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Stolen Military Humvee Recovered

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has recovered a military Humvee stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory located in Stow, Ohio. more

Troopers seize cocaine, heroin worth more than $19,000 in Columbus

On March 19, 2017, at 3:00 a.m., troopers stopped a 2005 Nissan Altima, with Ohio registration, for moving and equipment violations on Bethel Road in the city of Columbus, in Franklin County. The driver, David Denny, 29, of Delaware was subsequently arrested for OVI. During an administrative inventory of the vehicle, troopers recovered more than 65 grams of cocaine and 126 grams of heroin. The contraband has a street value of more than $19,150. He was incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of heroin and cocaine, all first-degree felonies.

Troopers find $32,000 worth of ecstasy in Summit County traffic stop

On March 22, 2017, at 4:52 p.m., troopers stopped a 2013 Ford F-150 truck, with Pennsylvania registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 173 in Summit County. Troopers observed criminal indicators, and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a package containing 1,418 Ecstasy pills, worth $32,000. The driver, Andreas Key, 32, of Markleysburg, Pa., and passenger, Gregory Gray, 33, of Connellsville, Pa., were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule 1 or 2 substance, and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Highway Patrol graduates 85 cadets in ceremony today

The Patrol’s 161st Academy Class graduated today after 23 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was provided by the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich. Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Arthur J. Combest, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals. more

Patrol seeks assistance in locating a stolen military Humvee

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a stolen military Humvee from the Ohio National Guard Armory located in Stow, Ohio. more

Register now for 2017 SPPADS conference in Columbus

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is proud to be hosting the 2017 SPPADS conference in Columbus, Ohio on The Ohio State University campus. Come be a part of sharing the best practices in law enforcement training and recruitment with other state and provincial law enforcement organizations. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/sppads/.

Troopers recognized at annual OVI Ceremony

Congratulations to the fine men and women of the Ohio State Highway Patrol who were recognized today for leading the state last year in impaired driving arrests.

In total, troopers arrested 25,263 drivers in 2016 for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Patrol is committed to enforcing impaired driving laws and keeping Ohio’s roadways safe.

Troopers seize marijuana, marijuana Kool Aid in Summit County traffic stop

On March 16, 2017, at 11:02 a.m., troopers stopped a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, with Michigan registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 174, in Summit County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 2 pounds of high grade marijuana and two quarts of marijuana Kool Aid in the trunk. The contraband has a street value of $10,000. The driver, Kyle A. Simms, 23, of Taylor, Mich., was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers discover Oxycodone pills in stop on Ohio Turnpike

On March 15, 2017, at 11:03 a.m., troopers stopped a rented 2016 Nissan Altima, with Massachusetts registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 179. After speaking with the passenger, Teara Groce, 26, of Clinton, Mich., she voluntarily surrendered a bag containing 64 Oxycodone pills. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed an additional 161 Oxycodone pills in the glove box. The contraband has a street value of $7,350. The driver, Anthony Groce, 46, of Akron was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Both were charged with possession and trafficking in a schedule II controlled substance, both second-degree felonies.

Trooper recognized for lifesaving actions

When Trooper Robert W. Gatchel stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation last November, he quickly realized the driver – who waved her arms and gave him the universal sign for choking – was unable to breathe. Trooper Gatchel immediately pulled her from the vehicle and performed the Heimlich maneuver. His lifesaving actions were recognized at a ceremony today at the Lima Post, where he received a certificate of recognition from Captain Gene Smith.

Patrol holds promotion ceremony

Help us congratulate the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Clockwise from top: Sergeant Jonathan A. Ganley, Sergeant Thomas N. Bee, Sergeant Nathan E. Dennis, and Sergeant John F. McGlashan.

 

Troopers seize marijuana, edibles from SUV stopped in Wood County

On March 12, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2016 Ford Edge SUV, with New York registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 72, in Wood County at 12:07 a.m. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately 2 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and marijuana edibles concealed in the trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $9,620. The passenger, Danniel Lee, 62, of Babylon, N.Y. was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Highway Patrol: Don’t Press your Luck this St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Ohio State Highway Patrol urges you to designate a sober driver before the festivities begin. The Patrol will work with local law enforcement to remove impaired drivers as part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. more

Patrol welcomes comments during public session for 9th re-accreditation

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will welcome comments from community members in an upcoming public call-in session on March 29, which addresses the Patrol’s ability to comply with re-accreditation standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA. This is the ninth re-accreditation application for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is required every three years. more

Troopers seize two pounds of cocaine in Lorain County

Troopers seized more than 2 pounds of cocaine, valued at $35,429, from a vehicle stopped for a speed violation. The stop was made on March 1, 2017, at 10:09 a.m., on the Turnpike in Lorain County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a U.S. Border Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. The suspect, Lamar Hillard, 30, of Erie, Pa., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail. Hillard was charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers discover marijuana, marijuana butter and hash oil in Allen County

On March 7, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Buick Lucerne, with Michigan registration, for a following too close violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 133, in Allen County at 9:36 a.m. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed six packages of marijuana, six containers of marijuana butter and six syringes containing marijuana hash oil. The contraband has a street value of $8,685. The driver, Christopher Woods, 41, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of hash oil, a third-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers find marijuana, valium in Butler County

On March 6, 2017, troopers stopped a 2011 Ford Taurus, with Kentucky registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 23, in Butler County at 7:23 p.m. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 2 pounds of marijuana and 56 valium pills in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $9,080. The driver, Richard J. Martinelli III, 29, of Inkster, Mich., was incarcerated in the Butler County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and a schedule IV substance, both fifth-degree felonies.

Troopers discover oxycodone in Wood County traffic stop

Troopers seized 611 oxycodone pills, valued at $19,961, from a vehicle stopped for a following too close violation. The stop was made on February 19, 2017, at 8:41 p.m., on Interstate 75 near milepost 182 in Wood County. During contact with the driver, Elondre Johnson, 29, of Detroit, Mich., troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a consensual pat-down, Johnson voluntarily produced a package containing the pills. Johnson was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with trafficking and possession of oxycodone, both second-degree felonies, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

Third class of canines graduate the Patrol’s Academy

Five canines graduated today from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The canines and their handlers trained together for 10 weeks to earn Police Service Dog certification by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. Each canine mastered narcotic detection, tracking apprehension, or both. more

Troopers discover marijuana valued at $13,000 in Miami County

Troopers seized 5 pounds of marijuana, valued at $13,750, from a vehicle stopped for a following too close violation. The stop was made on February 16, 2017, at 9:33 a.m., on Interstate 75 in Miami County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five vacuum sealed bags of hydroponic marijuana in a suitcase in the vehicle’s trunk. The suspect, Bruce Carter Jr., 31 of Clarkston, Mich., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Carter was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Register now for 2017 SPPADS conference in Columbus

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is proud to be hosting the 2017 SPPADS conference in Columbus, Ohio on The Ohio State University campus. Come be a part of sharing the best practices in law enforcement training and recruitment with other state and provincial law enforcement organizations. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/sppads/.

Ohio Highway Patrol cracks down on violations of Move Over Law

From the News-Herald:

“Imagine this: You’re driving on the highway and see an emergency vehicle up ahead with flashing lights stopped off the side of the road. This is the time when you need to slow down or move over one lane,” states the opening of an Ohio Highway Patrol public safety announcement for Ohio’s Move Over Law. more

Update 1: Patrol Investigates Williams County Fatal Hit-Skip

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers located and seized a vehicle that was involved in a fatal traffic crash in the village of Edgerton.

Troopers identified and questioned a driver for potential involvement with the incident. Charges will be pending until the investigation is completed and presented to the Williams County Prosecutor. more

Patrol Investigates Williams County Fatal Hit-Skip

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances that lead to the death of a bicyclist on U.S. Route 6 near County Road 4-50 in Williams County. more

Troopers discover 24 pounds of marijuana in Warren County

Troopers seized 24 pounds of marijuana, valued at $56,040, from a vehicle stopped for a license plate violation. The stop was made on February 9, 2017, at 7:14 p.m., on Interstate 71 near milepost 28 in Warren County. During contact with the driver, Adam Mueller, 34, of Kettering, Ohio, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a duffle bag containing 6 pound of marijuana found on the passenger seat. Also, 18 pounds of marijuana and 26 vials of hash oil were found in the vehicle’s trunk. Mueller was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies, and possession of hash oil, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize $600,000 worth of cocaine and heroin in Madison County traffic stop

A New York man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 6 pounds of cocaine and 2 pounds of heroin, valued at approximately $600,000, following a traffic stop in Madison County. more

Latest Flying Wheel available

In this issue:

-PROTECT program focuses on criminal trends specific to different communities

-INTEL UNIT analysts were busier than ever in 2016

-160TH CLASS graduated from the Training Academy

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Patrol Announces 2016 Leadership Awards

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the winners of their 2016 Leadership Awards today. The ceremony recognizes dozens of state and district award winners for contributions to the division and the state of Ohio. more

Elyria Post of Ohio Highway Patrol honors officers, civilian for life-saving efforts

From the Morning Journal:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Elyria Post honored four individuals for their life-saving efforts at a ceremony Feb. 9. more

Patrol to focus on enforcement of Move Over or Slow Down statute

From the Sentinel Tribune:

The Bowling Green, Toledo, Findlay and Swanton posts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting a focused enforcement effort through Thursday, focusing on the Move Over or Slow Down statute as well as strict enforcement of required safety belt use. more

Trooper recognized for work with task force

Help us congratulate Trooper Joseph Weeks for receiving the 2016 Officer of the Year Award from the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force. Trooper Weeks serves as a uniformed canine officer and assists the task force with their investigations. The award was presented in appreciation for his "outstanding dedication and commitment to the task force."

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force is part of the Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission. It's made up of officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Miami Township Police Department, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration and Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.

Troopers seize crack cocaine in Gallia County traffic stop

Troopers seized 70 grams of crack, valued at $6,650, from a vehicle stopped for an unsafe lane change violation. The stop was made on January 29, 2017, at 2:05 a.m., on U.S. 35, in Gallia County. Troopers observed criminal indicators, and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the crack was concealed in a hidden compartment. The suspect, Anthony C. Whigman, 34, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail. Whigman was charged with possession and trafficking in crack, both first-degree felonies, he was also charged with hidden compartment, a second degree felony. 

In 2012, Senate Bill 305 prohibited designing, building, constructing, fabricating, modifying, or altering a vehicle to create or add a hidden compartment with the intent to facilitate the unlawful concealment or transportation of a controlled substance.

Troopers seize marijuana valued at $22,700 in Clark County

Troopers seized 5 pounds of marijuana, valued at $22,700, from a vehicle stopped for a speed violation. The stop was made on January 20, 2017, at 7:59 p.m., on Grand Avenue and Tibbetts Street in the city of Springfield in Clark County. Troopers smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle during contact with the driver, Christopher Peterson, 24, and passenger, Edward Soles, 33, both from Springfield. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the marijuana. Troopers also discovered two handguns, one of which was stolen, in the vehicle. Both suspects were incarcerated in the Clark County Jail. Peterson was charged with having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, possession of oxycodone, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. Soles was charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and improper handling of a firearm, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Ohio patrol part of three-state fight against human trafficking

From Fox28:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining in a tri-state human trafficking initiative this week to raise awareness and combat the crime.

OSHP, the Indiana State Police and the MIchigan State Police are partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking. more

Troopers seize oxymorphone pills valued at $13,500 in Hancock County

Troopers seized 300 Oxymorphone pills, valued at $13,500, from a vehicle stopped for a speed violation. The stop was made on January 19, 2017, at 11:28 p.m., on Interstate 75 in Hancock County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Hancock County Sheriff’s drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three bundles of pills wrapped in duct tape in the vehicle. The suspect, Lenard Williams III, 42, of Knoxville, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail. Williams was charged with possession of a schedule II drug, a second-degree felony. 

New program offers mental health support for Ohio first responders, their families

From WBNS-10TV

Nick Malo could never imagine the things he would experience in his 16 years as an Ohio State Trooper.

"The fatal accidents, the death notifications that you have to do," he said. "I've been involved in several shootings, unfortunately. I've also been involved in different officer rescues where officers haven't made it." more

Troopers discover marijuana, THC edibles worth $154,000

Troopers seized 22 pounds of marijuana and 12 pounds of THC edibles, valued at $154,360, from a vehicle stopped for a turn signal violation. The stop was made on January 17, 2017, at 1:25 p.m., on Interstate 75 in Shelby County. During contact with the driver, Adam R. Bye, 25, of Taylor, Mich., troopers observed marijuana debris in plain view in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a large brown bag containing the marijuana and four bags of THC edibles. Bye was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail on charges for possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and failure to use a turn signal, a minor misdemeanor.

Vinton County man to receive Certificate of Recognition for his lifesaving actions

ATHENS, OHIO – The Ohio State Highway Patrol honored Dustin J. Ward today with a Certificate of Recognition for his lifesaving actions on September 12, 2016. Captain Carl Roark, Jackson District commander, presented the award at the Athens Post. more

Troopers seize 11 pounds marijuana on Ohio Turnpike

Troopers seized 11 pounds of marijuana, valued at $55,000, from a vehicle stopped for a marked lanes violation. The stop was made on January 16, 2017, at 12:38 p.m., on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 11 vacuum sealed bags of high grade marijuana. The suspect, Ryan M. Foster, 25, of Somesbar, Calif., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Foster was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. 

Patrol congratulates newly promoted employees

Help us congratulate the newly promoted Ohio State Highway Patrol employees. Top row: Administrative Officer 2 Thomas E. Gwinn, Captain Eric R. Sheppard, Lieutenant Robert D. Hilderbrandt, Major Joshua M. Swindell, Staff Lieutenant Travis A. Hughes and Sergeant Joshua W. Hunter. Bottom row: Chemical Laboratory Supervisor 2 Tiffany D. Paugh, Sergeant Coby L. Halloway, Staff Lieutenant Chad W. Enderby, OIU Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Johnson and Lieutenant Robert E. Gable. Not pictured: Sergeant Nathan E. Dennis.

State patrol video shows aftermath of overdose

From MyFox28:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released a dash cam video of troopers responding to a father's heroin overdose at a Miami County rest stop. more

Troopers discover marijuana, edibles and hash on Ohio Turnpike

Troopers seized 12 pounds of marijuana, marijuana edibles and 50 grams of hash, valued at $5,000 from a vehicle stopped for a marked lanes violation. The stop was made on January 10, 2017, at 2:51 p.m., on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. During contact with the occupants, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the contraband. The passenger, Samuel Lopez III, 24, of New York, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies, trafficking in hash, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of hash, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize $800,000 worth of Ecstasy pills in Wood County traffic stop

STONEY RIDGE – A Texas man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 6 pounds of ecstasy pills, valued at approximately $800,000, following a traffic stop in Wood County. more

Troopers find marijuana in Warren County traffic stop

Troopers seized one pound of marijuana valued at $4,550 from a vehicle stopped for a speed violation. The stop was made on January 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., on Interstate 71 northbound in Warren County. During contact with the driver, Amari N. Taylor, 24, of Cleveland Heights, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a box containing the marijuana. Taylor was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail on charges for possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers discover marijuana, shatter, THC infused beverages

Troopers seized 366 grams of shatter (a marijuana concentrate), 144 jars of THC infused beverage, and 14 grams of marijuana valued at $11,000 from a vehicle stopped for a speed violation. The stop was made on January 4, 2017, at 4:53 p.m., on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County. During contact with the driver, Terica Poole, 36, of Akron, troopers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the contraband. Poole was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail on charges for possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Section of I-90 named for Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez

A section of Interstate 90 will bear the name of a Lorain County law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty. more

Troopers seize 87 grams of cocaine in Gallia County

Troopers seized 87 grams of cocaine, valued at $8,700, from a vehicle stopped for marked lanes and equipment violations. The stop was made on December 31, 2016, at 7:39 p.m., on U.S. 35, in Gallia County. During contact with the driver, Danjuma L. Marshall, 36, of Columbus, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing cocaine. Marshall was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail on charges for possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

37 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

Members of the 136th Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Friday afternoon at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 37 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 26 Ohio agencies. more

Troopers discover 8 pounds of marijuana in Tuscarawas County

Troopers seized 8 pounds of marijuana, valued at $8,000, from a vehicle stopped for a marked lanes violation. The stop was made on December 29, 2016, at 2:53 p.m., on Interstate 77, in Tuscarawas County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed seven vacuum sealed bags of marijuana. The suspect, Christopher Frank, 49, of Ukiah, Calif., was incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County Jail. Frank was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. 

Troopers seize 119 grams of methamphetamine in Tuscarawas County

Troopers seized 119 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $9,500, from a vehicle stopped for speed and marked lanes violations. The stop was made on December 29, 2016, at 3:19 p.m., on Interstate 77 southbound, in Tuscarawas County. During the contact with the occupants, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.  As the driver was in the back of the patrol vehicle, the passenger, John C. Bell III, 31, of Akron fled the stopped vehicle on foot. Troopers gave verbal commands to stop. After attempting to destroy all evidence, Bell complied with commands. He was taken into custody without any further incident. Bell was incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County Jail. Bell was charged with possession and trafficking in methamphetamine, both second-degree felonies.   

News release: Patrol releases traffic fatality statistics for New Year and Christmas reporting periods

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting preliminary traffic fatality data from the 2017 New Year and 2016 Christmas reporting periods.

Four people were killed on Ohio's roadways during the 2017 New Year Holiday, a four-day reporting period beginning December 30 and ending January 2. This is a significant decrease from the 2016 New Year reporting period, when 11 individuals died in traffic crashes. more

What everyone can do to help Highway Patrol catch drugged drivers

From WKBN:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is putting a stronger emphasis on combating drug abuse, and there’s a simple thing every driver can do to help troopers tackle the problem. more

Troopers seize 10 pounds of marijuana in Medina County traffic stop

Troopers seized 10 pounds of marijuana, valued at $23,000, from a vehicle stopped for following too closely. The stop was made on December 27, 2016, at 10:24 a.m., on Interstate 71 northbound, in Medina County. During the contact with the driver, Jason V. Powell, 38, of Euclid, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the marijuana. Powell was incarcerated in the Medina County Jail on charges of possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers Seize 14 Pounds of Marijuana in Summit County Traffic Stop

Troopers seized 14 pounds of marijuana, valued at $56,000, from a vehicle stopped for following too closely violation. The stop was made on December 23, 2016, at 12:42 a.m. on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 14 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana. The suspect, Joseph M. McFadden, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Trooper Velez's name added to Memorial

Today we paused to honor the memory and sacrifice of Trooper Kenneth Velez. His name, now engraved on the Ohio State Highway Patrol Memorial, is among the names of 39 other officers who have been killed in the line of duty since the Patrol’s inception in 1933.

Congratulations to new promotees!

Pictured left to right: Sergeant Rebekka C. Robinson, Lieutenant Marvin E. Hill and Sergeant Stacy L. Stidham

Cram a Cruiser food drive a success

From the Herald-Dispatch:

The annual Cram a Cruiser food drive conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol crammed more than just a cruiser. In fact, the collected food filled a full-size Ford pickup three-and-a-half times over. more

Annual program lets kids go on shopping spree

From the Herald-Dispatch:

Representatives from law enforcement agencies in Lawrence County - along with some special seasonal friends, like Santa Claus himself - helped about 50 kids from the area have a brighter Christmas, thanks to the annual Shop With a Cop program. more

Troopers discover 6 lbs of marijuana in Allen County

Troopers seized more than 6 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, valued at $32,500, from a vehicle stopped for following too closely. The stop was made on December 16, 2016, at 12:21 p.m., on Interstate 75 southbound, in Allen County. During contact with the driver, Jacob Levy, 20, of Winchester, Ky., troopers smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two buckets containing the marijuana. Levy was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail on charges for possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Troopers find 32 lbs of marijuana

Troopers seized 32 pounds of marijuana, valued at $96,000, from a vehicle stopped for following too closely. The stop was made on December 15, 2016, at 2:05 p.m., on Interstate 70, in Madison County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two suitcases containing vacuum sealed marijuana. The driver, Bryan Howard, 26, of Cleveland was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize 300 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

Two men from Honduras are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 300 pounds of marijuana, valued approximately $1,362,000 following a traffic stop in Wood County. more

Troopers find marijuana worth $25,000 on Ohio Turnpike

Troopers seized 5 pounds of high grade marijuana, valued at $25,000, from a vehicle stopped for a speed violation. The stop was made on December 7, 2016, at 10:24 a.m., on the Ohio Turnpike, in Summit County. During the contact with the driver, Nicholas P. Przbyla, 35, of Detroit, Michigan, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five vacuum sealed bags containing the marijuana. Przbyla was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail on charges for possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Winter weather driving tips

From 10TV:

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, during the winter of 2015-16, there were 11,544 crashes on snow, ice or slush covered roadways on Ohio roads. Speed-related factors were reported as a cause in 68 percent of these crashes. more

Ohio State Patrol releases aerial shots of massive chain-reaction crash

From Fox 8:

On Thursday, December 8th, nearly 50 cars were involved in a massive chain-reaction crash on the icy roads in Lake County. more

Drowsy driving is as bad as driving drunk, says new study

From TODAY:

New research from AAA suggests that if you miss just one hour of sleep, your concentration and reaction time on the road can suffer, sometimes with terrible consequences. more

Troopers seize nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine in Preble County traffic stop

A man and a woman from California are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $1 million, following a traffic stop in Preble County.

On December 2, 2016, at 12:25 a.m., troopers stopped a 2010 Chevy Aveo, with California registration, for a no turn signal violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 10. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Troopers seize 9 pounds of marijuana in Sandusky County

Troopers seized 9 pounds of marijuana, valued at $21,015, from a vehicle stopped for a marked lanes violation. The stop was made on December 2, 2016, at 2:14 a.m., on the Ohio Turnpike, in Sandusky County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a U.S. Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a duffle bag containing the marijuana. The suspect, Juan Bates, 51, of Cleveland was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers find fraudulent Visa cards during traffic stop on Ohio Turnpike

On November 27, 2016, at 9:39 p.m. troopers responded to an unpaid toll on the Ohio Turnpike. During contact with the occupants, both from Detroit, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 34 fraudulent Visa cards. The suspects, Channon D. Turner, 27, and LaMonte Joyner, 18, were incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center. Both were charged with felony forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers discover marijuana in Ohio Turnpike traffic stop

Troopers seized a pound of marijuana, valued at $5,000, from a vehicle stopped for a marked lanes violation. The stop was made on November 29, 2016, at 12:07 p.m., on the Ohio Turnpike, in Summit County. During the contact with the driver, Kherry Norris, 40, of Hedgesville, W.Va., troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed high grade marijuana. Norris was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. He was charges for trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize Oxycodone pills valued at $19,000 in Shelby County

Troopers seized 809 Oxycodone pills, valued at $19,416, from a vehicle stopped for following too closely. The stop was made on November 16, 2016, at 12:49 p.m., on Interstate 75 southbound, in Shelby County. During contact with the driver, Javion Baker, 19, of Frankfort, Kentucky, troopers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probably cause search of the vehicle revealed seven plastic bags containing the contraband. Baker was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail on charges for possession of drugs, a first-degree felony, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and following too closely, a minor misdemeanor.

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 2 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, December 4 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

Trooper recognized for lifesaving actions

Trooper Kenneth M. Robbins was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Teaford today for actions he took on July 18 while investigating a crash. An out-of-control truck headed toward a tow truck driver at the scene, and Trooper Robbins ran toward him and pushed him out of the way. The tow truck driver's injuries were largely mitigated as a result of Trooper Robbins' quick thinking.

Lamar Advertising Company to receive Patrol’s Partners for Safety Award

The Ohio State Highway Patrol presented Youngstown’s Lamar Advertising Company with the Partners for Safety Award earlier today in Girard.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin D. Teaford, Assistant Superintendent of the Patrol, and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born expressed their gratitude for the support before presenting the award to Lamar Advertising Vice President and General Manager Bob Schneider. more

PNC Bank to receive Patrol’s Partners for Safety Award

The Ohio State Highway Patrol presented PNC Bank with the Partners for Safety Award today during an awards presentation in Cleveland.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin D. Teaford, Assistant Superintendent of the Patrol, and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born expressed their gratitude for the support before presenting the award to PNC Bank Northern Ohio Regional President Paul Clark. more

Troopers seize 200 pounds of marijuana in Preble County traffic stop

EATON – A California woman is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 200 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1 million following a traffic stop in Preble County.

On November 22, 2016, at 2:56 p.m., troopers stopped a 2005 Ford F-250 pick-up truck, with Nevada license plate registration, for impeding traffic on Interstate 70, near milepost 8. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Troopers seize 71 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 71 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $330,000 following a traffic stop in Wood County.

On November 21, 2016, at 10:16 a.m., troopers stopped a rented 2016 Ford Expedition, with Washington State license plate registration, for following too closely on Interstate 80, near milepost 71. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 10 grift wrapped boxes containing approximately 71 pounds of marijuana, 360 THC pills and a pound of hash wax oil. more

News Release: 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 to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. more

Troopers seize cocaine, marijuana in Summit County traffic stop

Troopers seized two ounces of cocaine and 125 grams of marijuana, valued at $7,250, from a vehicle stopped for failure to signal violation. The stop was made on November 17, 2016, at 11:12 a.m., on Arlington Street in the city of Akron, in Summit County. During contact with the passenger, Fritz Moody, 57, of Akron, troopers observed marijuana residue in plain view. During a pat-down for weapons, trooper discovered the cocaine. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed additional cocaine and marijuana. Moody was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail on charges for possession of cocaine and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies, and possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

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In this issue:

End of Watch: Thousands honor Trooper Kenneth Velez

Patrol Assessment Center

Four days in Cleveland

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It’s time to start talking about Ohio’s growing drugged driving problem

From the Times-Journal:

As families and friends prepare to gather together during the busy holiday travel season, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are utilizing the state’s 130 freeway message signs, as well as portable highway signs, to raise awareness about the growing drugged driving problem in Ohio. more

Patrol Celebrates 83rd Birthday

Today we celebrate our 83rd birthday. Generations of men and women have demonstrated their commitment to making our state safer since the Ohio State Highway Patrol was created November 15, 1933. The foundation of the Patrol was built upon unwavering commitment to service of others. As we reflect on our history today, it is imperative we focus on what is at stake. Our goal is not about an obscure number – it is about saving lives one traffic stop at a time.

Troopers seized marijuana on Ohio Turnpike

Troopers seized 13 pounds of marijuana, valued at $30,355, from a vehicle stopped for following too closely. The stop was made on November 2, 2016, at 1:09 p.m., on the Ohio Turnpike, in Lorain County. During the contact with the driver, Zeyazan M. Kassem, 25, of Dearborn, Michigan, troopers smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probably cause search of the vehicle revealed two white garbage bags containing the marijuana. Kassem was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail on charges for possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Employees honored at Military Service Award Ceremony and Veterans Seminar

 

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety recognized employees and retirees for their service in the United States Military. As part of the ceremony, Patrol Chaplain Reverend Richard Ellsworth, a WWII veteran, received an award for his service in the United States Army. The Patrol also honored the late Sergeant Jeffrey Dallas, who served in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve.

Troopers seize 263 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

A man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 263 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $596,484.00 following a traffic stop in Wood County. more

Girl Scouts remember fallen Trooper Kenny Velez with magnolia tree

From the Morning Journal:

When Girl Scout Troop 50410 needed to plant a tree for the final portion of its tree badge, the scouts knew exactly where they wanted to plant it and why. more

Troopers receive Ace and Criminal Patrol Awards

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers are continually looking "beyond the plate" in order to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners. Today at the Academy, 41 troopers and two sergeant received the Criminal Patrol Award for excellence in felony enforcement. Five troopers earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. Two troopers received both the Criminal Patrol Award and the Ace Award. Congratulations to the 3rd Quarter Award Winners!

First Black Trooper Recognized by National Black State Troopers Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Louis Sharp was recognized today at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy for his outstanding service to the citizens of Ohio. Mr. Sharp was the first black graduate of the Patrol's Academy in 1955 with the 44th cadet class. The president of the National Black State Troopers Coalition provided a Resolution with Gratitude and Admiration and two challenge coins to Mr. Sharp, recognizing his "immeasurable hours of preparation, personal sacrifice, incomparable strength... and extraordinary valor." The Ohio State Highway Patrol is better for having Mr. Sharp among its ranks.

Troopers find illegally imported furs worth $2 million in Wood County traffic stop

On October 26, 2016, at 3:13 p.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Chevrolet Express van, with New York registration, for speeding in a construction zone on Interstate 80 westbound, near milepost 65, in Wood County.  Troopers observed large boxes located in the cargo area in plain view. Consent to view the items was asked for and granted. Troopers discovered 11 boxes containing 452 furs, worth nearly $2 million. U.S. Customs confirmed the furs were illegally imported.

Troopers Discover Fraudulent World Series Tickets

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP – Two men are facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers located fraudulent World Series tickets in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Wood County.

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Impala, with Illinois registration, for a lane change violation on Interstate 80 near milepost 69, at 9:31a.m. on November 2, 2016. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent search revealed World Series Game 7 tickets that appeared to be fraudulent. The tickets were confirmed to be fraudulent with an approximate value of over $4,000. more

Troopers seize four lbs marijuana in Erie County

On October 31, 2016, at 2:51 a.m., troopers stopped a 2005 Hyundai Sonata with Pennsylvania registration for multiple traffic violations on S.R. 2 eastbound near milepost 1, in Erie County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a U.S. Border Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two five gallon buckets that contained over four pounds of marijuana combined. The contraband has a street value of $10,500. The driver, Andrew Sturzebecher, 26, and passenger, Austin Stevens, 25, both of Meadville, Penn., were incarcerated in the Erie county Jail. Each was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Teach your teen driver about dangerous, deadly driving behaviors

From the Norwalk Reflector:

State of Ohio officials are reminding parents to talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the roads, including the dangers of distracted driving. more

Help us in congratulating our new promotees!

Top left to right: Sergeant Scott E. Buxton of the Cambridge Post, Lieutenant Kevin D. Dillard of the Office of Strategic Services, Capital Operations, and Sergeant Michael S. Trader of the Warren District Criminal Patrol.

Bottom left to right: Sergeant Daniel Kumor of the Chardon Post, Staff Lieutenant Michael D. Vinson of the Bucyrus District Headquarters, and Staff Lieutenant Max B. Norris of the Jackson District Headquarters.

Not pictured: Ohio Investigative Unit Assistant Agent-in-Charge Harold Kolsky.

Troopers find cocaine, crack cocaine in Cuyahoga County traffic stop

On October 25, 2016, at 1:05 p.m., troopers stopped a 2009 Honda Civic with Ohio registration for a turn signal violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 170 in Cuyahoga County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 147 grams of cocaine and 78 grams of crack worth $22,500. Troopers also discovered $3,037 in cash. The suspect, Christopher Cofield, 44, of Cleveland was incarcerated in the Cuyahoga County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. 

Ohio Public Safety wants you to download their app

From WDTN:

The Ohio Department of Public Safety wants you to be better prepared in an emergency and make it easier to report suspicious activity. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Ottawa County traffic stop

On October 15, 2016, at 11:33 p.m., troopers stopped a 2008 Chrysler 300, with Ohio registration, for an equipment violation on State Route 2 eastbound near milepost 15, in Ottawa County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three vacuum sealed bags containing ten pounds of marijuana, worth $27,657. The driver, Victor Ivantsov, 54, of Chesterland, was incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers find cocaine and heroin in Scioto County traffic stop

On October 13, 2016, at 3:15 a.m., troopers stopped a 2006 Toyota Corolla, with West Virginia registration, for following too closely and headlight violations on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 5, in Scioto County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a consent to search was requested and granted. Troopers discovered more than 10 grams of suspected cocaine and more than 10 grams of suspected heroin, worth $2,870. The driver, William Smith Jr, 47, of Huntington, W. Va.,  and passenger, Kevin White, 34, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto county Jail. Each were charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies and possession of cocaine and schedule II substance, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seize marijuana, paraphernalia in Warren County traffic stop

On October 14, 2016, at 9:09 p.m., troopers stopped a 1999 Buick Lacrosse with Ohio registration for an expired registration violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 37 in Warren County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two mason jars of liquid THC, a baggie of hydroponic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The contraband has a street value of $2,000. The passenger, Stephen R. Bruegman, 43, of Dundee, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail. He was charged with possession of hashish, a second-degree felony, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, both minor misdemeanors.

Troopers find cocaine, heroin worth $130,000 in Jackson County

On October 14, 2016, at 11:31 a.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Volkswagen Passat with Illinois registration for speed and following too closely violations on U.S. 35 eastbound near milepost 10 in Jackson County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1,500 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of heroin, worth $130,000. The driver, Dennis K. Djirackor, 35, of Chicago, Ill., was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. He was charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony and possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Troopers seize 100 grams of heroin in Gallia County traffic stop

On October 14, 2016, at 5:59 p.m., troopers stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic with Florida registration for following too closely and stop sign violations on U.S. 35 eastbound near milepost 6, in Gallia County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a consent to search was requested and granted. Troopers discovered 100 grams of heroin, worth $10,500. The driver, David A. Hudson 24, and passenger Andraya L. Washington, 22, both of Dayton were incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize pills worth $20,000 in traffic stop

On October 13, 2016, at 6:19 p.m., troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chevrolet Cruz with Indiana registration for a speed violation on Interstate 475 westbound near milepost 2, in Wood County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a U.S. Border Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 363 Hydrocodone and Morphine pills, worth $21,820. The driver, Xavier J. Edmonds, 34, of Detroit, Mich., and passenger, Eric D. Phiffer, 36, of Warren, Mich., were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking in schedule II drugs, with numerous charges between fifth and third-degree felonies.

Troopers find 31 grams of cocaine in Pike County traffic stop

On October 7, 2016 at 1:36 a.m., troopers stopped a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado with an Ohio registration for an equipment violation on U.S. 220 westbound near milepost 9 in Pike County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 31 grams of cocaine, worth $2,821. The driver, David Jackson, 58, of Waverly, was charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony, and trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony.

News release: Troopers seize $340,000 worth of cocaine in Summit County traffic stop

VILLAGE OF RICHFIELD – A woman is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized eight pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $340,000 following a traffic stop in Summit County.

On October 10, 2016, troopers stopped a 2008 Chrysler 300, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 176, at 3:59 p.m. Troopers observed marijuana shake in plain view. A probable cause search revealed more than eight pounds of cocaine in the vehicle’s trunk. more

News release: Patrol participated in successful multi-state project on I-70

The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued two OVI arrests, 19 safety belt citations and 283 speed citations during the latest 6-State Trooper project. The initiative targeted speed, safety belt use and impaired driving on the Interstate 70 corridor from October 7 through October 9. The Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol participated in the enforcement. more

Troopers find marijuana on Ohio Turnpike traffic stop

On October 6, 2016, troopers stopped a 2005 Honda CRV, with Colorado registration for an equipment violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 178 in Summit County at 3:50 p.m. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a pound of marijuana, three syringes and a spoon. The contraband is worth $5,000. The driver, Richard T. Eichert, 30, of Denver, Colo., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize crack cocaine, pills in Ohio Turnpike traffic stop

On October 6, 2016, troopers stopped a 2008 Dodge Caravan, with Pennsylvania registration for a lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 72 in Wood County at 11:57 a.m. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a consent to search was requested and granted. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located 345 grams of crack cocaine and 90 Hydrocodone pills, worth $32,775. The driver, Marcell Jackson, 32, of Skokie, Ill., was incarcerated in Wood County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in a schedule II drug, both third-degree felonies.

News release: Patrol joins multi-state enforcement effort this weekend on I-70

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project this weekend in an effort to reduce unsafe driving behaviors along Interstate 70. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Guernsey County traffic stop

On September 30, 2016, troopers stopped a 2008 Dodge Avenger with West Virginia registration for a speed violation on Interstate 77 southbound near milepost 46, in Guernsey County, at 1:41 p.m. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 520 grams of vacuum sealed marijuana under the driver’s seat, worth $2,500. The suspect, Juwan Greenlee, 24, of Clarksburg, W.Va., was charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, possession of marijuana and carrying concealed weapon, both fifth-degree felonies.

Highway Patrol investigates shooting on Interstate 71

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a shooting which occurred in the rest area on Interstate 71 shortly after 11 a.m. in Delaware County on October 2. The suspect, Shawn A. Johnson, 25, of Westerville, fired several shots at a vehicle, striking the victim. Both Johnson and the victim were standing outside near the victim’s vehicle at the time of the shooting. more

Troopers seize Oxycodone, marijuana in Hamilton County traffic stop

On September 27, troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, with Ohio registration, for license plate and tinted windows violations in the city of Cincinnati, Hamilton County at 3:21 p.m. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small bag of marijuana and 122 Oxycodone pills, worth $976 in the center counsel. The driver, Ellery Powell, 53, of Cincinnati, Ohio was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Jail. He was charged with possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, both minor misdemeanors.

Highway Patrol graduates 64 cadets in ceremony today

The Patrol’s 160th Academy Class graduated today after 26 weeks of intense paramilitary training. The keynote address was provided by Senator Larry Obhof, Ohio Senate District 22. Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Arthur J. Combest, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals. more

Ohio officials remind motorists to move over for roadside workers

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Mowing grass or cutting brush might not be high-stakes work for most, but for transportation workers charged with these tasks while hundreds of cars and semis whiz by at 70 miles per hour, it’s a job that can be deadly. more

News release: 6-State Trooper Project focused on criminal patrol, marijuana enforcement

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on marijuana and criminal patrol enforcement from Thursday, September 22 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, September 25 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. more

Troopers seize oxymorphone-hydrochloride pills during Miami County traffic stop

On September 21 at 10:42 a.m. troopers stopped a 2012 Nissan Altima with Tennessee registration for following too closely and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 84 in Miami County. The troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana shake and a hollowed out pen with residue. A review of the in car video revealed evidence that the male rear passenger was concealing narcotics. He concealed 171 Oxymorphone-Hydrochloride pills on his person. The contraband has a street value of $1,710. The suspect, Christopher Morgan, 32, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. He was charged with three counts of possession of drugs and tampering with evidence all third-degree felonies, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a minor misdemeanor.

Today we paid tribute to a friend we'll miss dearly. Trooper Kenny Velez is forever in our hearts.

Trooper Velez Funeral Arrangements Announced

Funeral arrangements for Trooper Kenneth Velez, who died in the line of duty, have been established. The funeral will be held at Lorain Community College, Ewing Center.

Address: 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria OH 44035
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.

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Update: Driver arrested in relation to crash killing Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper

CLEVELAND – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of Trooper Kenneth Velez, of the Cleveland Post, after he passed away this afternoon following a traffic crash near Lakewood, Ohio in Cuyahoga County.

The crash occurred on Interstate Route 90 near mile post 165 at approximately 12:44 p.m., on September 15. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Miami County

Troopers stopped a 2011 Chevy Malibu, with Kentucky registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 79, in Miami County at 9:10 a.m., on September 14. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a dry pack bag containing bags and jars of marijuana, weighing more than two pounds. The contraband has an approximate street value of $11,180. The driver, Charles Thomas Jr, 43, and passenger, Clarence D. Ritchie Jr, 45, both of Jackson, Ky., were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

 

 

 

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