Grand Jury indicts 19 people
A cheerleader mother was indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury on multiple charges for allegedly stealing money from the Friends of Marietta Cheer.
Melissa S. Phillips Meeker, 40, of 139 Leland Ave., Marietta, was indicted on one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony; four counts of forgery, all fifth-degree felonies; one count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor; and one count of tampering with records, a first-degree misdemeanor.
She was arrested Nov. 1, 2019, for obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, for allegedly misleading investigators about what happened to money missing from the organization. At the time of the arrest, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Meeker’s daughter was a cheerleader and had the girls selling tickets for a gun raffle at $20 per ticket.
Mincks said the guns were never purchased and some 248 tickets were sold. He noted parents started getting suspicious with the way it was advertised, but Meeker “absconded with about $2,500.”
The theft charge stems from the alleged stealing of the $2,500, while the forgery charges are from writing $500 cash receipts to alleged winners in lieu of receiving a firearm.
Also indicted were:
¯ Arron Franklin Allen Lasure, 19, of 507 Ferguson St., Marietta, and Chadwick D. Lamp Sr., 38, of 27317 State Route 7 Apt. C, Marietta, were each indicted on one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported a deputy was dispatched in March to 27335 State Route 7, Lot 13, Marietta, to a report that Donald Gregor was assaulted by several subjects and had facial injuries. The deputy made contact with Gregor, who said he had a verbal argument with Lamp and after the argument, Lamp left the residence.
Later on, it was reported that Gregor heard glass break and Lamp, along with other subjects including Lasure, entered his house through a back door and assaulted him.
Deputies contacted Lasure after he left Gregor’s residence and he reportedly denied involvement. Lasure was arrested and charged with complicity to aggravated burglary. Lamp was charged with aggravated burglary.
In a separate case, Lasure was indicted on one count of intimidation, a third-degree felony, and one count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.
¯ Anthony Ray Hart was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a second-degree misdemeanor. He allegedly caused harm to a family member in January.
He had previously been convicted of domestic violence in October 2017 in Morgan County Court of Common Pleas.
¯ Glenn R. Johnson, 34, last known address of 116 Harmar St., Marietta, was indicted on two counts of resisting arrest, both fourth-degree felonies. Marietta Police reported an officer was dispatched in late March to 613 Eighth St. regarding Municipal Court probation officers who found a wanted man, Johnson, who attempted to flee.
Johnson allegedly threw a mini sledge hammer at the officer’s head and attacked them with various items he could grab, including a miter saw. The probation officers were able to subdue him.
¯ Justin L. Davis, 26, of 1659 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after reportedly being found in March 2019 at 26935 State Route 7, Apt. 4D, Marietta, with methamphetamine.
¯ Derek Jerome Waterman was indicted on two counts of domestic violence and one count of disrupting public service, all fourth-degree felonies.
Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported they responded in March to Highland Ridge Road, Lowell, to a report of a domestic dispute. Waterman and a woman met with deputies.
It was reported that Waterman had been drinking and engaged in a verbal argument with the victim. Waterman allegedly pushed her to the ground, knocking a juvenile from her hands, and placing his hands around her neck. She and the child then fled to a vehicle.
She attempted to gain entry to the vehicle and leave, however Waterman reportedly grabbed her and pulled her to the ground. She was able to get up and away again, however Waterman again reportedly pushed her to the ground, getting on top of her and placing his hands around her neck again, telling her to be quiet as she was yelling for help.
He had previously been convicted of criminal damaging, where the victim was a family member, in December 2019 in Marietta Municipal Court.
¯ Kelly Jean Hendershot, 45, of 204 Jennison St., Beverly, was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them-OVI, a fourth-degree felony.
Marietta police reported an officer was dispatched May 22 to a two-unit, non-injury crash. Upon arrival, it was learned Hendershot was reportedly operating a vehicle under the influence and was arrested for such. Once at the Washington County Jail, Hendershot was offered a urine test, but filled the test cup with toilet water.
Hendershot had three previous OVI convictions in the last 10 years.
¯ Willie Cassie Shropshire, 32, of 812 King St., Akron, was indicted on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony.
The sheriff’s office reported Shropshire was brought into the Washington County Jail on March 18 on warrants. Shropshire was asked if he had anything illegal on him like drugs or weapons, and he reportedly proclaimed he did not.
An initial patdown search was conducted and while searching his right front pant pocket area, a small lump was located in his pocket, being a small white plastic baggie. A green substance resembling and smelling like marijuana was inside. After weighing the substance, it was found to weigh 0.074 grams.
¯ Crystal L. Tate, 30, of St. Marys, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, both fifth-degree felonies. She was arrested after allegedly being found with the drugs in October at 604 Main St., Belpre.
¯ Jennifer L. Miller, 48, of 109 Eighth St. Apt. 1, Belpre, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested after allegedly being found in May 2019 with methamphetamine.
¯ Randal E. Bettinger, 22, of 2509 Valley View Drive, Belpre, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found in November 2019 in Belpre with 1.90 grams of methamphetamine.
¯ Susan K. Thompson, 50, of 24 Federal Road, Little Hocking, was indicted on one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. She was arrested after allegedly stealing miscellaneous property from George Hardman from Feb. 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018. The property stolen is valued at $7,500 or more.
¯ Robert B. Gander Jr., 50, of 724 Main St., New Matamoras, was indicted on one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found with less than 200 grams of the drug.
Subject to forfeit are $4,685 in cash; and multiple firearms, including a Smith and Wesson SD 9mm, Phoenix Arms 25ACP, Ruger SR-22, two Remington 110 20-gauge shotguns, Colt sporting rifle chambered in .223 with a Nikon scope, Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun with Leupold scope, Remington 1100 12-gauge shotgun with Leupold scope, Sears and Roebuck Model 300 12-gauge shotgun, Mossberg International .22-caliber rifle, Thompson Center Encore .50-caliber muzzleloader, Remington .22-gauge rifle, New England Arms .17-caliber rifle, Marlin Model 60 .22-caliber rifle with Tasco scope, Ruger 10/22 rifle, Marlin Model 81TS, Henry Arms .22-mag rifle, Marlin Model 12 12-gauge shotgun, Winchester 1300 12-gauge shotgun, Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun, and Traditions .50-caliber muzzleloader.
Also subject for forfeiture are grow lights, soil and ventilation equipment for growing, cultivating and maintaining marijuana plants.
¯ Matthew E. Lang IV, 40, of 204 Dale St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. Lang reportedly failed to appear in court on April 23 as required by his release on his own recognizance.
¯ Phillip Michael Trimble, 38, of 331 Mineral Manor Way, Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony, and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony. He allegedly brought drugs into the Washington County Jail in December.
¯ Corey E. Singer, 42, of 1042 Hadley Lane, Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested after he was allegedly found with the anti-anxiety medication etizolam, and the opioid medication buprenorphine during a traffic stop on Ohio 7 in October.
He was previously convicted of a drug abuse offense in June 2016 in Marietta Municipal Court.
¯ Brent A. Lincicome, 49, of 38213 Wagner Road, Dexter City, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found with 0.10 grams of methamphetamine in February 2020 at 804 Pike St., Marietta.
¯ Scott M. Richardson, 40, of 611 Ward Place 2B, Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. He was allegedly found in December 2018 with methamphetamine.
¯ Quintin A. Ramirez was indicted on one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found in August 2019 in Belpre with 0.21 grams of fentanyl and heroin.
¯ Katie D. Cline, 32, of 27400 State Route 7, Southgate Trailer Park Lot 3, Marietta, was indicted on one count of misuse of credit cards, a fifth-degree felony. She allegedly used a Lowes credit card that didn’t belong to her from Aug. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2019, and the retail value of the property involved was more than $1,000.
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