Archive of 03-13-13
On 13 Mar 13 the Grandview Fire Department
transported a twenty-two year old New Matamoras resident to
Wetzel County General Hospital for treatment after she fell
unconscious in the presence of a friend. The victim was later
pronounced deceased from what is likely a drug overdose. The
victim is scheduled to undergo an autopsy in the near future.
No foul play is suspected in the woman’s death (126).
On 13 Mar 13 Sgt. Mankins responded to a loud
argument at the residence of Tisha Whitmore, age 34, at 460
State Route 555, Cutler. Both Ms. Whitmore and her live-in boyfriend
admitted arguing that evening and agreed that no threats were
made and no physical violence took place. As a result, Sgt.
Mankins closed this case as unfounded.
FOUR FELONY DRUG ARRESTS
A joint investigation between the Major Crimes
Task Force and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)
resulted in the arrest of four suspects and the recovery of
nearly an ounce of heroin with a local street value of approximately
$12,000. Armed with information from MCSO, Task Force Agents
followed a vehicle to the west side of Columbus to known heroin
trafficking area. When the vehicle returned to Monroe County
on State Route 565 in the early morning hours, the MCSO conducted
a traffic stop and arrested Michael Armstrong, age 32, 28295
State Route 26, New Matamoras; Travis Poole, age 27, 311 Main
Street New Matamoras; Alexandra Lemley, age 27, 311 Main Street,
New Matamoras; and Brianne Nester, age 28, 28295 State Route
26, New Matamoras.
In total, twelve grams of heroin, two grams
of crack cocaine, thirty roxycodone pills, numerous smoking
pipes, foil used to smoke heroin and approximately $2,000 were
recovered during searches of the vehicle and the suspects. An
additional eight grams of heroin were seized from Ms. Lemley
after it was found concealed in a body cavity during the jail
All four suspects are incarcerated on felony
charges of possession of drugs. While the females are incarcerated
in the Washington County Jail, the males were transported to
the Noble County Jail.
The suspects reportedly travel to Columbus
ten times a month to purchase heroin.
The following individuals
were processed into the Washington County Jail:
David William Stratton, age 57, 2228 Sealy
Ridge Road, Vincent, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Stratton
was arrested at his residence by Sgt. Anderson of the Washington
County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington
County Jail on 13 Mar 13 at 1:11 am.
Brant James Hill, age 70, 4737 Erie Avenue
SW, Navarre, OH, for violating the terms of his probation, a
misdemeanor. Hill was arrested at the Adult Probation Office
by Deputy Sheriff White and processed into the Washington County
Jail on 13 Mar 13 at 3:26 pm.
Jerome Lee Blackwell Sr., age 34, 4809 Emerson
Avenue, Parkersburg, for driving under a suspended license,
a misdemeanor. Blackwell was arrested at the intersection of
Third and Walnut streets by Patrolman Cook of the Belpre City
Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail
on 13 Mar 13 at 10:50 pm.