WCSO NEWS RELEASES FOR 29 MAY 19

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On 25 May 19 Deputies responded to 1455 State Route 618, Belpre, OH, in reference to a possible burglary in progress.  Deputies arrived and located a male subject on the porch of the residence.  The male subject, identified as Allison Edward Phillips, advised he had been riding his bike all day in the heat and thought the house was vacant and was there to get a drink of water.  Deputies located a pair of gloves in one of the windows.  There was a storm window lying on the porch, that appeared to have been removed and another storm window tampered with. Deputies also found fingerprints and handprints suggesting someone had attempted to lift the window to gain entry into the house.  David Matheny, the homeowner, returned and walked the property to determine if anything had been stolen.   Phillips denied trying to breaking into the house.  Phillips, age 36, 300 High Street, Apt. 207, Oak Hill, WV, was placed under arrest for attempted burglary and breaking and entering.  While searching Phillips, Sgt. Holbert located a syringe in a pocket.  Phillips was also charged with possess of a drug abuse instrument.

On 25 May 19 Lt. Hornbeck was dispatched to Liberty Township in reference to a disorderly conduct/trespassing complaint.  This case remains under investigation.

On 25 May 19 Sgt. Johnson met with Drew Hanson in reference to the theft of a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle from Coal Run, OH.  This case remains under investigation.

On 25 May 19 Lt. Hornbeck met with Dustin Church, Amesville, OH, in reference to subject(s) entering the home in the past couple of days using bodily force.  Items listed as missing include a toolbox, tools, Apple Watch, and video game system to name a few.  This case remains under investigation.

On 26 May 19 Deputy A McConnell was dispatched to State Route 676, Marietta, OH, in reference to a storage building being entered.  The victim did not wish to pursue the investigation.

On 27 May 19 Lt. Hunter and Deputy Reynolds met with Robert Chamberlain in Warren Township in reference to a Kawasaki Mule and trailer missing.  This case remains under investigation.

On 28 May 19 Deputies responded to 1029 Barth Road, Belpre, OH, to a report by Melinda Whealdon stating her son, James Whealdon, was out of control threatening himself and others.  The Whealdons were in a verbal argument, at which time she went to get someone to assist her in dealing with James. Melinda stated upon returning a verbal altercation ensued.  The argument eventually led to James “chest bumping” Melinda and then making comments about using a shotgun against other family members.  Based on all information received at the time of the investigation, James Bertram Whealdon, age 31, 987 Barth Road, Belpre, OH, was arrested for domestic violence and transported to the Washington County Jail. (1504)

On 28 May 19 Deputy Hall responded with several other Deputies to 11121 Veto Road, Belpre, OH, regarding a report that William Murphy made threatening comments towards law enforcement.  Contact was made with Murphy after making an approach on his residence. Murphy came out of the residence unarmed and was detained without incident.  Murphy denied making the threat as law enforcement had heard it, however, did say he shut and locked his gate and if any deputy tried to come to get him, he would defend himself.  William Ray Murphy, age 72, was charged with aggravated menacing, and transported to the Washington County Jail.

The following subject(s) were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 28 May 19 and Wednesday 29 May 19:

Vickie Marie Thompson, age 36, 105 Gilman Avenue, Apt. 6, Marietta, OH, receiving stolen property, and possession of drugs, both felonies, and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor.

James Bertram Whealdon, age 31, 987 Barth Road, Belpre, OH, domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

William Ray Murphy, age 72, 11121 Veto Road, Belpre, OH, aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor.

John Wesley Hoy, age 41, 302 Walnut Street, Belpre, OH, probation violation, a misdemeanor.

There are currently 33 female inmates and 82 male inmates being housed in the Washington County Jail.