Grand jury brings charges against 29
A Marietta man accused of raping his stepson’s girlfriend was one of 29 people indicted by the grand jury this week.
Timothy J. Seevers, 33, who lived on Ward Street at the time of the incident, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of rape and a third-degree felony count of sexual battery.
The charges stemmed from the same Feb. 21, 2012 event and can ultimately only be charged one way or the other, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
“Mr. Seevers’ stepson was in jail for driving without a license and somehow Seevers ended up driving the girl home and spent the night,” said Schneider
The alleged victim, a 19-year-old woman, reported going to bed fully clothed and waking up in the middle of the night with her pants pulled down and Seevers performing a sexual act on her, he said.
Testing matched DNA from Seevers’ saliva to saliva gathered during from the woman’s rape kit, said Schneider.
Seevers, who had just gotten out of prison on Jan. 3, is a registered tier 2 sexual offender.
After the incident he left town, garnering him another indictment for a fourth-degree felony count of failure to register a change of address as a sexually oriented offender, said Schneider.
When Seevers was apprehended in West Virginia shortly after the rape was reported, he attempted to fight the arresting officer and was ultimately convicted in West Virginia for assaulting an officer, he said.
“That year in prison is almost up and then we’ll go grab him,” said Schneider.
Other indictments included:
Angela D. Myers, 18, of 6950 State Route 60, Lowell, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of assault.
She is accused of stabbing her stepfather, Edward Binegar, 50, in the leg with a steak knife on Feb. 4.
According to the police, Myers and Binegar had been in a fight over household chores which escalated to Binegar hitting Myers with a broom and Myers retaliating with the knife.
Justin A. Tucker, 30, of 700 Barclay St. Lot 5, Belpre, was indicted for one first-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin, one second-degree felony count of complicity in the possession of heroin and one fifth-degree felony count of possession of cocaine.
Tucker was the passenger during an Oct. 4, 2011 traffic stop at the intersection of Ohio 7 and Tower Road in Belpre, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.
“The purpose was to arrest him for a previous parole violation. A task force agent had a K-9 who did a sniff,” said Erb.
In the car were syringes, spoons, balloons, heroin and cocaine, he said.
All of the charges were elevated because Tucker was on parole, said Erb.
Tucker was also indicted for a separate incident on a third-degree felony count of complicity in tampering with evidence and a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin.
Tucker had supplied a clean urine sample to his friend, Christoper Woods, who was on probation, according to prosecutors. When arrested for that tampering charge, he was also in possession of heroin and tools commonly associated with the sale of heroin, said Erb.
Mark J. Tilton, 44, of 12622 State Route 60, Lowell, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. On Nov. 26, Tilton allegedly grabbed his wife by the hair, hit her three times and threw her into the coffee table. Tilton had a prior domestic violence conviction in December 2008, said Erb.
Keith A. Drake, 26, of 829 Ridge St., and Pebble M. Longfellow, 27 and homeless, were both indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of forgery.
Drake stole checks from his grandmother’s checkbook around Jan. 12 and forged them to Longfellow who in turn tried to cash one at Chase Bank on Muskingum Drive, said Schneider.
The bank employees grew suspicious and called Drake’s grandmother, who said she had not written the check. Sensing the bank was taking too long, Drake and Longfellow left, and successfully tried the rouse in Parkersburg, he said.
There they wrote the check out to Longfellow’s mother and cashed it for $450, said Schneider.
Drake was indicted on an additional fifth-degree felony count of theft from the incident for theft of the checks, he said.
For a separate occasion, Drake was indicted on one third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence and one fifth-degree felony count of theft.
On Nov. 26, he stole his father’s wallet out of his vehicle, which was parked on Euclid Place, said Erb. The wallet had credit cards and cash in it, he said.
The tampering charge was a result of Drake later attempting to hide the wallet, said Erb.
Drake was indicted for a third incident on a fifth-degree felony charge of theft. On Jan. 17, Drake stole a concrete saw worth $1,200 from American Producers Supply Co. on Second Street in Marietta, said Schneider.
Tammy R. Radabaugh, 37, of 56 High St., Waterford, was indicted for trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony. On Oct. 5, Radabaugh sold heroin from her home, said prosecutors. Her child was present and her residence is right across the street from Waterford High School, elevating the severity of the crime.
Molly M. Rudolph, 36, of 317 Gilman Ave. Apt. C, Marietta, was indicted on three fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin. Rudolph is accused of selling heroin in the presence of her children on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19.
Kyle Sparks, 24, of 830 Ridge St., Marietta, was indicted on two fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin, one third-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin and one fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. All of the sales occurred in the vicinity of Marietta Middle School. One of the three included more than 10 units of heroin, elevating the crime from a fourth to third-degree felony.
Jessie M. Morrison, 35, of 407 Lord St., Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of intimidation. Morrison is accused of threatening to harm a witness in a criminal case against her two juvenile sons.
Jason Corp, 39, of 104 Grandview Ave., was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of forgery and a fifth-degree felony count of theft. Corp allegedly stole checks from a friend he was living with while going through a divorce. He cashed one on Jan. 30 for an amount less than $100.
Jared W. Philpot, 39, of 1005 Third St., was indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering, one fifth-degree felony count of criminal tools, one fifth-degree felony count of theft and one fifth-degree felony count of vandalism. Philpot allegedly broke into Ketel1 Teamwear at 111 Putnam St. on two occasions. According to prosecutors, on Dec. 27 he stole more than $1,000 worth of cash and merchandise and on Jan. 12, he damaged a toilet, effectively closing the store for a time. On Jan. 15, Philpot allegedly used a crowbar to break into Smitty’s Pizza on Starlite Drive in Reno.
Wayne A. Rhodes, 24, of 4080 Newbury Road, Little Hocking, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of theft. On Nov. 10, Rhodes allegedly stole a credit card and spent more than $1,000.
Jamie A. Hoy, 34, and Gerald R. Erb, 42, both of 149 Warner St., were each indicted on a third-degree felony count of attempted burglary. Hoy and Erb broke into a home along Ohio 60 in Lowell on Sept. 21, according to prosecutors.
Franklin Frye, 57, of 4250 State Route 307 Lot 72, Geneva, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of breach of recognizance bond. Frye failed to show up for a Jan. 28 trial for possession of drugs.
Larry E. Farley, 60, of 1195 Rhodes Road, Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of cultivation of marijuana. Farley was allegedly found growing marijuana at his residence.
Josey C. Barton, 22, of 817 Masonic Park Road Lot 10, Marietta was indicted on a third-degree felony count of illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items onto grounds of a detention facility. On Jan. 13, officers said they discovered Barton had swallowed a balloon containing pills before entering the Washington County Jail.
April N. Calvert, 28, last known address 325 Sandhill Road, Marietta, was indicted on four fifth-degree felony counts of theft, five fifth-degree felony counts of forgery, three fifth-degree felony counts of complicity to commit forgery, one fourth-degree felony count of identity fraud, one fourth-degree felony of safe cracking, and one first-degree misdemeanor count of theft. Calvert allegedly stole her sister’s identification card and posing as her, transferred funds from her checking account and secured bank checks from the bank. Calvert later stole checks belonging to a man she was helping care for and cashed those checks under her sister’s identity. She also checked into Camden Clark Medical Center under her sister’s name and had her medical bills charged to her sister. All told, her sister lost around $60,000, according to prosecutors.
Joseph C. Hajj, 32, of 147 Main St., Nitro, W.Va., was indicted for a fourth-degree felony count of theft, a fourth-degree felony count of passing bad checks and a fourth-degree felony count of forgery. On Dec. 19, Hajj reportedly used a fake check to buy a $52,000 vehicle from Family Ford on Ohio 7. Hajj then allegedly drove to Tennessee and did the same thing at another dealership.
Tumarcus Steele, 20, of 7334 Victoria Court, Reynoldsburg, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in cocaine. On two occasions in August, Steele allegedly sold cocaine on Acme Street in Marietta.
Harold Yoho, 35, of 535 Coal Run Road, Marietta, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs, one third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Yoho was operating a meth lab in his house, said prosecutors. When searched, he possessed more than five times the bulk amount of methamphetamine.
Chad W. Warner, 27, of 260 Greenbrier Circle, Marietta, and Trent D. Mason, 24, of 712 Front St., Marietta were both indicted on a third-degree felony count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs. Warner and Mason were stockpiling ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to prosecutors.
Michael J. Farnsworth, 24, of 1421 Lancaster St. Apt. 101E, Marietta, was indicted for two second-degree felony counts of robbery. During an altercation with his ex-girlfriend, Farnsworth allegedly attempted to take control of his ex’s vehicle. Backing it out of a parking space, he hit a 14-year-old pedestrian. Farnsworth’s ex retrieved the key’s to her vehicle while he checked on the pedestrian but he allegedly shoved her, stole the keys, and ran away.
Chris T. Fluhart, 20, of 1308 Williamson Ave., New Matamoras, and Paul W. Hendershot Jr., 21, of 40 Fourth St., New Matamoras, were both indicted for one fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering and one fifth-degree felony count of theft. The men are accused of breaking into an unoccupied structure in New Matamoras and stealing copper piping, tubing and wiring, an alcoholic beverage and several tools from the residence.
Gregory V. Harmon, 41, of 1057 Novak Road, Grafton, was indicted on one fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. On Feb. 8, Harmon was found passed out drunk in a vehicle parked at the welcome center on I-77. The vehicle was reported stolen from a dealership in Illinois.
Christopher E. Byrd, 24, of 9626 State Route 555, Cutler, was indicted on two fourth-degree felony counts of domestic violence. Byrd, who has a previous conviction for domestic violence, was accused of assaulting his mother and father during a Jan. 12 family get together in Cutler.