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NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 19 SEP 16

On 20 Sep 16 a dog belonging to Jennifer Lynn Nichols, age 37, 144 Anderson Lane, Waterford, became loose and entered onto a neighbor’s property. Nichols was contacted and did send someone to retrieve her dog. A summons is being requested for Nichols for failing to restrain her dog. (805)

On 21 Sep 16 Deputy Johnson was dispatched to Congress Road in reference to a report of animals at large. A neighbor reported a cow belonging to Robert P. Tate Sr., age 66, 1582 Congress Road, Belpre, was in her yard. The neighbor stated that this is an ongoing problem with Tate’s animals. Deputy Johnson learned that the Sheriff’s Office had been called numerous times to this area for the same complaint of Tate’s animals being loose, and Tate had been told reference to charges being filed. Deputy Johnson made contact with Tate who stated that he would get the cow into the fenced in area and make sure it stayed there. Inquiry was made of Tate if he had dog tags for his dog. Tate advised that he had forgotten to do this, however he would take care of it. Tate will be summoned into Marietta Municipal Court for animals at large.

On 21 Sep 16 Deputy Huffer was dispatched to 5045 Veto Road, Vincent, in reference to a temporary protection order violation. Tanya M. Bowers reported that she had received a text message(s) from a subject she had a protection order against. A check was made to ensure the protection order was still active. A summons will be requested through Marietta Municipal Court for violation of a protection order on Jackson Francis Bowers, age 46, 210 Sixth Street, Beverly.

On 22 Sep 16 Jeffery A. Shuck, 400 Wynnwood Drive, Marietta, reported damage to two vehicles at his residence. It was determined that this damage was from someone shooting a firearm. This case remains under investigation. (1010)

On 22 Sep 16 Deputies were called to the Grandview Township area where a Bobcat T200 turbo had been located in the woods by US Forest Service Agents. This case remains under investigation. (1303)

On 22 Sep 16 Deputy Huffer responded to Decatur Township to a 17 year old juvenile being unruly, belligerent and verbally abusive. After speaking with all individuals it was determined that the juvenile would be summoned into Washington County Juvenile Court.

On 23 Sep 16 while speaking with Roberta S. Parks, 147 Oak Drive, Little Hocking, she advised Sgt. Reeder that she had received a text message from Ronald Deem Jr., age 43, 147 Oak Drive, Little Hocking, the previous evening, which is a violation of the protection order that was issued. Deem was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court on the violation charge and transported to the Washington County Jail.

On 23 Sep 16 Deputy Carr met with Tina Marie Pavel, 540 Main Street, Waterford, in reference to a domestic violence incident. Pavel stated that she and Mark Anthony Merola, age 59, 540 Main Street, Waterford were returning home from Weirton, WV when Merola continued to request she have sexual intercourse with him. Pavel denied this request. Pavel stated that Merola had been drinking heavily and continued to argue with her upon returning home. Pavel advised Deputies that she was in fear for her safety during the incident. Merola was located at the home and transported to the Washington County Sheriff where he was charged with domestic violence. Merola was given a portable breath test with the results being .248.

The following warrants were received at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

Joshua Saunders, 80 Dye Street, Newport, for parole violation.

Donald Hendershot, 101 Evans Street, Apt. B9, New Matamoras, for failure to appear.

Anthony Hill, 1154 Patten Mills Road, Bartlett, for disorderly conduct.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 23 Sep 16 and sunday 25 Sep 16:

Crystal Lavonne Losey, age 34, 111 W. Montgomery Street, Marietta, on a warrant for a probation violation, a felony out of Erie County. Losey was arrested by Patrolman Kramer of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Sep 16 at 2:31pm.

Joshua Duane Sauders, age 19, 80 Dye Street, Newport, on a warrant for a probation violation, a misdemeanor. Saunders was arrested by Deputy McKee of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Sep 16 at 3:30 pm.

Weston Charles Hickman, age 23, 721 Old River Road, Little Hocking, for receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. Hickman was arrested by Patrolman Huck of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Sep 16 at 8:56 pm.

Mark Anthony Merola, age 59, 540 Main Street, Waterford, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Merola was arrested by Sgt. Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Sep 16 at 9:22 pm.

Austin Richard Harpster, age 23, 711 Cisler Lane, Marietta, for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Harpster was arrested by Patrolman Giffin of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 12:30 am.

Valerie Lynn Garrett, age 58, 5235 Muskingum River Road, Lowell, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Garrett was arrested by Deputy Carr of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Garrett was charged with drug possession after arriving at the Washington County Jail by Deputy Zide and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 1:27 am.

Roger Lee Lozier, age 56, 205 Second Street, Lot 4, Beverly, for OVI and failure to reinstate driver’s license, both misdemeanors. Lozier was arrested by Beverly Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 2:04 am.

Cory Joseph Ritterbeck, age 29, 13 Olive Street, Caldwell, for criminal damaging/endangering, OVI , running red light, and FRA suspension, all misdemeanors. Ritterbeck was arrested by Patrolman Huck of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 4:00 am.

Theodore Lambert III, age 54, 119 Riverview Drive, Marietta, on a warrant for FRA suspension, a misdemeanor. Lambert was arrested by at his residence by Patrolman Richards of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 7:18 am.

Michael Scott Welch, age 46, 1107 29th Street, Parkersburg, for aggravated menacing, drug possession, and drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. Welch was arrested by Deputy Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 1:18 pm.

Jesse Scott Books, age 34, 736 Greene Street, Marietta, on warrants for failure to appear and drug possession/instruments, both misdemeanors. Books was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Kramer of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 2:01 pm.

Steven Douglas Fulton, age 63, homeless, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Fulton was arrested by Patrolman Huck of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 8:14 pm.

Brett Albert Bringardner, age 55, 619 7th Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Bringardner was arrested at 121 Dean Street of Marietta by Patrolman Giffin of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Sep 16 at 11:18 pm.

Vickie Marie Thompson, age 33, 513 Smith Street, Marietta for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Thompson was arrested at Marietta Memorial Hospital by Patrolman Huck of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 16 at 2:07 am.

Aaron Lee Tice, age 21, 215 Fifth Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct. Tice was arrested at Marietta Memorial Hospital by Patrolman Richards of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 16 at 2:18 am.

Krystopher Mikhal Neff, age 28, 219 Greenbriar Lane, Davisville, for possession of controlled substance, a felony. Neff was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Holiday of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 16 at 5:17 pm.

Courtney Renae Stimpert, age 27, 1800 Rockland Avenue, Belpre, for theft, a felony. Stimpert was arrested by Patrolman Holiday of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 16 at 7:35 pm.

Aaron Matthew Hess, age 37, 610 Warren Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Hess was arrested by Sgt. Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 16 at 9:30 pm.

Brian Denver Hess, age 40, 124 Tennis Center Drive, Marietta, for disorderly conduct (intoxication), a misdemeanor. Hess was arrested by Sgt. Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 16 at 9:36 pm.

Skyler Michael Paul, age 23, 1314 Glendale Road, Marietta, for theft and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors. Paul was arrested by Patrolman Giffin of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Sep 15 at 10:06 pm.

There are currently 14 females and 84 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 20 SEP 16

The following warrants were received at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

Jeremy Braun, 1080 Walsh Road, Vincent; warrant for failure to appear and breach of recognizance.

Jeffrey Jones, 720 8th Street, Marietta, three warrants for failure to appear.

Richard Blanchflower, 47 Comstock Road, Leominster, MA, passing bad checks.

Joey Brooks, 316 ½ Harmar Street, Marietta, contempt of court.

Billy Davis, 341 Tadpole Run Road, Belpre, contempt of court.

Amanda O’Brien, 16715 SR 676, Waterford, parole violation.

Michael Plaugher, PO Box 2135, Marietta, driving under ovi suspension.

Diane Miracle, 33785 SR 80 New Matamoras, parole violation.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail on Monday 19 Sep 16:

Michael Andre Wallace, age 23, 105 Leland Ave., Marietta, for criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Wallace was arrested at Walmart by Patrolman Chapman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 12:24 am.

Lionel Justin Gore, age 29, 130 Cemetery Road, New Matamoras, on a warrant for failure to appear, a felony, breach of recognizance and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. Gore was arrested by Deputy Huffer of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 2:09 am.

Tyson Dwayne Cunningham, age 29, 718 Colvin Street, Belpre, for drug possession, a felony. Cunningham was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Greathouse of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 9:51 am.

Mickie Jo Waters, age 47, 270 Henniger Road, Lowell, on a warrant for theft, a misdemeanor. Waters was arrested by Patrolman Ritchie of the Marietta City Police Department and processed at the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 12:19 pm.

Garrick Lee Hart, age 37, 111 Sunset Lane, Marietta, for a parole violation, a misdemeanor. Hart was arrested by Parole Officer E. Brockmeier of the Marietta City Probation Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 12:56 pm.

Jamison Scott Stark, age 52, 5631 Thunderbird Circle, North Canton, Ohio, for direct contempt, a misdemeanor. Stark was arrested by Patrolman Ellenwood of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 1:20 pm.

Natasha Katherine Dains, age 27, 705 2nd Street, New Matamoras, for theft and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Dains was arrested at Walmart by Patrolman Giffin of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Sep 16 at 11:38.


There are currently 21 females and 87 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 14 SEP 16

On 13 Sep 16 Deputies were dispatched to Lowell in reference to a subject brandishing a firearm. This case remains under investigation. (126)

On 13 Sep 16 Deputies responded to Fairfield Township in reference to a possible domestic dispute. In speaking with all parties it was determined to be unfounded. (799)

On 13 Sep 16 the Fearing Volunteer Fire Department Squad and Deputies responded to Stanleyville Road to an unresponsive female. No foul play is suspected. (1010)

On 14 Sep 16 the Newport Volunteer Fire Department Squad and Deputies responded to Greene Street in reference to an unresponsive male. No foul play is suspected. (910)

The following warrant was received at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

Ashley R. Midkiff, 574 Jesses Run Road, Ravenswood, WV, for probation violation, failure to appear for arraignment.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail on Tuesday 13 Sep 16:

Larry Matthew Edwards, age 40, 3367 Avlon Road, Rushville, Ohio, on a warrant for theft, a felony. Edwards turned himself in at the Washington County Jail and was processed on 13 Sep 16 at 12:20 pm.

Amanda Asia Wallace, age 22, 111 Veto Road, Marietta, on a warrant for illegal conveyance, a misdemeanor. Wallace was picked up at the Muskingum County Jail by Sgt. Smith of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed at the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 16 at 2:01 pm.

Kevin Matthew Hess, age 29, 2396 Woodruff Road, Vincent, on a warrant for probation violation, a felony. Hess was arrested by Deputy Malone of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed at the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 16 at 3:31 pm.

Nick Lee Losey, Jr., age 23, 410 Robinson Hill Road, Marietta, for a probation violation, a felony. Losey was arrested at the Adult Parole Authority by Probation Officer Smith and processed at the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 16 at 4:57 pm.

Amy Renee Wright, age 40, 221 W. Washington Street, Athens on a warrant for nonsupport of dependents. Wright was arrested by Deputy Johnson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed at the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 16 at 6:37pm.

Dakota Dee Hines, age 25, 936 ½ Fifth Street, Marietta, for contempt of court, a felony, drug paraphernalia and violation of protection order, both misdemeanors. Hines was arrested at the Super 8 Motel in Marietta by Patrolman Bonnette of the Marietta City Police Department and processed at the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 16 at 8:44 pm.

Trista Ann Oliver, age 22, 619 Tenth Street, Marietta, for drug instruments, drug possession and drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. Oliver was arrested at the Super 8 Motel in Marietta by Patrolman Warden of the Marietta City Police Department and processed at the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 16 at 9:50 pm.

Allison Annette Smith, age 29, 4616 Federal Road, Coolville, Ohio, on a warrant for obstructing justice, a felony. Smith turned herself in at the Washington County Jail and was processed on 13 Sep 16 at 7:20 am.

There are currently 12 females and 80 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 15 SEP 16

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 14 Sep 16 and Thursday 15 Sep 16:

Jesse Scott Books, age 34, 736 Greene Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct, intoxication, a misdemeanor. Books was arrested on Montgomery Street by Patrolman Ellenwood of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 16 at 11:50 am.

David Aaron Hansen, age 39, 832 Ridge Street, Marietta, for probation violation, a misdemeanor. Hansen was arrested at his residence by Probation Officer P. Brockmeier of the Marietta City Probation Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 16 at 12:47 pm.

Michael Anthony Offenberger, age 31, 2180 Federal Road, Little Hocking, for no operator’s license, a misdemeanor. Offenberger was arrested by Deputy Hall of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 16 at 11:16 pm.

Chad Blaine Bledsoe, 611 ½ Elm Street, Lot A, Belpre, for probation violation, a felony. Bledsoe was arrested on Elm Street by Patrolman Stump of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 16 at 11:32 pm.

Robert John Warden, age 45, 5085 Whipple Run Road, Whipple, for disorderly conduct, intoxication, a misdemeanor. Warden was arrested in Whipple by Deputy Black of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 16 at 2:36 am.

Heddi Madhu Conger, age 41, 807 Virginia Avenue, Parkersburg, WV, for drug possession, a felony. Conger was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail by Sgt. Smith of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 16 at 12:24 pm.

Audrey Marsha Lance, age 27, homeless, for probation violation, a felony. Lance was arrested on Emery Lane by Deputy McKee of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 16 at 2:38 pm.

There are currently 15 females and 76 males housed at the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 16 SEP 16

On 15 Sep 16 Deputy Carr and Deputy Black were dispatched to Whipple Run Road, Whipple, in reference to a subject being drunk and yelling outside his home. Witnesses stated that Robert John Warden, age 45, 5085 Whipple Run Road, had gone to 5090 Whipple Run Road and began yelling in the windows. The commotion outside woke the residents and they went outside to investigate. Warden was observed in the driveway yelling vulgar comments, also trying to engage in a fight with the homeowner. While Deputies were speaking with the residents Warden was observed on his porch yelling towards the neighbors. Warden admitted to consuming alcohol,. Warden’s speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Warden was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail, charged with disorderly conduct.

On 15 Sep 16 Deputies responded to Waterford Township in reference to a possible domestic violence incident. Upon speaking with all parties involved, it was determined to be unfounded. (1007)

On 15 Sep 16 Deputy McKee was dispatched to Par Mar, Little Hocking, in reference to a theft. Deputy McKee located the subjects responsible for the theft of miscellaneous food items. Michael Thomas Runyon, age 26, 1609 Hill Street, Belpre and Audrey Marsha Lance, age 27, homeless, were placed under arrest for theft of merchandise. Deputy McKee learned that both subjects were on parole and was advised that a holder was being placed on them for parole violation, through the Adult Parole Authority. Both subjects were transported to the Washington County Jail.

On 15 Sep 16 Stacy S. Howell reported a bad check taken at the Silver Moon Diner in the amount of $32.14. This case remains under investigation. (509)

On 15 Sep 16 Deputies were dispatched to 155 Charles Street, Newport, the home of Ricky D. Joseph in reference to a domestic violence incident. Mr. Joseph and his wife, Jeanette Louise Joseph, age 36, were in an argument. Mr. Joseph stated that his wife was screaming and yelling at him. Mrs. Joseph struck Mr. Joseph across the face with an open hand. Mr. Joseph stepped away from Mrs. Joseph in which she came at him again. Mr. Joseph did not request a temporary protection order. Mrs. Joseph was placed under arrest for domestic violence and transported to the Washington County Jail. (907)

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 15 Sep 16 and Friday 16 Sep 16:


Michael Thomas Runyon, age 26, 1609 Hill Street, #10, Belpre, for theft, a misdemeanor, and probation violation. Runyon was arrested at the Par Mar in Little Hocking by Deputy McKee of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 16 at 3:27 pm.

Shawn Michael Mulligan, age 35, 715 Barclay Street, Belpre, for probation violation, a misdemeanor. Mulligan was arrested by Probation Officer E. Brockmeier of the Marietta City Probation Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 16 at 3:40 pm.

Jeanette Louise Joseph, age 36, 155 Charles Street, Newport, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Joseph was arrested in Newport by Deputy Hall of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 16 at 11:34 pm.

Kenneth Scott McClellan, age 28, 5525 Hoover Avenue, East Fulton, OH, for drug possession, a felony, drug paraphernalia and DUS, both misdemeanors. McClellan was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Huffman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Sep 16 at 12:38 am.

Stewart Daniel Lane, age 24, 3087 Waverly Road, Williamstown, WV, for OVI and marked lanes, both misdemeanors. Lane was arrested on Pike Street by Trooper Knowlton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Sep 16 at 2:15 am.

Amanda Lynn Dobbins, age 35, 183 Butcher Bend Road, Mineral Wells, WV, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Dobbins was arrested on Front Street by Patrolman Giffin of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Sep 16 at 2:55 am.

There are currently 14 females and 81 males housed at the Washington County Jail.



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