Guilty pleas for arson and drug charges


From staff reports

Three people pleaded guilty to felony charges this week in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

•On Wednesday, Noah Rutter, 21, of 6500 Germantown Road, Lower Salem, pleaded guilty to second-degree felony aggravated arson.

In September, Rutter and his brother had continual confrontations with their neighbor at 6466 Germantown Road. According to Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham, the dispute reached a climax on Sept. 26 when Rutter went to his neighbor’s residence and threw a molotav cocktail against the side of the home in order to get the victim out. The man as able to flee the home with his pets without injury.

Rutter faces from two to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. His sentencing date has not yet been set.


•Anthony Fields, 29, of 233 Irvin St., Charleston, W.Va., pleaded guilty to the possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

On Oct. 8, 2017, Fields was pulled over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and was arrested for an OVI. Upon processing at the Washington County Jail, deputies found two small containers of carfentanil pushed into the toe of one of Field’s shoes.

“Carfentanil is a much deadlier form of the drug fentanyl,” said Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

Fields will be sentenced on Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. and faces up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines.

•Nicole Dotson, 32, of 6488 Old St. Mary’s Pike, Parkersburg pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. The fourth-degree felony could potentially make Dotson spend up to 18 months in prison and pay up to $5,000 in fines.


The plea stems from an August 2017 arrest by the Major Crimes Drug Task Force. During the arrest, officers confiscated an unspecified amount of methamphetamine, six cell phones, digital scales and $468 in cash.

Dotson’s sentencing will be on March 21 at 8:30 a.m.