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Press Releases For The Week

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NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 25 JUL 14

On 30 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McConnell investigated a report of a damaged mailbox at 740 Dugan Road, Belpre. While en route to the scene, Deputy McConnell observed seven other mailboxes in the area that could have been damaged during the same incident. This case remains under investigation.

On 31 Jul 14 Renee Parker, age 23, 757 Arrowhead Road, Little Hocking, reported she was involved in an altercation with her housemate, Michael K. Delancey, age 38. The two argued over the fact that Mr. Delancey was exchanging messages with his estranged wife. During the dispute, Mr. Delancey shoved Ms. Parker, ran after her and threatened to kill her. Ms. Parker also said Mr. Delancey punched her multiple times and knocked her to the ground. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff McConnell arrested Mr. Delancey for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 31 Jul 14 and Friday 1 Aug 14:

Keith Tyler Whealdon, age 21, 2460 Huck Road, Lowell, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Whealdon was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Ellenwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 31 Jul 14 at 3:16 pm.

Thomas Hilton Bailey Jr., age 49, 83 Watson, Lane, Belpre, for two felony counts of theft. Bailey was arrested at his residence by Sgt. McLeish of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 31 Jul 14 at 5:33 pm.

Danielle Ann Vanwey, age 30, 290 Everson Road, Belpre, for theft, a misdemeanor. Vanwey was arrested at K-Mart by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 31 Jul 14 at 6:02 pm.

Michael Kenneth Delancey, age 38, 1987 Rock Run Road, Saint Marys, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Delancey was arrested in Little Hocking by Lt. Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 31 Jul 14 at 7:33 pm.

Daniel Arthur McElroy Jr., age 40, 5530 Carlton Way Apt. 3, Hollywood, CA, for being a fugitive from justice, a felony. McElroy was arrested on Blennerhassett Avenue by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Aug 14 at 4:56 am.

Jonathon Eugene Brown, age 33, 501 32nd Street Lot A10, Parkersburg, for two misdemeanor counts of theft. Brown was arrested on Front Street by Patrolman Chapman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Aug 14 at 12:25 pm.

There are currently 104 men and twenty women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 31 JUL 14

On 29 Jul 14 Sgt. Holbert and the L-A Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at the residence of Zachary L. Morrow, age 27, at 502 Walnut Street, Lowell. The fire appears to have originated in the battery compartment, where Mr. Morrow recently charged the vehicle’s dead battery. The 2002 Ford Focus was deemed a total loss. No foul play is suspected.

On 29 Jul 14 the driver of a FedEx became lost in the area of McCormick Hill Road and Shay Ridge Road in Ludlow Township and jackknifed in the roadway. The driver, who fell over an embankment and injured his hip, was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment. The truck was subsequently towed from the scene (1010).

On 29 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McPeek arrested Mark J. Smithmyer Jr., age 31, 47472 State Route 7, New Matamoras, for domestic violence and two counts of assault. Mr. Smithmyer punched through the kitchen window of his former live-in girlfriend’s residence at 47410 State Route 7 and gave her an evil stare. Jessica Shipe, age 21, is the mother of Mr. Smithmyer’s child and she stated his actions caused her to fear for her safety. Admitting he had been consuming moonshine, Mr. Smithmyer tested .251 BAC when he received treatment for multiple cuts at Marietta Memorial Hospital. While receiving treatment, Mr. Smithmyer struck a male nurse in the chest. As medical personnel attempted to restrain him, Mr. Smithmyer kicked a female nurse on her arms.

On 30 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McConnell issued a citation to Samantha D. Miller, age 25, 1760 Hickman Road, Waterford, for failure to obey a traffic control device. Deputy McConnell stopped Ms. Miller after she failed to stop at the stop sign for State Route 339 after exiting US 50.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 30 Jul 14 and Thursday 31 Jul 14:

David Aaron Hansen, age 36, 832 Ridge Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Hansen was arrested in Marietta by Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Jul 14 at 12:33 pm.

Arlene Mae West, age 24, 480 Radabaugh Road, Marietta, for violating the terms of her probation, a misdemeanor. West was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Jul 14 at 3:12 pm.

Shawn Lee Wittekind, age 36, 763 Glendale Road, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Wittekind was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Malone and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Jul 14 at 3:25 pm.

There are currently 104 men and twenty women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 30 JUL 14

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 29 Jul 14 and Wednesday 30 Jul 14:

Zachary James Michael Heath, age 21, 468 Harts Run Road, Aleppo, PA, for being a fugitive from justice, a felony. Heath was arrested on Cullen Road by Patrolman Blasko of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 3:10 pm.

Jared Lane Howell, age 19, 41 Dunn Lane, New Matamoras, for criminal damaging, a misdemeanor. Howell was arrested in New Matamoras by Patrolman Blamble of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 4:31 pm.

Laura Lynette Lamp, age 35, 811 Grandview Avenue, New Matamoras, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Lamp was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Blamble of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 7:53 pm.

Matthew Lamp, age 36, 811 Grandview Avenue, New Matamoras, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Lamp was arrested at his residence by Patrolman Blamble of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 8:21 pm.

Robert Eugene Boston Jr., age 48, 1145 BF Goodrich Road, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Boston was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 8:37 pm.

William John Smith, age 36, 1278 Bender Road, Marietta, for allowing animals to remain at large, a misdemeanor. Smith was arrested at his residence by Sgt. Anderson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 10:37 pm.

Tracy Jo Barnes, age 34, 10 Browns Road Apt. 4B, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Barnes was arrested at her residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 11:16 pm.

Mark Joseph Smithmyer Jr., age 31, Marietta, for domestic violence, for being a fugitive from justice and for two counts of assault, all misdemeanors. Smithmyer was arrested at Marietta Memorial Hospital by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Jul 14 at 7:21 am.

Ashley Rene Curry, age 35, 116 Canterbury Drive, Parkersburg, for a felony charge of possession of drugs and misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle without a license and for driving on the left side of the roadway. Curry was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Doak and processed into the Washington County Jail on 30 Jul 14 at 9:34 am.

There are currently 106 men and twenty-two women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 29 JUL 14

On 28 Jul 14 a neighbor reported observing three unknown suspects with flashlights walking around a vacant residence owned by Martha Henthorn, age 63, at 5785 State Route 26, Marietta. The neighbor said the suspects did not enter the residence but did enter an old barn owned by Ralph Long, age 83, at 5645 State Route 26. No property appears to be missing at this time. This case remains under investigation (597, 912).

On 28 Jul 14 Jerry L. Ford, age 64, 285 Belavista Drive, Marietta, reported he was traveling on Bramblewood Heights Road when he felt his vehicle strike something that was across the roadway near the intersection of Greenbrier Circle. Examining his vehicle, Mr. Ford found fishing line wrapped around the spoiler of his Pontiac Grand Prix. The antenna on Mr. Ford’s vehicle was also bent near the base. After the collision, a female emerged from a nearby wooded area and informed Mr. Ford that a twelve year old Greenbrier Circle resident was responsible for running the fishing line across the roadway. Under questioning, the twelve year old admitted running the fishing line across the road but claimed two other individuals were along with him. However, the two additional persons agreed the twelve year old was solely responsible. Consequently, Sgt. Anderson requested a summons for the twelve year old to appear in Juvenile Court on a charge of delinquency by criminal damaging.

On 28 Jul 14 a resident on Sandhill Road reported she routinely sees a neighbor’s children playing outside unsupervised and in a nearby creek. The neighbor said she has fed the three children, aged twelve, seven and three, on multiple occasions in the past and stated they appear to be malnourished. When Deputy Sheriff Huffer arrived at the scene, the children were playing in the roadway of their trailer court. Inside the children’s home, their mother was asleep in her room and the individual in charge of monitoring the children was asleep on a couch. Deputy Huffer counseled the children’s mother about leaving the children unsupervised and forwarded this case to Children’s Services for follow up.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 28 Jul 14 and Tuesday 29 Jul 14:

Derrill King Jr., age 24, 9383 Dixie Street, Redford, MI, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. King was picked up in Michigan by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 2:30 pm.

Dustin Gregory Haas, age 23, 8251 Church Street, New Marshville, OH, for theft, burglary and receiving stolen property, all felonies. Haas was picked up at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 3:41 pm.

Paul Willard Hendershot III, age 22, 40 Fourth Avenue, New Matamoras, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Hendershot was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 4:24 pm.

Tommie Eugene Schreffler, age 26, 150 Camelot Road Lot 23, Belpre, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Schreffler was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 28 Jul 14 at 10:22 pm.

Sean Wayne Smith, age 24, 407 Eighth Street Lot 6, Belpre, for two felony counts of trafficking in drugs. Smith was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 29 Jul 14 at 7:50 am.

There are currently 105 men and nineteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 28 JUL 14

On 22 Jul 14 a shift manager at Par Mar, 3355 State Route 821, Marietta, reported lottery sale profits were $120 short and the cash register was $200 short following a particular employee’s shift earlier in the day. The suspect employee quit at the conclusion of her shift. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 25 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McConnell arrested Brad E. Conley, age 31, 27780 Rock Run Road, Coolville, for violating the terms of a protection order. Responding to a possible domestic dispute at 210 State Route 339, Belpre, Deputy McConnell found Mr. Conley in the presence of Susan Sams, age 35, who has a protection order against him.

On 25 Jul 14 an employee of Willow Island Lock and Dam, 32400 State Route 7, Newport, reported he believes one or more employees stole a total of nine new LED light bulbs from two locations at the dam. The LED lights cost approximately $17 each. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 25 Jul 14 Ella R. Hanson, age 75, 1661 County House Road, Marietta, reported she previously gave her daughter permission to remove a small freezer from her property, but she believes when friends of her daughter retrieved the freezer they also took several movies, a television, two walkers and a shopping cart without permission. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 25 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff Carr arrested Jeffrey D. Wear, age 44, 10595 State Rout 555, Cutler, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and assault. Also known as “Cutler Kid,” Mr. Wear was involved in an argument over a property line with his neighbor, Karen S. Coe, age 63, 10557 State Route 555. During the argument, Mr. Wear punched Ms. Coe twice in the face and also struck her with a cucumber. Knocked to the ground, Ms. Coe’s dentures were broken during the assault. Witnesses confirmed Mr. Wear was the aggressor in the incident. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Wear tested .256 BAC.

On 25 Jul 14 Deputy Sheriff McKee requested summonses for disorderly conduct by fighting for: Megan M. Fry, age 24, 104 Winters Drive, Marietta; Sherrie Davis, age 54, 1415 Lancaster Street Apt. 3B, Marietta; Melissa Rake, age 45, 1415 Lancaster Street Apt. 3C; and Homer M. Fry, age 49, 208 Upper Fifteenmile Creek Road, Wingett Run. Ms. Fry, Ms. Davis and Ms. Rake were at Mr. Fry’s property to retrieve property belonging to Ms. Fry’s husband from a camper. An argument among family members at the property erupted and was followed by a brief skirmish. Each faction blamed the other for initiating the confrontation, but a cell phone video showed both parties were equally involved.

On 26 Jul 14 Sgt. Mankins was on patrol when he observed a truck parked at the gas pumps of a closed Miller’s AM/PM at 2889 State Route 821, Marietta. Sgt. Mankins awoke the driver from his slumber and identified him as Matthew D. Miller, age 44, 1608 Hill Street Apt. C, Belpre. Mr. Miller had a strong odor of alcohol and performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests. After arresting Mr. Miller for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Sgt. Mankins discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun and two bags of marijuana in Mr. Miller's vehicle. Consequently, Mr. Miller was also charged with handling a weapon while intoxicated, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the Washington County Jail, Mr. Miller tested .151 BAC.

On 26 Jul 14 Renee S. Hennes, age 41, 2280 Veto Road, Vincent, reported her family has been out of town for the past five days and during that timeframe an unknown suspect(s) entered her home. Stolen from the home were a fifty-five inch television, a DVD player, a five gallon jug full of coins and currency, a .22 rifle and an antique knife. The total value of the stolen property is approximately $4,300. This case remains under investigation (507).

On 27 Jul 14 Steven L. Frazier, age 32, 8292 State Route 60, Lowell, reported one of his family members who visited his home the previous day may have stolen a total of $300 from two locations in his residence. This case remains under investigation (594).

On 27 Jul 14 the Barlow Squad transported a twenty-one year old Parkersburg resident to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment to a drug overdose. The victim was found turning blue and gasping for air in a bedroom at a home in Barlow Township. At the hospital, the victim was conscious and disoriented when interviewed by Deputy Sheriff McConnell. The victim said he was nervous about an upcoming court date and did not intentionally harm himself. In the room where the victim was found, Deputy McConnell located Zoloft pills and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. The victim was to be kept for observation, but should recover fully.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 25 Jul 14 and Monday 28 Jul 14:

Jesse James Bell, age 33, 4220 Welch Road, Little Hocking, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Bell was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Hupp of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 12:08 pm.

Patrick Steve Soulsby, age 29, 18321 State Route 13, Glouster, for passing bad checks, a misdemeanor. Soulsby was picked up at the Athens County line by Deputy Sheriff Ellenwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 1:21 pm.

David Allen Bayless, age 39, 1005 Peggs Fork Road, Newport, for driving under a suspended license, nonsupport of dependants and for not wearing a seat belt, all misdemeanors. Bayless was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 7:31 pm.

Brad Eric Conley, age 31, 27780 Rock Run Road, Coolville, for violating the terms of a protection order, a misdemeanor. Conley was arrested on State Route 339 by Deputy Sheriff McConnell and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 8:07 pm.

Jeffrey Dwayne Wear, age 44, 10595 State Route 555, Cutler, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and assault, both misdemeanors. Wear was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 8:00 pm.

Susan Kay Martin-Burge, age 59, 2259 Blennerhassett Heights Road, Parkersburg, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Martin-Burge was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Kirby of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jul 14 at 10:29 pm.

Matthew Denlo Miller, age 44, 1608 Hill Street Apt. C, Belpre, for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, using a weapon while intoxicated, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. Miller was arrested on State Route 821 by Sgt. Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 3:02 am.

Michael Allen Stewart, age 20, 2840 Caywood Road, Marietta, for OVI and for driving under an FRA suspended license, both misdemeanors. Stewart was arrested on Pike Street by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 4:12 am.

Ross Lester Phillips III, age 27, 329 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI, driving under a suspended license, for having an inoperable headlight, for operating a vehicle with an expired registration and two counts of possession of drugs, all misdemeanors. Phillips was arrested in Salem Township by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 6:54 pm.

Justin Allen Harris, age 32, 120 Frederick Street, Marietta, for violating the terms of a protection order, a felony. Harris was arrested on Third Street by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 14 at 1:54 pm.

Adam Daniel McKnight, age 22, 3905 State Route 530, Lowell, for contempt of a court order, a misdemeanor. McKnight was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 27 Jul 14 at 11:41 pm.

There are currently 102 men and nineteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

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