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Grand Jury indicts 22

A 43-year-old Marietta man was indicted this week by the Washington County Grand Jury and charged with rape, abduction and domestic violence.

He was one of 22 true-billed defendants covering 51 counts.

Jason B. Whittaker, 43, Marietta, was indicted on two counts of first-degree felony rape, one count of second-degree felony abduction, one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Marietta Police reported an officer responded in June to the 300 block of Pike Street in reference to a domestic violence complaint. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the complainant and found that she had been sexually and physically assaulted June 21 and June 25 by Whittaker at his residence. He was located and arrested for rape, abduction and domestic violence.

The Washington County Prosecutor’s Office was not prepared to release any further information at this time.

Whittaker will be arraigned in August in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge John Halliday.

Other indictments include:

¯ Brian D. Hess, 45, of Parkersburg, was indicted on one county of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found with methamphetamine in April 2018.

¯ Ryan Anthony Brown, 33, of 2100 Hill St. Apt. B, Belpre, was reindicted by the grand jury on six charges, including two counts of aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies; one count of illegal conveyance of weapons, drugs of abuse, or intoxicating liquor onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; one count of harassment with a bodily substance, a fifth-degree felony; one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded May 13 to his residence at the request of the Belpre Police Department. The sheriff’s office reported Brown was asked to exit his apartment multiple times, however he refused. He was read his Miranda Rights, with him stating he didn’t understand his rights because he “didn’t commit a crime.” The deputy then ordered Brown to exit the apartment, however he continued to refuse.

Brown allegedly began screaming at the woman in the apartment. He then advised officers to just bust in the door if they had to and reportedly attempted to shut the door, which was stopped by officers, and attempts to arrest Brown were made.

Brown kept trying to hold the door closed according to the sheriff’s office. Officers were able to enter the apartment and Brown continued resisting arrest. During the scuffle, Brown reportedly attempted to gain control of one of the officers’ duty weapons.

Orders to stop resisting were made numerous times. He was ultimately arrested and placed in the back of a sheriff’s patrol car, where he continued to exhibit violent and turbulent behavior by striking the patrol car windows with his head and feet.

During the transport to the Washington County Jail, deputies reportedly had to stop the car to get Brown back upright from where he was laying down in the seat, stating he couldn’t breathe. Brown said derogatory words to the deputy and spit in his face.

Once at the jail, Brown was advised by the jail staff of the penalty for illegal conveyance into the jail. Later, he was observed on video footage pulling something from his rectum, and when confronted Brown surrendered one buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film 8mg / 2mg.

¯ Kiara D. Billiter, 22, of 373 Friendly Hill Road, Friendly, W.Va., and Corey A. Lighty, 29, of 1267 Carolyn Ave., Columbus, were each indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony.

They were arrested after allegedly having equal or exceeding the bulk amount of methamphetamine, but less than five times the bulk amount in November. The drugs were found after a traffic stop on Interstate 77 near milepost 11 in Lower Salem.

¯ Brandon Ladale Marshall, 33, of Marietta, was indicted on one count of rape, a first-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. He reportedly engaged in sexual conduct in February after using threat of force. He had previously been convicted of criminal damaging against family or household member in October 2017 in Marietta Municipal Court.

¯ Justyn K. Rohr, 28, of 4005 School House Road, Little Hocking, was indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He was arrested after reportedly having a loaded firearm in his vehicle in June at Newbury Road and U.S. 50 in Washington County.

¯ Glenn R. Johnson, 34, and Shannah Maria Turpin, 26, both homeless, were each indicted on one count of burglary, a second-degree felony; one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony. They allegedly broke into Rink’s Flea Market on July 11 and stole collectible currency valued at approximately $2,000.

¯ Chance G. Menking, 25, last known address of 513 Elder St. #1, Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of violating a protection order, a third-degree felony, and one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly had a loaded firearm in his vehicle in December. He reportedly violated the protection order while committing the felony offense of having the loaded weapon in his car.

¯ Tiffany A. Keys, 41, of 224 Daisy Lane, Ravenswood, W.Va., was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested after allegedly having methamphetamine on her person in September 2019.

¯ Marcus F. Lamoreaux, 48, of 106 Liberty Lane, Taylorsville, N.C., was indicted on nine charges, including one count of menacing by stalking, a fourth-degree felony; five counts of violating a protection order, all fifth-degree felonies; and three counts of aggravated menacing, all first-degree misdemeanors.

From July 2020 through April 2021, he allegedly menaced his victim through written or electronic communication. He either made the threat of physical harm to the victim or as a result of the offense, induced a third party to make a threat of physical harm.

In count 2, which was from July 2020 through December 2020, he reportedly violated a domestic violence civil protection order. He had previously pleaded guilty to twice violating a protection order, both times in December 2016 in Morgan County. He also allegedly violated the protection order in February, March and April.

¯ Elton D. Hart Jr., 45, of 3747 Blue Knob Road, Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, both fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested after being found with the drugs in July 2020.

¯ Kenneth Roberts, 43, of 1371 Hardbarger Run Road, Harrisville, W.Va., was indicted on one count of theft from a person in a protected class, a fifth-degree felony. He allegedly stole a front grille, three headlights and various car parts from an elderly person in Belpre.

¯ Andy Lance, 34, of 11776 State Route 555, Cutler, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. Lance was to appear in common pleas court on Aug. 21, 2020.

¯ William E. Kauff Jr., 44, of Pomeroy, was indicted on one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. He fled from police on July 9 after receiving a signal to stop.

In a separate case, Kauff was indicted on one count of disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony; one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported a deputy responded in June to Rocky Point Road in reference to a man and woman in a backyard fighting. The female was reportedly walking towards Ohio 339, and was located by the deputy. The woman stated that the man was William Kauff, and they had been arguing when Kauff struck her with an open hand across the face while they were travelling on Ohio 339. She attempted to flee the vehicle, however Kauff grabbed her, preventing her from exiting the vehicle. Kauff had also taken her cell phone prior to him leaving the scene. A warrant was requested and issued for his arrest.

¯ Melissa J. McFall, 39, of 1365 Archers Fork Road, Newport, and Rusty Knowlton, 48, of 411 Florence St., Belpre, were each indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. They were arrested after reportedly being found with methamphetamine in March 2020.

¯ Sheena L. Keys, aka Sheena Lynn McMillan, 31, of 1595 Mount Tom Road, Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony. From September through October 2020, at 204 Davis Ave., she allegedly menaced a woman who, at the time, was an employee of a public children services agency. The offense related to the employee’s performance of official responsibilities.

¯ David Allen Rummer, 57, of Lore City, was indicted on one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly attempted to cause harm to a family member in March. He had previously been convicted of domestic violence in July 1987 in Marietta Municipal Court.

¯ Levi J. Robinson, 31, of 1305 Goose Run Road, Belpre, was indicted on one count of importuning, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He allegedly attempted to solicit a law enforcement officer posing as a person aged 13 to 16. He had previously been convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2012 in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. Subject to forfeit is the criminal tool used in the offense, a black Alcatel phone.

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

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