ATM robbers charged by grand jury
A duo accused of robbing men at local ATMs and a Marietta man arrested for shooting at police were among those indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.
Mindy S. Fox, 32, of 237 Muskingum Drive, was indicted on two first-degree felony counts of aggravated robbery, a second-degree felony count of kidnapping, and a third-degree felony count of intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness. She is accused of robbing two men at knifepoint at Marietta banks.
Her alleged accomplice, James J. Augenstein, 43, of 836 Pike St. Apt. 16, Marietta, was indicted on two first-degree felony counts of complicity to commit aggravated robbery.
On Dec. 26, Fox allegedly robbed 30-year-old Matthew Bailey as he retrieved money from the Citizens Bank ATM on Second Street, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.
“While he was getting money out of the ATM, someone just popped up beside the car and demanded money,” said Rings.
She was wearing a ski mask and threatening Bailey with a knife, he said.
The next day, Marietta Police got a call of a second ATM robbery. This time Fox reportedly pounded on the door of a Third Street business where 33-year-old Darrell Ashby was setting up a construction site.
“Again, she flashes a knife and demands he leaves with her,” Rings said.
Ashby complied, withdrawing money for Fox at a nearby ATM. However, Ashby would not comply with her request to hand over his license. Fox allegedly told Ashby she wanted it so she could hunt him down if he went to police, said Rings.
Ashby saw Fox flee to a red truck and got a good look at the driver, whom he later identified as Augenstein in a photo lineup, said Rings.
“Evidence has shown he did know the crimes would take place beforehand,” said Rings of Augestein’s status as an accomplice.
The pair reportedly spent the stolen money on marijuana and DVDs, he said.
Fox is being held on a $200,000 bond. Augenstein is being held on a $207,500 bond.
Also indicted was William B. Ransom, 53, of 140 E. Spring St., Marietta, on a first-degree felony count of attempted murder with a gun specification.
Ransom reportedly shot at several officers who backed up EMTs responding to a suicide call at Ransom’s home on Dec. 12.
“The defendant’s wife called seeking help. He was reportedly upstairs with an electrical cord around his neck,” said Rings.
When police officers arrived, Ransom allegedly started shooting at them through the floor and from the second story window of his home, he said.
“Many, many hours and canisters of tear gas later, the defendant is taken into custody,” he said.
A mental evaluation was ordered for Ransom and he was temporarily moved to Behavioral Healthcare, a psychiatric hospital in Athens, while he undergoes treatment and evaluation.
Ransom returned to the Washington County Jail Jan. 3 and is being held on a $100,000 bond, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Other grand jury indictments included:
Maria E. Thodos, 25, of 363 Barefoot Hollow Road, Middleport, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of possession of drugs and a second-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Thodos was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol while driving on I-77 on Sept. 28, 2012.
Officers searched the car and reportedly found bulk quantities of cocaine and oxycodone pills.
“Her two kids, ages 1 and 3, were in the back seat and the drugs were in the childrens’ shoes, which were not on the children,” said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
Katherine Fonseca, also known as Katherine Ramos, 32, of 1501 Reid Ave., Lorain, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility, a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of criminal tools. Stopped Oct. 4 by the state patrol, Fonseca was arrested for possession of criminal tools.
“She had a Pringles can with a false bottom. They thought there was drug residue in it,” said Schneider.
The can eventually tested negative for drugs, but Fonseca had drugs hidden inside her body when she entered the Washington County Jail, said Schneider.
Corrections officers reportedly found a bag of cocaine hidden inside a body cavity.
Teresa D. Tilton, 43, of 12622 State Route 60, Lowell, was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence. Tilton got into a fight with her ex-husband Mark Tilton just five hours after their divorce was finalized, said Schneider.
Teresa was originally charged with a second-degree felony count of felonious assault for reportedly stabbing Mark with a steak knife during the argument. However, the grand jury only found enough evidence to charge Tilton with a domestic violence charge.
Vincent M. Christopher, 24, of 3101 Gale Road, Willoughby, and Michael S. Cope II, 30, of 2006 Huntington St., Middletown, were each indicted on a pair of drug charges.
The two were present for an undercover drug buy Sept. 11 at 1205 County House Lane Apt. A, where 20-year-old Dakota Morningstar had reportedly been living.
A confidential informant told agents from the Major Crimes Task Force he could purchase a large quantity of marijuana and LSD from the home and was given $5,000 to do so.
As soon as the drug transaction was completed, agents arrested Christopher leaving the residence. He was reportedly caught with $4,000 of the buy money and 100 doses of LSD, resulting in a fourth-degree felony drug trafficking count for marijuana and a third-degree felony drug possession charge for LSD.
Christopher told agents he had just purchased the LSD from Cope. Cope and Morningstar were allegedly found inside the residence with more marijuana, LSD and the remaining $1,000 of buy money.
Cope was indicted on two third-degree felony drug trafficking charges for LSD.
Morningstar is expected to plead to a bill of information involving the incident in the coming weeks.
Sean Yoho, 39, of 610 29th St., Vienna, W.Va. was indicted on a first-degree felony count of aggravated possession of drugs. Yoho was one of three individuals allegedly found operating a red phosphorous meth lab in Beverly in November. A mason jar at the lab was tested and found to contain concentrated meth oil, equal to 100 times the bulk amount of the drug.
Because 51-year-old Donna Glendenning and 29-year-old Dirk Filon had already entered guilty pleas on other charges related to the incident, they could no longer be charged with aggravated possession.
Yoho, who reportedly broke his back when trying to escape during the search warrant execution, has yet to plead guilty in the case and was charged for the meth oil.
Mark Hinton, 34 and currently incarcerated, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of assault, a third-degree felony count of abduction and a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. Hinton got into an argument with his mother on Thanksgiving at 109 Elm St., a home where they were both living. The mother suffered lots of bruises during the attack, said Schneider. She eventually got away by stabbing Hinton.
Corey J. Bock, 25, of 106 Colonial Square Apt. E, Belpre, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of burglary and a third-degree felony count of theft from an elderly person. On Nov. 8, Bock is accused of entering the residence of an elderly woman in Belpre and stealing more than $7,500 worth of jewelry.
Tramaine L. Coleman, 35, of 844 35th St. NW, Canton, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Coleman was stopped for speeding on I-77 on Aug. 24. Officers reportedly found 1,136 grams of marijuana in a duffel bag in the trunk of his vehicle.
Mimi K. Layman, 23, of 121 Meadow Lane, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. On Sept. 13, Layman allegedly pawned a shotgun that had been reported stolen from a residence on Bender Road.
Alicia D. Rivera, 29, of 411 1/2 Third St., Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. On April 16, Rivera got into a fight with her husband, allegedly leaving him with scratches and a bloody nose.
Ashely T. Vaughan, 35, of 116 Canterbury Drive, Parkersburg, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Vaughan was stopped by the state patrol on Jan. 9, 2013. A drug dog alerted on the vehicle and officers discovered a handful of amphetamine pills.
Timothy W. Evans, 27, of 120 Harmar St., Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Evans was a passenger in a vehicle stopped April 4 by the state patrol. Evans admitted to owning a lunch box in the car and said he used a hollowed-out pen inside to snort the prescription drug Ativan. However, the powder inside was tested and found to be cocaine.
Amanda M. McDonald, 18, of 13806 Stone Point Road SW, Cumberland, Md., was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. McDonald was one of three people in a vehicle stopped by the state patrol Sept. 26. She was reportedly found with a piece of blotter paper containing 12 doses of LSD.
Derek E. Petry, 34, of 260 Mechanics St., Macksburg, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. Petry reportedly sold heroin to a confidential informant at a gas station on Ohio 821 on Jan. 13, 2013.
James C. Hodgson, 36, of 107 Colonial Square Apt. E, Belpre, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trespass, a fourth-degree felony count of assault of a peace officer and a third-degree felony count of intimidation of an attorney, victim, or witness.
Hodgson was visiting a female acquaintance in Belpre and took objection to the woman’s husband stopping by the residence, according to prosecutors.
Later that night, Hodgson allegedly pounded on the woman’s door, jiggled the door handle, and eventually climbed in through a window in an effort to confront her about the situation. When Belpre City Police arrived, Hodgson was reportedly belligerent, assaulting one officer and then threatening to come after him once free.
Dale E. Nesselrotte, 32, of 93 S. Fourth St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery and two fourth-degree felony counts of assault of a peace officer. Just after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day, Nesselrotte reportedly broke a glass door at The Galley on Second Street in Marietta and then tried to fight officers who responded.
Nesselrotte allegedly tried to grab an officer’s gun, resulting in the robbery charge.
Trent Offenberger, 38, of 306 Colegate Drive, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs, and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. On Sept. 10 and Oct. 2, Offenberger reportedly sold hydrocodone pills to a confidential informant. While visiting with his probation officer on Nov. 8, Offenberger was found to have another nine hydrocodone pills that did not match his prescription.
Gary L. McFadden, 43, of 210 S. Fifth St., Marietta, was indicted on one third-degree and two fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs while his neighbor, 69-year-old Robert Becker, of 213 Meigs St., Marietta, was indicted on one third-degree and one fourth-degree felony count of drug trafficking.
A confidential informant reportedly bought heroin at McFadden’s house on Sept. 22, Sept. 25 and Oct. 10. On all three occasions, McFadden reportedly took the money, left his house and returned with drugs. On the second occasion, he was seen meeting with Becker at Becker’s front door, said Schneider.
“It looked like they were exchanging something,” he said.
On the final occasion, McFadden was seen entering Becker’s home in the midst of the drug sale. Officers conducted a search warrant at both homes that day and found that Becker had some of the buy money.
John D. Pugh, 33, of 312 Matthew St., Mineral Wells, W.Va. was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession for heroin. Pugh was at McFadden’s home when officers executed a search warrant Oct. 10.
William J. Mitchell, 29, of 516 Smith St., Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to appear. Mitchell failed to show up for his Wednesday trial on theft charges. He is one of three men accused of breaking into the Harmar Community Center in June.
Chadwick L. Smearman, 32, of 204 Seventh St., Beverly, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to appear. Smearman failed to show up for a Jan. 23 trial on a felony theft charge. He had reportedly stolen cigarettes from Speedway in Marietta.