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Grand Jury Reports

By: Andrea Wilcox
By: Andrea Wilcox

Thirty three people found out Monday that they are suspected criminals, and 12 Washington County residents made that ultimate decision.

Those in trouble include a former county employee and a high school senior. The crimes vary, but prosecutors are now taking the cases to the courtroom.

The Washington County Grand Jury has come back with a handful of indictments ranging from drugs to rape to theft.

Of the theft, a 53-year-old Williamstown woman is facing a two count indictment for allegedly altering tax documents at the Washington County Title Office and pocketing the difference.

Susan Douglas worked for the title office for eight years. Prosecutors say it's believed Douglas stole more than five thousand dollars in the last three years.

She was fired in August when suspicions arose.

Assistant Prosecutor Susan Vessels says, "The alterations were noticed because there had been a tax change in the county. The tax had gone from I believe 7.5 percent down to seven percent and some documents as a result were pulled. Then it was noticed that some alterations in the traded amounts had been made."

Also in trouble, 18-year-old Johnathon Hall faces a two-count indictment for allegedly raping a classmate twice on the same day.

Twenty-three-year-old Michael Brown is charged with aggravated robbery after police say he held up Giovannis Pizza in Belpre. He has already been charged in Athens County for a similar crime, and prosecutors say it may not be long before he's also facing a Wood County court.

The indicted suspects are expected to be arraigned later this month in common pleas court.


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