Archive of 08-15-11
On 15 Aug 11 Lt. Rhodes and the Lowell-Adams,
Oak Grove and Warren fire departments were dispatched to a fire
at the residence of Thomas Schoeppner, age 56, at 4146 Waterford
Road, Marietta. Originating in a nearby barn, the fire spread
to the roof of the home’s living room. Awakened by the
fire, Mr. Schoeppner’s family escaped from the residence
without injury and was able to move five of their seven vehicles
safely away from the fire. One of the remaining vehicles caught
fire and caused heat damage the other. The origin of the fire
appears to be a homemade gas heater that was situated near the
barn. The barn, which contained an antique tractor and a large
number of woodworking tools, was deemed a total loss. No foul
play is suspected.
On 15 Aug 11 Lt. Gherke and Deputy Sheriff
Smeeks responded to a domestic dispute at 9626 State Route 555,
Cutler. A witness reported Christopher Byrd, age 23, arrived
home intoxicated and began arguing with family members. Asked
to leave the residence, Mr. Byrd threw a piece of patio furniture
to the ground. Mr. Byrd’s brother Albert, age 20, yelled
for him to cease his behavior before he caused damage to his
nearby vehicle. As Mr. Byrd reentered the home to confront his
brother he thrust open the door with such force that it broke
an entertainment center and caused a television to fall to the
floor. Mr. Byrd then slapped his brother across face and his
father, Joseph, age 59, stepped between the two. At that point
Mr. Byrd shoved his father, causing him to fall to the floor.
Based on his investigation, Deputy Smeeks arrested Mr. Byrd
for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington
County Jail. At the jail Mr. Byrd tested .164 BAC.
On 15 Aug 11 Leslie Mitchell, age 48, 3261
School House Road, Little Hocking, reported she recently determined
a credit card in her husband’s name was stolen from her
residence and used to accrue nearly $800 in charges. This case
remains under investigation (500).
On 15 Aug 11 Deputy Sheriff Lockhart and the
Little Hocking Fire Department were dispatched to a vehicle
fire at the residence of Donald Potts, 58, at 1868 Twin Bridge
Road, Little Hocking. Mr. Potts said the vehicle stopped running
the previous evening and he was about to begin working on it
when he started the engine. Mr. Potts stated he heard a loud
noise coming from under the hood, saw smoke and later flames.
The fire was extinguished without incident. No injuries were
On 15 Aug 11 Deputy Sheriff Holbert was dispatched
to assist a Saint Marys, WV police officer with a traffic stop
at the B&J Carryout in Newport. The officer attempted to
stop the driver of a Chevy truck in Saint Marys while investigating
an alleged hit and run but the driver did not stop and continued
over the bridge into Ohio. When he did stop, the driver, Michael
D. Wince, age 31, 430 Wince Drive, Saint Marys, exited his vehicle
and attempted to enter the closed store. Upon his arrival, Deputy
Holbert noticed Mr. Wince had an odor of alcohol and administered
field sobriety tests. Following his poor performance on the
tests, Mr. Wince was arrested for OVI and transported to the
Washington County Jail. At the jail Mr. Wince tested .151 BAC.
The following individuals
were processed into the Washington County Jail:
Charus Leon Bennett Jr., age 20, 104 Dower
Circle, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation,
a misdemeanor. Bennett was arrested at the office of Probation
Officer Willson and processed into the Washington County Jail
on 15 Aug 11 at 3:59 pm.
Christopher Edward Byrd, age 23, 9626 State
Route 555, Cutler, for two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence.
Byrd was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Smeeks
and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Aug 11 at