A deputy initiated an investigation Friday involving a 91-year-old fraud victim. The Marietta resident has reportedly sent approximately $120,000 to fraudsters in Jamaica who claimed to be operating a charity for Donald Trump. Inside the victim's apartment were a large number of Western Union and Green Dot prepaid card receipts. An acquaintance of the victim said the victim has money problems and is constantly attempting to get more money. The victim was unable to detail where she obtained the money to send to Jamaica.
A deputy requested a warrant Saturday for Hill F. Smith, 58, of 1483 Dutton Hill Road, Macksburg, for aggravated menacing. Earlier in the day Smith was speaking to a female acquaintance in his bedroom when he produced a large knife and ordered her to remove her clothes. When she refused, the 25-year-old Dexter City resident said Smith raised the knife in her direction and again ordered her to remove her clothes. Smith then sheathed the knife and began to forcibly remove the victim's clothes. Other occupants in the home heard the commotion and intervened before the incident progressed further. The victim stated she feared Smith would cause her harm or sexually assault her.
Deputies responded Saturday to the scene of death of an 83-year-old Waterford resident. The man's death appears to be due to natural causes; no foul play is suspected.
Paulette Fenton, 66, of 123 Howard St., Marietta, reported Sunday that she recently discovered a Stihl weed eater and a water jug containing approximately $1,000 in change were missing from her storage shed and garage, respectively. Fenton declined to pursue the matter further.
A deputy requested summonses Sunday for a 16-year-old and four 17-year-old Marietta residents to appear in Juvenile Court on charges of delinquency by possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. All of the teenagers were passengers in a vehicle driven by one of the 17-year-old girls. Stopped for a traffic violation on Ohio 60 near Ohio 821, the five females were questioned about the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. They admitted smoking marijuana in the vehicle and produced a marijuana pipe and a small bag of marijuana.
Douglas C. Deem, 35, of 1205 20th St., Parkersburg, reported Monday that he was standing in the parking lot of the Station Carryout at 595 Joe Skinner Road, Belpre, when an unknown assailant struck him in the back of the head. When Deem fell to the ground, the assailant then kicked him in the abdomen. Deem declined to pursue the matter further.
A deputy requested summonses Wednesday for Jason L. Barton, 36, of 543 Cairns Run Road, Lowell, for failure to register a dog and for failure to confine/restrain a dog. Three days earlier, Barton's two dogs were seen running loose, yet again through a neighbor's yard. The neighbor said Barton's dogs are aggressive and have attacked her dog and killed her cats.
A deputy requested a summons Wednesday for Timothy A. Francis, 19, of 110 Dean St., Marietta, for failure to confine/restrain a dog. On five occasions within the past 30 days, two of Francis' dogs were picked up after being found running loose in the neighborhood. Francis has been cited for the same offense in the past but continues to refuse to restrain his dogs.
The following people were recently processed into the Washington County Jail:
Ronald S. Lamar, 41, of 224 Blair Ave., Mineral Wells, was arrested Tuesday for theft, a felony.
Brian K. Streight, 47, of 221 S. Sixth St., Marietta, was arrested Wednesday for possession of drugs, a felony.
Randy A. Griffin, 60, of 25 McGrath Road, Lower Salem, was arrested Wednesday for two felony counts of possession of drugs.