Restitution ordered for busted window

By Ashley Bunton -

A night of drinking led to a disruptive encounter in the parking lot of The Rusty Keg and a court sentence for William D. Webb III.

Webb, 29, was sentenced Monday to two years of community control after he admitted to busting out the window of a car parked in The Rusty Keg lot in 2016. The Greenfield man was indicted the following month on one count of vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of criminal damaging, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

The Washington Court House Police Department responded to a call at the family-friendly tavern shortly after 10 p.m. June 3 when a man called and said someone had busted out the driver’s’s side window in his car. The man had been inside the tavern when it happened.

The incident was caught on surveillance video and Washington C.H. patrolman Jeff Heinz reviewed the video that was provided by the tavern. It appeared that an older model of a Ford Escort pulled into the parking lot, circled the business and then backed into a parking spot beside the targeted car. There were three people inside the Ford Escort and one man stepped out and busted the window, but the trio quickly fled when the car’s alarm sounded.

After a brief investigation, Heinz questioned Webb about the incident, and Webb said he had been drinking and may have broken out a window that night. He later confirmed that he did break the window but had not stolen anything from the car.

Brooke M. Rinehart, 23, of South Salem, was identified as the driver of the Ford Escort and was questioned in the investigation as well. She was cited for not having an operator’s license.

Court records from the Washington C.H. Municipal Court and the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas reveal that previously Webb faced charges of non-support of dependents in a 2012 case, charges of reckless operation and leaving the scene of the accident in 2009, a charge of corrupting a minor in 2008, and impersonating an officer in 2010, for which he spent 30 days in jail.

Steven Beathard, Fayette County Court of Common Pleas judge, suspended a 90-day sentence for Webb in the Fayette County Jail on the charge of criminal damaging, and ordered Webb to first pay restitution in the next 90 days in the amount of $200 to the victim whose car window was broken. Once the restitution is paid, Webb is ordered to pay the costs for prosecution in the case.

By Ashley Bunton

Reach Ashley at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

Reach Ashley at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton