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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.

Suspected gambling operations raided in Parma, Fairview Park

From Cleveland.com:

Suspected gambling operations in several local cities are among 34 businesses in three states that authorities raided on Wednesday in connection with a Cuyahoga County prosecutor's investigation into illegal gambling machines being distributed throughout the country. more

100 deadliest days for teen drivers

From Local 12:

School's out or nearly over and a lot of young drivers have a lot more time to be on the road.

It's led the AAA to dub the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the "100 deadliest days of the year" for young drivers. One of the major problems are cellphones. AAA said distracted teen drivers are a danger to themselves and others. more

Patrol reports 14 deaths over Memorial weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. This is compared to 13 deaths in 2014. Three of this year’s fatalities are known to be OVI-related, and four did not wear their safety belts at the time of the crash. more

OHP troopers will be out in full force for Memorial Day weekend

From the Times Reporter:

Officers at the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol are hoping for another Memorial Day holiday without a traffic fatality on area roadways.

The Memorial Day weekend tallied the highest number of serious injuries and the third-highest number of fatalities of all major holidays on Ohio roads between 2009 and 2013, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. more

Troopers urge sober driving, seat belts this Memorial Day

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers this Memorial Day to not get behind the wheel impaired. Troopers and local law enforcement will be joining forces in an effort to keep Ohio roads fatality free this holiday.

Troopers made 763 OVI arrests during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday. During the extended weekend, 13 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, of which 54 percent were OVI related. The Patrol is urging motorists to never drive impaired and always designate a sober driver. more

Ohio trains everyday heroes in the fight against sex trafficking

From WORLD Magazine:

A sex trafficking victim might be difficult to recognize even when she is sitting in front of you, Iowa State Patrol Capt. Curt Henderson said this week during a panel discussion on human trafficking.

[...] In a 2012 report, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force noted more than 1,000 juveniles are trafficked annually through Ohio’s highway systems.

The report went on to recommend not just cosmetologists, but all state-licensed professionals and educators develop a plan to implement human trafficking curricula into their existing training. Later that year, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Ohio Trucking Association launched Truck Shield, a program training truck drivers on how to identify possible criminal behavior. The Ohio Department of Health has offered training to school nurses since 2013. more

Troopers seize jars of hydroponic marijuana in Shelby County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2002 Buick LeSabre, with Tennessee registration, for failure to use a turn signal violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 93, in Shelby County at 12:40 p.m., on May 14. During interaction with the driver, she admitted to having more than a pound of hydroponic marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the hydroponic marijuana, worth $7,020, in eight jars in a sealed box in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also discovered $7,290 in cash and several loaded guns. The driver, Kera Lenard, 47, and passenger, Robert Lenard Jr., 50, both of Mount Juliet, Tenn., were incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth degree felony.

Safety belt enforcement focus of next 6-State Trooper Project

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on safety belt enforcement. The week-long initiative will take place from Monday, May 18 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, May 25 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

Ohio State Highway Patrol recognizes girl for quick thinking in dangerous situation

From WOWK-TV:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol presented a Certificate of Recognition to a Meigs Intermediate School student Wednesday, May 13, for her efforts in preventing a dangerous situation from hurting anyone. more

Ride endorsed, trained and sober

From WHIZ news:

Fourteen people were killed in Muskingum County in motorcycle crashes from 2012-2014. 

The State Highway Patrol said the majority of crashes they handle involve riders who weren't properly licensed and endorsed. more

Highway Patrol releases statistics from Operation Shield crackdown

From WFMJ:

Law enforcement officials across Trumbull County have said they believe Operation Shield was a successful tool used this past weekend to help stop and deter crime.

Now, The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the statistic of the 48 hour crime crack down. more

Highway Patrol calls Warren's Operation Shield crackdown a success

From WFMJ:

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt sat down with WFMJ Weekend Today anchor, Derek Steyer, after the completion of Operation Shield, saying that the mission was successful. more

Inside Operation Shield

From NBC 4:

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DeWine Commends ‘Below 100’ Campaign To Reduce Law Enforcement Deaths

From 10TV:

On Wednesday, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Law Enforcement Leaders from across the state gathered at the statehouse to recognize the Ohio Below 100 campaign. more

Troopers find 3 of pounds marijuana in Guernsey County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2015 Ford F250 pick-up truck, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 70 eastbound near milepost 173, in Guernsey County at 9:00 p.m., on May 1. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag in the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $2,100. The driver, Steven M. Bates, 22, and passenger, Scott Sorge, 21, both of Harrison, W. Va., were charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Crack found by Troopers in Shelby County

Crack

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Nissan Altima, with Arizona registration, for following too closely and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 97, in Shelby County at 8:21 a.m., on May 1. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 47 grams of crack, worth $4,465. The driver, Kenneth L. Roberson, 33, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize Oxycodone in Shelby County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a rented 2015 Chevrolet Yukon SUV, with Ohio registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 86, in Shelby County at 3:27 p.m. on April 27. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 605 Oxycodone pills, worth $14,520 in the vehicle. The driver, Michael J. Mendenhall, 32, of Detroit Mich., was charged with possession of a scheduled II narcotic, a second-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

PCHS students make ‘Prom Promise’ not to drink and drive

From the Port Clinton News Herald:

In an attempt to curb some Port Clinton High School students’ desire to drink and drive this prom weekend, a group of students, faculty and local law enforcement agencies put together an assembly about the dangers of drinking and driving and challenged them to make good decisions. more

Hidden compartment law helps OSP round up drug smugglers

From WFMJ:

Despite law enforcement's best efforts, drug smugglers are finding ways to sneak supplies into our state. In some cases drugs are hidden in plain sight. more

For OSHP traffic updates, sign up for Nixle

Nixle

Interested in receiving up-to-the-minute traffic updates from the Ohio State Highway Patrol? Sign up for Nixle, a mass notification system that sends geolocated information to you through phone, email or on the web. It’s a great way to stay informed and safe—and it’s totally free for you.

You can sign up by texting your zipcode to 888777 or looking for the Nixle widget on the right side of statepatrol.ohio.gov. For more information on how Nixle works, visit http://www.nixle.com/howitworks.html.

Police to students: Stay safe during prom season

From WKBN 27:

Last year, 20 people were killed in accidents in Columbiana County.

Just six months ago, three young people were killed in an accident in West Township.

A mock crash on Tuesday at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds was aimed at reducing those deaths and targeted teenagers heading to prom and graduation parties. more

Troopers find marijuana worth over $11,000 in Shelby County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 1998 Lexus, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 97, in Shelby County at 1:26 p.m., on April 20. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two large vacuum sealed bags of hydroponic marijuana, weighing more than two pounds in a plastic tote bag that contained dog food in it. Troopers also recovered a bag of marijuana cigarettes. The contraband has a street value of more than $11,085. The driver, Scott T. Day, 50, of Albion, Mich., was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Flying Wheel

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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