Two Pennsylvania men accused of stealing approximately $6,000 worth of razor blades and medication from the Marietta Walmart were among 22 people indicted last week by the Washington County Grand Jury.
Blayre Rossell, 31, stated homeless, and Brian Gibalowsky, 32, of 695 Hoover St., Monessen, Pa., were indicted on one count each of fifth-degree felony theft from the June 13 incident.
Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider said Rossell allegedly filled a plastic tote with "$6,000 worth of blades, Prilosec and Advil. And he ran out the fire door with that tote and threw it in the waiting car."
The vehicle, allegedly driven by Gibalowsky, was stopped at short time later by Marietta police. Inside, officers reportedly found the stolen merchandise, as well as papers listing the addresses of Walmarts between here and Pennsylvania. Marietta Walmart employees had been warned about potential thieves by their counterparts at the Weirton, W.Va., store, which had lost about $5,000 in merchandise earlier, Schneider said.
Other indictments returned included:
- Derek M. Wittekind, 20, of 112 Maple St., Apt. 1, Marietta, was charged with four fourth-degree felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Wittekind is accused of a having a sexual relationship with a girl that started when she was 13 and he was 18. Schneider said Wittekind and the victim had between 15 and 20 consensual sexual encounters over an approximately two-year period. He presented five charges to the grand jury, saying a judge was unlikely to sentence Wittekind, if found guilty, on more than that. The grand jury did not indict Wittekind on one of them because there was not sufficient evidence to prove he knew the girl, who he met online, was 13 at the time of their first encounter, the prosecutor said.
- Michael A. Siders, 32, of the Noble County Correctional Institute, was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin. Siders is accused of selling the drug to confidential informants for the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force in March and April of 2011.
- Clarence Cage Jr., 54, of 4837 Beacon Hill Road, Apt. H, Columbus, was charged with a first-degree felony count of possession of drugs and a second-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. Cage is accused of selling 36 grams of heroin to a task force informant on March 2 near Bob Evans at 504 Pike St., Marietta. When his vehicle was stopped on Interstate 77, he reportedly had an additional 28.7 grams in his possession, Schneider said.
- Jonathan Primack, 27, and Erica R. Kohl, 31, both of 9540 Indian Lake Road, Byesville, were charged with one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony. They are accused of selling 20 Oxycodone tablets to a task force informant on March 14 at the Adult Mart in Macksburg. Kohl was charged with an additional third-degree felony trafficking count for the sale of the same amount of the drug at the same location on April 2.
- Thomas Davis, 31, of 52175 Tower Road, Cumberland, and his wife, Diedre J. Davis, 29, of 14460 Brown Road, Ava, were charged with one third-degree felony count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs. They are accused of selling six tablets containing Oxycodone to a task force informant on March 12 at the Speedway on Second St. in Marietta. At least one child was in their vehicle at the time of the sale.
- Nathan D. Brown, 31, and Shannon M. Lang, 32, both of 1120 Browns Road, Marietta, were charged with one fifth-degree felony count each of possession of drugs. They are accused of being in possession of heroin after task force agents executed a search warrant at their residence on March 4.
- David L. Oliver, 46, of 118 Cullen Road, Marietta, was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs and two fifth-degree felony counts of possession of drugs. He is accused of selling heroin to a task force informant on Feb. 12 and Feb. 16 at his home. When a search warrant was executed at his home on March 4, agents allegedly found heroin and cocaine.
- Gary C. Richards, 63, of 2011 Lewis Ave., Parkersburg, was charged with one fourth-degree felony count of illegal processing of drug documents. Richards is accused of presenting a prescription for dilaudid that had been altered to increase the dosage on Nov. 26 at the Kroger pharmacy in Marietta.
- Brandon S. Morgan, 28, of 232 N. Seventh St., Marietta, was charged with a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. He is accused of causing or attempting to cause physical harm, to his wife. The charge was elevated to a felony due to a prior conviction in 2011, Schneider said.
- Joseph M. Grodhaus, 34, of 3363 State Route 78, Malta, was charged with a third-degree felony count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. He is accused of leading Marietta police on a chase after an officer attempted to pull him over for speeding on May 3.
- Christina P. Whiting, no age listed, of 125 Elm St., Belpre, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, falsification and complicity, all fifth-degree felonies. Whiting is accused of purchasing collision insurance after her daughter had an accident on Dec. 9, then altering the police report she submitted to the insurance company and telling her daughter to lie about the timing of the crash so it would be covered.
- Mark R. Maynard, 45, of 103 Woodrow St., Marietta, was charged with a third-degree felony count of domestic violence. He is accused of assaulting his wife at their home on May 31, and has two prior convictions, Schneider said.
- Angela D. Day, 34, of 565 B.F. Goodrich Road, Marietta, was charged with a fourth-degree felony count of breach of recognizance. She is accused of not showing up to serve a jail sentence as scheduled on May 27.
- Jeffrey A. Joy, 42, of 109 Lockhart St., Belpre, was charged with a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. He is accused of assaulting his wife on April 30 at their home. A prior conviction of aggravated menacing raised the crime to a felony.
- Earl W. Moore Jr., 58, of 2400 Dalzell Road, Whipple, was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence. The alleged incident occurred at his home on June 1. Prosecutors had sought a felony charge but were unable to locate proof of a prior conviction. The case will go back to Marietta Municipal Court.
- Christopher Karcher, 32, of 1221 East Dublin Grandville Road, Columbus, was charged with a fourth-degree felony count of theft and two fifth-degree felony counts of possession of drugs. He is accused of stealing a vehicle from Front Street in Marietta on March 12, 2011, and being in possession of cocaine and heroin during a traffic stop on Oct. 6 of that year.
- As reported in the weekend edition of The Marietta Times, Jacob D. Minder, 18, of 1285 State Route 260, New Matamoras, was charged with third-degree felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and reckless homicide and a fourth-degree felony count of vehicular assault, related to the April 28 accident that killed a Newport Elementary School teacher and injured her young grandson.