Man indicted in explosives case
Possible prison terms, maximum fines:
¯First-degree felony: Three to 11 years; $20,000.
¯Second-degree felony: Two to eight years; $15,000.
¯Third-degree felony: One to three years; $10,000.
¯Third-degree felony involving an act of sex or violence: One to five years; $10,000.
¯Fourth-degree felony: Six to 18 months; $5,000.
¯Fifth-degree felony: Six months to one year; $2,500.
Source: Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Marietta man alleged to have made an explosive device found in the Marietta Municipal Court building Dec. 15 was among the 17 people indicted by a Washington County grand jury in January.
Daniel Lindsey Buchman, 33, of 106 Sunset Drive, Marietta, was indicted on one count of illegal manufacturing of processing explosive, a second-degree felony, and two counts of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, both fifth-degree felonies.
“Buchman had created this explosive, resulting in the second-degree felony,” Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings said. “He did not have a license to do so.”
On Dec. 15, an explosive device was found inside Buchman’s impounded backpack in the probation office of Marietta Municipal Court. Bomb-making materials, including a trigger switch, were found at Buchman’s home.
Rings said when police opened the backpack, an Arizona tea can had been modified to be a bomb.
“The unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance was the explosive which Buchman had created,” said Rings. “The second count was for the trigger that was found after his home was searched.”
≤ Zackry Pete Taylor, 24, of 710 Eighth St., Marietta, was indicted for one count of complicity to pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony, one count of complicity to illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, a second-degree felony, one count of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of importuning, a fourth-degree felony.
“Taylor was found running around with underage girls and asking them to engage in sexual behavior with him,” said Rings.
While conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 block of Third Street on Dec. 16, it was found Taylor had received nude photographs from one of the juvenile passengers in the vehicle and Taylor is a registered sex offender.
“The victim was a 14-year-old girl and Taylor was 23 at the time,” said Rings.
¯ Aaron Deandre Banks, 22, of 3398 Briar Park, Memphis, Tenn., was indicted for one count of complicity to commit forgery, a fifth-degree felony, one count of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, one count of assault of a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
Banks attempted to cash an alleged forged check at a Belpre grocery store. Banks was assisted by Morline Jean Higginbottom, 38, of 3398 Briar Park, Memphis, Tenn. and Vonterrius Lamonte Jones, 20, of 3430 Christine Circle, Memphis, Tenn. who were also indicted.
Higginbottom and Jones were each indicted for one count of complicity to commit forgery, a fifth-degree felony. Jones was also indicted for one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a peace officer.
“Banks fought with the officer and would have escaped had there not been a brave Kroger employee at the door,” said Rings. “He tried to cash a check for just under $900. There was another fraud check identical to the first one found in his purse.”
Jones and Higginbottom were outside waiting for Banks to get in the car when an officer approached them. The officer asked them to wait as he was called inside to help with the officer dealing with Banks when Jones took off in his vehicle.
“Jones left just after he was asked to stay, resulting in the failure to comply with a peace officer,” said Rings.
¯ Charles E. Haught III, 32, 8620 State Route 339, Barlow, was indicted for three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, two third-degree felonies and one second-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
He was also indicted for one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, for scales in his possession and one count of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, a fifth-degree felony.
Last July, Haught was found along Ohio 550 in Vincent. According to prosecutors, he was offering and attempting to sell methamphetamine. He was found with an amount equal to or exceeding the bulk amount used for sale, resulting in the fifth-degree felony.
“He was within the limits of a school which is why he got the third-degree trafficking charge,” said Rings. “The dangerous ordnance was a 12 gauge shotgun which he was forced to forfeit as a contraband.”
Haught was also found with $2,211 in cash.
¯ Stephanie Davis, 40, of 867 Riggenbach Hill Road, Fleming was indicted for one count of theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.
Davis reportedly entered a residence along Warren Street in Marietta on April 26, 2015. She stole a pill bottle of Zolpidem, a sedative primarily used for the treatment of insomnia. The stolen property was the from the same residence.
¯ Matthew Schafer, 37, of 445 Dodd Run Road, Marietta. was indicted for one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence, a misdemeanor.
On Sept. 20, Schafer was arrested in reference to a domestic violence complaint from Stephanie Wilfong, of 122 Terrace Ave., Marietta. When Wilfong went to pick up her child from Schafer, her ex-boyfriend, he was found seated outside with what appeared to be a long gun leaning against a post beside him, according to prosecutors.
Schafer reportedly told Wilfong that if she went into the house he would shoot her and he then discharged a round. Schafer then went into the residence and began to yell at her, bumping against Wilfong and causing her to trip over a stool and fall.
The weapon was a Remington 870 shotgun and he was under disability for trafficking cocaine in 1999.
¯ Amy Abshire, 39, of 710 Race St., Belpre, was indicted for one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of theft, a misdemeanor.
Abshire allegedly broke into Cashland in Belpre and stole jewelry and keys. The items stolen were not valued at more than $1,000.
¯Travis Eugene Sparks, 33, of 3395 Ohio 26, Marietta, was indicted for two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and one count of abduction, a third-degree felony.
Sparks allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and mother of his child, Celoria Simpson. Simpson reported she had been awakened by Sparks striking her and he continued the assault when she ran into another area of the home. This happened on Dec. 22.
“As we can see, Sparks had a very busy night,” said Rings. “He had attacked Simpson using a knife and then moved her and restrained her to attempt to terrorize her.”
Simpson said Sparks threatened to kill her if she contacted law enforcement.
“Sparks then used a 12 gauge shotgun to scare Simpson,” said Rings.
¯Shaquille C. Moultry, 23, of 4702 Carahan Road, Columbus, was indicted for one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony.
Moultry was to be sentenced on Dec. 15 for one count of possession of controlled substances and one count of trafficking in drugs. Moultry failed to show up for his sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
¯Kennith Allen Bay, 29, of 33 Powell Dr., Apt. 18, Parkersburg, was indicted for one count of passing bad checks and one count of theft, both fifth-degree felonies.