Washington Sheriff

MARIETTA — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports on Feb. 2:

Jan. 29

* Deputies responded to 1426 Barth Road, Belpre, on a report Paul Christopher assaulted Gary Nottingham at the residence. Nottingham said Christopher walked from his property onto Nottingham’s property carrying a large flash light and a 10/22 rifle stating someone kicked his dog. Nottingham advised Christopher struck him in the side of the face with the rifle. Nottingham and Christopher continued to fight with each other onto the ground. Christopher stated he did not have a rifle in his hands and believes it was the flash light he struck Nottingham with after Nottingham got in his face. Paul Kenneth Christopher, 51, 1420 Barth Road, Belpre, was placed under arrest for assault and taken to the Washington County Jail.

* A sergeant began an investigation into a theft from a financial scam.

* A sergeant was dispatched to a fire at 18695 State Route 26. The Little Muskingum and Newport Volunteer Fire Departments were on scene.

Jan. 30

* A sergeant was dispatched to Cunningham Scrap Metal, Barlow, where an officer was conducting an investigation for another agency about catalytic converters. The deputy met with Randal Cunningham about two individuals selling several catalytic converters. Cunningham advised the individuals are there about every other day. Cunningham was advised they were at the location the previous day with at least two converters, which he replied “no just brought one.” Cunningham turned over his receipt book and said “here’s the record.” A summons is being requested for Randy E. Cunningham, 64, 10770 State Route 550, Vincent, on charges of receiving stolen property and tampering with records.

* Barlow EMS and deputies were dispatched to 1245 McGill Road, Vincent, to a reported overdose. Deputies and EMS responded utilizing an emergency response, to include overhead emergency lights and audible emergency sirens. When deputies arrived Michael Richards was asked what he had overdosed on, and assumed it was heroin. Richards was given medical attention at that time. At the residence one hypodermic syringe was recovered. Deputies previously responded to the residence on Jan. 11 for a report on Richards overdosing on drugs. Once Richards was medically cleared he was placed under arrest and charged with inducing panic and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Jan. 31

* A deputy responded to 8600 State Route 339, Vincent, about an intoxicated male. The male turned his key over to the store clerk, preventing him from driving. The deputy met with Paul Hostottle, 18, 90 Windy Ridge Road, Little Hocking, who was slumped over the steering wheel in his vehicle. An odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. Hostottle stated he was 18 and admitted to drinking earlier in the night. The cup holder contained a full Bud Light beer. Paul James Hostottle, 18, 90 Windy Ridge Road, Little Hocking, was placed under arrest and charged with underage consumption.

* A sergeant was dispatched to 121 Pine Drive, Little Hocking, about Bryan Thomas pulling a gun on Johanna Riffle. Deputies met with Thomas and Riffle. Thomas stated Riffle came into his room and began to argue with him. Thomas advised he was sitting on his bed when Riffle came in and slapped a handgun off of his nightstand and it landed on the floor. After conducting the investigation, Johanna Lynn Rifle, 49, was placed under arrest for domestic violence. Riffle was taken to the Washington County Jail where she submitted to a PBT for the correctional staff with the result of .155.

* Fourteen female inmates and 75 male inmates are housed in the Washington County Jail.


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