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In Remembrance

Patrolman Paul L. McManis

Patrolman McManis was killed in a traffic crash that occurred on State Route 269 north of Bellevue in Erie County. At the time of the collision Patrolman McManis was responding to a crash call. He was stationed at Bellevue.

June 23, 1913 - September 28, 1941
Hometown: Mt. Vernon
12th Academy Class: April 30, 1941


In Remembrance

Sergeant Dale R. Holcomb
Sergeant Holcomb was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Jackson Pike in Gallia County. The crash also claimed the lives of Trooper Joshua P. Risner and a Gallia County woman. He was assigned to the Gallipolis Post.

March 7, 1961 - September 28, 2006
Hometown: Crooksville
115th Academy Class: March 21, 1986

In Remembrance

Patrolman Paul L. McManis

Patrolman McManis was killed in a traffic crash that occurred on State Route 269 north of Bellevue in Erie County. At the time of the collision Patrolman McManis was responding to a crash call. He was stationed at Bellevue.

June 23, 1913 - September 28, 1941
Hometown: Mt. Vernon
12th Academy Class: April 30, 1941

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

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

Troopers seize oxymorphone-hydrochloride pills during Miami County traffic stop

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

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

Trooper Velez Funeral Arrangements Announced

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

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

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

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

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

Troopers seize marijuana in Miami County

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

New awareness campaign catches locals driving while distracted

From 10TV:

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Troopers seize marijuana hidden inside a body pillow in Wood County traffic stop

Troopers stopped a 2016 Nissan Frontier, with California registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 69, in Wood County at 11:48 a.m., on September 12. Criminal indicators were observed and a Border Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two blocks of marijuana, weighing seven pounds inside a body pillow. The contraband has a street value of $32,000. The driver, Rohan Farquharson, 27, of Bronx, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Car smashes into Highway Patrol cruiser in Warren, injures trooper

From WKBN:

A suspected drunk driver smashed into the back of an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser early Sunday morning. more

Troopers seize 92 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

MILLBURY – A New York man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 92 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $208,656 following a traffic stop in Wood County. more

Troopers discover hidden compartment

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers located a hidden compartment in the vehicle during a traffic stop in Wood County. more

New technology helping OSHP better monitor high density crash regions

From WTOV9:

New technology is helping the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s St. Clairsville post target high density crash regions. more

Help us in congratulating our new promotees!

Left to right: Jackie Goins of the Wilmington Commercial Enforcement Unit, Lieutenant Aaron Reimer and Captain David Allwine of Licensing and Commercial Standards, Sergeant Ryan Pickett of the Ashtabula Post, and Lieutenant Jeff Greene of Warren District Criminal Patrol.

Special Response Team recognized for 25 years of service

SRT

Today the Ohio State Highway Patrol celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Special Response Team (SRT) at the training academy. In 1990, Colonel Thomas W. Rice saw the need for a response team that could handle unusual situations requiring specialized training and equipment. That September, the Patrol’s SRT was created to handle incidents like vehicle assaults, high risk warrant service, hostage incidents and executive protection. Today, the full time team consists of 26 members that are strategically placed throughout the state to provide rapid response to calls for service. The SRT provides tactical support to other federal, state, county and city agencies upon request.

News release: Labor Day Weekend Fatalities Down

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol was out in full force this Labor Day weekend to prevent the greater volume of traffic crashes that often accompanies holiday traffic. Initial reports indicate a decrease in traffic crash fatalities. more

Troopers seize drugs including methamphetamine and prescription pills in Montgomery County traffic stop

Troopers stopped a 2003 GMC Yukon, with Ohio registration, for following too closely and failure to display violations on Interstate 70 eastbound near milepost 25 in Montgomery County at 4:52 p.m., on September 4. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed four pounds of marijuana, a pound of marijuana shatter, a half gram of crystal methamphetamine, 15 Alprazolam and six Clonazepam pills. The contraband has a street value of $22,700. The driver, Sara Smith, 25, of Dayton was incarcerated in the Montgomery County Jail. She was charged with possession of marijuana and hashish, both third-degree felonies, and possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Watch: Troopers help save two men who overdosed on heroin

 

Watch the dash cam video of state troopers, a good Samaritan and EMS personnel saving two men who overdosed on heroin. On August 29, troopers were dispatched to a vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 75 near West Chester Township in Butler County. Upon arriving on the scene, troopers observed the vehicle occupied by two men. The vehicle doors were locked and both occupants were unresponsive, so a trooper broke a door window to enter the vehicle and remove the two men. It was quickly determined both occupants were suffering from a heroin overdose.

A nurse driving on Interstate 75 at the time pulled over to help, and EMS and partner law enforcement agencies arrived on scene shortly after. NARCAN was administered to both men who recovered from the overdose. Both men were transported to West Chester hospital. The quick response and assessment of the first responders on scene saved the men’s lives. The driver was later charged with OVI.

News release: Don’t drive impaired this Labor Day weekend

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will be out in full force removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways, and if you are driving impaired, you will be arrested. Do your part in keeping the roadway safe. Remember to designate a sober driver if you plan to consume alcohol. more

News release: Patrol to Focus on High Density Crash Regions

COLUMBUS- The Ohio State Highway Patrol will focus crash reduction efforts in and around Ohio’s metropolitan regions this fall. Fatal and injury traffic crashes continue to be concentrated in these high-density traffic corridors. To combat the rising number of fatal and injury crashes the Patrol plans to collaborate with partner agencies to increase visibility and awareness more

Alcohol-impaired driver hits Ohio State Highway Patrol car, police say

From Cleveland 19:

An alcohol-impaired driver hit an Ohio State Highway Patrol car on State Route 2 in Huron Township on Sunday afternoon. more

Drug overdose deaths skyrocket in Ohio

From the Dayton Daily News:

Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio skyrocketed to more than 3,000 in 2015 — an average of more than eight per day — according to a state health department report released Thursday. more

‘It Can Wait’ simulator reveals dangers of distracted driving

From WKBN:

AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign came to the Salem Regional Medical Center on Wednesday to stress the dangers of distracted driving.

The campaign encourages drivers to focus on the road and arrive at their destination safely. more

Troopers seize crack, Xanax in Scioto County traffic stop

Troopers stopped a 2005 Toyota Camry with West Virginia registration for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5, in Scioto County at 4:05 p.m. on August 17. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 74 grams of crack and 50 Xanax pills. The contraband has a street value of $7,400. The passenger, Darrell Brown, 38, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of crack and Xanax pills, both first-degree felonies.

Granville Post troopers receive Criminal Patrol Award

From the Buckeye Lake Beacon:

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers are continually looking “beyond the plate” to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners. more

K9s graduate from Academy

Four K9 units graduated today from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. All K9 units were trained in-house, with a program that began last year.

Graduates include: K9 Asko with Trooper Michael Ziehr from the Findlay District, K9 Tango with Trooper Matt Dowler from the Cleveland District, K9 Csillas with Trooper Brian Hawkins from the Cambridge District and K9 Tobi with Chillicothe Police Officer Chris King.

The new K9 units will become instrumental in continuing the mission to remove drugs from Ohio’s roads and neighborhoods.

Jim, Janet and Jordan Stanley, of Westerville, presented a $15,000 check to the Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born and Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Colonel Teaford towards the purchase of two canines. The family was inspired to make the donation after hearing about OSHP K9 Euro, who passed away in April.

With School Bus Inspections underway, Patrol offers school bus safety tips for drivers and students

From WCSM Radio:

Summer break ends for thousands of Ohio chil dren this month , who will then head back to school. For many, the trip to and from school involves riding on a school bus. The Ohio State Highway  Patrol has been  in the process of inspecting every Ohio school bus to ensure each bus is safe to transport children to and from school,  as well as to school - sanctioned events. The Patrol has a few reminders for motorists now that buses are back on the roads more regularly. more

Ohio troopers seized 53 kilos of heroin so far in '16

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Ohio state troopers seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year, an increase that the State Highway Patrol attributes at least in part to several large drug busts. more

News release: Troopers discover hidden compartment

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers located a hidden compartment in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Sandusky County.

Troopers stopped a 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV with Illinois registration for speed and following too closely violations on Interstate 80, near milepost 82, at 10:48 a.m. on August 6. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. During a probable cause search, after-market modifications were found in the dashboard, containing six pounds of heroin, worth $198,186. more 

News release: Troopers seize $700,000 worth of cocaine during a Madison County traffic stop

A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 15 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $700,000, at a traffic stop in Madison County. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Erie County traffic stop

Troopers stopped a 2009 Pontiac Vibe, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 6, in Erie County at 2:10 a.m., on July 30. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a cooler containing 17 vacuum sealed packages of marijuana, weighing more than eight pounds. The contraband has an approximate street value of $23,180. The driver, Logan Farrar, 23, and Tremaine Stewart, 23, both from Sandusky were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with trafficking, along with possession of marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

News release: Patrol asks motorists: Do you move over?

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep their fellow drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio’s Move Over law. A sergeant with the Chardon Post in Geauga County was struck by a vehicle last week during a traffic stop on U.S. Route 322 near Chardon, Ohio. Thankfully, his injuries were non-life threatening. But dash cam video and photos of the incident show the dangerous nature of these crashes. more

Recognition ceremony held for division members

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join the OSHP recognizing the exemplary service and dedication of our personnel. Major Michael Black, Major Chad McGinty, Staff Lieutenant Herbert Homan and Sergeant Jeffery Reynolds were recognized today for their contributions before and during the Republican National Convention.    

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Featured in this issue:
-Reverend Ellsworth celebrates 25 years as chaplain
-First Celeveland cadets graduate from Academy
-Patrol fallen honored at memorial ceremony

News release: Ohio State Highway Patrol seeking assistance in fatal hit-skip crash

Suspect vehicle is dark green sedan with front end damage

WARREN – Troopers from the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-skip crash that occurred on July 30, 2016, at approximately 9:40 p.m. The pedestrian was attempting to cross US Route 422 at Rogers Avenue in the City of Warren. While crossing the street, an unknown vehicle was traveling eastbound on US 422 and struck the pedestrian. After striking the pedestrian, the car fled the scene traveling eastbound. more

Officers reflect on the collaboration with Cleveland Police and the tactics used during the 2016 RNC

From Cleveland.com:

After a great job at the 2016 RNC we decided to ask some cops about their experience collaborating with the Cleveland Police and got an inside look at the operation. more

Exhibit on human trafficking aims to educate fairgoers

From 10tv:

In the midst of tons of fair food and fun, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is offering a daunting reminder that human trafficking is a real epidemic. more

News release: Patrol Welcomes Freedom Drivers Project to the Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS – In effort to improve education and raise awareness about the continued dangers of human trafficking, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be partnering the Freedom Drivers project at the Ohio State Fair today from 9 am until 7 pm. more

Safety at Ohio State Fair a priority for law enforcement

From NBC4:

The state fair is a family affair for so many Ohio families. more

State Trooper back on the job after being struck on I-80

From WFMJ:

An Ohio State Highway patrolman is back on the job, just one day after being struck alongside Interstate 80.

Kenneth Robbins says the accident was by far the scariest moment of his career. more

Ohio Patrol targets distracted driving

From The News Center:

Texting, playing music and eating. It all falls under the same category of distracted driving.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is targeting the offense this week. more

News release: Distracted Driving focus of upcoming 6-State Trooper Project

6-State

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 17 at 12:01 a.m. through Saturday, July 23 at 11:59 p.m. more

News release: Troopers seize 101 pounds of hydroponic marijuana during Wood County traffic stop

Marijuana

A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 101 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth approximately $458,540 following a traffic stop in Wood County.

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan, with Utah registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 80, near milepost 67, at 9:51 a.m., on July 11. Criminal indicators were observed and a Woodville Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Troopers seize marijuana, edibles from Lucas County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2011 Cadillac Escalade, with New York registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 49 in Lucas County at 12:42 a.m., on July 11. The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license. An administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed a black garbage bag containing four vacuum sealed packages of suspected marijuana. Troopers also discovered a suitcase containing marijuana wax, THC hard candies, THC chewables and additional marijuana packages. The contraband has an approximate street value of $22,500. The driver, Assaad Y. Gerges, 47, of Airmont, New York was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and hashish, and trafficking in drugs, all third-degree felonies. 

Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduates

From the Clermont Sun:

Thirty-four law enforcement officers graduated today from the fourth Public Safety Leadership Academy class after 11- weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The training was hosted at the Patrol’s Training Academy and was offered at no cost to local agencies. more

Ohio State Hwy Patrol Aviation Section has served for 68 years

From Professional Pilot Magazine:

We have all seen signs posted along roadways warning us of traffic enforcement by aircraft. The natural first reaction is to lean forward and peer through the top of your windshield in hopes of catching a glimpse of whatever form of airborne platform may be looking back at you. more

OSHP: Reynoldsburg parents intoxicated while they let unlicensed teen son drive

From 10TV:

Two Reynoldsburg parents are charged after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say the parents let their 15-year-old son drive on the way to Cedar Point while they were intoxicated. more

News release: Patrol reporting enforcement numbers for July Fourth weekend

Twelve fatalities in 11 crashes; 673 OVI arrests

July 4

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that 12 people lost their lives in a total of 11 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Friday, July 1 and ended Monday, July 4. Impairment was proven to be a factor in four of those crashes. more

News release: Lieutenant Sellers to serve as Patrol spokesperson

COLUMBUS – Sergeant Robert G. Sellers has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and named the new spokesperson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He has transferred from his most recent position at the Toledo Post to the Public Affairs Unit, located in General Headquarters in Columbus. Lieutenant Sellers will replace Staff Lieutenant Craig Cvetan, who was promoted and transferred to the Patrol’s HUB operations. more

News release: Patrol warns against drinking and driving this July Fourth

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers the entire Fourth of July weekend, which begins Friday, July 1 and ends Monday, July 4. Their 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

Troopers seize $600,000 worth of Heroin and Cocaine in Summit County traffic stop

Heroin and cocaine

AKRON – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 6 kilos of heroin and a half pound of cocaine, worth approximately $600,000 following a traffic stop in Summit County.

Troopers stopped a 2016 Lincoln Navigator, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 76, near milepost 21, at 12:59 p.m., on June 24. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Duo from California, Canton arrested with 13 pounds of heroin in Akron, troopers say

From Cleveland.com:

Men from California and Canton are facing first-degree felony charges after state troopers reported finding more than 13 pounds of heroin in their car. more

Proactive Enforcement Makes Community Safer

From the New Carlisle News:

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Patrol and the Ohio Investigative Unit worked together the evening of June 10, 2016 as part of the Proactive Enforcement Blitz in Bethel Township. The plan was to combat identified problem areas in an effort to reduce the number of individuals on the street who may have been involved in violations. more

Torch run precedes Special Olympics

From the Times Recorder:

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope will make its annual trek through Zanesville on Thursday.

The 2016 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics starts Wednesday in Marietta and ends Friday in Columbus. Opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics are set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. more

Troopers discover heroin, cocaine in Scioto County traffic stop

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chrysler 200, with Pennsylvania registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 8:17 p.m., on June 11. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a small amount of cocaine residue on the front seat. A search of the passenger revealed approximately 157 grams of heroin in his shoes. After interviewing the suspect, he admitted to having another 40 grams of cocaine, eight grams of heroin, and a semi-automatic weapon at his residence. The contraband has a street value of $28,752. The suspect, Robert L. Turner, 34, of Portsmouth, Ohio was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charge with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers find marijuana in Portage County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2016 Dodge Caravan, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on State Route 5 westbound near milepost 15, in Portage County at 8:10 a.m., on June 11. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a trash bag containing nine individual packages of marijuana, worth $2,000. Troopers also discovered two handguns and $3,748 in cash. The driver, Jonas Hudson 31, of Warren, Ohio and passengers, Japierre Morris, 27, of Chicago, Ill., and Korderoe James 29, of Warren, Ohio were incarcerated in the Portage County Jail and charged with weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, trafficking in drugs and carrying concealed weapon, both fourth-degree felonies.

Troopers seize 221 pounds of marijuana in Lucas County traffic stop

Marijuana

SWANTON – A man from Arizona is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 221 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1,000,000 following a traffic stop in Lucas County. more

Operation Shield takes guns, drugs off NE Ohio streets

From Cleveland19:

It was called Operation Shield -- a two-day law enforcement saturation in the cities of Euclid and East Cleveland involving local, state and federal authorities. The goal of the operation, which took place this past Thursday and Friday, was to blanket the area with law enforcement in an attempt to combat the number of opiate overdoses in Cuyahoga County. more

News release: Patrol investigating pedestrian fatal hit-skip crash on County Road 33A in Auglaize County

Unidentified, dark colored pickup struck and killed 14-year-old

ST. MARYS – Troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a pedestrian fatal hit-skip crash that occurred Wednesday, June 8 at approximately 10:41 p.m. on County Road 33A near Barrington Road in Auglaize County. more

Troopers seize marijuana, paraphernalia in Sandusky County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2007 Subaru Impreza, with Virginia registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 88, in Sandusky County at 1:53 a.m., on June 6. During interaction with the driver troopers observed, in plain view, drug paraphernalia. During an administrative inventory of the vehicle, troopers located a backpack containing a pound of marijuana, worth $5,000. The driver, Bennett F. Johnston, 22, of Salt Lake City, Utah was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

News release: BOLO Canceled: Patrol located suspect involved in fatal hit-skip in Knox County

KNOX COUNTY – Thanks to an anonymous tip, the Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has located a driver involved with a fatal hit-skip on June 2. more

News release: BOLO: Patrol asking for tips to solve fatal hit-skip in Knox County

Suspect vehicle is a white full-size pickup truck – likely a 2014-2015 GMC Sierra

truck

KNOX COUNTY – The Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a fatal hit-skip crash that occurred June 2 at approximately 11:48 p.m. in Knox County. The two vehicles – a pickup truck and a motorcycle – crashed on Upper Fredericktown Road, at the intersection of Beckley Road and Morris Township in Knox County. The motorcyclist died later at a local hospital. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of the pickup truck. more

Troopers find marijuana, drug paraphernalia in Warren County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2006 GMC Sierra, with Ohio registration, for a left of center violation on State Route 28, near milepost 3, in Warren County at 8:05 p.m., on May 27. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia and two plastic bags containing 665 grams of marijuana, worth $3,500. The driver, Jonathan Baehr, 32, of Cincinnati, Ohio was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2004 Infiniti G35, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 139, in Lorain County at 6:57 p.m., on May 26. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana in the passenger compartment. A further search revealed a backpack containing approximately two pounds of marijuana, worth $6,700 in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Matthew E. Hettick, 21, of Freeport, Ohio was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

News release: 6-State Trooper Project targeted safety belt violations

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 9,091 seat belt citations in a joint effort with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project, Monday, May 23 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, May 30 at 11:59 p.m. more

News release: Patrol reports 11 deaths over Memorial weekend

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 11 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. This is a decrease compared to recent years, as 16 fatalities occurred in 2015 and 13 occurred in 2014. Four of this year’s fatalities were motorcyclists, and two were pedestrians. more

Law enforcement to have increased patrols Memorial Day weekend

From WKBN:

AAA says more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend, and that’s why local law enforcement will be stepping up patrols.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Canfield post said they will have extra patrols out this weekend, as well as the Boardman Police Department. They will be cracking down on speeding and drinking and driving. more

News release: Troopers urge sober driving, seat belts this Memorial Day

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants motorists to drive cautiously when out during Memorial Day, as this weekend tends to see an increase in traffic deaths. Troopers and local law enforcement will join together to work towards a fatality-free holiday weekend on Ohio roads. more

Heroin and marijuana seized by troopers in Allen County

Heroin and marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 131, in Allen County at 7:55 p.m., on May 20. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana and 40 grams of heroin, worth $6,000. The driver, Mary E. Mosses, 36, of Raleigh, N.C., and passenger, Andre M. Hamilton, 27, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony.

Crack cocaine seized by troopers in Jackson County

Crack cocaine

Troopers stopped a 1994 Lexus, with West Virginia registration, for marked lanes and following too closely violations on U.S. 35 eastbound near milepost 9, in Jackson County at 4:01 p.m., on May 17. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed, in plain view, a large bag containing crack cocaine in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $19,500. The driver, Perry L. Brooks, 53, of Charleston, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize Codeine in Lucas County traffic stop

Codeine

Troopers stopped a 2015 Ford Fusion, with Georgia registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 280 southbound near milepost 9, in Lucas County at 2:23 a.m., on May 17. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five plastic bottles containing liquid codeine, worth $1,500. The driver Dajuan A. Meadows, 26, and passenger, Steven Hill, 26, both from Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with possession of codeine, a third-degree felony.

News release: Safety belt enforcement focus of next 6-State Trooper Project

6-State logo

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project next week to focus on safety belt enforcement. The week-long initiative will take place from Monday, May 23 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, May 30 at 11:59 p.m. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Lorain County following traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chrysler 300, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 138, in Lorain County at 7:21 p.m., on May 14. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five one gallon size bags of marijuana, worth $10,057. The driver, Alan J. Davis, 22, of Plymouth, Mich., was incarcerated in Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, third-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana in Lucas County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2007 Toyota Camry, with Pennsylvania registration, for an improper lane change violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 64, in Lucas County at 2:59 a.m., on May 15. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver had an expired driver license. An administrative inventory of the vehicle was conducted and revealed 13 vacuum sealed plastic bags of marijuana, worth $31,710. The driver, Michael J. Noble II, 27, of Erie, Penn., was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Local authorities get active in 'active killer' training

From the Sandusky Register:

Led by Perkins police commanders, local law enforcement personnel on Sunday descended upon the Sandusky Mall to run through various “active killer” scenarios. Teams participated in the exercises in hopes of determining how best to handle an assassin terrorizing a large public space. more

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

Cocaine

LONDON – A Chicago man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 13 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $600,000, following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chrysler 200, with New Jersey registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 72, at 9:37 a.m., on May 6. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Hoping to boost calls, Ohio Highway Patrol advertises its hotline

From Ohio.com:

The State Highway Patrol hopes to boost public use of its hotline through a burst of marketing encouraging Ohioans to use its easier-to-dial four-key combination to report crime tips and crashes. more

Heroin seizure made by troopers in Scioto County traffic stop

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, with Ohio registration, for an equipment violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 2:13 p.m., on May 9. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 200 grams of heroin. The contraband has a street value of $20,000. The driver, Janiece Spencer, 19, of Lima, Ohio, and passenger, Rashad D. Davis, 24, of Fremont, Ohio were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2004 Cadillac Deville, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 5:16 p.m., on May 10. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a half pound of marijuana and 285 Hydrocodone pills. The contraband has a street value of $5,000. The driver, Dennis Burt, 51, of Fairmont, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in a schedule II substance, both second-degree felonies, trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Marion County traffic stop leads to marijuana seizure

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg, with Ohio registration, for a stop sign violation on State Route 423 southbound, in Marion County at 10:48 a.m., on May 6. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a back pack containing two pounds of marijuana, worth $10,000. The driver, Chad A. Stevens, 44, of Marion, Ohio was incarcerated in the Multi-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers find marijuana, THC shatter in Lorain County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2010 Chrysler 300, with Michigan registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 10:16 a.m., on May 5. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a half pound of marijuana hidden inside a golf bag. Troopers also discovered a pound of marijuana shatter and 21 grams of hash oil tablets in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has a street value of $7,500. The driver, Richard Chinonis, 30, if Grand Blanc, Mich., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with two counts of possession of hash, both third-degree felonies and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana, THC shatter worth $100,000 in Lucas County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 1995 Dodge pick-up truck, with Oregon registration, for a following too closely violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 54, in Lucas County at 12:38 p.m., on May 3. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a false compartment in the vehicle. Troopers also discovered four large packages of suspected marijuana, 17 rubber tubs containing THC Shatter, a baggy containing suspected methamphetamine residue, and several pieces of drug paraphernalia. The contraband has a street value of $100,000. The driver, Michael A. Bost, 46, of Cave Junction, Ore., was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a second-degree felony, possession of marijuana and trafficking in hashish, both third-degree felonies, and possession of hashish, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers enforcing "move over" law after rash of roadside crashes

From ABC6:

It's been less than a month since a state trooper and a passenger were seriously hurt when a semi slammed into his cruiser in Licking County. more

LHS athletes hear '5 minutes for Life' program

From the Logan Daily:

Officer Wilson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently presented the "5 Minutes for Life" program to Logan High School spring sports athletes. The state-wide program, initiated by Gov. John Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich, is an educational campaign to reduce and ultimately eliminate the demand for illegal drug use among students. more

Troopers seize two pounds of marijuana in Miami County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2015 Dodge Dart, with Florida registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 78, in Miami County at 12:36 p.m., on April 28. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than two pounds of hydroponic marijuana, two grams of marijuana wax, and eight Hydrocodone pills. The contraband has a street value of $10,385. The driver, Thomas Hough, 40, of Monroe, Ga., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of criminal tools, and Hydrocodone, both fifth-degree felonies and possession of hashish, minor misdemeanor.

Multi-county chase begins in Jackson Township, ends in Guernsey County

From the Canton Repository:

A Canton man was arrested after he led them on a multi-county chase in a stolen sport utility vehicle, authorities said Friday afternoon. more

Teens learn about the dangers of distracted driving

From 13abc:

Distracted driving is one of the biggest issues teenagers face today, and law enforcement officials say it's vital for teens to understand how the issue can destroy their lives. more

Troopers seize heroin, Xanax and marijuana in Hancock County traffic stop

Various drugs

Troopers stopped a rented 2015 Chevy Impala, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 160, in Hancock County at 12:33 a.m., on April 14. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hancock County Sheriff’s drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 79 grams of heroin, 378 Xanax pill and five grams of marijuana. The contraband has a street value of $14,118. The driver, Dewane Lively, 25, and passenger, Joseph Thompson, 26, both of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony.

Patrol Academy hosting career fair on April 23

Currently accepting applications for troopers and other positions

The Ohio Department of Public Safety will host a public service career fair at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of the fair, an Ohio State Highway Patrol Seminar will teach attendees about cadet training and a career as an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper. The presentation will also provide an overview of the application process. more

Ohio woman shares story of loss for National Work Zone Awareness Week

From WTOL:

After a deadly year on Ohio roads in 2015, the push is on to make work zones safer.

“Not a day goes by that we don't miss him,” said Amy Fletcher, wearing a special ribbon with her husband John's picture. more

Patrol investigating crash involving semi, trooper cruiser in Licking County

Reminder for motorists to #moveover for emergency vehicles

Troopers from the Granville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are currently investigating an injury crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 136 mile marker. more

Semi hits cruiser on I-70, injuring trooper and woman

From the Columbus Dispatch:

A State Highway Patrol trooper and a woman who was sitting in his cruiser because her own vehicle had become disabled were both injured this morning when a semi slammed into the back of the cruiser on eastbound I-70 in Licking County. more

Fatal wrong-way crashes increasing in Ohio

From the Dayton Daily News:

Four times in the past year someone has driven the wrong way on a local highway in what investigators suspect could be a string of suicides, not only killing themselves but also endangering or killing others. more

Troopers seize 600 Oxycodone pills in Scioto County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2006 Ford Fusion, with Ohio registration, for a following too closely violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 10, in Scioto County at 1:58 p.m., on April 5. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 600 Oxycodone pills, worth $18,000 concealed inside a paint can. The driver, Jeffrey D. Wells, 54, of South Point, Ohio was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance and trafficking in drug, both second-degree felonies.

Patrol Reminds Drivers To Keep Eyes and Focus On the Road

From WKTN:

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving. more

Mahoning Co. Sheriff and OSHP warn of distracted driving dangers

From WFMJ:

Whether it's texting while driving or even checking on your kids in the back seat, law enforcement officials want to make sure you're not the next victim of distracted driving.

The Ohio State highway patrol and Mahoning County Sheriff's Office teamed up in honor of distracted driving awareness month. more

Patrol seizes Oxycodone, Oxymorphone in Scioto County

Pills

Troopers stopped a 2016 Hyundai, with Michigan registration, for marked lanes and unsafe lane change violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 1:09 p.m., on March 27. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. The driver voluntarily surrender a package containing 260 Oxycodone pills and 30 Oxymorphone pills. The contraband has an approximately street value of $9,000. The driver, Lasha Brookins, 58, and her daughter, Talesha Brookins, 38, both from Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of  a schedule II drug, and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

The Highway Patrol helps CSU cops

From WTAM1100:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Public Safety donated 50 portable radios to the Cleveland State University Police Department.

The department received the radios today during a presentation at the Cleveland State University Police Department. more

Troopers find heroin in Scioto County traffic stop

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 1998 Ford Escort, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 8:46 p.m., on March 25. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger was removed from the vehicle and had an odor of marijuana coming from his person. A search of his person revealed approximately 48 grams of heroin, worth $4,800 inside his shoe. The passenger, William A. Sarver, 57, of Dayton, Ohio was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Heroin seized by troopers in Athens County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2016 Toyota Rav 4, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on U.S. 33 eastbound, near milepost 9, in Athens County at 1:27 p.m., on March 23. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. After a pat down, the passenger fled on foot and was apprehended a short time later. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 315 grams of heroin, worth $38,900 in the vehicle. The passenger, Jelani T. Walker, 35, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Athens County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies, and fleeing and eluding, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Department of Public Safety and Highway Patrol donate portable radios to Cleveland State University Police  

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Public Safety donated 50 portable radios to the Cleveland State University Police Department. The department received the radios today during a presentation at the Cleveland State University Police Department.

The fifty radios which had previously been used by troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were transferred to the department rather than sending them to state salvage. more

Troopers seize marijuana, laced brownies in Wood County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Ford Fusion, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 194, in Wood County at 7:40 p.m., on March 23. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately two pounds of hydroponic marijuana and five pounds of marijuana brownies in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $31,000. The driver, Kenneth Harger, 59, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony and trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers find heroin in Union County traffic stop

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, with Michigan registration, for a license plate light violation on U.S. 33 westbound near milepost 21, in Union County at 2:05 a.m., on March 23. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a gram of marijuana and 51 grams of heroin in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,650. The driver, Kevin D. Byrd, 24, and passenger Jalen Baxter, 22, both of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Tri County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

Patrol asking for tips to solve fatal hit-skip on I-70

No suspect identified in crash on March 3, 2015, in Madison County

Over a year ago, a hit-skip crash in Madison County left one man dead and another injured. An investigation was conducted and several leads were followed, but no suspect or suspect vehicle has been identified. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking anyone to come forward if they have information about a suspect involved in the following incident that occurred March 3, 2015: more

Troopers seize 70 lbs. marijuana, 1,000 hash oil jars in Madison County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2015 Ford Econoline van, with California registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 71, in Madison County at 10:46 a.m., on March 18. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 70 pounds of marijuana and 1,000 hash oil jars in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $350,000. Trooper also recovered $7,569. The driver, Walter Delgado, 29, of Harbor City Calif., and passenger, Anthony Jochum, 26, of Cleveland Ohio were incarcerated in the Multi-County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, and possession of criminal tools, all second-degree felonies.

Troopers find 26 grams of heroin in Scioto County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2016 Jeep Patriot, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 11:04 p.m., on March 15. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a magnetic box containing 26 grams of heroin and 101 Alprazolam pills. The contraband has a street value of $3,000. The driver, Lawrence E. Nelson, 44, 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.

Troopers seize crack cocaine in Scioto County

Crack Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, with Ohio registration, for a window tint violation on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 10, in Scioto County at 11:48 p.m., on March 14. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing 28 grams of crack cocaine, worth $2,800. Troopers also discovered a loaded handgun. The driver, William J. Whitfield, 20, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and passenger, Christopher M. Kirk, 20, of Worthington, Ohio were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of crack cocaine, and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies, receiving stolen property, and improper handling of a firearm, both fourth-degree felonies.

Troopers find marijuana in Portage County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2000 GMC Jimmy, with Ohio registration, for failure to signal and cracked windshield violations on State Route 44 northbound near milepost 8, in Portage County at 6:35 p.m., on March 14. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed more than a pound of marijuana, worth $4,000. The driver, Lester Davis, 41, of Atwater, Ohio was incarcerated in the Portage County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession in drugs, a fifth-degree. 

Cocaine, crack and heroin seized by troopers in Gallia County

Various drugs

Troopers stopped a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, with West Virginia registration, for headlight and turn signal violations on U.S. 35 eastbound near milepost 7, in Gallia County at 7:55 p.m., on March 11. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search was requested and granted. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located 160 gram of cocaine, 33 grams of crack, and 3 grams of heroin. The contraband has an approximate street value of $17,025. The passenger, Michael Simpson, 35, of Dayton, Ohio was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in narcotics, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize prescription pills in Jackson County

Pills

Troopers stopped a 2015 Toyota Camry, with Florida registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 35 eastbound, near milepost 9, in Jackson County at 2:54 p.m., on March 9. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. During a review of the in-car camera, the driver was seen concealing an object on her person. A search warrant was executed and a bag containing 368 Oxycodone pills and 30 Oxymorphone pills fell from her person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $12,500. The driver, Latonya M. Perryman, 40, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, a second-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

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

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are urging drivers to designate a sober driver before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that often involves high consumption of alcohol. OSHP will work with local law enforcement to remove impaired drivers as part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. more

Troopers seize 189 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

Marijuana

A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 189 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $634,320 following a traffic stop in Wood County. more

Methamphetamine seized by troopers in Preble County

Meth

Troopers stopped a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with Pennsylvania registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 7 in Preble County at 1:08 p.m., on March 9. During interaction with the driver troopers observed, in plain view, a marijuana pipe and a container of marijuana. The driver admitted that he had a sawed off shotgun and methamphetamine, weighing 25 grams in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $2,525. The driver, Adam Brabant, 30, of Tucson, Ariz., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize 2 oz. of heroin in Miami County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2016 Nissan Sentra, with Kentucky registration, for a lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 77, in Miami County at 12:47 p.m., on March 9. A criminal indicator was observed and a consent to search was requested and granted. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located a syringe, and three Xanax pills. A search incident to arrest revealed more than two ounces of gravel heroin on the driver’s person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $10,875. The driver, Douglas Hayes, 37, of Lexington, Ky., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony, possession of Xanax and criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

6-State Trooper Project, including Ohio State Highway Patrol, makes 200 arrests in 3 days

From WEWS:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is one of multiple agencies that recently helped get drugs and illegal weapons off the streets with 200 related arrests in a three-day span.

In collaboration with the 6-State Trooper Project, which is made up of multiple agencies across the U.S. who work to provide security services in highway safety and criminal patrol, the OSHP made 194 drug arrests and and six weapon arrests from March 3 to March 5. 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 194 drug arrests during the initiative, from Thursday, March 3 at 12:01 a.m. through Saturday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m. more

Troopers seize marijuana, marijuana edibles in Sandusky County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2009 Majestic 28A motor home, with New Jersey registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 85, in Sandusky County at 2:58 p.m., on March 7. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed more than three pounds of marijuana and marijuana edibles, worth $4,200. The driver, Tahir Panton, 27, of Brooklyn N.Y., was charged with minor misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The passenger, Kristoff Harmon, 22, of Newark, Del., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Ohio State Highway Patrol participated in Tri-State Human Trafficking Initiative

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) joined neighboring states to raise awareness about human trafficking for the entire month of February. OSHP, the Indiana State Police and the Michigan State Police take the crime of human trafficking seriously and will continue to educate the public and enforce laws that crack down on traffickers. more

Troopers found cocaine worth $232,900 in vehicle, modified shoes

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a rental van, with California registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 9, in Preble County at 2:40 p.m., on March 2. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a small baggie containing cocaine in the vehicle. Troopers also discovered modified shoes containing six packages of cocaine worth $232,900. The driver, Essex J. Clark, 47, of Las Vegas, Nev., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Marijuana worth $120,000 found by Troopers in Preble County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2013 Ford F150 pick-up truck, with California registration, for turn signal and stop sign violations in Monroe Township in Preble County at 1:47 p.m., on March 1. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed three duffel bags containing 60 pounds of marijuana, worth $120,000. The driver, Frederick H. Coleman, 70, of Gilbert, Ariz., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

Ohio Highway Patrol warns parents to be wary of human trafficking

From WKBN:

Ohio State Highway Patrol wants people to know that human trafficking isn’t just happening far away. The crimes are occurring right here at home. more

Troopers find prescription pills in Scioto County traffic stop

Prescription Pills

Troopers stopped a 2005 Dodge Magnum, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 9:15 p.m. on February 27. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 238 Oxycodone pills and 20 Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone pills, worth $9,000. The driver, Sarah A. Payne, 37, of Huntington, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of schedule II pills and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies, and possession of schedule II pills, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize crack, marijuana in Scioto County

Various drugs

Troopers stopped a 2003 GMC Envoy, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 9:10 p.m., on February 23. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed four grams of marijuana, six grams of crack, and 46 grams of heroin in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,500. The driver, Stephen L. Green, 32, of South Point, Ohio was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony and possession of crack cocaine, a fourth-degree felony. 

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

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 573 speed citations, 78 safety belt citations and six OVI arrests as part of the enforcement from Friday, February 19 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 21 at 11:59 p.m. more

Troopers find cocaine in Scioto County traffic stop

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8, in Scioto County at 10:56 p.m., on February 20. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing 125 grams of cocaine, worth $12,500. The driver, Angel Lucas, 35, of Huntington, W.Va., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize 45 pounds of marijuana in Muskingum County traffic stop

Marijuana

ZANESVILLE - A Maryland man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 45 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $281,486 following a traffic stop in Muskingum County. more

Troopers seize marijuana, hash butter

Marijuana, hash butter

Troopers stopped a 2016 Kia Forte, with Texas registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 85, in Miami County at 1:52 p.m., on February 17. Upon contact with the occupants, criminal indicators were observed. During a consent pat-down of the female passenger, troopers located three drug pipes. The occupants admitted to additional contraband being in the vehicle and a probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 52 grams of hash butter and more than two pounds of marijuana. The contraband has an approximate street value of $10,492. The driver, Joseph A. Grippe, 21, of Delray Beach, Fl., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and hashish wax, both third-degree felonies.

Patrol Announces 2015 Leadership Awards

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the winners of their 2015 Leadership Awards today. more

6-State Trooper Project to focus on I-75

6-State

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join 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 19 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 21 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

Cocaine, heroin found in Jackson County traffic stop

Cocaine, heroin

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, with Florida registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on U.S. 35 eastbound near milepost 16, in Jackson County at 11:15 p.m., on February 13. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately 152 grams of crack cocaine and approximately 13 grams of powder heroin in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $18,475. The driver, Ricky J. Darthard, 35, of Columbus, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Jackson County Correction Facility and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in heroin, both second-degree felonies.

Troopers seize marijuana, Adderall in Erie County traffic stop

Marijuana and adderall

Troopers stopped a rented 2016 Hyundai, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 117, in Erie County at 6:12 a.m., on February 12. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana and 17 boxes of THC cigars in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also located 56 Adderall pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $14,758. The driver, Jacob N. Coakley, 34, of Beaver Falls, Pa., was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a second-degree felony, possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of Schedule II substance, a fifth-degree felony.

Ohio deer-related crashes increased in 2015

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

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

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

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

Building a safer Ohio is everybody’s business

From the Toledo Blade:

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

Troopers seize marijuana in Shelby County

Marijuana

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

 

 

 

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