News 6 Apr 2023

On 31 Mar 2023 Deputy Schwendeman began an investigation into a missing Honda scooter from Newport Township. 

On 31 Mar 2023 Deputy Thornberry began an investigation in reference to a subject’s identity being stolen.

On 31 Mar 2023 Deputy Schwendeman began an investigation into a catalytic converter being removed from a transport van in Marietta Township.

On 1 Apr 2023 Deputy Peters began an investigation into a scam/theft of a subject who was using a known social media site to look for work from home. 

On 1 Apr 2023 Deputy Stillson was dispatched to State Route 530, Salem Township, to a report of John Christopher Fortney screaming and breaking things.  Fortney was found welding a crowbar and while trying to deescalate Forney, who was acting erratically, he threw the crowbar at deputies.  Fortney was eventually able to be calmed and checked by EMS.  Fortney, age 34, was transported for treatment and was charged with domestic violence and processed at the Washington County Jail.

On 1 Apr 2023 while patrolling the 17000 block of State Route 7, Warren Township, Deputy Gainer observed a vehicle, bearing West Virginia registration traveling 15 to 20 mph below the posted 60 mph zone, for several miles.  A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle slowed and pulled to the left side of the roadway and stopped, still in the roadway. Deputy Gainer detected a strong odor of marijuana upon contacting the male.  Deputy Gainer asked the subject to pull the vehicle to the right side of the roadway.  Deputy Gainer again made contact with Dakota Wayne McCune, the operator.  McCune advised he was coming from a friend’s house heading back to his residence in West Virginia.  The smell of marijuana continued coming from inside the vehicle.  McCune stated he had smoked marijuana prior to getting in the vehicle to drive home, and believed he was fine to be operating a vehicle.  McCune’s eyes appeared to be glassy, bloodshot and his pupils dilated.  McCune was asked to exit the vehicle and perform SFSTs, which he did poorly on.  McCune was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

On 2 Apr 2023 Deputy Peters, while patrolling Harmar Street, Pioneer Township, observed a passenger car bearing Ohio registration commit a traffic violation.  A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and contact was made with the driver, Demetrius Campbell.  A strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle upon approaching the driver.  A search of the vehicle yielded 91.43 grams of marijuana.  Demetrius Rateef Campbell, age 29, 305 Lee Street, Apt. 2, Belpre, OH, was issued a citation for possession of marijuana.

There are currently 24 women and 91 men being housed in the Washington County Jail.