On June 14, 2015, at approx. 2249hrs, a Vinton County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a 2 car vehicle accident on South Market Street in McArthur. Deputy Michelle Thomas was enroute to a call of shots fired at Lake Rupert when the accident occurred. Daniel Miracle, of McArthur, was driving the second vehicle involved. Both Deputy Thomas and Mr. Miracle were not injured during the crash.
The crash is being investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the request of Sheriff Shawn Justice. This is normal practice and currently part of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedures to have crashes of this nature handled by an outside Agency. No details will be given until OSP is finished with their investigation.
No alcohol or drugs of abuse are suspected from either driver.
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(All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
An arrest has been made in the Breaking and Entering of Par Mar Store that occurred on November 27, 2014. On November 29, 2014, Brian Barney age 35 of Langsville, was arrested after an investigation led Deputies to Barney, who was charged with Breaking and Entering, Theft, and Vandalism. The investigation is still pending. Also arrested were Ashley Garey, age 22 of Junction City, for Obstruction of Official Business. Both individuals were placed in South Eastern Regional Jail. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
At approx 2:07am on 11-27-14, the Sheriff’s Office received an alarm call from Par Mar Stores in Wilkesville to broken glass. When Deputies arrived, they found that entry had been made and several tobacco items were missing. Surveillance video captured these images. The suspect appears to be between 5′ 7″-5′ 9″ and between 165-190lbs. If you have information on this case, please contact Dep Richard Hixson or Det Mike Kemmerling at 740-596-5242. There is a reward being offered for the arrest and conviction of this individual.
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!
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.
*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.
*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.
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.
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.
*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!!