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More Arrests Than Jail Cells

Some women from Monroe drug sweep staying near Indiana

March 28, 2014
By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WOODSFIELD - Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black commended his deputies Thursday after they arrested 30 people on drug-related charges, but it made him regret even more there are only five beds in the antiquated Monroe County Jail.

Black said deputies spent more than a year on the investigation that culminated Thursday in the large number of arrests. Most of those arrested face charges of drug trafficking and drug possesion. A grand jury returned more than 100 charges against the 30 people.

The 21 men arrested were transported outside the county to jails in Washington, Noble, Belmont and Jefferson counties, but the housing of the nine women created even more of an issue, according to Black.

Black said he called most all of Ohio's county jails to see if they had room for the women being detained, and was only able to find room for them at the Montgomery County Jail near the Ohio-Indiana border. The jail is nearly four hours away, and deputies transported six of them to the facility Thursday before a return trip.

Deputies were scheduled to leave for Montgomery County again at 4 a.m. today to bring the incarcerated females back to Monroe County in time for their arraignment hearings. Three other women arrested are being housed in local jails.

The women who don't post bond today will be transported to the closer Morrow County jail in an attempt to cut down on costs, Black said. The cost to house a prisoner is about $60 a day - or $1,800 for all 30 arrested, he said. The monthly jail cost for the arrests will equal $55,800 if all remain incarcerated for the next 31 days, and this does not include the cost for transportation and deputy overtime.

The typical monthly jail bill for Monroe County is about $25,000 a month, according to Black.

The two-story Monroe County Jail facility was closed in 2000 after inspectors found it did not have a fire escape. It was reopened about five years later as a one-floor jail with just five beds.

"This is not a new problem for our office," Black said. "The Ohio Department of Corrections did inspections, and there are a lot of areas we can't comply with. We've talked with commissioners, and we've found it's not economically suitable for us to house prisoners. The cost-efficiency isn't there. It's more efficient to send out prisoners than for us to man the clock 24-hours a day for just four or five prisoners."

The answer could be the construction of a new, larger county jail that would house as many as 48 inmates, he said. This facility would serve Monroe County's own needs, and have additional space that could be rented out to other counties to offset costs. There could also be beds in the jail specifically for females, according to Black.

Meanwhile, law enforcement must continue in Monroe County even if there isn't room to jail those needing detained.

"We can't use our situation to say we can't perform our duties," Black said. "We're not exempt from the criminal activities other areas deal with. We have to do our duty, and there are people in the county who have to be incarcerated and punished. ... I'm very proud of the officers involved in the arrests. Things went smoothly ... they did a good job. There is not much to complain about. But I wish we had a new facility."

Those arrested are:

- Shannon A. Koher of Barnesville, charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Aaron G. Koher of Barnesville, charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Nena Dillon of Malaga, charged with trafficking in heroin within the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments, endangering children, theft.

- William R. Wells of Malaga, Ohio, charged with trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments, endangering children.

- Angel D. Hoyt of Lewisville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of drugs, trafficking in heroin, theft.

- Joshua K. Daugherty of Stafford, Ohio, charged with trafficking in the vicinity of a school, possession of drugs.

- Robert M. Carpenter of Barnesville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, theft.

- Justin P. Carpenter of Barnesville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Jackie Lee Green Jr. of Beallsville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- John Albert Powell Jr. of New Martinsville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Richard M. Brown III of Beallsville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Andrew C. King of Sardis, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Terry L. Robinson of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin.

- Erik D. Landis Jr. of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin.

- George J. Littleton of Jerusalem, Ohio, charged with complicity.

- Jordan B. Joy of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Kimberly A. Wood of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Samuel J. Rush of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Kevin L. Hughey of Summerfield, Ohio, charged with trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile.

- Paul D. English of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school.

- Crystal Aston of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school.

- Lisa M. Longwell of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Michael M. Longwell of Woodsfield, complicity, permitting drug abuse.

- Angela C. Nichols of Woodsfield, charged with complicity.

- Vada M. McQueary of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin, possession of drugs, trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, possession of cocaine.

- Shanika McQueary of Woodsfield, charged with complicity.

- Timothy D. Black, of Woodsfield charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Brittany R. Henthorn of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school.

- Paul M. Schell of Lewisville, charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs.

- Jeremy K. Bowen of Woodsfield, charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, remains at large.

 
 
 

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