Police reports

Reports/Washington County

¯ A deputy began an investigation Jan. 13 into a resident of Marietta Township having their Sam’s Store credit card used and items purchased by unknown subject(s).

¯ A deputy began an investigation Friday into a Warren Township company’s gas cards being utilized for purchases of approximately $2,500.

¯ Deputies responded Sunday to ParMar, 17785 State Route 7, Warren Township, to a commercial burglar alarm. The front door glass was smashed and unlocked. Deputies cleared the interior, finding an open refrigerator and the area for the cashier disturbed. The immediate area was searched with the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Marietta Police Department’s K9 unit.

The male suspect was observed on store security video and a subject matching his description was located in the 100 block of Hanna Road. The man identified himself as Elijah Blu Stapp, and was advised of his Miranda Warning. Stapp admitted to breaking into the ParMar and taking several alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Stapp advised he was intoxicated due to drinking the beverages he stole before he was apprehended.

Elijah Blu Stapp, 18, listed as homeless, was arrested for breaking and entering, theft, possessing criminal tools, underage consumption of alcohol, and criminal damaging.

¯ Deputies responded Sunday to the area of Tadpole Road and Veto Road. It was reported by a witness that subject(s) may be stealing from Briggs Sand & Gravel Inc., Blue Knob Road, Warren Township.

The caller reported seeing a vehicle parked on the property. The caller stated they turned back around to check this suspicious behavior, and the suspect vehicle took off almost striking his vehicle. The caller reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office, as well as continuing to follow the vehicle.

A sergeant responded to the area where the subject was last seen. As the sergeant was nearing an intersection, the suspect vehicle was approaching him. He slowed, still utilizing his siren and lights, when the suspect vehicle continued driving towards the patrol vehicle. The suspect vehicle showed no signs of slowing and when passing the sergeant, struck the patrol vehicle on the driver side.

The sergeant began to pursue the subject(s), and observed the vehicle over a hill in a field. Other deputies arrived on scene and approached the vehicle. A search of the area began with deputies locating Ryan O. Nichols hiding under some leaves in the woods. Nichols was taken into custody and placed in the patrol vehicle. Nichols stated he did not know the other subject.

Deputies inspected the original crime scene at Briggs Sand & Gravel and found the fuel cap removed and diesel fuel was spilled on the ground. Deputies obtained the identity of the other man as Terry Brian Fox.

Ryan O’Neil Nichols, 45, of 1936 Barth Road, Belpre, was placed under arrest and charged with criminal trespass, theft, possessing criminal tools and obstructing official business. A warrant was requested and issued for Terry Brian Fox, 47, of 312 Walnut St., Belpre, on charges of criminal trespassing, theft, possessing criminal tools, obstructing official business, failure to comply, operating in willful disregard of the safety of persons, fictitious license plates, stopping after an accident on public roads, and assault on a peace officer.

¯ A deputy was dispatched Sunday to a residence on Ohio 60, Adams Township, in regards to a threatening message sent by Shane Severt. Severt stated he had been in an argument with the victim. After completing the investigation, it was determined that Shane A. Severt, 45, of 12170 State Route 60, Lowell, would be arrested and charged with domestic violence and aggravated menacing.

Arrests/Washington County

The following individuals were recently processed into the Washington County Jail:

¯ Kristin Nicole Dutcher, 39, of Marietta, was arrested for probation violation, a misdemeanor.

¯ Nathan Gerald Strausbaugh, 38, of Marietta, was arrested for breach of recognizance, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of fentanyl, all felonies, and probation violation (Athens County).

¯ Anthony Wayne Kincaid, 30, of Beverly, was arrested for nonsupport of dependents.

¯ Elijah Blu Stapp, 18, homeless, was arrested for possessing criminal tools and breaking and entering, both felonies, criminal damaging, theft and alcohol under the age of 21, all misdemeanors.

¯ Ryan ONeil Nichols, 45, of Belpre, was arrested for fictitious plates, prohibited parking, theft, possession of criminal tools, obstructing official business, and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors.

¯ Shane Allen Severt, 45, of Lowell, was arrested for domestic violence and aggravated menacing, both misdemeanors.

¯ Benjamin David Cunningham, 37, of Waterford, was arrested for domestic violence, unlawful restraint, both misdemeanors, and disrupting public service, a felony.

¯ Jamie Lewis Chapman, 19, of Belpre, was arrested for domestic violence and possession of drugs, both misdemeanors.


¯ A patrolman responded Jan. 11 to the Marietta Police Department headquarters in reference to a possible abuse or neglect of an MRDD patient complaint.

¯ A patrolman was dispatched Jan. 11 to Buckeye Avenue in reference to money being taken from a wallet in the residence. The woman reported that cash was taken some time throughout the day.

¯ An officer was contacted Jan. 12 by the Marietta High School vice-principal in reference to an obscene video being sent through social media of a juvenile. Several cell phones have been confiscated and the investigation is ongoing.


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