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Archive of 08-02-11

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 as unfounded.

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 confiscate.

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.


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 tax expenses.

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 are phony.
  • 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.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

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.

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