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.

Scam alert! 06-03-14

June 3, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

The Columbus Dispatch • Tuesday June 3, 2014 3:35 AM
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Scammers are emailing and faxing fake arrest warrants to people across the country, including in central and southern Ohio, federal officials warned yesterday.

The “warrants” typically ask recipients to call a number to receive a settlement, or to wire money to avoid arrest, according to a news release. The bogus warrants might include court-case numbers, authoritative-looking logos and charges such as money laundering, bank fraud or missed jury duty, the release said.

Authentic warrants are served in person by law-enforcement officers.

Anyone who receives a fake warrant is asked to contact the FBI or the U.S. Marshals Service. Questions about a warrant’s validity can be directed to the Vinton County Sheriffs Office at 740-596-5242.

Press Release May 26th, 2014

May 26, 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.*

A man was arrested after a road rage shooting incident Saturday evening. On Saturday 24th, 2014, a call was received by the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office that a male individual had allegedly shot at, and ran off the road, a vehicle being driven by a 16yoa juvenile near Vales Mills Rd in Radcliff. Deputies spoke with the 16yoa victim, who stated that an older male individual had chased them down the road, shooting at the vehicle while chasing them, and then running them off the road. An intense investigation was conducted and Deputies identified a suspect, Timothy Wilbur, age 50 of Radcliff. When Deputies attempted to detain Wilbur, he began to resist arrest and a taser had to be deployed. Wilbur was taken into custody. Charges of Attempted Murder, Felonious Assault, Improper Transportation of a Firearm, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of Criminal Tools, and several other charges have been forwarded to the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney for review. A bond hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted in the crash investigation. The case was handled by Sgt Matt Kight, Deputies Josh Nickell and Richard Hixson.

*No photo could be received off of SEORJ website*

Traffic stop leads to several Felony Arrests

May 19, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

A traffic stop leads to several arrests. On May 18, 2014, a traffic stop was conduct on a vehicle by Deputy Richard Hixson in the area of Duncan Square Trailer Court in McArthur. While on the traffic stop, Dep Hixson noticed a male individual who had a felony warrant, get out of another vehicle and go into a trailer at the Court. Dep Hixson requested assistance from McArthur Police Department Patrolman James Wes Kight, who went to the trailer and found the wanted suspect hiding in a closet. James Christopher Blazer, age 25 of McArthur, was arrested for an outstanding Felony warrant from Vinton County and several other Counties. Blazer is also a suspect in several Breaking and Enterings in Jackson and Pike Counties. During the search for the suspect, Dep Hixson and Ptl Kight also arrested Sara Boyer, age 28 of McArthur, on an outstanding warrant out of Chillicothe Ohio. Also during the investigation, Kayla Elizabeth Caudill, age 23 of McArthur, was arrested for Felony Obstruction of Justice after it was found that Caudill was trying to keep Blazer from being apprehended. Blazer and Caudill were taken to South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail and will have a bond hearing this tuesday. Boyer was turned over to Chillicothe Police Department.

James Christopher BlazerKayla Elizabeth Caudill

High Water Updates (as of 4-30-14)

April 30, 2014 Posted by Shawn Justice

High water update:

SR50 east of McAthur
SR278 north of SR50 and near Lake Hope
SR356 *closed*
SR328 (several spots)
SR50 in Allensville and West of Allensville
SR160 at SR349
Vinton Station Rd is closed

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