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Meth charges dominate grand jury indictments

MARIETTA – Methamphetamine-related charges dominated the January indictments by a Washington County grand jury.

They include multiple indictments of a New Matamoras man,whose arrest resulted in several indictments for two other people as well.

On Dec. 6, 2017, the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant for Jeremy Davis, 40, at his residence of 1072 Leith Run Road in New Matamoras. During the search, officers found almost five grams of meth and less than three grams of suboxone.

During the search, Stephen Ritchie, 49, of 1308 Williamson Ave., New Matamoras, pulled into Davis’ driveway. When Ritchie was approached by officers, he allegedly threw a glass pipe into the back of his truck. After being searched, Ritchie was discovered to have less than three grams of meth on him and was arrested.

During questioning after his home was searched, Davis told authorities that Chad Dixon, 42, also sold meth out of a trailer also located on the same property. A search warrant was obtained to search the trailer on the same day. Authorities found less than three grams of meth at the trailer and arrested Dixon.

Davis was indicted on a second-degree felony count of aggravated trafficking of drugs, third-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs and fourth-degree felony trafficking of drugs.

Dixon was indicted for third-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs and fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

Ritchie was charged with fifth degree-felony aggravated possession of drugs and fifth-degree felony tampering of evidence. But Ritchie was also handed two other indictments from the grand jury.

“Mr. Ritchie has been a busy man,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.

Ritchie was also indicted for a charge related to a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Aug. 16 near Newport. Officers found less than three grams of meth and he was indicted for a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of drugs.

Ritchie was also indicted for third-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs after he was pulled over for speeding by the patrol near Grandview Township on June 17. Officers found 10 grams of meth when they searched Ritchie.

Other indictments from the grand jury:

* James T. Haisley, 39, of 516 Smith St., Marietta was indicted for fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs. The indictment is a result of a March 10 search of his home by the Major Crimes Task Force. When officers arrived they allegedly found Haisley unconscious on the floor and unresponsive. Officers revived him with Narcan. After searching Haisley’s residence, officers found less than three grams of meth.

“They found him basically dead from an overdose, but not from the drug they found,” said Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

* April D. Cecil, 46, of 7962 Mt. Carmel Ridge Road, St. Marys, W.Va., was charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs. The indictment comes after a traffic stop by the sheriff’s office near Newport in October 2017. Deputies found less than three grams of meth on her person and she was arrested.

* On Sept. 2, 2016, Amanda C. Wigal, 29, of 169 Second Lane, Belpre was pulled over for a traffic violation near mile marker nine on U.S. 50 by the Belpre Police Department. She was arrested after officers found hydrocodone pills in her vehicle that she didn’t have a prescription for. She has been charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

* Dashawn L. Young, 43, of 1090 Hilton Drive, Reynoldsburg, was indicted on two fourth-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking of drugs. On Oct. 8, Young was arrested by the Major Crimes Task Force for having meth on his person of less than three grams.

* On April 1, Joseph J. Burdette II, 40 , of 673 East Maple St., Davisville, W.Va., was pulled over by the Marietta Police for a traffic violation. After searching the vehicle, officers found less than three grams of meth. Burdette was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of drugs.

* Two Virginia men were arrested April 14 on Ohio 821 after a resident called the sheriff’s office when they saw the pair pulled over on the side of the road acting strange.

According to the sheriff’s report, Mark K. Frank, 49, of 6178 Old Route 11, Dublin, Va., and Andy W. Collins, 41, of the same residence, acted suspiciously when questioned. Deputies brought a canine which gave a positive sign that there were drugs in the vehicle. After a search, deputies found suboxone and xanax in the vehicle. Allegedly Frank also tried to dispose of drugs in a napkin outside the vehicle when questioned by deputies.

Both men were charged with two fifth-degree felonies of complicity to trafficking in drugs and fifth-degree felony of possession of drugs. Frank was also charged with third-degree felony of tampering with evidence.

* Paul A. Sebring, 47, of 363 Echo Valley Road, Waterford, was indicted on three third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition. The indictments stem from reports of sexual contact with three juveniles in Marietta.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani said other aspects of this case are still under investigation.

* On Dec. 17, troopers pulled over Kevin B. Wells, 36, of 1280 Mone Ave., Akron, near mile marker 11 on I-77. Officers found two bags of meth in Wells’ car. One bag weighed 100 grams and the other weighed 106 grams. Wells was indicted on two first-degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

* Thomas W. Gaughn, 32, homeless, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering. On Sept. 16, a sheriff’s deputy on patrol allegedly saw Gaughn breaking into storage units near the intersection of Blue Knob Road and Ohio 550 and arrested him.

* In a case brought to the grand jury by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Kaitlin Lott, 29, of 714 Lily Lane, Parkersburg, was indicted for stealing pills from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Greene Street where she worked.

Between July 1 to Sept. 11, Lott allegedly stole 800 Hydrocodone pills from the pharmacy. She was indicted for two fourth-degree felony charges of theft of drugs and two second-degree felony charges of aggravated possession of drugs.

* Jerome L. Blackwell, 40, of 1130 24th St., Parkersburg, was indicted for a fourth-degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon and a third-degree felony of having weapons while under disability. On Dec. 21, Blackwell was pulled over by Belpre Police for a traffic stop when the weapon was allegedly found. Blackwell had a previous felony conviction of delivery of a controlled substance, preventing him from being in possession of a firearm.

* The Major Crimes Task Force arrested Matthew C. Berga, 21, of 600 Greene St. on Dec. 18. The arrest followed three controlled buys made by the task force on Oct. 10, Oct. 15 and Dec. 18. He was indicted on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony of aggravated trafficking of drugs and another fourth-degree felony charge of trafficking in heroin.

* Sarah E. Treadway, 22, of 9008 State Route 555, Cutler was indicted for fourth-degree felonies of theft and receiving stolen property. The indictments stem from a Nov. 2 arrest where Treadway allegedly stole her sister’s Dodge Journey.

* Kenneth E. Sewell, 51, of 1764 State Route 339, Belpre, was indicted for fifth-degree felony theft. Sewell allegedly went to his ex-wife’s home and attempted to steal a go-kart from her. He was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence for trying to hit her with the vehicle in his attempt to flee.

* Jordan L. Walker, 28, of 1350 Mt. Tom Road, New Matamoras, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony charge of aggravated trafficking of drugs. On Feb. 6, Walker allegedly facilitated the sale of meth from another man to an undercover agent of the Major Crimes Task Force.

* Robert Powers, 48, of 2066 Hackberry St., Akron, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of receipt of proceeds derived from the commission of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings. On May 1, Powers was pulled over by the Major Crimes Task Force and his car was searched. Even though no drugs were found in his vehicle, material used to cut drugs and more than $3,400 in cash was found on his person. Felicia Goff, 35, of 22 Oak St., Parkersburg was also in the vehicle. She was indicted with a first-degree misdemeanor of the same charge.

* On Sept. 21, 2017, an officer with the Belpre Police Department pulled over Tina D. Frye, 35, of 1716 Elizabeth St., Belpre, for a traffic stop. Upon inspection of the vehicle, officers found more than 15 grams of meth, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Frye was indicted for second-degree felonies of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs, three fourth-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and three fifth-degree felony charges of aggravated possession of drugs.

* Tyler E. Goodwin, 21, of 26935 State Route 7, Apt 2C, Marietta was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of drugs. On Sept. 18, deputies went to Goodwin’s home to arrest him on other charges when they found less than three grams of meth.

* Jonathan D. Ward, 35, of 452 Muskingum Drive, Marietta was indicted on a third-degree felony charge burglary and a fifth-degree felony charge of theft. The indictments stem from an Aug. 18 arrest by the sheriff’s office after he allegedly stole a bicycle valued at more than $3,000 from his neighbor’s garage. He was found in possession of the bicycle by deputies from the sheriff’s office.

* Ronald H. Husk, 20, of 285 Wilcoxen Road, Cutler was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of theft from an elderly person. Sometime in May, Husk allegedly stole power tools from an elderly widow who was his neighbor. He then allegedly sold the tools to a friend of the woman who returned them and contacted authorities.

* Daniel L. Francis, 34, and Thomas C. Kaptis, unknown age, both of 9580 State Route 339, Vincent, as well as Jeshawn Butts Henry Davis, unknown age, of 1315 Vale Drive, Apt. C, Copley, and Tyrece T. Thompson, unknown age, of 733 Storer Ave., Akron were all arrested on April 18 at Francis’ and Kaptis’ residence. Meth and heroin were found at the residence and all four were arrested.

Francis was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of drugs and third-degree felony of weapons while under disability. Davis and Thompson were each indicted for a first-degree felony charge of trafficking in heroin and a second-degree felony charge of possession of heroin. Kaptis was indicted on a third-degree felony of weapons while under disability and a fifth-degree felony of permitting drug abuse.

* Brandon Gibbs, 26, of 515 Smith St., Marietta, and Wesley I. Miller, 32, of 12020 Waterford Road, Waterford, were indicted for their alleged role in the Dec. 5 break-in at the Lowell Moose Lodge. The pair are alleged to have stolen a lock box with more than $9,300 in it. Miller was arrested later in the evening with the money bags still in his possession. Both were indicted for fifth-degree felony breaking and entering, fourth-degree felony theft, fifth-degree felony safe cracking and fourth-degree felony possessing criminal tools.

* Joseph H. Bui, 40, and Mitchell L. Erb, 32, both currently inmates at the North Central Regional Jail in West Virginia, were both indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering and a fourth-degree felony charge of safe cracking.

The indictments stem from an alleged Nov. 6 break-in by the pair at the United Methodist Church in Newport. After the church reported the theft of a money box, Bible and other items, detectives from the sheriff’s office were able to locate them. Using DNA samples, authorities were able to tie the pair to the alleged theft.

* Marcus G. Boothby, 23, currently an inmate at the Washington County Jail, was indicted for fifth-degree felony criminal mischief and fourth-degree felony disrupting public services. On Dec. 13, Boothby allegedly broke a sprinkler head in the jail, causing flooding.

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