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Reno man among those indicted by Washington County grand jury

MARIETTA – A Reno man is facing multiple felony charges after shooting a gun toward his girlfriend and mother, one of more than 30 people indicted by a Washington County grand jury this month.

Wyatt T. Barth, 21, of 4685 County Road 9, allegedly had an argument on Feb. 28 with his girlfriend in which he threw her backpack into a ditch in front of the residence. His girlfriend went into the house and got Barth’s mother to help her retrieve the bag. When they got back to the ditch, Barth had already retrieved the bag and gotten into his vehicle.

“He allegedly pulled out a gun while in the vehicle and fired it in the proximity of his mother and the victim,” said David Silwani, Washington County assistant prosecutor.

Barth then drove away from the scene and allegedly hid the gun. He was later found and arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Barth is charged with a second-degree felony count of felonious assault, a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony count of the improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of criminal tools.

There were also four specifications attached to the charges. The first is for discharging a weapon in a vehicle while committing a crime which carries a mandatory five-year sentence. The second specification is for using a gun in a crime, which carries a mandatory three-year prison sentence. The other two specifications involved the forfeiture of guns.

Barth faces a maximum prison sentence of 23 and a half years and potential fine of $32,500.

Other indictments:

* On June 23, Carrie A. Streight, 36, of 610 Washington Square, Marietta, was pulled over by the Marietta Police Department on Maple Street. After receiving a positive indication for drugs from a K-9, Streight’s vehicle was searched. Officers allegedly found less than .4 grams of methamphetamine and .15 grams of cocaine.

Streight has been charged with a fifth-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs

* Ethan C. Starcher, 27, of 1418 Linden Road, Looneyville, W.Va., was pulled over for speeding by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Feb. 19. While at the traffic stop at the corner of Putnam and Second streets, officers allegedly found Starcher under the influence of alcohol and a firearm in his vehicle.

Starcher has been charged with fifth-degree felony improper handling of a firearm.

* On Feb. 19, 2016, after reporting to a single-car accident on Ohio 7 near mile post 18, troopers found Eric L. Cumblidge in his wrecked vehicle. They allegedly saw Cumblidge trying to hide a 12-ounce can of ultra duster which he had been inhaling. Cumblidge is charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence and first-degree misdemeanor abusing harmful intoxicants

* The Major Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at 109 Sunset Drive, Marietta, on Jan. 16. During the search they allegedly found evidence of illegal drug sales and use. Paula Hadley, 34, was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of permitting drug abuse.

* A controlled purchase by the Major Crimes Task Force on Sept. 14 resulted in the arrest of Shannon M. Ewing, 30, and Steven R. Simons Jr., 35, of 354 Stanley Mills Road, Little Hocking, and Andy Johnston, 39, of 32 Warren Heights Drive, Marietta.

During the controlled buy on Sep. 14, officers allegedly purchased three grams of methamphetamine from the trio.

All three were charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated trafficking of drugs and another third-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs. Johnston was also charged with a third-degree felony charge of having weapons under disability on Sept. 30.

* In December of 2014, the sister of Michael T. Runyon, 28, of 1609 Hill St., Apt. 10, Belpre, called the Belpre Police Department and informed them she found jewelry missing from her home. After an investigation, police alleged Runyon was the person who stole the jewelry.

Runyon is charged with a fifth-degree felony count of theft.

* Logan W. Grimm, 31, of 9160 Veto Road, Belpre, has been charged with a fourth-degree felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and a fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property.

The charges stem from a Feb. 13 incident where Grimm’s mother called the sheriff’s office and informed them that he had allegedly stolen her vehicle. Grimm was later found at an undisclosed location after wrecking the car into a fence post and a tree.

* Amy M. Leedy, 29, of 9550 State Route 550, Vincent, Nathan A. Modlin, 51, of 605 Gantsville Road, Little Hocking, and Robin J. Richards, 31, of 29385 East Belpre Pike all have been charged with a fifth-degree felony count of complicity to receiving stolen property and a third- degree felony count of tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a Feb. 6 incident where the victim notified the sheriff’s office that someone had stolen tools from his truck at his residence. After an investigation, deputies allegedly discovered the tools hidden throughout Modlin’s residence.

Modlin has also been charged in a separate Nov. 6 incident.

After being pulled over the Belpre Police Department for his license plate light being burned out, police allegedly found 3.36 grams of methamphetamine in his car. Modlin was charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs.

* On Nov. 7, Patrick L. Gruber, 36, of 100 Lulu St., Parkersburg, was pulled over by the Belpre Police Department for having a license plate on his vehicle that was reported stolen. As officers walked up to the car they allegedly saw Gruber snort heroin before they could get to the vehicle. A passenger in the car, Erica N. Blake, 36, of 2104 12th Ave., Parkersburg, was allegedly seen trying to hide drug paraphernalia as the officers approached.

Both were charged with a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence. Gruber was also charged with a fifth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property and Blake was also charged with a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Officers allegedly found less than a gram of methamphetamine that Blake was trying to hide.

* Harold D. Angus, 41, of 4081 Veto Road, Vincent, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to appear.

* Madesta K. Stanley, 37, of 2112 Pride Ave., Belpre, was charged with a third-degree felony count of theft from a person in a protected class and third-degree and fifth-degree felony counts of forgery.

The charges stem from Stanley allegedly forging nine checks totaling just over $17,000 from August 2016 to April 2017. The victim was an elderly person whose granddaughter was involved with Stanley.

“There’s no indication that (the victim’s granddaughter) was involved,” said Kevin Rings, Washington County prosecutor.

* On Oct. 25, an officer with the Belpre Police Department pulled over Christopher, R. Ledger, 28, of 29385 East Belpre Pike Road, Coolville. During the traffic stop, officers allegedly found 0.35 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Ledger is charged with a fifth-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs

* On Sept. 15, officers with the Marietta Police Department were called to Walmart to investigate an alleged shoplifting incident. Upon arrival, they found the shoplifter in the car of Shannon L. Mercer, 43, of 1309 15th St., Parkersburg. After searching the car, officers allegedly found 4.71 grams of fentanyl in Mercer’s possession.

Mercer is charged with a fourth-degree felony of aggravated trafficking of drugs and a fifth-degree felony of possession of drugs.

* Brandon L. Kennedy, 31, currently housed at the Morgan County Jail, is charged with a third-degree felony count of retaliation.

On June 19, while housed at the Washington County Jail, Kennedy allegedly assaulted another inmate who had been a confidential informant.

“He allegedly dragged the victim into the bathroom and assaulted him,” said Joe Derkin, Washington County assistant prosecutor.

* Charles B. Davis, 43, of 2905 Beeman Road, Washington, W.Va., was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of passing bad checks and another fifth-degree felony count of forgery.

Between August and September, Davis allegedly wrote checks totaling less than $1,000 from an account with insufficient funds. From September to December, Davis allegedly wrote checks from the same account after it had been closed for an amount also less than $1,000. On Sept. 17, Davis also allegedly lied about his job skills and training on a government document. The first bad check was received by the Marietta Police Department for a traffic ticket. Then the Washington County Sheriff’s office was notified by a local Christmas tree farm that Davis had also allegedly written two bad checks in December to them.

* On Oct. 12, the Major Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at 240 Hillcrest Drive, Apt. 71, Marietta. Once inside, they allegedly found 0.63 grams of methamphetamine that belonged to the resident, Michael S. Williams, 42.

Williams is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs and faces up to a year and a half in prison and a $5,000 fine.

* Brandon D. Ramage, 24, of 615 East Montgomery St., Apt. 3, Marietta is charged with a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence and a second-degree felony count of resisting arrest.

The charges stem from a March 6 incident where Ramage was walking near the 200 block of Seventh Street in Marietta. As a MPD squad drove down the street, Ramage reportedly saw the car and ran.

“The officers saw this and chased him,” said Derkin.

Once they caught Ramage, the officers noticed him becoming more and more ill.

“They saw little pieces of plastic in his teeth,” said Derkin.

Ramage allegedly had swallowed a gram of methamphetamine and wouldn’t allow the officers to put handcuffs on him when he was arrested. Ramage was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital and spent five days there recovering from ingesting the drugs.

Ramage was charged with a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence and a second-degree felony count of resisting arrest.