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Ohio deer-related crashes increased in 2015

Car crashes involving deer increased slightly in 2015 compared to 2014, according to statistics reported to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

In 2015, 20,779 crashes were reported statewide, up slightly from 19,705 in 2014 and 20,201 in 2013. more

Trooper and Officer Received Certificates of Recognition for Life-Saving Efforts

WEST JEFFERSON - Tpr. Michael D. Rucker of the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Columbus Police Officer Amy Detweiler were honored today for their heroic actions. They were presented with Certificates of Recognition at the West Jefferson Post by Capt. Shawn Lee, Columbus District Commander. more

Building a safer Ohio is everybody’s business

From the Toledo Blade:

The Ohio Department of Public Safety touches millions of Ohioans with a core mission centered on the principles of safety, service, and protection. We ask each one of the nearly 4,000 DPS employees: What will you do today to contribute to a safer Ohio? more

Troopers seize marijuana in Shelby County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chrysler 200, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 105, in Shelby County at 9:18 a.m., on February 3. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe. Troopers also discovered 220 grams of marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has a street value of $2,200. The driver, Devon K. Clark, 22, of Southfield Mich., and passenger, Meshach J. Williams, 22, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Flying Wheel

Featured in this issue:

-Spouses of fallen troopers find strength in their communities and memories

-Troopers work with CDL drivers to stop crashes and human trafficking

-MADD "Tie one on for safety" campaign kicks off

Marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia seized by troopers in Wood County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2005 Ford Freestyle SUV, with Colorado registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on Interstate 80 westbound near milepost 67, in Wood County at 10:15 a.m., on February 1. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately eight pounds of marijuana, a gram of methamphetamine, and numerous drug paraphernalia items in the vehicle. The passenger, Kenneth D. Michel, 52, of Bailey, Colo., was charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of methamphetamine, both fifth degree felonies.

Troopers seize crack cocaine in Scioto County

Crack cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2006 Mercury Sable, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 6, in Scioto County at 6:58 p.m., on January 26. Upon contact with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers discovered a baggy of suspected narcotics on the passenger’s person. The suspect advised he would voluntarily remove the item and as he removed it he tossed the baggy over the guardrail. The baggy was quickly located. The baggy contained approximately 78 grams of suspect crack cocaine, worth $7,800. The passenger, Devin L. Hunn, 30, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of crack cocaine, a first-degree felony.  

Ross County Officials step up enforcement during weekend-long sweep

From NBC4:

A community reeling from drug-related crimes is seeing stepped up law enforcement. Ross County’s missing and dead women have common threads: drugs and illegal activity. To combat both of those, the Chillicothe police, Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol are partnering to take a bite out of crime. more

Troopers seize marijuana worth $95,130 in Sandusky County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2006 VW Passat, with Oregon registration, for slow speed and unsafe lane change violations on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 87 in Sandusky County at 11:40 a.m., on January 27. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed raw marijuana in plain view in the center console. A probable cause search revealed 21 pounds of marijuana, worth $95,130 in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Russell F. Hines, 29, of Ashland, Ore., was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers find more than 1,000 Oxycodone pills in Shelby County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo, with Kentucky registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 86, in Shelby County at 3:30 p.m., on January 26. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1,181 Oxycodone pills, worth $28,344 in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, John Blevins, 41, of Grayson, Ky., and passenger, Travis Pinson, 25, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a first-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Liquid Codeine found by troopers in Fulton County

Liquid codeine

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Impala, with a temporary Illinois registration, for speed and registration violations on Interstate 80 westbound near milepost 45, in Fulton County at 10:32 p.m., on January 22. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 10 bottles of liquid codeine, worth $6,000 and five fraudulent prescriptions. The driver, Jimmy Pearson, 51 of Chicago, Ill., and passengers, Jamauris Johnson, 25, of Aurora, Ill., Sarah Meh Kozeil, 20, of, Wheaton, ill., and Abigail Clasen, 18, of Oswego, Ill., were incarcerated in the Correction Center of Northwest Ohio. Charges include possession and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies, forgery, and illegal processing of drug documents, both fifth-degree felonies.

Troopers seize cocaine worth $19,000 in Sandusky County

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2001 Acura 4 door, with Pennsylvania registration, for an equipment violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 100, in Sandusky County at 12:55 a.m., on January 26. A U.S. Border Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 198 grams of cocaine, located under the passenger seat. A further search of the vehicle revealed an additional 32 grams of cocaine. The contraband has an approximate street value of $19,320. The driver, Omar Griffin, 22, of Aliquippa, Pa., was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony.

Troopers, truckers uniting to shine a spotlight on dark issue of human trafficking

From IndeOnline:

The Ohio Highway Patrol is partnering with the trucking industry in an effort to raise awareness of human trafficking. Troopers believe that alert truckers can provide information leading to the rescue of young girls who have been forced into prostitution. more

Troopers discover hidden compartment

Marijuana

HENRIETTA TOWNSHIP - Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers located a hidden compartment in the vehicle during a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2005 Jeep Cherokee, with Maryland registration, for following too closely and registration violations on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 133, at 4:20 p.m., on January 20. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. During a probable cause search, after-market modification were found in the rear cargo area floorboard, containing 40 pounds of high grade marijuana, worth $160,000. more

Troopers seize 123 pounds of marijuana in Madison County traffic stop

Marijuana

WEST JEFFERSON - Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 123 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $615,000 following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Troopers stopped a 2014 Subaru Station Wagon, with Colorado registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 72, at 9:26 a.m., on January 13. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Troopers seize heroin in Lucas County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Nissan Maxima, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 57, in Lucas County at 11:43 p.m., on January 14. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana and a softball sized bag of suspected heroin in the vehicle. The driver, Kavin Henry, 25, and passenger, Edgar Sail, 39, both of Maple Heights, Ohio were incarcerated in the Lucas County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

OSP: ‘Drive below the speed limit in snowy conditions’

From WDTN:

Ohio State Highway Patrol says anytime there are traffic crashes in these type of conditions, there’s always one common factor at play... and that’s speed. more

Ten pounds of marijuana seized in Lorain County by Patrol

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 1998 Chevy Blazer, with Pennsylvania registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 3:41 p.m., on January 13. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 10 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana, weighing approximately 10 pounds, worth approximately $25,000. The driver, Larry J. Skuse, 47, of Houston, Pa., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers find marijuana worth $30,000 in Madison County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2004 Ford Explorer, with Michigan registration, for speed and obstructed plate violations on Interstate 70 westbound, near milepost 70 in Madison County at 10:46 a.m., on January 11. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed in plain view a small amount of marijuana in the center console.  A probable cause search revealed six pounds of marijuana, worth $30,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Aubrey Barned, 26, of Romulus, Mich., was incarcerated in the Multi-County Jail and charge with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

OSHP asks drivers to ‘Move Over’

From My Daily Tribune:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep their fellow drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio’s “Move Over law.”

From 2011-15, Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers were involved in 67 crashes that appear be related to the move-over law. These crashes resulted in deaths of two civilians, 25 injured officers and 35 injured civilians. more

Patrol seizes heroin, crack, other drugs in Wood County traffic stop

Various drugs

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, with New York registration, for an unsafe lane change violation on Interstate 280 southbound near milepost 1, in Wood County at 2:49 p.m. on January 8. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately three ounces of heroin, 462 Oxycodone pills, 270 Hydrocodone pills, 193 Ecstasy pills, 10 grams of crack and a gram of marijuana. The contraband has an approximate street value of $12,750. The driver, Earl D. Metcalf, 43, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies; possession and trafficking in schedule I and II narcotics, all second-degree felonies; and possession and trafficking in crack cocaine, a third-degree felony.

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Traffic fatalities for New Year’s and Christmas reporting periods

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is reporting traffic fatalities over the New Year’s reporting period and the Christmas reporting period. more

State Highway Patrol says 2015 was deadly year for Ohio

From WKBN 27:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol keeps a running log of traffic fatalities, and 2015 has been a deadly year on Ohio roads.

Lighted billboard signs claim 1,054 people have died so far, and that’s not including New Year’s Eve. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol will increase police presence on New Year's Eve

From WHIZ News:

We are just days away from the new year, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is taking precautions to ensure the safety of all motorists. more

Trooper surprises local boy for Christmas

From the Chillicothe Gazette:

An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper went out of his way to make a little boy's Christmas special this year, and their story has been shared and liked thousands of times on social media, garnering national attention. more

Troopers seize marijuana, cocaine, hashish and paraphernalia in Lucas County traffic stop

Various drug items

Troopers stopped a 2014 Jeep Compass, with California registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 60, in Lucas County at 10:51 a.m. on December 23. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately seven ounces of marijuana, 10 ounces of marijuana edibles, eight ounces of marijuana juice, 21 grams of hashish, and one gram of cocaine. Troopers also discovered drug paraphernalia items. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,276. The driver, Gillian L. Carlson, 29, of Los Angeles, Calif., was incarcerated in the Lucas County Justice Center and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, as well as possession of marijuana, cocaine, and hashish, all fifth-degree felonies.

Ohio patrol's new K-9 is 1st to graduate in-house training

From WHIO:

The State Highway Patrol in Ohio has switched to buying and training its own canines instead of using a contractor, and the program's first graduate is an 18-month-old male German Shepherd named Fox. more

Patrol and ODOT partner to decrease traffic deaths, impaired driving this Holiday Season 

As of Monday, 1,070 people have been killed on Ohio roadways this year. That’s a 9 percent increase over the same time last year. As Ohioans prepare for holiday festivities, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) want to urge safety while driving on the roadways - especially remembering to always drive sober - to avoid fatalities for the rest of the year. more

OSHP and ODOT to talk about traffic fatalities and safe driving
ahead of the busy holiday travel season

What: The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation will discuss the high number of traffic deaths in Ohio this year and what is being done to address the issue. We’ll also have a visual display to help show the number of traffic deaths in Ohio. more

Troopers find Oxymorphone worth $30,000 in Scioto County

Oxymorphone

Troopers stopped a 2015 Dodge Dart, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5 in Scioto County at 7:34 p.m., on December 11. Criminal indicators were observed and the front seat passenger was asked to exit the vehicle. The passenger voluntarily consented to a pat-down. During the pat down, a bag of pills was discovered on his person. The passenger voluntarily removed a baggy containing 250 Oxymorphone pills, worth $30,000. The passenger, Deron M. King, 24, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of Oxymorphone and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Cleveland cadets leave for new type of police training in Columbus

From Fox8:

A bus load of Cleveland police cadets left for Columbus Wednesday morning for training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.

The cadets said goodbye to family and friends and boarded the bus at the Cleveland Muni Lot. more

Troopers seize cocaine in Butler County traffic stop

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, with Ohio registration, for a window tint violation on 14th Avenue in the city of Middletown, in Butler County at 2:02 p.m., on December 14. A plain view search of the vehicle revealed an ounce of cocaine, worth $2,352. Troopers also discovered $13,684 in cash. The driver, Patrick Vanderpool-Reed, 28, of Middletown, Ohio was incarcerated in the Middletown Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both second-degree felonies.

Multi-state OVI enforcement increases arrests from previous years

The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 399 OVI arrests during the latest 6-State Trooper Project, focused on removing impaired motorists to make safer roadways. This is an 81 percent increase from the same 3-day initiative in 2013, and a 40 percent increase from 2014. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol Offers Cold Weather Driving Tips

From WTRF 7 News:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to about 25,000 crashes statewide during the past winter. And what they've discovered about those crashes may surprise you.

Most of them didn't happen on a curve or on a steep hill or even in a bad snowstorm. The majority happened on a straight stretch of road, but here's the common denominator: the drivers were speeding. And if you should happen to get into an accident this winter, here's some important advice about what to do. more

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Flying Wheel

Featured in this issue:

-Sergeant Erika Englund helps bring attention to Ohio's Move Over law

-Fourty-four new troopers joined the sworn ranks at the 158th class graduation

-Youth Outreach to Buckeye Boys State, Buckeye Girls State and Junior Cadet program

-Patrol personnel ran and walked in the 2015 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

Troopers seize crack, heroin during Sandusky County traffic stop

Crack, heroin

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chevy SUV, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 104, in Sandusky County at 1:04 a.m., on November 26. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 70 grams of crack and 56 grams of heroin concealed in a shoe on the rear floorboard. The contraband has an approximate street value of $15,820. The driver, Stacey Polley, 40, and passengers, Ernest Chapman, 32, and Angela Quawrells, 36, all from Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail and charged with possession of crack and heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Patrol participating in multi-state OVI enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on OVI enforcement from Friday, December 4 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, December 6 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. more

Nine deaths over Thanksgiving weekend from seven crashes

Provisional numbers released today by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday than in recent years. Nine people were killed during the five day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 25 until Sunday, November 29. This is a decrease from the past three years when 23 were killed in 2014, 17 were killed in 2013, 12 were killed in 2012. more

State Highway Patrol takes to the sky to help keep motorists safe

From 13abc:

Tens of millions of people are heading out of town for Thanksgiving. The roads around our region have already seen a significant increase in traffic. With a lot of construction zones in the Toledo area, there's always concern that one accident will bring things to a halt for hours.

Those zones can be difficult for troopers and other officers to work in because of the limited space, so they sometimes take their work to the skies. more

Troopers seize 47 pounds of marijuana and 111 grams of Hash Oil in Wood County traffic stop

Marijuana

Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 47 pounds of marijuana and 111 grams of hash oil, worth a combined $235,000 following a traffic stop in Wood County. more

Troopers seize 90 pounds of marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop

marijuana

A Connecticut man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 90 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $450,000 following a traffic stop in Lorain County. more

Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday

Click it or Ticket

In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that properly wearing a safety belt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Additionally, remember to follow all traffic laws and not drive impaired. more

 

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