NEWS RELEASES FOR 15 AUG 17
On 15 Aug 17 Sgt. McGilton requested a summons for Steven R. Haas, age 58, 2311 Plum Run Road, Waterford, on a charge of cruelty to animals. Around 1 May 17 a 5-month-old Dalmatian belonging to Cylus Reynolds, 2357 Plum Run Road, Waterford, went missing. Reynolds searched for his dog with negative results.
On 26 Jul 17 Cylus contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised that he learned Steven Haas had shot and killed his dog. Information was that Steven shot the dog twice, killing it, and loading the dog into his vehicle and dumped it behind his property.
On 31Jul 17 a neighborhood canvas was conducted with Sgt. McGilton learning that Steve and Kelly Haas owned chickens. Sgt. McGilton was advised a dog belonging to another neighbor had killed one of Haas’ chickens in the past (eight years ago). Sgt. McGilton also was told that the Haas family was recently confronted about shooting Cylus Reynolds’ dog and they denied it stating they had never even observed a dog matching that description in the area.
Sgt. McGilton made contact with Kelly and Steven Haas, advising them why she was there. Sgt. McGilton asked if Steven had shot the dog because it was attacking their chickens. Steven advised that is when it would have happened and that he used a .223 rifle while the dog was on a bridge that runs along his driveway and crosses his property. Sgt. McGilton asked Steven and Kelly how many chickens the dog killed before he went and obtained the rifle, with him stating that the dog did not kill any. Steven stated that he loaded the dog and took it to the back of his property along the creek to dispose of it. Steven also stated that there was nothing left for Sgt. McGilton to see as the area as the creek would have washed away anything that was left.
On 10 Aug 17 Sgt. McGilton returned to the Haas’ home for another interview. Kelly Haas was asked to give a timeline of what had occurred. Kelly Haas stated that in May she observed the Dalmatian dog and a bigger dog on the bridge which crosses their creek along the driveway. Kelly stated she went to obtain a 410 shotgun and fired a warning shot in the air, but the dogs continued towards her property. Kelly states that after she fired the warning shot Steven went and obtained his rifle and came back out and shot the dog. In further questioning Kelly and Steven Sgt. McGilton were unable to substantiate any risk either of the dogs was posing to the Haas property including to their animals, therefore charges were filed.
On 10 Aug 17, Deputy Allender began an investigation in reference to Makayla C. McAtee, 225 ½ Sheldon Avenue, Marietta, being assaulted. This case remains under investigation.
On 11 Aug 17 Deputies were dispatched to Jennings Hill Road in reference to a suspicious male walking in the roadway and fields. Deputies were able to locate Jeffery French, who stated he was walking to a friend’s house in the city of Marietta. Deputies asked if they could look through his belongings, prior to giving him a ride back to his residence, which he consented to. The search revealed a locked box similar to a gun box. Deputies were made aware of a missing gun from the residence of French, in which Jeffrey stated there was no gun in the box. Jeffrey was transported back to his residence where Deputies met with Roger French. Jeffrey obtained a key for the box and opened it revealing $239 and old collectible coins. Roger French looked at the coins and stated that they were from his collection, and he did not give them to Jeffrey. Roger then checked his home and found cash was missing as well. Jeffery Roger French, age 38, 50 Jennings Hill Road, Marietta, was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.
On 14 Aug 17 Deputy Parks began a telecommunications investigation in Waterford Township. This case remains under investigation.
The following subjects were recently sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court: