Warren marching band at Nationals
The Marching Warriors of Warren Local left this morning for Indianapolis to participate in the annual Bands of America Grand Nationals competition. The event is a non-qualifying competition and the Warriors have attended regularly since the late 1980s.
This year the Marching Warriors includes 80 students in grades 8-12. Their show is entitled "The Fabric of Our Being" and displays many solo and featured performers. Led on the field by Drum Majors Gillian Amrine and Emily Hanlon and with solo performances by Hallie Wilson, Ben Rominske, Ali Morey; Julia Misel, Logan Reynolds, Jordan Parmiter and featured performer Molly Simich, the Marching Warriors recently participated in the Ohio State Marching Band Finals where they earned an "Excellent" rating.
The last performance for the Warriors is today at 7:15 p.m. in Lucas Oil Stadium as part of the massive 90-band competition which covers three full days of performances.
Break-in suspect returned to region
A man suspected of breaking into multiple area businesses in the spring of 2012 was arrested Wednesday in Wisconsin and transported back to the Washington County Jail.
Michael Jazdzewski, 26, is being held on a $235,000 bond on a single fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering.
The charge is in relation to an April 2012 theft at Dairy Queen in Marietta, said Sgt. Greg Nohe, a detective with the Marietta Police Department.
"He was developed as a suspect here recently and we were able to get enough information to get an arrest warrant," he said.
Jazdzewski allegedly forced his way into the restaurant and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
He was also charged with breaking into a Family Dollar in Coolville last year. That case has yet to be resolved, said Nohe.
"He's also a suspect of several other (breaking and enterings) that took place around that time," he added.
Jazdzewski is suspected of taking money and items from multiple other businesses in Washington, Athens, Guernsey and Noble counties in Ohio and Jackson County in West Virginia, said Nohe.
"He was on probation in Wisconsin...He's got a criminal history," said Nohe.
Investigating officers will turn over all their information on Jazdzewski's involvement in area crimes to the Washington County Prosecutors Office, which will present the information to an upcoming grand jury.
Sentencing in theft, fraud cases delayed
A Newport woman's Thursday sentencing on theft and identity fraud charges was postponed so the judge and attorneys can reevaluate her agreed upon disposition.
April N. Calvert, 27, of 4500 Zion Ridge Road, was originally scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 11 on three fifth-degree felony theft charges and a fourth-degree identity fraud charge.
Calvert had racked up thousands of dollars of bills and fraudulent charges in her sister's name, using her sister's identification card to access her checking account and posing as her sister while receiving medical care at Camden Clark Medical Center. She also used her sister's name to cash checks stolen from another individual.
According to an agreed disposition Calvert would have been sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of community control at her Oct. 11 sentencing, but Calvert failed to appear, later calling the court to say she was recovering from dental work and would not be coming.
It was just one misstep in a long line of failed cooperation, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.
"Your failure to cooperate on the (pre-sentence investigation), and failure to appear at jury trail and then at sentencing voids the agreed disposition. That is the state's position and that is certainly the court's position," he said.
Burnworth told Calvert's attorney Randall Jedlink that in light of the voided disposition, Calvert could withdraw her guilty pleas and demand a jury trial.
Burnworth said sentencing would be rescheduled after the court has had time to reevaluate the case.
Man held on
A West Virginia man who spent six months in the Washington County Jail for calling the Washington County Sheriff's Office and threatening to kill a man living with his ex-girlfriend was picked up Tuesday in West Virginia for violating his probation.
Joshua E. Taylor, 32, of St. Marys, was sentenced in March 2012 and served six months for making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.
However, Taylor violated his community control by committing a new theft offense in January, said Major Brian Schuck of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
"He was out on the run. He never showed up for his probable cause hearing," said Schuck.
Taylor was found by West Virginia authorities in Calhoun County and is awaiting extradition on the probation violation.
Because Taylor violated his community control, he could be re-sentenced to the maximum three years on the terroristic threats charge.