A man and woman, reportedly living in an unsafe dwelling with a child have been arrested along with seven other people. A combined effort between the Portsmouth Municipal Court Probation Department and the Portsmouth Police Department led to the arrest of nine individuals on various charges.
Brian K. “Squeegy” Damron, 50, was arrested on one count of endangering children and Deanna M. Goben, 24, also on one count of endangering children both misdemeanors of the first degree.
The child endangering charges were a result of Damron and Goben living in a structure that had been deemed unsafe for habitation, while having a small child present and in their custody. Officers also found numerous needles and other items of drug paraphernalia strewn about the house and the child unprotected from possible exposure to them.
At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers of both agencies assisted the Portsmouth Health Department and the Portsmouth Water Department in the enforcement of orders from both agencies.
The Health Department was serving an order to vacate the previously condemned, partially burnt structure and the Water Department was serving an order to terminate service. The assistance of the Probation Department and the Police Department was due to numerous complaints of drug activity and subjects with active warrants being present at that location.
During the execution of the orders, officers of the two agencies arrested four residents of the condemned structure, Damron, Goben, Randy L. Stevens, 47, for a warrant from Municipal Court for failure to appear and a charge of obstructing official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree and Chadwick Jason Chandler for a warrant from Portsmouth Municipal Court.
Non-residents of the house, found to be present and arrested, were Joshua D. Adkins, 31, who said he was homeless. Adkins was arrested for possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree; John P. Fannin, 50, of 1733 Seventh Street,Portsmouth for possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree; Anthony Slone, 35, of 228 Ridge Street in South Shore, Kentucky for a warrant from Portsmouth Municipal Court as well as obstructing official business and possessing drug abuse instruments, both second degree misdemeanors.
Also arrested was Tabetha S. Miller, 25, of 1364 16th Street, West Portsmouth, Ohio for possessing drug abuse instruments, a second degree misdemeanor and Ashley N. Williams, 25, of 2323 Argonne Rd. in Portsmouth. Williams was charged with two warrants for her arrest from Portsmouth Municipal Court, obstructing official business and possessing drug abuse instruments, both second degree misdemeanors.
City Manager Derek K. Allen, who was present for the enforcement effort, commended the actions of all the agencies involved in the enforcement actions last night.
“The agencies were able to address a problem location that has been the source of numerous complaints from residents of the area involving drug and disturbance activities,” Allen told Captain Lynn Brewer of the Portsmouth Police Department. “This was very professionally conducted action by a very professional acting group of people that was made possible by information received from residents of the area.”
The Portsmouth Police Department continues to encourage anyone that has information regarding suspected criminal activity to contact the Police Department 911 Center at 740-353-4101 or the Detective Division at 740-354-1600.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.