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Troopers seize $80,000 worth of cocaine in Lorain County

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford Fusion, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely and improper lane change violations on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 135, in Lorain County at 1:48 p.m. on December 18. Upon approaching the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two vacuum sealed packages containing cocaine located in the dashboard. The contraband has a street value of approximately $80,000. The driver, Lewis Walls Jr., 41, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession and aggravated trafficking, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers find marijuana in Wood County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 1992 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 196, in Wood County at 3:24 p.m., on December 18. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 10 plastic bags containing marijuana, worth $22,700. The driver, Johnny Robinson, 69, of Saginaw Mich., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

28 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

Members of the 132nd Peace Officer Basic Training Class received training certificates in a graduation ceremony held this morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 28 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 17 Ohio agencies.

The 19-week basic course began in August. The course was developed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and offers comprehensive instruction in more than 150 topics, including criminal law, traffic law, community relations, physical training, self-defense, firearms, and emergency vehicle operations. more

Troopers seize 234 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in Summit County

Marijuana

A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 234 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth approximately $1,170,000 following a traffic stop in Summit County.

Troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Taurus, with Nebraska registration, for a marked lane violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 185, at 2:31 p.m. on December 17. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Anonymous School Threat Tip Line Launched

From ABC 22:

 

 A new tool is available to Ohio school districts aimed at preventing another school shooting or tragedy.

It is an anonymous tip line that is free of charge for any district that wants to take advantage of it.

It works like this, a student; parent or teacher just has to pick up the phone and call or send a text message if they hear about a threat. more

Escaped Ohio prison inmate apprehended after 22 Years

Escaped London Correctional Institution inmate Roger Perdue, 71, was apprehended in Kokomo, Indiana on Friday, December 12, 2014. Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol – Cincinnati Operations office received a tip that Perdue and his wife were living in Kokomo, Indiana. He had escaped in March of 1992, after serving five months of a 5 ½ year sentence for grand theft. Troopers worked jointly with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to conduct an investigation and determine the exact whereabouts of Perdue. The investigation determined Perdue was living with his wife under an assumed identity. more

Wellston Meth maker now serving five years in prison

From the Jackson County Daily:

A convicted methamphetamine maker will serve a prison sentence.

In October 2013, the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a routine traffic stop of a vehicle Moore was driving. A police dog was used to alert to the presence of drugs and indicated on the vehicle. During the search that followed, troopers discovered an active meth lab in addition to various materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Moore similarly plead guilty to the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, and was sentenced to a stated prison term of two and a half years. more

'Shop with a Cop' event a success

From the Ironton Tribune:

Law agencies throughout Lawrence County worked together to make the 2014 edition of “Shop with a Cop” a hit on Monday.

“It’s a multiagency deal,” Sgt. Chris Smith, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. “Different people from each agency come and help out.”

Several local law enforcement agencies were represented at the event.

“Some officers who are retired even come back to help,” Smith said. “We need as much help as we can get.”

The program partners law enforcement officers with less fortunate children from the county to shop at the South Point Walmart for necessity items such as coats, gloves, mittens, bedding and clothes, ending up in the toy section. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Warren County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2000 Dodge Stratus, with Michigan registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 38, in Warren County at 1:15 p.m., on December 13. During interactions with the driver, he admitted to having two marijuana cigarettes in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana located inside of the luggage on the rear seat. The contraband has a street value of approximately $13,636. The driver, Erik S. Bearden, 34, of Silverwood, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Col. Robert M. Chiaramonte | 1920-2014: Leader helped shape Ohio State Highway Patrol

Story from the Columbus Dispatch

Leaders of the State Highway Patrol say no one who came before them had a greater influence on shaping the organization into what it is today than Col. Robert M. Chiaramonte. The patrol’s Heritage Hall, at its training academy on 17th Avenue, was dedicated in his honor. The patrol’s annual Humanitarian Award bears his name. And in the hallways of headquarters, cadets and commanders alike still speak his name with reverence. So even though it’s been known that Chiaramonte, who served as the patrol superintendent from 1965 to 1975, was in rapidly failing health, his death on Sunday was made no easier, said current Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul Pride. more

Troopers find marijuana wrapped inside Christmas presents

Marijuana Christmas

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chrysler 200, with Oregon registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 121, in Erie County at 3:55 p.m., on December 10. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a drug pipe, marijuana cookies and approximately five pounds of hydroponic marijuana inside six large glass jars wrapped in Christmas presents. The contraband has an approximate street value of $25,000.  The driver, Jack Wilson, 36, and passenger, Jacob Chase, 36, both of Eugene, Ore., were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

6-State Trooper Project leads to 651 OVI arrests

6-State

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a high-visibility enforcement effort focused on impaired driving from December 5 – 7, resulting in 651 OVI arrests. OSHP made 284 of those arrests.

The multi-state initiative included members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. more

Troopers seize prescription pills in Auglaize County

Prescription Pills

Troopers were conducting a welfare check of a suspect at a rest area on Interstate 75, southbound, near mile post 114 in Auglaize County at 9:20 a.m., on December 5. The suspect, Lannie Sizemore, 45, of Manchester, Ky., was subsequently arrested for OVI. During a search incident to arrest, troopers discovered 123 Alprazolam, 16 Oxycodone, and 3 Oxycontin pills. The contraband has a street value of approximately $1,768. Sizemore was incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and  possession of a controlled substance, a fifth-degree felony.

Miracle on Baltimore Street: Trooper saves newborn's life

From 13ABC:

Call it “Miracle on Baltimore Street”!  Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Fernando Chavez saves the life of a newborn baby.  

“There's a woman having a baby in our parking lot”, Sgt. Chavez yelled to his fellow troopers.  “I grabbed my flashlight and ran out”, says Chavez. When the Sgt. got out to the parking lot, he found 19-year old Devenae Guerra giving birth in her car to a 6 pound baby girl.  But as the trooper approached, he immediately knew something was very wrong.  “I'm not hearing any crying”, he says, “We get her in a position where we can see the baby, and the baby is still not breathing,” says Chavez. more

Troopers find Oxycodone in Scioto County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2014 Toyota Camry, with North Carolina registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 7 in Scioto County at 12:59 a.m., on December 5. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffling canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 135 Oxycodone pills under the front dashboard. The driver, Roderick Kindle, 31, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and passenger, Andre Kimbrough, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charge with possession and trafficking in Schedule II pills, both second-degree felonies. 

Safety program targets officers’ bad habits

From The Columbus Dispatch:

The dash-cam video playing on two giant screens seemed ordinary enough: an officer responding to a call of a suspicious person at a closed business. Nothing too high-pressure. He wasn’t even running with his lights and sirens on.

You could see, though, that the officer’s speed was ticking up pretty quickly along the darkened road. more

Troopers find compressed heroin tablets in Allen County

Heroin tablets

Troopers stopped a 2011 Buick LeSabre, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 131 in Allen County at 11:01 a.m., on December 2. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 63 compressed heroin tablets, worth approximately $3,000 in the center console. Troopers also discovered a small amount of marijuana. The driver, Mykol Dillard, 26, of Old Hickory, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony.

Upward trend in fatalities this November

Patrol urges motorists to close out year safely

Bulletin

COLUMBUS – In November of this year, Ohio’s roadways experienced an alarming upward trend in fatalities. There were 111 provisional traffic fatalities last month—52 percent more than last November’s total—marking it as the deadliest month of 2014 so far. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to help reverse this trend.

Never drive distracted or impaired—in fact, impaired motorists have been responsible for 35 percent of traffic deaths in Ohio this year. Always buckle up, as wearing a safety belt is the number one thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Never hesitate to report aggressive and impaired drivers by dialing #677. more

Troopers seize 110 pounds of marijuana in Montgomery County traffic stop

Marijuana

BROOKVILLE – A mother and a her son are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 110 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $500,000, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County.

Troopers stopped a 2003 Mitsubishi SUV, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 westbound, near milepost 21, at 8:27 p.m., on November 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed three brown paper bags containing 28 shrink wrapped bundles of compressed marijuana. more

6-State Trooper Project to emphasize impaired driving enforcement

6-State

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on OVI enforcement. The initiative will take place from Friday, December 5 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

There were 11,226 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways in 2013, killing 330 and injuring 6,843. OVI-related crashes accounted for 33 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio. This is down from an average of 43 percent from the 2010 – 2012 time periods. more

Nineteen deaths over Thanksgiving weekend from 17 crashes

Thanksgiving bulletin

COLUMBUS – Provisional numbers released today by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show more motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday than in recent years. During the five day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 26, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, November 30, at 11:59 p.m., 19 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways. This is an increase from the past three years when 17 were killed in 2013, 12 were killed in 2012 and 17 were killed in 2011.

Of the 19 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, five were killed in OVI-related crashes and four were pedestrians.

The Patrol arrested 444 drivers for OVI, cited 655 for aggressive driving and cited 1,316 for not wearing safety belts. more

Troopers find 400 Oxycodone pills in Scioto County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2012 GMC Acadia, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8 in Scioto County at 7:52 p.m., on November 22. Upon approach of the vehicle, trooper detected the odor of marijuana. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed 400 Oxycodone pills, located in the head rest. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,600. The driver, Danny Williams, 28, and passenger, Kelly J. Rayford, 30, both from Las Vegas, Nev., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felony. 

Examining OVI arrests in Butler County: Most popular spots revealed

From the Journal-News:

For Sgt. Sean Wickman, getting a drunken driver off the road is one of the most important things a highway patrol trooper can do.

“That trooper goes home knowing he possibly saved someone’s life,” said Wickman, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton post. “They may never have made it home, or worse injured someone else, if they had not been stopped. They may be an angry, belligerent drunk, but at least they are alive.”

There is no shortage of OVI offenders in Butler and Warren counties. Through Nov. 9, troopers have arrested 585 people in Butler County for OVI and 466 in Warren County, according to the state highway patrol. Those numbers are up significantly in Warren County from a year ago when there were 345 people arrested for OVI. more

INVESTIGATORS: Troopers Cracking Down on Troublesome Trucks

From ABC 6:

 

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

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

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

Highway Patrol Troopers finding more people doing drugs behind the wheel

From 10TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coalition delivers sobering message to drivers

From NBC4:

 

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

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

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

'Tie One On' safe driving campaign begins

From the Sidney Daily News:

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

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

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

Ohio State Highway Patrol offers winter driving tips

From WSAZ 3:

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

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

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

How Has 70 MPH Increase Impacted Ohio Drivers?

From NBC4:

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

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

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

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

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

Peak season for deer crashes

From the Journal-News:

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

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

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

Troopers seize 200 grams of heroin in Hancock County

Heroin and marijuana

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

Troopers seize bags of marijuana in Franklin County

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

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

From the Columbus Dispatch:

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

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

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

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