A Ross County Grand Jury indicted Bud Scharfetter on 23 counts of forgery and one count of grand theft
The former director of a couple of local agencies has been indicted by the Ross County Grand Jury. Bud Scharfetter is accused of stealing $62,000 while director of the Assistance House. He is charged on 23 counts of forgery and one count of grand theft. Scharfetter is accused of forging 23 checks- totaling $62,000 between 2009 and 2011.
Scharfetter was also one-time director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
A Chillicothe woman has been indicted for aggravated arson during Friday's session of the Ross County Grand Jury. According to the Prosecutor's Office, Ross County Sheriff's deputies received a call on the morning of April 30 regarding a domestic dispute at 254 Windy Ridge Road, where 24-year-old Samantha Messer allegedly dragged her stepfather's girlfriend by the hair and told her to leave; Messer was reportedly upset that her stepfather was in a relationship a month after her mother had died.
About an hour later, Messer's stepfather said he woke to find his bedroom door on fire and saw Messer standing in the living room, next to a couch that was engulfed in flames, while holding a gas can.
Authorities with the State Fire Marshal's Office say ignitable liquid had been poured all throughout the home, starting at the victim's bedroom door.
Messer has been indicted on two felony counts of aggravated arson (F1 and F2).
*50-year-old Leland Brown, of Chillicothe, for burglary (F3), safe-cracking (F4), and two counts of theft (F5s). Officials with the Prosecutor's Office say Leland was arrested on April 2 on a warrant for a November 16 incident where a house on US 23 had been ransacked. Multiple guns were taken from the property, and blood found inside the home reportedly matched that of Brown.
After being arraigned on bond, Brown was then arrested on May 16 after he allegedly broke into an ex-coworker's vehicle on Riverside Drive, stole a wallet, and used two of the credit cards at a store. He's also accused of going into the manager's office of the BP gas station and stealing an employee's credit card, as well as, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the safe.
Brown has been indicted for burglary, theft, and safe-cracking.
*21-year-old Dongino Sullivan, Jr., and 20-year-old Bruce Woods, both of Columbus, for illegal conveyance of prohibited items. According to officials with the Prosecutor's Office, employees at Chillicothe Correctional Institution had learned that an inmate was setting up a plan to have drugs brought onto CCI grounds at 11pm, April 18. Sullivan and Woods are accused of driving onto the CCI garage parking lot, where Woods claimed the vehicle had overheated and Sullivan walked to the garage.
Authorities had reportedly been waiting at the scene and found 4 potato chip bags on the ground that contained balloons of a total 95.6 grams of marijuana. An additional 8.6 grams of marijuana were also reportedly found in the vehicle.
*56-year-old Richard Bennett, of Chillicothe, for breaking and entering (F5). Officials with the Prosecutor's Office say, on May 9, deputies found two 50-gallon drums filled with burial records at a neighboring property of Floral Hills Memory Gardens on US 23. Additional records were allegedly found inside the home and garage. Authorities say the victim claimed he was being paid to help burn the records.
*35-year-old Aaron Hannah, of Latham, for aggravated possession of drugs (F5). Hannah is accused of being found with 1 Oxycodone and 2 Zanax pills during an April 12 traffic stop in Bainbridge, where he reportedly ran a stop sign.
*34-year-old Craig Himelrick, of Chillicothe, for two counts of aggravated possession of drugs (F3 and F5). The indictment alleges that, in a March 9 traffic stop on Clinton Road, Himelrick was found with 49 (30mg) Oxycodone pills and 3 (15mg) Oxycodone pills.
*33-year-old Willie Smoot, of Chillicothe, for possession of cocaine (F5). The indictment alleges Smoot was found with 2.1 grams of cocaine following a search warrant at 444 Church Street on April 12.