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Don’t drive impaired this Labor Day weekend

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Heavier traffic during the Labor Day holiday results in a greater risk of traffic crashes. To keep Ohio roadways safe, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) will be out in full force this weekend looking for dangerous drivers and motorists in need. Motorists can assist in the effort by driving only when they are buckled up, sober and focused on the road. more

I-80 challenge event a success in Ohio

From WKBN:

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Zero deaths on Ohio stretch of I-80 during multi-state challenge

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting zero fatalities, three injury crashes and 10 property damage crashes on the Ohio stretch of I-80 during the multi-state I-80/I-35 Challenge. The initiative began Friday, August 28 and ended Sunday, August 30. more

Trooper injured in crash

From WTOV9:

Drivers traveling through Belmont county on interstate 70, got an eyeful on Tuesday afternoon. more

State patrol cracking down on high-risk driving on Ohio Turnpike

From Cleveland.com:

State troopers will be out in droves on the Ohio Turnpike starting today and through the weekend.

The show of force is part of a coordinated push by state patrol agencies in 16 states to crack down on high-risk driving behaviors on east-west Interstate 80 and north-south Interstate 35. more

Patrol participating in challenge along I-80 and I-35

Remember to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will team up with law enforcement from border to border for the I-80/I-35 Challenge, stretching from California to New Jersey and Texas to Minnesota. The initiative begins Friday, August 28 and ends Sunday, August 30. more

OSHP in 2015 'Best Looking Cruiser Contest'

From WLWT:

The American Association of State Troopers is hosting its second Best Looking Cruiser contest this month.

Ohio State Highway Patrol won the contest in 2014, with West Virginia coming in second. Ninety-seven thousand votes were cast last year.

Entries can be viewed on the American Association of State Troopers' Facebook page. more

Beaver Township resident honored with certificate for wearing seat belt in traffic crash

Saved by the Belt recipient

From the Vindicator:

After veering off the road and striking a tree, Turner Curry was thankful all he suffered in the July crash was a bruise.

That was from where his seat belt went across his body and stopped him from being ejected from his truck off state Route 7 in Beaver Township on July 10.

“If I didn’t have the seat belt, I probably would have been [ejected] through the windshield and on the ground,” Curry said. more

Now hiring dispatchers

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Interested in a career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a dispatcher? Now is your chance to apply. more

Traffic fatalities down in Stark, but up in Ohio

From the Massillon Independent:

Fewer people have died on Stark County roads this year while traffic deaths have increased across the state and nation.

Officials say normal fluctuation, lower gas prices and recent years of record low state deaths may have influenced the changing statistics. more

2015 proving deadly on Ohio roads

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Three fatal motorcycle crashes; a woman killed at a bus stop when a car rammed into it; a semi-truck driver who died in a fiery accident on the Outerbelt; and a wreck on Monday evening that killed one person on Morse Road.

That’s what has occurred on Columbus-area roads in just the past week. It has been busy for law officers who handle fatal crashes, both locally and across the state and nation. more

Truck driver reunited with trooper who saved his life

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Troopers seize Oxycodone pills worth $12,000

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2015 Dodge Journey, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 194, in Wood County at 2:05 a.m., on August 12. Criminal indicators were observed and a Perrysburg Township drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 534 Oxycodone Pills, worth $12,396. The driver, Daniel Pounds, 21, of Eastpointe, Mich., and passengers, Akezia Jones, 24, of Detroit, Mich., and Aundrey Allen, 23, of Redford, Mich., were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in a schedule II substance, both second-degree felonies.

Audio tells story of Ohio trooper’s life-saving response

From WKBN:

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper hailed a hero for saving a man’s life, but it’s the powerful audio that tells the real story. more

Troopers seize Oxycodone in Lawrence County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2015 Toyota Camry, with Texas registration, for a following too closely violation on U.S. 52 eastbound, near milepost 10, in Lawrence County at 6:28 p.m., on August 8. During a consent search of the rear seat passenger, troopers recovered a small amount of marijuana from her person. After a search of the vehicle, the driver, Marlene T. Paschall, 41, of Hazel Park, Mich., surrendered a bag containing 230 Oxycodone pills, worth $6,900. Paschall was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail and charged with possession of scheduled II pills and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Kind state trooper helped family change tire

From Cincinnati.com:

While driving my mother to the doctor recently, my elderly father was pulled over by Ohio Highway Patrolman Todd Bailey. more

Troopers seize heroin in Scioto County

Heroin

Troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on State Route 73, near milepost 6 in Scioto County at 7:08 p.m. The vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Caravan, with Florida registration, fled the scene and was located a short time later. Troopers observed in plain view a cylinder shaped object next to the vehicle. Amber D. Adkins, 28, of Portsmouth, Ohio stated that it was heroin and she had removed the object from her person and threw it from the vehicle. Adkins was charged with possession and trafficking in narcotics, both first-degree felonies and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. The driver, Anthony G. Mays, 25, of Portsmouth, Ohio and passenger, Silvon X. White, 31, of Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in narcotics, both first-degree felonies. 

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

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Featured in this issue:
-In Memory of Colonel Jack B. Walsh
-Reaching high schools, saving lives
-Annual Patrol memorial
-Recent Shield Details

OSHP reminding motorists to be alert for school buses

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be alert for stopped school buses soon to hit area roads every weekday. more

6-State Trooper Project enforcement effort a success

The Ohio State Highway Patrol focused on distracted driving in the last 6-State Trooper Project, issuing 14 citations for texting or cell phone violations and 999 citations for reckless or careless driving. The initiative began Sunday, July 19 and ended Saturday, July 25. more

Law enforcement continues battle against heroin

From the Sidney Daily News:

Drugs, drivers and the community’s safety were discussed during Tuesday’s Governor’s Community Traffic Safety Network of Shelby County meeting held at the Sidney Fire Department.

The trafficking of heroin in the county remains a major problem for all aspects of law enforcement, said City Police Chief Will Balling. more

Canton police, OSHP arrest man running with multiple guns

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Canton Police Department arrested a man about 8:35 p.m. Aug. 1 on multiple charges that include four counts of having a weapon under disability. more

Troopers seize Oxycodone in Erie County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2015 Jeep Compass SUV, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 111, in Erie County at 6:07 p.m., on July 21. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 300 Oxycodone, worth $7,200. The driver, Dequez Reed, 24, of Detroit, Mich., and passenger, Dorisha Moore, 24, of Warren, Mich., were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with trafficking and possession of a schedule II drug, both second-degree felonies.

Pills and marijuana worth $10,000 found by Troopers in Warren County

Oxycodone and marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2015 Dodge Charger, with Pennsylvania registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 38, in Warren County at 7:20 a.m. on July 21. The passenger was asked to exit the vehicle at which time 419 Oxycodone pills fell from his pant leg. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five grams of marijuana. The contraband has a street value of $10,056. The passenger, Duwayne C. Nyx, 25, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule I narcotic, a second-degree felony.

Troopers find heroin, marijuana in Jackson County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2002 Volvo S60, with Ohio registration, for a following too closely violation on U.S. 35 eastbound near milepost 10, in Jackson County at 7:31 p.m. on July 10. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 11 bags containing 24 grams of marijuana located in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also discovered 27 grams of heroin in the passenger compartment. The contraband has an approximate street value of $4,050. The driver, Plashette Richards, 41, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony.

Troopers target distracted drivers

From NBC4:

Troopers in the Midwest are collaborating for a week-long enforcement targeting distracted drivers. more

Troopers seize Oxymorphone in Scioto County

Oxymorphone

Troopers stopped a 2015 Toyota Camry, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 4, in Scioto County at 5:18 p.m., on July 10.Troopers discovered marijuana in plain view. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a package containing a small of amount of marijuana and 120 Oxymorphone pills worth $4,800. The driver Tabitha E. Wallace, 35 and passenger, Marcus T. Wallace, 36, both of Detroit Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of Oxymorphone and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Distracted Driving focus of upcoming 6-State Trooper Project

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will focus on distracted driving in the next 6-State Trooper Project, a multi-state, high-visibility enforcement. The initiative will take place from Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m. through Saturday, July 25 at 11:59 p.m. more

Patrol reminds drivers: Don't drive distracted

From the Crescent-News:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving.

In 2014, 17,827 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 44 fatal crashes. In 2015, just under half of the fatal crashes in Northwest Ohio can be attributed to some sort of distraction. more

Patrol's traffic enforcement yields drug arrests

From the Crescent-News:

In the first six months of 2015, the Ohio Highway Patrol investigated a wide range of felony offenses and increased total drug arrests from the year before, thanks to troopers who take extra time during traffic stops to look for possible indicators of criminal activity. more

20 indicted for conspiracy that brought heroin, cocaine to Akron

From WKYC:

Twenty people were indicted for their roles in a conspiracy in which kilogram-quantities of heroin and cocaine went from New York to Akron and then were throughout Northeast Ohio by drug dealers, law enforcement officials said. more

Troopers seize Oxycodone pills valued over $26,000

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, with Kentucky registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 9:04 p.m., on July 3. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. During a pat-down of the driver, troopers discovered a lump that felt like contraband. She surrendered 454 Oxycodone pills. After questioning the passenger, she surrendered 798 Oxycodone pills. The contraband has a street value of $26,520. The driver, Shateka K. Lambert, 28, and passenger, Holli A. Ross, 29, both of Ashland, Ky., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of Oxycodone and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Fourth of July weekend less deadly than 2014

From the Toledo Blade:

This Fourth of July weekend was less deadly on Ohio’s roads this year than in 2014, according to statistics released by the Ohio Highway Patrol this week.

During the four-day holiday weekend, seven people died in six crashes on Ohio’s highways. That compares to 12 deaths in 11 crashes last year. more

Patrol arrested 690 for OVI over July Fourth weekend

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 690 arrests for impaired driving and 391 for drug-related charges over this Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday, July 2 and ended Sunday, July 5. Seven people lost their lives in a total of six traffic crashes during the four-day reporting period. more

Troopers find Oxycodone in Scioto County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevy Malibu, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 2:53 a.m. on June 28. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed a bulge in the right side of the driver’s pants. The driver consented to a pat down. During the pat down, troopers felt the suspected contraband in the driver’s right side pants. The driver voluntarily removed three baggies containing a total of 325 Oxycodone pills. The driver, Demarco I. Cochran, 30, of Wixom, Mich., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of Oxycodone and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Troopers seize prescription pills worth over $8,000 in Scioto County

Pills

Troopers stopped a 2014 Toyota Corolla, with South Carolina registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 10:50 p.m. on June 27. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. After troopers questioned the driver, she voluntarily forfeited a package containing 340 Oxycodone pills and 200 Alprazolam pills, worth $8,670. The driver, Khadijah S. Moore, 19, and passenger, Duane M. Gibson, 19, both from Detroit, Mich., were incarnated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of Oxycodone and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies, and possession of Alprazolam, a fourth-degree felony.

This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks. For many, the celebration also includes alcohol. That is why the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers this Fourth of July weekend, which begins Thursday, July 2 and ends Sunday, July 5. This zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways. more

OSHP and ODOT announce traffic safety initiative showing total traffic deaths on digital message boards

As of the last week of June, Ohio has recorded 496 traffic deaths, 77 more deaths in 2015 than at the same time a year ago. This increase of over 18 percent has inspired the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to join forces with a new initiative utilizing ODOT digital message boards to spread traffic safety messages. The messages will be displayed for the first time during the Fourth of July weekend and continue for a trial period. more

OSHP and ODOT to announce traffic safety initiative showing total traffic deaths on digital message boards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation are partnering together to announce a traffic safety initiative using ODOT digital message boards visible above highways across the state. The boards will rotate between the year-to-date number of traffic deaths of 2015 and traffic safety messaging, such as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. more

24 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

Members of the 133rd Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Friday afternoon at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 24 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 14 Ohio agencies. more

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Tomorrow

29th Year of the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run

Runners and walkers will complete the final leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run in this 3.1 mile run and walk. Participants will be escorted by the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Motorcycle Unit. more

Troopers seize marijuana, other contraband worth $6,000

Marijuana

Troopers were stopped with a disabled 2003 Cadillac Deville, with New Mexico registration, on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 123, in Erie County at 2:37 a.m. on June 21. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. The driver, admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 40 separate containers of various forms of marijuana, weighing 600 grams. Troopers located marijuana gummy candies and suckers. Troopers also discovered 2 grams of hash wax and various forms of drug paraphernalia. The contraband has an approximate street value of $6,200. The driver, Ryan M. Brannon, 23, of Albuquerque, N.M., and passenger, Hannah S. Laureano, 22, of Manchester, Conn., were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with aggravated marijuana trafficking, a fourth-degree felony, aggravated marijuana possession, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of hash and marijuana drug paraphernalia, both minor misdemeanors.    

Stricter Rules For Ohio Teen Drivers Begin In July

From WBNS-10TV:

Ohio will enact new rules for young drivers to prevent injury and fatal crashes in July. more

Drunk driving scarring our community

From the Star Beacon:

Three more lives were destroyed this weekend because of drunk driving. Two people died and a third will never be the same. more

Troopers seize Oxycodone, Xanax in Wood County

Pills

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chrysler 200, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 197, in Wood County at 1:47 p.m., on June 19. Troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed 637 Oxycodone and Xanax pills combined in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $13,026. The driver, Crystal Caldwell, 26, and passenger, Todd Harper, 41, both of Detroit Mich., were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in a controlled substance, both second-degree felonies.

Cell Phones Linked to 27 Percent of Crashes

From Automotive Fleet:

Cell phone-related crashes increased for the third consecutive year and represented 27 percent of all crashes in 2013, according to National Safety Council researchers.

The newly released estimate includes crashes involving drivers who were texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones in 2013. more

Officials look for highway speeders from plane above

From the Canton Repository:

You may have seen the green signs at U.S. Route 62 and Interstate 77 that warn "Area patrolled by aircraft."

They are for real. more

Ohio police crackdown on drivers following too closely

From WOWK TV:

On a ride-along with Sgt. Chris Smith of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Ironton Post, 13 News reporter Randy Yohe was not out five minutes when they saw their first of way-too-many tailgate violators.

"They are less than one car length apart," Smith said of a violator. "They have plenty of room to pull over." more

Troopers find marijuana worth $50,000 in Wood County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2006 Infiniti G35X, with Nebraska registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 68, in Wood County at 9:50 a.m., on June 10. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two duffle bags containing approximately 11 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and a small amount of marijuana paste in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $50,000. The driver, Jose L. Salas III, 28, of Omaha, Neb., was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seize 2 lbs marijuana, 10 oz liquid hash

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2007 Honda Pilot, with Colorado registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70 eastbound near milepost 75, in Madison County at 4:25 p.m. on June 3. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two pounds of marijuana and 10 ounces of liquid hash in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $25,000. The driver, Seth Jungreis, 52, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of hashish, a third-degree felony.

Following too closely causes 67K Ohio crashes

From the Gallipolis Daily Tribune:

Following too closely was determined to be the cause of more than 100 vehicle crashes in Gallia County last year.

Even though Gallia County checked in with 111 crashes resulting from drivers following the vehicle ahead of them too closely, it wasn’t nearly as many as nearby Lawrence County’s 246 crashes, according to 2014 statistics compiled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers find Oxycodone in Wood County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, with Kentucky registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 194, in Wood County at 9:51 p.m. on June 2. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed marijuana residue in the vehicle. Troopers also located 662 Oxycodone pills, worth $8,900, behind the glove compartment. The driver, Jeremy R. Kelly, 32, of Louisville, Ky., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with four counts of possession and trafficking in a schedule II substance, all second-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in a schedule II substance, a third degree felony.

Troopers find $6,000 of heroin in Scioto County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2015 Toyota Corolla, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 14, in Scioto County at 5:07 p.m., on May 22. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. During a pat down for weapons, troopers discovered a bulge in the front of the driver’s pants. The driver voluntarily surrendered a large bag of suspected heroin, worth $6,000 from her person. The driver, Valerie R. Singer, 26, of Huntington, W. Va. was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

6-State Trooper Project targeted safety belt violations

The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 7,403 seat belt citations in a joint effort with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project, starting Monday, May 18 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Monday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m. more

Troopers seize 26 grams heroin in Scioto County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chrysler 200, with Pennsylvania registration, for following too closely and unsafe lane change violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 7:11 p.m., on May 23. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 26 grams of heroin taped behind the driver’s side headlight inside the engine compartment. The contraband has an approximate street value of $3,900. The driver, Jerry L. Brannon, 47, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.


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