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Grand Jury indicts 18

Four Washington County residents were indicted this week by the grand jury for allegedly using a stolen prescription pad to write and fill fraudulent prescriptions.

Indicted were Heather Howell, 44, of 1170 Tice Run Road, New Matamoras, Sabrina N. Rutter, 27, of 202 Duncan Drive, New Matamoras, Sonny I. Addlesburger Jr., 33, of 6365 State Route 260, New Matamoras, and Michael P. Howell, 41, of 18695 State Route 26, Reno.

“Heather Howell is Sabrina Rutter’s mother. Sonny is Sabrina’s boyfriend,” said Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil. “Michael is another family member.”

She explained Heather was employed by Dr. Frederic Humphrey, an internal medicine specialist with an office in Devola.

“She stole the prescription pads from his office and then would write fraudulent prescriptions,” Coil said. “Then she would give them mainly to Sabrina, and some to Sonny and Michael.”

She noted the prescriptions were for narcotics and Heather usually used family names for the prescriptions.

“There were up to 40 (prescriptions) for Sabrina and 40 for Heather,” Coil added.

The prosecutor’s office didn’t indict for every offense at this time. She said Heather was the “ringleader” of the spree which occurred September 2019 through February 2020.

“Heather would often give direction on where to go to get the prescriptions,” Coil said. “They would use them for themselves or sell to others.”

She said they would have flown under the radar if not for a Rite Aid pharmacist.

“They contacted the doctor because the pharmacy technician recognized the name on the prescription,” Coil explained. “It was a lucky fluke she knew the name on the prescription and they were good friends and it didn’t sound right.”

Heather Howell was indicted on 27 charges, including one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, a fourth-degree felony; 22 counts of illegal processing of drug documents, all fourth-degree felonies; and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Rutter was indicted on 26 charges, including one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony; 22 counts of illegal processing of drug documents, all fourth-degree felonies; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Addlesburger was indicted on six charges, including three counts of illegal processing of drug documents, all fourth-degree felonies; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Michael Howell was indicted on five charges, including two counts of illegal processing of drug documents, both fourth-degree felonies; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

In other indictments:

¯ William C. Brice, 29, of 152 West Main St., Worthington, Pa., was indicted on four charges, including one count of telecommunications fraud, two counts of complicity in the commission of an offense, and one count of attempted grand theft, all fifth-degree felonies.

While incarcerated in early November at the Washington County Jail on other charges, he allegedly solicited his wife, Megan, to file a fraudulent loan application for $10,000 in COVID-19 relief benefits from the Small Business Administration for CB Logging Enterprises.

Coil said there is no such business as CB Logging Enterprises and Megan denied knowing anything about the loan application.

“Mr. Brice made several jail calls and those can be monitored by law enforcement,” she said.

In the calls, Brice can be heard asking his wife to apply for the loan and to just make up a name for the business, Coil explained.

“She did in fact file the loan application and it was denied.

There is an investigation pending by the SBA and the Pennsylvania State Police are also aware,” she noted.

As the loan application was filed in Pennsylvania, no local charges will be filed for Megan, Coil added.

¯ Clarence M. Francis, 31, of 4170 Sugar Run Road, Marietta, was indicted on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility and aggravated possession of drugs, both third-degree felonies.

In August 2019, he reportedly brought methamphetamine into the Washington County Jail.

¯ Chad Edward Stock, 28, of 255 Front St., New Matamoras, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found in July at 255 Front St., New Matamoras, with 0.83 grams of methamphetamine.

¯ Terry B. Fox, 46, of 317 Walnut St., Belpre, was indicted on four charges, including one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; one count of safecracking and one count of vandalism, both fourth-degree felonies; and one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. In June 2016, he allegedly broke into the Citizens Bank in Cutler.

¯ Justine Mae Macintyre, 24, of 502 Broadway Ave., New Matamoras, and Michael Dean Slonaker, 37, of 316 Main St., New Matamoras, were each indicted on one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, one count of vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. Sometime between Sept. 23 and Oct. 15, the two allegedly broke into a residence at 817 Grandview Ave., New Matamoras, did harm to property at the residence owned by Mary Sidel and Baxter Grimes, and then allegedly stole a cloth CD/DVD case.

¯ Christopher Burton Carpenter, 51, of 116 W. Fay Ave., Marietta, was indicted on one count of breaking and entering and one count of theft from a person in a protected class, both fifth-degree felonies.

In May, he allegedly broke into 33 Shaffer Road, Waterford, which is owned by Benny E. Jones, an elderly man.

He reportedly stole Lionel train sets, shortwave radios, Fenton glass bells, a CB radio, a table microphone, table linens, and model cars and other miscellaneous model sets.

¯ Zackery K. Blansett, 35, of 79 Callihan Road, Marietta, was indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony. In July 2018, he was allegedly transporting a loaded firearm in his vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Subject to forfeiture is a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm handgun.

¯ Carlton W. Bennett, 55, of 101 Evans St. Apt. A2, New Matamoras, was indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies. He was arrested after allegedly being found with methamphetamine at his home in March 2019.

¯ Zachariah Wayne Beardsley, 34, of 715 Barclay St. Lot 36, Belpre, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a third-degree felony.

He allegedly attempted to harm a woman in October at 13526 State Route 339, Vincent.

He had previously been convicted of two offenses of domestic violence in December 2008 in Marietta Municipal Court, and in October 2014 in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

¯ Kayla Dale Bates, 35, of 43891 Rich Valley Road, Caldwell, was indicted on two counts of breaking and entering, both fifth-degree felonies.

In May, she allegedly broke into an unoccupied structure at the Washington County Fairgrounds and an unoccupied structure of Jack Hansis.

¯ Faith N. Chichester, 33, of 83 Farr St., Petroleum, W.Va., was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony.

She failed to appear in court on Nov. 23 in connection with a felony charge.

¯ Abbigaile Elizabeth Lockhart, 30, of 502 Barclay St. Apt. M, Belpre, was indicted on three counts of counterfeiting, all fourth-degree felonies.

According to reports from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation was begun in October into the passing of counterfeit money at the Marathon Station, 15 Arrowhead Road, Little Hocking.

Video surveillance showed Lockhart enter the business and use a fake $50 to make a purchase.

Ashten Paige Wilkinson, 29, of 221 Locust St., Belpre, was indicted along with Abbigaile Elizabeth Lockhart on three counts of counterfeiting, all fourth-degree felonies, and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Sheriff’s reports note Wilkinson entered the Marathon station in Little Hocking and paid for a purchase with a fake $50 bill, and a second transaction using a fake $10 bill.

The petty theft charge is due to Wilkinson allegedly taking $45 from the Marathon station.

Daniel Trevy Mowrey, 43, of 611 1/2 Elm St. Lot B, Belpre, was also indicted on four counts of counterfeiting, all fourth-degree felonies, and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

The sheriff’s office reported through an investigation, it was determined Mowrey was allegedly responsible for manufacturing the counterfeit currency that Lockhart and Wilkinson used.

A search of Mowrey’s residence reportedly revealed items used in the manufacturing of counterfeit currency.

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

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