Grand jury returns 13 indictments


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com



POMEROY — A total of 13 indictments were issued against 12 people on Tuesday by the Meigs County Grand Jury.

Jason Hysell of Middleport is charged in two separate indictments, related to the alleged possession and trafficking of drugs and having a firearm while under disability.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley told the Sentinel that the first case was a result of an incident which is alleged to have occurred on May 5 for which Hysell has already been indicted for fleeing and eluding. The drugs alleged to have been located at that time were sent for testing resulting in the allegations in the first of the two new indictments.

The second case against Jason Hysell is for marijuana and methamphetamine allegedly located during a search of Hysell’s residence when officers went to the residence to serve a warrant on the fleeing and eluding indictment on June 24.

Hysell’s wife Wendy Hysell was also indicted in connection with the June 24 search of the residence. In addition to the drug charges, Wendy Hysell was indicted on two counts of obstructing justice for allegedly giving a false statement about Jason Hysell’s whereabouts and for allegedly harboring a fugitive.

An indictment was also returned against a Racine man for allegedly illegally voting in the Nov. 8, 2016, general election.

Stanley stated that the case was referred to his office after the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office allegedly found that Neal McMeeken was not legally allowed to vote as he is not a U.S. citizen., but is a permanent resident.

McMeeken was reportedly one of several individuals across the state who are alleged to have illegally voted, but the only one from Meigs County, according to Stanley. The case against McMeeken was investigated by BCI.

According to court filings, indictments were issued as follows:

Wendy Hysell of Middleport — Possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and two counts of obstructing justice, fifth-degree felonies. The offenses against Hysell are alleged to have occurred on June 24, 2017.

Jason Hysell of Middleport — Having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; two counts of trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felonies; and two counts of possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies. The offenses are alleged to have occurred on May 5, 2017.

Jason Hysell of Middleport — Possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony. The offenses are alleged to have occurred on June 24, 2017.

Joseph Young of Procious, West Virginia — Improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. The offense is alleged to have occurred on June 30, 2017.

James Bias of Middleport — Burglary, a third-degree felony. The offense is alleged to have occurred on July 15, 2017.

Mista Leib of Middleport — Burglary, a third-degree felony. The offense is alleged to have occurred on July 15, 2017.

Wane Leib of Middleport — Burglary, a second-degree felony.

Neal McMeeken of Racine — Illegal voting, a fourth-degree felony. The offense is alleged to have occurred on Nov. 8, 2016.

Jeremy Michael of Mason, West Virginia — Non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

Robert Klein, of Pomeroy — Non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

Christopher Rainey of Ashton, West Virginia — Non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

Brandon McGuire of Middleport — Non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

Jessie Barnett of McArthur — Non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

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By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.