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February 23, 2018

Patrolman Sterner

In Remembrance

Patrolman Sterner, a member of the Findlay post, was in pursuit of a speeding motorist on State Route 15 in Hancock County when another driver pulled across State Route 37 directly in his path. In attempting to avoid a collision with the vehicle on State Route 37, the officer lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a culvert.

February 23, 2018

Patrol Announces 2017 Leadership Awards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the recipients of their 2017 Leadership Awards today. Read More.

February 22, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $10,000 worth of marijuana in Summit County

On February 16, 2018, troopers stopped a 2002 Volkswagen Passat with Michigan registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. During interaction with the occupants, the suspects admitted to possessing 4 pounds of high grade marijuana worth $10,000. The suspects, Eric W. Versen, 28, and Jessica R. Reager, 32, both from Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

February 20, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $12,142 worth of marijuana in Van Wert County

On February 14, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Toyota Camry with Indiana registration for a speed violation on U.S. 30 in Van Wert County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt and raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana on the floorboards and approximately 5 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $12,142. The driver, D. Osha Berumen, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Berumen was incarcerated in the Van Wert County Jail.

February 20, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol removes $52 million in drugs from Ohio's roadways in 2017

From The News-Herald – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers through their continued efforts to look beyond the plates prevented $52,418,987 worth of drugs in 2017 from reaching Ohio communities. Read More.

February 16, 2018

Expect more troopers on I-75 this weekend

From Enquirer – Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky are working together to crack down on speeding and impaired driving on Interstate 75 this weekend, officials said. Read More.

February 16, 2018

Four from Cleveland indicted for trafficking Oxycodone and hundreds of pounds of marijuana; five firearms and $2.1 million seized

From the U.S. Attorney's Office – Four Cleveland men were named in a 25-count federal indictment that charges they conspired to distribute at least 220 pounds of marijuana and 345 pills of Oxycodone, law enforcement officials said. Read More.

February 15, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $10,980 worth of crack, heroin and fentanyl in Summit County

On February 13, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Infinity with Georgia registration for a license plate violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a pat-down, both the driver and passenger voluntarily removed plastic bags containing crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl from their persons. The contraband has an approximate street value of $10,980. The suspects, Tyron Adams, 23, and Kamarr James, 23, both from Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

February 13, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize 48 pounds of marijuana in Summit County

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February 12, 2018

Auxiliary

Congratulations to the 2018 Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary Class

The OSHP Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force which provides assistance to troopers in the course of their duties. Among the duties of an Auxiliary officer are crash scene and traffic stop assistance, traffic control, disaster relief and special detail support.

February 8, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $90,000 worth of cocaine in Summit County

On February 7, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2018 Chevrolet Malibu with Florida registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a duffel bag containing more than 2 pounds of cocaine worth $90,000. The driver, Pedro L. Valle, 30, and passenger, Miguel A. Dejesus, 31, both of Bridgeport Conn., were charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

February 7, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $100,000 worth of methamphetamine in Madison County

On January 26, 2018, troopers stopped a 2009 Dodge Avenger with Oklahoma registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 in Madison County. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver was removed from the vehicle. The passenger got into the driver's seat and fled until the vehicle was disabled by stop sticks. A search of the vehicle revealed 10 pounds of methamphetamine worth $100,000 and a loaded handgun. The suspects, Irene Vanderburg, 23, and Paul Lindahl, 52, both from Oklahoma City, both were charged with possession of schedule I substance, a second-degree felony, carrying concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony and failure to comply, a third-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail.

February 5, 2018

Patrol's effective traffic enforcement yields drug arrests

In 2017, the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated a wide range of felony offenses and saw an increase in total drug arrests from 2016. Read More

February 2, 2018

Troopers

In December, Sergeant Jacob T. Tidaback witnessed a head-on crash in Huron County. He quickly approached the vehicle and observed the driver was unresponsive. A fire broke out in the engine compartment and Sgt. Tidaback removed the driver. Witnesses provided assistance to the driver as he extinguished the fire. Sgt. Tidaback provided CPR for the driver until EMS arrived. Despite his efforts, the driver later passed away. For his actions, Sgt. Tidaback was presented with a Certificate of Recognition.

February 2, 2018

Troopers seize $7,700 worth of prescription pills in Pickaway County

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On January 28, 2018, troopers stopped a 2001 Buick with South Carolina registration for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 in Pickaway County. During interaction with the driver, signs of impairment were observed and the driver was subsequently arrested for OVI. A search incident to arrest revealed 144 Adderall pills, 146 Tramadol pills and 95 Clonazepam pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,700. The driver, Jeremy D. Sims, 36, of McConnells, S.C., was charged with trafficking in drugs, a third, fourth and fifth degree felony, possession of drugs, a third-degree felony and possession of drugs, two first-degree misdemeanors. He was incarcerated in the Pickaway County Jail.

February 2, 2018

Fans don't let fans drive drunk

From the Jackson County Times-Journal – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging fans to be safe this Sunday by refraining from driving impaired. Read More

February 1, 2018

ACE and Criminal Patrol Awards

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Congratulations to the winners of Ace and Criminal Patrol Awards who were recognized today! These troopers worked diligently to look "beyond the plate" in order to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.

February 1, 2018

Seven K9 units graduated today from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy

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Graduates include: K9 Rexey with Trooper James Baker from the Cleveland District, K9 Xaro with Trooper Griffin Kelley from the Cleveland District, K9 Zeus with Trooper John Lamm from the Warren District, K9 Mickey with Trooper Matthew Atwood from the Jackson District, K9 Rocky with Trooper Timothy Markowski from the Jackson District and K9 Zarra with Officer Kyle Jacobs from the Whitehall Police Department. (Not pictured: K9 Atos with Trooper Colt Browne from the Bucyrus District)

January 31, 2018

Troopers seize $90,000 worth of hydroponic marijuana in Portage County

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On January 28, 2018, troopers stopped a 2016 Ford Explorer with Texas registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Portage County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a duffle bag containing 18 pounds of hydroponic marijuana worth $90,000. The driver, Welquis Lopez, 38, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Portage County Jail. Lopez was charged with felony possession and trafficking in marijuana.

January 29, 2018

Troopers seize 72 pounds of marijuana

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On January 24, troopers stopped a 2012 Chevy Malibu with Tennessee registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 80 in Lucas County. The driver, Abraham Valdovinos-Lopez, 32, of Guadalajara, Mexico, did not have a valid driver license. An administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed 72 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $168,120. Read More

January 25, 2018

Pickaway County man pleads guilty to transporting illegal aliens from Mexico

Two cousins have each been charged in the Southern District of Ohio with unlawfully transporting illegal aliens, primarily Mexican citizens, within the United States. Read More

January 25, 2018

Troopers seize 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in Miami County

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Georgia man after a traffic stop in Miami County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana valued at approximately $226,950. Read More

January 24, 2018

Troopers seize $96,000 worth of marijuana in Cuyahoga County

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On January 22, 2017, troopers stopped a 2015 Jeep Patriot with Georgia registration for speeding and marked lanes violations on Interstate 71 in Cuyahoga County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 24 pounds of marijuana worth $96,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Jessica Strother, 28, of Cleveland, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Strother was incarcerated in the Medina County Jail.

January 23, 2018

Human trafficking: Ohio State Highway Patrol taking part in multi-state initiative

From the News-Herald – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is collaborating with the Indiana State Police, Michigan State Police, Illinois State Police and Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking. Read More

January 22, 2018

138th Cleveland Basic Class graduates 38 officers

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Please join us in congratulating the members of the 138th Basic Peace Officer Class who graduated after 22 weeks of training. The 38 graduates represent 23 agencies across Ohio. Read More

January 12, 2018

Troopers encouraging commercial vehicle safety

From the Record-Courier – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to drive safely when sharing the road with commercial vehicles. Read More

January 11, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol honors local troopers for saving boy from choking

From the Vindicator – A pair of Ohio State Troopers were recognized for their actions that helped save a young boy. Read More

January 11, 2018

Driver indicted in serious crash involving heroin, school bus in Clayton

From Dayton Daily News – A woman suspected of using heroin before a crash involving a school bus that split another car in two was indicted today. Read More

January 11, 2018

Troopers seize $5,000 worth of marijuana in Lucas County

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On January 9, 2018, troopers stopped a 2003 Ford F-150 with Ohio registration for following too close on Interstate 475 in Lucas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 493 grams of marijuana worth $5,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Ryan Scheerer, 43, of Fremont, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

January 10, 2018

Regional law enforcement visits DEA Intelligence Center

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From the Lima News – Law enforcement officials from Ohio and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrived in Texas Dec. 12 to visit the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center. Read More

January 10, 2018

Troopers seized $18,132 worth of heroin in Lucas County

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On January 8, 2018, troopers stopped a 2012 Toyota Camry with Illinois registration for following too close and turn signal violations on Interstate 80 in Lucas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 151 grams of heroin worth $18,132 in the vehicle's trunk. The driver, Balford Reid, 39, and passenger, Larry Neal, 46, both from Chicago, were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. Both suspects were incarcerated in the Lucas County Justice Center.

January 8, 2018

Troopers seized $19,494 worth of marijuana in Preble County

Marijuana January 5

On January 4, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 GMC Savanna van with Indiana registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 in Preble County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed eight vacuum-sealed bundles of hydroponic marijuana weighing more than 7 pounds locked in the cargo compartment. The contraband has an approximate street value of $19,494. The driver, David A. Cole, 48, of Unionville, Ind., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Cole was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail.

January 8, 2018

Trooper seized $6,350 worth of marijuana in Erie County

Marijuana January 5

On January 5, 2018, troopers came upon a disabled 2002 Toyota with Ohio registration on Interstate 80 eastbound in Erie County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana weighing more than 2 pounds worth $6,350. The driver, Tyler J. Pitts, 27, of, Parma, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Pitts was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

January 5, 2018

awards

In November, Trooper Donte' M. Hanns observed a car emitting smoke that had been involved in a crash near Fremont. Nurse Ginger Havlin was on scene and rendered first aid. While they attempted to free the driver, the car caught fire. Trooper Hanns then broke the window and was able to remove the driver before the car became engulfed in flames. For their lifesaving actions, Ginger Havlin and Trooper Hanns were presented with a Certificate of Recognition.

January 3, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol reports fewer holiday traffic deaths

From the Youngstown Vindicator – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths were down compared to last year during the just-concluded extended holiday weekends. Read more

January 2, 2018

Troopers seize 70 pounds of marijuana in Fulton County

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On December 31, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition for a speed violation on Interstate 80. Criminal Indicators were observed and a Wauseon Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 70 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $318,000. Read more.

December 18, 2017

State troopers team up to return woman's lost purse

From the Sandusky Register – April Smith thought she’d lost her six-year old son’s $250 worth of Christmas money when she left her purse on the side of the road while driving through Erie County on Christmas Day. Read more

December 27, 2017

Ohio State trooper, good Samaritans honored for life-saving efforts in Grafton Township

From Cleveland 19 News – The Ohio State Highway Patrol honored a trooper and two bystanders at a ceremony for their efforts toward saving a man's life. Read more

December 21, 2017

Highway Patrol to focus on impaired drivers this holiday season

Troopers will focus enforcement efforts to remove impaired drivers from roadways over the holiday season. Read more

December 21, 2017

Troopers seize hydroponic marijuana, marijuana brownies and solid hashish in Miami County

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On December 21, 2017, troopers stopped a 2004 Jeep Cherokee with Michigan registration for speed and turn signal violations on Interstate 75 in Miami County. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver admitted to having personal use of marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed more than 3 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, marijuana brownies and more than 18 grams of solid hashish in the rear cargo area. The contraband has an approximate street value of $10,215. The driver, Patrick Green, 59, of West Branch, Mich., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of hashish and criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. Green was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

December 19, 2017

Troopers seize 251 grams of heroin in Hamilton County

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On December 19, 2017, troopers stopped a 2017 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with Ohio registration for a registration violation on Northland Boulevard in the city of Springdale in Hamilton County. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed 251 grams of heroin under the driver's seat. The contraband has an approximate street value of $37,650. The driver, Hector Carillo, of Mexico, was charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. Carillo was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Jail.

December 20, 2017

138th Cleveland Basic Class

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Please join us in congratulating the 138th Cleveland Basic Class on completion of their training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

December 20, 2017

Patrol Holds Promotions Ceremony

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Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Back row (left to right): Lieutenant Jonathan A. Gray and Sergeant Joshua Beynon. Middle Row (left to right): Sergeant Michael Mahaffey and Sergeant Timothy B. Williamson. Front row (left to right): Chemical Laboratory Supervisor 2 Nicholas J. Baldauf and Lieutenant Eric S. Damron.

December 12, 2017

Troopers seize more than $19,000 worth of contraband in Preble County

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On December 12, 2017, troopers stopped a 2009 Mazda 3 MX3 with West Virginia registration for an improper lane change on Interstate 70 in Preble County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than 6 pounds of marijuana, 46 grams of solid hashish and drug paraphernalia. Troopers also located 2 grams of methamphetamine and a pipe on the driver's person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $19,353. The driver, Jeramie D. Walker, 38, of Marietta, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of solid hashish, a fourth-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Walker was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail.

December 18, 2017

Troopers seize 120 pounds of marijuana in Preble County

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A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized $330,000 of marijuana in a Preble County traffic stop. Read more.

December 15, 2017

The Ohio State Highway Patrol St. Clairsville Post is collecting new toys for children spending the holiday at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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December 15, 2017

Union Local High School receives award for safety belt usage

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On December 15, 2017, Union Local High School was presented with an award for the highest safety belt usage among student drivers and passengers. Troopers from the Saint Clairsville Post completed unannounced surveys at seven Belmont County High Schools. Union Local students had an 86% usage rate and received a billboard, sponsored by United Dairy, adjacent to the high school that announced their accomplishment. McDonald's also provided "Be Our Guest" cards for a free sandwich to the student drivers and passengers who were wearing safety belts as they entered the school parking lot. During a presentation, Lieutenant James Faunda spoke to the students about the importance of wearing a safety belt and Staff Lieutenant Steven Rine encouraged them to strive for 100% usage.

December 14, 2017

Youngstown U.S. Air Force Reserve unveils new nose art, from the Youngstown Vindicator

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On December 6, 2017, troopers stopped a 2002 Honda Odyssey with New Hampshire registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 70 in Madison County. Read more

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