NEWS RELEASES FOR 26 JUN 17
On 19 Jun 17 Sgt. McGilton requested a summons be issued for Timothy A. Francis, age 22, and Christi Sue Gearhart, age 21, 110 Dean Street, Marietta, for failure to obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate. On 28 Apr 17 a German Shepherd mixed breed dog belonging to Gearhart and Francis ran loose from their property while Gearhart was outside with the dog. Gearhart was the individual responsible for the dog’s restraint. The dog entered onto the roadway of Dean Street and bit a subject as they were jogging on the road while passing 110 Dean Street. The dog is registered to Francis, however, Gearhart stated she and Francis were both owners of this dog. On 1 May 17 Sgt. McGilton had the dog deemed as dangerous and supplied Gearhart and Francis with the necessary paperwork to comply with this designation. As of 19 Jun 17 Gearhart and Francis still had not filed for a dangerous dog registration certificate, nor did they file for a hearing contesting this designation. Therefore on the tenth day (11 May 17) after the dog was designated dangerous the designation became final and permanent. On this same date, contact with Gearhart was made in which she advised they had not purchased the dangerous dog registration nor was the dog microchipped yet.
On 19 Jun 17 Deputy Black began an investigation into a possible theft in Aurelius. After speaking with all parties this case was found to be a civil matter. Case closed.
On 20 Jun 17 a dog belonging to Kaylea Morton and Joshua McHenry was loose from their residence at 37 Morris Loop Road, Marietta. The Great Dane went onto neighboring property and went after a dog at that location that was being walked on a leash. This was not the first incident of the Great Dane being loose and attacking another dog. Sgt. McGilton responded to the area to meet with Morton and McHenry, however, they were not home. Sgt. McGilton located two dogs on the property and neither dog was registered at that time. On 22 Jun 17 Sgt. McGilton spoke with Morton and she advised her dogs were registered and had been all year. After further questioning, Morton admitted McHenry registered both dogs after they received the notice left at their residence on 20 Jun 17 for them to contact the Dog Warden’s Office. Morton was advised of the complaint against her and McHenry’s dog. Morton stated that she knew the dog went onto the neighboring property and after their dog. Joshua Shane McHenry, age 37, and Kaylea Donn Morton, age 37, will be summoned into Marietta Municipal Court for failure to restrain a dog.
On 21 Jun 17 while patrolling State Route 7, Newport Township, Deputy Zide observed a Toyota Camry swerve over the center divider line and begin to take off at a high rate of speed. Deputy Zide caught up to the vehicle, as the vehicle continued operating at a high rate of speed between 72 and 78 mph in the posted 55 mph zone. The vehicle also crossed over the center line 2 more times. A traffic stop was conducted and contact with the driver was made. The operator, Carrie Lynn Ellis, 47611 State Route 7 New Matamoras, was found to be operating on a suspended license. A citation for driving under suspension, speed and marked line violation was issued to Ellis.
On 22 Jun 17 Deputy Zide began an investigation in Grandview Township in reference to a report of domestic violence. Upon speaking with all parties it was determined to be unfounded. Case closed.
On 22 Jun 17 Deputy Zide began an investigation in Barlow Township in reference to a report of domestic violence. Upon speaking with all parties it was determined to be unfounded. Case closed.
On 23 Jun 17 Sgt. Reeder and the Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Department Squad responded to 8255 Muskingum River Road, Lowell. At that location, Steven Wilson, 156 Water Street, Lowell, had been assisting in burning trash when an aerosol can exploded, causing injury to Wilson. No foul play is suspected. Case closed.
On 23 Jun 17 Merrilee A. Burt, 17891 State Route 339, Waterford, reported items missing from her residence. This case remains under investigation. (296)
On 23 Jun 17 Jeremy L. Plessinger, 18460 County Nine Road, New Matamoras, reported his home entered and tools and misc. items removed. This case remains under investigation. (115)
On 23 Jun 17 Ian M. Bules, 145 Lowell Loop Road, Lowell, reported tools and a four wheeler stolen from his property. This case remains under investigation. (115)
On 23 Jun 17 Sgt. McGilton and Humane Officer Carpenter responded to 1913 Wingett Run Road, Wingett Run, Ohio, in reference to a complaint of animal cruelty. The current property owner is listed as Marcena Geary, however, she is selling the property to Brennan Holshu. Officers were advised that there were five pigs, belonging to Holshu, being confined in a building on this property that were being neglected. They were advised there was a dead pig in the same area as the living pigs. Sgt. McGilton and Officer Carpenter observed a small shed/building at the front of this property with a small fenced area at one side of it. A foul odor of decaying flesh coming from the fenced area and from the inside of the building was detected. Sgt. McGilton observed the remains of an adult pig in the fenced area, which was severely decomposed. A bowl in this area was observed to be empty and dry. One adult Potbelly pig and three piglets were in the building, as well as a dead piglet lying at the rear of the building. The dead piglet was close to the same size as the other piglets; however it is unknown how long the piglet had been deceased. Holshu was not present at the time and upon being contacted he advised he was unable to meet with Officers. Holshu was asked why the pigs were in such poor condition and he replied, “umm, I just, I guess I have some other things going on right now”. When asked why the pigs did not have any food or water Holshu stated, “I mean, I guess that, I mean there should be food in there in a 50 gallon drum”. Holshu was asked if the pigs had access to this 50 gallon drum of food and he stated, “I mean no, I haven’t been down there to feed them”. Holshu stated the pigs were fed a 50 gallon bag of food last week, and when asked about having water, he stated there should have been a 55 gallon drum in the building, but he didn’t know if there was any water inside. Holshu was asked if the pigs could access this water and he stated there was a nozzle at the bottom of this drum, but again he wasn’t sure if there was any water inside. Holshu agreed to surrender the pigs to the Humane Society and for us to enter the building to remove them. Upon entering the building, there were no bowls inside and the drum that once contained water was empty. One drum did have some feed inside, but the pigs had no access to it, as the only opening on the drum of food was the opening at the top. The opening at the top of the drum was completely covered with spider webbing and the feed was infested with mice. The adult pig appeared to be in decent body condition, but the three piglets appeared emaciated. The back bones and hip bones of the piglets were protruding. The live pigs were removed from the property and transported to the Humane Society where they were later seen by a veterinarian. The deceased pigs were photographed, but they were too far decomposed to have a necropsy performed on them. The veterinarian that assessed the live pigs advised the adult pig was in decent body condition, but the piglets were all in poor health as they were malnourished. Sgt. McGilton spoke with Holshu in person and questioned him about this situation. Holshu stated he did not have time for the pigs and they were at the bottom of his list of priorities. Holshu was asked when the last time was he fed or watered the pigs and he stated about a week ago. Holshu stated he fed the pigs 5-6 Maxwell House coffee containers full of feed when he fed them, including this last time. Sgt. McGilton is requesting a summons be issued through Marietta Municipal Court to Brennan M. Holshu, age 29, for cruelty to animals.
On 24 Jun 17 Deputy Johnson responded to 177 Stanleyville Road, Marietta, for a reported trespassing incident. Deputy Johnson met with Jonathan Ward standing near the side door to the residence of John Lehman. Lehman was unfamiliar with Ward and had asked him to leave his property multiple times before calling the Sheriff’s Office. Unsure of Ward’s intentions, Lehman stood in between him and the door until deputies arrived. Deputy Johnson spoke with Ward at which time he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was talking out of his head. His story changed multiple times when speaking however he did confirm he was asked to leave. Jonathan David Ward, age 33, 452 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, was placed under arrest for criminal trespassing and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.
On 24 Jun17 Deputies were dispatched to 38 Turkey Hollow Road, Cutler, in regards to Airyell K. McNamar stating her boyfriend, Stephen W. Flinn, was refusing to allow her to leave the home, and had put her in a choke hold. Deputy Parks met with McNemar who advised she had been involved in a verbal argument with Flinn in regards to a text message she had received on Friday. McNemar attempted to leave the residence and was blocked from leaving by Flinn. Deputy Parks met with Flinn who advised he became engaged in a verbal argument with McNamar over a text she had received. Flinn advised he did attempt to keep her from leaving because she had been awake since 0500 hours on 23 Jun 17 and did not feel it was safe for her to be driving. Flinn further stated when he blocked her from leaving the residence, she smacked him in the face. He advised this is when he “bear hugged” her to keep her from hitting him. Neither McNamar nor Flinn had any visible marks from their altercation. McNamar did state she was in fear for her safety, however declined a protection order at this time. Stephen Wayne Flinn, Jr., age 24, 38 Turkey Hollow Road, Cutler, was placed under arrest for one count of domestic violence and was transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.
The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Friday 23 Jun 17 and Monday 26 Jun 17:
Jacob Andrew Kelley, age 23, 200 Pennock Drive, Lot 51, Beverly, for 5 counts of theft, 3 felony and 2 misdemeanors. Kelley was arrested by Deputy Metts of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jun 17 at 9:49 am.
Jacob Christopher Sprigg, age 23, 1213 Wyatt Lane, Belpre, for illegal possession of a firearm, a felony. Sprigg was arrested by Patrolmen McElroy of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jun 17 at 1:14 pm.
Justin William Barth, age 32, 4299 County Road 9, Marietta, on warrants for domestic violence, a felony, and probation violation, a misdemeanor. Barth was picked up at North Central Regional Jail by Captain Nedeff of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jun 17 at 1:27 pm. Deputy Stephens served Barth with 2 felony warrants for theft upon his arrival at WCJ.
Philip Lee Alexander, age 52, 60 Wagon Wheel Trail, Mills River, NC, on a warrant for retaliation, a felony. Alexander was picked up at Henderson County Jail of North Carolina by Deputies Sheaves and Moyers of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jun 17 at 7:52 pm.
Rachael Bernice Campbell, age 32, 109 Sixth Street, Beverly, for criminal trespass and theft, both misdemeanors. Campbell was arrested by Patrolman Hively of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jun 17 at 8:58 pm.
Erica Theandra Kidder, age 24, 2105 Pride Avenue, Belpre, on two warrants for failure to appear and cruelty to animals, both misdemeanors. Kidder was arrested on Fourth Street by Patrolman Ritchie of the Marietta City Police Department and processed into the Washington County Jail on 23 Jun 17 at 11:0 pm.
Michael Stephen King, age 21, 117 Willowbrook, Parkersburg, for OVI and OVI .08 more or less than .17, both misdemeanors. King was arrested on Putnam Street by Trooper Shirer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and processed into the Washington County Jai on 24 Jun 17 at 4:22 am.
Jonathan David Ward, age 33, 452 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, for criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Ward was arrested on Stanleyville Road by Deputy W. Johnson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 24 Jun 17 at 1:39 pm.
Stephen Wayne Flinn, Jr., age 24, 38 Turkey Hollow Road, Cutler, for domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Flinn was arrested by Deputy Parks of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into Washington County Jail on 25 Jun 17 at 1:30 am.
Angel Rivera, age 39, 62438 State Route 124, Long Bottom, Ohio, for domestic violence and theft, both misdemeanors. Rivera was arrested by Deputy Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jun 17 at 2:27 am.
Matthew Allen Holiday, age 22, 3480 Highland Ridge Road, Lowell, for disrupting public service, a felony and domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Holiday was arrested at the Whipple Tavern by Deputy Black of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jun 17 at 3:05 am.
Jennifer arie Legleitner, age 28, 66 Wynncrest Drive, Marietta, for OVI, a misdemeanor. Legleitner was arrested at her residence by Deputy Mankins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 25 Jun 17 at 6:58 am.
Cory Dwain Forshey, age 25, 815 Bender Road, Marietta, for assault, a misdemeanor. Forshey was arrested on State Route 676 by Deputy Black of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jun 17 at 3:41 am.
There are currently 22 females and 80 males incarcerated in the Washington County Jail.