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DeWine warns of scam connected to Pike County murders

DeWine warns of scam connected to Pike County murders

WAVERLY, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued the following scamalert to members of the public. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office received information from a resident saying he received a call from a man indicating he was with the Sheriff’s Office and was soliciting a donation to benefit the victims in the multiple murder case. While Attorney General DeWine and Sheriff Reader are both appreciative of the generosity from the community, please note that these calls are not from the Sheriff’s Office. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office, please do not send money. Following tragedies and disasters, some scam artists may try to take advantage of potential donors. Those interested in making a donation should conduct basic research to ensure their donations will be used as intended, not pocketed by a scammer. Ohioans can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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Three local teens arrested, suspected of vehicle break-ins

Three local teens arrested, suspected of vehicle break-ins

Kyle West (center) looks on  as co-defendants, Addison Reed (right) and Brianna Snodgrass are arraigned in Cadiz’ County Court Thursday. HARRISON COUNTY – Jewett Chief of Police, Ron Carter and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced the arrests of three local teenagers, Addison Reed, 19, Kyle West, 18 both of Jewett and Brianna Snodgrass, 19 of Hopedale who were responsible for the rash of vehicle break-ins, which occurred on April 17 and 18. A press release statement by the HCSO was also released regarding the discovery of 18 marijuana plants in what they called the beginnings of a marijuana “cultivation operation.” Along with the marijuana discovery the statement also described as “a large amount of stolen property” uncovered, as well. The break-ins took place in and around New Athens, Harrisville, Georgetown, Cadiz and Hopedale, according to the press release. The arrests took place Tuesday, April 19 and Carter and the HCSO stated that this was a joint investigation between the HCSO, as well as the Jewett and Cadiz Police Departments. Money, GPS units, wallets, purses, credit cards, phones and other devices were retrieved during the arrests at 117 East High Street in Jewett. “Evidence collected leads law enforcement to believe these three individuals may be responsible for similar crimes in both Belmont and Jefferson Counties,” read the statement. It continued by stating that the cultivation of the marijuana plants was being handled by the Jewett Police Department. “All three agencies have been working together and it all came out with a positive outcome,” Carter said. “Personally, I’d like to thank the Cadiz Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office for all the help they provide to us and the resources…” Officer, Todd Walker stated that there were heat lamps set up where the plants were being cultivated in the bedroom section of the house. Carter stated that each plant’s street value has the potential for $2,000 per plant, which he added could up the charges on the suspects. Carter stated that after entering the home he looked down and discovered evidence in a purse regarding numerous vehicles involved, which sealed that part of the investigation since they were on the lookout involving the break-ins. Sheriff, Joe Myers included in the statement a reminder for the public “to be proactive in defense of their property by locking their automobiles when they are unattended,” and to “report any suspicious individual or activities to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.” The statement said all three are being charged with theft and receiving stolen property and Carter stated that possession of marijuana and paraphernalia would be added, as well. Thursday afternoon, the three suspects were present in County Court before Judge, Mark Beetham for their initial court appearance. All three, who were polite and addressed Beetham as “sir” are facing the same charges and read by Beetham who stated the manor of their charges as, “…you did recklessly by force, stealth or deception trespass…” Assistant Prosecutor, Jack Felgenhauer requested that all three be tried simultaneously to avoid repeat testimony of any witnesses and added that there is to be no contact with one another and a curfew be submitted, as well for the three in case they make bond, which was set at $15,000 or 10 percent option. “Probably, but by the grace of God these kids are in here today…” Felgenhauer said because of what they were doing at night he stated that they were lucky they didn’t run into someone with a weapon defending their property. West, in answering Felgenhuer’s question if they had jobs, he stated they all worked together at the Steak N Shake in St. Clairsville but Felgenhuer informed him that they would not be able to work in the same shifts. It is to be determined if there is probable cause to bound the three over to the grand jury in order to be tried in court. A date for their preliminary hearing was yet to be determined at the time of this publishing.

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Brush fire in Cadiz taken out

Brush fire in Cadiz taken out

CADIZ – A fire Wednesday afternoon behind the old mill on East Warren Street was quickly extinguished by the Cadiz Volunteer Fire Department. Fire Chief, Leonard Merryman stated briefly that the cause is unknown at this time where a large log surrounded by brush erupted in flames and took on the appearance of trouble considering the sunny weather lately and the drying out after the winter. The Cadiz Volunteers quickly extinguished the flames, though, in less than five minutes once they got their hoses unwrapped and turned on. Harrison County EMS was also on the scene.          

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Court rejects appeal for stay in Sunoco pipeline case

Court rejects appeal for stay in Sunoco pipeline case

HARRISON COUNTY – After several weeks of nervous waiting in the Teter vs. Sunoco case where Carol Teter and her attorney, Nicholas Andersen were waiting on a decision by Common Pleas Judge, T. Shawn Hervey regarding Teter’s appeal to place a “stay” on Sunoco from commencing construction work across their property, the decision was another setback for Teter and partner, John Lovejoy. The case, for which the decision went against Teter last month concerning her property off of Ohio 151, was over eminent domain and Sunoco attempting to lay pipeline across their property. Hervey ruled in favor of Sunoco last month stating in part that, “…propane and butane meet the statutory definition of petroleum under Ohio law,” where that was only one of the issues and concern was voiced by Andersen that now anything could be included in the definition of what is in petroleum, and felt that was dangerous. Hervey’s recent decision handed down this week rejecting Teter’s appeal for a stay on Sunoco’s construction, was based on the following: “The court finds no evidence of a public interest served by granting the stay,” the judgment entry reads. It continued by stating: “After an equitable balance of the four factors, the Court finds no just reason for stay of execution of judgment and denies the same.” Those four factors were listed as: 1) “A substantial likelihood that it will prevail on the merits of its appeal; 2) It will suffer irreparable harm if the stay is not granted; 3) There is a lack of substantial harm to the opposing party should a stay be granted; 4) The public interest will be served by granting the stay.” Hervey listed detailed reasons under each of the four stipulations. Under the first stipulation, Hervey stated that he was not swayed by their argument enough for a “winning argument on appeal.” The second one states that “irreparable harm is not imminent to defendant” and it continues by stating that any harm would not “curtail defendant’s enjoyment of their property.” The third issue determined that substantial harm would be incurred by the plaintiff (Sunoco) considering timelines with “users and builders” if the stay ruled in Teter’s favor. The final issue is where Hervey decided that there was “no evidence of a public interest served by granting the stay.” After losing their court decision last month, Teter and Lovejoy felt hopeful they would be granted the stay. But the decision on their appeal is now immediately being appealed once again. The appeal on the original decision is expected sometime early this summer. The appeal on the negative decision for a stay was also filed this week and Lovejoy stated via email that it was basically the same as the original appeal for a stay “with a few additional lines added.” Lovejoy felt confident that this appeal for a stay would be granted stating that the Appeals Court in Youngstown agreed to hear the case on an expedited basis. In the meantime, Teter and Lovejoy received a boost from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation since their court loss, as they have filed an amicus brief (friend of the court) on behalf of Teter.

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Hydrant flushing to begin Monday

Hydrant flushing to begin Monday

The Tri-County Water Authority will be flushing hydrants beginning, Monday, April 18. They will be flushing the entire system in Colerain, Pleasant Grove, Harrisville and Adena areas. Customers may experience low water pressure and discolored water.

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Obituaries

Marjorie A. Heidy

Marjorie A. Heidy

Marjorie A. “Marge” Magee Heidy, 83, of Scio died Monday, April 25, in Weirton Medical Center after a brief illness. Born November 12, 1932 in Louden Twp, Carroll Co, she was a daughter of the late John and Eleanor Gotschall Magee. Marge worked at the Scio Pottery and owned Bill and Marge’s Station in Scio with her husband for over 10 years. She loved to cook and bake, especially pies. Marge was preceded in death by her husband William N. Heidy, a son Robert N. Heidy and a brother Paul Magee. Surviving is her son William E. Heidy of the home, a sister Vera Magee of Amsterdam and several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held in Fairview Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Koch Funeral Home, Scio has been entrusted with her arrangements.  

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DeWine warns of scam connected to Pike County murders

DeWine warns of scam connected to Pike County murders

WAVERLY, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued the following scamalert to members of the public. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office received information from a resident saying he received a call from a man indicating he was with the Sheriff’s Office and was soliciting a donation to benefit the victims in the multiple murder case. While Attorney General DeWine and Sheriff Reader are both appreciative of the generosity from the community, please note that these calls are not from the Sheriff’s Office. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office, please do not send money. Following tragedies and disasters, some scam artists may try to take advantage of potential donors. Those interested in making a donation should conduct basic research to ensure their donations will be used as intended, not pocketed by a scammer. Ohioans can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner

The First Church of Christ in Cadiz will be hosting a spaghetti dinner March 12, from 4-6 p.m. Diners can eat in or carry out and the cost is by donation. The church is located at 139 North Main Street, Cadiz.

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Marjorie A. Heidy

Marjorie A. Heidy

Marjorie A. “Marge” Magee Heidy, 83, of Scio died Monday, April 25, in Weirton Medical Center after a brief illness. Born November 12, 1932 in Louden Twp, Carroll Co, she was a daughter of the late John and Eleanor Gotschall Magee. Marge worked at the Scio Pottery and owned Bill and Marge’s Station in Scio with her husband for over 10 years. She loved to cook and bake, especially pies. Marge was preceded in death by her husband William N. Heidy, a son Robert N. Heidy and a brother Paul Magee. Surviving is her son William E. Heidy of the home, a sister Vera Magee of Amsterdam and several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held in Fairview Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Koch Funeral Home, Scio has been entrusted with her arrangements.  

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DeWine warns of scam connected to Pike County murders

DeWine warns of scam connected to Pike County murders

WAVERLY, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued the following scamalert to members of the public. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office received information from a resident saying he received a call from a man indicating he was with the Sheriff’s Office and was soliciting a donation to benefit the victims in the multiple murder case. While Attorney General DeWine and Sheriff Reader are both appreciative of the generosity from the community, please note that these calls are not from the Sheriff’s Office. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office, please do not send money. Following tragedies and disasters, some scam artists may try to take advantage of potential donors. Those interested in making a donation should conduct basic research to ensure their donations will be used as intended, not pocketed by a scammer. Ohioans can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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John R. Ramsey

John R. Ramsey

John R. Ramsey, 87 of New Athens, died Tuesday, April 26, at the home of his daughter Lindy in New Athens after a lengthy illness with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 8, 1928 in Dennison, Ohio a son of the late Wilbur and Merle Lafferty Ramsey. He loved to rebuild antique John Deere tractors. If an object wasn’t John Deere green when he got it, it wasn’t long until it was. He was a member of the Woodsfield Tractor Club, Harrison County Antique Tractor Club and loved to take his tractors to pulls and show them off. He was an avid horseman for many years and would show horses and ponies all over Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and a member of many horse clubs over the years. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War a member of the American Legion and the UMWA. He was a retired coal miner having worked at Y&O No. 2 and a former transport driver for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He made a lot of trips to the VA hospitals and made a lot of friends in the process. He was preceded in death in addition to his parents, by his wife of 65 years, Thelma Adams Ramsey in January of 2015. He is survived by four children: Cindy Schindler of North Ridgeville, Lindy Ramsey of New Athens, Rick (Marie) Ramsey of New Athens and Debbie (Mark) Koehler of Beallsville; eight grandchildren: Carrie and Keith (Nicole Gray), Lacey, Sara, Matt (Meghan), Kevin, Logan (Danielle) and Martha (Zachary Burkhart); four great grandchildren: Lexis Klee and Josie Olenski; Evan and Liam Ramsey. Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 30 from noon until time of service at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Wilford Simeral officiating. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Military honors will be provided by the Cadiz American Legion. Special thanks to his buddy Ed Smith who was a great friend to John. Also, to Amidyss Hospice for all of their wonderful care for John and his family. In lieu of flowers please make donation to the Harrison County Humane Society, c/o Joyce Brown, P.O. Box 404, Cadiz, Ohio 43907. The guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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June Louise Davidson

June Louise Davidson

June Louise Davidson, 78, of Cadiz, Ohio, passed Sunday April 24, at Trinity West Hospital. She was born in Hammond, W.Va., on June 28, 1937, a daughter of the late John and Ila Beatrice Main Freeland, and is a Methodist. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers James and Arley Freeland.June is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert T. Davidson; children: Sharon (Leroy) Dalton of Hopedale, OH, Darlene (Ken) Fife of Richmond, Ohio, Joyce (Denis) Miller of Monroe, MI, Kim France of Massillon, Ohio, Todd (Beth) Davidson Sr. of Monroe, Mich., Scott (Beth) Davidson of Martins Ferry, OH, Bobby Jo (Gary) Hall of Jewett, Ohio; sisters: Betty Fluharty of Hammond, Audrey Predmore of Cincinnati, sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and twenty one great-great grandchildren. Friends will be received Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Borkoski Funeral Home, 555 East Market Street, Cadiz, Ohio, where services will be held Friday April 29, at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.  Offer online condolences at www.borkoskifuneral.com

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Dale E. Beatty

Dale E. Beatty

Dale E. Beatty, age 68, of Scio died suddenly Thursday, April 14, at Harrison Community Hospital, Cadiz after an apparent heart attack. Born July 6, 1947 in Dennison he was a son of the late Frank Edward Beatty and Lorena Grace Guy Beatty. He was a handle carrier at the Scio Pottery for 27 years retiring in 1985. Dale was a member of the Mt Hope Methodist Church. He enjoyed collecting horse figurines and vinyl records of older country and rock and roll bands. He was affectionately known in Scio as “The Weather Man” because he kept everyone updated on the weather forecast. Surviving are his sister Sherry Monahan, with whom he resided; three nieces who he considered his daughters Faith Ann (Jeff) Van Schaik of Williamstown, NJ, Charmin (Darren) Jennings of Ocala, Fla., and Susie (Larry) Murral of Bowerston; an aunt Honnie Wince of St. Mary’s, W.Va.; five grandnieces; five grandnephews; four great grandnieces; two great grand-nephews and numerous cousins. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and a grandnephew. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with Rev. Samuel Betts officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett. Friends may call Monday from 5-8 pm. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hope Methodist Church, PO Box 74, Scio, Ohio 43988.

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Jessica Marie Mahoney Palmer

Jessica Marie Mahoney Palmer

Jessica Marie Mahoney Palmer, 35, of Elgin, Okla., went home to heaven to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on April 20, after a battle with colon cancer. Jessica was born Nov. 24, 1980 in Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, and grew up in Scio, Ohio. She was a graduate of Scio High School, class of 1990. She was a member of the Scio Biddy Cheerleading Squad and later a cheerleader for the Jewett Scio High School Squad. She was a member of Jewett Scio Marching Band where she played trumpet and was a member of the Majorette Squad. Jessica was an early member of 4-H, Girl Scouts and also participated in many beauty pageants where she won numerous titles. Jessica was the Scio 4th of July Baby Queen in 1981 and held the current Wee Miss Harrison County Title. She was also a Scio Fall Festival Queen along with her grandmother Alicia Basham as Granny Queen in the early 1990’s Jessica and her husband David B. Palmer were members of the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle group in Fort Riley, KS and initiated the Furthest North Chapter in Alaska where they had conducted many benefits for charity. Jessica attended the Buckeye Adult Education Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio where she received a certificate for Phlebotomy and furthered her education at the American Medical Association in Fairbanks, Alaska receiving a certificate as a Lab Technician and Technologist. Jessica was currently working at Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma. Jessica was preceded in death by her grandparents Teddy and Alicia Costantini Basham of Scio, Ohio, John J. Mahoney and Kathleen J. Healy Mahoney of White Plains, New York, her father John J. Mahoney Jr of Scio, Ohio and daughter Arianna Elizabeth Palmer. Jessica is survived by her husband SSG David B. Palmer of Carrollton, Ohio, who is currently stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with the U.S. Army whom she married July 5, 2008, her son Cole A. Palmer, stepson Jacob W. Palmer of Brunswick, Ohio, her mother Anna Basham Mahoney of Scio, Ohio. mother in-law Kathy A. Palmer of Carrollton, father in-law George Ray Palmer Jr of Bowerston, brothers Jeremy Basham of Pittsburgh, Pa., Jeff Mahoney of Maine, Ohio, Rob Mahoney of Richmond, Ohio, sister Aloni Mahoney of Richmond, Ohio, brothers-in-law George Ray Palmer III of Carrollton, and David McFarland of Carrollton, sisters-in-law Lynette Palmer of Bowerston, Leslie Palmer and Lorie Palmer of Cleveland, aunts and uncles consist of Rolland and Bernie Basham of Daytona, Fla., Bill and Judy Basham of Altus, Okla., Marcia and Larry Basham of New Athens, Thad and Mary Basham of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and Ralph and Polly Basham of Scio. Cousins consist of Karen and Bob Heim of Ringtown, Pa., Stacy Gibbs of Ormond Beach, Fla., Eric and Robin Basham of Port Republic, Md., Louri and Tommy Ott of New Athens, Desiree and Dave Bender of New Athens, Samantha and Joey Borland of Newcomerstown, Trent Basham of Pittsburgh. Nathan Basham of Abilene, Texas, Maggie Basham of Pittsburgh, and Katie and Dylan Day of Altus, Okla, three nieces Grace Basham of Hubbard, Ohio and Ellis and Erin Mahoney of Loveland, Ohio. She also had two dogs Lilly and Neiko along with three ferrets Phatty, Spaz and Bear. Friends and family members will be accepted for visitation on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 2 p.m. – 4p.m. and 7 p.m – 9 p.m. at Koch Funeral Home, Scio. Services will be held Wednesday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Scio. Singing will be conducted by Laura Petershime. In appreciation for the compassionate care from nurses Rachel Hollen and Kathy Graham and the staff at Promise Care Hospice, the family would like memorial contributions made to them at 4202 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton, Okla., 73505

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Nedra E. Bailey

Nedra E. Bailey

Nedra E. Bailey, 77, of Jewett died Sunday, April 24, at Trinity West Medical Center, Steubenville. Born May 25, 1938 in Jewett she was a daughter of the late Frank and Nancy Dennis Bailey. She was preceded in death by a sister, Almeda “Meda” Bailey Harmon. Surviving are a sister Shirley Tullis of Jewett and five nieces and two nephews. Nedra graduated from Jewett High School in 1956 and moved to Columbus where she worked for the Metropolitan Housing Authority and retired after 25 years of service. After retiring she worked for Kroger’s for 14 years. She moved back to Jewett and was an active member of the Jewett United Methodist Church until her health declined and she entered Sienna Woods Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Wintersville. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with Pastor Hester Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett. Friends may call Thursday two hours prior to the service form 12-2 p.m. While residing in Columbus Nedra became a huge Ohio State Buckeye’s fan and to honor her memory the family asks those attending her service to wear their favorite Ohio State attire. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewett United Methodist Church, PO Box 377, Jewett, OH 43986. www.kochfuneral.com Koch, Scio 740-945-6161

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Paul Griffith Spragg

Paul Griffith Spragg

Paul Griffith Spragg, age 84, of Westerville, Ohio died on April 20, at Columbus Colony Elderly Care under hospice care. He was born in Adena, Ohio on Jan. 17, 1932 to the late Charles H. and Elizabeth (Griffith) Spragg. He is survived by his loving wife, Sara, of 62 years; children, Pamela (Jim) Ramsey, Sharon (Mac) Powell, Jim (JoAnn) Spragg; grandchildren, Rachelle (Matthew) Shaffer, Zac (Renee) Ramsey, Andrew Powell, Benjamin Spragg, Trevor Powell and fiancée Belinda, Will Ramsey, Lindsay Spragg and Jenny Spragg; great-grandson Theodore Paul Shaffer; siblings Tom (Mabel) Spragg, Martha (Bob) Moran, Charles (Phyllis) Spragg and Bill (Jan) Stewart; and several nieces and nephews. Paul was born at the Spragg Family Farm and lived there for 79 years. Paul and Sara raised their children on their family farm where he was a farmer and a reclamation foreman for Bedway Coal Company. He was a lifelong member of Harrisville Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was an elder. Paul was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He was a member of the Adena Lions Club, charter member and president of Harrisville Ruritan Club, and president of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Paul loved spending time with his family, farming, traveling, sports and playing cards. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Funeral services were held April 23 at Harrisville Covenant Presbyterian Church with Reverend Barry Hall officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Columbus Colony Elderly Care (1150 Colony Dr. Westerville, Ohio 43081) or Harrisville Covenant Presbyterian Church (43974). Message of condolences may be shared at www.borkoskifuneral.com.

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Three local teens arrested, suspected of vehicle break-ins

Three local teens arrested, suspected of vehicle break-ins

Kyle West (center) looks on  as co-defendants, Addison Reed (right) and Brianna Snodgrass are arraigned in Cadiz’ County Court Thursday. HARRISON COUNTY – Jewett Chief of Police, Ron Carter and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced the arrests of three local teenagers, Addison Reed, 19, Kyle West, 18 both of Jewett and Brianna Snodgrass, 19 of Hopedale who were responsible for the rash of vehicle break-ins, which occurred on April 17 and 18. A press release statement by the HCSO was also released regarding the discovery of 18 marijuana plants in what they called the beginnings of a marijuana “cultivation operation.” Along with the marijuana discovery the statement also described as “a large amount of stolen property” uncovered, as well. The break-ins took place in and around New Athens, Harrisville, Georgetown, Cadiz and Hopedale, according to the press release. The arrests took place Tuesday, April 19 and Carter and the HCSO stated that this was a joint investigation between the HCSO, as well as the Jewett and Cadiz Police Departments. Money, GPS units, wallets, purses, credit cards, phones and other devices were retrieved during the arrests at 117 East High Street in Jewett. “Evidence collected leads law enforcement to believe these three individuals may be responsible for similar crimes in both Belmont and Jefferson Counties,” read the statement. It continued by stating that the cultivation of the marijuana plants was being handled by the Jewett Police Department. “All three agencies have been working together and it all came out with a positive outcome,” Carter said. “Personally, I’d like to thank the Cadiz Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office for all the help they provide to us and the resources…” Officer, Todd Walker stated that there were heat lamps set up where the plants were being cultivated in the bedroom section of the house. Carter stated that each plant’s street value has the potential for $2,000 per plant, which he added could up the charges on the suspects. Carter stated that after entering the home he looked down and discovered evidence in a purse regarding numerous vehicles involved, which sealed that part of the investigation since they were on the lookout involving the break-ins. Sheriff, Joe Myers included in the statement a reminder for the public “to be proactive in defense of their property by locking their automobiles when they are unattended,” and to “report any suspicious individual or activities to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.” The statement said all three are being charged with theft and receiving stolen property and Carter stated that possession of marijuana and paraphernalia would be added, as well. Thursday afternoon, the three suspects were present in County Court before Judge, Mark Beetham for their initial court appearance. All three, who were polite and addressed Beetham as “sir” are facing the same charges and read by Beetham who stated the manor of their charges as, “…you did recklessly by force, stealth or deception trespass…” Assistant Prosecutor, Jack Felgenhauer requested that all three be tried simultaneously to avoid repeat testimony of any witnesses and added that there is to be no contact with one another and a curfew be submitted, as well for the three in case they make bond, which was set at $15,000 or 10 percent option. “Probably, but by the grace of God these kids are in here today…” Felgenhauer said because of what they were doing at night he stated that they were lucky they didn’t run into someone with a weapon defending their property. West, in answering Felgenhuer’s question if they had jobs, he stated they all worked together at the Steak N Shake in St. Clairsville but Felgenhuer informed him that they would not be able to work in the same shifts. It is to be determined if there is probable cause to bound the three over to the grand jury in order to be tried in court. A date for their preliminary hearing was yet to be determined at the time of this publishing.

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William M. Ramsey

William M. Ramsey

William M. Ramsey William M. Ramsey, 73, of Hopedale, Ohio, died April 17 in Weirton Medical Center. He was born Feb. 8, 1943 in Newton, Mo., son of the late William Frank and Geneva Trueblood Ramsey. He was a retired electrician for 28 years with Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. He was a member of the Sons of Hopedale American Legion, a life member of the Hopedale Sportsmans Club and a member of the Pine Valley Sportsmans Club. Playing guitar was a favorite pastime of his. William is survived by his wife, Barbara Elliott Ramsey, two children, Patricia (Mark) Crosten and Michelle Arnett, four stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a future date. Blackburn Funeral Home in Hopedale, Ohio is in charge of arrangements.

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