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Grand jury indicts man in overdose death

From staff reports

A Whipple man arrested for involuntary manslaughter was recently indicted by a Washington County grand jury, the second man in the county to be prosecuted for manslaughter for providing illegal drugs.

Darin M. Craig, 29, of 615 Dalzell Road, Whipple, was indicted on five charges, including one count of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; one count of corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony; one count of complicity to trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony; one count of complicity to trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.

He is accused of providing the heroin linked to the death of Samantha D. Seevers, 24, of Marietta. Seevers was found with a needle in her arm behind the Seventh Street Speedway in Marietta on Sept. 18.

Marietta Police obtained cell phone messages confirming a meeting between Seevers and Craig to purchase heroin. The grand jury noted the Samsung cell phone used was subject to forfeiture.

Craig’s original bond was set at $250,000 by the Marietta Municipal Court. The Washington County Common Pleas Court lowered it to a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

According to Marietta Municipal Court records, Craig has been in contact with local law enforcement several times before, and has been charged with domestic violence as well as several drug violations, including possesion of drug instruments and drug paraphernalia this month. That case is still pending.

This is not the first time a Washington County resident has been prosecuted on involuntary manslaughter charges related to the death of a person who had purchased drugs. The other occurred in 2016.

“Vogt was about three years ago in this county,” Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin said.

Ryan Vogt, who was 29 when he was charged with involuntary manslaughter for selling Tyler Miller the heroin that resulted in his death, was convicted and began serving a six-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in 2018.

Other indictments include:

• Kristopher T. Pasco, 28, of 711 Zanesville St., Beverly, was indicted on seven charges, including four counts of felonious assault, all second-degree felonies; one count of weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of discharge of firearm on or near prohibited premises, a third-degree felony; and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictments stem from an arrest on Oct. 14 after he allegedly fired a Hi-Point 9mm handgun at four people at his residence.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Jeremy Harlow had received a call from Pasco’s live-in girlfriend, Josie Johnson, saying that Pasco was intoxicated, threatening her and scaring her. Johnson told deputies that Pasco wanted her to go with him to the Walmart in Marietta, but she refused because of his intoxication. Pasco then allegedly hit the side of their home twice with her vehicle trying to get her to come outside.

When Dustin Harlow, Jeremy Harlow and Ashley Yoho arrived to pick Johnson up, Pasco told them to leave. They told deputies they wouldn’t leave as they feared for Johnson’s safety. Johnson came running out of the home, yelling that Pasco had a gun. As the four ran to Dustin Harlow’s truck, Jeremy fell and cut himself. The four victims said as they were trying to escape, Pasco began shooting at them, firing multiple shots.

• Nelson T. Hartline, 45, of 706 Main St., New Matamoras, was indicted on five counts, including two counts of assault on a peace officer, both fourth-degree felonies; one count of disrupting public service, a fourth-degree felony; and two counts of domestic violence, both first-degree misdemeanors. The indictments stem from an arrest on Sept. 24 at his residence. His wife, Amanda, reported Hartline had attacked her 16-year-old son and locked himself in the house. Deputies attempted contact with Hartline, but he refused to speak with them.

Sheriff reports note that after acquiring the juvenile’s house key, they announced their presence. Hartline tried to block the doorway and poked one of the deputies with a walking cane. As the deputies entered the home, Hartline shoved a female deputy on the couch and began grabbing at her mouth, causing cuts to her lips. Hartline was tasered by the male deputy, which had no effect. Hartline was pulled off the female deputy, causing them all to fall to the ground. He was eventually handcuffed, but would not put his entire body in the patrol car. When the deputy tried to put his right leg in the car, Hartline grabbed at his throat, his report said.

• Jacob W. Willis, 37, of 9008 State Route 555, Cutler, was indicted on one count of possession of 2.45 grams of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest Nov. 3, 2018, at his residence.

• Coy L. Smallwood, 38, of 164 Anderson Road, Fleming, was indicted on one count of disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of assault, a first-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest on Aug. 30 after Smallwood hit Ronald Lightfritz with a closed fist during a discussion about Smallwood’s mother, who was at Marietta Memorial Hospital. When Lightfritz, who is the live-in boyfriend of Smallwood’s mother, tried to call the sheriff’s office on his cordless phone, Smallwood grabbed it, breaking it. When Smallwood left Lightfritz’s home, he took the phone with him. Lightfritz was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital in Belpre for treatment of injuries from being hit by Smallwood.

• Amanda R. Wilson, 32, of 1804 Spring St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of forgery, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest in July 2018, for forging a check written for $502.68.

• Carla M. Brooks, 49, of 276 Ridgewood Drive Apt. A, Marietta, was indicted on three charges, including one count of burglary, a third-degree felony, one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of criminal damaging or endangering, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest on Sept. 19 after allegedly stealing items from the parsonage portion of the Marietta Bible Missionary Church. Deputy reports said she finally admitted to taking some of the items and produced items that matched those reported as stolen.

On Sept. 22, the pastor of the church called deputies as one of the items returned was the owner’s manual to a Volkswagen vehicle. The pastor’s son owns a Volkswagen and it is parked in the church lot. When the pastor checked the vehicle, the car had been broken into and vandalized.

• Jaden Wise, 21, of 164 Rising Sun Ridge Road, Walker, W.Va., was indicted on three charges, including one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, one count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, and one count of possession of Xanax, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest on Feb. 24 at 1040 Caywood Road, Marietta.

• Lynn A. Elkayam, 43, last known address of 114 Knox St. Apt. 11, Marietta, was indicted on four charges, including two counts of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, both fifth-degree felonies; and two counts of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. The incidents occurred on May 4, 2018, and July 19, 2018, at her residence.

• Edward A. Percell, 46, of 735 N. Seventh St., Marietta, was indicted on two charges, including one count of obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of permitting drug abuse, a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest on Sept. 21, 2017, at his residence. He allegedly concealed another person at his home, knowing the other person was in possession of drugs.

• Terry M. Gibson, 39, of 804 Front St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest on Sept. 21, 2017, at the home of Edward A. Percell.

• Lucas W. Wharton, 40, last known address of 1318R North St., Caldwell, was indicted on two charges, including one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictment stems from an arrest on Sept. 7, 2018, at 701 Pike St., Marietta. Sheriff reports note that along with the drugs, he was found with a hypodermic needle or syringe which had been used to unlawfully administer a dangerous drug.

• Ryan E. Carpenter, 24, homeless, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. The indictment stems from an arrest on Nov. 27, 2018, in Marietta.

• Ronald H. Husk, 21, of 285 Wilcoxen Road, Cutler, was indicted on one count of failure to appear. The indictment stems from Husk not appearing in court on June 13. He had been released on a personal recognizance bond after an arrest on May 1, 2018, for theft from an elderly person, a fifth-degree felony.

• Zohn J. Kelly, 29, of 1111 Lynn St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He was released on a personal recognizance bond after an arrest on Sept. 7, 2018, for aggravated possession of 11 grams of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony.

• Leroy J. Clark, 30, of 205 Gibbons Place, Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He was released on a recognizance bond after an arrest on Aug. 27, 2018, for aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Seth D. Reed, 26, of 1090 Neff Ridge Road, Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on Nov. 23, 2018, in Marietta.

• Jordan M. Jefferson, 25, of 1601 Long Run Road, Newport, was indicted on two charges, including one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possession of hashish, a minor misdemeanor. He was arrested with Seth D. Reed on Nov. 23, 2018, in Marietta.

• Timothy J. Hall, 22, of 2635 Hendershot Road, Waterford, was indicted on one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. He was arrested on March 19 at his residence after deputies found 413 grams of the drug, which was packaged for sale.

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

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