Police Incidents


According to reports, the Washington C.H. Police Department responded to the following calls:

March 11

Theft: Dana Turner reported that a known female took several clothing items and other personal property without his permission. Turner’s property was later located and returned to him. He was referred to the city solicitor for charges.

Theft: An employee of the City Motel reported that a television was removed by two motel guests after they were asked to vacate their room.

March 10

Criminal Damaging: At 1:25 p.m., Julianne Armstrong, of 1025 Center St., reported that sometime overnight someone cut the right rear tire of her vehicle.

Disorderly Conduct: At 5:16 p.m., Homer Smith was arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to leave a residence he did not live at and failing to cease his disruptive behavior after being warned by officers to do so.

March 9

Obstructing Official Business/Resisting Arrest/Inducing Panic: At 1:17 a.m., police were called to Winkin Willy’s Bar, located at 608 Delaware St., in reference to a man brandishing and waving a firearm. The vehicle described departed and was subsequently stopped leaving the area. During the stop, the driver, Cole Wagner, refused to identify himself. Wagner was informed he was under arrest and was ordered to exit the vehicle. Wagner refused to exit the vehicle and was extracted from the vehicle and arrested. A subsequent investigation revealed that Wagner began to wave a handgun around while in the parking lot of the bar. Wager was additionally charged with inducing panic.

March 8

Trespassing: At 10:29 p.m., Dustin Wilson reported that Kenneth T. Leisure trespassed into his residence at 590 Blackstone St. During the investigation, the officer received conflicting statements regarding the trespassing. Wilson was referred to the city solicitor for the filing of charges.

March 7

Criminal Damaging: At 6:45 a.m., Alice Rittenhouse reported that an unknown person caused damage to a shed. A report was taken.

Wanted Person: At 6:53 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the stop, the front seat passenger, Ashley Mossbarger, 33, had a warrant for her arrest. After her arrest an officer located drug paraphernalia and needles in her purse. Mossbarger was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.

Theft: At 8:28 p.m., Kayla Showalter reported that a known person stayed at her residence. The next day after the person departed, Showalter discovered an IPhone 8 and Samsung tablet missing. A report was taken.

March 6

Receiving Stolen Property/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: At 12:15 a.m., officers checked an occupied vehicle parked on the lot of Washington Square. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Wilmington. The offender, identified as Joshua Sweet, was arrested for receiving stolen property. He was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: At 2:22 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The sheriff’s office K-9 was utilized and indicated on the vehicle. Officers located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, at which time Larry Justice and Ashley Lowe were both arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Theft: At 7:57 a.m., Michael Barrett reported that his utility trailer that was parked in town was stolen sometime over the past 48 hours. There are no suspects at this time, and a theft report was completed.

Theft: At 3:51 p.m., Vivian Sargent reported that her debit card was stolen and erroneous transactions were made. A theft report was completed.

March 5

Breaking and Entering: At 3:31 p.m., Lori Merriman reported that sometime in the last two days, unknown person(s) broke into her detached garage and stole a bicycle. The offender is unknown, and a breaking and entering report was completed.

Theft by Deception: At 5:43 p.m., Perry Toppins reported that he was scammed. He was contacted by phone, and the offender requested that he buy multiple Google Play cards and give the offender the card information, which he did. The offender is unknown, and a theft by deception report was completed.