Crime and loss dominated MariettaTimes.com’s list of most read stories for 2022, but there were also some positive stories to look back on fondly.
The most watched story of the year was about the Reno plane crash that killed two people in October.
On the morning of Tuesday, October 18, a 1974 Beechcraft King Air E90 crashed into an Ohio 7 car dealership, killing both people on board: Eric S. Seevers, 45, of Parkersburg, and Timothy F. Gifford. , 49, from East, Ohio. The plane had been chartered for a trip to Florida by the owners of the Blennerhassett Hotel, Wayne Waldeck and Lee Rector, who had flown it many times, according to Waldeck.
The accident occurred at 7:15 a.m., less than an hour before the dealership opened for the day. Several vehicles were damaged, but no one on the ground was injured. A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Review Board released on November 10 said icing may have been a contributing factor, but the direct cause is still unknown. The final report was expected in nine to 12 months from the publication of the preliminary results.
The second most viewed story of the year was an April 23 report of a fatal crash on Ohio 60, involving a vehicle and a pedestrian early on the morning of Friday, April 22. An Acura MDX driven by Sean R. Wise, 36, of McConnelsville, fatally struck Emilee Kincaid, 31, of McConnelsville. Wise left the scene and Kincaid was found by a passerby.
The Morgan County Prosecutor’s Office said this week that no charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.
Third is a story about a vehicular chase that left a suspect dead after an officer-involved shooting. The initial breaking news post on the day of the incident ranked ninth with the most views.
At around 4:15 am on May 19, a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a maroon Honda in Barlow, Chief Deputy Mark Warden said, due, in part, to speed. The suspect did not comply, instead fleeing and striking a Toyota Tacoma. The suspect then lost control of the Honda and it went off the road. Details were few due to the investigation, but the driver was killed and the officer involved was placed on administrative leave. The incident caused Ohio 339 to close from the park and travel on US 50 to Veto Road until approximately 3:30 p.m. the same day.
On May 25, the driver was publicly identified as Devon Lee Taylor.
Washington County Attorney Nicole Coil said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation found no probable cause for any charges against Deputy Duane Painter, a conclusion she agreed with.
“But per our office policy, I presented the case to the grand jury to make sure they didn’t have any further questions or request further investigation.” she said. “They saw no need to move forward with further investigation or charges.”
The deputy was also cleared of any policy violation, Warden said.
Shedding some light on the list at number four is the opening of Benny & Babe at the Buckley.
The Buckley House restaurant closed in October 2021, and the building was purchased by Ben and Amy Postlethwait, who reopened the restaurant under the new name Benny & Babe at the Buckley in March. The duo kept some of the original historic features of the house, such as the floors, but decided to renovate most of the rest of the building. The featured kitchen is “southern-inspired small plates,” as they have connections and inspiration in Charleston, SC The Postlethwaits are both originally from New Martinsville, W.Va., but Amy has been in the area for about 15 years and Ben was a chef in Columbus. Their current dining hours are 5-9pm Wednesday through Saturday for dinner and 11am-2pm Thursday through Sunday for lunch.
Change can be sweet: A story about the reopening of the Bakery and Coffeehouse in Williamstown in January was ranked number five.
The Bakery and Coffeehouse temporarily closed to move from Highland Avenue to West Fourth Street and Dodge Avenue. Owner Jacquelyn Heran said they officially became a bakery in 2020, after taking over a former seasonal hot dog place in Belmont.
Heran said her goal is to distinguish her business from other bakeries and to bring something different to Williamstown. The Bakery and Coffeehouse’s hours are 6:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, and it is closed on Sundays.
An accident that claimed the life of a Salem Township volunteer firefighter was the subject of the sixth most viewed story.
Jerrod Grosklos was killed in a head-on collision near Ohio 821 on January 8. He had joined the department in 2019 and was with the Momentum plant fire brigade. He was previously a member of the Little Muskingum and Oak Grove fire departments.
“It was a good one” Salem Township Fire Chief Jay Handschumacher said.
A two-vehicle crash left one person dead at Ohio 339 and Washington County 806 on March 3, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marietta Post, in the seventh most-viewed story.
Joslyn L. Trent, 19, of Marietta, suffered fatal injuries in the crash on Ohio 339 and Washington County 806. She was a passenger in a Honda Civic driven by Dylan M. Ours, 20, of Waterford, which was struck by a Chevrolet Blazer driven by by Timothie J. Haught, 22, of Vincent. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that Haught failed to yield to southbound traffic.
Both drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but a minor passenger traveling with Haught was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus with serious injuries.
No charges were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, Coil said.
A fatal boating accident on July 1 was the subject of the eighth most viewed story. A boat had engine trouble on the Ohio River between Washington, West Virginia, and Little Hocking, and family members went out in another boat to help tow the first boat back to shore. But a storm hit the area, limiting visibility, and a barge passing through the area struck one of the boats.
Several people reportedly jumped into the river, one of whom went missing and whose body was later recovered. The deceased was identified as Jackie Jones, 80, of Lancaster, Ohio.
The incident remains under investigation by the US Coast Guard, which was investigating the involvement of the commercial vessel. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources was the lead agency for the death, and a final report was not immediately available this week.
At the bottom of the MariettaTimes.com most viewed list was a report of a homicide that occurred in late May in Marietta.
Police responded to a reported disturbance at a Dale Street apartment complex around 11:14 p.m. on May 21. Upon arrival, they found all the windows smashed and one victim with a serious stab wound to the torso, police said. First aid was performed and the victim, later identified as 23-year-old Abraham Olvera, was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Two seasonal workers from Mexico, Isaac Hernández Díaz, 34, and his brother Oscar Hernández Díaz, 41, who lived in the same apartment complex, were charged with the homicide. After a physical altercation between Isaac Diaz and Olvera’s brother earlier that night, the Diaz’s allegedly returned to their apartment and armed themselves, Oscar with a “katana type sword” and Isaac with a wooden stake. They began breaking the windows of Olvera’s apartment, and Olvera was stabbed in the chest when the sword went through one of the windows.
In June, Oscar Hernández Díaz was indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury on one count of murder, an unclassified felony, and Isaac Hernández Díaz was indicted on one count of aiding and abetting a crime, also a felony. serious not classified His trial is scheduled for February 21, 2023.
Evan Bevins and Nancy Taylor contributed to this story.