Indictments include pair on drug charges

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Indictments this month from a Washington County grand jury include a man the prosecutor’s office calls a major drug dealer in the area.

“We believe he’s one of the biggest drug suppliers in the area,” said Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin.

Morgan B. Wynn, 24, of 115 N. Hart St., Apt. 4, Marietta, faces four separate indictments and nine felony charges:

¯ Aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, for purchasing 0.15 grams of methamphetamine on July 26, 2016, from a confidential informant.

¯ Failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, for fleeing from officers leading to a chase through Marietta on Oct. 20, 2016.

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¯ Aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, for selling 9.99 grams of methamphetamine on July 11 at a residence on Muskingum River Road between Marietta and Lowell.

The final indictment against Wynn includes co-defendant Natalie Benton, 32, of 111 N. Hart St., Apt. 8, Marietta.

“A search warrant was conducted on both of their residences, which were just a few doors down from each other,” explained Derkin. “They were in cahoots selling the drugs together.”

Derkin said the pair were arrested Jan. 26.

Wynn faces the following counts:

¯ Aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony, for having 11.64 grams of methamphetamine in the proximity of a school zone/juveniles.

¯ Improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, for having a loaded .380 Colt Mustang handgun.

¯ Possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

¯ Possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for the methamphetamine found.

¯ Aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony, for having 50.86 grams of morphine.

Benton faces the following counts:

¯ Aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, for the methamphetamine found on her person, 0.23 grams, also in the proximity of a school zone/juveniles.

¯ Trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, for 0.1 grams found on her person.

¯ Permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

¯ Aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for the methamphetamine found.

¯ Possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

“Our office really wants to make sure that we get them off the streets and put away for a long time,” said Derkin.

Other indictments included:

¯ Scott L. Carpenter, 55, of 415 1/2 Third St., Marietta, for domestic violence, a third-degree felony. Carpenter allegedly attacked his brother James over a family dispute on Oct. 24 in Marietta.

¯ Jennifer Goff, 27, of 1 Center Lane, Shelby, for burglary, a second-degree felony, grand theft, a third-degree felony, theft, a fifth-degree felony, petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Goff allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend Theo Gover’s vehicle on Oct. 23, stole several items and did damage to the vehicle.

“She stole guns from his apartment, took his keys and slashed his tires, wrote explicit words on the car, stole a laptop and other items,” explained Derkin. “This happened at his Fourth Street home in Marietta.”

¯ Co-defendants Dylan Riley, 31, and Chelsea Hayes, 26, both of 715 Cisler Drive, Marietta, are accused of trafficking drugs out of their home and Ford F350.

“They are a married couple,” said Derkin. “They’re definitely players and they had a big amount of cash, almost $500 from the selling of their drugs.”

Riley faces the following charges:

¯ Aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, for trace amounts of methamphetamine.

¯ Trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

Hayes faces the following charges:

¯ Complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

¯ Complicity to trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Complicity to trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

Both also face the following charges:

¯ Possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

The pair were arrested at their home on April 25 along with Chad W. Warner, 32, of 260 Greenbrier Circle, Marietta.

“Chad Warner was at their home when the search warrant was conducted,” explained Derkin. “There was a single use hit of heroin on his person.”

Warner was subsequently also indicted this month for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Justin T. Gibbs, 26, of 516 Smith St., Marietta, for attempted safecracking, a third-degree felony.

Gibbs allegedly attempted to break into a safe at the Harmar Tavern on Oct. 1.

“He was a former employee who had been fired the day before,” said Derkin.

¯ Derek J. Vanhorn, 30, of 554 Sand Ridge Road, Waterford, for felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

“He was at the Valley Inn bar in Beverly when he attacked Chris Tindell (of Las Vegas) to the point where the victim was hospitalized for a few days,” said Derkin. “(Tindell) sustained serious injury to his face and head and lost vision in one eye.”

Derkin said Tindell was in town on business.

¯ Christopher L. Baughman, 25, of 4418 1/2 15th Ave., Parkersburg, for failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

“On Feb. 21 the Belpre police attempted a traffic stop in Belpre on Mr. Baughman for having only one operating headlight,” explained Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings. “He fled across the bridge into Parkersburg with enough speed to cause a substantial risk to persons and property until he was arrested by Parkersburg Police, Belpre Police and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.”

¯ Bradley D. Flesher, 21, of 629 Briggs Hill Road, Belpre, for possession of drugs. Flesher was allegedly found in possession of 0.03 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop by Belpre police on Feb. 16.

¯ Milan A. Trumbull, 32, of 1361 Henry Ave., Canton, for perjury, a third-degree felony. Trumbull allegedly applied for a duplicate title for his vehicle, indicating he had lost the original title.

“In fact he had given it to someone to hold as security for a debt,” said Rings. “Therefore when he applied for a new title it was perjury because he knew where the original was. Presumably he wanted to be able to sell his vehicle.”

¯ Scott Collins, 32, of 720 29th St., Apt. 5, Parkersburg, for burglary, a fourth-degree felony.

Collins allegedly broke into the home of Kathy Jo Staats and Caroline Dugan, 812 Front St., Marietta, in the early morning of Oct. 14.

“He proceeds to tell them it’s his house now and that he bought it,” said Assistant Prosecutor Rhonda Mears. “He even waived an imaginary deed at the police when they arrived. It was a pretty traumatic event for both women.”

¯ Bruce Ashby, 34, of 111 1/2 Terrace Ave., Marietta, for terrorist threats, a third-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor.

On Sept. 20 Collins allegedly threatened law enforcement for not stopping his estranged wife Amber Ashby from taking their children out of town for the weekend.

“He mentioned to law enforcement that he had a gun as they were leaving his residence and then he later called saying he would take matters into his own hands,” explained Mears. “Then he posted to Facebook threats to law enforcement saying things like ‘fair game declared, shoot first ask questions later and just end them’ and his wife was a corrections officer at the jail so this was all very concerning.”

¯ Codefendants Joshua E. Marcum, 30, of 108 Riley Drive, Apt. 3, Marietta, and Eric R. Neff, 26, of 240 Walnut St., Whipple, face identical charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony.

Mears said the pair were found in the process of making methamphetamine at the Putnam Place Apartments across from McDonald’s and Marietta Middle School.

“Police received a call stating that there was an odor that was odd and that the caller had seen a bottle being shaken at the apartments,” said Mears. “Upon arrival they recognized the odor to be from a meth lab.”

Mears said law enforcement proceeded to evacuate the building before finding all the necessary chemicals to make methamphetamine in the apartment that was being lent to one of the two men by a friend.

¯ Jerod Williams, 30, of 1605 Farson St., Belpre, for grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

Williams allegedly stole a 2012 Honda Foreman all-terrain vehicle near the Edgewater Cafe on Muskingum River Road while out with friends on Oct. 25.

“When (law enforcement) recovered the ATV on Nov. 4. there was $1,700 worth in damages,” said Mears.

¯ John Claggett, 42, of 223 Fourth St., Beverly, for domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly tearing the rotator cuff of his wife on Oct. 31 while intoxicated during an argument.

¯ Co-defendants Marisa M. Sumption, 21, of Vienna, W.Va., and Marissa E. Davidson, 21, of Discovery Bay, Calif., face identical indictments of theft, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly stealing a framed composite from the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity House on Marietta College’s campus during homecoming weekend in October.

“There were witnesses and security camera footage of the girls removing the composite from the wall and putting it in one of the girl’s cars,” said Mears. “The composite is valued at over $1,100, which we know because it had just been purchased and put on that wall that weekend. It’s because of the value that this is a felony.”

¯ Co-defendants Shaun A. Gates, 36, of 1225 Greene St., Marietta, for trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony, and Tracy Lamp, 41, of 146 Franklin St., Marietta, for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Rings said Gates and Lamp were found in Gates’ garage on Greene Street on Jan. 20 with 25 grams of methamphetamine.

“We believe he was the one selling the meth,” said Rings. “There is also a specification for the $639 in cash found on his person to be forfeited. We believe that is the proceeds he had from his drug sales.”

At a glance

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.

¯ 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.

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