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Grand Jury indicts 21

The Washington County Grand Jury met this week and indicted 21 true-billed defendants covering 50 counts.

Justin Beeler, 40, of 692 Club Drive, Washington, W.Va., was indicted on one count of felonious assault, a first-degree felony; one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; and one count of operating a vehicle bearing an invalid license plate or identification mark, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

In December, Beeler led a chase that took part in two states, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani.

According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the chase began on Emerson Avenue and continued over the Memorial Bridge into Washington County. Beeler’s car ran over spikes set up by the Belpre Police Department and finally stopped along Ohio 7. Before stopping, Beeler reportedly rammed his car into the cruiser of a Washington County sheriff’s deputy.

He reportedly tried to escape his disabled car by running, but was soon caught.

“The felonious assault was because he struck the law enforcement vehicle with his,” Silwani said.

A Waterford man was also indicted on multiple abduction charges.

Richard Curtis Decker III, 31, of 11 Watertown Road, was indicted on six counts of abduction, all third-degree felonies; one count of trespass in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony; one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of endangering children, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil said the victim stated she was in Waverly, W.Va., with her children and was forced to get into Decker’s vehicle. She said they drove to Decker’s Waterford home.

She said the domestic violence charges are because the victim was in fear during the incident. The trespass charge is because the owner of the building where the victim was abducted did not give him permission to enter.

Coil added Decker did not have a weapon, but had assaulted the victim prior to forcing her and her children to get into the vehicle.

“Those charges are being pursued in West Virginia,” she said. “However, that incident certainly impacted the way that the victim and children reacted to Mr. Decker and heightened the fear and concern of the adult and children in the vehicle during this extended incident.”

Other indictments include:

¯ Donavon T. McCune, 23, of 1335 Spring St., Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, and one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. He allegedly trespassed in a Chainey Run Road, Marietta, residence in April 2020, and caused the resident to believe he would harm her.

¯ Michael L. Roux, 50, of 125 Ward St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found in October 2020 with methamphetamine.

¯ James D. Wilson, 35, of 378 Pattonsville Road, Jackson, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found with methamphetamine in May at Farson Street and Ohio 7 in Belpre.

¯ Marc J. Ryder, 50, of 2791 Charing Road, Columbus, was indicted on three counts of passing bad checks and one count of grand theft, all fourth-degree felonies. He allegedly wrote checks in November 2020 on an account belonging to Rodney D. Worrell in the amounts of $19,119.65, $20,778.15 and $13,551.55.

¯ Michael E. Grayson, 34, of 733 Eighth St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was allegedly found in February 2021 at the 100 block of Cross Street, Marietta, with methamphetamine.

¯ Linda Elizabeth Slonaker, 39, of 1207 Williamson Ave., New Matamoras, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. She allegedly was found with a stolen debit card in Marietta in October. .

¯ Renate S. Trippett, 32, of 25 Rhea Terrace, Fairmont, W.Va., was indicted on one count of assault, a fourth-degree felony. Trippett reportedly assaulted a law enforcement officer at 225 Stone Road, Belpre, on Dec. 30.

¯ Elsie S. Edwards, 22, of 1028 Meador St., Princeton, W.Va., was indicted on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. She was allegedly found in September 2019 with a loaded firearm in her vehicle. The Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm handgun is subject to forfeit.

¯ Quinton L. Kovaleski, 38, of 5905 N. State Route 60, McConnelsville, was indicted on one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly stole a Ford Focus in November at Northbound Zanesville Road, Beverly.

¯ Darrell L. Madison, 34, of 332 Stockton St., North Fort Myers, Fla., was indicted on one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was reportedly arrested after having a 9mm handgun in his vehicle in July on Interstate 77 in Macksburg after being convicted of robbery in April 2009 in the Lee County Florida Court System. The handgun is subject to forfeit.

¯ Zachary A. Sandy, 31, of 614 Burnthouse Road, Parkersburg, was indicted on five charges, including one count of carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony; one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; one count of fugitive from justice, an unclassified felony; and one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony. He was arrested after reportedly being found in the 300 block of Maple Street, Belpre, with a loaded handgun in his vehicle. He allegedly had methamphetamine and was a fugitive from justice in Wood County, where he was charged with fraudulent schemes (misuse of credit card).

¯ James R. Redman, 46, of 18800 Red Dog Road, Glouster, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was reportedly found with methamphetamine in April on Ohio 7 in Belpre.

¯ Along with James Redman, Brittany N. Kiser, 30, of 18780 Red Dog Road, Glouster, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was also reportedly found with methamphetamine in April on Ohio 7 in Belpre.

¯ Justin E. Wolfe, 28, last known address of 138 Harmar St., Marietta, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. He was reportedly to report to Washington County Common Pleas Court on Jan. 4 on a felony charge.

¯ Michael A. Offenberger, 36, of 308 Florence St., Belpre, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance. He was reportedly to appear in common pleas court on Dec. 15 on a felony charge.

¯ Jason L. Strickler, 43, of 765 Danas Run Road, Newport, was indicted on one count of failure to appear as required by recognizance, a fourth-degree felony. He was reportedly to appear in common pleas court on Jan. 10 for the felony crime of aggravated possession of drugs.

¯ Larry C. Shaffer, 53, of Southgate Trailer Park Lot 15, Marietta, was indicted on one count of arson, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported on Jan. 5, they received a call for a house trailer on fire. It was reportedly partially engulfed with the fire department actively fighting the fire.

The sheriff’s office noted multiple witnesses to the incident said “Larry” set the fire.Deputies met with Shaffer down the road. Shaffer allegedly stated he set a fire in the bathtub of the residence, for heat for himself and his dog. Shaffer then reportedly left the residence to go to the store.

¯ Brandon M. Smith, 35, of 13 Joyce Drive, Parkersburg, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was reportedly found in June on Ohio 7 with methamphetamine.

¯ Rodney D. Hill, 21, of Cutler, was indicted on nine charges, including one count of intimidation, a third-degree felony; one count of grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, a third-degree felony; one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor; one count of disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; one count of violating a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of safecracking, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

In January, he reportedly stole a handgun from a Florence Street, Belpre, home, threatening the residents who had a protection order against him.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at

mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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