WCSO NEWS RELEASES FOR 16 FEB 2021


On 5 Feb 2021 two dogs belonging to Jason Wheeler, 6627 State Route 60, Marietta, OH, was loose from the property.  These dogs ran onto and across State Route 60, which impeded traffic.  This has been an ongoing issues and a warning was issued in the recent past for these two dogs.  Wheeler acknowledged the dogs were loose and advised he was not sure what the problem was.  A summons is being requested for Jason M. Wallace for failing to restrain his two dogs. 

On 12 Feb 2021 a charge of failing to report a change of address for a tier II sex offender was filed on Christopher Joe White, age 23, lka: 461 High Street, Macksburg, OH, requesting an arrest warrant.  On 15 May 2019 White was convicted in the Court of Common Pleas, Guernsey County, Ohio,  on 2 counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct With a Minor a 4th degree felony.  White left his registered address prior to 17 Dec 2020.  On that date a home check was completed by White’s probation officer,  who was advised by residents he no longer resides at that address.  Attempts to contact White have been unsuccessful and White has failed to report to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  A check on 12 Feb 2021 was completed to ensure that White is no longer living at the registered address.  Deputy Tullius was advised that he no longer lived there and has had no contact with him, nor do they know where he is living.

On 12 Feb 2021 at approximately 2127 hours deputies were dispatched to 630 Walnut Street, Lowell, OH, to a report for a squad.  During the call it could be heard that the caller was yelling at Dustin Whipkey to stay out of their purse.  Whipkey had also obtained a loaded gun from the residence and went outside.  Whipkey was located in the kitchen and was detained until it could be determined what exactly was going on.  The caller advised Whipkey came in the front door, grabbed a juvenile’s leg and began to shake and squeeze it.  Whipkey then threw the gun when he was outside, and tthey were unsure where it was.  Deputies located an Arminius 357 magnum revolver on top of a shed next to the residence.  Also located were four empty cans of beer/alcoholic beverages on the kitchen table, along with a daily pill planner with an unknown variety of medication in it.  Dustin Bradley Whipkey, age 36, was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail.  Once at the jail Whipkey advised he had drank  approximately four beers this evening.  Whipkey also advised he had taken Flutrimazole that  he had ordered on the internet.   Whipkey was charged with tampering with evidence, domestic violence and weapons while intoxicated.  At the jail Whipkey submitted to a PBT with the results being .089 at 2312 hours. 

On 12 Feb 2021 deputies were dispatched to 270 Water Street, Lowell, OH, to a report of Anthony Hanes being  belligerent and breaking things inside the residence.  Alicia Warner advised she and Anthony had both been drinking alcohol this evening and became involved in a verbal argument and Hanes dumped a beer on her.  At this time the two went to the Legion, and returned home approximately an hour later.  Hanes and Warner were in the bedroom and again became involved in an argument.  Hanes grabbed Warner by the back of the neck and pulled her face first into the bed.  Hanes then threw the TV remote and got up and punched the TV set.  Warner left the bedroom a short time later and called 911.  Hanes was found in bed asleep. Once awake, Hanes was asked what had occurred and he denied anything happened.  When asked if he tore anything up this evening he stated “no”.   Anthony Lee Hanes, age 44, was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail on a charge of domestic violence. Once at the jail Hanes was offered a portable breath test and tested .145.   

On 14 Feb 2021 Deputy Gainer responded to the intersection of Clement Avenue and State Route 7/US 50  in reference to the Belpre Police Department being with a female subject that just broke into an apartment at 1094 Clement Avenue.  Deputy Gainer met with Keri Rafferty, who believed her husband was inside that address.  Rafferty admitted to going into the residence, knowing that it was wrong.  The occupants of the apartment advised they could hear Rafferty outside beating on doors and windows.  The occupants believed Rafferty climbed into a window and began breaking items and kicking the door.  Rafferty was confronted and removed from the apartment.  Rafferty was asked where her three children were and Rafferty advised inside the vehicle parked outside the apartment.  Keri Marie Rafferty, age 29, 604 W 4th Street, Williamstown, WV, was placed under arrest and charged with burglary and endangering children.  Rafferty was transported to the Washington County Jail.                             

There  are currently 20 female inmates and 62 male inmates being housed in the Washington County Jail.