Attempted murder charge among Washington County grand jury indictments

From staff reports

An attempted murder charge was among the most recent indictments by a Washington County grand jury.

On Oct. 29, Michelle Ames, 41, of 1150 Bethel Road, got into a domestic dispute with her husband, according to prosecutors. Ames left their residence and went to 565 Dodd Run Road after the argument to get away from the scene. Later in the day, her husband went to the residence on Dodd Run Road to confront Ames further about their previous argument. At that time Ames allegedly pulled out a gun and fired it at her husband. Her husband fled the scene and contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

She was charged with first-degree felony attempted murder, two second-degree felony counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault and fourth-degree felony aggravated assault.

Also included in the indictments were two Belpre residents facing drug charges.

After an investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force, a search warrant was issued for 1574 Elizabeth St., Apt. B, in Belpre. From December through the third week of January, the task force allegedly witnessed methamphetamine being sold at the residence.

After searching the home, authorities arrested the occupants of the residence, Daniel L. Frances, 34, and Olivia J. Kaptis, 42. Authorities allegedly found more than 15 grams of methamphetamine, a stolen firearm, and after searching Frances’ phone, a nude picture of a minor female.

Frances was charged with first-degree felony aggravated trafficking of drugs, two third-degree felony charges of tampering with evidence and weapons under disability, fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property and fifth-degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

Kaptis was charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs and another fifth-degree felony charge of permitting drug abuse. The final charge stemmed from allegedly allowing Frances to sell methamphetamine from a residence for which she was the lease holder.

Other indictments included:

•On Dec. 20 Ryan S. Garret, 37, of 413 Eighth St., Parkersburg, was pulled over by the Belpre Police Department for allegedly driving a stolen car. After pulling over his vehicle, officers discovered Garret had originally legally rented the vehicle from a rental agency, but allegedly failed to return the vehicle. After searching the car, officers allegedly found more than three grams of methamphetamine.

Garret is charged with fourth-degree felonies of aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of receiving stolen property.

•Joseph F. Wells Jr. 28, of 104 Riley Drive, Apt. 10, Marietta, was charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence and two fourth-degree felony charges of receiving stolen property.

On Nov. 1, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call about two ATVs being stolen from a residence. After a search of the surrounding area, deputies found Wells parked near 40230 Archers Fork Road. Wells was allegedly painting the two ATVs in question black near the location. Wells was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

•Jaced Jeffries, unknown age and homeless, was charged multiple times by the grand jury for two separate cases.

The first charge of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, stemmed from Jeffries’ alleged failure to appear for a final pre-trial hearing on Jan. 23 for a separate case. Jeffries was also charged after the Marietta Police Department responded to a call that stated a person was trying to break into a gun safe at 111 Clark St. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found Jeffries with a pry bar and a blow torch trying to gain entrance into the safe.

Jeffries was charged with fourth-degree felony attempted theft of a firearm, fifth-degree felony attempted safe cracking and two fifth-degree felony charges of possession of criminal tools.

•While being housed at the Washington County Jail, Kirk Urban, 43, was charged with fifth-degree felony public indecency.

On Jan. 17, Urban allegedly began masturbating in front of a window of the jail.

“It’s usually a misdemeanor, but since a juvenile would likely be present to see him, that’s when it becomes a felony,” said David Silwani, Washington County assistant prosecutor.

•Janet Gibbs, 48, of 129 Muskingum Drive, was arrested on Nov. 15 outside the Washington County Courthouse. She had left the courthouse after allegedly stealing the tip jar from the Courthouse Cafe located on the ground floor. Since the people who operate the café have special needs, Gibbs was charged with fifth-degree felony theft from a protected class.

•Jennifer Landolfi, 45, of 208 1/2 Seventh St. Beverly, was charged with fourth-degree felony assault on a peace officer. The charges stem from a Sept. 22 incident where the Beverly Police Department were notified of a intoxicated belligerent person at 719 Zanesville St. in Beverly. Upon arrival, officers allegedly found Landolfi intoxicated. When confronted by authorities, she allegedly assaulted an officer.

•On or about Oct. 5, Hannah A. Davis attempted to flee from a Marietta Police Department officer after an attempt to pull her car over. After a short chase, Davis was stopped and apprehended. She was charged with third-degree felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

•Michael A. Wallace II, 25, of 105 Leland Ave., was charged with two fourth-degree felonies of theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

On Nov. 15, Wallace was stopped by the Marietta Police Department while driving the stolen vehicle.

•David R. Caroppoli, 57, of 417 Grand Ave. Springfield, was charged with two fifth-degree felonies counts of passing bad checks. Caroppoli allegedly wrote two checks in June of 2017 in Marietta for more than $1,000 that he knew he didn’t have funds for.

Prosecutors in the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office said they did not have time over the last couple of weeks to give greater detail about the following indictments. Provided are the names and charges.

•Michelle L. Thompson, 44, of 117 Dean St. was charged with two third-degree felony counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

•Ashley R. Bules, 24, of 121 Wells Ave., was charged with third-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs.

•Cynthia K. Damron, 36, of 203 West Penn Ave., Pennsboro, W.Va., was charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

•Zachary T. Lindemood, 26, of 106 Maple Ave., Woodsfield, was charged with three third-degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, two third-degree felony counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of drugs.

•Andrew M. Jewell, 33, of 401 North Grey St. Pennsboro, W.Va., was charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

•Jamie M. Miranda, 44, of 416 Eighth St., Parkersburg, was charged with fourth-degree felony failure to appear.

•Matthew S. Reynolds, 27, of 1029 Greene St. was charged with three fifth-degree felony counts of aggravated possession of drugs and two third-degree felony counts of aggravated possession and aggravated trafficking of drugs.

•Anthony T. Hill, 29, of 1154 Patten Mills Road, was charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

•Christina M. Hower, 34, of 304 Alpha Ave., Akron, was charged with two first-degree misdemeanors of theft and receiving stolen property.

•Patrick C. Henry, 48, of 284 Irwin Place, Cincinnati, was charged with fourth-degree felony failure to appear.

•Jamie A. Barton, 41, of 65 Oregon Drive, Vienna, was charged with fourth-degree felony failure to appear.

•Hunter T. Piat, 28, of 749 Mary St., Belpre, was charged with two fourth-degree felony counts of receiving stolen property.

•Ashley Robinson, 35, of 240 Rosemar Heights, Parkersburg, and Shailyn N. Prall, age and address unknown, were both charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

•Robert A. Richards, 44, of 713 East Montgomery St., was charged with fifth-degree felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

•Cecilia K. Schultz, 19, of 749 Mary St., Belpre, was charged with two fourth-degree felony counts of receiving stolen property, fourth-degree felony carrying a concealed weapon, fourth-degree felony improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

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