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Man accused of vehicular assault

A Lower Salem man was arrested Sunday for vehicular assault after allegedly dragging a woman with his car after she tried to take away his keys.

Damian M. Sayers, 21, of 7885 Germantown Road, was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated vehicular assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of OVI, hit-skip and being in possession of an open container.

According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, deputies responded to a call that an altercation had occurred at a Lower Salem residence when Donna Stafford tried to get an allegedly intoxicated Sayers to surrender his keys.

“She originally advised that he had been drinking moonshine,” said Mincks.

Stafford had reportedly leaned into the vehicle to get the keys when Sayers suddenly accelerated, dragging Stafford along with the car for 15 feet and causing injuries on her knee.

She was later transported to Selby General Hospital and treated and released for her injuries.

Heading toward the scene of the incident a deputy located Sayers’ car parked on the side of the road, said Minks.

In the vehicle officers located a cup with a screwed on lid containing what appeared to be moonshine. The liquid will be sent to a lab for testing, said Mincks.

Sayers denied drinking moonshine, saying he had only consumed half of a beer.

He performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests and later tested a .139 percent blood alcohol content.

Couple accused

of animal cruelty

A Vincent couple have been issued animal cruelty citations after two dead dogs were found on their property Thursday.

Jeffrey C. Davis, 36, and Rayanna M. Davis, 25, of 914 McGill Road, were each charged with three second-degree misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and issued a minor misdemeanor citation for failure to register a dog.

According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, county dog warden Kelly McGilton went to the Davis’ residence after receiving a complaint of an emaciated dog in the front yard.

“She observed a boxer tied to a post with its ribs protruding,” said Mincks.

The dog had no food and only a dirt-filled bowl of water.

In the back yard were another six puppies and a chihuahua who appeared emaciated and a pug, which appeared to be in decent health.

Further inspection revealed two dead dogs on the property.

“The owners said they took great care of their animals and that both dogs had been alive when the last fed them the day before,” said Mincks.

None of the dogs were registered.

All of the animals were confiscated including a duck found on the property.

The two will be summonsed to Marietta Municipal Court on the charges.

Belpre board hires interim treasurer

The Belpre City Schools District Board of Education selected Janine Satterfield as interim treasurer during a special meeting Monday.

The position will be filled temporarily by Satterfield until the board can hire a permanent treasurer for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

Satterfield said since she retired two years ago she has served as an interim treasurer for Fort Frye, Marietta and Switzerland of Ohio schools.

Satterfield retired in March 2011 from the Washington County Career Center where she served as treasurer to the Washington County Joint Vocational Board.

Eva Elliott resigned from the Belpre treasurer’s position, effective at the end of July.

From local reports