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Grand jury indicts 46 this week

By Michele Newbanks

Staff Reporter

A New Martinsville, W.Va., man at the center of a string of crimes in November was indicted this week by the Washington County Grand Jury.

James M. Doty, 37, of 296 N. State Route 2, Lot 60, was indicted on 10 charges, including one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; two counts of aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies; one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; two counts of burglary, both second-degree felonies; one count of attempt to commit an offense, a fifth-degree felony; one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of kidnapping, a second-degree felony.

The Washington County Sheriffás Office reported deputies responded to Swaney Court, Marietta Township, to a report of a robbery and theft of a vehicle on Nov. 26.

At about 9:20 a.m., the homeowner heard a man yelling for help in the kitchen. The man in the kitchen did not have permission to be there. The man, later identified as Doty, was bent over, stating he was having a heart attack. Doty was advised that they would take him to the hospital, the report states.

Once the vehicle was available for Doty to be transported for medical treatment, he stood between the owner and the car door trying to obtain the car keys, according to the sheriffás office.

He pulled out a knife demanding the keys and the subject ran for safety and Doty left in the vehicle, the sheriffás office notes.

Deputies patrolled the area for the vehicle with negative results. Doty had also allegedly entered a building and another vehicle at that location and stole a wallet with cash and debit and credit cards, the sheriffás office reported.

Deputies became aware that the Marietta Police Department had received similar calls and the vehicle in this incident was located in the area of the burglaries in Marietta.

The Marietta Police Department reported units were dispatched to 119 Miller Ave. for a burglary. Upon arrival, officers made contact and were advised the incident occurred at 120 Miller Ave.

While on scene, officers were advised that the same man had entered 110 Miller Ave. Officers found the man had entered the residence and attempted to take the victimás vehicle. The man was located by officers and was identified as Doty.

Marietta Police reported units were dispatched a second time Nov. 26 to 119 Miller Ave. for a burglary. Upon arrival, officers were advised the incident occurred at 120 Miller Ave.

During the investigation, it was learned that Doty had entered the home of the victims and demanded the keys to their vehicle, the police report stated. Doty was reportedly in possession of a box cutter during the burglary and attempted to cut one of the victims.

The police department also began an investigation into a burglary at 137 Frederick St. As a result of the new investigation, Doty was transported to the jail and charged with burglary and kidnapping.

Marietta Police Capt. Ryan Huffman said Doty had done disabling damage to the car stolen from Swaney Court before starting his âreign of terrorã within city limits.

Other indictments include:

ó Travis B. Drake was indicted on four charges, including one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, both first-degree felonies; one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

His indictment stems from an arrest after being found with between 20 and 50 grams of a fentanyl-related compound at 1401 Washington Blvd., Belpre, in November 2020.

He was also reportedly found with methamphetamine.

Subject to forfeit is $387 in cash and a Smith and Wesson 9C handgun. There was a firearm specification of one year as he reportedly had a firearm on his person while committing the offense. He had been previously convicted of the crime of manufacturing/distributing/possessing with intent to distribute drugs on Jan. 22, 1997, in the 13th Judicial Circuit, Greenville County, South Carolina.

ó Dwayne Miller, 57, and Keryn Miller, 38, both of 116 Sharon St., Marietta, were each indicted on one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a second-degree felony; and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. Dwayne was also indicted on two counts of having weapons while under disability, third-degree felonies.

In April 2019, they were reportedly found with between 10 and 20 grams of a fentanyl-related compound and methamphetamine. The offenses were reportedly committed in the vicinity of a juvenile.

Dwayne is the owner of a 2007 Dodge Caliber, Hi-Point 9mm handgun, Jimenez Arms 9mm handgun, and $303 in cash that are subject to forfeit.

ó Mason A. Nelson, 33, of 540 King St., Cutler, was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. He allegedly received a tilt bed trailer owned by Pine Tree Towing and Recovery in November 2020.

ó Along with Mason Nelson, Keith T. Whealdon, 29, of 5355 State Route 26, Marietta, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. He was also charged with allegedly receiving the tilt bed trailer owned by Pine Tree Towing and Recovery in November 2020.

ó Mark E. Swaney, 55, homeless, was indicted on three charges, including one count of trespass in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony; and two counts of assault, both first-degree misdemeanors. He reportedly had been told on a previous occasion not to be on the property at 1003 Third St., Marietta, but the Marietta Police reported he was there on Oct. 28. He also allegedly assaulted two people at the residence.

ó Justin M. Griffin, 27, of 1688 Westwood Ave., Alliance, was indicted on one count of possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony. He was allegedly found with between 5 and 10 grams of the drug on May 21 on Interstate 77 near milepost 15.

ó Along with Justin Griffin, Michael R. Moreland, 43, of 914 Concord Ave., Canton, was indicted on one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. He was reportedly also found with the drug on May 21 on Interstate 77 near milepost 15.

ó Zayden Jase Petry, 18, of 56321 Spencer Road, Cumberland, was indicted on one count of trespass in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to the Washington County Sheriffás Office, there was a report of a break in at 11766 State Route 821 on Sept. 19. The occupants noticed a motorcycle in the drive they did not recognize and then observed a man in the attached garage.

The sheriffás office reported the residents went outside to confront the man and kept him there until law enforcement arrived. The man, identified as Petry, reportedly advised he was in the garage looking for gas, without permission, as his motorcycle ran out of gas up the road. He was reportedly patted down and handcuffed.

Several items were reportedly found in Petryás pockets that the homeowners recognized as belonging to them. Petry reportedly admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the evening.

ó Jennifer R. Conant, 39, of 407 Neal St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. She reportedly did not appear in Washington County Common Pleas Court on Nov. 15 for a status conference hearing for underlying felony crimes of two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

ó Willie Cassie Shropshire, 32, of 812 King St., Akron, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. He was reportedly to appear in common pleas court Nov. 15 after being released on his own recognizance.

ó Roy James Campbell III, 35, homeless, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. He reportedly failed to appear in common pleas court Dec. 6 after being released on his own recognizance.

ó Steven Emory Fox, 49, homeless, was indicted on one count of attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of criminal damaging or endangering, a second-degree misdemeanor. He allegedly attempted to steal a car from Putnam Street Auto on Nov. 14.

ó James A. Devore, 38, of 906 Virginia Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly was found at 1011 Pike St., Marietta, in April 2020 with a loaded firearm in his vehicle.

ó Melissa A. Hennen, 46, of 1121 Putnam Howe Drive, Belpre, and Brandy N. Vandergrift, 30, last known address of 1013 33rd St., Vienna, were each indicted on five counts of breaking and entering, all fifth-degree felonies, and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

They reportedly broke into the Belpre Mini Storage, 1400 Hocking Road #D, Belpre, May 3 to 5, in the unoccupied structures of John Foster, Brandon Knopp, Pamela Hansen and Shane Sevy.

ó Tristen R. Neeley, 23, of 11844 State Route 26, Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, and one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly fled from law enforcement in February 2020 and was found with a loaded Marlin rifle in his vehicle. The rifle is subject to forfeiture.

ó Brandon P. Lincoln, 35, of 2707 Bird St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. He and two accomplices allegedly broke into a Dudley Avenue residence Dec. 7 while the homeowners were present. His purpose reportedly was to commit felonious assault on the couple.

ó Brandon M. Perdew, 30, of 615 Front St., Fairmont, W.Va., was indicted, along with Brandon Lincoln, on one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. He also reportedly broke into the structure while the homeowners were present and caused them to believe he would harm them.

ó Along with Brandon Lincoln and Brandon Perdew, Robert B. Swiney, 55, of 2707 Bird St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, a first-degree felony, and one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, an unclassified felony. He reportedly traveled in a vehicle to the Dudley Avenue address with Perdew and Lincoln and kept watch while Perdew and Lincoln went inside the home.

ó James D. Hunt, 40, of 7438 State Route 772, Piketon, was indicted on one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a third-degree felony; one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found in May with between 5 and 10 grams of a fentanyl-related compound on Interstate 77 near milepost 13. He reportedly had a firearm in his vehicle and is drug dependent or in danger of drug dependence. He was also allegedly found with methamphetamine.

ó Along with James Hunt, Sherry R. Waybright, 36, of 1420 McConnell Ave., Portsmouth, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. She was reportedly found with methamphetamine and heroin on May 17.

ó Gurmel L. McDonald, 34, of 101 Gibbons Lane Apt. 2, Belpre, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. His indictment stems from an incident in December. He had previously been convicted of domestic battery on April 19, 2010, in Wood County Circuit Court.

ó Jacob C. Wartenbee, 29, of 1311 Bristol St., Zanesville, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. He was allegedly found in October 2019 in Salem Township with methamphetamine.

ó Amy Leigh Davis, 36, of 602 Cross St., Belpre was indicted on one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a third-degree felony; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony; one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

It was reported she offered to sell a fentanyl-related compound and benzodiazepine in March at her residence in the vicinity of a juvenile. Her cell phone and $690 in cash are subject to forfeit.

ó Nicholas J. Patterson, 39, of 602 Cross St. Apt. A, Belpre, was indicted with Amy Leigh Davis on one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a third-degree felony; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony. It was reported he offered to sell a fentanyl-related compound and benzodiazepine in March. His cell phone and $690 in cash are subject to forfeit.

ó Taylor R. Puckett, 22, of 1410 ¢ Hocking Road, Belpre, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Puckett was allegedly found with methamphetamine in May in the 1100 block of Hocking Road in Belpre.

ó James C. Brookover, 35, of 64 Chloe Lane, Little Hocking, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found with methamphetamine and a fentanyl-related compound in March on Ohio 7 in Belpre.

ó Ronald L. Kesner, 30, of 2712 Broad St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony. He reportedly was found at Florence Street and Gibbons Lane in Belpre in April with methamphetamine, a fentanyl-related compound and a loaded Taurus pistol. The pistol is subject to forfeit.

ó Rudolph Wellington Lee III, 37, of Interlachen, Fla., was indicted on one count of identity fraud, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony. In October 2019, he reportedly used the personal identifying information of Jodie Jermaine Lee and stole $1,200 in cash.

ó Ashley B. Cain, 34, of 1305 23rd St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. She allegedly stole a Samsung TV and cash from Cashland Belpre in August.

ó Joseph V. Turpin, 28, of 2027 Tick Ridge Road, Vincent, was indicted on one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony. He was reportedly found with two firearms, a Smith and Wesson 686 .357 revolver and a Walther PK .380 semi-automatic handgun, on Cherry Tree Lane, Marietta, in February. The indictment states he is drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence or a chronic alcoholic. The weapons are subject to forfeit.

ó Keith Taylor Whealdon, 29, of 5355 State Route 26, Marietta, and Mason Andrew Nelson, 33, of 540 King Ave., Cutler, were each indicted on one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony. They allegedly broke into an Anderson Road, Fleming, structure in November 2020 and stole a utility trailer and miscellaneous property.

ó Four local residents were each indicted on one count of burglary, a third-degree felony; one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony. Elizabeth A. Scheid, 38, of 331 Hill Road, Cutler, Jeremy E. OáBrien, 37, of 331 Hill Road, Cutler, Taylor R. Puckett, 22, of 1319 41st St., Parkersburg, and Mason A. Nelson, 33, of 540 King Ave., Cutler. The four allegedly stole miscellaneous property from 3118 Barnett Ridge Road, Fleming, on Oct. 13. Nelson was also indicted on one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, for allegedly fleeing from law enforcement.

ó Toni Gail Tackett, 26, of 276 Ridgewood Court, Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony; one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony. She was reportedly found with methamphetamine and a fentanyl-related compound in March.

ó Four local residents were indicted on drug charges. Vanessa A. Goins, 36, of 317 Third St., Beverly, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies. Brandon L. Gibbs, 28, of 515 Fifth St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies. Shawn T. Richards, 25, of 20870 State Route 60, Beverly, was indicted on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. Kaylee M. Ditterline, 20, of 1307 Cisler Lane, Marietta, was indicted on one count of possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Goins was allegedly found with methamphetamine in April at 131 N. Third St., Marietta, along with $1,300 in cash. Gibbs was reportedly found with methamphetamine, Richards was reportedly found with methamphetamine and Tramadol, and Ditterline was allegedly found with Tramadol. Richards was previously convicted of trafficking in drugs in February 2020 in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

Possible prison terms and 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 Common Pleas Court.

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