On April 1, deputies received a traffic complaint from a motorist on I-44. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop however the driver refused to stop. The deputy terminated the pursuit at the Franklin, Crawford County, line and the Highway Patrol took over. The vehicle was later spiked in Crawford County and a male and female were taken in to custody for traffic violations. The occupants were from out of state.
Deputies made contact with a male subject who stated that he and his girlfriend had an argument but there was nothing physical. The female was contacted and stated that the male had assaulted her and threatened her with a knife. Deputies observed marks on the female supporting her claim. The female stated that the male subject at one time held a knife to her throat.
The female stated that she left the residence but later returned at which time a second argument occurred that again became physical.
Deputies arrested the male subject for investigation of assault second. He was later charged with assault second and armed criminal action. He is described as Robert Balthrop, a white male age 31 from Washington.
On April 3, at approximately 6:41 AM, Sheriff’s Office Communications received a report that someone had just stolen a vehicle in the 2000 block of North Bend Loop outside of Union. The caller gave a description of the suspect. The caller determined that the suspect had also entered the residence and removed items. The victims were home at the time but did not hear the suspect make entry. A dispatch was given for the vehicle and suspect.
While deputies were responding to the call Union Police advised that they had located the vehicle on Park Street and were currently in pursuit going west on Hwy 50. Union eventually terminated the pursuit due to speeds the suspect was traveling on the wrong side of the road.
Deputies responded to the area where the pursuit was terminated. While driving through Star Circle Trailer Park near the intersection of Hwy BB and Hwy 50 deputies located the stolen vehicle in a ditch. The driver was not inside.
The victim later contacted deputies stating that they may know who the suspect was and had decided not to prosecute. They would not give the suspect’s name. Further investigation is being conducted.
On April 3, at approximately 9:50 PM, deputies were advised of a domestic in the 2000 block of High Street in Moselle between a mother and son. It was reported that the son had thrown a rock through the windshield of the mother’s vehicle. While deputies were in route it was reported that the son allegedly had set the house on fire, however, who actually set the fire has not been confirmed.
Upon arrival deputies located the suspect and his girlfriend outside the residence. The suspect reported that no one was in the residence and his mother had left to another residence nearby.
Deputies made contact with the mother who advised that she was okay but was having a hard time breathing. An ambulance was called to assist.
Deputies were advised that the female who was with the suspect upon their arrival had left the area. She was located shortly thereafter in an abandon vehicle approximately ½ mile from the fire. She stated that she had been stabbed in the throat. She was transported to Mercy Hospital in Washington. There were also felony warrants for her arrest. The reporting party’s son was taken in to custody for investigation of property damage. As of this release investigators are still investigating the incident.
On April 3, at approximately 7:22 PM, deputies responded to a reported explosion at a residence in the 400 block of Oak Ridge Road in Catawissa.
The residence received substantial damage. An explosive substance called Tanneriete was located inside the residence, however, the exact cause of the explosion is not known at this time.
Deputies determined that there was no one in the residence. They were able to identify the owner of the cabin and attempted to make contact with him at his residence. A search warrant was obtained for his residence in Robertsville however the subject would not open the door. Deputies forced entry to the residence and located what is believed to be methamphetamine and other explosive materials along with a methamphetamine lab and weapons. The property owner was taken in to custody for investigation of numerous criminal charges. Further investigation is being conducted. The subject arrested is a white male, age 52 from Robertsville with a prior criminal history.
On April 3rd, at approximately 10:18 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 2000 block of Gravois Rd in reference to a violation of court order / domestic in progress.
Upon arrival the deputy heard what sounded like a physical disturbance inside the residence along with a shattered door glass. As he entered the residence he observed a male and female fighting on the floor. While gaining control of both subjects Highway Patrol officers arrived to assist. Both subjects were secured.
The deputy determined that the male subject had an order of protection against the female. He reported that she came to the residence and broke the window in the storm door. The male subject also reported that at one point the female obtained a hand saw from the front porch and came toward him which the female denied. The male stated that he was able to get the saw away from the female and was holding her down until deputies arrived.
The female was taken in to custody for investigation of violating an order of protection and assault. The argument apparently began over visitation. The suspect was a white female, age 30 from Villa Ridge.