is asked to deposit in their bank account.
The recipient is then asked to mail a personal check back
to the UK or to wire money to claim their cash prize. For
example, one recipient received a check for $3,100 and was
asked to mail a personal check for $2,900 to the UK to cover
The checks included in the mailings appear
genuine but are counterfeit. Once deposited these “overpayment
checks” bounce and the victim who deposited the check
is responsible for repaying the bank for any amount withdrawn
as a result of the fraudulent check.
The Federal Trade Commission has provided
these tips for residents to avoid these types of scams:
Throw away any offer that asks you to
pay for a prize or a gift. If it’s free or a gift,
you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Free is free.
Resist the urge to enter foreign lotteries.
It’s illegal to play a foreign lottery through the
mail or the telephone, and most foreign lottery solicitations
Know who you’re dealing with,
and never wire money to strangers.
If you’re selling something, don’t
accept a check for more than the selling price, no matter
how tempting the offer or how convincing the story. Ask
the buyer to write the check for the correct amount. If
the buyer refuses to send the correct amount, return the
check. Don’t send the merchandise.
If you accept payment by check, ask
for a check drawn on a local bank, or a bank with a local
branch. That way, you can make a personal visit to make
sure the check is valid. If that’s not possible, call
the bank where the check was purchased, and ask if it is
valid. Get the bank’s phone number from directory
assistance or an Internet site that you know and trust,
not from the check or from the person who gave you the check.
If the buyer insists that you wire back
funds, end the transaction immediately. Legitimate buyers
don’t pressure you to send money by wire transfer
services. In addition, you have little recourse if there’s
a problem with a wire transaction.
Resist any pressure to “act now.”
If the buyer’s offer is good now, it should be good
after the check clears.
Phillip Andrew Martin, age 23, 5380 Johnson
Ridge Road, Marietta, for a felony charge of failure to comply
with the order/signal of an officer and for misdemeanor charges
of OVI, reckless operation, failure to control and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Martin was arrested on Third Street in
Marietta by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into
the Washington County Jail on 2 Aug 11 at 1:18 am.