Woman held on $200,000 bond after alleged incidents

By Sarah Hawley

POMEROY — A Syracuse woman is being held on $200,000 bond after being arrested on Friday during a second alleged incident involving children.

April M. Ritchhart, 39, was arraigned on Monday morning in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on an indictment stemming from an April 12 incident in which she was alleged to have rammed a vehicle in which two adults and two children were riding.

Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley told the Sentinel that during the incident Ritchhart allegedly believed her children were in the trunk of the vehicle and she reportedly rammed it in order to get the vehicle to stop. There were no children in the trunk, Stanley stated.

Stanley stated it is believed that Ritchhart was under the influence at the time of the incident, although the prosecution is waiting for results of a blood draw which was completed at the hospital following the incident to confirm if this was the case.

Ritchhart was initially charged with DUI through county court in relation to the incident, with that charge having been dismissed the day before the indictment was filed.

She is currently indicted on a single count of felonious assault in the case.

Ritchhart’s arrest came on Friday when she is alleged to have attempted multiple kidnappings and felonious assaults on officers outside of an in-home day care in Middleport. Stanley declined to go into specifics on the case as charges have yet to be filed, but stated that Ritchhart was again believed to be under the influence of an unknown substance. The children involved were not related to Ritchhart.

“This is two distinct incidents involving children,” said Stanley, noting that it was a scary situation.

Bond for Ritchhart was set at $200,000 without 10 percent permitted. She was also ordered to have no contact with the victims in the felonious assault case or the alleged victims in the incident from Friday.

An initial pretrial in the case is set for July 10, with a final pretrial on July 31. A jury trial is set for Aug. 17.

By Sarah Hawley