Truck pulled from Ohio River
On Saturday, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was pulled out of the Ohio River. According to Gallipolis Fire Department reports, John Smith, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., attempted to back a boat into the river on a trailer at the Gallipolis public access area boat ramp. Reports state the brakes of the truck failed and Smith was unable to drive the truck back out of the water before it became submerged in the river with just a small bit of the cab showing above water.
Gallia Sheriff’s Office, Gallipolis Police Department and Gallipolis Fire Department responded. No one was injured. Both the Point Pleasant Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified of the event.
In a separate Saturday incident, James Roberts, 31, of Gallipolis, was arrested for a felony assault crime of the third-degree in relation to an incident which occurred on the 300 block of Second Avenue in Gallipolis. According to Gallipolis Municipal Court complaint records, the victim reportedly told Gallipolis police Roberts kicked her in the face while sitting in a chair as well as punching her in the neck and head. The victim hid in a bathroom where Roberts allegedly held her for hours before she was able to make contact with police, according to the complaint.
In the Gallia Court of Common Pleas, Leeza D. Bartles, 23, of Bidwell, was sentenced to two years in prison for her recent convictions of gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
“To date, two of the three individuals involved in this matter have been arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison,” said Gallia Prosecutor Jason Holdren. “My office, along with (Gallia) Sheriff (Matt) Champlin’s Office, continue to seek information regarding the whereabouts of Lacey J. Young, who is wanted in connection to the death investigation of Terry Rothgeb.”
In a separate case, Misty Perry, 37, of Jackson, was sentenced to four years in prison for her recent conviction of felonious assault.