Driver in fatal crash accused of texting

A Marietta man whose distracted driving allegedly caused the death of another man was among those indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.

Zachary Dumas, 23, of 102 Woodcrest Lane, was reportedly texting when he drove left of center around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16, hitting a vehicle being driven by Robert J. Goddard, 55, of 50 Kelsey Lane. Goddard’s vehicle was pushed into a third vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dumas was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide, a second-degree misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter and a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.

“There was evidence he was texting very shortly before the accident,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

Dumas had tried to hide the fact that he had been texting, said Lt. Carlos Smith , Marietta post commander for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“He was asked to bring his telephone to us. Prior to bringing his telephone in he had deleted messages he was sending,” said Smith.

The deleted text messages were a deliberate attempt to make it appear as though Dumas had not been texting around the time of the accident and resulted in the felony charge of tampering, said Rings. Dumas specifically deleted messages sent between approximately 6 and 10 a.m. the day of the accident but left other messages from before and after the crash.

Forensic examination of the phone proved Dumas had been sending messages to his girlfriend at the same time as the crash, said Rings.

Other indictments

Three people who were allegedly operating a meth lab out of a Beverly home were indicted. Donna M. Glendening, 51, of 570 Albright Road, Sean M. Yoho, 39, of 610 29th St., Vienna, and Dirk E. Filon, 29, of 120 Wells Ave., Marietta, were each indicted on a second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs and a third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

The three were at Glendening’s home on Nov. 17 when the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at the home and found an active meth lab, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

Officers found both chemicals used to make methamphetamine and the finished product, he added.

Yoho, who injured his back while trying to flee the scene, was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital but left the facility after his surgery and has not been located.

John Clark, 42, of 1685 Wynncrest Drive, Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of domestic violence and a third-degree felony count of intimidation of a witness.

Clark allegedly punched his niece in the stomach on Oct. 4, resulting in the woman needing to seek medical attention. The act was Clark’s third domestic violence charge, resulting in the felony.

The intimidation charge stems from Clark reportedly telling the woman before a preliminary hearing that if she testified he would kill her and make sure no one found her body.

Sherry L. Hagar, 46, of 717 Cisler Drive, Marietta, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of theft from an elderly person. Hagar works as a home health aide and is accused of stealing money from the man for whom she cares on two occasions. The total amount stolen was less than $100, but the thefts resulted in felony charges because the man is elderly, said Erb.

Carlos S. Love, 32, of 1020 Caywood Road, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to provide notice of change of address as a registered sex offender. Love was convicted of a sexual offense in Noble County, but was living in Washington County, said Rings. On Sept. 17, he fled from deputies during a vehicle chase which resulted in the discovery that Love had not been living at his registered address.

Shannon S. Hines, 25, of 1111 1/2 George St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft and a first-degree misdemeanor count of violating a protection order. On Aug. 13, Hines and another person allegedly stole a drill from a local business. The person assisting Hines with the theft had a protection order against him, resulting in a protection order violation as well.

Mary Ann Rexroad, 60, of 614 Elm St., Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of tampering with records. Rexroad, a notary, notarized a vehicle title that had not been signed in front of her. The signature was not a forgery, but because Rexroad did not follow standard procedure, another individual was able to sell the victim’s car without her consent.

Austin Stacy, 29, of 810 Morgan Ave., Belpre, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of complicity to commit aggravated robbery and a third-degree felony count of complicity to commit robbery on Nov. 11 at Subway in Belpre. Stacy was indicted on the charges last month, but the grand jury forgot to vote on one of the two charges making it unofficial until now, said Rings.

Krystopher M. Neff, 25, of 816 21st St., Vienna, W.Va., was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Neff was found to be in possession of methylone, a controlled substance, during a Sept. 29 traffic stop in Belpre.

Cory D. Forshey, 22, of 815 Bender Road, Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Forshey reportedly had prescription Vyvanse pills on his person when he was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at Ohio 26 and Greene Street on May 17.