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NEWS RELEASES FOR FRIDAY 12 DEC 14

On 18 Dec 14 William A. Abbott, age 42, 2165 Congress Road, Belpre, reported at some point during the past two weeks an unknown suspect(s) stole his Cobra .380 handgun from the trunk of his vehicle. This case remains under investigation (790).

On 19 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff McGilton requested a summons for Astin A. Oliver, age 31, 230 Faye Avenue, Marietta, for failure to confine/restrain a dog. While Ms. Oliver’s dog was running loose, it attacked a ten year old and bit the child on the arm. The laceration the child suffered required five stitches to close it.

Deputy Sheriff Reeder is attempting to locate the owner(s) of two lawn mowers that were reported abandoned along Lindamood Road near State Route 821 in Aurelius Township on 15 Sep 14. One mower is a Troy-Bilt push mower and the other is a Craftsman riding mower, model number DYT4000. Anyone with information regarding these mowers in requested to contact Sgt. Reeder at 740-376-7070 ext. 6915.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Thursday 18 Dec 14 and Friday 19 Dec 14:

Amber Leann Bowling, age 24, PO Box 2, Regina, KY, for operating a vehicle without a license and for failure to register, both misdemeanors. Bowling was arrested near milepost nine on Interstate 77 by Deputy Sheriff Underwood and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 11:39 am.

Amanda Jo Sampe, age 34, 213 Fourth Street Apt. A, Lowell, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Sampe was arrested in Lowell by Patrolman Day of the Lowell Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 4:06 pm.

Coty Scott Harris, age 23, 303 Woodlawn, Cambridge, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Harris was arrested in Lowell by Patrolman Day of the Lowell Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 6:06 pm.

Christopher Michael Hilton, age 27, 213 Fourth Street Apt. A, Lowell, for trafficking in drugs, a felony. Hilton was arrested in Lowell by Patrolman Day of the Lowell Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 6:16 pm.

Michael Eric Hoffert, age 32, 421 Phillips Street Apt. 14, Marietta, for a felony charge of violating the terms of his probation and a misdemeanor charge of theft. Hoffert was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 6:35 pm.

Felicia Dawn Wallace, age 24, 300 Alderman Street Lot 8, Marietta, for a felony charge of violating the terms of her probation and a misdemeanor charge of theft. Wallace was arrested at K-Mart by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 9:07 pm.

Regina Lynn Hoover, age 50, Marietta, for disorderly conduct by intoxication, a misdemeanor. Hoover was arrested near the intersection of Second and Washington streets by Patrolman Kampmeier of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 9:50 pm.

Julie Anne Reynolds, age 52, 231 E. Faye Avenue, Marietta, for failure to appear and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Reynolds was arrested near the intersection of Second and Washington streets by Patrolman Pinkerton of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 18 Dec 14 at 10:11 pm.

Dakota Wayne Gary, age 19, 20 Charles Street, Newport, for gross sexual imposition, a felony. Gary was arrested at his residence by Sgt. Reeder of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 2:41 am.

Donald Eugene Bartimus Jr., age 34, 2342 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for operating a vehicle with fictitious plates, driving under a suspended license, possession of drugs, for not using a child restraint, theft and three counts of failure to appear, all misdemeanors. Bartimus was arrested on Washington Boulevard by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 3:02 am.

Katherine Louise Bartimus, age 33, 2342 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, for possession of drugs, theft and three counts of failure to appear, all misdemeanors. Bartimus was arrested on Washington Boulevard by Patrolman Tewanger of the Belpre City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 3:26 am.

Brandon Robert Claypool, age 27, 2417 Lake Washington Road, Washington, WV, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Claypool was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 10:15 am.

Mark Anthony Hart, age 23, 434 Douglas Avenue, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a misdemeanor. Hart was arrested at the office of Probation Officer E. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 19 Dec 14 at 11:29 am.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR THURSDAY 18 DEC 14

On 17 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff Augenstein arrested Cindy J. Harris, age 48, 343 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI and for driving under an OVI suspended license. Patrolling after Dispatch received reports of an intoxicated driver, Deputy Augenstein located the suspect’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near milepost four on Germantown Road. In speaking to Ms. Harris, Deputy Augenstein noticed she had an odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. Ms. Harris, whose license was suspended due to a previous OVI, admitted she consumed six beers that evening. She subsequently performed poorly on field sobriety tests. At the Washington County Jail she was unable to provide a breath sample.

On 17 Dec 14 an anonymous caller reported reading threatening comments on Facebook that were directed at Thomas H. Bailey, age 50, 83 Watson Lane, Belpre. In his post, the suspect writes that he is upset that Mr. Bailey scammed his father and other victims out of over $100,000 and is still free despite failing to make restitution as ordered by the court. The suspect comments that Mr. Bailey will be able to spend the holidays with his family, but not if he “caps” him first. Questioned by phone at his residence in California, the suspect apologized for making the comments and said he was venting because he was upset. This case remains under investigation (1007).

On 18 Dec 14 an Adams Township trustee reported he was walking on Buell Island the previous day when he found trash dumped near the Lowell dam. Among the trash were a car door, a stroller, a garden hose reel and two bags of kitchen and household trash. This case remains under investigation (790).

The following suspect was processed into the Washington County Jail between Wednesday 17 Dec 14 and Thursday 18 Dec 14:

Cindy Joy Harris, age 48, 343 Main Street, Lower Salem, for OVI and for driving under an OVI suspended license, both misdemeanors. Harris was arrested on Germantown Road by Deputy Sheriff Augenstein and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 14 at 10:54 pm.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR WEDNESDAY 17 DEC 14

On 16 Dec a twenty-nine year old Marietta resident reported she received several unwanted text messages from the father of her children. A court order dictates that the two only are permitted to communicate via text message and that the sole subject they may discuss is their children. In his recent text messages, the father of the victim’s children made comments about her husband. Deputy Sheriff Hunter informed the victim that because she replied to the text messages she violated the court order as well.

On 16 Dec 14 Teresa Porterfield, age 44, 1385 Sheets Run Road, Newport, reported when she arrived home from the store that evening her live-in boyfriend, Aaron W. Schneider, age 34, initiated an argument. During the argument, Mr. Schneider punched the glass of the microwave and slapped Ms. Porterfield in the face. In order to avoid further abuse, Ms. Porterfield began walking toward a door. As she passed Mr. Schneider, he struck her in the back of her legs with a broom handle. Thereafter, Ms. Porterfield was able to flee from the home. Mr. Schneider admitted he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend but denied striking her in any way. Based on his investigation, Deputy Sheriff Hunter arrested Mr. Schneider for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 16 Dec 14 and Wednesday 17 Dec 14:

Joan Elizabeth Harris, age 50, 612 Second Street, Marietta, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Harris was arrested at her residence by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 1:29 pm.

Bradley Douglas Worstell, age 19, 29725 State Route 7, Marietta, for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, a felony. Worstell was arrested at his residence by Lt. Gherke of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 4:21 pm.

Anthony Trent Hill, age 25, 1154 Patten Mills Road, Bartlett, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Hill was arrested at the office of Probation Officer P. Brockmeier and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 4:31 pm.

Talon Daniel Feucht, age 20, 843 Greene Street, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Feucht was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Chapman of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 4:55 pm.

Austin Michael Sanderson, age 19, 100 Snodgrass Lane, Williamstown, for theft, a felony. Sanderson was arrested at Wal-Mart by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 7:00 pm.

William Theodore Winter, age 39, 619 Central Avenue, Williamstown, for abusing harmful intoxicants and theft, both misdemeanors. Winter was arrested at Big Lots residence by Patrolman McClelland of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 10:18 pm.

Aaron Wesley Schneider, age 34, 1365 Sheets Run Road, Newport, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Schneider was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Hunter and processed into the Washington County Jail on 16 Dec 14 at 11:53 pm.

Dustin Allen Carpenter, age 22, 105 Gilman Avenue Lot 2, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Carpenter was arrested in Common Pleas Court by Deputy Sheriff Gerber and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 14 at 9:18 am.

Kenneth Ray McIntire Jr., age 48, 300 Starlite Drive Lot 8, Marietta, for criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. McIntire was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Ellenwood of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 17 Dec 14 at 12:00 pm.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR TUESDAY 16 DEC 14

On 15 Dec 14 Steven M. Plum, age 65, 2807 28th Street, Parkersburg, was backing his 2008 Hummer at the entrance of 1100 Pike Street, Marietta, when he struck a gas meter. The collision sheared off the meter and ruptured the gas line. Dominion East Ohio Gas responded to the scene and shut off the gas. Due to the damage to the supply lines, a crew was dispatched to replace the lines. Mr. Plum’s vehicle sustained light damage to the rear driver’s side (597).

On 15 Dec 14 Donna Ridings, age 51, 23525 County Road 9, New Matamoras, reported she believes a family member stole her Android tablet two months ago. The family member formerly lived at her home and still has a key. Ms. Ridings also thinks the family member has stolen clothing, an antique doll and a blanket. This case remains under investigation (610).

There were no suspects processed into the Washington County Jail between Monday 15 Dec 14 and Tuesday 16 Dec 14.

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

NEWS RELEASES FOR MONDAY 15 DEC 14

On 12 Dec 14 the Little Hocking Fire Department transported an eighty-two year old Belpre resident to Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Belpre campus for treatment following a suicide attempt. The victim ingested an unknown amount of her prescription medication. She is expected to recover fully (1007).

On 13 Dec 14 Michael M. Romick, age 59, 22250 County Road 9, New Matamoras, reported at some point during the past three months an unknown suspect(s) entered his home and stole five shotguns, a muzzle loader and a tool bag containing a drill, a saw, drill bits, batteries and a battery charger. The estimated value of the stolen items is $1,000. This case remains under investigation (910).

On 13 Dec 14 the house sitter for Megan S. Morris, age 32, 60 Hickory Street, Lower Salem, reported he believes an individual claiming to be a relative of Ms. Morris stole his mobile phone and $500 belonging to Ms. Morris while he visited the residence briefly that evening. This case remains under investigation (594).

On 14 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff Augenstein responded to a domestic dispute at 1045 Sandhill Road Lot 7, Marietta. Shelley D. Sparks, age 30, said she was angry that the father of her child returned the child to her with a dirty diaper instead of changing it himself. An argument followed, during which Ms. Sparks shoved her child’s father. He shoved her in retaliation and Ms. Sparks fell to the floor. Ms. Sparks stated she was not injured and did not fear for her safety during the incident. As a result, Deputy Augenstein closed this case as unfounded.

On 14 Dec 14 Deputy Sheriff Metts arrested Nicholas T. McKeown, age 18, 815 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for domestic violence. Mr. McKeown’s fourteen year old sister fled their home due to fears that Mr. McKeown assault her. For unknown reasons, Mr. McKeown began berating and verbally assaulting his sister when she began speaking about her boyfriend. Mr. McKeown’s sister retreated to a bedroom and closed a door, at which point Mr. McKeown kicked open the door. Thereafter, the victim fled from the home and sought help from neighbors.

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

Seth Eugene Harris, age 22, 3000 Barnett Ridge Road, Fleming, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Harris was arrested in Common Pleas Court by Deputy Sheriff Sheaves and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Dec 14 at 2:34 pm.

Chavazze Levi Kidder, age 20, 148 Oak Drive, Little Hocking, for violating the terms of his probation, a felony. Kidder was arrested in Little Hocking by Deputy Sheriff Reeder and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Dec 14 at 2:45 pm.

Larry Gale Thompson Jr., age 32, 231 E. Faye Avenue, Marietta, for violating the terms of his probation and for receiving stolen property, both misdemeanors. Thompson was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Kramer of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Dec 14 at 3:27 pm.

Robert Lee Lohr, age 23, 712 Fourth Street, New Matamoras, for illegal cultivation/manufacturing of drugs and for illegal assembly of drug making chemicals, both felonies. Lohr was arrested in New Matamoras by Patrolman Moyers of the New Matamoras Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 12 Dec 14 at 9:06 pm.

Amanda Carlene Edgar, age 27, 27400 State Route 7 Lot 80, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Edgar was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Dec 14 at 5:33 pm.

Brian Keith Edgar, age 28, 27400 State Route 7 Lot 80, Marietta, for failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Edgar was arrested in Marietta by Patrolman Linscott of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 13 Dec 14 at 6:21 pm.

Nicholas Tyler McKeown, age 18, 815 Warrior Drive, Vincent, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. McKeown was arrested at his residence by Deputy Sheriff Metts and processed into the Washington County Jail on 14 Dec 14 at 9:03 pm.

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

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