Multiple theft, drug arrests

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Law enforcement served two warrants on Wednesday, in Powhatan Point and in Barnesville, and five people are behind bars for crimes involving drugs including fentanyl, and related to major property thefts.

Chief Detective Ryan Allar, with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, reported that the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit had executed a search warrant at 67 Taylor St. in Powhatan Point, after an investigation initiated by Bridgeport police indicated narcotics were being trafficked out of that residence. Four people were arrested.

Allar added that a small child was present and drug paraphernalia and suspected heroin and Fentanyl was found under the baby’s bedding. He said the Department of Job and Family Services has been contacted.

“They hid the drugs under the baby’s crib,” Allar said. “There was a baby in there.”

Dylan Michael Bumgardner, 19, of 67 Taylor St. was arrested for misdemeanor level obstructing official business and probation violation.

Dawnisha Annette Menough, 29 of Bellaire, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing justice, and felony child endangerment.

Trista Kay Cervelli, 23 of Powhatan Point, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing justice and felony child endangerment.

Jonathan Thomas Shaw, 31, was arrested for a felony warrant out of Cleveland. Allar said the warrant was likely drug-related.

According to law enforcement, during the execution of the search warrant, several suspects attempted to flee the residence and Shaw attempted to barricade himself inside a garage on the property. He was shortly taken into custody.

Allar no one was hurt during the arrests.

“We had to do some chasing,” he said.

In a separate case in Barnesville, Allar said law enforcement recovered a farm tractor valued at more than $40,000, stolen from the Belmont area on Feb. 2.

“We traced it to … down south of Somerton in the middle of nowhere,” Allar said. “We went up and hit that place (Wednesday) night and found the tractor.”

Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at 35381 Mason Road, Barnesville and recovered the truck. In addition, while searching the residence detectives also allegedly found a welder stolen from Harrison County and valued at $15,000.

“It was on a welding truck. A truck that came to weld stuff,” Allar said. “They stole the truck in Harrison County … and pulled the welder off the truck, and just kept the welder.”

A search of the interior yielded two firearms. These were a sawed-off shotgun and a rifle with a silencer attached. Allar noted the firearms are considered dangerous ordnance.

Methamphetamine was also discovered during the search.

Detectives made two arrests. The primary resident, William Groves, 37, is behind bars facing two charges of receiving stolen property and two counts of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, all are felony offenses.

Vanessa Marie Snider, 31, was also arrested for two felony counts of receiving stolen property, as well as felony possession of methamphetamine and felony level tampering with evidence. There was also an active arrest warrant on her for failing to appear in Western Division Court.

Detective Sgt. Rusty Lucey was the lead investigator on the case. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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