Accused rapist among grand jury indictments
A Lowell man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl on multiple occasions was among those indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.
Daniel M. Pottmeyer, 29, of 7959 State Route 60, was indicted on three first-degree felony counts of rape and a second-degree felony count of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
“This young person had alleged that there was inappropriate behavior and provided details that led to evidence of such behavior,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.
According to Capt. Troy Hawkins with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation started in May when the girl’s mother brought her in to file a report.
Investigators found multiple photographs showing Pottmeyer and the child engaged in sexual acts.
“The photographs corroborated that there were at least three separate acts,” said Rings.
The abuse is believed to have occurred between January and April.
It is unknown at this time if Pottmeyer shared the photographs or if there were other victims. However, the possibility of other victims is “at least a concern,” said Rings.
Pottmeyer is currently being held in the Washington County Jail on $500,000 bond.
Other indictments included:
Edna E. Hanes, 34, of 308 Lord St., Marietta, and Lori A. Balderson, 41, of 139 Meadowlark Drive, Williamstown, were both indicted on drug trafficking charges. On Jan. 23, Hanes allegedly sold morphine tablets to a confidential informant at the Glendale Road McDonald’s, which is within 1,000 feet of Marietta Middle School. The sale resulted in a third-degree felony trafficking charge.
On the same day, informants set up another morphine tablet buy which Balderson reportedly conducted with Hanes in the vehicle. Balderso reportedly sold morphine again on Feb. 25, resulting in two fourth-degree felony drug trafficking indictments.
Hanes allegedly set up a second buy on Jan. 30, but took the $200 drug payment and never returned with the drugs, he said. The incident resulted in additional fourth-degree drug trafficking and first-degree misdemeanor theft indictments for Hanes.
Christy L. Tucker, 37, of 25776 Byron St., Coolville, was indicted on five fifth-degree felony counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug and two fifth-degree felony counts of forgery. Tucker continued picking up her husband’s hydrocodone and clonazepam prescriptions after he committed suicide at a jail in Meigs County on March 20, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.
Tucker allegedly picked up a total of five prescriptions at the Marietta Kroger on March 29 and April 27. She reportedly forged her sister’s name both times.
William R. Murphy, 66, of 103 Upper Fifteen Mile Creek Road, Wingett Run, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of intimidation of a witness. Murphy is a defendant in a pending theft case in which he allegedly stole the credit card of a disabled person and used the card to withdraw a couple thousand dollars from area ATMs. On Aug. 7, Murphy reportedly called a witness in that case and threatened her, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.
“He told her, ‘You know I carry a gun with me all the time,'” said Erb.
Lindsey M. Tornes, 23, of 1160 Hadley Hollow Road, Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Leaving an unrelated drug buy in the vicinity of Broughton Road on April 15, officers passed Tornes driving and apparently smoking out of a marijuana bowl. Stopped by officers, Tornes insisted the substance she was smoking was synthetic and therefore legal. However, the synthetic substance was made illegal by an Ohio law passed in December, said Washington County Prosecutor Schneider.
Jessica Stevens, 32, of 122 Tennis Center Drive Apt. 14, Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft from an elderly person and a fourth-degree felony count of theft of drugs. On Aug. 24, Stevens stopped into the residence of an elderly person and asked to borrow money. When the elderly gentleman refused, Stevens allegedly stole the man’s Oxycodone prescription and $700 cash from his wallet.
Seth E. Harris, 21, of 1222 Lockwood St. C, Belpre, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. On March 7, Belpre police responded to a domestic violence call at his home and Harris had fled. However, in the residence officers found several items that indicated marijuana trafficking, such as digital scales, plastic baggies and a grinder.
Russell S. Burkhammer Jr., 40, of 1023 Third St., Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs and a third-degree felony count of tampering with drugs. When a search warrant was executed at his home on Aug. 3, 2012, officers allegedly found Adderall pills for which Burkhammer did not have a prescription hidden in a different prescription bottle.
Burkhammer had previously been indicted in November on a third-degree felony tampering charge for the incident. However, those charges were dropped and indicted again this week with the additional felony possession charge because Burkhammer did not have a prescription for the Adderall.
Donna M. Glendening, 51, of 1600 Michaelis Road, Marietta, was indicted on two third-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs. On Jan. 31, Glendening allegedly sold two fentanyl patches to a confidential informant somewhere in Lowell. Then on Feb. 5, she reportedly sold several hydromorphone pills in Marietta with her granddaughter present, elevating the trafficking charge to a third-degree felony.
Timothy N. Carver Sr., 49, of 76 St. Andrews Blvd., Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of passing bad checks. Carver allegedly wrote a $1,201.50 check to Ohio Valley Power Equipment earlier this year. The check bounced and Carver ignored attempts to rectify the situation.
“It was later found out that the check was written from an account that had been closed, so he was purposely being deceptive,” said Erb.
Cindy K. Bishop, 45, of 515 Main St., Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. On May 15, authorities reportedly found a set of stolen license plates on Bishop’s car. The plates, which were already expired, had been removed from an inoperable vehicle.
“It’s not believed she stole the plates. The allegation is her husband found the plates and put them on her car,” said Graham.
Jonathan P. Perry, 21, of 231 Hillcrest Drive, Apt. A, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. On Aug. 6, Perry allegedly hit his pregnant live-in girlfriend. Perry already has a November domestic violence conviction against the woman, elevating the incident to a felony.
Paul L. Hardgrove, 30, of 395 Bettie St., Akron, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of burglary. Hardgrove reportedly forced his way into the home of a Marietta Township woman on June 30.
“There was a young lady there who knows him in this house. There was a confrontation,” said Rings.
On the way out of the home, Hardgrove grabbed a laptop and multiple cell phones that did not belong to him, Rings said.
Amy M. Leedy, 24, of 45669 Miller Road, Pomeroy, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of burglary. On May 15 Leedy reportedly entered a Cutler residence and took an XBox and a number of video games. Investigators believe Leedy eventually sold the stolen goods.
Cody D. Smarr, 20, of 225 Stone Road, Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession. Stopped by an officer with the Belpre Police Department on March 7, Smarr reportedly consented to a search of his person. He was found with Adderall pills for which he had no prescription.
Mitchell E. Bailey, 23, of 119 Sunset Lane, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to provide a change of address. Bailey is a registered sex offender due to an unlawful sexual conduct with a minor conviction. When deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office checked up on Bailey earlier this year, they found he had not been living at the address for quite a while, said Rings.
Joshua Danku, 31, of 308 1/2 Florence St. Apt. A, Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of nonsupport of dependents. Danku allegedly failed to make child support payments between April 1, 2010 and April 1, 2013, resulting in more than $21,000 of missed payments.
Timothy J. Bookman, 32, of 90 Stanley St., Newport, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. Bookman provided a urine sample after being involved in a June 9 traffic accident. The sample tested positive for marijuana, said Erb. This is Bookman’s third OVI arrest in six years, elevating the offense to a felony.