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Grand jury hears case on felonious assault, among others

Gross sexual imposition and felonious assault were just two of the offenses brought before the Washington County Grand Jury this week.

Jason Dean Lanning, 37, of 105 Melody Lane, Marietta, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, after he allegedly pistol whipped a man and tried to run him over with a vehicle.

According to Marietta Police reports, units were dispatched Nov. 18 to 840 Pike St., Sierra Apartments, in reference to an assault. Contact was made with the victims and other witnesses. Through the investigation, it was found that Lanning had arrived at the apartment parking lot and got into a verbal argument that escalated into a gun being pulled and the victim being pistol whipped by Lanning.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jim Schneider said Lanning and his wife, Rebecca, had separated and filed for divorce. She was living with Dean Beck.

“Beck, Rebecca and Jason Harper traveled to a friend’s house at Sierra Apartments,” Schneider explained. “Lanning drove to the apartment.”

He said Beck told law enforcement that he knocked on the friend’s door, but nobody answered. As he came down the stairs to leave, Lanning had reportedly blocked in Beck’s car.

“(Lanning and Beck) were yelling back and forth, Lanning pulls out a gun and started hitting him with the gun,” Schneider said.

Lanning reportedly got back into his car, but instead of backing out, he gunned the car and aimed for Beck. Schneider said he was minorly hit with the car. Lanning then left the scene.

Schneider said one of the felonious assault charges was for beating Beck with his Glock .45 caliber pistol. The other was for trying to hit Beck with his Nissan car.

Other indictments include:

¯ Stacy Ray Robinson Sr., 52, of 5355 State Route 26, Marietta, was indicted on one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. He allegedly had sexual contact with a girl who was under the age of 10 at the time of the offense. The contact occurred between Nov. 1, 2019, and Nov. 1, 2020, at another location.

He had previously been convicted of gross sexual imposition on Nov. 30, 2001, and on July 3, 1996, both in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Both times, the victim was less than 13 years old.

¯ Ryan Cayne Beardsley, 27, of 1107 Colonial Drive, Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. He was to appear in court on Jan. 11 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

¯ Aaron J. Matthew Huseman, 33, of 90 Railroad St. Apt. C, Whipple, and Frederick G. McKitrick, 38, of 550 Ewing Road, Marietta, were each indicted on one count of theft from a person in a protected class, a fifth-degree felony. Between Aug. 12 and 19, at 104 Ellsworth Ave., Marietta, they allegedly stole tires and rims from Richard F. Stotts, who is elderly.

¯ Kelsie Leigh Masters, 29, of 965 Gilman Ave., Marietta, was indicted on one count of extortion, a third-degree felony, one count of interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of criminal child enticement, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kelsey Riffle said Masters does not have custody of her daughter. She was in another state and allegedly got the girl to come with her and brought her to Ohio.

The extortion charges stem from false information from Masters.

“They were falsified stories about what the legal custodians were doing to the child,” Riffle said. “She used that as a reason to take the child from the legal custodians.”

¯ Carissa Diana Carte, 23, of 48430 Outpost Road, Caldwell, was indicted on one count of complicity in the commission of an offense, a third-degree felony. She allegedly aided another in committing the offense of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, in July 2020.

¯ Garland A. Ritchey, 43, homeless, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly attempted to injure a woman in December 2020 in Belpre. He had previously been convicted of domestic violence on April 12, 2012, in Marietta Municipal Court.

¯ David Michael Persons, 58, of 482 Grand St., Coolville, was indicted on one count of assault, a fourth-degree felony, one count of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was dispatched Oct. 11 to 66 Arrowhead Road, Little Hocking, to a suspicious person in the area. It was reported the suspicious person had been there approximately an hour and appeared to be under the influence of something. The subject, David Persons, had then left prior to the deputy arriving.

The vehicle in question was observed by the deputy in the parking lot with the door open and no one around. Persons was located coming from behind a business and he began approaching his vehicle. He was told to step away from his vehicle and provide his license and meet with law enforcement.

Persons stated he went to urinate behind the store and again attempted to enter his vehicle. He denied having driven the vehicle and was uncooperative with the deputy after he was advised he was being detained. Persons was advised several times before he complied and was placed in handcuffs. Upon patting Persons down, he threw himself onto the ground. He refused to get up, stating his leg was broken. While deputies attempted to get Persons to his feet he rolled into a ball.

He continued to roll around and conceal his pocket from law enforcement and EMT personnel. A small baggie of white crystal substance was located in Persons’ pocket along with a knife. He was transported for medical treatment and once released and an arrest was attempted, Persons became limp and flopped off of the bed. He attempted to head butt and bite the deputy at that time.

¯ Eric T. Kendall, 45, and Tina M. Curry, 55, both of 220 E. Spring St., Marietta, were each indicted on one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. They were arrested in April 2018 at their residence after allegedly letting their property be used for the commission of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony drug abuse offense.

¯ Eric Wayne Nutter, 55, of Marietta, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a third-degree felony. He allegedly attempted to harm a woman in August in Marietta. He had previously been convicted of two offenses of domestic violence — once on Oct. 27, 1994, in Washington County Court of Common Pleas, and once on April 20, 1994, in Marietta Municipal Court.

¯ Joshua Cecil Poole, 32, of 225 E. Spring St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested in August in the 100 block of N. Seventh Street, Marietta, after allegedly being found carrying methamphetamine.

¯ Jamie L. Null, 40, of 23689 Mountain Bell Road, Coolville, was indicted on one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Null was arrested in December on Ohio 7 after allegedly failing to stop after being instructed to by law enforcement.

He was indicted in a separate case on one count of the fourth-degree felony improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. The indictment stems from an arrest in September on U.S. 50 near milepost 2 in Belpre. He reportedly was found to have a loaded firearm in his vehicle within his reach.

¯ Kellie M. Stevens, 33, of 23689 Mountain Bell Road, Apt. 100, Coolville, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested along with Jamie L. Null and was allegedly found carrying methamphetamine.

¯ Susan K. Rummer, 39, of 219 Virginia St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested in May at 100 Fifth St., Beverly, after allegedly having an ATM debit card belonging to Haylee Carter.

¯ Deane A. Curtis, 58, of Marietta, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested after allegedly causing harm to a woman in November in Marietta. He had previously been convicted of domestic violence on Nov. 19, 1984, in Marietta Municipal Court.

¯ Richard Mayle, 77, of 668 Hill Road, Cutler, was indicted on four charges, including one count of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possessing criminal tools and receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings, all fifth-degree felonies.

He was arrested after allegedly trafficking in cocaine in February 2020, along with possessing cocaine on Jan. 14. He was allegedly found with a ledger with documentation. He also was charged with reportedly receiving more than $1,000 but less than $25,000, as proceeds from the offenses.

¯ Angela Scott, 53, of 668 Hill Road, Cutler, was charged along with Richard Mayle, on the four counts. She was also charged with one count of false or fraudulent tax report or document, a fifth-degree felony.

¯ Tyrone Anthony Fry, 35, of 307 Upper Fifteen Mile Creek Road, Wingett Run, was indicted on three charges, including one count of theft from a person in a protected class, a fourth-degree felony; one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of criminal damaging or endangering, a second-degree misdemeanor.

On Jan. 3, Fry allegedly broke into and stole steel pipe from Leonard Orman Hamilton of 3586 Neff Ridge Road, Marietta. Hamilton is elderly and the property is valued at more than $10,000.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com

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