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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.


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 booking process.

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.

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