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Archive of 09-12-11

On 12 Sep 11 Lt. Hornbeck requested summonses for Terri M. Jenkins, age 35, 845 Florence Street, Belpre, and her live-in boyfriend, Clayton Myers, age 39, for disorderly conduct by fighting. En route to their residence after drinking at a local bar, an argument erupted between the two as Mr. Myers drove south on State Route 7. At one point Ms. Jenkins jumped from the moving vehicle and skidded over a small hill along the road. Mr. Myers stopped the vehicle and a minor altercation occurred between the two before they entered the truck to return to their residence. The fracas between the two continued outside their residence, during which time Mr. Myers broke Ms. Jenkins’s mobile phone. Sometime thereafter, Ms. Jenkins punched a glass window and suffered a laceration on her upper arm. For breaking his girlfriend’s phone, Mr. Myers was also charged with criminal mischief. Ms. Jenkins was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital by a friend to receive treatment for her injury.

On 12 Sep 11 Deputy Sheriff Holbert conducted a traffic stop near milepost eleven on State Route 339 after determining an individual driving a vehicle did not have a valid operator’s license. As he conducted the stop, Deputy Holbert noticed the back seat passenger, later identified as James Bartimus, age 38, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, was making furtive movements as if he were placing something behind his back. Prompted to search the vehicle after a canine indicated the presence of narcotics, Deputy Holbert discovered marijuana and a marijuana pipe concealed in the crease of the back seat.

On 12 Sep 11 the caretaker for the property of New River Hardwoods, 260 Dana Road, Newport, reported sometime over the weekend an unknown suspect(s) entered the property and stole a 100 foot spool of cable wire, and four batteries from a storage building. The caretaker previously attempted to thwart theft and hammered nails into a board and placed the nail side up in the middle of the road to the property’s storage buildings. The following day the caretaker noticed tire tracks on the spiked board and discovered several batteries were missing from another building on the property. Notified of items stolen from the property, an employee of Ward’s Recycling phoned the Sheriff’s Office and said two male subjects were at the business selling similar items. Following interviews with the suspects, Levi Bills, age 23, 4100 Cow Creek Road, Saint Marys, WV, and Justin B. Bailey, age 23, 101 Henry Camp Road Apt. A, Saint Marys, Deputy Sheriffs Schubert and Smeeks determined the suspects rented vehicles and drove them to New River Hardwoods to steal the items. The rental car company confirmed the vehicles were returned with more than one flat tire on both of the rental occasions. Additionally, Mr. Bills admitted driving Mr. Bailey to Newport to steal the items but he denied taking part in the actual theft of the materials. Initially denying any involvement, Mr. Bailey claimed the scheme was Mr. Bills’ idea and that he only acted as a lookout. Based on their investigation, Deputy Smeeks arrested Mr. Bailey and Mr. Bills each for two counts of breaking and entering and transported them to the Washington County Jail.

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARRESTS

On 12 Sep 11 Deputy Sheriff Holbert conducted a traffic stop near milepost eleven on State Route 339 after determining an individual driving a vehicle did not have a valid operator’s license. As he conducted the stop, Deputy Holbert noticed the back seat passenger, later identified as James Bartimus, age 38, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, was making furtive movements as if he were placing something behind his back. Prompted to search the vehicle after a canine indicated the presence of narcotics, Deputy Holbert discovered marijuana and a marijuana pipe concealed in the crease of the back seat.

In addition to the marijuana, a pat down for weapons on the driver, Donald E. Bartimus, age 31, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, revealed a medication packet containing a Fentanyl patch. Fentanyl is a potent analgesic 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl in patch form is designed to be released over a period of time but can be altered and abused in a number of ways. Mr. Bartimus stated the medication was not his and he obtained it from a friend. In addition, during questioning of another vehicle passenger, Deputy Holbert noticed Katherine L. Buchanan, age 30, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, moving an unknown object around in her mouth. Ms. Buchanan produced the item from her mouth, which was another Fentanyl patch. Ms. Buchanan admitted she concealed the patch in a cigarette pack and attempted to further hide it in her mouth.

As a result of the traffic stop, Donald Bartimus was arrested for felony charges of violating the terms of his parole and possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of driving under a suspended license; James Bartimus was arrested for misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs; and Katherine Buchanan was arrested for felony charges of possession of drugs and tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of her probation. The suspects remain incarcerated pending their initial court appearance.

FOUR ARRESTED, THREE ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

Four suspects were arrested early Monday morning during the execution of a search warrant by the Major Crimes Task Force. From the residence of Josey C. Barton, age 20, 817 Masonic Park Road Lot 10, Marietta, Task Force Agents seized a total of eighteen grams of crack cocaine that was packaged individually for sale. Under questioning, Ms. Barton stated two of the males present in the trailer, Lance M. Glenn, age 27, 1728 East Long Street, Columbus, and Thomas J. Givens, age 24, 2250 Willamont Avenue, Columbus, traveled to her home twice a week to sell illegal drugs. Mr. Givens and Glenn were in the bedroom where the cocaine was discovered and had a digital scale and a package of plastic bags nearby.

As a result of the investigation, Givens and Glenn were each arrested on a second degree felony charge of complicity in trafficking in cocaine and Barton was arrested on a fifth degree felony charge of permitting drug abuse. The fourth arrest was of another resident at the home, Chadwick L. Smearman, age 30. He was arrested for violating the terms of his probation. All suspects are being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of bond pending their initial court appearance.

The following individuals were processed into the Washington County Jail:

Lance Marquis Glenn, age 27, 1728 East Long Street, Columbus, for a felony charge of complicity in trafficking in cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear. Glenn was arrested at 817 Masonic Park Road by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 11 at 12:20 am.

Thomas James Givens, age 24, 2250 Willamont Avenue, Columbus, for complicity in trafficking in cocaine, a felony. Givens was arrested at 817 Masonic Park Road by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 11 at 12:49 am.

Chadwick Lynn Smearman, age 30, 817 Masonic Park Road Lot 10, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Smearman was arrested at his residence by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 11 at 1:19 am.

Donald Eugene Bartimus, age 31, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for felony charges of violating the terms of his parole and possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of driving under a suspended license. Bartimus was arrested on State Route 339 by Deputy Sheriff Holbert and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 11 at 8:00 pm.

James Clinton Bartimus, age 38, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for possession of drugs, a misdemeanor. Bartimus was arrested on State Route 339 by Deputy Sheriff Holbert and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 11 at 8:23 pm.

Katherine Louise Buchanan, age 30, 2346 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for felony charges of possession of drugs and tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of violating the terms of her probation. Buchanan was arrested on State Route 339 by Deputy Sheriff Holbert and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 11 at 11:10 pm.

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