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Washington County Grand Jury issues indictments

From staff reports

Drug offenders were among those recently indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury.

Chandra R. Jenkins, 39, 121 Lott Lane, and Mindy S. Carder, 34, of 55 Lott Lane, both of Macfarlan, W.Va., each were indicted for aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs, first-degree felonies.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a detective was on Interstate 77 when a vehicle traveling southbound in the driving lane slowed abruptly, causing a commercial tanker truck to move to the left to avoid hitting it from behind. A traffic stop was initiated as the West Virginia registration had expired two days earlier.

The detective advised the driver of the expired registration. Carder, the driver, replied she had forgotten to renew it.

She reportedly stated she and Jenkins were out riding around, but they gave conflicting stories when answering questions. The detective observed a torch and possible THC pen in plain sight.

A second detective arrived and was asked to walk a police dog, Rita, around the vehicle, getting a positive indication on the vehicle. Prior to completing the search, Carder stated she had a meth pipe in the vehicle. The detective then obtained the item and found methamphetamine, marijuana, two Xanax pills and drug paraphernalia. Also located were two plastic shopping bags under the seat with 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine. The street value was at least $125,000.

In June, a simultaneous search of three Washington County locations resulted in one of the largest drug seizures in the county’s history. Searches were made at 1572 Elizabeth St. Apt. A and Apt. C in Belpre, and 949 Lancaster St., Marietta. As a result, seven were arrested.

During the search, 4.5 kilos of a fentanyl/heroin mix, $40,000 in cash and several handguns were found. The weapons included two Springfield handguns, a Glock Taurus 25, a high-capacity magazine 9mm handgun and a .22 caliber Derringer. A hydraulic press was also found, which was used to press powdered drugs into bricks.

The Sheriff’s Office said the street value for the drugs is between $100 and $125 per gram and with a total of 5,000 grams, the drugs were worth between $500,000 and $625,000 on the street.

Andrew Robert Johnston, 41, of 1572 Elizabeth St., Apt. C, Belpre, was indicted on three charges, including trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; and receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings.

At the time of his arrest, he was found with four bags of heroin totaling 198.02 grams, 227.08 grams of methamphetamine, $10,180 in cash and digital scales and other items related to drug trafficking. He was also specified as a major drug offender.

Tytus Lamarr Shields, 31, of 1572 Elizabeth St., Apt. A, Belpre, was indicted on eight charges, including two counts of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, both first-degree felonies; possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony; three counts of having weapons while under disability, all third-degree felonies; and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Shields was found at his home with $20,257 in cash, firearms and heroin totaling 86.92 grams. He had prior felony convictions for drugs, placing him under disability, preventing him from owning or possessing a firearm. One of the firearms located was stolen from Wood County.

He has a BMW and a Ford Mustang that are also subject to forfeiture.

The third person indicted was Steven A. Siegel, 31, of 1¢ Eighth St., Belpre. He was indicted on three charges, including possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony; receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony; and receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

He was found in possession of 1.59 grams of heroin and $2,801 cash. His vehicle revealed a stolen license plate from Parkersburg.

Kyleigh D. Rymer, 29, of 107 Virginia St., Ravenswood, W.Va., was indicted on three charges, including receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a first-degree misdemeanor; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

She tried to flee out the back door of Johnston’s apartment during the bust. She was stopped and secured. She was found trying to conceal .49 grams of suspected heroin and $1,250 in cash.

The last individual arrested as a result of the search in Belpre was Kelci L. Wise, 19, of 1572 Elizabeth St. Apt. C, Belpre. She was indicted on three charges, including trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; and receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, a fifth-degree felony.

She was found in her home with Johnston. She was found with .9 grams of methamphetamine on her person.

Other indictments include:

* Jordan Ross Dieffenbach, 23, of 1366 Elizabeth Court, Kent, was indicted on three charges, including importuning, a third-degree felony; rape, a first-degree felony; and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

Dieffenbach was arrested after allegedly convincing a 12-year-old to meet him in the Little Hocking Elementary School parking lot. He reportedly paid the child’s 8-year-old sibling to leave and “not tell anyone” before allegedly performing sexual acts upon the older child.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, he contacted the child via Instagram in early June. He was arrested after the child’s parents notified law enforcement of incidents that day and allowed officers to post on the child’s Instagram account encouraging a second meeting.

* Derek A. Hill, 29, of 1260 Huck Road, Lowell, was indicted on failure to register, a third-degree felony. He failed to register a new address after being convicted in September, 2010, on attempted gross sexual imposition.

* Brandon Addison, 23, of 319 Bacote St., Darlington, S.C. was indicted on failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. In May, a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on Interstate 77 on Addison. The vehicle continued to drive despite the lights and siren. Another officer placed his marked vehicle in front of Addison’s car with his lights and siren activated, but Addison would not stop, swerving to get in front of the second car multiple times.

The vehicle eventually made a last-minute turn onto exit 25 and did so by crossing over the grassy divider between the exit ramp and I-77, as there was a marked patrol car blocking the exit. The vehicle again almost struck the marked patrol car at that location. The vehicle finally came to a stop at the gas station off exit 25 in Noble County.

* Jason M. Grimes, 43, of 114 Turkey Hollow Road, Cutler, was indicted on improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He was arrested on June 4 on Interstate 77 after police found a loaded firearm within his reach in his vehicle.

* Robert J. Huffman, 39, of 797 Channel Lane, Marietta, was indicted on intimidation, a third-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

According to Marietta Police reports, an officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Channel Lane in reference to Huffman allegedly lying down in the middle of the street. He reportedly told the officer if they came back he “might have a bullet for them.” He then told them to shoot him and resisted arrest.

* Darrell E. Clark, 35, of 230 Faye Ave., Marietta, was indicted on three counts, including aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count o improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

He was arrested in August 2019 at Ohio 339 after police reportedly found him with .4431 grams of methamphetamine. In December 2019, he allegedly had a loaded firearm within reach in his vehicle.

* Levi J. Lake, 30, of 16794 Minerva Ave., Caldwell, was indicted on three charges, including aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

He was arrested at 57 Garage Lane, Waterford, with 46.55 grams of hydromorphone, a narcotic used for pain. He was arrested with Darrell Clark in December 2019 for allegedly having a loaded firearm within reach in a vehicle,

* Ashley C. Bay, 28, of 917 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on two counts of forgery, both fifth-degree felonies. In October 2019, allegedly wrote out two checks to herself from an account belonging to A.G.E. Graphics LLC. The amounts were $520 and $480.

* Mitchell Rowland, 31, of 32101 Cochransville Road, New Matamoras, was indicted on aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and impersonation of a peace officer or private police officer, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s reports, a deputy responded to 122 Tennis Center Drive, Apt. 37, Marietta, in January for a report of a male trying to break into the residence. The resident stated the man identified himself as a police officer, stating his name was Officer Ellis while beating on the door, telling her to open it. He also said he was looking for a male subject, giving the name of the individual to the woman. The person the man was looking for then reported that Rowland had just entered his apartment without permission. The resident reported an altercation earlier in the evening in Marietta with Rowland. The deputy spoke with Rowland on the phone and he did state that he had been at the apartment, saying he went to the wrong apartment first.

* Michael A. Porter, 36, of 483 Echo Valley Road, Waterford, was indicted on three charges, including aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; possessing drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor; and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

He was arrested June 6 after a traffic stop at 729 Glendale Road, Marietta. He was allegedly found with .43 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, snort straws and smoking pipes.

* Billy Joe Ball Jr., 36, no known address, was indicted on four charges, including burglary, a third-degree felony; theft from a person in a protected class, a fourth-degree felony; breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

He was arrested in July 2019 at 21 Chris St., Belpre Township, after allegedly breaking into the home and taking jewelry, collector’s knives, firearms, a Stihl chainsaw and generator from 79-year-old Louise E. Yeager. In March 2019, he allegedly stole a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse from Marlene Sekelik.

* Samuel L. Richmond, 33, of 708 32nd St., Parkersburg, was indicted on three counts, including burglary, a third-degree felony; theft from a person in a protected class, a fourth-degree felony; and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested in July 2019 along with Billy Joe Ball Jr. at 21 Chris St., Belpre Township, after allegedly breaking into the home and taking jewelry, collector’s knives, firearms, a Stihl chainsaw and generator from 79-year-old Louise E. Yeager.

* Matthew L. Jones, 35, of 806 Front St., Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including robbery, a third-degree felony; aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor; and petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. Jones was arrested in January for allegedly stealing a bike, speakers and an assortment of tools.

* Joshua G. Stewart, 39, last known address of 205 Elm St., Belpre, was indicted on three charges, including illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony; and illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony.

He was arrested after a drug bust in April 2015 at his residence. Information through an investigation led officers to a suspected lab at the Elm Street residence. They found an active one-pot, shake-and-bake operation. Agents found the meth lab in the bedroom where Stewart was found. Agents located all the chemicals used in the one-pot method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

He was found with 302.64 grams of methamphetamine and his residence is in the vicinity of a school.

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