¯ A patrolman responded May 17 to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting that just occurred. Upon arrival, the patrolman found that a man and woman were working together to steal multiple items of fishing gear valued at $368.82. They will be summoned into court for theft.

¯ A patrolman responded May 18 to Walmart in reference to a theft complaint in which the suspect failed to scan $35.13 in merchandise. Upon arrival and after the investigation, Debra Lou Lee was arrested for theft and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

¯ John Delva Lightfritz, a 72-year-old man, was discovered Thursday in his home deceased from natural causes.

¯ An officer was dispatched Thursday to Mahone’s Tire to investigate the theft of a vehicle. It was found that the vehicle was taken sometime during the night hours. The vehicle was recovered prior to the investigation being started.

¯ An officer stopped a vehicle Saturday after identifying the operator as Casey Steven Taylor. His license is suspended and he also had an active felony warrant for theft out of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was placed into custody on the warrant and was transported to the Washington County Jail.

¯ A patrolman responded Saturday to 1 Tiber Way in reference to a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, the patrolman found that the victim parked his vehicle at 1 Tiber Way at approximately 1:15 a.m. with the keys inside the vehicle. When returning Saturday morning, he found the vehicle was missing. It was located Sunday in a parking lot to the north with nothing missing.

¯ A patrolman assisted units with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Saturday at Go Mart in reference to a woman passed out in a vehicle. The patrolman advised his K-9 indicated on the driver’s door of the vehicle. While the patrolman was searching the vehicle, he had the woman sit in the rear of the trooper’s cruiser. The patrolman located drug paraphernalia in the Jeep and was advised by the trooper that the woman had dumped a powdery substance in the rear of his cruiser. The woman stated the powdery substance was ice (methamphetamine), but she did advise the patrolman to treat it as fentanyl. She was advised that charges for tampering with evidence would be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

¯ Members of the Marietta Police Department received and responded to Mill Creek Apartments Saturday night in regards to a disturbance. Upon investigating, officers found Abraham Olvera, who had been stabbed. Marietta EMS responded to the scene, administered medical aid to Olvera and transported him to Marietta Memorial Hospital. He succumbed to the injuries as a result of being stabbed.

The investigation led to two arrests in connection with the stabbing. Oscar Hernandez Diaz was arrested for murder and Isaac Hernandez Diaz was arrested for complicity to murder. They are being held at the Washington County Jail pending a court appearance.

¯ An officer was dispatched Sunday to 220 Groves St. in regards to a possible assault. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the victim who advised he was assaulted by William Robert Harris at 937 Greene St. Harris was taken into custody and charged with assault in violation of 2913.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.

¯ A patrolman responded Sunday to Walmart in reference to a theft complaint. After investigation, it was learned that a suspect stole $31.81 worth of food. A summons for theft will be requested.

¯ A patrolman was dispatched Sunday to Walmart in reference to a male shoplifter. The patrolman arrested and charged Neil Connell for theft. Connell was given a personal recognizance bond with a court date of 9 a.m. June 3.

¯ An officer investigated the report Monday of a male suspect shoplifting at Walmart. The man failed to scan a bottle of cologne valued at $36.32. He admitted to the theft and will be summoned for the theft.

¯ An officer was dispatched Monday to the Marietta Police Department in reference to a theft report. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim, who advised approximately $8,500 was taken from his savings account. This case remains under further investigation.

Reports/Washington County

¯ A deputy began an investigation May 18 into a bad check passed in Marietta Township for more than $500.

¯ A deputy began an investigation May 18 into a withdrawal from a checking account without the owner’s permission.

¯ A deputy began an investigation Thursday into a Marietta Township resident failing to restrain a dog.

¯ Deputies responded Friday to a domestic dispute complaint on Ohio 60 in Waterford Township. Deputies became aware that on Friday, a Robert O’Brien Jr. had assaulted a woman at the residence.

A juvenile was attempting to pull O’Brien from the woman, at which time the juvenile was struck. O’Brien left the residence on a bicycle and was later contacted. Deputies responded to Plum Run Road and located O’Brien. He denied any physical altercation, only an argument.

He was searched, finding burnt aluminum foil and a glass smoking device in his pocket. O’Brien stated he was a heroin and meth user. Robert Earl O’Brien Jr., 39, of Beverly, was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of domestic violence and possession of paraphernalia.

¯ A deputy began an investigation Friday into a scam carried out through a computer technical issue. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office had been contacted by the victim.

¯ A deputy was dispatched Saturday to 310 Main St., Apt. A, Adams Township, to a report of Dustin Whipkey entering a residence without permission. The deputy met with Whipkey, who stated he was confronting an individual about stealing items from him. After completing the investigation, it was determined that Dustin Bradley Whipkey, 37, of 630 Walnut St., Lowell, would be placed under arrest and charged with burglary, and transported to the Washington County Jail.

¯ Deputies responded Sunday to Tennis Center Drive, Marietta Township, to a report of a woman texting a subject stating Delano Best was “beating her” and threatened her. There was no answer at the door when deputies arrived.

After contact with the woman by a third party was made, she opened the door. Deputies located Best hiding under a bed. A glass smoking pipe with a package of Buprenorphine was observed in plain view.

The woman kept changing her story when interviewed about what had occurred. She finally admitted that around 1 a.m., she and Best were in a verbal argument, and then Best struck her in the back. She stated she was in fear for her safety and scared of Best.

Delano Pierre Best, 40, of Marietta, was arrested and charged with domestic violence, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

¯ A deputy began an investigation Sunday in Marietta Township where a Polaris Ranger was stolen.

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Information included in the reports come directly from the law enforcement offices. Reports are edited to conform to newspaper style and policy.


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