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With the weather improving, residents are cleaning their properties and along ro...

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:23
With the weather improving, residents are cleaning their properties and along roadways, HCSO wants to make sure they are aware of a dangerous hazard.

Residents cleaning up litter should watch for potentially toxic debris discarded from illicit methamphetamine labs. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant which can be made using common household chemicals and equipment along with cold remedies containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed or Actifed).

Small and mobile meth labs are becoming more common in the county, and may be found in toolboxes, coolers and storage containers. They may also be manufactured out of cars, trucks or RVs, labs can be discarded along the roads.

Potential meth lab waste includes empty bottles attached to a rubber hose, the smell of ammonia, coffee filters stained red or containing a white powder residue, garbage bags with cat litter, corroded propane tanks, numerous empty cold medicine and diet pill bottles or blister packs, and unused matches without striker plates.

Residents who come across materials to make the drug can be burned or have their lungs damaged from inhaling fumes. If you encounter any of the signs of a meth lab, leave the area immediately and call the Sheriff’s Office. Do not touch anything if you suspect it may be meth lab waste. The waste can be extremely dangerous and may even be booby- trapped.

Do not try to remove unknown or suspected toxic substances. Notify the Hocking County Sheriff's Office of the location of these items immediately at 740-385-2131. Meth lab waste is a very serious and dangerous substance and you should consider your safety if ever you encounter any unknown or suspicious substance.

Photo examples of discarded meth materials.
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Meth photos
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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:51

Att Robbery Go-Mart in Rockbridge
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Att Robery @ Go Mart on US 33 in Rockbridge. Attempted to rob attendant with knife. Nothing was taken. Left on foot, running across US 33 and fleeing on bicycle he had hidden in woods. Last seen on SR 374 on bicycle and believed to be in area. Male white, wearing green jacket, hat, brn pants and w...

On March 20th at approximately 7:00 p.m., detectives from the Fairfield-Hocking...

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:23
On March 20th at approximately 7:00 p.m., detectives from the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit and the Logan-Hocking Special Response Team executed search warrants at two Haydenville residences. The search warrants were the result of a four month multi-faceted narcotics investigation by the Major Crimes Unit.

The search resulted in an undisclosed amount of heroin, money, concealment containers and drug paraphernalia being seized form the two houses.

Arrested were Glen Miller, 48 and Kenneth Justice, 32, both of Wandling Road in Haydenville. Both individuals have been charged with one count of trafficking in heroin but numerous additional charges will be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.

Both individuals were transported to the Southeastern Ohio Jail in Nelsonville to await their initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court.

On March 11, 2014 members of the Sheriff&#x2019;s Interdiction Unit (SIU) went to a Sta...

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:47
On March 11, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) went to a State Route 56 South Bloomingville, OH address to investigate a possible methamphetamine lab.

After their arrival, SIU members observed in plain view materials associated with the production of methamphetamine and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

SIU members found materials to produce methamphetamine such as pseudoephedrine, weapons, prescription pills in various containers and several active methamphetamine labs. Detectives from the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene to neutralize the items found. Laurelville FD also responded to the scene for precautionary measures.

Brandon H. McNichols, 30, is charged with Illegal Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs, F2; Weapons Under Disability, F3; Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, F2 and Endangering Children, F3.

Megan L. Ruff, 26, is charged with Illegal Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs, F2; Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, F2 and Endangering Children, F3.

The pair were charged with Endangering Children due to the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the residence in the presence of their 6 year old child. McNichols was charged with Weapons Under Disability for possessing firearms after being convicted of a criminal offense that prohibits the possession of firearms.

In addition, SIU members located evidence of the illegal harvesting of deer. Ohio State Wildlife Officers were called to the scene and continue to investigate.

Both McNichols and Ruff were transported to the Southeastern Ohio Jail in Nelsonville to await their appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court.

Attorney General DeWine Announces New Help for Number One Ohio Consumer Complain...

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:44
Attorney General DeWine Announces New Help for Number One Ohio Consumer Complaint: Motor Vehicles

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today a new tool to help consumers buy used cars. The Attorney General’s Used Car Buyer Checklist covers purchasing, maintenance, and contract issues.

“Any time a consumer invests in a car, it is a big financial decision,” Attorney General DeWine said. “This Checklist will equip consumers with information we hope will save them time, money, and hassle.”

The Used Car Buyer Checklist provides guidance to consumers on a number of topics including how to determine if a car dealer is reputable, how to determine the condition of a used car, how to research the vehicle history, how to ensure a fair purchase price, and how to review written contracts. The Checklist also contains tips on car repairs.

This new tool was created directly in response to consumer complaints. In 2013, motor vehicle complaints were the most frequently reported complaints to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Ohio consumers filed 5,577 last year regarding all sorts of motor vehicle issues, with the top problems reported as issues with car titles, misrepresentations while purchasing cars, and car maintenance and repairs.

Consumers can obtain a copy of the Used Car Buyer Checklist on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

Consumers who suspect a scam or unfair business practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Ohio consumers filed 26,000 complaints with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 2013.



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On February 22, 2014, a Columbus Metro Park Ranger reported a vehicle parked at...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:24
On February 22, 2014, a Columbus Metro Park Ranger reported a vehicle parked at the Clear Creek Metro Park had the windows broken out. HCSO deputies responded and met with the owner of the vehicle.

A purse containing cell phones, cash, Ipod, and credit cards were stolen from the vehicle.

Later, the owner notified HCSO her credit card had been used at the Hawk Center in South Bloomingville.

Video and photos were obtained from surveillance cameras of the individuals using the stolen credit card.

Photo also shows the vehicle the individuals were operating. www.hockingsheriff.org/14-0248.htm

It is requested if anyone can identify the individuals in the photos, contact HCSO at 740-385-2131 or use the crime tip form link at www.hockingsheriff.org

Attorney General DeWine Announces Seven Indicted in Scam New Scam Prevention Eff...

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 13:50
Attorney General DeWine Announces Seven Indicted in Scam
New Scam Prevention Efforts Announced For Ohio Seniors

(COLUMBUS) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced indictments in connection with an organized scam that targeted elderly victims in Ohio, along with new scam prevention efforts to protect Ohio seniors during National Consumer Protection Week.

A Ross County Grand Jury indicted Charles Kuhn Jr. and six others for ripping off seniors in a scam that promised a big return on money given up front.

Kuhn and his associates impersonated lawyers, judges, and even Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, while stealing about $400,000 since 2011.

“It’s unbelievable the lies these scammers told, including impersonating me as part of their elaborate fraudulent scheme,” said Attorney General DeWine during a news conference this afternoon. “To prey on the elderly is despicable. This is exactly why I created our Consumer Economic Crimes Unit – to investigate the worst scammers and hold them accountable. Just like in this case, we want to help local law enforcement anywhere our help is needed.”

Ross County Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender, and Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff attended today’s news conference to help share the good news that this particular con will not continue.

“It’s great to have more resources to help try to put these con artists in prison,” said Ross Prosecutor Schmidt. “We all want the same thing: to stop elderly scams and all scams.”

“It’s sad to see these victims who have worked their whole life and then to lose their retirement, their security,” said Pickaway County Sheriff Radcliff. “We as law enforcement must continue working together for our victims, connecting the dots and bringing these individuals to justice.”

“These cases are complicated, but the hard work is worth putting a stop to the scams, so hopefully others won’t be victims,” said Ross County Sheriff Lavender.

The six victims are from Ross, Pickaway, and Hocking counties. Some were told that Kuhn, 47, of Circleville, was expecting big money from a pending lawsuit, and by assisting him with legal fees, they would receive large interest on their investment. Others were told they were beneficiaries of an estate, and they stood to inherit millions after paying some fees.

Kuhn had his accomplices get cash or checks from the victims. Checks were cashed and proceeds were shared. Sometimes heroin, instead of cash, was the accepted payment for being part of the scam.

Ross County Indictments:
Charles E. Kuhn Jr. , Circleville
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
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Brad J. Davis, Circleville
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
• Copy of indictment
Susan B. Dowland, Stoutsville
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
• Copy of indictment
Kevin M. Dunn , Circleville
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
• Copy of indictment
Mark A. Peoples, Circleville
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
• Copy of indictment
Jennifer S. Pummell, Stoutsville
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
• Copy of indictment
Curtis D. Smith , Derby
• Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
• Theft from an Elderly Person
• Telecommunications Fraud
• Conspiracy
• Copy of indictment
Attorney General DeWine also announced two new programs to help prevent more victims of scams.

A new consumer education program will educate junior high and high school students, as well as adults. It’s called CHIPP- Cybersecurity Help, Information, and Protection Program. It covers security and privacy issues on a variety of electronic devices.

In addition, 40,000 senior citizens who receive meals like those from the Meals on Wheels program, will soon be getting a flyer from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office that warns them about scams. This partnership will put this important information in the hands of 40,000 seniors in every county in Ohio.

Consumers who wish to report a scam or file a consumer complaint can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.

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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 09:44

THE LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT FOR HOCKING COUNTY IS CANCELED.


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THE LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT FOR HOCKING COUNTY IS CANCELED.

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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:59

Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert.
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Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert. Some secondary roads are still hazardous and drivers should drive with caution.

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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 00:39

LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY:
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LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY: Roadways are hazardous with snow and icy. Only those persons who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.

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Sun, 03/02/2014 - 12:35

Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert
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Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert Roadways are hazardous and people should drive with caution.

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Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:40

THE LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT FOR HOCKING COUNTY IS CANCELED.
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THE LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT FOR HOCKING COUNTY IS CANCELED.

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Sat, 02/15/2014 - 13:20

Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert
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Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert. Some secondary roads are still hazardous and drivers should drive with caution.

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Fri, 02/14/2014 - 23:50

HOCKING COUNTY IS UNDER A LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY
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LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY: Roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roadways are also icy. Only those persons who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Your employer should be contacted to see if you should report to work.

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Fri, 02/14/2014 - 17:24

Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert
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Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert Caution should be exercised when driving.

Three Logan residents have been arrested as a result of a month-long drug traffi...

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:07
Three Logan residents have been arrested as a result of a month-long drug trafficking investigation by the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit which came to a close on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Dillon J. Anthony, 24 of Logan, has been charged with Trafficking in Oxycodone, a Felony of the Fourth Degree, Austen K. Poling, 22 of Logan, has been charged with Trafficking in Oxycodone, a Felony of the Fourth Degree and Jediah Rempel, 31 of Logan, has been charged with Trafficking in Oxycodone, a Felony of the Second Degree, with juvenile and school zone specifications.

The arrests stem from incidents on Monday and Tuesday where a large amount of prescription narcotics, heroin, cash and vehicles were seized from the three individuals.

All three individuals have been arraigned by Hocking County Municipal Court Judge Frederick Moses who, due to the charges and allegations that the offenses were committed within 1,000 feet of a school, issued cash bonds for each.

Numerous additional higher level felonies are expected to be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date when Ohio BCI State Laboratory results are received.

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Tue, 02/11/2014 - 08:11

THE LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT FOR HOCKING IS CANCELLED.
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THE LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT FOR HOCKING IS CANCELLED.

THE LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVERSARY FOR HOCKING IS CANCELLED. HOCKING COUNTY IS NOW UNDE...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:14
THE LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVERSARY FOR HOCKING IS CANCELLED.

HOCKING COUNTY IS NOW UNDER A LEVEL 1 SNOW ALERT.

However caution should still be exercised while traveling some of the secondary roads.

HOCKING COUNTY IS UNDER A LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY: Roadways are becoming hazardou...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 09:59
HOCKING COUNTY IS UNDER A LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY:

Roadways are becoming hazardous and are also icy. Only those persons who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Your employer should be contacted to see if you should report to work.

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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 20:04

Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert

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Hocking County is now under a Level 1 snow alert Roadways, especially secondary, still have areas of snow and ice. Caution should be exercised when driving.