WCSO NEWS RELEASES FOR 30 DEC 2020


On 26 Dec 2020 Deputy Aultman began an investigation into a firearm violation.  This case remains under investigation.

On 27 Dec 2020 Deputy Peters began an investigation into catalytic converter(s) being removed from vehicles in the Adams Township area  This case remains under investigation.

On 27 Dec 2020 Deputy Kehl was on patrol and observed a traffic violation on Acme Street, Marietta, OH.  A check through dispatch revealed the Ohio registration was not for the vehicle Deputy Kehl was pursuing.  A traffic stop was attempted at the 40 block of Acme Street. The operator of the vehicle pulled into the Kroger Shopping Center, circled the gas station and sped off, eventually traveling north on Acme Street.  Deputy Kehl pursued the vehicle and was pacing the vehicle at a rate of speed higher than the posted 25 mph zone.  The vehicle also went left of center several times. The vehicle continued on without stopping, running the red light at Acme Street and Greene Street. The vehicle also drove onto the sidewalk and struck a fire hydrant (breaking the hydrant) stopping on a retaining wall just before a residence. A male subject rolled out of the vehicle and indicated he had several outstanding warrants. Deputy Kehl met with the driver,  Zachary K. Blum, who was placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle was conducted and two plastic straws with discolored residue and one suspected Gabapentin pill were taken as evidence. Blum, age 31, 220 Tileston Avenue, Lot 16, Zanesville, OH,  was transported to the Washington County Jail on outstanding warrants, speed, driving under suspension, fictitious license plate, operation in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons,  muffler violation, operating without being in reasonable control of a vehicle, fleeing and eluding, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

On 28 Dec 2020 Sgt. McConnell began an investigation in the area of Ridgewood Blvd. in reference to vehicles being entered and items removed.  This case remains under investigation.

On 28 Dec 2020 Deputy Johnson began an investigation into an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report in Waterford Township.  This case remains under investigation.

On 28 Dec 2020 Deputy Johnson began an investigation into a 2019 Carry On trailer being removed from 45 McCutcheon Lane, Wesley Township.  This case remains under investigation.

On 29 Dec 2020 Deputy Kehl began an investigation into damaged equipment owned by New River Electric.  This case remains under investigation.

On 29 Dec 2020 Lt McPeek was dispatched to 677 Congress Road, Belpre, OH, to meet with Joey J. Parks in reference to a breaking and entering.  This case remains under investigation.

On 29 Dec 2020 Deputies Crum and Young began an investigation into a breaking and entering reported by Travis Westfall.  This case remains under investigation.

On 30 Dec 2020 Deputy Brown responded to the 27000 block of State Route 7, Marietta, OH, to a report of criminal damaging.  A report of a car window being broken was made to Deputy Brown.  It was reported that the damage was done by Donald R. Gregor.  Deputy Brown met with Gregor and as a result of the investigation Gregor, age 48, 27335 SR 7, Lot 13, Reno, OH, was placed under arrest and charged with criminal damaging.  Gregor was transported to the Washington County Jail. 

The following subject(s) were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 29 Dec 2020 and Wednesday 30 Dec 2020:

Faith Nicole Chichester, age 33, 81 Farr Street, Petroleum, WV,  breach of recognizance and aggravated possession of drugs, both felonies.

David Wayne Wriston, age 36, 683 Wynncrest Drive, Marietta, OH,  driving under suspension (2 counts), fictitious plates, taillights illumination of rear plates violation, all misdemeanors.

Madison Marie Brant, age 19, homeless,  obstructing official business, a misdemeanor.

Thomas Logan Beekman Jr., age 43, 1770 Fairview Road, Bidwell, OH, 3 counts contempt of court.

There are currently 14 female inmates and 67 male inmates being housed in the Washington County Jail.