Indictments in food pantry theft

A trio of men accused of breaking and entering at the Harmar Community Center and stealing almost all of the food located in the Gospel Mission Food Pantry were among the two dozen men and women indicted by a recent Washington County grand jury.

Eric G. Sciance, 19, of 114 Sunset Drive, Marietta, was indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering.

Christopher A. Lent, 26, 328 1/2 Gilman Ave., Marietta, was indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts of complicity to breaking and entering and a fifth-degree felony count of possessing criminal tools.

William J. Mitchell, 28, of 516 Smith St., Marietta, was indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering.

On June 26, the men allegedly broke into the community center, which consists of the food pantry, The Boys and Girls Club, and North American Recycling Inc., said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“There are a lot of businesses within the community center, but those were the three that reported damage or missing items,” said Schneider.

More than $4,000 worth of food and other items was discovered missing from the pantry June 27. Many tools and electronics were also taken from North American Recycling Inc.

Much of the food was located in Lent’s apartment June 28, but could not be used by the pantry because it had been opened.

A 16-year-old juvenile was also arrested in connection with the break-ins.

The theft sent a shock wave through the community, who responded by giving the pantry more than $5,000 in monetary donations and helping to restock the pantry.

“Police have told me there may be other arrests pending (in the case),” added Schneider.

Two more suspects may be indicted by the next grand jury, said Marietta Police Capt. Jeff Waite.

Other indictments

Also indicted were the following people:

Allan S. Varner Jr., 44, of 316 Dragstrip Road, Belpre, was indicted on four third-degree felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and four third-degree felony counts of sexual battery.

Varner allegedly engaged in intercourse with a female relative who was 14 at the time. The victim reported at least four incidents occurred between February and April at Varner’s Belpre residence.

Varner admitted to two of the four occasions but denied the others.

He was arrested June 4 after the events came to light and was released later that week after posting a $15,000 bond.

Dennis C. Crockett, 36, of 103 Apt. B Third St., Belpre, and Brandy N. Carder, 27, of 114 Oakview Drive Apt. A, Marietta, were indicted on one count each of illegal possession of chemicals used for the manufacture of drugs.

“Major Crimes Task Force agents got a tip that these two were buying items to make meth,” said Schneider.

On July 16, agents executed a search warrant at the home and found many ingredients commonly used in manufacturing meth, including lithium batteries, Coleman fuel and what was eventually discovered to be crushed up pseudoephedrine.

Crockett was also indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of possession of drugs for a traffic stop on April 18 where he was discovered to have bath salts and a single Ambien pill.

James C. Parmiter, 34, of 210 1/2 Sixth St., Beverly, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence. Parmiter, who is on probation, tried to sneak someone else’s urine into a probation appointment on July 2 when he knew he would be drug screened.

Brent Deeter, 34, of 104 Washington St., Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft and a fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering. On June 17, Deeter broke into the Valley Gem and stole a variety of metal items. He was caught on surveillance photos.

Lori F. Smith, 37, of 1743 Seventh St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of complicity in breaking and entering. Smith was allegedly an accomplice to a March 5 break-in at Triple H Storage, where various tools were stolen.

Chelsea L. Sagowitz, 23, of 3685 State Route 676, Stockport, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of safecracking and a fourth-degree felony count of theft of a dangerous drug. Sagowitz was staying with her grandparents and at the same time they had a friend staying there. Sagowitz allegedly broke into the friend’s safe and stole several prescriptions.

Jonathan E. Porter, 34, last known address 500 Deersville Ave., Uhrichsville, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of breach of recognizance. Porter failed to show up to his July 2 jury trial on a fourth-degree felony assault charge for which he was indicted in January. Porter had allegedly assaulted Chief Mark Sams of the Beverly Police Department.

Trenna L. Tucker, 26, of 104 Dawes Circle, Marietta, was indicted on one third-degree, one fourth-degree and one fifth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. Tucker allegedly sold morphine to a confidential informant in her home on Jan. 16 while a juvenile was present. Then on Jan. 18, she again reportedly sold morphine and hydrocodone tablets to a confidential informant.

Kevin S. Bradshaw, 54, of 354 Stanley Mills Road, Little Hocking, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. On Oct. 1, Bradshaw allegedly sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant in his home.

Serena F. Biehl, 36, of 311 Chestnut St., Marietta, was indicted on three fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs. On June 25, 2012 and Aug. 27, Biehl reportedly sold 30 Xanax pills to a confidential informant. Then on Jan. 18, Biehl arranged a drug deal at 60 AE Miller Road, Lowell-the home of 40-year-old Tammy L. Whipkey-where the confidential informant received nine Percocet pills.

Whipkey was also indicted for two fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs for allegedly selling the nine Percocet pills on Jan. 18 and for allegedly selling 12 more pills on Jan. 22.

Toni A. Berry, 38, of 14735 Waterford Road, Waterford, was indicted on two fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs. On July 16, 2012 and Aug. 28, Berry allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of a Fort Frye High School.

Charles R. Gregory, 58, of 956 McGill Road, Vincent, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of cultivation of marijuana. A marijuana plant was seen growing in Gregory’s yard during a helicopter fly-over on July 24, 2012. During a later search, a single plant was found.

Rodney E. Blow, 66, of 2783 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of cultivation of marijuana. Marijuana plants were seen growing in Blow’s yard during a helicopter fly-over on July 24, 2012. A later search produced seven marijuana plants growing on the property.

Steven M. Snyder, 64, of 2075 Dalzell Road, Whipple, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of cultivation of marijuana. Marijuana plants were seen growing on Snyder’s property during a helicopter fly-over on Sept. 5. A total of 29 marijuana plants were found scattered around Snyder’s garden.

Sarah A. Yeardley, 55, of 4344 State Route 555, Little Hocking, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of cultivation of marijuana. Marijuana plants were seen growing in Yeardley’s yard during a helicopter fly-over on July 24, 2012. Yeardley consented to a search which yielded 12 marijuana plants.

Christian E. Sayre, 32, of 1924 State Route 550, Bartlett, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Sayre’s home was the subject of a search warrant on April 19, 2012. Officers found a small amount of cocaine in Sayre’s pocket as well as a backpack containing 324 grams of marijuana and two sets of digital scales. Officers also seized $2,155 cash that they believe to be the proceeds of drug sales.

Tara E. Burdette, 33, of 131 Clark St., Marietta, was indicted on two fourth-degree felony counts of drug trafficking. On Dec. 23 and Feb. 25, Burdette allegedly sold balloons of heroin to a confidential informant within 1,000 feet of Phillips Elementary School in Marietta.

Eric Siders, 24, of 6070 Sandhill Road, Marietta, and Chelsie Cochran, 20, of 121 Warner St., Marietta, were each indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Siders and Cochran were at 1110 Moody Ridge Road, the home of Michael V. Richards, on Jan. 29 when a search warrant was executed at the house. Siders and Cochran were observed at a table with syringes and spoons that contained a brown substance later determined to be heroin.