WCSO NEWS RELEASES FOR 27 JUL 2021


On 23 Jul 2021 Lt. Hunter began an investigation into a bad check written in Pioneer Township.  This case remains under investigation.

On 23 Jul 2021 deputies were dispatched to the 500-block of Coal Run Drive, Lowell, OH, to a report of a fight between a male and a female.  It was reported that the female was hitting the male.  Prior to law enforcement arriving, the male and female left the area.  Ohio State Patrol Troopers located the vehicle, and a traffic stop was conducted, with deputies responding.  Amy Smithberger and William Carter were the vehicle occupants.  Smithberger stated she went to pick up Carter at the residence on Coal Run Drive so he could visit with his child.  Smithberger became upset with Carter, and admitted to yelling at Carter along with hitting and slapping him.  Based on the investigation a summons will be requested for Amy L. Smithberger, age 34, 111 North Hart Street, Apt. 7, Marietta, OH, on a charge of  disorderly conduct.

On 24 Jul 2021 Deputy Crum was dispatched to 2800 Beach Drive, Belpre, Ohio, to a report of Thomas Rocks harassing an individual in the area.  Rocks denied yelling or harassing the individual.  Rocks had also been advised earlier in the month to not speak to the subject.  Rocks was again advised to cease contact.  Upon Deputy Crum walking away, Rocks could be heard loudly talking about the subject and went as far as to address the individual by name, who was outside at the time.  Deputy Crum placed Thomas M. Rocks, age 65, 2800 Beach Drive, Belpre, under arrest for disorderly conduct, cease and desist.  Rocks was transported to the Washington County Jail.

On 24 Jul 2021 Deputy Hall began an investigation into destruction of property at Baker Cemetery.  This case remains under investigation.

On 24 Jul  2021 Sgt. Johnson responded to 27150 State Route 7, Marietta Twp., Washington County, Ohio for a reported domestic violence incident.   The victim was advised by Kevin Ford that she was not allowed to leave her room and was assaulted by Ford as well.  The pair had been in an argument and Ford had punched the victim multiple times, as well as throwing her to the ground.   Kevin Oliver Ford, age 51, was charged with felony domestic violence and a warrant was requested.  Ford was arrested on 25 Jul 2021 at the residence.

On 24 Jul 2021 Deputy Moyers was advised of an assault inside the Washington County Jail, 101 Westview Avenue, Marietta, Ohio, between inmates Phillip Butler, Robert Blankenship and William Saylor.  Saylor had been on a bunk when Blankenship comes over and punches him.  Butler then joins in on the assault, with it ending with everyone walking away.  Robert Dillon, age 25, 2437 Oak Alley, Syracuse, OH, and Phillip Edward Butler, age 38, 729 2nd Street, Marietta, OH, were both charged with assault.

The following subject(s) were processed into the Washington County Jail on 26 Jul 2021:

Thomas Owen Wayne, age 57, Akron, OH, possession of drugs, a misdemeanor.

David Wayne Wriston, age 36, Marietta, OH, driving under suspension, a misdemeanor.

Cody Montell Knotts, age 30, Marietta, OH, possession of drugs, a felony.

There are currently 27 female inmates and 90 male inmates being housed in the Washington County Jail.