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Abuse cases among grand jury indictments

From staff reports

MARIETTA – A Vincent man allegedly involved in the burning of his stepdaughter and a Whipple man accused of kidnapping his wife and child were two of more than 20 people indicted recently by a Washington County grand jury.

Jimmie Lewis Miller Jr., 27, of 55 Spring Ave., Vincent, was indicted on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, one count of endangering children, a second-degree felony, and one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony.

“One of the counts is if you abuse a child and it causes serious physical harm,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani. “The third-degree count is violating parental care, a standard of care kind of thing.”

Miller was arrested Dec. 14 after he was involved in the burning of his 8-year-old stepdaughter with boiling water. Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to the emergency room at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Belpre on Dec. 14.

The girl reportedly told doctors her stepfather poured the water on her while she was asleep Dec. 13. Detectives went to the girl’s home and spoke at length with Miller about the incident. Reports show Miller told detectives he had his 4-year-old son throw water on her to wake her up, which Miller said was a common practice with the family members. Instead of getting cold water, he said the boy apparently grabbed boiling water from an unattended pot on the stove.

When the girl’s mother, Cheyenne Miller, came home from work the next morning and saw the burns, she rushed the girl to the hospital. Doctors told Cheyenne the water had to have been at least 120 degrees. Doctors reportedly told the mother they estimated 20 to 25 percent of the girl’s body was burned, and she had to be put on a direct line of fentanyl to manage her pain.

She was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for further treatment.

Chad A. Burdette, 37, of 470 Hartline Road, Whipple, was indicted on eight charges, including two counts of kidnapping, both first-degree felonies; two counts of abduction, both third-degree felonies; two counts of having weapons while under disability, both third-degree felonies; and two counts of domestic violence, both fourth-degree felonies.

The indictments stem from an incident on Jan. 5, when deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Burdette’s home in reference to a reported domestic complaint involving a firearm.

Mary Burdette told dispatch her husband, Chad, allegedly had a gun aimed at her and their 12-year-old daughter. Police reports state Mary and the girl ran from the home and hid in the woods. When deputies arrived, they escorted the two from the woods and to medical personnel.

When deputies spoke with Mary, she said she and Chad had argued about his alleged drug use. During the argument, Chad allegedly spit in his daughter’s face, then punched her in the rib cage and pushed her down to the floor.

When Mary told Chad that she and the girl were leaving, he allegedly took their cell phones and car keys. Mary reportedly told deputies Chad produced a handgun, pointed it at them and told them they could not leave. He allegedly told them he would kill them and any cops that showed up. At some point, Chad allegedly placed Mary in a headlock and caused injury to her arm. He also reportedly put the handgun in his mouth and said ‘no one is leaving.” Mary told deputies she and the girl were able to get back their cell phones and leave the house. They ran into the woods and called 911. While they were hiding in a culvert down over the hill, they reportedly heard gunshots coming from the direction of their home.

Mary and the girl were transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital. The girl was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

The police report notes Burdette had previously been convicted for domestic violence on Aug. 9, 2012.

The indictments included gun specifications for the kidnapping and abducting charges, which are mandatory three-year prison sentences, Silwani said. All eight counts had gun specifications which carry a mandatory one year in prison.

“In the alleged kidnappings and abductions, he brandished a firearm,” he said. “He possessed a firearm in all eight. He had a firearm on his person.”

Other indictments include:

* Kenneth E. Shinn, 59, of 6787 South Ellis Road, Stockport, was indicted on one count of possession of 11.0621 grams of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, and one count of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest in April 2019 at County Road 4, near the intersection of Main Street, in Waterford. Along with the methamphetamine, Shinn was found with a digital scale.

* Tyler W. Kiggans, 28, of 885 Dana’s Run Road, Newport, was indicted on one count of possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in July 2019 on Ohio 7 in Marietta Township.

* Aaron J. Huseman, 32, of 240 Hillcrest Drive Apt. 1, Marietta, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in September 2019 at his residence. He had previously been convicted of domestic violence in Marietta Municipal Court on May 2, 2017.

* Jason Haught, 39, of 99 Cherry Lane, Belpre, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of 48 grams of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest in May 2019 on Ohio 7.

* McKenzie A. Cowman, 26, of 814 Seneca Drive, Belpre, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. She had previously been convicted of domestic violence in Marietta Municipal Court. The indictment stems from an arrest on Aug. 18, 2019, after Cowman started arguing with Kimberly Cowman, her mother, as they were on the Memorial Bridge coming back from Parkersburg. McKenzie started yelling at her mother, who was driving the car, grabbing the steering wheel and pulling her hair. Kimberly pulled out pepper spray and sprayed McKenzie as she was afraid McKenzie would wreck the car. The argument started as McKenzie believed her mother was involved with the pop singer Justin Bieber, who McKenzie reportedly believed was her boyfriend.

* Jerry Corbin, 54, of 6401 Lightner Ridge Road, Stockport, was indicted on five charges, including one count of vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count of tampering with coin machines, a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest on Nov. 18 at the All American Car Wash, 838 Pike St., Marietta. Corbin worked at the car wash and allegedly broke into the change machine at the business using a grinder. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office saw the change machine had been tampered with and was open. Quarters and metal shavings were on the ground under the machine and blood was on Corbin’s hands. When he was searched, he was found with $79.95 in quarters.

* Robert E. Huffman II, 35, last known address 111 Thompson St., McArthur, was indicted on one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He had previously been convicted of one count of attempted aggravated trafficking in Vinton County. The indictment stems from an arrest in December 2017 at 27830 State Route 7, Marietta.

* Joshua L. Ballard, 30, of 200 Seventh St., Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including one count of possession of deadly weapons while under detention, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an incident in December when Ballard was allegedly found in possession of a razor blade at the Washington County Jail. He had received a shaving razor and when the deputy collected the razor, it had been tampered with, with a piece of the blade missing. That prompted a search involving approximately six corrections officers and deputies.

* Joshua M. Whitstine, 29, last known address 3645 Blue Knob Road, Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. The indictments stem from an incident in February 2019 in Marietta. During a traffic stop in the 900 block of Pike Street, the odor of marijuana was detected and Whitstine was removed from the vehicle. As this occurred, he was observed shoving his hand under the emergency brake. A search of the vehicle revealed almost 3 grams of methamphetamine, a small baggie of heroin, two unidentified powders, used needles, burnt spoons and other drug paraphernalia.

* Elmer C. Wenzel, 28, of 304 Third St., Lowell, was indicted on one count of trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an incident at 3480 Dalzell Road, Whipple. A deputy responded to a call from Amy Medley, who reported she came home and discovered an unidentified male subject asleep on her front porch. No items were found to have been taken from the residence other than a bottle of water.

* John A. Givens, 39, of 100 Linwood Ave. Lot B, Marietta, was indicted on three counts of domestic violence, all fourth-degree felonies. The indictments stem from an arrest in June 2017 for causing harm to Tasha Glidden. Givens had previously been convicted of domestic violence on July 16, 2012, in Marietta Municipal Court.

* Kendrick L. McClain, 48, of 310 Sixth St. Apt. 3, Marietta, was indicted on one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of illegal cultivation of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. On Jan. 2, agents with the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team conducted a search warrant at 310 Sixth St. Apt. 3, Marietta. Agents located McClain and two other people, one being a juvenile, in a bedroom. McClain was seated on the bed with a .22 caliber revolver immediately beneath him. The residence was secured and agents located six marijuana plants in a room outfitted for growing marijuana, and a container with approximately 125.27 grams of a green leafy substance, suspected to be marijuana. Agents also located marijuana plant material, approximately 45.37 grams, several marijuana grinders, empty zip lock bags and $315 cash. McClain was found to be under weapons disability due to previous convictions. The grand jury found the $315 is subject to forfeiture as property used in the commission of the offenses.

* Dana Persinger, 31, of Belmont, W.Va., was indicted on eight charges, including one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; one count of possession of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; two counts of drug paraphernalia offense, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, a third-degree felony; and one count of possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. The first five counts stem from an incident in September 2018. Persinger was found with 25.4 grams of methamphetamine and a Titan .25 caliber handgun. The stolen property was a Geo Tracker, and the drug paraphernalia included a set of digital scales, smoking pipes and baggies containing controlled substances.

The second trafficking in methamphetamine charges stem from an arrest in April 2019 at Greene Street near Front Street in Marietta. Persinger was found with 7.1487 grams of methamphetamine.

* Leslie A. Townsend, 37, of 45 Green Meadow Drive Apt. 21, Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of possession of 1 gram of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony. Townsend was arrested in April 2019 along with Dana Persinger at Greene Street near Front Street, Marietta.

* Charity Whitcraft, 38, of 300 West State St. Apt. 4, Athens, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in January 2019.

* Alison B. Hinton, 32, of 607 Center St., Beverly, was indicted on eight charges, including one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; two counts of drug paraphernalia offense, both fourth-degree misdemeanors; one count of possession of .0729 grams of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possession of .1287 grams of oxycodone, a fifth-degree felony; one count of possession of clonazepam, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of tampering with drugs, a third-degree felony; and one count of possession of .10 grams of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

The indictment stems from incidents on Sept. 7, 2018, March 17 and June 26. The incidents in September occurred on Ohio 60 in Beverly, the incidents in March occurred at the corner of Fifth and Central streets in Beverly and the June incident occurred on Ohio 60 in Devola.

* Frederick L. Schwaben, 43, of 204 Fourth St., New Matamoras, was indicted on one count of possession of 1.78 grams of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of drug paraphernalia offense, a glass smoking pipe, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest in December 2018 on Franklin Street in Marietta.

* Brent Lincicome, 48, of 38213 Wagner Road, Dexter City, was indicted on one count of possession of .38 grams of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of drug paraphernalia offense, a smoking ‘pipe’ made from rolled paper currency secured with a rubber band, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest in April 2019 at Interstate 77 in Salem Township.

* Holli R. Parsons, 35, of 1616 Club Drive, Washington, W.Va., was indicted on three charges, including one count of possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count of drug paraphernalia offense, a digital scale and metal spoon, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and one count of possession of .210 grams of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in July 2018 on Ohio 7 in Warren Township.

* Stanley E. Bowers. 41, of 1954 Seventh St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of possession of 4.0251 grams of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in September 2018 on Ohio 618 in Belpre.

* Tiffany R. Radabaugh, 31, of 1954 Seventh St., Parkersburg, was indicted along with Stanley E. Bowers on one count of possession of 4.0251 grams of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in September 2018 on Ohio 618 in Belpre.

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