Carnival worker indicted following Adams County Fair incident

2011-08-05T23:00:00Z Carnival worker indicted following Adams County Fair incidentWENDY MITCHELL wendy.mitchell@lee.net Ledger Independent
August 05, 2011 11:00 pm  • 

WEST UNION, Ohio -- More than half a dozen people were indicted recently by an Adams County grand jury.

Theft, forgery and arson are among charges against several individuals, while others will be facing assault, weapons and sexual imposition charges in Adams County Court of Common Pleas, court officials said.

Pearlee Newcomb, 24, of Broadway, N.C., was indicted for fourth-degree gross sexual imposition.

Newcomb was arrested following an incident at the Adams County Fair where he had been part of the carnival crew. Newcomb allegedly got onto a ride with a minor age female and allegedly touched her in an inappropriate manner, court officials said.

Pete Rigdon, 37, of Manchester, Ohio, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of theft for allegedly breaking into the Manchester Youth Center concession stand, taking candy and drinks. A Rigdon family member assisted police with the investigation, officials said.

Samantha Sirk, 21, of West Union, was indicted for fifth-degree forgery.

Jamie Williams, 23, of Blue Creek, Ohio, was indicted on two counts of breaking and entering, and a count of arson. Williams allegedly participated in theft from a summer cabin then burned the building to conceal the theft, officials said.

Paul Chapman, 43, of Peebles, Ohio, was indicted for third-degree robbery.

Hope Taylor, 47, of West Union, was indicted for aggravated vehicular assault and felonious assault, which are second and third-degree felonies.

Barry Alexander, 50, of Peebles, was indicted for possession of weapons under disability, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and aggravated possession of drugs, third-, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

At least four of those indicted have prior police records, including Rigdon, Newcomb, Alexander and Chapman.

Under Ohio criminal sentencing guidelines, conviction for a second-degree felony carries up to eight years in prison and /or a $15,000 fine; a third-degree felony carries a possible five-year term and/or $10,000 fine; a fourth-degree felony carries a possible 18 month jail term and/or $5,000 fine and a fifth-degree felony carries up to 12 months in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.

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