For the record


Mason County Sheriff’s Department

The Mason County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests made April 12-21: Megan R. Davis, 28, Gallipolis Ferry, domestic assault, brandishing, arrested by Sgt. Varian. Benjamin L. Boster, 36, Southside, child abuse, arrested by Deputy Veith. Travis G. Thivener, 38, Crown City, Ohio, aggravated DUI, driving on suspended, arrested by Deputy Waugh. Christopher T. Brinker, 38, Letart, DUI, arrested by Deputy Veith. Jacob R. Huddleston, 24, Henderson, DUI with child under 16 in vehicle, arrested by Deputy Waugh. George R. Walls, 55, Pomeroy, Ohio, DUI, arrested by Deputy Veith. John T. Vance, 20, Point Pleasant, DUI under 21, arrested by Deputy Veith. Jessica B. Thompson, 37, Point Pleasant, domestic battery, obstructing an officer, arrested by Deputy J.C. Peterson. Grady L. Whitson, Jr., 40, Point Pleasant, uttering, arrested by Cpt. B. Peterson. Caleb L. Davis, 22, Point Pleasant, assault, battery domestic assault-warrant, arrested by Deputy Ferrel. Ralph E. Elmore, 22, Ripley, DUI, driving on suspended, improper registration, expired MVI, arrested by Sgt. Terry.

Indictments handed down

On Friday, Gallia County, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Jason D. Holdren announced the Gallia County Grand Jury met in April and returned indictments against several individuals. Here are those receiving indictments in Gallia County who are reported as being from West Virginia: Dionte D. Simpson, 25, of Huntington, one count of Possession of Heroin, a felony in the first degree, and one count of Trafficking in Heroin, a felony of the first degree. Raquel Penix, 22, Huntington, one count of Possession of Heroin, a felony in the first degree, and one count of Trafficking in Heroin, a felony of the first degree. Adam C. Wood, 25, of Paden City, one count of Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Robert D. Flint, 45, Point Pleasant, one count of Possession of Cocaine, a felony in the fifth degree. Angela K. Slayton, 32, of Point Pleasant, one count of Theft, a felony of the fifth degree. Marie N. Arbogast, 19, of Point Pleasant, one count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Darius C. Franklin, 31, of Point Pleasant, one count of Trafficking in Heroin, a felony of the fourth degree, and one count of Possession of Heroin, a felony of the fourth degree.

The cases against those indicted will proceed in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court. The Mason County Grand Jury next reconvenes in May.

Reward in Ripley firearms theft

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from J’s Pawn Shop, a federal firearms licensee. ATF is offering a reward of up to $1,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $2,000.

On April 6, 2017, unknown persons burglarized J’s Pawn Shop, located in Ripley, and stole an undetermined number of firearms. The individuals forcibly gained entry into the store. Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov, contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips, or texted to 63975 using the code ATFLOU. Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com. All tips will be kept confidential.

The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Information for this brief submitted by the ATF, the federal agency with jurisdiction over violations of federal firearms laws.

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