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On August 20th, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) followed up...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:55
On August 20th, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) followed up on an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen that led to the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in the same house that three small children were living in.

Chelsea Danner, 25 of Pike Street in Laurelville, permitted SIU deputies to search her residence and denied that methamphetamine was being manufactured in the home. However, deputies located two methamphetamine manufacturing reaction vessels inside a garage at the residence.

SIU deputies neutralized the vessels and components, removed a liquid sample of the methamphetamine for submission to the BCI lab. Other components recovered were packaged for proper destruction.

As a precautionary measure, the Laurelville Fire responded also responded and were on scene to assist during neutralization of the components. Laurelville PD also responded.

Hocking County Children Services responded to the scene to assist in the removal of the three small children ranging from 8 months to four years of age. The children were released to an aunt.

Danner was arrested and charged with Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, a 1st Degree Felony, Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, A 2nd Degree Felony and Child Endangerment, a 3rd Degree Felony.

She was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville to await her appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court.

Robert Thurston III, 31 who resides at the same residence with Danner, was also charged with the same offenses. An arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Additional charges are likely to be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date after lab results are returned.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his office has sent Senior Advo...

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:29
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his office has sent Senior Advocate Fraud Education (SAFE) Toolkits to more than 700 Ohio libraries. The project is funded through a grant obtained by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section.

"Nearly every day in Ohio, someone falls victim to a scam," Attorney General DeWine said. "We know that prevention and awareness are critical. These toolkits are designed to help communities recognize the warning signs and find the resources they need to detect and avoid scams."

The SAFE Toolkit was developed with support from the Sears Consumer Protection and Education Fund. Approximately 730 main and branch libraries throughout the state will receive three toolkits each as well as a poster to advertise where the toolkits are located.

The program is designed to help educate caregivers, social workers, older adults, and their families about fraud. Covered topics include scams targeting older adults, identity theft, and credit card fraud. The toolkit can be found on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Organizations also can request a speaker from the Ohio Attorney General's Office to conduct a SAFE presentation. Continuing education credit (1.5 hours) is available for social workers.

Consumers who suspect a scam or who want to learn more should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Yard signs are available from the Sheriff’s Office any time for anyone who wishe...

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:03
Yard signs are available from the Sheriff’s Office any time for anyone who wishes to have one or more.

Essential to make everyone aware of the tip line number individuals may call to report drug activity in their neighborhoods.

Signs are free and may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office.
They are also available from the Carbon Hill and Laurelville EMS stations.


On July 29th, 2014, the Major Crimes Unit and the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit, w...

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:19
On July 29th, 2014, the Major Crimes Unit and the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit, with the assistance of the Logan Police Department and Hocking County Juvenile Court Probation Department searched two residences on West Second Street after information was received the occupants were trafficking in marijuana.

Reports and intelligence received also indicated that a large amount of the foot traffic to the residence were juveniles. Investigators conducted surveillance on the residence and in a little over an hour observed approximately 30 to 40 people come and go from the residence. Many of these individuals appeared to be young teenagers. A 17 year old male was stopped after leaving the residence and was found to be in possession of marijuana.

When investigators searched the residence, they located a total of nine people and one small juvenile at the residence along with an undisclosed amount of marijuana, baggies and digital scales.

Through interviews and other investigative efforts, it was confirmed that the marijuana was being supplied by a male who lived on the same block.

A search warrant issued by Judge Fred Moses of the Hocking County Municipal Court was executed just after midnight at the residence of Alvin L. Kyle III.

An undisclosed amount of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cash, zip lock baggies, drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and 11 large empty vacuum seal bags that had the odor of marijuana were seized from the residence.

Kyle, 46 of Logan, was arrested a charged with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a Felony of the 1st Degree, Trafficking in Drugs, with a juvenile specification, a Felony of the 3rd Degree and Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree. He was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail where he will await his arraignment.

Charges on the other individuals who are involved in the enterprise will be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.

Maysville-Williams Road (CR 17) will close for 5 days beginning August 4th at 7:...

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:50
Maysville-Williams Road (CR 17) will close for 5 days beginning August 4th at 7:30 a.m. to allow a new concrete culvert to be installed.

Location of closure is directly in front of the Logan-Hocking School District bus garage.

Weather permitting, the road will re-open by 4:00 p.m. on August 8th.

Sunday, July 20, charges were filed against Michael Napoli, 33 of Westerville fo...

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:14
Sunday, July 20, charges were filed against Michael Napoli, 33 of Westerville for the Aggravated Murder of James Boergers Jr. 31 of Jacksonville, Florida, Attempted Aggravated Murder of Kimberly Napoli, 32 of Westerville and Aggravated Burglary.

The charges are a result of the shooting which occurred on Saturday evening at a cabin located on SR 678.

Late Sunday night, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office advising they had located Napoli’s van at the Econolodge Motel in Jeffersonville.

A photo of Napoli was shown to the motel clerk who confirmed Napoli was registered at the motel.

Detectives from HCSO traveled to Fayette County and met with Sheriff’s office personnel.

Contact was made with Napoli via phone by a Fayette County negotiator advising Napoli to exit the motel room.
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Investigators continued dialogue with Napoli for multiple hours in an attempt to have him surrender.

Monday morning, July 21 at approx. 6:15 a.m., deputies eventually gained entry into the room and located Napoli with an apparent gunshot wound.

Napoli was air-lifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton

On July 19, 2014, at approx. 8:49 p.m., HCSO was notified by Hocking County 911...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:22
On July 19, 2014, at approx. 8:49 p.m., HCSO was notified by Hocking County 911 a 31 year old female had been shot. The shooting had occurred at the Wildwoods Backwood Retreats cabins located on SR 678.

The victim was able to flee the scene to a residence close by where help was summoned.

HCSO deputies, Hocking County EMS and a unit from Hocking Hills State Parks responded to the residence the call had originated from. The victim advised deputies the shooter may have shot himself and still may be in the cabin.

Deputies could not locate the vehicle the shooter was operating at the cabin, but did locate a body of a male.

The shooter had fled the scene operating a white 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van, with Ohio registration DRA8569.

There is no direction of travel other than the owner of the vehicle resides in Franklin County.

If anyone observes this vehicle, they should notify law enforcement immediately.

On July 16, 2014, HCSO detectives arrested Brandon W. Berry, 31 of Logan and cha...

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:10
On July 16, 2014, HCSO detectives arrested Brandon W. Berry, 31 of Logan and charged him with two counts of Burglary.

HCSO had received two separate reports from an owner of a cabin on Cook Road advising his cabin had been entered on July 10 and July 12. Items taken were electronic equipment and a purse with credit cards and personal papers.

When questioned by detectives, Berry admitted to the incidents, citing the reason was his heroin addiction.

Berry was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville to await his initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court.

For the remainder of this week and a portion of next week, Columbia Gas will be...

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:15
For the remainder of this week and a portion of next week, Columbia Gas will be performing work on a gas well in the area of SR 180 and Mound Crossing.

There may be an odor of gas in the area.

On Tuesday, July 15th, Detectives with the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit (...

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:20
On Tuesday, July 15th, Detectives with the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit (MCU) and Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) arrested Richard C. Hahn, 35 of Whitehall and Alicia D. Delgado, 35 of Columbus, for trafficking in Oxycodone.

The arrest took place on State Route 374 near Rockbridge as the result of an undercover operation by the Major Crimes Unit. The outcome of the arrest resulted in the seizure of an undisclosed amount of Oxycodone, cocaine, cash and a vehicle.

Hahn and Delgado were charged with one count of Trafficking in Dugs, (F-3) and transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail where they await their initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court. Additional charges are likely to be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.

On July 9th, The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by members of Lau...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:12
On July 9th, The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by members of Laurelville Fire Department who advised that a possible methamphetamine laboratory dump site had been located near the bridge on Creamery Hill Road just outside the village of Laurelville.

Assistant Laurelville Fire Chief Bob Miller told deputies that two juveniles located the dump site while fishing and contacted the Laurelville Fire Department who in turn contacted the sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit and Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit responded to the scene and confirmed that the items had been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Five One-Pot reaction vessels, Coleman fuel, pseudoephedrine boxes, lithium batteries, coffee filters and other miscellaneous trash was located at the scene. These items were neutralized and disposed of by Major crimes Unit personnel.


HCSO detectives arrested Jeffery A. Rumer, 57, Logan, OH and charged him with 2...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:47
HCSO detectives arrested Jeffery A. Rumer, 57, Logan, OH and charged him with 2 counts of Rape, a felony of the 1st degree.

Rumer is alleged to have had sexual relations with a relative under the age of 16 over a period of several years.

Rumer was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail where he remains incarcerated.

On July 8, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) arrested and ch...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:37
On July 8, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) arrested and charged Miles Roshon, 53, Logan, OH with Illegal Assembly, F3 and Possession of Methamphetamine, F4.

SIU had received information that Roshon had purchased pseudoephedrine, a key component of methamphetamine, on multiple occasions. SIU members went to Roshon’s residence where Roshon gave them permission to search. The search revealed items such as Coleman fuel, coffee filters, drain cleaner, lithium batteries and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine. In addition SIU members found a plastic baggie containing a white powder believed to be methamphetamine.

Roshen was transported to the SEORJ.

On July 7, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) arrested and ch...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:34
On July 7, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) arrested and charged Auty S. Parry, 52, of Nelsonville, OH with Illegal Assembly of Chemicals, F3.

SIU members received information that Parry was at the Walmart in Logan purchasing materials needed to manufacture methamphetamine. SIU members located Parry on U.S. 33 and after observing a traffic violation, stopped the vehicle Parry was driving. After the stop, Parry gave SIU members permission to search his vehicle. The search revealed items such as coffee filters, lithium batteries, and a white power believed to be ground pseudoephedrine.

Parry was transported to the SEORJ to await his initial appearance in the Hocking County Municipal Court. Additional charges may be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.

On July 8, 2014 at 2 p.m., Hocking County Sheriff’s Detectives Office charged an...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:33
On July 8, 2014 at 2 p.m., Hocking County Sheriff’s Detectives Office charged and arrested Jimmy Lee Taylor, 43, of 11612 Dalton Rd., Rockbridge, Ohio with Theft, (F-5) and Breaking and Entering (F-5).

Taylor is charged in connection with a June 22, 2014, theft of a John Deere riding mower from a Young Road, Rockbridge residence.

HCSO Detectives have been investigating a series of lawnmowers, tools, weed eaters, and four wheeler thefts and have been working with Fairfield and Pickaway county detectives developing leads and information on several thousand dollars in stolen property being stolen and sold, primarily in Columbus.

Taylor was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville to await his initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court. Additional charges against Taylor are expected to be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.

Taylor had previously been arrested on July 1, 2014, by Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies after they spotted him and his girlfriend Sherrie Davey, 37 of Columbus purchasing gasoline for a truck at a Rushville Marathon. The truck had been reported stolen out of Columbus.

Both were arrested and charged Taylor with four counts of Receiving Stolen Property, (F-4) and two counts of Theft, (F-5) and transported to the Fairfield County Jail and later released on bond.

On July 2, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) received inform...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:30
On July 2, 2014 members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) received information of individuals who were transporting illegal drugs on U.S. Route 33 in Hocking County.

Members observed a vehicle matching the description provided traveling on U.S. 33 at Bailey Rd. Deputy Woodgeard located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. After identifying the driver and passengers, Deputy Woodgeard had his partner K9 Emma conduct a free air search around the vehicle. Emma indicated that drugs were in the vehicle.

SIU members had all the occupants exit the vehicle to search for illegal drugs and while searching the driver of the vehicle, John R. West, 36, Albany, Ohio admitted to SIU members that he had swallowed crack cocaine while the deputy was behind his vehicle on U.S. 33.

SIU members called the Hocking County EMS to the scene who transported West to Hocking Valley Community Hospital where he was treated and released. After being released, West was arrested and charged with Possession of Drugs, F5 and Tampering with Evidence, F3. West was transported to the SEORJ to await his initial appearance.

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Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:28

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Buckeye State Sheriffs&#x2019; Association to...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:05
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association today unveiled a new reverse lookup feature accessible through the Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) Database, which is maintained by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Starting today, the new feature allows anyone to input unfamiliar phone numbers, email addresses, social media screen names, and video game handles into the database to try to determine if they belong to a registered sex offender in Ohio.

"In this age of technology, knowing which sex offenders live in your neighborhood isn't always enough," said Attorney General DeWine. "Digital communication allows people to break geographical boundaries, and sexual predators can use this to their advantage to pose as peers and develop cyber friendships with unsuspecting children. The new reverse lookup feature is just another tool that parents can use to screen who their children are communicating with."

Registered sex offenders in Ohio are required by law to register their home address, work address, and vehicle information with their local sheriff's office to be publicly accessible through the eSORN database. Each of Ohio’s 88 county sheriff offices input the information into the system. Supplemental information, such as phone numbers, email addresses, screen names, and handles are also required, but are not public.

The reverse lookup feature now allows members of the public to input phone numbers, email addresses and internet names into the eSORN database and an alert will be displayed if the information is associated with a registered sex offender. While the reverse lookup feature will not publically identify the offender who registered the information, it will direct the individual to immediately contact the local sheriff’s office or the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). Each sheriff’s office will decide the next step.

“Each local sheriff’s office will take the information that is provided and determine what type of follow up investigation is needed,” said Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer, the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association SORN Committee Chairman. “If the information you enter does not come back to a registered sex offender, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the person behind the phone number, email, or social media name is harmless. Parents still need to be cautious about who their kids are talking to in general.”

"With nearly 18,000 registered sex offenders living in Ohio, we believe this is very a useful tool," said Attorney General DeWine. "Chances are you wouldn’t let a stranger in your home. So, parents need to keep communicating with their kids about letting strangers – virtual ones – in their circle of friends. This is also a useful feature for adults as well to know who they are communicating with.”

The Crimes Against Children Unit at the Ohio Attorney General’s BCI assisted 73 law enforcement agencies last year in 125 cases involving crimes against children. The Unit assists local law enforcement in a variety of investigations including child sexual abuse, child pornography, online enticement, and human trafficking.

Ohio is one of only eight states that offers this new sex offender reverse lookup feature.

The eSORN database can be accessed via the Attorney General's website or through the website of all 88 county sheriff's offices.

Walnut Dowler Road, County Road 44, will be closed beginning Monday, July 7 at t...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:30
Walnut Dowler Road, County Road 44, will be closed beginning Monday, July 7 at the intersection of Larimer Road for culvert replacement.

Weather permitting, the road closure will last approx. 3 days.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding consumers to research any contrac...

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:45
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding consumers to research any contractors who offer to repair their homes.

“The summer months are a peak time for home improvement, and it's important to be especially cautious after a storm,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Following severe weather, fly-by-night contractors may descend on a community offering great deals but doing poor work or nothing at all.”

Some contractors track storms, travel to affected communities, and knock on doors to offer their services to homeowners who experience damage. They may claim they can complete the work immediately and ask the consumer to make a large down payment or to sign over their insurance check, but they end up doing little or shoddy work.

Consumers should take the following steps to protect themselves:

• Research a home improvement contractor before signing any contract. Obtain the name, address, and phone number of any contractor agreeing to do work for you. Ask for identification from the company's representative. Request and contact references. Check for consumer complaints with the Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau before allowing a contractor to begin the work.

• Be cautious when someone shows up at your door. Do not accept services from a contractor who refuses to provide proper identification, does not have a permanent place of business, cannot provide references, or insists on a large upfront payment, such as half or more of the total cost.

• Get written estimates from at least three different contractors. Refuse to do business with a company that does not provide a written estimate.

• Keep in mind that you generally have three business days to cancel door-to-door sales. A business must notify you of this right and cannot begin services until after the three-day period has ended.

• Don't sign over your insurance check to a contractor. If you are financing the transaction, arrange for a certificate of completion with your bank. The bank will pay the contractor for each completed stage of the job only after you give your permission.

• Get a sworn statement. Insist that the contractor provide you with a sworn statement that all materials have been paid for and all subcontractors have been paid. This will help protect you from liens that may be placed on your property if the contractor fails to pay all suppliers and subcontractors.

If your vehicle was damaged in a storm, contact your insurance company to determine what your plan covers. If you take your vehicle to a repair shop, you have the right to a verbal or written estimate if the anticipated cost of the repair or service is more than $25. In general, if the cost will be more than 10 percent of the original estimate, the shop must get your approval for the additional costs.
Ohioans who have questions about a contractor or those who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.