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INVESTIGATORS: Troopers Cracking Down on Troublesome Trucks

From ABC 6:

 

Ohio troopers are cracking down on the violators who put everyone at risk on the highway.

ABC 6/FOX 28 Investigators exposed what’s rolling on the road including dangerous drivers and troublesome trucks.

We found many times it’s what you don’t see from serious mechanical issues and drowsy drivers, to leaking loads and contraband. Every day law enforcement finds alarming cases of truckers not following or not knowing the law. more

Highway Patrol Troopers finding more people doing drugs behind the wheel

From 10TV:

There's a new danger hitting the highways just in time for the estimated 1.68 million Ohioans who will travel the roads this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

"They'll shoot heroin driving down the road. They'll shoot heroin in rest stops. They'll snort pills - whatever contraband they're using - smoke marijuana," says Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies, who has worked 8 years with the Ohio Highway Patrol.

"Here in Ohio, by far, the #1 drug of abuse is heroin. So often times, if it's a heroin user, they'll be using heroin in the car as they're going back and forth," adds Sgt. Beidelschies. He often patrols main freeways like I-70, U.S. 23, U.S. 33 and I-71. more

Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday
Buckle up, America. Every trip, every time.

In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up every trip, every time. Properly wearing a safety belt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. In addition, remember to follow all traffic laws and not drive impaired.

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 17 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 17 fatalities, 41 percent, were the result of an impaired driver. That is why troopers will be out in full force this weekend, looking for and removing these dangerous drivers from our roadways. more

Coalition delivers sobering message to drivers

From NBC4:

 

Impaired, distracted and speeding drivers kill many Ohioans each year and the holidays are especially dangerous.

Last year 11 people were killed on Delaware County roadways. According to The Ohio State Highway Patrol, that number is already at 12 this year and that does not include Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

The OSHP stated the number one causes of fatal crashes is speed. "We keep losing lives from unsafe speeds," said Sgt. Geoff Freeman with the Delaware post. "while alcohol and drugs continue to be contributing factors, half of those killed in Delaware County crashes last year were not wearing their seatbelts," he said. more

'Tie One On' safe driving campaign begins

From the Sidney Daily News:

Local law enforcement is teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), as well as key sponsor Nationwide Insurance, law enforcement from around the state and other safety advocates in this year’s “Tie One on for Safety” campaign

The campaign targets holiday drivers with a message to drive safe, sober and buckled up.

This is the 28th year for the holiday ribbon campaign, which encourages motorists to tie the MADD ribbon to their vehicles as a pledge to be safe on the roadways. The campaign also reminds drivers to buckle up, because a seatbelt is the best defense against a drunk driver. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol offers winter driving tips

From WSAZ 3:

Drivers in southeastern Ohio are being warned about the upcoming dangers of driving in winter weather.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol is offering tips on what drivers should do in the event of a vehicle break down or a crash.

From December 2013 through March 2014, 33,085 crashes happened on snow, ice or slush covered roadways killing 38 people and injuring 9,013. Speed-related factors were reported as a cause in 49 percent of these crashes. more

How Has 70 MPH Increase Impacted Ohio Drivers?

From NBC4:

For more than a year, drivers on Ohio interstates have been able to put their foot on the gas and drive at 70 mph. So how have drivers reacted to the speed limit increase? 

NBC4 dug through nearly 100,000 tickets for drivers speeding through a 65 mph zone, and nearly 60,000 of those speeding in a 70 mph zone. 

Twenty-five percent of all those drivers ticketed for both speeds were on Interstates 70 and 71 leading through downtown Columbus.

NBC4's Rick Reitzel went along with a seasoned expert on speeding, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Henn. 

"The additional 5 mph on the speed limit on the interstates has changed the way some people drive, as well," Henn said. more

Peak season for deer crashes

From the Journal-News:

It’s the middle of deer mating season, which means more motor vehicles are hitting deer right now in Ohio than during any other time of the year — an average of about 150 a day.

November is by far the worst in Ohio for deer-vehicle crashes, a Journal-News analysis has found. More than 4,500 deer crashes occurred last November — close to a quarter of the 20,200 Ohio deer-vehicle crashes in 2013. And half of the year’s dear hits happened from October through December.

The deer crashes killed eight people and injured 965. The newspaper analyzed 270,000 traffic accidents reported last year to the Ohio Department of Public Safety by all law enforcement agencies. more

Troopers seize 200 grams of heroin in Hancock County

Heroin and marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, with Kentucky registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 155 in Hancock County at 6:58 p.m., on November 14. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. During a pat down for weapons, troopers discovered 200 grams of suspected heroin inside the passenger’s pants along with a gram of marijuana. The contraband has an approximately street value $30,000. The passenger, Davell R. Smith, 35, of Toledo, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize bags of marijuana in Franklin County

Troopers stopped a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes and red light violations on U.S. 62 northbound near milepost 11, in Franklin County at 1:15 a.m. on November 16. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a large freezer plastic bags containing marijuana, weighing a half pound, located underneath the driver’s seat. The contraband has a street value of approximately $2,330. The driver, Todd K. Murchison, 25, of Columbus, was incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Murchison was also charged with OVI.

Guide to Life: How to persuade an elderly relative to stop driving

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Debby Poe’s elderly father was unsteady on his feet and couldn’t see well. His car had dents that he couldn’t explain, and he once missed a turn and drove through several lawns.

“I knew if he hit a child, he’d never forgive himself,” said Poe, a schoolteacher who lives in Grove City.

But her dad, a World War II veteran who had recently lost his wife, wasn’t going to stop driving without a fight. more

Happy birthday, OSHP!

Cake cutting

The following was read by each commanding officer at each facility/office to personnel on the morning of November 14 in recognition of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 81st birthday – November 15, 2014.


On the 81st birthday of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it is important to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we want to go.

Our history is rich with tradition. It is by no accident that our organization is one respected across the state, nation and globe. We were built on a foundation of hardworking individuals who understood the importance of legacy. It is a testament to them – the brave men and women of our past – that our success is long lasting.

But in all our talk of our past, we can also remain present. In the past year we have continued to be an agency others turn to for inspiration, be it for our professionalism or our successful programs. Times change, but the strength, courage and character of our troopers stands true to this day.

Every day, we honor the values that have made the Ohio State Highway Patrol unique for decades. And yet we have continually shown a commitment to progress. Our ideas are innovative; our minds look ahead. We know the importance of keeping in step with new technology to give our best in the field, as well as to get home safely.

Recall the words of Retired Col. Robert Chiaramonte, who said, “The past has been good, the present we believe better, and the future lies with the progressive thinkers and doers who are planning for tomorrow.”

It is not always easy to innovate, but this is a challenge the Patrol has and always will face. I am proud of our ability to step up to that task.

On the 81st birthday of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, I’d like to say thank you. I appreciate every one of you for the sacrifices you make for the Patrol, as well as the sacrifices of loved ones who endure the challenges that come with joining the Highway Patrol Family.  Thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do. Your passion is inspiring.

To the entire Patrol Family, past and present, Happy Birthday!

Colonel Paul A. Pride, Superintendent
Ohio State Highway Patrol

Troopers find heroin, crack, Xanax, drug paraphernalia and a stolen gun

Heroin crack xanax etc

Troopers stopped a rented 2001 Dodge Caravan, with Pennsylvania registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 122, in Erie County at 2:11 a.m. on November 11. Upon contact with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 191 grams of heroin, 75 grams of crack, 5 Xanax pills and a bag containing drug paraphernalia. Troopers also discovered a stolen .40 caliber Smith and Wesson gun. The contraband has an approximate street value of $35,800. The passenger, Frederick D. Swillings, 24, of Detroit Mich., was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin and crack, all first-degree felonies and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana butter, gummies and chocolate bars

Butter

Troopers stopped a 1999 Jaguar XJ8, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 71 northbound near milepost 14, in Hamilton County at 8:00 a.m. on November 7. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed four pounds of marijuana butter, 37 packs of marijuana gummies, and 10 marijuana chocolate bars. Troopers also seized $6,700 in cash. The contraband has an approximate street value of $5,200. The driver, Edwin A. Vega, 34, Cleveland, was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Cub Scouts explore Ohio Highway Patrol post

From the Chronicle Telegram:

Cub Scouts, drawn in by the lights and sirens of patrol cars and the opportunity to try on police gear, flocked Tuesday to the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol as part of a community outreach collaboration between the patrol and local scout troops.

It was the second time that the Elyria post has hosted Cub or Boy Scouts at the post and patrol Sgt. Tim Hoffman said the events provide an opportunity for police and children to foster a better relationship.

“It’s a positive interaction with police officers,” Hoffman said. more

UPDATE: Heroin Use Suspected in Clay Township School Bus Crash

From Fox 45:

 

State troopers say the driver responsible for a wreck involving a school bus showed signs she was high on heroin at the time of the crash.

It happened at the intersection of National Road and Diamond Mill Road on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Troopers say the female suspect driving a Pontiac Grand Prix, failed to stop at a stop sign and smashed into a Honda Civic- splitting it into two pieces. more

Troopers seize heroin in Scioto County

heroin

Troopers stopped a 2009 Dodge Journey, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 7 in Scioto County at 8:38 p.m., on November 6. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 76 grams of heroin located under the front passenger seat. The contraband has a street value of approximately $11,400. The driver, Anthony Hoosier, 46, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin.  

Troopers find cocaine, marijuana in Scioto County

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2014 Buick Regal, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 7, in Scioto County at 10:50 p.m. on November 7. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. The driver, Ivory L. Burton, 39, of Columbus surrendered a gram of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, troopers observed Burton removed 28 grams of crack cocaine from his pants and attempted to conceal it in the seat belt panel. The contraband has a street value of $2,765. Burton was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

Ohio State Highway Patrol addresses challenges for mature drivers

From the Logan Daily News:

For many, receiving their driver’s license at the age of 16 is an incredible milestone. It is a symbol of freedom and maturity, one of the first tangible steps into adulthood and independence.

However, as drivers age, seniors may find themselves dealing with complications while driving that they have never had to address before. For the first time in decades, factors that they may not be able to control might affect that independence that they have enjoyed for decades, making it difficult and unsafe for them to drive themselves to the places they need to be. more

Stats about drowsy driving prove being tired behind the wheel is more serious than you think

From the Huffington Post:

You would never drive drunk -- but would you drive drowsy? Turns out, fatigue behind the wheel is actually just as dangerous.

That's why, once again, the National Sleep Foundation is raising awareness with its Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, this year taking place Nov. 2 to 9. The weeklong campaign hopes to lower the number of motor vehicle accidents due to fatigue and make the roads a safer place overall. more

Survey Finds People Text and Drive Knowing Dangers

From Fox 28:

From Fox 28

Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway.

In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. Two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving.

More than a quarter of the texting drivers believed they "can easily do several things at once, even while driving."

The telephone survey of 1,004 U.S. adults was released Wednesday by AT&T Inc. as part of an anti-texting-and-driving campaign. AT&T designed the survey with David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and a professor at the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine. more

Troopers find Oxycodone and marijuana in Lawrence County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chevy Malibu, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 52 eastbound, near milepost 10 in Lawrence County at 8:57 p.m., on October 30. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine was utilized and gave a positive indication to the vehicle. Following the canine indication, the passenger handed over a baggie of suspected marijuana, weighing approximately two grams. During a frisk for weapons, troopers observed a large bulge in the back of the driver’s pants. The driver was questioned about the bulge and removed 349 Oxycodone pills, worth $10,244 from her person. The driver, Tegan Alexander, 23, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in Oxycodone, both second-degree felonies; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; obstruction, a first-degree misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.  

Know when to replace seatbelts, properly working belts save lives

From the Logan Daily:

Automobiles have many important features that are designed to keep motorists safe; one of the most important being the seat belt.

With seatbelts being used daily, they can require servicing and in some cases need replaced.

Seatbelts, like car seats and air bags, are considered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be single-use items. They are designed to work once, protecting passengers in the event of a crash. more

OSHP stepping up patrols for Halloween

From WTOV 9:

This Halloween weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired drivers to keep roadways safe.
And other law enforcement agencies are stepping up to do their part.

"Halloween this year falls on a Friday night, and we expect more people to be out driving along the roadways, kids walking along the roadways,” Lt. James Faunda of the OSHP said.

Spokespersons with the National Highway Traffic Safety administration say almost half (48 percent) of all vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night just a couple of years ago, in 2012, involved a drunk driver. That same year, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night. more

Law enforcement across Stark County 'all out for traffic safety' today

From the Alliance Review:

With 32 fatal crashes and 34 people killed to date this year in Stark County, law enforcement will participate in an "All Out for Traffic Safety" day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today to increase traffic safety awareness and visibility, in an effort to reduce traffic-related injury and deaths.

During the initiative, participating agencies will work together to increase traffic enforcement efforts across the county and get their traffic safety message out. more

Troopers seize Oxycodone Hydrochloride tablets thrown from vehicle

Oxycodone Hydrochloride

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze for a speed violation on October 26, at 5:43 p.m. on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 17 in Wyandot County. Before the stop was made, the driver, Norbet D. Horne, 23, of Ypsilanti, Mich., threw a golf ball sized object out of the passenger side window into a grassy median. Troopers searched the area and recovered the object, which contained 90 Oxycodone Hydrochloride tablets – worth approximately $2,250. Horne was incarcerated in the Wyandot County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony.

Troopers find Oxycodone in Skittles bag

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2004 Cadillac CTS, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 157 in Hancock County at 8:46 p.m., on October 24. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed 503 Oxycodone pills in a re-sealed skittles bag. The contraband has a street value of approximately $12,702. The passenger, Tanyetta A. Thomas, 20, of Southfield, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II drug, a second-degree felony. 

Be safe while celebrating this Halloween

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

No Halloween costume or decoration is as scary as the consequences of drunk driving. This Halloween, remember that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired drivers to keep roadways safe for travel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48 percent) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night. more

Troopers seize 28 pounds of marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop

Marijuana

Two individuals are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 28 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $127,000, following a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, with California registration, for a following too closely violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 135, at 12:00 p.m. on October 23. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 28 pounds of marijuana located in the rear cargo area. more

Cocaine seized by Troopers worth over $20,000

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Fusion, with an Ohio registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 130, in Erie County at 11:13 p.m., on October 22. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 283 grams of cocaine in a cooler cup on the rear floorboard. The contraband has a street value of approximately $23,772. The driver, Bryant Weeden, 34, of Cleveland was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers get involved with National School Bus Safety Week

From WTOV-9:

You may notice troopers trailing school buses in Jefferson County during the next few days.

It’s all part of National School Bus Safety Week. On Wednesday morning, a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wintersville Post drove behind, while another trooper climbed on board the bus with students from Buckeye Local. more

Exclusive Academy photos only on ODPS Instagram

Instagram

Follow @ohiodps on Instagram to get exclusive behind the scenes photos of Day 1 of training for the 157th Class!

New Edition of Flying Wheel magazine now available

Flying Wheel Cover

Featured in this issue:

Crime Lab -- Recent improvements support criminal patrol efforts

Retiree Gathering -- Hundreds of retirees and friends turn out for lunch at Patrol Academy

Torch Run -- Dozens of Patrol employees take part in 2014 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

 

Marijuana seized by Troopers in Hamilton County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2005 Toyota Solara, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 71 northbound near milepost 5, in Hamilton County at 11:55 a.m. on October 17. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two large plastic bags of marijuana, weighing more than a pound, located on the rear seat. The contraband has a street value of approximately $2,000. The driver, Joshua L. Hall, 29, of Cincinnati, was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize 260 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

Marijuana

Two individuals are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 260 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1.3 million, following a traffic stop in Wood County.

Troopers stopped two vehicles traveling together on October 16, at 1:33 p.m. on the Ohio Turnpike, eastbound, near milepost 77 in Wood County. The first vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, with Illinois registration, driven by Tiffany A. Samuels, 34, of Pittsburg, PA., was stopped for a following too closely violation. The second vehicle a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, with Texas registration, driven by Santos J. Romero, 37, of Las Vegas, Nev., was stopped for a marked lanes violation.  Upon contact with Romero, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed no contraband.  A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle driven by Samuels and a probable cause search revealed nine duffel bags containing the contraband. more

Troopers find hydroponic marijuana worth $25,000

Hydroponic Marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Nissan Altima, with Massachusetts registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 71, in Wood County at 9:04 a.m. on October 15. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five pound of hydroponic marijuana, worth $25,000 in a duffel bag in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Arthur S. Johnson, 38, of Burlington, Mass., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Patrol prepared for National School Bus Safety Week

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be participating in National School Bus Safety week, which runs October 20 through October 24. This year’s theme, “At My Stop, You Stop” reminds us that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus.

Throughout the week, troopers across the state of Ohio will be highly visible, enforcing the law in and around school zones and following school buses on their daily routes. In addition, troopers may be found riding on school buses looking for motorists passing the stopped school bus and other crash-causing violations. more

Teen drivers remain one of Ohio’s most at risk groups

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 19 - 25

Teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate amount of traffic crashes, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to using education, awareness and traffic enforcement to deter dangerous behavior on Ohio roadways. For that reason, the Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are partnering with the Ohio Department of Insurance to support Teen Driver Safety Week from Oct.19-25.

From 2011-2013, teen drivers were at fault in 99,132 traffic crashes. This resulted in 43,785 injuries and 288 deaths on Ohio’s roadways, representing 9 percent of all fatal crashes during the same time period. more

6-State Trooper Project emphasized speed, safety belt, OVI

The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued eight OVI arrests, 19 safety belt citations and 343 speed citations in the duration of the latest 6-State Trooper project. The initiative focused on the Interstate 70 corridor, beginning on October 10 at 12:01 a.m. and ending October 12 at 11:59 p.m. The Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol participated in the enforcement. more

Highway Patrol graduates 38 cadets in ceremony

The Patrol’s 156th Academy Class graduated today after 26 weeks of intense paramilitary training. The keynote address was provided by Sheriff Larry R. Mincks Sr., Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Additional remarks were provided by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Shawn Lee, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals. 

Courses completed by the 156th class included Core Values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations. more

Arnold Schwarzenegger Visits Ohio State Highway Patrol Museum: Oldies, but Goldies

From AutoEvolution:

Arnold

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently visited the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Academy and posed next to a couple of the classic vehicles the agency has in their museum. He might have been spending time with his $2 million Bugatti Veyron supercar, but that doesn’t mean the Terminator star is not fond of the vintage rides. more

6-State Trooper Project to kick-off multi-state enforcement effort this weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project in an effort to reduce unsafe driving behaviors. Troopers will be targeting safety belt, aggressive driving and impaired motorists along the Interstate 70 corridor. The initiative will take place from October 10 at 12:01 a.m. through October 12 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers find prescription pills, liquid codeine worth $9,506

Codeine, pills

Troopers stopped a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, with Kentucky registration, for a turn signal violation on the Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 195, in Wood County at 1:54 a.m. on October 3. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a two liter soda bottle containing liquid codeine, 99 Hydrocodone and 38 Oxycodone pills. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,506. The passenger, Tamara T. Sherley, 38, of Louisville, Ky., was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with two-count of trafficking and possession of drugs, all fourth-degree felonies and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Ohio cruiser voted best looking nationwide

OH Cruiser

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Release from the American Association of State Troopers:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently topped the competition in the national Best Looking Cruiser Contest, capturing just shy of 22,000 votes, with the West Virginia State Police trailing with 19,502 votes.  Representatives of the American Association of State Troopers will present the Best Looking Cruiser award to the OSHP on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. in the OSHP Academy Leadership Wing, prior to the patrol’s graduation ceremony.

The contest pitted patrol cars from all 49 states on the AAST Facebook page this summer.  Hawaii is the only state without a state police division. more

Troopers seize 126 grams of crack in Scioto County

Crack

Troopers stopped a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, with Illinois registration, for a following too closely violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 16, in Scioto County at 6:16 p.m., on October 4. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. The driver, Eric D. Turner, 24, of Columbus, Ohio was placed under arrest for giving a false identification. During a pat down for weapons of the passenger, Francesca R. Hickman, 26, of Columbus, Ohio, troopers discovered 126 grams of crack, worth approximately $12,600 on her person. Both were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in crack cocaine, both first-degree felonies.  

Troopers find marijuana, hash worth $19,700

Marijuana and hash

Troopers stopped a 1999 Chevy Cavalier, with West Virginia registration, for a following too closely violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 138, in Lorain County at 1:52 p.m. on October 2. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than four pounds of marijuana and 56 grams of hash in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has a street value of nearly $19,700. The passengers, Crystal Riley, 27, and Edward Walsh, 27, both of Augusta, W. Va. were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and hash, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers predict there will be an influx of deer on roads

From WTOV-TV:

With deer mating around the corner and bow season in full swing, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is sending a reminder to take a defensive approach to driving.

October and November are the two biggest months for deer crashes in the state of Ohio. This year, the OSHP is anticipating deer-related crash numbers to be even higher. Last year, the St. Clairsville Post alone handled 108 deer-related crashes. So far this year, they’ve handled 51. more

Trooper Reading Program Kicks off

From TheNewsCenter:

Trooper reading

A goldfish, a classroom of kindergarten students and a state trooper.

What do all three have in common? 

Well, it's called "Trooper Reading". more

"I-75 Challenge" resulted in speed, safety belt, OVI citations

COLUMBUS – Zero fatal crashes occurred on the Ohio stretch of Interstate 75 during the latest I-75 Challenge, a high-visibility enforcement involving law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers wrote 373 speed citations and 32 safety belt citations during the three-day period. Fifteen motorists were arrested for OVI. more

6-State Trooper Project emphasized Criminal Patrol, marijuana enforcement

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued 90 misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana and made 26 felony drug arrests during the latest 6-State Trooper Project. The initiative took place from Thursday, September 25 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. more

Troopers seized cocaine tossed from a car during pursuit

Cocaine and marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2004 Kia Spectra, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on September 30, at 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 76 eastbound, near milepost 2 in Medina County. Troopers attempted to stop the driver, Donantonio Long, 32, of Akron, when a short pursuit ensued. Trooper deployed road spikes to disable the vehicle. Long was seen tossing out two bags of cocaine during the pursuit, which were later recovered by troopers. Trooper also discovered a small amount of marijuana. The contraband has a street value of nearly $5,300. Long was incarcerated in the Medina county Jail and charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony.

Guernsey County students get message loud and clear: Distracted driving can have deadly consequences

From the Daily Jeffersonian:

Photo from the Daily Jefferson

Buckeye Trail high- and middle-school students recently learned the dangers associated with distracted driving while attending the "ThinkFirst" injury prevention program presented by Genesis Healthcare System's Trauma Services.

The program teaches students the deadly consequences of driving while distracted.

Genesis HealthCare System Trauma Services is one of only five hospitals in Ohio designated as a chapter of the ThinkFirst injury prevention program. more

Troopers find heroin, marijuana worth $38,000

Heroin and Marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Nissan Altima, with Florida registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 194 in Wood County at 12:00 p.m., on September 26. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search revealed five grams of marijuana in the right front door panel and a half a pound of heroin underneath the passenger side floor carpeting. The contraband has a street value of approximately $38,000. The driver, Kyreace Thomas, 22, of Detroit Mich., and passengers Demetrius Green, 25, Macomb Mich., and Tarenzo Allen, 25, of Inkster, Mich., were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers find various pills in Hancock County

Various pills

Troopers stopped a 2012 Hyundai Accent, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on the Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 158, in Hancock County at 11:41 p.m. on September 23. A consent search of the vehicle revealed 59 Oxycodone pills, 47 Alprazolam pills and 142 Morphine Sulfate pills. The contraband has a street value of approximately $3,726. The driver, Devontae A. Russell, 21, of Roseville, Mich., and passenger Lida E. Rutherford, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., were incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, a second-degree felony.

Troopers seize Codeine, marijuana in Miami County

Codeine

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2015 Kia Sorento, with North Carolina registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 73, in Miami County at 2:24 a.m. on September 22. A Miami County Sheriff Office’s drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a small amount of marijuana and two 16 ounce bottles of Codeine in the storage compartment in the vehicle. The driver, Beverly Young, 32, and passenger Shawneill Phillips, 34 both of Detroit Mich., were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule V substance, a fourth degree felony. Phillips was also charged with possession of marijuana, minor misdemeanor and Young was charged with OVI.

Patrol joins “The I-75 Challenge” with speed, safety belt, OVI focus

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will team up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for the third I-75 Challenge. The initiative begins Friday, September 26 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Troopers in Ohio will be focusing on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement during the initiative. more

6-State Trooper Project to emphasize Criminal Patrol, marijuana enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on marijuana and Criminal Patrol enforcement. The initiative will take place from Thursday, September 25 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

“The Ohio State Highway Patrol values our Criminal Patrol efforts highly,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By removing drugs from our roadways, we remove them from our communities and contribute to a safer Ohio.” more

2014 fatal crashes down, so far

In the first eight months of 2014, there have been 594 traffic fatalities in Ohio. This is 30 fewer traffic fatalities than in 2013 and 105 fewer than the previous 2-year average (2012-2013).

OVI-related fatal traffic crashes have also decreased so far in 2014. The first eight months of 2014 saw 175 OVI-related fatal traffic crashes that killed 190 people in Ohio. This is 25 fewer OVI-related fatal crashes than occurred in the same time span of 2013.

There are just over three months left in 2014. Help us finish strong and continue to see a reduction in fatal crashes. Partner with us by obeying all traffic safety laws, always buckling up and designating a sober driver.

Zanesville native commands the State Special Response Team

From WHIZ News:

A Zanesville native is leading the State Highway Patrol Special Response Team.

Staff Lieutenant Steve Rosta has been commander since 2000 and said they have one goal. Rosta addressed the noon Rotary Club of Zanesville on that mission Tuesday. 

"The mission is to save lives," Rosta said. "That's the number one mission that we have, and also we provide a lot of training for outside agencies, local, city and state and even federal too. On top of that we provide a service for the division where the call goes much higher than what a normal trooper would handle." more

Troopers seize marijuana, other drug paraphernalia in Wood County

Marijuana and items

Troopers stopped a 2000 Ford Contour, with Indiana registration, for speed and safety belt violations on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 197, in Wood County at 1:00 p.m. on September 18. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two pounds of marijuana, worth $9,100; containers of marijuana paste; a food saver machine; and other drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Joshua D. Jones, 25, and passenger, Vincent L. Hawkins, 25, both of Greensburg, Ind., were incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center. Both suspects were charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Jones was also charged with OVI.

Troopers seize nearly three million worth of marijuana in Clermont County traffic stop

Marijuana

An Ohio man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 651 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly three million dollars, following a traffic stop in Clermont County.

Troopers stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, with Ohio registration, for speed and following too closely violations on State Route 32 eastbound, near milepost 9, at 9:09 a.m., on September 18.  A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers nab attempted murder suspect

From the Morning Journal:

An Indiana man wanted for attempted murder was arrested by local law enforcement Sept. 17.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Milan Post were contacted by the Kosciusco Sheriff’s Office in reference to Abundio Lozano, a suspect wanted for attempted murder in Indiana. 
Using information given by the sheriff’s department to place the suspect, troopers spotted Lozano in a vehicle headed east on the Ohio Turnpike. Five troopers proceeded to conduct a traffic stop in Amherst Township to apprehend the suspect. more

Argo is the Most Dapper Dog of the Patrol!

Argo

The results are in, and we have a winner! You've chosen Argo as the best looking dog of the Patrol, with 2,091 likes cast by noon today. Congrats to Argo and all the canines of the Patrol, who are all deserving of our admiration.

Thank you to all who voted. As promised, we’ll release a video of Argo enjoying his special treat soon. Be on the lookout for it early next week!

Troopers seize 108 grams of heroin

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2002 GMC Sahara, with West Virginia registration, for a lane violation on U.S. 23, near milepost 9 in Scioto County at 12:29 a.m., on September 6. During interaction with the female passenger, she admitted to concealing heroin on her person. She voluntarily surrendered 108 grams of heroin, worth $16,200. Hope F. Morant, 67, of Detroit Mich.; Jeffrey Cannon, 43, and James Haverty, 40, both of Huntington, W. Va., were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

ODPS announces partnership with AT&T

ODPS parners with AT&T

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is partnering with AT&T to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be passing out info cards to new drivers with the message that #itcanwait, to promote a lifelong commitment to never texting and driving. The announcement was made on Sept. 10 in coordination with Ohio's first Safe Driving Awareness month.

Law enforcement teams up for summer operation in Ashtabula

From the U.S. Marshals Service:

Ashtabula, Ohio-The Ashtabula Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Investigative Unit, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, Ashtabula County Adult Probation, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted Operation “Summer Crush.”  The operation took place from August 7th to September 4th, 2014 in Ashtabula City and Ashtabula Township.  The operation targeted known violent offenders, wanted persons; impaired drivers, criminal interdiction patrol, liquor permit violations, and residential checks of probationers and parolees.

As a result of the cooperation between these law enforcement agencies 25 wanted fugitives were arrested.  There were over three hundred seventy traffic stops made, resulting in one hundred and eleven citations being written.  Ten of those citations were issued for OVI.   Twelve liquor permit premises were checked in Ashtabula City and Ashtabula Township.  These checks resulted in 12 administrative violations and 8 misdemeanor arrests from three premises. more

Below 100 video highlights importance of safety measures

Why is it important for law enforcement officers to take precautions like buckling up, wearing body armor and watching their speed? The testimonials in this video for Below 100 provide compelling reasons.


The Below 100 campaign aims for fewer than 100 line of duty deaths in one year, which has not occurred since 1944. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Attorney General's Office and Nationwide Insurance to bring Below 100 training to officers all over Ohio, free of cost.

Patrol made holiday safer

Editorial in the Columbus Dispatch:

While Ohioans relaxed on the symbolic final weekend of summer, state troopers were working hard to keep people alive and safe.

The State Highway Patrol ramped up enforcement over the long weekend, between Friday and Monday. The results are impressive, starting with fewer people dying in crashes on the highways. There were 11 crash-related fatalities over the past holiday weekend, down from 16 last year. more

Troopers seize 290 grams of marijuana in Clermont County

marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2001 Honda Accord, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 275 southbound near milepost 55, in Clermont County at 3:39 p.m. on August 30. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed ten individual bags of marijuana, weighing 290 grams, worth $2,000. The passenger, Goran Marjanovic, 21, of Cincinnati, Ohio admitted possession of the contraband and was incarcerated in the Clermont County Jail. Marjanovic was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Labor Day weekend fatalities down, OVI and drug arrests up

This Labor Day weekend, there was an increase in Patrol enforcement and a decrease in traffic crash fatalities. Eleven fatal crashes resulted in 11 deaths during the reporting period of midnight on Friday, August 29 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 1, compared to 16 fatalities during the four-day period in 2013.

Troopers increased enforcement for OVI, safety belts and drugs. Troopers arrested 804 people for OVI, an increase of 4.3 percent. Safety belt enforcement increased by 9.6 percent, and drug arrests increased by 31 percent. more

Troopers seize heroin, pills and marijuana in Scioto County

Various drugs

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford Fusion, with Illinois registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5 in Scioto County at 7:30 p.m., on August 29. Upon contact with the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana come from the vehicle and its occupants. During a pat down for weapons, troopers discovered a large object on the driver’s person. She voluntarily removed a package containing approximately 200 Alprazolam, 60 Oxymorphone, 60 Hydrocodone, eight grams of marijuana and a gram of heroin. The contraband has a street value of approximately $4,000. The driver, Katresa S. Reeves, 23, and passenger, Tyrone C. Ellis, 35, both from Detroit, Mich., were incarnated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of Oxymorphone, a third-degree felony, possession of Alprazolam and Hydrocodone, both fourth-degree felonies and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Reconstructing crashes about more than photos

From the Newark Advocate:

Hannah Sparling/The Advocate

A car crash can take only seconds to occur in reality, but it can take months for law enforcement agencies such as the Ohio Highway Patrol to piece together what happened.

Lt. Chris Kinn is the reconstruction commander for the patrol, overseeing the five sergeants and five troopers who are assigned to reconstruct crashes across the state.

Kinn said the officers in his division are called in cases of serious or fatal crashes or for crashes that result in high-value property damage. He said the injury crashes typically involve cases in which prosecution would be likely. more

Troopers seize stolen Oxycodone pills

Troopers stopped a 1995 Buick LaSabre, with West Virginia registration, for a following too closely violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 138 in Lorain County at 7:07 a.m. on August 28. During interaction with the passenger, troopers observed a plastic bag containing unknown pills on his person. The passenger, Marcus Ludy, 24, of Inkster, Mich., admitted he stole the pills from his grandmother, which were later identified as 90 Oxycodone pills, worth $2,160. He was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II drug and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Don’t drive impaired this Labor Day weekend

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Labor Day weekend tends to see a spike in traffic incidents, so the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up, keep focused on the road, and not drive impaired. During last year’s four-day holiday reporting period of August 30 through September 2, 16 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways, with 8 of those deaths involving an impaired driver.

Ohio’s roadways saw the safest year ever in 2013, and 2014 is on track to see even fewer fatalities from traffic-related crashes. more

Photos from 4th Annual Andrew Baldridge Softball Tournament

Andrew Baldridge Softball Tournament

Head to the Patrol's Facebook for photos from this year's Andrew Baldridge Softball Tournament.

Teams of current employees, retirees and immediate family members competed in two different divisions to raise funds for the Andrew Baldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Check out photos from the Retiree Cookout!

Retirees

Retirees gathered at the Academy on August 15 for a cookout, a tour of the new Thomas P. Charles Leadership Wing, and to catch up with old friends. Check out the photo album on Facebook here.

How well do you know the rules of school bus safety in Ohio?

This quick quiz is a great refresher.

Remember-- exercise patience, plan ahead to allow extra time for these school bus stops, and talk to your kids about school bus safety.

Brown County Safe Communities kicks off ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

Photo from News Democrat

From the News Democrat:

Brown County Safe Communities held its kickoff of the nationwide campaign of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Saturday, Aug.9 at the Mt. Orab Music in the Park.

This year’s campaign will run Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, covering the end of summer and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend. The goal is to present an unmistakable show of force, ready to discourage individuals from driving drunk and putting lives at risk. more

Troopers seize Morphine pills in Allen County

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata, with Florida registration, for speed, failure to signal and lane change violations on the Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 131, in Allen County at 12:27 p.m. on August 17. Troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. The passenger, Michael C Phillips-Edwards, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., was asked to exit the vehicle. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers discovered 343 Morphine pills, worth more than $3,400 on his person. Phillips-Edwards was charged with two-counts of possession of schedule II drugs, both second-degree felonies, and two-counts of possession of schedule II drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Delaware County Sheriff Offers A Glimpse Into OVI Arrests

From WBNS-10TV:

A demonstration in Delaware County is highlighting the consequences of drinking and driving. A tour through Delaware County is meant to show you how humiliating it is to be handcuffed, put into the back of a cruiser and carried through this sally port and into the jail. more

Troopers seize $136,000 worth of heroin in Hancock County traffic stop

Heroin

A Detroit man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $136,000 following a traffic stop in Hancock County.

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford Contour, with Virginia registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 159, at 12:49 a.m. on August 17. Criminal indicators were observed and a Findlay Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two pounds of heroin located under the air filter in the engine compartment. more

Vehicle theft operation results in arrest, pending charges

A joint vehicle theft operation conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Willard Police Department on August 16, 2014 resulted in the arrest of one individual and pending charges on several other subjects. The arrested individual is Eddie D Tackett Jr, 24, of Willard Ohio.  Mr. Tackett was charged by the Willard Police Department with theft of a motor vehicle, a felony of the 4th degree, and is awaiting court proceedings at this time. more

Troopers seize hydroponic marijuana worth $18,100

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Honda Civic, with North Carolina registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 159, in Hancock County at 10:50 p.m. on August 15. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. Troopers asked the occupants to exit the vehicle and during a pat-down for weapons, troopers discovered a small amount of marijuana and more than 6 grams of hashish on one of the occupants. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed individually wrapped vacuum sealed bags of hydroponic marijuana, weighing four pounds, worth approximately $18,100. The passenger, Mark Nour, 29, of Garner, N. C., admitted possession of the contraband and was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and possession of hashish, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Interested in becoming a Highway Patrol dispatcher?

The following dispatch centers are hiring:

Columbus Communications Center
Springfield/Dayton/Piqua
Delaware
Bowling Green
Wilmington/Lebanon/Batavia
Warren/Berea/Medina/Warren
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To apply, visit the job postings on careers.ohio.gov and search for "dispatcher."

Troopers find Oxycodone in Auglaize County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Toyota Corolla, with Ohio registration, for failure to signal violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 109 in Auglaize County at 10:50 a.m. on August 12. During interaction with the occupants, the passenger, Lebrika Mitchell, 22, of Detroit, Mich., admitted to concealing several prescription pills on her person. She voluntarily produced 150 Oxycodone pills, worth $5,500. Mitchell was incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, a second-degree felony.

Troopers target drivers from the air

Story from 10TV:

The next plane you spot flying above Fairfield County might be an Ohio State Highway Patrol aircraft looking for aggressive drivers.

Troopers are now utilizing their aviation division to try to prevent crashes after an uptick in deadly collisions. more 

Learn more about the Patrol's aviation section here.

Reducing law enforcement on duty deaths a priority for Ohio

Below 100

Nationwide Insurance presented protective vests to the Sugar Grove Police Department on August 11, kicking off Ohio’s involvement in a national effort to reduce the number of law enforcement officer deaths while on duty.

Below 100 aims for the number of line of duty deaths to drop below 100 in one year, which has not occurred since 1944. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the Buckeye State Sheriff’s’ Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Attorney General's Office and Nationwide to bring Below 100 training to officers in Ohio.

Check out the story from WBNS-10TV.

Troopers seize cocaine in Scioto County

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2014 Mitsubishi Galant for a marked lanes violation on August 8, at 9:57 p.m. on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8 in Scioto County. The driver, Jerome Saunders, 58, of Columbus, Ohio did not have a valid driver’s license and was asked to exit the vehicle. After exiting his vehicle, he threw an object into a nearby corn field. Troopers searched the area and recovered the object, which contained 48 grams of cocaine – worth more than $4,000. Saunders was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and drug trafficking, both first-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Patrol joins Ohio Law Enforcement in Cracking Down: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober

An estimated 10,000 lives would be spared each year if drunk driving was eliminated nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join other Ohio law enforcement agencies and thousands of highway safety partners throughout the nation to take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired driving. The enforcement effort begins Friday, August 15 and will last through Labor Day. During the enforcement period, more than 99 law enforcement partners have planned more than 8,400 enforcement hours. more

Troopers find Oxycodone in Hancock County

Troopers seized 139 Oxycodone pills after stopping a vehicle for a marked lanes violation on August 8 at 12:53 a.m. A 2007 Cadillac CTS with Michigan registration was pulled over by troopers on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 75 in Hancock County. During interaction with the occupant, troopers detected the odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed two prescription bottles containing the pills inside the glove box. Troopers also located a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana grinder in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of approximately $4,000. The driver, DeShawn Fordham, 28, of Mount Morris, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center. The suspect was charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, a third-degree felony.

Cleveland Indians host 3rd Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Photo from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

From the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund blog:

On Tuesday, August 5th the Cleveland Indians and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund held a special Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Progressive Field as the Indians completed a two-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately the Indians lost 9-2 at the game, but it was still a great night of baseball. more

I-90/94 Challenge Results

The I-90/94 Challenge, a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional initiative concluded Monday, August 4 after four days of increased law enforcement on the entire corridor, stretching 5,000 miles coast to coast. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to 19 crashes within the target area, one of which was fatal.

Troopers made 629 enforcement contacts and 268 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) contacts during the four day period as part of an increased focus on the area. more

Patrol has reminder on school bus safety

Story from the Van Wert Independent:

With the new academic year approaching for Ohio students, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be alert for stopped school buses that will soon be on the road again every weekday. Extra patience and attention will help make a safer school year for children statewide. more

Troopers find marijuana in Warren County

Marijuana

Troopers seized two pounds of marijuana after stopping a vehicle for an improper lane change violation on August 1 at 5:09 p.m. A rented 2014 Ford Taurus with Kentucky registration was stopped by troopers on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 38 in Warren County. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed the marijuana in a bag on the rear passenger floorboard. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,100. The driver, Garry L. Southall, 33, and passenger, Andre Marshall, 29, both of Middletown, Ohio were incarcerated in the Warren County Jail. Each suspect was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana in Allen County

Marijuana

Troopers seized two pounds of marijuana after stopping a vehicle for a marked lanes violation on July 31 at 2:01 p.m. A 2002 Chevrolet S10 pick-up truck with Ohio registration was stopped by troopers on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 125 in Allen County. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the marijuana behind the driver’s seat in a duffle bag. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,400. The driver, Nathaniel R. Baird, 20, of Toledo, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers find Oxycodone and marijuana in Hancock County

Oxycodone and marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Toyota Camry with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 158 in Hancock County at 1:37 a.m., on July 30. Criminal indicators were observed and a Findlay Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 479 Oxycodone pills and nearly eight grams of marijuana under the spare tire in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has a street value of approximately $12,000. The driver, Kareem Ameen-Haynes Walker, 25, of Clinton Township, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. 

Multi-state challenge kicks off to reduce traffic deaths and injuries

In an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will take part in the I-90/94 Challenge, a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional initiative from Friday, August 1 through Monday, August 4. The goal is zero fatalities and fewer than 300 total crashes across the entire Interstate 90/94 corridor during the four day period.

Ohio will band together with 14 other states to complement and enhance the effectiveness of existing local, state or federal highway safety effort.

Troopers will provide updates on the challenge with #9094challenge and encourage drivers to use the hashtag once they safely reach their destination. more

6-State Trooper Project enforcement effort a success

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a high-visibility enforcement effort focused on distracted driving from July 20 – 26. The multi-state initiative included members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

During the effort, officers in all six states issued nearly 2,000 citations related to distracted driving. more

OSHP Weighs In On Deadly Summer Crashes

Story from ABC 6:

 

It's been a dangerous summer on the roads and Ohio State Highway Patrol pieces together exactly what causes deadly car wrecks.

Lieutenant Chris Kinn with crash reconstruction said they walk through each crash scene and analyze what went wrong, using tools like the total station and the 3-D scanner.

Troopers seize Oxycodone and Oxymorphone in Scioto County

Oxycodone and oxymorphone

Troopers stopped a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, with Ohio registration, for a speed violations on US 23 southbound near milepost 7 in Scioto County at 11:30 p.m. on July 26. During interaction with the female occupant, she advised she had an item hidden in the front of her pants and handed it to troopers. The package contained 1,673 Oxycodone pills and 179 Oxymorphone pills, worth nearly $42,000. The driver, Randy Roberts, 29, of Southfield, Mich., and passenger, Robbin Roberts, 32, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in Oxycodone, both first-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in Oxymorphone, both second-degree felonies.

Troopers find heroin, drug paraphernalia and Oxycotin in Allen County

Troopers stopped a 1998 Mercedes Benz, with North Carolina registration, for following too closely and failure to signal violations on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 130, in Allen County at 10:13 a.m. on July 26. During interaction with the driver, consent to search the vehicle was granted. Troopers located four packets of heroin, drug paraphernalia and 100 capsules of crushed Oxycotin throughout the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $7,500. The driver, Ulysses Burrage Jr., 49, of Fayetteville, N.C. was incarcerated in the Allen county Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony; possession of a schedule II, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a minor misdemeanor.

Troopers seize Hydromorphone, marijuana in Fairfield County

Ecstasy

Troopers stopped a 2014 Nissan Altima, with Michigan registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on US 33 eastbound near milepost 21 in Fairfield County at 8:22 p.m. on July 26. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger also handed over a small amount of marijuana to the trooper. A probable cause search revealed 1,152 Hydromorphone pills under the plastic liner in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Denean Brown, 37, and passenger, John Solomon, 38, both of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking of a schedule I drug, both first-degree felonies.

OSHP at the Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Troopers are providing security for the Ohio State Fair, which is held in Columbus and runs from July 23 to August 3. When you visit, stop by our booth in the Bricker Building to take pictures with our cardboard cutouts, see a cruiser and motorcycle up close and more.

Statistics of 2014 show increase in law enforcement officer fatalities

From the American Association of State Troopers:

According to a report released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 67 officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2014—a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.

Of these 67 officers, 26 were killed in traffic-related incidents; 25 were killed by gunfire; and 16 died due to job-related illnesses and other causes.

Six were state troopers.

Motorists, please drive safely and help protect our state troopers and other law enforcement officers.

For OSHP traffic updates, sign up for Nixle

Nixle

Interested in receiving up-to-the-minute traffic updates from the Ohio State Highway Patrol? Sign up for Nixle, a mass notification system that sends geolocated information to you through phone, email or on the web. It’s a great way to stay informed and safe—and it’s totally free for you.

You can sign up by texting your zipcode to 888777 or looking for the Nixle widget on the right side of statepatrol.ohio.gov. For more information on how Nixle works, visit http://www.nixle.com/howitworks.html.

A little fashion with your speeding ticket

Story from Columbus CEO:

Should you be unfortunate enough to break a traffic law on Ohio’s state roads, at least you know you’ll be receiving your ticket in style. more

Celebrate Maria's Message Night with the Columbus Clippers this Sunday

Story from 10tv.com:

Sunday, July 27th is Maria’s Message night at Huntington Park. Join 10TV’s Dom Tiberi on Sunday to spread Maria’s Message. Since losing his daughter last year in a tragic distracted driving accident, Dom has make it his mission to educate teens and adults about the dangers of distracted driving.

For every special offer redeemed, the Columbus Clippers will donate $3 to the Maria Tiberi Foundation. more

6-State Trooper Project to kick-off multi-state enforcement effort this weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus efforts on distracted driving enforcement statewide. The high-visibility enforcement effort begins Sunday, July 20 at 12:01 a.m. and continues through Saturday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. more

Want to be a Trooper?

Now is your chance! We are currently accepting applications for Highway Patrol Cadets. Head to the recruitment tab to learn about requirements, benefits and more. The application can be found here.

OSHP wins Best Looking Cruiser Contest

OSHP cruiser

Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for us! We have won the title of Best Looking Cruiser, and besides earning bragging rights, we'll be featured on the cover of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) National Newsletter.

Troopers seize crack cocaine, heroin and pills

Crack cocaine, heroin, pills

Troopers stopped a 1996 Jeep Cherokee with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on Rosemount Road in Scioto County at 10:26 p.m., on July 8. During interaction with the passenger, she admitted to having contraband concealed on her person. She voluntarily removed 54 grams of crack cocaine, a gram of heroin and two suspected ecstasy pills. The contraband has a combined total of approximately $4,720. The driver, Devon Fortune, 31, of Detroit, Mich., and passenger, Henrietta Smith, 40, of Huntington, West Va., were charged with possession of crack cocaine, a first-degree felony, possession of heroin and a schedule I substance, both fifth-degree felonies.

Highway Patrol Puts Potential Recruits to the Test

Story from Fox28

Monday was the first day of recruitment for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Troopers said, in years past, roughly 2500 people apply to go to the cadet academy. Of those applicants, troopers said only about 100 are admitted. more

New Edition of the Safer Ohio magazine now available

Featured in this issue:

The Safer Ohio Initiative, Homeland Security's Surveillance Towers, Elderly Fall Prevention and the OCJS Community Initiative to Reduce Violence more

New Edition of Flying Wheel magazine now available

Featured in this issue:

The Patrol's Memorial Ceremony, A Look Back at the Riot at the Ohio Pen and the Patrol's Longest Serving Employee Retires after 55 years of service more

Troopers seize 100 grams of heroin

Troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Escape, with Michigan registration, for marked lanes and speed violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5, in Scioto County at 7:09 p.m., on July 3. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 100 grams of heroin, worth approximately $15,000 in the center console. The driver, Donna Wheeler, 54, and passenger, Dinitra Montague, 21, both of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail. Both women were charged with possession and trafficking of heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Patrol arrested 749 for OVI over July Fourth weekend

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges over this Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday, July 3 and ended Sunday, July 6. During the reporting period, the Patrol made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts, which included assisting more than 4,700 motorists. more

Troopers seize two pounds of marijuana in Wood County

Troopers stopped a 2002 Kia Spectra, with Ohio registration, for speed and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 199, in Wood County at 12:44 p.m., on July 1. Upon approaching the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed three freezer bags of marijuana, weighing approximately two pounds, worth nearly $9,100. The passenger, Harold E. Taylor, 32, of Mansfield, Ohio was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Patrol warns against drinking and driving this July Fourth

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers the entire Fourth of July weekend, which begins Thursday, July 3 and ends Sunday, July 6. Their zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways. more

Ohio Troopers Utilize New Technology To Keep Roads & Drivers Safe

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Troopers find Xanax in Hancock County

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Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Ford Focus, with Michigan registration, for a taillight violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 160 in Hancock County at 1:09 a.m. on June 29. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hancock County drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 620 Xanax pills, worth approximately $3,100 in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also discovered $1,753 in the driver’s purse. The driver, Keisha E. Sullivan, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule IV substance, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize Oxycodone in Hancock County

Troopers stopped a rented 2012 Nissan Altima, with Kentucky registration, for a headlight violation in Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 167 in Hancock County at 9:06 p.m. on June 27. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hancock County drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 310 Oxycodone pills, worth nearly $7,500. The driver, Ronnie L. Gohston, 53, of Anniston, Ala, and passenger, Stephanie M. Slaughter, 33, of Elkhart, Ind., were incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony.

33 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

Basic Class fully-funded using Casino Training Funds

Members of the 131st Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held this morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 33 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 19 Ohio agencies. The 131st Basic Peace Officer Class utilized Ohio casino training funds to cover training costs for a Basic Peace Officer training course. more

Troopers seize suspected counterfeit perfume, worth nearly $68,000

Troopers stopped a 2001 Ford Econoline Van, with New York registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 westbound, near milepost 75, in Sandusky County at 8:53 p.m., on June 12. Criminal indicator were observed and consent to search was asked for and granted. During the consent search, troopers discovered suspected counterfeit perfume, worth nearly $68,000 located in the cargo area of the van. The suspect, Idees Mushtaq, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail and charged with criminal simulation and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degreed felonies.

Suspect arrested after fleeing and throwing crack and Rx pills from vehicle

Troopers stopped a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, with Pennsylvania registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 187 in Portage County at 4:24 p.m., on June 10. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a pat down for weapons, the front seat passenger got into the vehicle and fled the scene. A short pursuit ensued, during which the suspect threw a bag from the vehicle containing 30 grams of crack and 26 Ecstasy pills and then the suspect pulled over without further incident. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two bags of marijuana. The contraband has a combined total of approximately $2,500. The driver, Taquoya Alvarado, 25, and passenger, Antonio Gardner, 30,  both of New Castle, Pa., were incarcerated in the Portage County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in aggravated drugs, both first-degree felonies; failure to comply and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies and trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize cocaine in Scioto County

Troopers stopped a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5, in Scioto County at 5:14 p.m., on June 11. Upon contact with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle and passenger revealed 124 grams of cocaine and 2 grams of marijuana. The combined total of the contraband has a street value of approximately $10,500. The passenger, Anthony D. Duff, 38, of Toledo, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

Patrol seize 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million

Second-largest recorded Patrol marijuana seizure

Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million following a traffic stop in Preble County. This is the second-largest marijuana seizure in Patrol history. The largest seizure occurred in 2005 when troopers seized 3,181 pounds of marijuana in Preble County. more

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Trooper find hydroponic marijuana in Fairfield County

Troopers stopped a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on US 33 eastbound, near milepost 21, in Fairfield County at 1:25 p.m., on June 11. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. When questioned about the odor, the driver produced three pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth $15,000. The driver, Atesha M. Smith, 31, Montgomery, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. 

Trooper seize marijuana during traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike

Troopers stopped a 2013 Hyundai Accent, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 139 in Lorain County at 4:38 p.m., on June 9. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a soft sided cooler containing nearly a pound of marijuana. The driver, Lamar Chase, 38, of Wickliffe, Ohio and passenger, Karyne M. Toutant, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Interactive Texting and Driving PSA going viral

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Volkswagen decided to try a new method to get drivers' attention about the dangers of texting behind the wheel, putting them in the middle of an interactive PSA They worked with a movie theater in Hong Kong, surprising movie-goers with a first hand look at how fast a crash can happen. Instead of movie previews, the first thing the audience saw was the view behind the wheel as a car went down a road. Then, using location-based technology, they sent a text message to every cellphone in the theater. Within seconds of the audience members looking away from the screen to pull out their phones, the car crashed, startling the entire theater.

Indiana woman arrested with 271 Xanax pills

Troopers stopped a 2004 Jeep Liberty, with Indiana registration, for a speeding violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 131 in Allen County at 12:42 p.m., on June 2. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two grams of marijuana and 271 Xanax pills located in the passenger’s purse. The contraband has an approximately street value of $3,300. The driver, Jessika J. Fox, 22, of Indianapolis, Ind., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

West Virginian arrested for possession of $10,000 worth of Rx pills

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, with West Virginia registration, for several traffic violations on State Route 160 southbound, near milepost 4 in Gallia County at 8:28 p.m., on May 31. Troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Troopers also observed marijuana in plain view. During a pat down for weapons, troopers discovered 265 Oxycodone pills, worth $10,000 on the suspect’s person. The driver, Rubin A. Mitchell, 28, of Huntington, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize marijuana and cash

Troopers stopped a 2002 Acura, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 9 in Hamilton County at 8:58 p.m., on June 2. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $14,000 on the rear passenger floorboard. Troopers also located $14,916 in cash in the center console. The driver, David E. Gretchen, Jr., 34, of Hamilton, Ohio was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Detroit man arrested for possession of Rx pills following traffic stop

Troopers stopped a 1999 Dodge Intrepid, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on the Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 158, in Hancock County at 1:51 a.m. on May 29. During interaction with the driver, he admitted to driving under suspension. During an administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed 120 Percocet pills and 12 Xanax pills in a gym bag in the vehicle’s truck. The contraband has an approximate street value of $1,032. The driver, Saudi Calvin, 40, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. Calvin was also charged with driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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6-State Trooper Project enforcement effort a success

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a high-visibility enforcement effort focused on safety belt use from May 19 – 26.  The multi-state initiative included members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. more

Patrol releases their 2013 Operational Report with state, district and county enforcement data and statistics

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Patrol apprehends armed robbery suspect

On May 27, at approximately 9:50 a.m. the Citizens National Bank in Bridgeport, Ohio was robbed at gun point. The suspect described as a white male, wearing blue sweat pants and a red t-shirt fled on foot down an ally. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol St. Clairsville Post responded to the area to assist with searching for the suspect. At approximately 9:52 a.m., troopers located this suspect walking on County Road 24 away from the area where the robbery had occurred. Troopers approached the suspect, ordered him to the ground and took him into custody without further incident. Deputies with Belmont County Sheriff’s Office located the loaded handgun in the ally behind the bank. The investigation is ongoing.

Police methods for destroying drug evidence vary

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Cardboard boxes and paper envelopes packed with marijuana, cocaine and other drugs line warehouse-style shelves at the State Highway Patrol’s Ohio crime laboratory, where seizures large and small are stored for safekeeping for sometimes years until they’re no longer needed as evidence.

Then comes a tricky task: How do you destroy it all? more

Troopers seize marijuana, plants and marijuana edibles from Michigan Man

Troopers stopped a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 34, in Warren County at 11:09 a.m. on May 22. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable caused search revealed three pounds of hydroponic marijuana, 10 pounds of marijuana butter, three marijuana chocolate bars and 18 marijuana gummies. Troopers also discovered two marijuana plants on the rear floorboard. The contraband has an approximate street value of $65,000. The driver, Robert Vargason, Jr., 57, of Inkster, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana from West Virginians

Troopers stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 134, in Lorain County at 5:01 p.m. on May 21. During contact with the occupants, criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1.5 pounds of high grade marijuana inside two vacuum sealed bags contained within a dog food bag in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $3,750. The suspects, Heather Zema, 33, and Jeffrey Taylor, 32, both of New Cumberland, W.Va., were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers seize Rx pills from Michigan man

Troopers stopped a 2009 Kia Spectra, with Kentucky registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 30 in Warren County at 1:53 a.m. on May 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers observed in plain view a marijuana cigarette on the center console. A probable cause search revealed three containers with false compartments inside containing 805 Hydrocodone pills, worth approximately 5,000. The driver, Frank Ennis, 40, of Warren Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, a second-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

Troopers Launch Personal Campaign Telling Drivers to #MoveOver

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Law enforcement agencies across the country are using personal messages to get the word out to drivers to "move over". The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined the movement, posting a picture of a Sergeant Vincent Shirey and his 5-month-old daughter holding a sign that reads, "Make sure my dad comes home tonight. #moveover" "We've had more troopers killed being struck by vehicles then we have troopers killed by gunfire," said Sergeant Shirey. In Ohio, the law requires that you move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. That includes tow trucks and other service vehicles. more

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