July 20, 2024

March Grand Jury indictments and cases

(Editor’s Note: An indictment by a grand jury does not mean the individual is guilty of a crime. It is part of the legal process. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)

POMEROY, Ohio – Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley announces that on March 19, 2019, the Grand Jury returned twenty-seven indictments against nineteen individuals.

Harrisonville and Pageville Property Crimes and Related Offenses

Angela Barnhart, 35, of Albany, Ohio, was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the third degree.  Barnhart is alleged to have committed burglary at a residence in Pageville.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.  A co-defendant, Donald Shaffer, 37, of Athens, Ohio, had previously been indicted for Burglary, a felony of the third degree, for the same incident.

Fredrick Gibbs, 26, of Middleport, Ohio, was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree.  Gibbs is alleged to have broken into a church near Harrisonville with the intent to commit a theft offense within.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Donald Gilmore, 45, of Albany, Ohio, was indicted for Obstructing Justice, a felony of the third degree.  Gilmore is alleged to have lied to law enforcement to prevent the discovery and apprehension of a wanted subject, Zyon Gilmore, being concealed in Gilmore’s residence near Pageville.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Zyon Gilmore, 23, of Nelsonville, Ohio, was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree.  Gilmore is alleged to have broken into a residence in the Pageville area with the intent to commit a theft offense within.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

In a second indictment, Zyon Gilmore was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree, and Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.  Gilmore is alleged to have broken into a shed in the Pageville area and to have stolen a lawn mower from within.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

In a third indictment, Zyon Gilmore was indicted for two counts of Breaking and Entering, each a felony of the fifth degree, and two counts of Theft, each a felony of the fifth degree.  Gilmore is alleged to have broken into a building in the Harrisonville area and to have stolen property from within on two occasions.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

In a fourth indictment, Zyon Gilmore was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree, and Theft, a felony of the fourth degree.  Gilmore is alleged to have broken into a building in the Pageville area and to have stolen a side-by-side from within.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

In a fifth indictment, Zyon Gilmore was indicted for Complicity to Burglary, a felony of the second degree, and Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree.  Gilmore is alleged to have been complicit in a burglary offense that occurred at a residence in the Pageville area and to have been in receipt of a firearm stolen from that residence.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Donna Savage, 70, of Albany, Ohio, was indicted for Obstructing Justice, a felony of the third degree.  Savage is alleged to have lied to law enforcement to prevent the discovery and apprehension of a wanted subject, Zyon Gilmore, being concealed in Savage’s residence near Pageville.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Donald Shaffer, 37, of Athens, Ohio, was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree, and Theft, a felony of the fourth degree.  Shaffer is alleged to have broken into a building in the Pageville area and to have stolen a side-by-side from within.  The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Middleport Property Crimes

John Hill, 37, of Pomeroy, Ohio, was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the second degree, and Theft, a felony of the fourth degree.  Hill is alleged to have committed the burglary offense at a residence in Middleport and to have stolen property from that residence.  The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

In a second indictment, John Hill was indicted for Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree, and Disrupting Public Services, a felony of the fourth degree.  Hill is alleged to have broken into a residence in Middleport and assaulted the resident.  Hill is also alleged to have taken the resident’s cell phone to prevent the resident from calling law enforcement for assistance.  The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

In a third indictment, John Hill was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the second degree, Vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree, and Theft, a felony of the fifth degree.  Hill is alleged to have broken into a residence in Middleport and to have stolen property from that residence.  Hill is also alleged to have caused extensive damage to the residence and the property within.  The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

Sonja Stiffler, 48, of Middleport, Ohio, was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree, Theft, a felony of the fourth degree, and Safecracking, a felony of the fourth degree.  Stiffler is alleged to have broken into a business in Middleport and to have stolen property from that business.  Stiffler is alleged to have stolen a safe from that business and to have attempted to break into the safe.  The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

In a second indictment, Stiffler was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree.  Stiffler is alleged to have broken into a building in Middleport with the intent to commit a theft offense and a separate felony within.  The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

Michael Wyatt, 39, of Middleport, Ohio, was indicted for Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree.  Wyatt is alleged to have been in possession of property stolen by John Hill during a burglary committed in Middleport.  The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

Drug Cases

Thomas Billingsley, 41, of Columbus, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree.  Billingsley is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.  The Middleport Police Department investigate this matter.

Marcus Ervin, 28, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (MDMA), a felony of the fifth degree. Ervin is alleged to have been in possession of MDMA during a pursuit with law enforcement.  Ervin had previously been indicted for Failure to Comply, a felony of the third degree.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated this matter.

Austin Fitzgerald, 22, of Racine, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree, and Possession of Drugs (Buprenorphine), a misdemeanor of the first degree, and Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree.  Fitzgerald is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine and buprenorphine and to have attempted to prevent law enforcement from discovering the drugs by throwing them into a tree.  The Pomeroy Police Department investigated this matter.

Walter McFee, 61, of Middleport, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (Cocaine), a felony of the fifth degree.  McFee is alleged to have been in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop in Rutland.  The Rutland Police Department investigated this matter.

Darlene Older, 56, of Pomeroy, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree.  Older is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated this matter.

Holly Rose, 28, of Vinton, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree.  Rose is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine during a single-vehicle crash.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated this matter.

Robin Wood, 58, of Pomeroy, Ohio, was indicted for Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree.  Wood is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine, which was discovered following her arrest pursuant to a warrant.  The Pomeroy Police Department investigated this matter.

Sex Crimes

Ronald Webb, 52, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, was indicted for three counts of Rape, each a felony of the first degree, and three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, each a felony of the third degree.  Webb is alleged to have sexually assaulted a minor female under the age of twelve on multiple occasions.  The Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Officed investigated this matter.

Other Property Crimes

Thomas Billingsley, 41, of Columbus, Ohio, was indicted for three counts of Burglary, each a felony of the third degree, Vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree, Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree, and Obstructing Official Business, a misdemeanor of the second degree.  Billingsley is alleged to have committed three burglary offenses at the same residence in Pomeroy and to have vandalized the residence at that time.  Billingsley is alleged to have tampered with evidence by attempting to prevent law enforcement from discovering the evidence of the burglary offenses.  Billingsley is alleged to have committed the offense of Obstructing Official Business by running from law enforcement when they attempted to arrest him.  The Pomeroy Police Department investigated this matter.

Non-Support Cases

Stanley Jackson, Jr., 56, of Canton, Ohio, was indicted for Non-Support of Dependents, a felony of the fifth degree.  Jackson is alleged to have failed to pay child support for 104 out of 104 weeks and to owe an arrearage of $5,022.  The Meigs County Child Support Enforcement Agency investigated this matter.

Chris Ward, 52, of Dayton, Ohio, was indicted for Non-Support of Dependents, a felony of the fifth degree.  Ward is alleged to have failed to pay child support for 104 out of 104 weeks and to owe an arrearage of $55,685.  The Meigs County Child Support Enforcement Agency investigated this matter.

All cases will proceed in the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas before Judge Linda R. Warner.

For informational purposes, possible penalties for felony offenses include: felonies of the first degree- 3-11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine; felonies of the second degree- 2-8 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine; felonies of the third degree- 9-36 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; felonies of the fourth degree- 6-18 months in prison and up to a $5,000 fine; felonies of the fifth degree- 6-12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.  For most felonies of the fourth and fifth degrees, sentencing guidelines found in the Ohio Revised Code require first-time offenders to be sentenced to community control unless certain conditions exist permitting the imposition of a prison sentence.