*****SCAM ALERT*****

October 2, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

On October 1, 2014, a business owner in Vinton County received a phone call from a man saying his name was Charles Henderson with Buckeye Rural Electric, saying that the business owner was severally behind on her gas bill. When she told the man that she had all electric and no gas, then the man gave her a “business” number to call and verify and told her to ask for “Stephanie”. Stephanie told her that she owed $2098 or her electric would be shut off in 1/2hr to an hour. Stephanie told her to go to a Kroger or Dollar Store, with cash only, and then call her back for further instructions. The number that came up on her phone was 218-600-2650. If you google this number, it tells you that it is a scam caller

This is an obvious scam. DO NOT fall for this. This scam, to me, is very serious because they are telling you to bring cash somewhere and then call them back. This could be a possible robbery attempt, or it could be that they would have you get a money order and then tell you where to send it. If you ever have a question or a “red flag” that something is not right, it probably isn’t.

If you receive a phone call or mail that you believe is a scam, or if you want to check to make sure, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 740-596-5242 and ask to speak with a Deputy or myself, Sheriff Shawn Justice. We would be glad to help!

Scam Alert!!

August 16, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

I would like to take the time to warn citizen’s of another scam that has been reported in other Counties and could likely hit our community. The caller states that they are the Sheriff of the County or the Police Chief of the City or Village and says that you owe back fines or property taxes and that a warrant will be issued for your arrest unless it is paid. The caller also states that you need to pay the money over the phone with a credit card.

NO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WILL EVER CALL AND SAY THIS, MUCH LESS ASK FOR YOUR BANK INFO OR CREDIT CARDS!!!! If this happens, please notify your local Law Enforcement Agency.

Drug trafficking arrest

August 16, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

PRESS RELEASE

*The information listed will not reflect the disposition of any arrest, report, or citation. Obviously, anyone cited or arrested will be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

On July 31, 2014, an arrest was made on Paul Scarrett, age 34 of Hamden, for 3 counts of trafficking in drugs F4 and Acting in a pattern of Corrupt Activity F2. An arrested warrant had been issued by the Vinton County Grand Jury after a lengthy investigation by Sheriff Shawn Justice and Detective Ryan Cain. Scarrett could receive a maximum of 12.5yrs in prison if convicted. A bond hearing was conducted in Common Pleas Ourt. Judge Jeffrey Simmons issued a $100,000 OR bond and Scarrett was released.

Meth lab busted!

August 15, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

PRESS RELEASE

*The information listed will not reflect the disposition of any arrest, report, or citation. Obviously anyone cited or arrested will be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

On August 10, 2014, Deputies with the Vinton Co Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team executed a search warrant at 27674 SR328, New Plymouth Ohio for a possible meth lab. Wayne A Corbin, age 43, had been arrested after trying to purchase pseudo products from 2 different businesses in Logan. Lithium batteries were also found on Corbin. This information and information obtained from members of the Vinton Co Sheriffs Office Drug Taskforce lead to obtaining the search warrant. After the warrant was executed, components to make methamphetamine and suspected cooked methamphetamine were found inside the residence. Corbin was arrested and taken to SEORJ in Nelsonville. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Vinton Co Court.

Members of the Vinton County Special Operations Team include LE from the Vinton County SheriffsOffice and McArthur PD. Other assisting Agencies would include Logan PD, McArthur Fire Department, Vinton Co EMS, Gallia Co Sheriffs Office, and Gallipolis PD.

Criminal Interdiction days Friday and Saturday

June 17, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office´╗┐, with assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and McArthur Police Department, executed “Criminal Interdiction” days Friday and Saturday. This is a program that will be used throughout the year by the Vinton County Sheriffs Office to try and combat the rise in burglaries and thefts in our area. A Criminal Interdiction is where law enforcement saturates certain areas in the County and makes traffic stops, trying to find drugs, stolen property, criminal tools, warrants, etc. This is the first step in our fight against the property crimes happening in our community. The second step that I have taken, is to start a Major Crimes Task Force for our County. There will be two Investigators assigned to this Task Force full time. One will work Felony Criminal Cases and the other will work Narcotics, while working together when needed. This will free the Road Deputies to be able to respond to calls in a more timely manor and will give the Victim of a Crime someone they can get to know and depend on.

Important message 06-14-14

June 15, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

**IMPORTANT MESSAGE**

If you take a work vehicle home and have it parked in your driveway, please keep a good eye on it. Thieves have broke into 2 work trucks in the last 24hrs in separate parts of the county.

Tips leads Deputies to several warrant arrests

June 14, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

*Press Release-The information listed will not reflect the disposition of any arrest, report, or citation. Obviously anyone cited or arrested will be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

Several arrests were made after a tip leads Deputies to individuals with warrants-drugs. On 06-12-14, Deputies received a tip that four individuals were residing at 37143 Murphy Rd, McArthur, and that all of the individuals had warrants from other Counties. Deputies arrived to follow up on the complaint and arrested Emzy Mullins, age 57 of McArthur, on a warrant from Athens County. Also inside the residence was Scott A Kight, age 30 of McArthur, was arrested on a warrant from Jackson County, and Rashella Nickells, age 30 of McArthur, was also arrested on a warrant out of Athens County. During a check of the residence, a female, Sharon K. Slutcher, age 30 of Columbus, was found hiding inside a closet in one of the bedrooms. Slutcher was arrested for a warrant out of Franklin County. Deputies received permission to search from Mullins. A search of the residence was then conducted and several drug items were found, including a ball of brown tar substance (suspected to be Heroin), a bag containing what is suspected as “Bath Salts”, and paraphernalia. The drug items will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation Lab for further processing. The investigation has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney for review.

Great job Investigators Ryan Cain, Mike Kemmerling, and Sgt Lydle Cain!!

Arrest made 06-04-14

June 6, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

*Press Release-The information listed will not reflect the disposition of any arrest, report, or citation. Obviously anyone cited or arrested will be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

On June 4, 2014, a complaint was received by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office that a female victim had been allegedly assault and held against her will at knife point. Brian Johnston, age 47 of Ray, was arrested after Deputies received information of the alleged assault and kidnapping. Victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, was able to get away after being held for a long amount of time and came to the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt William Bowden and Deputy Josh Nickell investigated the incident. After a previous incident with Johnston, Deputies decided to us the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team to make the arrest. The SRT is made up of members from the Sheriff’s Office and McArthur Police Department. When arriving at the residence, SRT members found the front door open and Johnston asleep in a chair. Johnston was arrested without incident. The case has been forwarded to the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

Press Release Update

June 6, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

*Press Release Update-The information listed will not reflect the disposition of any arrest, report, or citation. Obviously anyone cited or arrested will be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

On June 3, 2014, a search warrant was conducted at the residence Roger Barber Jr in Albany, OH. This was a follow up investigation being done by Investigator Mike Kemmerling after Barber was arrested the previous day on outstanding warrants. Several “One Pot Cook” Meth labs were found inside the residence. The Zaleski Fire Dept, Vinton County EMS, and Middleport Police Department Clandestine Lab Unit assisted with dismantling the labs. Several items were collected for processing at the Ohio BCI&I Crime Lab. Charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine will be turned over to Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown for review pending results from the lab.

Great work everyone!!

Arrest made after sting operation

June 3, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

On June 02, 2014, an arrest was made on an individual for having numerous warrants. Roger Dale Barber, age 23 of Albany, was arrested after Deputies caught Barber in an undercover sting. After several attempts to arrest Barber in the past, which led to Barber fleeing and getting away, a plan was devised by deputies to catch Barber as he was returning to his residence. After Barber arrived at his residence, deputies were able to surround the vehicle and apprehend him without incident. Barber was taken to SOuth Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and will appear in Court at a later date.

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