Mother, son are indicted
A New Matamoras man who reportedly stole thousands of dollars of glassware from a Grandview Township home where his mother was housesitting was indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.
Daren “Freddy” Moore, 34, last known address 101 Evan St. Apt. 3A, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of burglary and a fourth-degree felony count of theft.
Moore’s mother, Pamela Moore, 55, of 165 Pam Road, New Matamoras, was also indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of complicity in theft for allowing Freddy to have access to the home while its owners were away, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
The homeowners, Phyllis and William Buettner, also own a home in Pennsylvania and travel back and forth, said Schneider.
“While they were gone, they hired Pamela to watch over the place, keep the home clean,” he said.
Phyllis Buettner’s family had owned a glass business similar to Fenton Art Glass, and a large number of glass items from the former business were stored in the Grandview Township home, said Schneider.
Pamela allegedly gave her son access to the home knowing that he was not supposed to be there, he said.
A witness, who the Buettners had hired to tend to the grass and outdoor tasks, testified that he saw Freddy at the home without Pamela present on more than one occasion.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office tracked down some of the glass pieces, which sources said had been sold to them by Freddy, said Schneider.
Some of those pieces were recovered, but the bulk of the stolen glassware remains missing, he said.
Other indictments included:
Steven L. O’Brien, 25, of 343 Main St., Lower Salem and Derek J. Waterman, 20, of 50 Warner Second St., Lower Salem, were each indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts for theft, breaking and entering, and possession of criminal tools. On Sept. 17, the two men reportedly entered the property of a Salem Township man and stole several scrap items, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.
“They cut a fence with a hacksaw,” he said.
The tool was later found in the truck they had been driving, he said. The sheriff’s office tracked the scraps-more than $1,000 worth-to various scrap yards and connected the sales back to O’Brien and Waterman, said Erb.
Ronnette C. Fleming, 51, of 45 S. Moore Road, McConnelsville, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of theft. Fleming allegedly stole money from two disabled adults in her care, said Erb.
“As part of her duties, there was a petty cash box. It was used for extra things that would pop up, gas to take them places,” he explained.
Fleming reportedly stole around $40 from the box sometime in June. The amount would not normally meet the requirements for felony theft, but the crime is elevated because the victims are disabled, he said.
Rebecca M. Hall, 38, of 85 Lang Farm Road, Marietta, was indicted on three fifth-degree felony counts of theft of a check. Hall had been staying with a friend in late December and reportedly took three of his checks which were connected to a closed bank account, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.
“She wrote out the checks at the Beachcomber (in Williamstown), signed his name and cashed them,” she said.
Including fees, the total cost associated with the stolen checks is around $600, said Graham.
The victim confronted Hall, and she reportedly admitted taking the checks without permission and cashing them. Further charges in West Virginia are possible, said Graham.
Jason Askainen, 38, of 16 Christopher Circle, Searcy, Ark., was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. Askainen was working in the local oil and gas industry for Schwob Energy Services and checked out a digital transit. The piece of equipment is used for surveying and is worth between $2,000 and $3,000, said Erb.
Instead of returning the equipment, Askainen reportedly pawned the item at Cashland in Marietta. A Cashland employee noticed the Schwob labeling and called the company.
Isaac L. Lincoln Sr., 41, of 233 1/2 Main St., Lowell, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto grounds of a detention facility. Lincoln was given the chance to give up any illegal contraband before being booked into the Washington County Jail Nov. 22 on an OVI charge. During a pat down, corrections officers allegedly found 3.9 grams of marijuana on Lincoln, said Graham.
Jamie Franks, 33, of 203 1/2 Virginia St., Beverly, and Aaron Fulton, 27, of 205 E. Montgomery St., were indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession. There was a warrant for Fulton’s arrest, and the two were pulled over by the Beverly Police Department while driving a minivan home from Columbus. In the car, officers allegedly found illegal mushrooms belonging to Franks and heroin in Fulton’s backpack.
Nicholas D. Boley, 29, of 1308 Williamson Ave. Apt. 1C, New Matamoras, was indicted on one fourth-degree and two fifth-degree felony counts of drug trafficking. Boley allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant three times in July and August. A juvenile was allegedly present during the second sale, elevating the felony level, said Erb.
Shawn A. Gill, 34, of 39504 Road Fork Road, Lower Salem, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of drug trafficking and a fifth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. Gill reportedly sold heroin to a confidential informant on Feb. 11, 2013, said Schneider. The transaction, which occurred on Pike Street, was within 1,000 feet of a school, making it a fourth-degree felony.
On July 2, Gill was pulled over on Pike Street. He was reportedly using license plates on the vehicle that had been stolen from a resident on Front Street in Marietta.
Eric E. “Toby” Luke, 27, unknown address, was indicted on one third-degree and one fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. Luke reportedly sold 16 units of heroin to a confidential informant on Jan. 13 at 318 Colegate Drive. The next day he allegedly sold 10 more units at 40 Acme St., this time with his child in the car, said Schneider.
Jeffrey S. Wittekind, 26, of 316 Gilman St., Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. Wittekind is accused of selling five units of heroin on Dec. 4, 2012 somewhere in the vicinity of Harmar Elementary School.
Danny E. Mugrage, 54, of 1023 Third St., Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. A confidential informant set up a drug buy through Trent Offenberger, 38, who was indicted last month for selling hydrocodone. However it was Mugrage who reportedly accepted the money and produced 10 hydrocodone pills during the Sept. 13 drug buy in Marietta.
Alex N. Holden, 31, of 5008 Coventry Court N., Columbus, was indicted on a fourth-degree and a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession. Holden was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Aug. 23. A search of the vehicle reportedly yielded more than a gram of heroin and some ecstasy pills.
Sean P. Harkins, 28, of 1574 Elizabeth St. Apt. A, Belpre, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of drug possession. Harkins was stopped by Belpre Police in the 200 block of Elm Street. He reportedly had several hydrocodone pills and a single amphetamine pill in his possession.
Normally, possession of hydrocodone is a misdemeanor offense, said Schneider. However, Harkins has a previous drug possession conviction, which elevates the offense.
Carrie A. Metz, 33, of 1515 Washington Blvd., Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of abusing harmful intoxicants. Metz was reportedly caught by her parents huffing from aerosol cans on Oct. 25. A first offense is a misdemeanor, but Metz had previously been convicted of the same charge in January 2013, said Schneider.
Terra E. Hooper, 34, unknown address, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to appear. Hooper reportedly did not appear for her Jan. 16 sentencing on a fourth-degree felony count of grand theft.
Brian S. Moore, 38, unknown address, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of failure to appear. Moore allegedly skipped out on his Nov. 27 sentencing on a fifth-degree felony count of grand theft.