Grand jury: Misunderstanding leads to stabbing

A protective father who reportedly stabbed the wrong man was one of 18 people indicted by a Washington County grand jury this week.

Ronald W. Fisher, 39, of 715 Greene St., Marietta, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of felonious assault.

On Jan. 8, Fisher pounded on the door at 833 Second St., Marietta until the resident, William Williams, finally opened the door, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

“The victim answered the door and Fisher immediately stabbed him,” he said.

Fisher had apparently been trying to find his daughter’s boyfriend, who had supposedly been unfaithful, said Erb.

However, Williams was not that boyfriend. In fact, he was a stranger, said Erb.

According to the statement of facts in the case, Fisher apologized and introduced himself when he realized Williams was the wrong person.

He then fled and disposed of the weapon, but later helped officers find the knife, said Erb.

Williams was treated at Marietta Memorial Hospital for a four-inch stab wound in his upper left leg.

“The victim testified that if the wound had been any deeper, it would have hit a major artery,” said Erb.

Municipal court records show Fisher has been arrested multiple times on charges including trafficking and possession of drugs, domestic violence, driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fisher is being held at the Washington County Jail on a $35,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison, said Erb.

Other indictments included:

Dean Mugrage, 48, of 220 Third St., Marietta, was charged with one fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. On Oct. 5, Major Crimes Task Force agents found Mugrage in possession of a crack pipe that tested positive for cocaine, prosecutors said.

Baxter L. Grimes, 36, of 817 Grandview Ave., New Matamoras, was charged with one fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering, on fifth-degree felony count of possession of criminal tools and one fifth-degree felony count of theft. Grimes allegedly used a pry bar to break into a private storage shed in New Matamoras and steal more than $1,000 worth of copper wiring on Dec. 12.

Kevin Bartlett, 48, of 4185 Jackson Run Road, New Matamoras, was charged with having weapons under a disability, a third-degree felony. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called to Bartlett’s residence on Jan. 1 in reference to Bartlett being drunk and firing a shotgun outside. Bartlett was uncooperative with officers, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings. Bartlett could not own guns because of a prior felony domestic violence conviction.

Heather N. Ellason, 21, of 109 Martindale Drive, Simpsonville, S.C., and Christopher A. Burton, 25, of 111 Gordon St. Extension, Greenville, S.C., were both charged with one third-degree felony count of possession of drugs, one third-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs and one fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Ellason and Burton were stopped on I-77 for speeding on Dec. 24. In the vehicle were enough Oxycodone pills to exceed the bulk amount and baggies and scales that indicated trafficking, said Erb. The Ohio State Highway Patrol also found a small bag of meth that had been hidden inside a larger bag of Reese’s candy.

Pamela D. Todd, 52, of 427 Bryant Ave., Cambridge, was charged with one fifth-degree felony count of theft. On Oct. 28, Todd was caught trying to push a Samsung television out the front doors of Walmart.

Dustin W. Slagle, 20, of 610 Second St. Apt. 2, Marietta, was charged with one fifth-degree felony count of theft and one first-degree misdemeanor count of misuse of credit cards. Slagle allegedly stole a Chase Bank Visa card from his grandmother, who was in town for a funeral. Slagle used the card to buy a couple hundred dollars worth of gift cards at a local gas station before his grandmother found her credit card in Slagle’s wallet.

Brandon J. Blevins, 23, of 36 Haught St., Parkersburg, was charged with one fourth-degree felony count of failure to appear. Blevins did not show up on Dec. 13 for his trial on a forgery charge.

Steven J. Francis, 19, of 235 Johnson Road, Marietta, was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Francis was one of six people implicated in a string of September and October Marietta burglaries. Francis is accused of disposing of some of the stolen property.

Rebeka A. Amaral, 28, of 100 Sacra Via, Marietta, was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of assault of a corrections officer. While being booked into the Washington County Jail on Nov. 30, Amaral kicked one officer and slapped another before being subdued by a taser.

Jerrianne K. Myers, 19, of 110 Browns Alley, Marietta, was charged with one third-degree felony count of domestic violence. Myers allegedly assaulted a family or household member on Dec. 13. She already had two prior convictions, in February and June 2012, for assaulting the same person.

Glenn R. Johnson Jr., 26 and homeless, was charged with one third-degree felony count of failure to comply with an order from a police officer, one fourth-degree felony count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, one first-degree misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and one second-degree misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. On Dec. 22, Johnson allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to Todd Wright. He refused to pull over when police tried to stop the truck and eventually wrecked the vehicle and resisted arrest.

Chavazzee “Levi” Kidder, 19, of 148 Oak Drive, Little Hocking, was charged with two second-degree felony counts of felonious assault. On Sept. 1, Kidder got into a fight with Tommee Garvin in Harmar and is accused of stabbing Garvin four times. The origin of the argument is not known, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Alison Cauthorn.

Michael R. Sobieski, 31, of 784 Greene St., Marietta, was charged with one fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. On Dec. 5, Sobieski’s wife reported that he kicked her in the head at least once, busted her lip, bloodied her nose and threw a chair at her. Sobieski has a prior domestic violence conviction.

William R. Murphy, 66, of 1022 Pike St., Marietta, was charged with one fourth-degree felony count of theft. Murphy allegedly stole the credit card of a disabled person on June 1 while the victim had been staying the night in his residence. The victim’s disability benefits were deposited onto the card. Murphy was caught on video using the card to withdraw a couple thousand dollars from area ATMs.

Michael A. Bowers, 37, of 1405 Elm St., Parkersburg, was charged with one second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs and one third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals. Last August, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a woman who said Bowers had brought meth-making ingredients into her home and refused to leave.

Daniel Banales, 33, of 1131 Market St., Parkersburg, was charged with one fifth-degree felony count of theft. On Dec. 13, Banales loaded up a cart at Walmart with beer, soda and two 50-inch televisions and attempted to wheel it into the parking lot. Banales told officers he was just going to his car to get money for the items, but later told officers he had walked to Walmart that day. Security footage showed a white truck dropping him off, but the driver was never found.