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September 22, 2018

In remembrance

Patrolman Hossler

Patrolman Hossler was the victim of a fatal traffic crash while on routine patrol north of De Graff in Logan County. He was stationed at the Bellefontaine post.

September 21, 2018

Law enforcement working on strategies to get in front of next wave of drug crisis

From Fox28
Law enforcement from 17 states across the Midwest and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency are coming together to discuss drug interdiction and the "battle against illicit drugs." More.

September 20, 2018

Cruiser Struck

Patrol seeks driver who struck a Patrol cruiser

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking the public for assistance in locating or identifying a commercial vehicle that struck a Patrol cruiser and fled on the Ohio Turnpike early this morning. Read More.

September 20, 2018

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will conduct an OVI checkpoint in Erie County. Drive sober!

September 19, 2018

Eight people from Akron indicted trafficking methamphetamine and heroin

From the U.S. Attorney's Office
Eight people from Akron were indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and heroin. More.

September 18, 2018

'Carteens' program in Juvenile Court helps teen drivers

From the Record-Courier
Portage County Juvenile Court, with the assistance of the Ohio State University Extension Office of Portage County and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, works with juveniles who commit either waiverable traffic offenses or, in some cases, non-waiverable offenses. More.

September 17, 2018

State trooper pulls unconscious driver from burning van on I-75

From WHIO
A state trooper pulled an unconscious driver from a van that crashed and caught fire on Interstate 75 North near Troy Monday afternoon, according to investigators. More.

September 17, 2018

Promotions 9-17

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front row (L-R): Sergeant Brian K. Spackey and Lieutenant Brian M. Vail. Back row (L-R) Lieutenant Nicholas A. Lunsford; Staff Lieutenant Karla M. Taulbee; Auxiliary Lieutenant Colonel W. Jason Sanford, Auxiliary commander; Sergeant Evan D. Mace and Sergeant James C. Belcher.

September 17, 2018

Don't text and drive

From the Herald-Star
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, local business owners and Steubenville High School students on Friday kicked off the patrol's annual program urging drivers of all ages not to text while driving. More.

September 14, 2018

Eleven people indicted for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and methamphetamine from Texas to Akron

From the U.S. Attorney's Office
Eleven people were indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine from Texas to the Akron area. More.

September 13, 2018

Ohio State Patrol arrests jewelry store thieves

From Your Hometown Stations
A trio of suspected jewelry store robbers gets caught in Botkins after a trooper spots their vehicle driving down I-75. More.

September 7, 2018

Agency leaders highlight collaboration

From the Times-Gazette
Leaders from multiple public safety agencies took time during a Wednesday panel to say their work is strengthened by strong relationships with each other. More.

September 6, 2018

Trooper helps stranded motorist get to job interview on time

From Fox45Now
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper said he was just doing his job when he helped a stranded motorist get to a job interview on time. More.

September 5, 2018

September declared Safe Driving Awareness Month

From WTVG
September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to commit to driving buckled, focused and sober. More.

September 4, 2018

Meth and Marijuana

Troopers seize $6,638 worth of cocaine in Stark County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Stark County. Troopers seized marijuana and 32 grams of cocaine valued at approximately $6,638. Read More.

September 4, 2018

Chillicothe police detail nets drugs, cash, prostitution arrests

From the Chillicothe Gazette
The Chillicothe police and area agencies teamed up for a week-long detail that netted narcotics, thousands in cash, and various arrests. More.

August 31, 2018

State trooper used tourniquet to help save West End shooting victim

From WCPO
Ohio state trooper Bradley Hess was one of the first emergency responders to arrive on the scene of a triple shooting Monday in the West End. His quick thinking might have helped save a victim's life. More.

August 30, 2018

Troopers arrest Michigan serial bank robbery suspect in Miami County

From Dayton Daily News
An attempted traffic stop in Miami County led to the arrest Monday afternoon of a Michigan man who is a suspected serial bank robber. More.

August 30, 2018

Motorcycle Event

Motorcycle Safety Event

Come join us for a motorcycle safety event at the Pickaway County rest area located on U.S. 23 on August 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Representatives will be available to speak about motorcycle maintenance and rider safety. For more information visit here.

August 30, 2018

Patrol identifies substance that caused exposure at Ross Correctional Institution

A mixture of heroin and fentanyl has been identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the substance that caused an apparent overdose of one inmate and required medical attention for 27 staff members at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe this morning. More.

August 29, 2018

Patrol investigates substance exposure at RCI – UPDATE

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a substance exposure at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe. The facility is secure with no safety threat to the public. More.

August 29, 2018 11a.m.

Patrol investigates substance exposure at RCI

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a substance exposure at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe. The facility is secure with no safety threat to the public. More.

August 28, 2018

Police commend K9s, officers in Salem drug crackdown

From WFMJ
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Lisbon Post hosted and coordinated a special detail for the K-9 team to set out on a joint venture to patrol the communities. More.

August 28, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol out in force to put the brakes on crime

From News 5 Cleveland
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is out in force - not just on traffic stops but criminal interdiction. More.

August 24, 2018

Meth and Marijuana

Troopers seize $3,434 worth of methamphetamine in Ashtabula County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Ashtabula County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 1 ounce of methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,434. Read More.

August 24, 2018

Troopers give man another chance at life after stopping him from jumping off bridge

From Fox 8
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers save the life of a man getting ready to jump off a bridge on the Turnpike. More.

August 21, 2018

NAIC Event

Patrol Motor Carrier Inspector receives national recognition

Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector Supervisor (MCES) Brian K. Wilson, Cleveland District, along with his team finished first place during the inspection competition. Read More.

August 21, 2018

Ohio highway patrol travels new roads for public safety

From the Columbus Dispatch
The Ohio Department of Public Safety and its State Highway Patrol are concerned with more than how fast cars and trucks are traveling on the state's freeways and limited-access roadways, and we're all better for it. More.

August 20, 2018

State authorities claim early success in first Distracted Driving Safety Corridor

From the Akron Beacon Journal
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation want motorists noticing and paying attention to the signs that were erected in April and identify the state's first "Distracted Driving Safety Corridor." More.

August 20, 2018

Meth

Troopers seize $7,070 worth of methamphetamine and two handguns in Butler County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Butler County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized two handguns and 70 grams of methamphetamine valued at approximately $7,070. Read More.

August 20, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper throws first pitch at Scrappers game

From WYTV
The Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio State Highway Patrols are working with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to try to stop distracted driving. More.

August 16, 2018

Heroin and Marijuana

Troopers seize $43,788 worth of heroin in Hancock County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a West Virginia man and woman after a traffic stop in Hancock County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 246 grams of heroin and 1 gram of marijuana valued at approximately $43,788. Read More.

August 16, 2018

Alleged identity fraudsters arrested on Ohio Turnpike

From the Record-Courier
Three New York men passing through the Buckeye State are accused of being involved in identity fraud after an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper found fake IDs and forged documents in their vehicle during a traffic stop. More.

August 15, 2018

Teen girl who escaped from Cleveland treatment center caught by Ohio State Highway Patrol

From WKYC
Hannah Manning was caught by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers in Cleveland. More.

August 13, 2018

Beware: School buses, students returning to local roads

From the Daily Jeff
As area students prepare to return to the classroom, big yellow buses will also be returning to local roadways. With the start of the school year comes the concern for school bus accidents. More.

August 10, 2018

Promotions August 10

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Back row (L-R): Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector Brian K. Wilson, Sergeant Bradley P. Longo, Sergeant Michael J. Ross, Sergeant Shon L. Frost, Sergeant Chad E. Smith and Sergeant Kristi J. Comstock. Front row (L-R): Sergeant Luke C. Forshey, Lieutenant Philip J. Robinson, Staff Lieutenant James E. Tracy, Lieutenant Melanie R. Appleman and Lieutenant Scott J. Kuntz.

August 9, 2018

Ohio Assist provides first responders with post-traumatic help

From Your Hometown Stations
The Ohio Assist program was created in March of 2016 in an effort to help public agencies all through the state. More.

August 7, 2018

Oxycodone

Troopers seize $40,000 worth of Oxycodone pills in Gallia County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against two Michigan men after a traffic stop in Gallia County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 1,000 Oxycodone pills valued at approximately $40,000. Read More.

August 6, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $11,514 worth of methamphetamine in Butler County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Butler County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 114 grams of methamphetamine valued at approximately $11,514. Read More

August 6, 2018

Cheaper, purer meth piggybacks opioid crisis in Ohio

From The Plain Dealer
In 2013, the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized 24 pounds of methamphetamine. This year, through late July, troopers have grabbed 303 pounds. More.

August 3, 2018

Seat belt saves Delphos woman's life, honored by state highway patrol

From Your Hometown Stations
Ohio State Highway Patrol recognized Kristie Hayhurst on Thursday with the "Saved by the Belt” award. More.

August 2, 2018

OSHP promotes school bus safety

From WTOL
As Ohio's kids head back to school, it's important to look at how they get there. For many students, their day starts and ends by riding on a school bus. More.

August 1, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize $6.3 million worth of cocaine in Wood County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Quebec man after a traffic stop in Wood County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 165 pounds of cocaine valued at approximately $6.3 million. Read More

July 31, 2018

Cartels bringing more meth into Ohio

From the Mansfield News Journal
Methamphetamine seizures in the Buckeye State are on pace to quadruple in 2018 following a record year in 2017, Ohio Highway Patrol data indicates. More.

July 31, 2018

Troopers seize $4,018 worth of Oxycodone pills in Erie County

Oxycodone

On July 27, troopers stopped a 2018 Chevy Malibu with Ohio registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County. During the stop, a bag containing 123 Oxycodone pills worth $4,018 was seized from the female passenger. The driver, Brian E. Cooper, 35, and passenger, Courtney E. Slanker, 23, both from Akron, were charged with possession and trafficking in a schedule II drug, both third-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

July 23, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit helps make arrests

From WHIO
In an effort to reduce drug sales, gun crimes, and traffic pursuits in the City of Dayton, officers utilize the Ohio State Highway Patrol aircraft to track vehicles who fail to comply with traffic stops. More.

July 20, 2018

Troopers seize $12,877 worth of methamphetamine in Lake County

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On July 17, troopers stopped a 2002 Chevrolet Venture with Ohio registration for a left-of-center violation on Chestnut Street in the city of Painesville in Lake County. Upon approach of the vehicle, troopers observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. A probable cause search of the suspect revealed a bag of methamphetamine in his pocket, and two bags containing 161 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle worth $12,877. The driver, Rickey Lee Moody, 38, of Creston, OH, was charged with trafficking and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, both first-degree felonies; possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, both minor misdemeanors.

July 19, 2018

ACES

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.

July 19, 2018

Nine K9 officers graduated today from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy

drug

Graduates include: K9 Ure with Trooper Kyle Mayle from the Bucyrus District, K9 Danny with Trooper Jared White from the Piqua District, K9 Gali with Trooper Lindsay Barrett from the Columbus District, K9 Boy with Trooper Brett Lee from the Wilmington District, K9 Gabi with Trooper Justin Van Meter from the Wilmington District, K9 Csuti with Officer Bryan Granchie from the Columbiana Police Department, K9 Summit with Officer Ryan Dompier from the Whitehall Police Department and K9 Kilo with Deputy Reese Thompson from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. (Not pictured: K9 Bleck with Trooper Jake Lawrence from the Columbus District)

July 19, 2018

Troopers seize $85,050 worth of heroin in Hamilton County

heroin

On July 16, troopers stopped a 2013 Honda Accord with Ohio registration for a driving under suspension violation on State Route 4 in Hamilton County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers found 1 pound of heroin on a passenger. A probable cause search of the vehicle recovered additional heroin. The contraband has a street value of $85,050. The driver, Donald Toran, 39, and passengers, Justin Toran, 38, and De'ondrea Chambers, 33, all from Cincinnati, were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. The individuals were incarcerated in the Hamilton County Jail.

July 18, 2018

During active shooter training at Butler Elementary School, troopers deal with ambush

From the Mansfield News Journal
Troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol drove their cruisers right up to the back door of Butler Elementary on Wednesday to a mock active shooter scenario, guns drawn as a masked shooter on the roof fired down on them. More.

July 16, 2018

Family credits seat belts for saving lives in May accident

Saved by the Belt

From the Ironton Tribune
Drivers are often urged by law enforcement to buckle up and wear their seat belts while on the road and, on Monday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol provided an example of how this practice can save lives. More.

July 18, 2018

Troopers seize $5,750 worth of Oxycodone pills in Summit County

oxycodone

Troopers stopped a rented 2017 Hyundai Sonata with New Jersey registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a digital scale and 176 Oxycodone pills worth $5,750. The driver, Devin D. Wesley, 23, of Westland, Mich., and passenger, Darius D. Bell Jr., 23, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. The men were charged with possession and trafficking in a schedule II controlled substance, both second-degree felonies.

July 17, 2018

Troopers seize $40,000 worth of psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, nitrous oxide, cocaine and marijuana in Madison County

mushrooms

On July 16, troopers stopped a 2001 Toyota Highlander with New Mexico registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70. While interacting with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause searched revealed 3 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 144 doses of LSD, 450 doses of nitrous oxide, an ounce of cocaine and 70 grams of marijuana valued at approximately $40,000. The driver, Patrick Miller, 30, of Albuquerque, was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a first-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.

July 16, 2018

Heroin

Troopers seize $300,000 worth of heroin in Hamilton County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against two Arizona women after a traffic stop in Hamilton County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 4 pounds of heroin valued at approximately $300,000. Read More

July 16, 2018

Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop

From the Dayton Daily News
The first indictment in what federal prosecutors called a southwest Ohio-based, Mexican cartel-linked methamphetamine trafficking ring stemmed from a June 2017 Ohio State Highway Patrol traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Preble County. More.

July 16, 2018

State troopers carry Colombian team members final miles to hotel

From the Dayton Daily News
Three South Americans traveling to the World Flying Disc Federation World Championships in Warren County covered the final miles to get there in Ohio Highway Patrol cruisers. More.

July 12, 2018

Troopers seize $93,400 worth of marijuana in Wood County

marijuana

On July 10, troopers stopped a 2009 Toyota Avalon with New Jersey registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed several laundry bags containing 40 pounds of marijuana worth $93,400 in the vehicle's trunk. The driver, Nadav Dagan, 58, of Metuchen, N.J., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Dagan was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

July 10, 2018

140 pounds of meth seized from local drug operation

From WHIO
A major methamphetamine and opioid distribution conspiracy has been uncovered, and seven defendants will be prosecuted, according to local, state and federal investigators. More.

July 5, 2018

Patrol releases July Fourth statistics

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting eight people lost their lives in four traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Tuesday, July 3 and ended Wednesday, July 4. More.

July 3, 2018

Ohio Highway Patrol stresses safety around commercial vehicles

From the News-Harold
The Ohio Highway Patrol has announced it is partnering with the Great Lakes Initiative to address unsafe driving around commercial vehicles. More.

July 3, 2018

Maple Heights man arrested and charged in federal court after plotting terror attack in downtown Cleveland on Independence Day

From the U.S. Attorney's Office
More.

June 29, 2018

Twenty-five people indicted for their roles in conspiracy to traffic drugs in Elyria

From the U.S. Attorney's Office
Twenty-five people were indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic drugs in Elyria and the surrounding area, including fentanyl, carfentanil, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and fentanyl analogues pressed to look like pills of Percocet. More.

June 28, 2018

Promotions June 28

Junior Cadet Graduation

This week, a select group of students with an interest in law enforcement took part in Junior Cadet week at the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Training Academy. They experienced aspects of the same training that Patrol cadets go through to become troopers, including physical training, canine and criminal patrol operations, and crash investigation. Today, the Patrol would like to congratulate them on their graduation from the program.

June 28, 2018

Battle of the Badges

marijuana and gun

Today is the kick-off of the 23 annual American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders are often aware of the need for blood when responding to emergencies. In the spirit of saving lives, we have joined forces to give blood and to encourage the public to join us in a friendly competition to see which group can recruit the most donations — law enforcement or firefighters. Go to any Red Cross blood drive in Central Ohio between Thursday, June 28 and Tuesday, July 31 to give blood and vote for either firefighters or police officers. In the end, the patients who receive the blood are the real winners.

June 28, 2018

Promotions June 28

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front row (L-R): Staff Lieutenant Matthew J. Hamilton, Lieutenant Martina J. Jackson, Staff Lieutenant Darren K. Thomas, Staff Lieutenant David R. Brown and Staff Lieutenant Nakia J. Hendrix. Back row (L-R): Lieutenant Robert A. Curry, Sergeant Brad M. Evans, Sergeant Benjamin C. Dennison, Sergeant Jeffrey A. Kaess, Sergeant Kaitlin D. Fuller and Lieutenant Ronald E. Anderson.

June 26, 2018

139th Class Basic Peace Officer Graduation

139 Basic Class

Congratulations to the members of the basic peace officer #139class!!More

June 26, 2018

10 indicted on methamphetamine charges following "Operation Crystal Clear"

From the Madison Press
Ten people are now facing a total of more than 60 felony charges as a result of "Operation Crystal Clear," a five-month, collaborative investigation into the large-scale sale of methamphetamine in Fairfield and Licking counties.More

June 22, 2018

163rd Academy Class Graduation

163 Academy Class

Today, 25 new troopers officially joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Congratulations to the #163Class. More

June 21, 2018

OSHP, ODOT teaming up to help keep workers safe by reminding everyone to move over

From Fox45 Now
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation are teaming up to help keep workers safe on the roads. More

June 21, 2018

OSHP intercepting 'cartel drugs' concealed in hidden compartments

From 10TV
The Ohio Highway Patrol said its Drug Interdiction Unit is one of the first lines of defense against Mexican drug cartels. More

June 19, 2018

Troopers seize 9 mm gun and marijuana worth $7,000 in Sandusky County

marijuana and gun

On June 13, troopers stopped a rented 2018 Toyota sedan with Pennsylvania registration for a speed violation on U.S. 6 in Sandusky County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 3 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags in the trunk and a hi-point 9 mm loaded gun. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,000. The driver, Darius R. Badley, 21, of Euclid, and passengers, David J. Bynum, 26, of Tacoma, Wash., and Marcus E. White, 29, of Lacey, Wash., were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third degree felonies. White was also charged with weapons under disability, a third-degree felony. The individuals were in incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail.

June 15, 2018

2018 Retiree Cookout

2018 Retiree Cookout

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is proud to honor our retirees for their dedication during and after their Patrol service. Today, our retirees were recognized as they gathered at the Academy for the annual retiree cookout. Thank you to our sponsors the Ohio State Highway Patrol Federal Credit Union, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirees Association, the Ohio State Troopers Retirees Association and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary for providing a great event.

June 14, 2018

Buckeye Girls State Troopers Graduate

2018 Buckeye Girls

Congratulations to the 2018 Buckeye Girls State Troopers! The Ohio State Highway Patrol is proud to support the American Legion Auxiliary, Buckeye Girls State. A select group of high school students got the unique experience of learning what it's like to be a trooper under the direction of active personnel.

June 14, 2018

Joint drug investigation lands eight in jail

From the Lima News
Eight people were indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to sell cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Lima. More

June 14, 2018

Cops, feds make 300 arrests of violent, repeat offenders in Cleveland-area sweep

From the Plain Dealer
Cleveland police, the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Ohio State Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals partnered in the operation with the goal to reduce violent crime in Cleveland. More

June 13, 2018

Attorney General DeWine, Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force Announce Major Fentanyl Seizure

Fentanyl Seizure

From the Ohio Attorney General–Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis today announced the seizure of approximately 20 pounds of fentanyl with the capability of killing more than four million people. More.

June 13, 2018

Troopers seize a 9 mm handgun, alprazolam pills, pipes and marijuana worth $6,800 in Warren County

marijuana and pills

On June 7, troopers stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 71 in Warren County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 20 alprazolam pills, more than 1 pound of marijuana, two pipes and a loaded 9 mm handgun. The contraband has an approximate street value of $6,800. The driver, Jason M. Ryan, 43, of Oregonia, was charged with improper handling of a firearm, a fourth-degree felony; possession of marijuana and controlled substance, both fifth-degree felonies; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a minor misdemeanor.

June 12, 2018

Troopers seize $12,637 worth of marijuana, hashish, and THC oils and edibles in Preble County

morphine pills and marijuana edibles

On June 5, troopers stopped a 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up truck with West Virginia registration for an improper lane change violation on Interstate 70 in Preble County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a plastic bag of marijuana roaches, two evape pens with THC oil, more than than 1 pound of marijuana, 2 ounces of THC edibles and a half pound of solid hashish in jars. The contraband has an approximate street value of $12,637. The driver, Devon Young, 20, from Fairmont, W.Va., and passengers, Zeb Young, 23, and Nathaniel Ware, 24, both from Elkins, W.Va., were charged with possession of hashish, a third-degree felony; possession of marijuana and criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a minor misdemeanor. The individuals were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail.

June 11, 2018

Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduates

conference

The sixth Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduated 40 law enforcement leaders on June 8 after 11 weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Read More.

June 7, 2018

conference

The Ohio State Highway Patrol hosted the 2018 African American Leadership Conference which provided employees with the opportunity to network, foster teamwork and participate in conversation. The Patrol is committed to the leadership development of its employees. This event was a great success thanks to the speakers, planning committee and all who attended.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Teaford and District 6 Chaplain Jerome Taylor opened the conference. Engaging presentations followed with speakers including retired Lieutenant Colonel Gil Jones, Columbus Urban League President and CEO Stephanie Hightower, The Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith, Ohio State football player Jordan Fuller, Cleveland State University Police Chief Gary Lewis, and closing remarks by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Fambro and Chaplain Taylor.

June 6, 2018

Use caution at intersections, Ohio agencies urge

From the News-Harold
The Ohio Highway Patrol, along with law enforcement agencies around Northeast Ohio, wants to remind motorists why it’s so important to pay attention at intersections, yield the right-of-way and stay alert behind the wheel. More

June 6, 2018

Troopers seize $8,510 worth of morphine pills, marijuana edibles and raw marijuana in Geauga County

morphine pills and marijuana edibles

On May 26, troopers stopped a 2013 Chevrolet Impala with Ohio registration for a left-of-center violation on Munn Road in Newbury Township in Geauga County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 67 morphine pills, 1,300 grams of various marijuana edibles and raw marijuana worth $8,510. The driver, Jaren Bouyer, 34, of Twinsburg, was charged with possession of schedule II substance, a third-degree felony, possession and trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies. Bouyer was incarcerated in the Geauga County Jail.

June 1, 2018

State Trooper spies shotgun in back of an SUV after shooting, Akron man arrested

From the Akron Beacon Journal
The investigation of a shooting early Thursday evening unfolded quickly across several Akron neighborhoods before ending in an arrest. More.

May 31, 2018

Troopers seize methamphetamine, marijuana and a loaded .380 caliber handgun in Fayette County

meth

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Fayette County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 495 grams of methamphetamine and 459 grams of marijuana valued at approximately $54,585. More

May 30, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $14,550 worth of marijuana and hash in Butler County

On May 25, troopers stopped a 2016 Honda Civic with Ohio registration for a speed violation on state Route 129 in Butler County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than 3 pounds of marijuana and more than 27 grams of hash in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $14,550. The driver, John Troxell, 22, of Hamilton, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies, and possession of hash, a fifth-degree felony. Troxell was incarcerated in the Butler County Jail.

May 25, 2018

Helicopter Used To Catch Car Chase Suspect In Cleveland Heights

From the Cleveland Heights Patch - The Ohio State Highway Patrol chased a vehicle through Cleveland and into Cleveland Heights on Thursday afternoon Read More

May 23, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize crystal methamphetamine, a scale, packaging materials, paraphernalia and a .380 caliber handgun in Miami County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Miami County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 74 grams of crystal methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,945.

May 22, 2018

ACES

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.

May 22, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize a .22 caliber handgun and marijuana edibles in Cuyahoga County

On May 18, troopers stopped a 2009 Dodge Challenger with Georgia registration for a speed violation on Interstate 71 in Cuyahoga County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 839 grams of marijuana edibles worth $4,195. Troopers also located a loaded .22 caliber handgun. The driver, Cashmere Coleman, 38, from Atlanta, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.

May 18, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $17,890 worth of ecstasy and hydrocodone pills in Warren County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Michigan man and woman after a traffic stop in Warren County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 950 ecstasy pills and 290 hydrocodone pills valued at approximately $17,890.

May 16, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $23,250 worth of marijuana in Summit County

On May 8, 2018, troopers stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Impala with West Virginia registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed approximately 10 pounds of marijuana worth $23,350 in the vehicle's trunk. The driver, Troy G. Brown, 46, of Howell, Mich., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

May 16, 2018

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Members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and the Perez family gathered on May 15 to dedicate an Ohio Turnpike Memorial Sign in memory of Trooper Robert Perez, Jr.

May 15, 2018

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

On National Peace Officers Memorial Day we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and pay tribute to the survivors who have been left behind.

May 11, 2018

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison From News 5 Cleveland A three-year long DEA investigation, dubbed "Operation Loaded Deck," focused on taking down the local arm of the notorious Sinaloa cartel. Read More

May 10, 2018

Heroin and Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $3,700,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine in Guernsey County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a North Carolina woman after a traffic stop in Guernsey County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 110 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,700,000. Read More.

May 10, 2018

Authorities arrest suspect 20 minutes after complaint

From The Bryan Times - Defiance County Sheriff's deputies responded to a firearms complaint Monday evening in Sherwood and an Ohio state trooper arrested a suspect 20 minutes later. Read More

May 9, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $43,000 worth of methamphetamine in Gallia County

On May 4, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Honda Civic with Ohio registration for a marked lanes and license plate violation on U.S. 35 in Gallia County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Rio Grande Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 453 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle worth $43,000. The driver, Erica Mix, 27, and passenger, Michelle Mix, 49, both from Columbus, were charged with possession of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail.

May 9, 2018

Promotions May 9

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front: Lieutenant Colonel Richard S. Fambro. Middle row (L-R): Captain Ronald E. Raines and Major David A. Church. Back row (L-R): Sergeant Ryan R. Stanley, Sergeant John R. Nemastil and Sergeant Nicholas R. Boes.

May 4, 2018

Memorial Photos

Patrol honors fallen members at annual Memorial Ceremony

Today, we honored the fallen members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at our annual Memorial Ceremony. In the Patrol's 85 years of service to Ohio, 46 individuals have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This includes sworn personnel - troopers, sergeants, lieutenants and the now-retired ranks of patrolman and corporal - as well as radio operators, auxiliary officers, an investigative agent and load limit inspectors. The name of each fallen member is engraved on the black granite walls of our Memorial and illuminated by the eternal flame.

May 3, 2018

Patrol to honor fallen officers and support personnel at memorial ceremony

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will recognize and honor 40 officers, an enforcement agent and five support personnel killed in the line of duty with a memorial ceremony Friday.Read More

May 3, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $102,952 worth of hash butter, hash oil and marijuana in Preble County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Connecticut man after a traffic stop in Preble County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 3 pounds of hash butter, nearly 40 ounces of hash oil and 45 grams of marijuana valued at approximately $102,952.Read More

May 2, 2018

Felony charges filed after arrest made by Organized Crime Investigations Commission

From the Washington County Sheriff”s Office – An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in the arrests of Felicia Jean Goff and Robert Otis Powers.More.

May 1, 2018

Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Van Wert Post stopped an alleged kidnapper traveling into Ohio from Virginia. More.

April 27, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize 100 pounds of marijuana in Lucas County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California man after a traffic stop in Lucas County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 100 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $450,000. Read More

April 26, 2018

Perscription

Troopers seize $2,800 worth of prescription pills in Miami County

On April 24, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Hyundai Sonata with Texas registration for speed and following too close violations on Interstate 75 in Miami County. Upon interaction with the driver, Joshua Holloway, 28, of Detroit, he admitted to having prescription pills in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 54 Oxycodone pills, 85 Xanax pills, and 367 Hydrocodone pills. The contraband has a street value of $2,800. Holloway was charged with possession of Hydrocodone pills, a second-degree felony, possession of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone pills, both third-degree felonies and possession of Xanax pills and criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. He was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

April 25, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $64,807 worth of fentanyl in Sandusky County

On April 18, 2018, troopers stopped a 2016 Dodge Charger with Alabama registration for a turn signal violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 110 grams of fentanyl in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $64,807. The suspects, Pinchello Bell, 36, of Park Forest, Ill, Deon Thompson, 53, and Leroy Buttrom, 39, both from Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking, both first-degree felonies. The individuals were incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail.

April 24, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $65,000 worth of marijuana in Wood County

On April 18, 2018, troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Fusion with Pennsylvania registration for a lane violation on Interstate 80 in Wood County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a duffle bag containing 14 pounds of marijuana worth $65,000. The driver, Rolando G. Redway, 42, of Upper Darby, Pa., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Redway was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

April 23, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $17,094 worth of marijuana in Miami County

On April 18, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Nissan pick-up truck with Tennessee registration for improper lane change violations on Interstate 75 in Miami County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed numerous zip-lock bags of hydroponic marijuana, weighing a total of 6 pounds and worth $17,094. The driver, Carnie J. Colliver, 20, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

April 23, 2018

Ohio Highway Patrol tells drivers to focus on road

From The Times Leader – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers know the dangers of distracted driving, and they are observing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month as an occasion to remind motorists to keep their eyes on the road. More.

April 19, 2018

Promotion

Troopers seize $25,276 worth of heroin in Ottawa County

On April 17, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chevrolet Cruze with Texas registration for a turn signal violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Ottawa County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 142 grams of heroin in a vacuum-sealed package. The contraband has a street value of $25,276. The suspect, Demarco M. Johnson, 27, of Westfield, Mich., and Demetrius Cassity, 23, of Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. Both men were incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail.

April 18, 2018

Troopers cracking down on distracted driving this week

From WHIO – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is working with five other states to crack down on distracted driving. More.

April 16, 2018

Promotion

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front row (L-R): Lieutenant Lawrence Roberts, Captain Charles A. Jones and Staff Lieutenant Douglas A. Hamman. Back row (L-R): Sergeant Samuel C. Criswell and Sergeant Jerrold T. March.

April 6, 2018

Troopers

OVI Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to our troopers who were recognized today for leading the state in removing impaired drivers from our roads. In 2017, troopers arrested 27,340 drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol which led to a reduction in impaired driving fatal crashes.

April 6, 2018

Troopers

Safety Belt Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to our troopers who were recognized today for their seat belt enforcement efforts last year. In total, troopers cited 136,400 for not wearing safety belts. Troopers ask that you wear your safety belt every time and insist that those who travel with you buckle up as well.

April 6, 2018

Nitrous Oxide

Troopers seize $177,471 worth of Nitrous Oxide in Summit County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a New York man after a traffic stop in Summit County. Read More

April 5, 2018

drugs

Troopers seize $9,000 worth of heroin, marijuana and a handgun in Hamilton County

On April 2, 2018, troopers stopped a 2003 Honda Accord with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 275 in Hamilton County. 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 loaded handgun under the driver's seat, 20 grams of marijuana on the driver's person and 60 grams of heroin on the passenger's person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $9,000. The driver, Davontay Wynn, 21, of Cincinnati, was charge with weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, improper handling, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. The passenger, Montiar Bell, 27, of Cincinnati, was charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

April 4, 2018

Troopers to target distracted drivers on Interstates 80, 76

From WKBN – Local authorities with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation will begin an effort targeting distracting driving. Read more

April 4, 2018

drugs

Troopers seize $50,000 worth of marijuana plants in Trumbull County

On March 31, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Dodge Caravan with Michigan registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 in Trumbull County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed approximately 15 marijuana plants and loose marijuana totaling 20 pounds. The contraband has an approximate street value of $50,000. The driver, Robert Larch, 19, of Ecorse, Mich., was charged with trafficking, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Larch was incarcerated in the Trumbull County Jail.

March 29, 2018

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Troopers seize $1,912 worth of methamphetamine in Erie County

On March 26, 2018, troopers stopped a 2003 Buick with Ohio registration for a speed violation on State Route 4 in Erie County. Criminal indicators were observed and an Erie County Sheriff's Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 63 grams of methamphetamine worth $1,912. The driver, Brandon Willard, 33, of Clyde, was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Willard was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

March 28, 2018

OSHP cracking down on reckless driving near semi-trucks

Tailgating, no turn signals, driving recklessly, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is cracking down on dangerous drivers. More.

March 22, 2018

Congratulations to the new members of the Patrol’s “Over the Hill” club.

On March 23, 2018, the remaining active members of the 117th Academy Class achieved 30 years of service. Congratulations to the new members of the Patrol’s “Over the Hill” club. Back row (left to right): Sergeant Sheldon L. Robinson, Trooper David J. Schultz, Captain Patrick B. Vessels and Lieutenant Colonel Kevin D. Teaford. Front row: Sergeant Yvonne L. Thorne and Captain Chris J. Zurcher. 117

March 22, 2018

Cocaine

Rosenberger honors 2017 Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) Wednesday presented a resolution on the House floor to honor Trooper Brittany Noah, the 2017 Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Trooper of the Year. Read More

March 20, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize $5,984 worth of cocaine, marijuana and Xanax pills in Wood County

On March 17, 2018, a 2010 Kia Forte with Ohio registration entered an OVI checkpoint in the city of Bowling Green in Wood County. During interaction with the occupants, the odor of raw marijuana was detected. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 37 grams of cocaine, approximately one pound of marijuana, 65 Xanax pills and a digital scale. The contraband has an approximate street value $5,984. The suspects, Kyler Famble, 19, Tyler King, 19, Kyren King, 20, Jerel Horton, 19, and George Daniel, 19, all from Cincinnati, were charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies, trafficking in marijuana and possession and trafficking in Xanax, all fourth-degree felonies and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. The individuals were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

March 15, 2018

Don't Press your Luck this St. Patrick's Day

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick's Day to designate a sober driver. The Patrol and local law enforcement will work together to remove impaired drivers from the roadways as part of the National Highway Safety Administration's Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. Read More

March 15, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize $16,000 worth of fraudulent ID cards, debit/credit cards, Apple iMac computers and iPad Pros in Ottawa County

On March 11, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2012 Dodge Caravan with New York registration for a speed violation on State Route 2 in Ottawa County. Criminal indicators were observed a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search 26 fraudulent ID cards, 36 fraudulent debit/credit cards, four new Apple iMac computers and two new iPad Pro tablets were located in the vehicle. The items have a street value of $16,000. The suspect, David Romero, 62, of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., was charged with forgery and ID theft, both fifth-degree felonies. Romero was incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail.

March 14, 2018

Two major drug dealers have been arrested by the MARMET/METRICH Drug Task Force. Read more

March 9, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize 17 pounds of cocaine in Wood County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Arizona woman after a traffic stop in Wood County. Read More

March 5, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $43,900 worth of methamphetamines and marijuana in Jackson County

On March 1, 2018, troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with Ohio registration for a signal violation on U.S. 35 in Jackson County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 19 pounds of marijuana. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers also located 154 grams of methamphetamines on a passenger. The contraband has an approximate street value of $43,900. The driver, Michael D. Odell, 21, and passengers, Joshua A. Williams, 19, and Chelsey R. Little, 19, all from Columbus, were charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, both first-degree felonies. The individuals were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.

March 5, 2018

Patrol continues to focus on impaired driving arrests

From the Lima News – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are continuing to focus on impaired driving enforcement – and those efforts are paying off, according to area post commanders. Read More.

February 28, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $30,350 worth of marijuana edibles, solid and liquid hash in Lucas County

On February 24, 2018, troopers stopped a 2013 Nissan Altima with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 475 in Lucas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Waterville Township drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 10 pounds of marijuana edibles, 73 grams of hashish oil and 70 grams of solid hashish in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $30,350. The suspects, Amanda Meyer, 32, Stephanie Kidwell, 36, Deron Elliot, 33, and Ian Overton, 32, all from Cincinnati, were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, solid and liquid hashish, all third-degree felonies. The individuals were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail.

February 27, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $75,000 worth of marijuana in Summit County

On February 22, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta with Virginia registration for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 21 heat-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana weighing 25 pounds in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $75,000. The driver, James T. Pollard, 28, of Richmond, Va., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Pollard was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

February 26, 2018

Meth

Troopers seize $20,000 worth of methamphetamine in Guernsey County

On February 16, 2018, troopers stopped a 2018 Hyundai Elantra with Pennsylvania registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 77 in Guernsey County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two baggies containing approximately 200 grams of methamphetamine worth $20,000. The driver, Jordan Lott, 27, and passenger, Ranika Babie, 27, both from Akron, were charged with possession and trafficking in methamphetamine, both first-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail.

February 26, 2018

Promotions

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front row (left to right): Dispatch Supervisor Dawn L. Stephens and Sergeant Ivan Nunez. Second row (left to right): Financial Analyst Supervisor Lori L. Click, Sergeant Timothy A. Grimm, Sergeant Drew M. Hertlein and Chemical Laboratory Supervisor 2 Jacqueline C. Smith. Third row (left to right): Sergeant John Stevens, Sergeant Edward G. Franke and Sergeant Chad M. McMunn.

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

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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

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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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From The Youngstown Vindicator: “There is a lot of cooperation between the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the air base,” Fidram said. “This partnership is a big deal; the nose art shows pride for the military.” Read more.

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