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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 reported.

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 11:23 pm.

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