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On September 22, 2014 the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of K-9...

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:17
On September 22, 2014 the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of K-9 “J”. Jamie vom Zellwaldrand call name was “J”.

“J” was euthanized at the Ohio State University Veterinarian Hospital due to complications from a perforated bowel caused by cancer.

K-9 “J” started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in May 2009 with his handler Captain Jerrod Alford. The team received training and State of Ohio Certification at Pine Grove Kennels in Tuppers Plains, Ohio. K-9 “J” was a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office and will be greatly missed.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Captain Alford and his family for their loss.


On September 23rd, 2014, members of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit and...

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:35
On September 23rd, 2014, members of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit and the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit with support from the Murray City Police Department, conducted an under
cover operation which resulted in the arrest of a suspected heroin dealer in Murray City.

Samuel L. Wilson, 26 of Murray City, was arrested and charged with one 3rd Degree Felony and one 4th Degree Felony count of trafficking in heroin.

The offenses took place at a residence on Long Street in Murray City and occurred within the vicinity of a juvenile.

An undisclosed amount of heroin, money and drug paraphernalia was recovered from Mr. Wilson’s person.

Detectives are also going to present charges to the Hocking County Grand Jury against another individual who was believed to have been involved in the distribution of heroin in Murray City.

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

On September 18, 2014 the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) recei...

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:51
On September 18, 2014 the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit (SIU) received information that Kyle Crist, 31 of Logan and Justin Sheets, 39 of Nelsonville, were manufacturing methamphetamine at a residence on SR 664 North, Logan.

From having prior contact with Crist, members were aware he was on probation through Hocking County Municipal Court. Probation officers were contacted and accompanied SIU members to the Crist residence.

When SIU and probation officers arrived at the residence, they located Crist, Sheets and a female, later identified as Morgan York, 29 of Logan, hiding in the woods behind the residence. Upon making contact with the individuals, SIU observed them tossing items to the side, one being an active one pot vessel.

Lying in the woods where the individuals were, was a cardboard bud light box containing two more one pot vessels and several cut lithium batteries, coffee filters, three cans of zippo lighter fluid, receipts of lighter fluid purchases, cold packs, empty boxes of pseudoephedrine and several small zip lock baggies.

SIU walked around the premises and located six more inactive one pot vessels located in various places in the yard. Inside of a dog box SIU located a book bag and a container of salt. Inside of the book bag SIU located measuring spoons, a measuring cup, coffee filters, and several more small zip lock baggies, mason jars, uncut lithium batteries wire cutters, a funnel, and grinder with white powdery residue in it, aluminum foil, visa debit card and cold packs.

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 Logan Fire Department also responded and was on scene to assist during neutralization of the components.

All three were charged with Illegal Assembly of Chemicals (F-3), Manufacturing Methamphetamine (F-2) and Tampering with Evidence (F-3). Sheets was also charged with possession (F-5).

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

On September 12, 2014 approx. 7:26 p.m., HCSO was dispatched to a shooting which...

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:14
On September 12, 2014 approx. 7:26 p.m., HCSO was dispatched to a shooting which had occurred at the residence of Colonel L. Fitch, 57 of Logan.

While enroute to the scene of the shooting, deputies located Fitch in his vehicle on Maysville-Williams Road as he was attempting to travel into Logan.

Fitch was treated at the scene by personnel from Hocking County EMS and later flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he was released Saturday.

Detectives from HCSO as well as investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene of the shooting to process for any evidence. All evidence collected will be submitted to the crime laboratory for analysis.

Due to the nature and sensitivity of the case and ongoing investigation, few details are currently being released so the investigation will not be jeopardized.

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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:16

Laurelville Elementary PTO 2nd Annual Celebrity Apprentice Car Wash Saturday, S...

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:06
Laurelville Elementary PTO
2nd Annual Celebrity Apprentice Car Wash

Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 am - 12 pm

Hocking Co. Sheriff - Lanny North
Hocking County Team

$5.00 Donation VS $5.00 Donation

Pickaway Co. Sheriff – Robert Radcliff
Pickaway County Team

Laurelville Elementary School parking lot
Foods and drinks available

www.hockingsheriff.org/pto.pdf
www.hockingsheriff.org/donationpto.pdf

On August 28th, members of the Hocking County Sheriff&#x2019;s Interdiction Unit and HC...

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:46
On August 28th, members of the Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit and HCSO deputies were conducting a follow-up investigation into several vehicle thefts of contents from vehicles that had occurred in the Hocking Hill State Parks the day before.

A GPS signal from one of the stolen electronic devices led them to a residence on Jackson Street in Rockbridge. The residence belonged to the grandmother of one of the suspects, Jonathan L. Miller III.

At the residence, deputies located numerous stolen items that were taken from the vehicle thefts and also discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

SIU members neutralized and packaged six methamphetamine manufacturing vessels and all of the components used in the manufacturing process.

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

Jonathan L. Miller III, 23 of Logan was arrested and charged with Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, (F-1) and Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, (F-2). He was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Jail in Nelsonville to wait his initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court.
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Additional charges, including charges relating to the vehicle thefts, will likely be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

The week of September 1 - 5, HCSO will not be able to accept applications for Co...

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:01
The week of September 1 - 5, HCSO will not be able to accept applications for Concealed Carry License’s (CCW) or conduct any background checks (Webcheck).

On August 22, 2014 the Hocking County Sheriff&#x2019;s Office received a complaint that...

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:04
On August 22, 2014 the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that a home health aide worker was possibly stealing medication from her client. On August 25, 2014 detectives from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Deborah A. Rumer, 57, Calico Ridge Rd. Logan, OH for Theft of Drugs, F4.

The client’s daughter, believing that medication was possibly being stolen by her father’s home health aide, Rumer, installed a hidden camera in his residence to observe his medication. The video was provided to deputies who viewed the video and could clearly see Rumer stealing the medication.

On August 25, 2014 detectives, knowing Rumer was due to return to the residence, installed additional video surveillance along with the occupants original equipment and inventoried all of the medication.

Detectives stopped Rumer as she was leaving the residence. After advising her of her constitutional rights, Rumer admitted to stealing medication on 4 different occasions, including this occasion where detectives found Rumer was in possession of the client’s medication.

Rumer was incarcerated in the Southeastern Ohio Jail in Nelsonville to await her initial appearance in Hocking County Municipal Court. Additional charges may be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.

On August 20th, the Hocking County Sheriff&#x2019;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&#x2019;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&#x2019;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&#x2019;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.