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NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 15 SEP 14

On 13 Sep 14 Donald Marcum, age 44, 27335 State Route 7 Lot 8, Marietta, reported his son, Dustin, age 22, was intoxicated following his arrest earlier that morning for OVI and throwing a tantrum. Mr. Marcum said his son forced open their home’s front door and drunkenly threw objects and damaged items in the residence. When a friend of the family, Brandon S. Shaffer, age 21, 833 Fifth Street, Marietta, arrived at the home, the younger Marcum directed his tirade toward him. Not knowing what Marcum’s intentions were, Mr. Shaffer ran away from the scene. As he did so, he saw Marcum chasing after him with a knife. For his actions, the younger Marcum was arrested for domestic violence and aggravated menacing and transported to the Washington County Jail. At the jail, Mr. Marcum tested .174 BAC (912).

On 13 Sep 14 Fanchon Swain, age 81, 103 Turner Drive, Belpre, reported the previous afternoon she received a phone call from someone she believed to be her brother requesting $5,000 for bail money. The caller did not identify himself and requested that Ms. Swain purchase prepaid cards to fund the bail. Unable to afford $5,000, Ms. Swain purchased $3,000 in prepaid cards and provided the numbers to the caller. Ms. Swain subsequently learned her brother was never arrested, leading her to learn that she was the victim of a scam. This case remains under investigation (509).

On 14 Sep 14 Lt. Gherke requested a summons for Elizabeth R. Knox, age 28, 1719 Rosenbush Road, Newport, for assault. A day earlier, Ms. Knox was exchanging custody of her children with her estranged husband in Marietta when she attacked her husband’s girlfriend without provocation. Mr. Knox’s girlfriend was seated in the driver’s seat of her vehicle at the time Ms. Knox approached her and slapped her twice in the face. The assault would likely have continued had not Mr. Knox and Ms. Knox’s friend intervened and pulled her away from the vehicle.

On 14 Sep 14 Stanley Ankrom, age 60, 11793 Veto Road, Marietta, reported for the second time in a three day span he returned to his home to find the front door ajar. Mr. Ankrom said no property appears to be missing. Sgt. Anderson advised Mr. Ankrom to better secure the door and install a dead bolt.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 12 Sep 14 and Monday 15 Sep 14:

Ihmaud Anthony Carter, age 32, 558 Lakeview Street, Akron, for driving under a suspended license and for not wearing a seat belt, both misdemeanors. Carter was picked up in Akron and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 14 at 3:38 pm.

Cynthia Dawn Noland, age 39, 438 Faustine Farm Road, Palestine, WV, for cruelty to animals and for failing to confine/restrain a dog, both misdemeanors. Noland turned herself in at the Marietta City Police Department and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 14 at 8:15 pm.

Tobi Curtis Mace, age 25, 590 Lang Farm Road, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Mace was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Harlow of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 14 at 2:15 am.

Dustin Tyler Marcum, age 22, 27335 State Route 7 Lot 8, Marietta, for domestic violence and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanors. Marcum was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 14 at 5:31 am.

Yvonne Marie Brandt, age 30, 311 Maple Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Brandt was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 14 at 3:55 pm.

Steven Ray Bishop, age 31, HC 70 Box 217, Lenore, WV, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Bishop was arrested on State Route 7 by Patrolman Moyers of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Sep 14 at 11:06 pm.

Anthony James Curry, age 25, 554 Curry Road, Waterford, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Curry was arrested on Front Street by Patrolman Hilverding of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 14 at 2:38 am.

Ernestine Delores Frye, age 77, 29870 State Route 7, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Frye was arrested at her residence by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 14 at 9:37 am.

Brittni Cheyenne Messick, age 21, 460 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, for assault and for violating the terms of her probation, both misdemeanors. Messick turned herself in to Corrections Officers and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 14 at 6:20 pm.

Charles Keith Bailey, age 26, 3830 Patten Mills Road, Stockport, for felonious assault. Bailey was arrested at her residence by Deputy Sheriff McPeek and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Sep 14 at 10:21 pm.

Tiffany Michelle Rogers, age 33, 164 Knights Bridge Road, Pickerington, OH, for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs, all felonies. Rogers was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 15 Sep 14 at 10:08 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 12 SEP 14

On 11 Sep 14 John Hannan, age 66, 2424 Layman Road, Vincent, reported an unknown suspect did donuts in a field near his home. This case remains under investigation (113).

On 11 Sep 14 Tyler Bills, age 19, 270 Hendricks Street, Newport, reported his wife, Chelsea, age 23, assaulted him. Upset that it appeared her husband was flirting with another woman, Mrs. Bills began an argument in the kitchen of their home. Mr. Bills attempted to avoid his wife but at one point she shoved him into a cabinet and caused him to hit his head. Mr. Bills escaped to a couch, where Mrs. Bills continued her tirade and scratched him several times on the neck. For Mrs. Bills’ actions, Deputy Carr arrested her for domestic violence and transported her to the Washington County Jail.

On 12 Sep 14 an employee of the Lyman Pomeroy Library, 300 McIntosh Street, Beverly, reported over the past three days employees have found a total of thirty-two empty DVD cases throughout the library. Surveillance footage appears to show an unknown male and an unknown female removing the DVDs from their cases and hiding the cases on shelves in various locations. The total loss is approximately $586. This case remains under investigation (1104).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 11 Sep 14 and Friday 12 Sep 14:

Mark Christopher Haynes, age 28, 2100 Hill Street, Belpre, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Haynes was arrested in Marietta Municipal Court by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 11:50 am.

James Lloyd Walker, age 37, 242588 Horton Road, Bluefield, WV, for obstructing official business, a misdemeanor. Walker was arrested on Third Street by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 12:59 pm.

Tiffany Ashton Pendergrass, age 25, 303 White Oak Valley, Princeton, WV, for assault, a misdemeanor. Pendergrass was arrested on Third Street by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 2:13 pm.

Reba Shawnessy Grahovac, age 23, 448 Jenkinjones Mountain Road, Anawalt, WV, for menacing, a misdemeanor. Grahovac was arrested on Third Street by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 2:25 pm.

Chelsey Danielle Bills, age 23, 270 Hendricks Street, Newport, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Bills was arrested at her residence by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 2:52 pm.

Kevin Randolph Davis, age 43, 35 Lubeck Lane, Parkersburg, for compelling prostitution, a felony. Davis was arrested in Belpre by Lt. Rhodes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 3:50 pm.

Timothy Wade Forrest, age 44, 127 N. Westmoor Avenue, Columbus, for a felony charge of possession of drugs, three misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs, and speeding. Forrest was arrested near milepost eleven on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 6:26 pm.

Willard Graden Bush II, age 37, 508 Bear Creek Road, Lowell, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Bush was arrested at his residence by Sgt. Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 11:32 pm.

Andrew Ryan Graham, age 20, 2845 Lake Road, Fleming, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Graham was arrested on Barnett Ridge Road by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 14 at 10:45 am.

Chase Luther Wylie Simmons, age 29, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Simmons was arrested at the Courthouse by Deputy Sheriff Malone and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Sep 14 at 11:10 am.

There are currently ninety-seven men and twenty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 11 SEP 14

On 10 Sep 14 Sgt. Mankins arrested Darren W. Noftsger, age 55, 115 Dean Street, Marietta, and Leo E. Hupp, age 52, 280 Summers Road, Marietta, for illegal cultivation of marijuana. The landlord of Mr. Hupp’s apartment building reported he found marijuana plants in the basement of the building and he believed the plants and assorted growing accessories belonged to Mr. Hupp. In the basement, Sgt. Mankins observed a total of ten plants ranging in size from six inches to two and a half feet. Also in the basement were grow lights, fans, soil, plant food and timers. Under questioning, both Mr. Hupp and Mr. Noftsger admitted starting and taking care of the grow together.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 10 Sep 14 and Thursday 11 Sep 14:

Seth Everett Lawrence, age 19, 220 Sheldon Avenue, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication and for possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Lawrence was arrested on Cisler Lane by Patrolman Kramer of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 2:39 pm.

David William Hart, age 34, 2236 State Route 83 N, Beverly, for two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Hart was arrested in Beverly by Patrolman Rummer of the Beverly Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 3:05 pm.

Darren Wayne Noftsger, age 55, 115 Dean Street, Marietta, for illegal cultivation of marijuana, a felony. Noftsger was arrested on Summers Road by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 3:44 pm.

Leo Edwin Hupp, age 52, 280 Summers Road, Marietta, for illegal cultivation of marijuana, a felony. Hupp was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Carr and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 4:03 pm.

Curtis Carman Lowers, age 42, 6370 N. Buttermilk Hill Road, McConnelsville, for trafficking in drugs and conspiracy in trafficking in drugs, both felonies. Lowers was arrested in Marietta by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 8:48 pm.

Mary Elizabeth Nicholas, age 39, 1001 Third Street, Marietta, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Nicholas was arrested in Marietta by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 9:01 pm.

Roger William Burkhart II, age 29, 1001 Third Street, Marietta, for a felony charge of trafficking in drugs and a misdemeanor charge of contempt of a court order. Burkhart was arrested at his residence by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 9:01 pm.

Roger William Burkhart Sr., age 48, 1001 Third Street, Marietta, for permitting drug abuse, a felony. Burkhart was arrested at his residence by Detective Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 10 Sep 14 at 11:08 pm.

Ashley Nichole Dowler, age 25, 817 Hugh Street, Parkersburg, for contempt of a court order, a misdemeanor. Dowler was arrested on Interstate 77 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jail on 11 Sep 14 at 1:28 am.

There are currently ninety-eight men and twenty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 10 SEP 14

On 9 Sep 14 Daisy J. Smith, age 39, 2165 State Route 550, Cutler, reported she was involved in a minor scuffle with her soon to be ex-husband. During an argument over child custody issues, Ms. Smith grabbed her husband by the arm and shirt. Both parties agreed that no threats were made and no other physical contact occurred. As a result, Deputy Sheriff Reeder closed this case as unfounded.

On 9 Sep 14 a caller reported that Jason Strickler, age 35, 230 Milltown Road, Newport, was intoxicated and driving. Deputy Sheriff Huffer located Mr. Strickler in his truck in the middle of Dye Street in Newport. Mr. Strickler appeared confused and looked like he just awoke. He also had an odor of alcohol, slurred his speech and was unable to follow various commands. Following his poor performance on field sobriety tests, Mr. Strickler was transported to the Washington County Jail. At the jail, Mr. Strickler refused a BAC test.

On 9 Sep 14 Deputy Sheriff Underwood arrested Alice J. Keeler, age 52, Marietta, for criminal trespassing. Despite being ordered previously to not be on the property, Ms. Keeler was found sitting outside a building at River Park Manor at 101 Evans Street, New Matamoras. Ms. Keeler has been arrested for the same offense on three prior occasions.

On 10 Sep 14 Francis Tornes, age 74, 1016 Maple Grove Road, Waterford, reported last week she received a phone call from a collections agency regarding a $3,400 purchase using her husband’s credit card at a Sears store in Iowa. Mrs. Tornes said neither she nor her husband gave anyone permission to use the credit card. This case remains under investigation (296).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 9 Sep 14 and Wednesday 10 Sep 14:

Lillie Belle Singer, age 54, 11827 State Route 555, Cutler, for violating the terms of her probation, a misdemeanor. Singer was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 12:30 pm.

Alice Jane Keeler, age 52, Marietta, for criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. Keeler was arrested in New Matamoras by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 1:04 pm.

Chad Edward Mick, age 22, 51962 Fishpot Road, Clarington, OH, for a felony charge of aggravated burglary and a misdemeanor charge of underage possession of alcohol. Mick turned himself in to Corrections Officers and was processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 1:33 pm.

Rex Randall Cossin, age 51, 718 ½ George Street, Belpre, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Cossin was arrested at the Courthouse by Sgt. Deem of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 3:30 pm.

Michael Paul Stacy, age 36, 816 Leonard Avenue, Belpre, for disorderly conduct and for violating the terms of his probation, both misdemeanors. Stacy was arrested in Belpre by Patrolman Holiday of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 8:27 pm.

There are currently ninety-three men and twenty-one women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 9 SEP 14

On 6 Sep 14 Deputy Sheriff White requested summonses for Christopher A. Ramsay, age 23, 2335 Caywood Road, Marietta, and James E. O’Brien, age 51, 729 N. Seventh Street, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by fighting. The two were working in a barn at 700 Zimmer Road when Mr. O’Brien confronted Mr. Ramsay about his poor work habits and called him a little boy. Mr. Ramsay became increasingly angry, then shoved Mr. O’Brien and punched him in the face. Mr. O’Brien pulled Mr. Ramsay to the ground and the two grappled among the cow manure on the barn floor. Mr. Ramsay blamed Mr. O’Brien for initiating the confrontation, stating that Mr. O’Brien pulled his fist back in a threatening manner. Neither party was injured during the brief tussle.

On 6 Sep 14 Sinda Dyer, age 61, 27400 State Route 7 Lot 50, Marietta, reported her debit card was stolen and used to make four transactions at a local bank. Including ATM transaction fees, Ms. Dyer suffered a loss of $628. This case remains under investigation (610).

On 7 Sep 14 Deputy Sheriff Augenstein arrested Debra D. Peters, age 41, 114 Dudley Avenue, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication. Following an argument with her husband, Mrs. Peters left the Duchess Station in Lowell and started walking on State Route 60. Mrs. Peters had a strong odor of alcohol and was unsteady on her feet. Her husband said Mrs. Peters kicked the windshield and tore up the interior of his truck while the two were traveling. At the Washington County Jail, Mrs. Peters tested .137 BAC.

On 7 Sep 14 the Beverly Fire Department transported a forty-eight year old Beverly resident to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment to a drug overdose. The victim ingested a variety of her own prescription medications in an attempt to take her own life. Emergency room personnel said the victim should fully recover (594).

On 8 Sep 14 Sgt. Anderson and the New Matamoras, Grandview, Newport and Sardis fire departments responded to a house fire at the home of Stephanie Williams, age 42, at 130 Cemetery Drive, New Matamoras. The fire caused significant damage to the home, which is likely a total loss. The origin of the fire appears to be an electrical outlet where an air conditioner and freezer were plugged in. No injuries were reported.

On 8 Sep 14 Elizabeth Root, age 38, 313 Florence Street, Belpre, reported she was driving on Veto Road a day earlier when she noticed her husband, Thomas, age 46, was following her. Mrs. Root pulled her vehicle into a gravel parking lot, at which time Mr. Root struck her vehicle with his vehicle. Mr. Root exited his vehicle with a handgun, allegedly pointed it at his wife and fired a shot into the ground. Admitting he followed his wife into the parking lot, Mr. Root claimed he was driving to fast and was unable to stop before striking his wife’s vehicle. Mr. Root denied pointing the gun at his wife but he did say that he intended to scare his wife by firing the weapon into the ground. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff McPeek arrested Mr. Root for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

On 8 Sep 14 Leo E. Hupp, age 52, 280 Summers Road Apt. 2, Marietta, reported he recently discovered several pills were missing from his prescription medication dispenser. This case remains under investigation (597).

On 8 Sep 14 a member of the Blennerhassett Area RC Club, 101 Carson Lane, Belpre, reported sometime between 1 Sep and 6 Sep an unknown suspect(s) entered the club’s buildings and stole a remote control airplane, gasoline, a generator and a plastic table. The total value of the stolen items is approximately $740. This case remains under investigation (912).

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 8 Sep 14 and Tuesday 9 Sep 14:

Wayne Samuel Pletcher, age 27, 8721 Dalzell Road, Lower Salem, for breaking and entering, a felony. Pletcher was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Hunter and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 2:10 am.

Jason Lee Strickler, age 35, 765 Dana’s Run Road, Newport, for a felony charge of violating the terms of his parole and for a misdemeanor charge of OVI. Strickler was arrested in Newport by Deputy Sheriff Huffer and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 2:47 am.

William McKinley Weekley III, age 51, 103 Chalet Lane, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Weekley was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 9 Sep 14 at 9:01 am.

There are currently ninety-six men and nineteen women being housed in the Washington County Jail.

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