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Featured in this issue:
-The 2014 Leadership Award Ceremony
-2014: A year of results
-Creation of the Office of Planning and Analysis
-Updates to the History Unit

Troopers seize 2 lbs marijuana in Guernsey County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2007 Pontiac G5, with Ohio registration, for multiple traffic violations on U.S. 22 westbound near milepost 4, in Guernsey County at 11:09 p.m. on April 18. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1,400, in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, James D. Wyckoff, 25, of Lancaster, Ohio was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Wyckoff was also charged with OVI.

Troopers find ecstasy, cash in Hancock County

Ecstasy

Troopers stopped a 2011 Ford Taurus, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 northbound, near milepost 159 in Hancock County at 3:34 a.m., on April 16. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 41 Ecstasy pills behind the glove compartment. The contraband has a street value of approximately $697. Troopers also discovered $34,700 in cash. The driver, Anthony Carlos-Martez Sinoue Whigham, 32, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of schedule 1 drugs, a second-degree felony. 

Troopers seize crack, prescription pills from Fairfield County

Pills and crack

Troopers stopped a 2008 Buick LaCrosse, with West Virginia registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on U.S. 33 eastbound, near milepost 21, in Fairfield County at 5:30 p.m. on April 14. Upon contact with the driver, troopers observed marijuana residue in plain view. During a plain view search, troopers discovered 253 various prescription pills, 24 oz. of liquid codeine and 56 grams of crack located in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,500. The driver, Mark Bush, 51, of Huntington, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in crack cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

Highway Patrol accepting applications for troopers

From Richland Source:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently accepting applications for the position of Trooper. Individuals interested in a career in law enforcement can apply by visiting careers.ohio.gov. more

Kasich sends Trumbull County help for heroin epidemic

From WKBN 27:

Last week, officials in Trumbull County had a conference call with the state about the heroin epidemic and on Monday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich responded in a big way.

Kasich dispatched the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway patrol to Warren to help local law enforcement combat the heroin epidemic. And although their plans are under wraps, Col. Paul Pride said a big part of the plan is collaboration. more

Impact 2015 brings powerful message to area high school students

From the Athens Messenger:

Music and dancing, mixed with an important message brought high school students from around the region to the Convocation Center in Athens on Friday morning.

Impact is an annual presentation, now in its 10th year, which brings junior and senior students from more than a dozen area high schools together to hear a message on not drinking and driving and the dangers associated with distracted driving. more

Highway Patrol graduates 36 cadets in ceremony today

The Patrol’s 157th Academy Class graduated today after 25 weeks of intense paramilitary training. The keynote address was provided by Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. more

Troopers find 1 lb marijuana in Franklin County

Marijuana 1 lb

Troopers stopped a 2007 Volkswagen, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes and turn signal violations on Hilliard-Rome Road, in Franklin County at 8:34 p.m. on April 3. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a pound of marijuana, worth $5,000, on the rear seat. Troopers also discovered $8,450 in cash. The driver, Joseph Lyons, 26, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize $25,000 worth of marijuana

Marijuana 5 lbs

Troopers stopped a 2007 Chrysler 300, with West Virginia registration, for speed and following too closely violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 12, in Pickaway County at 2:00 p.m., on April 3. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed five pounds of marijuana, worth $25,000, in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also discovered $3,005 in cash. The driver, Alisha Misner, 28, and passenger, James Pace, 25, both from Huntington, W. Va., were incarcerated in the Pickaway County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Urging Women To Apply

From NBC 4:

Only nine percent of troopers at the Ohio State Highway Patrol are women. 

Sergeant Vincent Shirey with the Public Affairs Unit said they are actively working to recruit more female troopers. more

Driving school urges riders and drivers to watch out during motorcycle season

From WDTN:

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were more than 130 deadly motorcycle crashes in Ohio last year, but one area driving school is hoping to reduce that number by teaching motorcyclists to ride smart and urging drivers to be alert. more

BMV's grocery store kiosks that promise quick, easy vehicle registration set to open over next month

From Cleveland.com:

Ohioans in and around Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati soon will be able to jot "renew license plates" on their grocery store shopping lists.

The first of nine self-service kiosks that promise quick and easy renewal of your motor vehicle registration opened Thursday in suburban Columbus. more

Casino Cash Helps Law Enforcement Get Extra Training

From Fox 28:

Millions of dollars generated from Ohio’s four casinos are now being used to train law enforcement to keep communities safer.

Some of that gambling money is now being used to fund an 11-week public safety leadership academy through Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus. more

Patrol hosting seminar to recruit women

Applications now open for position of Trooper

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be hosting a seminar for women interested in becoming Troopers. The seminar will be held at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy located at 740 E.17th Street Columbus Ohio, 43211 on April 14 at 10:00 a.m.  Space is limited to 100. more

Patrol now accepting applications for Troopers

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently accepting applications for the position of Trooper. Individuals interested in a career in law enforcement can apply by visiting careers.ohio.gov. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 30. more

Troopers seize 13 lbs marijuana in Madison County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2014 Infiniti SUV, with Illinois registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 70 westbound, near milepost 72, in Madison County at 10:14 a.m., on March 27. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 13 pounds of marijuana, worth $65,000, in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Jeremy Eggert, 40, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio was incarcerated in Tri-County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers find heroin, marijuana worth $59,600 in Fairfield County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2000 Mercury SUV, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 33 eastbound near milepost 22, in Fairfield County at 7:45 p.m. on March 25. 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 149 grams of heroin, worth $59,600. The driver, Sherry Sarye, 43, of Point Pleasant, W. Va. and passenger, Keith Tate, 38, of Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize $13,600 worth of marijuana in Jackson County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2003 Kia, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 35 eastbound, near milepost 10, in Jackson County at 9:17 p.m., on March 21. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.  A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a duffle bag containing three pounds of marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $13,600. The driver, Dillon S. Browning, 23, of Charleston, W. Va. was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Tips to stay safe in Ohio's construction zones

From WKYC:

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are working together to raise awareness about work zone safety this season through their Work Zone Awareness Week.

It may seem like common sense, but the best way to stay safe is to stay engaged, especially when you are driving through construction zones like that on I-77 near I-480 in Independence. more

Seat belt enforcement aims to save lives

From the Dayton Daily News:

There have been three fatal crashes in Clark County involving drivers who weren't wearing their seat belts this year, and state troopers are pushing seat belt enforcement to get drivers and passengers to buckle up.

“Our fatal statistics could be down to maybe five or six (deaths) — which is still too many,” said Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the Springfield post of the State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers seize marijuana, loaded gun in Hancock County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Toyota Camry, with Illinois registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 157, in Hancock County at 12:07 a.m. on March 19. Upon contact with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a large Mason jar and a large zip-lock bag containing marijuana. Troopers also discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $4,450. The driver, Joshua M. Covell, 24, of Spring Hill, Tenn., and passengers, Gaelin K. Buchanan, 29, and Gentry O. Gordon, 24, both of Columbia, Tenn., were charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, trafficking in marijuana and receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree felonies. All were incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center.

Troopers find 40 grams of crack cocaine

Crack

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, with West Virginia registration, for following too closely and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 158, in Muskingum County at 11:50 a.m. on March 18. During interaction with the driver, she revealed that she had marijuana in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone pills and 40 grams of crack cocaine in the vehicle. The driver, Amanda J. Kowalczyk, 39, of Vienna, W. Va. was charged with possession of schedule II drugs, a fifth-degree felony and possession of schedule IV drugs, a minor misdemeanor. The passenger, Herman Bosley III, 38, of Columbus, Ohio was charged with possession of crack cocaine, a first-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Muskingum County Jail.

Acetaminophen, Oxycodone found by Troopers in Guernsey County

Pills

Troopers stopped a 2008 Ford F250 pick-up truck, with Delaware registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 77 northbound near milepost 48, in Guernsey County at 6:14 p.m. on March 14. A consensual pat-down of the driver revealed 55 Acetaminophen/Oxycodone pills, worth $1,100 in a plastic wrapper on his person. The driver, Randall D. Bivona, 23, of Streetsboro, Ohio was charged with possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers seize 390 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2003 Audi A4, with West Virginia registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70 westbound near milepost 164, in Muskingum County at 5:05 p.m. on March 16. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw and burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 390 grams of marijuana, worth approximately $1,950 and drug paraphernalia. Troopers also discovered $31,037 in cash. The driver, Tyrique A. Davis, 19, and passengers James E. Galloway, 18, and Quavonte L. Pugh, 20, all from Wheeling, W. Va. were incarcerated in the Muskingum County Jail. They were charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Troopers find $5,000 worth of marijuana in Hancock County

marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 159, in Hancock County at 3:04 a.m. on March 13. Upon contact with the driver, troopers observed a bag of marijuana sitting on the floorboard. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a pound of marijuana, contained in five large mason jars in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $5,000. The driver, Kylor M. McDonald, 19, of Cleveland, Tennessee was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

State troopers, police to be on lookout for impaired drivers this weekend and St. Patrick's Day

From Cleveland.com:

In advance of the weekend and the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a reminder Friday warning it will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

Bars and liquor permit holders are also reminded that over-serving or serving underage customers could mean costly fines, suspension or revocation of their liquor permit. more

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

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to designate a sober driver before the party begins. The Patrol will be working with local law enforcement to remove impaired drivers as part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. more

6-State Trooper Project targeted drugs, illegal weapons

6 State

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to remove drugs and illegal weapons from our communities. OSHP made six weapon arrests and 157 drug arrests during the initiative, from Thursday, March 5 at 12:01 a.m. through Saturday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.

 “It is crucial to the safety of our communities that we take drugs and illegal weapons seriously,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “The Patrol is committed to keeping Ohioans safe by removing illegal activity from our roadways.” more

Troopers seize $9,500 worth of marijuana in Butler County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevy Spark, with Georgia registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 19, in Butler County at 1:00 p.m., on March 7. Troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than two pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $9,520, in various areas of the vehicle. The driver, Eric Barker, 27, of Marietta, Ga., was incarcerated in the Butler County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers find Hydrocodone and marijuana in Hancock County

Drugs

Troopers stopped a 2014 Toyota Prius, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 159, in Hancock County at 11:56 p.m. on March 5. Upon contact with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two marijuana cigarettes and 180 Hydrocodone pills in the vehicle. Troopers also discovered an additional 50 Hydrocodone pills on his person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $1,380. The driver, James E. Armour, 65, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of schedule II drugs, a second-degree and third-degree felony.

Drug investigators find an estimated $240,000 worth of heroin in vacant Akron house

From Cleveland.com:

Drug investigators seized several bricks of heroin with a street value of nearly a quarter-million dollars from a rarely-used home.

Christopher Anthony, 27, of Akron, who was found at the home, faces first-degree felony drug trafficking charges in Akron Municipal Court. He is being held in the Summit County Jail on $250,000 bond.

...An Ohio State Highway Patrol officer working with drug investigators stopped an SUV leaving the home. A trooper found more than three ounces of heroin inside two duffle bags, court records say. more

OSHP continues crackdown campaign against impaired driving

From Toledo News Now:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still working hard to crack down on impaired driving, which means drivers under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol. more

Troopers seize Oxymorphone, Oxycodone pills in Jackson County

Pills

Troopers stopped a 2002 GMC Yukon, with West Virginia registration, for marked lanes and speed violations on US 35 eastbound, near milepost 10, in Jackson County at 3:51 p.m., on February 25. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a baggie containing marijuana residue, 580 Oxymorphone pills and 506 Oxycodone pills, located under the rear axle.  The driver, Terrance J. Hastings, 28, of Anawalt, W. Va. was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail and charged with possession of Oxymorphone and Oxycodone, both first-degree felonies.

Unsolved Fatal Hit-Skip Crash on IR 70 in Madison County

Map

The West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic crash which occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on IR 70 at milepost 79 in Madison County.

The Highway Patrol is requesting any witnesses to the crash to contact the West Jefferson Highway Patrol Post at 614-879-7626.  more

Brown County agencies join forces to fight heroin and crime epidemic

From WCPO:

With crime soaring and 70 percent of it related to drugs, all of the police agencies in Brown County have joined forces to fight the epidemic.

Nine police departments, the sheriff's office and the local Ohio State Highway Patrol post have combined with the prosecuting attorney's office to form the Brown County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force. more

OSHP dashcam shows what happens when drivers don't 'Move Over, Slow Down'

From NBC 24:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to remind drivers of Ohio's Move Over law with its 'Move Over, Slow Down' campaign. more

Reminder: Wear Your Seatbelt

From Cleveland Scene Magazine:

Car crashes during snow storms aren't rare. But getting video of somebody getting thrown from his car during one is. more

6-State Trooper Project targeted speed, safety belt, OVI on I-75

6-State

COLUMBUS – During the latest 6-State Trooper Project, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other members of the partnership targeted speed, safety belt and OVI violations along I-75. OSHP issued 322 speed citations, 18 safety belt citations and eight OVI arrests as part of the enforcement from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. more

Waterville man says OSHP trooper saved his life

From 13abc:

It was a rare Friday off, for Mike Celusta, 26, of Waterville.

He works for a local school system and the cold weather had cancelled classes for the day.
But he was heading in to finish up some things before the weekend, when his day took an unexpected turn. more

PHOTOS: OSHP highlights danger of travel in white out conditions

From NBC24:

With another round of measurable snowfall expected in northwest Ohio, officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's post on the Ohio Turnpike are hoping that this Saturday will not be the same as last.

During white out conditions caused by blowing snow, February 14, troopers out of OSHP's Milan post responded a pair of multi-vehicle crashes including one that took the life of a mother and her unborn child. more

6-State Trooper Project to focus on I-75

6-State logo

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement along Interstate 75. The initiative will take place from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol. more

Destination Mahoning Valley: Heroin on the state’s highways

From WKBN 27:

Sergeant Jeff Greene, with the Ohio State Highway Criminal Patrol unit, sits behind his computer at the Warren Post with pictures of heroin seizures spread across his desk. Most of the deadly cargo can be weighed in kilos, some measured in grams.

It was a busy year for the Patrol–over 14,000 grams of heroin were seized on the state’s highways in 2014. The number seems high, and it is, but it is less than the 46,000 grams seized in 2013. more

Public drug overdoses encourage vigilance

From the Gallipolis Daily Tribune:

A recent rash of public drug overdoses, two of which resulted in death at a pair of local businesses, has residents and business owners in the Ohio Valley on edge.

In the past week, there have been four reported public drug overdoses. They occurred at a car dealership, a dry cleaning facility, a restaurant and a rest area — all in Gallia County. more

Patrol Announces 2014 Leadership Awards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the winners of their 2014 Leadership Awards today. more

Heroin, crack ‘easy’ to find in central Ohio, state report shows

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

However, access to illegal “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana is down because of new state laws, the latest Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network report says. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol warns drivers about following too close

From WFMJ:

A crash on Interstate 80 heading in the east bound near Bailey Road lane tied up traffic Monday morning, however the Ohio State Highway Patrol says accidents like these can be avoided if drivers follow the rules of the road. The truck driver in that crash was cited for failure to assured clear distance which is a misdemeanor.

Sergeant Michael Wilson said, "One common mistake is following too closely or not paying attention. Assured clear distance is not allowing yourself enough room to stop and striking the vehicle in front of you, or trying to avoid the vehicle in front of you by swerving. The citation is issued after an accident since there is evidence such as damaged vehicles." more

Troopers seize heroin, crack cocaine in Ross County

Heroin and crack cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes and unsafe lane change violations on U.S. 35 eastbound, near milepost 26, in Ross County at 7:45 p.m., on February 5. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a package containing approximately 74 grams of suspected heroin and another package containing 125 grams of suspected crack cocaine behind the center display. The contraband has a street value of $23,750. The passenger, Tyrone L. Jackson, 39, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Ross County Jail and charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine, both first-degree felonies.    

Fewer people driving drunk, but drug use on the road is rising

From the Washington Post:

There are fewer drunk drivers on the road, but their place has been taken by people high on marijuana and prescription drugs, according to two reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The number of inebriated drivers has declined by almost a third since 2007, but a 2014 survey found that nearly one in four on the road tested positive for a drug that endangered them or others, NHTSA said. more

Ohio patrol uses electronic tickets to cut errors, save time

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

Drivers pulled over by Ohio troopers are getting printouts instead of hand-scribbled citations as the State Highway Patrol expands an electronic ticketing system to reduce errors, make paperwork easier to read and cut the time officers spend outside during stops.

Troopers previously wrote drivers’ license and offense information on carbon-copy forms, which were checked and compiled at patrol posts and hand-delivered to courts.

Now they’re using mobile computers to import license data and fill out citations. more

58 Sworn Officers received the Ace or Criminal Patrol Awards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the recipients of their 2014 4th Quarter Ace and Criminal Patrol Awards today. The recipients were honored with the Ace Award or Criminal Patrol Award at a ceremony held at the Patrol’s Training Academy today by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. Troopers are continually looking “beyond the plate” in order to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.

The Ace Award is for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. Each winner will receive a certificate, uniform ribbon, and an Ace license plate for display on his or her cruiser. The Criminal Patrol Award is for excellence in felony enforcement and is given yearly to those who open at least 12 felony cases. Each winner will receive a certificate and uniform ribbon presented to him or her. more

Ohio Pushes For Mandatory Education Course For First-Time Drivers

From 10TV:

In Ohio, anyone 18-years-old and older can take the drivers' test without taking drivers' education course.  But the state's Department of Public Safety wants to change that and increase fines to help some people pay for it.

For most adults, getting a driver’s license means taking the written exam and the road test.

It seldom includes taking a driving course. more

New Push to Remind Drivers to Move Over

From ABC 6:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is making a big push this month to remind drivers about Ohio's Move Over Law. 

"The law requires all drivers to move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution." more

Motorcycle deaths are down sharply, NHTSA report says

From the LA Times:

Motorcycle fatalities on U.S. roadways dropped dramatically in 2013 for the first time since 2009.

It's only the second time annual deaths have fallen since 1997. But as automobile deaths continue to fall, with better safety features in cars, motorcycle fatalities for 2013 accounted for a growing share of all traffic deaths -- 14%, up from 9% a decade ago. more

Troopers find hydrocodone, marijuana in Hancock County

Hydrocodone

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Kia, with Illinois registration, for speed and following too closely violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 157 in Hancock County at 10:41 p.m. on January 27. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed in plain view a bag of marijuana fall out of the suspect’s coat pocket. A probable cause search revealed 200 hydrocodone, worth $4,800 located in a briefcase in the back seat. The driver, Brian Bowman, 43, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charge with possession of schedule II substance, a second-degree felony.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk | Make designating a sober driver your game plan this Super Bowl Sunday

COLUMBUS – As Super Bowl Sunday is historically a day when many friends and family have gatherings involving alcohol, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging fans to be safe this Sunday by refraining from drinking and driving. If you plan on consuming alcohol, be sure to designate a sober driver to get you home safely. more

Troopers seize 235 pounds of marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop

Marijuana

ELYRIA – A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 235 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1,200,000 following a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevy 1500 pick-up truck, with Nevada registration, for marked lanes and failure to signal violations on Interstate 80, near milepost 133, at 3:53 p.m. on January 21. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Man gets 10 years in fatal shooting

From the Star Beacon:

A Cleveland man accused of shooting and killing another man in a dispute over a woman accepted a plea bargain Tuesday and was sentenced to 10 years.

With his trial on two counts of aggravated murder set to start Tuesday, Gertis J. Perry pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm specification before the jury was seated. more

Woman honored for saving man's life with Kool-Aid

Jenkins

From 610 WTVN:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol honored a Jackson County woman who used Kool-Aid to save the life of a man involved in a head-on crash last month.

Ramona Jenkins was getting ready to head to work on the morning on December 6 when she heard a crash outside her home on SR 93. She found two vehicles had crashed and one of the vehicles was on fire. She tried to open the doors, but they were all stuck.

"Finally the rear passenger door opened and when I looked in there was a crate that had two jugs of Kool-Aid in it," Jenkins said. more

Troopers, deputies honored for response after I-75 shooting

From Fox 19:

Six law enforcement officers are receiving a top award from Ohio's State Highway Patrol leader for their actions in approaching a Kentucky murder suspect in a scene that shut down a highway.

Four troopers and two Butler County sheriff's deputies were scheduled Monday to get the Superintendent's Citation of Merit Award. A patrol spokesman says it's a rare honor typically recognizing people who put their safety at risk to protect others. more

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Flying Wheel

Featured in this issue:

-Remembering Colonel Robert Chiaramonte

-Completion of the Thomas P. Charles Leadership Wing

-Below 100: a new course prioritizing officer safety

-Winners of the Best Brats competition

Signal 30: The Gruesome film that made cars safer

From BBC:

In 1958, an accountant from the US state of Ohio named Richard Wayman hatched an idea to improve the behaviour of young motorists by presenting – in blood-soaked colour – the sickening outcomes of bad driving.

Armed with a police-band radio and a handheld movie camera, the amateur documentarian prowled the night in search of vehicular carnage. He found plenty. His called his first highway safety film Signal 30, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s radio code for a fatal wreck. This shaky, 28-minute film would forever change the public’s perception of automotive safety. more

Ross County a finalist for anti-heroin program

From the Chillicothe Gazette:

As the search for how to best battle heroin addiction continues, Ross County has been selected as one of four communities being considered as a possible pilot site for the Heroin Partnership Program.

The program will focus on treating opioid addiction primarily as a public health problem, attacking it through a special partnership of law enforcement, the courts and public health groups. more

Seat belts a factor in majority of 2014 fatal crashes

From the Newark Advocate:

In more than half of the fatal crashes in Licking County in 2014, the death could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a seat belt, officials say.

Eleven of the 17 deaths in crashes last year involved drivers or passengers who were not restrained. The number of crashes and deaths both increased from 2013, a year in which the number of deaths was unusually low for Licking County and the state. more

Superload continues journey through Coshocton

From the Coshocton Tribune:

Hauling nearly 1 million pounds of cargo along Ohio's roads is no easy task, and moving a BP Superload through eastern Ohio has not been without its headaches.

But after several delays, the 959,000-pound turbo generator destined for Africa's Republic of the Congo. is finally making its slow and steady journey from Mount Vernon to Bellaire Harbor. more

Troopers: Clermont County man killed in drunken ATV crash

From WCPO-9:

A Clermont County man was killed Wednesday night in an ATV crash authorities said involved alcohol.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Jeremiah T. Busam, 40, was operating a 2007 Polaris Sportsman 800 Quadrunner northbound on Shiloh Road at about 7:10 p.m. when he traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. more

Car concerns: What to do if you must pull over to the side of the road

From Fox 8:

 

There is nothing worse than driving home from work and running into car trouble, but what should you do to protect yourself if you have to pull off to the side of the road?

The Ohio State Highway Patrol urges drivers to prepare now in case you have an emergency later. more

Intoxicated Flushing man hits officer with car

From WTOV9:

A state trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol was struck by intoxicated driver who did not obey the trooper's order to stop.

This happened around 6 p.m. Saturday night on High Street in Flushing, Ohio. more

How to Stay Safe While Stranded in a Cold Car

From WTRF 7News:

Belmont County, Ohio - One of the worst places to be caught when the bitter cold temps set in is stranded in your broken down car.

More than 20 thousand drivers end up stuck on the side of Ohio roadways every winter and are helped by the State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers seize $32,500 worth of marijuana

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevy Avalanche, with Ohio registration for following too closely and obstructed rear license plate violations on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 3:12 p.m., on January 6. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed more than six pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $32,500. The driver Joseph A. Rodriguez, 29, of Campbell, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Roadside trouble? Dial #677

From 19 Action News:

 

A white sheet covers a body laying on the ground right next to a small white car. That was the grim scene left behind along I-490 after a woman was hit by a car and killed earlier Tuesday. Investigators say she appeared to be trying to put air in one of her tires. more

Troopers seize 103 grams of heroin

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2015 Buick Verano, with New York registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 69, in Wood County at 11:54 p.m., on January 1. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search the vehicle was granted. During the search, troopers discovered 103 grams of heroin, worth $15,450 located in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Gerik V. Raglin, 28, of Olympia Fields, Ill., was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Eight fatalities over New Year’s Holiday

New Year's

Eight people were killed on Ohio’s roadways during the 2015 New Year’s Holiday, a five-day reporting period beginning December 31 at 12 a.m. and ending January 4 at 11:59 p.m.

This is a decrease from 2013, the most recent comparable reporting period of five-days, in which 12 people were killed.

During this year’s reporting period, troopers arrested 365 drivers for impaired driving. In addition, troopers cited 479 people with aggressive driving, arrested 183 motorists for drug-related offenses, and cited 982 people for safety belt violations. more

Speeding tickets dip where it’s 70 mph

From the Columbus Dispatch:

From the Dispatch

State Highway Patrol troopers have been writing fewer speeding tickets on Ohio interstates where the limit increased to 70 mph from 65 mph nearly 18 months ago, but a spokesman said it’s not for lack of enforcement.

“We’ve not become any less aggressive in our enforcement campaigns to keep people safe and keep roadways safe,” said Lt. Craig Cvetan, patrol spokesman.

The 70 mph limit took effect in July 2013 on rural stretches of I-70, I-71, I-77, I-75 and I-90. Commercial trucks used to have to keep to 55 mph but now can go 70 mph, too. more


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