OH Organized Crime Investigations Special News Release 30 Mar 2020


An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in arrests in New Matamoras, Ohio.   

On 26 Mar 2020 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team along with the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at 1218 Williamson Avenue, New Matamoras.

William McFall Jr. was located in the kitchen with a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol on the table within his reach.  Due to a prior felony possession of drugs conviction, McFall is under disability for owning or possessing a firearm. 

Melissa McFall (Beagle) and Rusty Knowlton were located in a vehicle parked directly in front of the residence.  A check of the vehicle revealed 1.19 grams of methamphetamine.

Melissa Jean (McFall) Beagle, age 37,  homeless, and Rusty Allen Knowlton, age 46, homeless, were arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail, both charged with possession of drugs a felony of the fifth degree.

William Dwight McFall Jr., age 61, 1218 Williamson Avenue, Apt. 46B, New Matamoras, was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail, charged with having weapons under disability a felony of the third degree.

McFall Jr. was released on a $15,000 bond; (McFall) Beagle and Knowlton were released on their own recognizance. 

The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yosts Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan, and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.