Trio indicted for Secret Santa theft

Three Marietta residents who allegedly stole from the Washington-Morgan Community Action Secret Santa program last November were among 17 people indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury this week.

Allen L. Hall, 23, of 231 Hillcrest Drive, Apt. A, Marietta, Cherish N. Harmon, 21, of the same address, and Kory L. Cutright, 27, of 2731 Glendale Road, Apt. 1, Marietta, were each indicted on two counts: breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

“They stole bicycles, roller blades, Wii and Xbox games,” said Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings. “That’s low, stealing that from these kids.”

The theft allegedly occurred on Nov. 30 at 315 Gross St., the old Tractor Supply building which was being used by community action to store the toys for Secret Santa.

Other indictments:

¯ Curtis F. Rea, 26, of 5487 Hebron Road, St. Marys, W.Va., for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

During a traffic stop in Marietta on Christmas 2015 Rea was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine by Marietta police.

¯ Andrew F. Morgan, 31, of 1157 Clement Ave., Belpre, for two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies.

During a traffic stop in Belpre in November a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine were allegedly found on Morgan by Belpre police.

¯ William E. Bartages, Jr., 44, of 2800 Beach Drive, Lot 10, Belpre, for domestic violence, a third-degree felony.

“He was drinking and got in an argument with his wife and he strangled her,” said Assistant Prosecutor

Rhonda Mears.

Mears said Bartages left visible hand prints on his wife’s neck and that the woman spent more than four hours in the hospital to get her breathing back under control after the incident May 3.

Bartages was released on a personal recognizance bond Thursday.

¯ Tyson D. Cunningham, 30, of 718 Colvin St., Apt. C, Belpre, for improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, a second-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

In September Belpre police responded to a call from Cunningham allegedly stating that he had been fired upon.

“Cunningham said he’d been shot at but when officers arrived they realized that he had shot his own weapon into the walls of his home and one bullet had traveled through his wall and into the adjacent apartment,” said Rings. “They also found a couple pills of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone which were not prescribed to him in his apartment.”

The charges also come with a forfeiture specification, requiring the seizure of the 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol.

¯Kristy Layton, 34, of 38150 State Route 56, New Plymouth, for two counts of illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility, both third-degree felonies and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Rings said he was unaware of the original charge for which Layton was brought to the Washington County Jail but that she allegedly brought marijuana and methamphetamine into the jail.

¯Jesse E. Stoops, 32, of 24500 Mount Bell Road, Coolville, for theft, a fifth-degree felony.

Stoops allegedly stole a $1,200 chainsaw from Ohio Valley Power Equipment in Belpre on May 5.

¯ Ryan O. Nichols, 40, of 1620 Thompson Ridge Road, for two counts of failure to appear, both fourth-degree felonies.

Nichols failed to appear for both a final pre-trial hearing and his trial in a previous possession and trafficking of methamphetamine case on April 24 and May 1, respectively.

“He was caught last weekend in Wirt County after attempting to flee and being apprehended by a K-9 dog,” said Rings.

¯ Steven L. Mandrell, 39, of 671 Valley Mills Road, Parkersburg, for two counts of failure to appear, both fourth-degree felonies.

Mandrell failed to appear for both a final pre-trial hearing and his trial in a previous grand theft of a motor vehicle case on May 12 and 16.

¯ Timothy Dunn, 49, of 605 Fourth St., New Matamoras, for aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Upon execution of a search warrant by the Major Crimes Task Force on April 10, Dunn was allegedly found in his basement trying to flush drugs down the toilet. Methamphetamine and heroin were allegedly found in his home.

¯ Five co-defendants were also charged in the alleged burglary and robbery of a home on Franklin Street in Marietta on May 9:

¯ Dustin Riley, 31, of 735 Seventh St., Marietta, for complicity in aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and complicity in robbery, a third-degree felony.

¯ Aaron J. Sarver, 31, of 290 Congress Road, Belpre, for complicity in aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and complicity in robbery, a third-degree felony.

¯ Kattie L. Bishoff, 26, homeless, for complicity in aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and complicity in robbery, a third-degree felony.

¯ Felicia C. Jackson, 34, of 100 Simpson St., Marietta, for complicity in aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and complicity in robbery, a third-degree felony.

¯ William E. George, 42, of 613 Lulu St., Parkersburg, for complicity in aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and complicity in robbery, a third-degree felony.

“They broke into a house on the west side and stole illegal drugs, money and digital scales,” said Rings. “They were armed with a hammer and a crowbar and when they left the apartment the police were called and vehicle stopped shortly thereafter.”

At a glance

Possible prison terms and maximum fines:

¯ First-degree felony: three to 10 years, $20,000.

¯ Second-degree felony: two to eight years, $15,000.

¯ Third-degree felony: one to five years, $10,000.

¯ Fourth-degree felony: six to 18 months, $5,000.

¯ Fifth-degree felony: six to 12 months, $2,500.

Source: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.