A West Virginia woman whose high speed car chase ended with her reportedly trying to run over a pair deputies from the Pleasants County Sheriff's Office and a pair of officers from the New Matamoras Police Department on Ohio 7 was among 23 people indicted this week by a Washington County Grand Jury.
Victoria Moss, 53, of 1009 Bear Run Road, Cairo, W.Va., was indicted on four first-degree felony counts of felonious assault and a third-degree felony count of failure to comply with an order of a police officer.
"This started out in Pleasants County, West Virginia, and continued into Newport Township, Independence Township, Grandview Township, and for a brief time into Monroe County," said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider of the pursuit.
Moss tried to flea from deputies from Pleasants County after a traffic stop on April 2. The chase continued into Ohio with New Matamoras quickly joining the pursuit. At one point, Moss appeared to stop but then took off again, reportedly ramming a vehicle from both departments and driving toward officers in the process.
Pleasants County deputies then fired shots toward Moss' tires and she drove into a ditch, ending the chase.
A written plea of not guilty by reason of insanity has already been entered on Moss' behalf, added Schneider.
Four individuals thought to be involved in trafficking large quantities
of drugs in the area were indicted on multiple first-degree felonies.
Brent J. Sidwell, 32, and his wife Jodi Sidwell, 30, of 1045 Ridgewood Blvd., Belpre, could be forced to forfeit tens of thousands of dollars worth of assets, including a Parkersburg business thought to be supplemented by drug money, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Alison Cauthorn.
The Sidwells are co-owners of the Fifth Street Pub, said Cauthorn.
"It is our opinion that money derived from the proceeds of drug activity were used to facilitate the pub," she said.
Brent Sidwell was indicted on two first-degree felony counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and four first-degree felony counts of drug trafficking for selling cocaine.
Jodi Sidwell was indicted on a first-degree felony count of complicity to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Also believed to be involved in the operation are Timothy Fields, 38, of 703 21st St., Vienna, and David Naylor, 27, of 2311 Pike St. Lot 18, Parkersburg.
Fields was indicted on a four first-degree felony counts of drug trafficking and a single first-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Naylor was indicted on two first-degree felony counts of drug trafficking and two first-degree felony counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
"Each of them played a role," said Cauthorn of the drug operation.
The trafficking charges all pertain to undercover drug buys conducted by the Major Crimes Task Force in March and April, but the corruption charge stems back to drug activity from 2009, she said.
Additional charges could be added, she said.
Chad B. Bledsoe, 29, of 1010 Florence St. Apt. 1, Belpre, was indicted on fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering, theft, and possession of criminal tools, and a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.
Bledsoe reportedly smashed through a window of the Belpre Mart around March 27 and stole cash, tobacco products, and lottery tickets, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.
"If you steal lottery tickets that have not been activated, it will show that its not been activated when you try to redeem it. That was one of the ways he was caught," said Rings.
Bledsoe reportedly went to Walmart soon after the robbery and purchased several items including a Mongoose bicycle and flat screen television. Those items will be subject to forfeiture, said Rings.
Shawn M. Mulligan, 32, of 715 Barclay St. Lot 33, Belpre, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of marijuana trafficking. Mulligan allegedly arranged to sell marijuana to a confidential informant on two occasions in October 2012.
Patrick Jackson, 34, and Kyrbie N. Uhl, 30, both of 1205 Wyatt Lane Apt. B, Belpre, were also indicted for selling marijuana with Mulligan. Uhl, who was indicted on a single fifth-degree felony count of drug trafficking, reportedly acted as a courier during the first deal, taking the money and driving to make an exchange with Jackson.
On the second occasion, Jackson drove to where Mulligan and the informant were meeting and reportedly provided the drugs, said Schneider. Jackson was therefore indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of drug trafficking.
Melisa J. Beagle, 31, and Jeremy J. McFall, 34, both of 1308 Williamson Ave. Apt. 1D, were each indicted on two fifth-degree counts and a fourth-degree felony count of heroin trafficking.
The two reportedly sold heroin to an undercover informant on Aug. 26, Oct. 2, and Oct. 17, said Schneider. Beagle's juvenile child was present during one sale, elevating it to a fourth-degree felony.
Beagle was additionally charged for a sale Sept. 9 where her child was again present, but McFall was not.
Robert F. Oakley III, 34, of 4114 14th Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of selling unapproved drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possessing unapproved drugs. Oakley was arrested in February after selling a pound of synthetic marijuana, or K2, to a confidential informant on Ohio 7. Oakley had more of the drug in his truck after the sale and more still was found at his home, said Schneider.
Oakley's indictment also included forfeiture specifications pertaining to $37,000, vehicles, and other items thought to be the boon of Oakley's drug outfit, added Schneider.
Jenifer McDuffy, of 745 Coal Run Road, Lowell, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of tampering with records and a fifth-degree felony count of theft. McDuffy was a former employee at the Lowell post office and allegedly stole around $1,764.02 by forging money orders between January and August of 2013. McDuffy had returned half of the money by the time an audit caught the discrepancies in August and has currently returned all the money, said Schneider.
David C. Smith, 32, of 1703 36th St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession. Officers were trying to find and arrest another man when conducting a search at a Lafayette Hotel room on Nov. 25, but also searched Smith, who was in the room. The search yielded a bag of morphine.
Kenneth Scott, 59, of 2007 Gandee Court Apt. A, Belpre, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of felonious assault and a first-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence. Scott seriously injured his girlfriend during a physical altercation April 2, resulting in both charges. The victim suffered multiple fractures to bones in her face, said Rings.
Todd Weekley, 38, of 501 1/2 Washington St., Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of domestic violence. Weekley reportedly lashed out at his girlfriend during a fight. Two prior domestic violence convictions elevated the current charge to a felony.
Sherman L. Larrimore II, 32, of 35 Orchard Road, Newport, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of failure to provide a change of address. Larrimore is a registered sex offender because of an unlawful sexual conduct with a minor conviction. Earlier this year, Larrimore reported an address to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, but a subsequent compliance check revealed Larrimore had never been living there.
Mark McLaughlin, 23, of 110 Hocking Road C, Belpre, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of burglary and a fourth-degree felony count of safecracking. McLaughlin allegedly acquired a key that he had no permission to have and entered a Belpre resident in October. Inside, he reportedly broke into a safe and stole some cash and jewelry, said Rings.
Amy Jo Jacobsen, 39, of 807 Evergreen Lane, Chillicothe, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. Jacobsen was found to have pawned items that belonged to a Fleming family for whom she had been house sitting. The items included cash and jewelry and totaled over $7,500 in value.
Tyler G. Jarvis, 26, 1231 Ellis Run Road, Cutler, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of domestic violence. Jarvis' was aware that his wife was pregnant when he hit her on May 22, elevating the domestic violence charge to a felony.
Delbert D. Cain, 38, and Felicia C. Jackson, 33, both of 100 Simpson St., Marietta, were each indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts of drug trafficking and a fourth-degree felony count of drug trafficking. On Feb, 22, 2013, the couple is accused of selling 10 hydrocodone tablets while Jackson's child was present. On March 5, the couple is accused of selling more hydrocodone pills, Xanax pills, and marijuana.
Everette L. Crites, 37, of 890 Rainbow Road, Waterford, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of domestic violence. Crites reportedly assaulted his wife on Dec. 21. Crites has at least three prior convictions for domestic violence, including a prior felony conviction in Washington County Common Pleas Court, said Schneider. The priors involve different victims, he said.