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Jury indicts three in Lowell Legion robbery

From staff reports

Three Marietta residents were recently indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury in the Aug. 19 robbery of American Legion Post 750 in Lowell.

Hunter W. Henthorn, 22, of 114 Washington St., Devin L. Lindsey, 25, of 408 Marion St., and James T. Herron, 27, of 102 Michigan Ave., were each indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. Henthorn was also indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

The indictments stem from an arrest at 102 Michigan Ave., Marietta, after Henthorn, Lindsey and Herron, broke into the legion post.

They stole approximately $4,300 in cash. Henthorn proceeded to purchase a gun, ammunition, gun holsters and a car stereo with the money. His tampering with evidence charge is due to him burning two cloth Peoples Bank bags, which held the cash.

Herron’s interest in a Smith and Wesson pistol and $190 in cash were subject to forfeiture as they were proceeds from the crime.

Also subject to forfeiture were Henthorn’s Smith and Wesson pistol, four boxes of 9mm ammunition, crimping tool and wiring harness, car stereo, two Blackhawk pistol holsters and $59 in cash, along with Lindsey’s $800 in cash.

The three adults, along with two juveniles, allegedly broke in through a second-floor window and stole the cash from the safe. They also trashed the second-floor canteen, breaking furniture and memorabilia, defacing surfaces with eggs, and creating a flood by plugging a toilet and leaving the water running, according to a report filed in a Marietta Municipal Court hearing.

“The juveniles are being processed in the juvenile court,” said Sheriff Larry Mincks. “I don’t know what date has been set yet. (Washington County Common Pleas Juvenile Division) Judge (Timothy) Williams is taking care of that.”

Law enforcement reports estimated the damage between $10,000 and $20,000.

Also indicted:

¯ Nathan Hale, 24, of 119 Kentucky Ave., Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including one count of tampering with records, a third-degree felony; one count of theft in office, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to police reports, while conducting a routine review of work products on Sept. 13, a lieutenant became aware that an inmate had made allegations against Hale. The allegations were that Hale was providing monetary compensations or credit to multiple inmates housed at the Washington County Jail. The transactions were “to ingratiate himself with the inmates and to make himself look good,” according to Mincks.

The tampering with records charge was added because Hale had allegedly logged in as someone else to falsify the records.

¯ Kenny R. Shepherd, 45, of 3107 Liberty St., Parkersburg, was indicted on three charges, including one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of drug paraphernalia offense. The indictments stem from an arrest Aug. 6 at 400 Muskingum Drive, Marietta, where Shepherd was in a vehicle with a Ruger SR 40, 40 caliber pistol/handgun, which was accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle. The disability is drug dependence or in danger of drug dependence.

¯ James D. Rhodes, 44, of 425 County House Lane, Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including one count of fourth-degree felony theft; one count of fifth-degree felony theft; and one count of fifth-degree felony unauthorized use of property. The indictments stem from an arrest July 12 at 519 Ingram Road, Newport. Rhodes allegedly deprived James R. Rhodes, an elderly person who is disabled, of $1,047.98 worth of goods and services. He also deprived James R. Rhodes of a bank debit card, which he then used without the consent of the victim.

¯ Justin B. Hines, 23, of 271 Muskingum Road, Marietta, was indicted on four charges, including one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony. The indictments stem from an arrest July 12, 2017, and an incident Feb. 25, 2018. During the 2017 arrest on Montgomery Street, Marietta, Hines was found with both heroin and methamphetamines, along with the drug paraphernalia. On Feb. 28, 2018, he tried to bring marijuana into the Washington County Jail.

¯ Ryan M. Efaw, 23, of 30 Hupp Road, Beverly, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of 9.02 grams of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest March 9 at Third and McIntosh streets in Beverly.

¯ Ashley N. Tanner, 21, of 13949 Coolville Ridge Road, Athens, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. On Oct. 26, 2018, and Nov. 7, 2018, she failed to appear for a final pre-trial and jury trial after having been released on a recognizance bond on Aug. 20, 2018. She was originally indicted on May 24, 2018, for passing bad checks.

¯ Amy C. Castelli, 35, of 507 Washington St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. On Jan. 16 and Jan. 30, she failed to appear for a final pre-trial and jury trial after having been released on a recognizance bond on Oct. 30, 2018. She was originally arrested for theft and forgery on Dec. 22, 2017 in Marietta, after forging a check from the account of Abby L. and Tracey L. Childress.

¯ Chad R. Dixon, 43, of 1971 Leith Run Road, New Matamoras, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He failed to appear for a final pre-trial on Sept. 6 after being released on a recognizance bond. He was originally arrested Dec. 6, 2017, and indicted for aggravated trafficking and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, as well as having weapons while under disability.

¯ Jeffrey D. Smith, 25, of 213 1/2 Elm St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He failed to appear on Sept. 16 for a final pre-trial after having been released on a recognizance bond. He was originally arrested Sept. 8, 2018, at the 200 block of Front Street, Marietta, and was indicted for aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

¯ Christopher A. Streight, 33, of 120 Ward St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He failed to appear on July 30 for a final pre-trial after having been released on a recognizance bond. He was originally arrested in April for breaking and entering and theft.

¯ Stacy L. Bills, 44, of 503 Dodd St. Lot #1, Middlebourne, W.Va., was indicted on one count of theft from an elderly person, a third-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in July 2018 in Marietta for stealing from Betty Fleming. The felony is listed as third-degree as Bills allegedly stole more than $7,500, but less than $37,500.

¯ Gayle A. Dotson, 49, of 2446 Dutch Ridge Road, Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of making false alarms and one count of inducing panic, both fourth-degree felonies. The indictment stems from an arrest July 2 at 1301 Washington Blvd., Belpre, for reporting a bomb threat at Boxers, Beds and Biscuits in Belpre, when there was no bomb threat called in. She told police she made the call about the bomb threat up because the owner of the business promoted someone else to assistant manager. Washington Boulevard was shut down while officers investigated the bomb threat, which affected the surrounding businesses.

¯ Larry D. Haught Jr., 39, last known address of 465 Dodd Run Road, Marietta, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies; two counts of aggravated menacing, both first-degree misdemeanors; one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

The indictments stem from an arrest Sept. 12 at the 500 block of Tupper Street in Marietta. Haught allegedly went to the visitation center on Fourth and Wooster streets, where he was acting belligerent and started yelling at Kelly Price and Michelle Ames, who had recently broken up with Haught. Ames and Price got into their Oldsmobile and attempted to flee the area to get away from Haught. He followed the women in a minivan, ramming the Oldsmobile several times with the front of his van.

The chase ended at the 500 block of Tupper Street, where the Oldsmobile was pushed up against the curb, disabled. The women fled on foot, with Haught chasing them, screaming. When police attempted to arrest Haught, he refused to comply. After a brief struggle, police were able to put him in handcuffs, where he was transported to the Washington County Jail.

¯ Marandia E. Blouir, 39, of 607 Riverview Drive, Belmont, W.Va., was indicted on three charges, including one count of trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony; one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and one count of criminal damaging or endangering, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictments stem from an arrest on Aug. 23 at 19636 State Route 550 in Marietta. She kicked in the door at the residence of her ex-husband, Michael Johnson, and his girlfriend, Amber Griffiths. After entering the residence, she pushed Johnson and yelled, asking where her kids were. After yelling at him, she went back outside to her vehicle. Both Johnson and Griffiths requested temporary restraining orders.

¯ Corey B. Adams, 34, of 202 Sacra Via St., Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; one count of violating protection order, a fifth-degree felony; and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an incident July 3 when Adams was found at the home of Miracle Vandyk after she was awarded a civil protection order against him. He was on probation and when probation officers went to Vandyk’s residence, they saw Adams through the window. They then called police. Adams called Vandyk, who held the police and probation off while Adams hid.

When he was found, he did not have his phone on him. The phone was eventually recovered in the attic, near the window where the probation officers had seen him. On the phone were calls between Adams and Vandyk, as well as text messages.

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