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Riesbeck's, New Concord Police and State Highway Patrol partner for food drive

From Whiz News: The New Concord Police and The Ohio State Highway Patrol have partnered with Riesbeck's Food Market for their third annual food and toy drive. more

Troopers seize $40,000 worth of methamphetamine and a stolen handgun in Madison County

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On December 6, 2017, troopers stopped a 2002 Honda Odyssey with New Hampshire registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 70 in Madison County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two pounds of methamphetamine and a stolen handgun. The contraband has a street value of $40,000. The driver, Donald Dolinger, 54, of Berlin, N.H., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony and weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize 92 pounds of marijuana in Madison County

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Minnesota man after a traffic stop in Madison County. more

Troopers seize weapon, fraudulent credit cards and drugs in Wood County traffic stop.

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On December 1, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Escape with Illinois registration for an improper lane change violation on Interstate 80 in Wood County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a loaded handgun with a defaced serial number, multiple fraudulent credit cards and a label maker. While in the patrol vehicle, the driver attempted to conceal 90 Oxycodone pills and 112 Xanax pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $3,425. The driver, Dennis Alexander, 23, of Leetsdale Pa., was charged with tampering with evidence, weapons under disability, possession and trafficking in oxycodone, all third-degree felonies, possession and trafficking in Xanax, and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, all fourth-degree felonies and possession of a defaced firearm, a first-degree misdemeanor. The passenger, Trevor Kitchen, 26, of Harrison Township, Mich., was charged with possession of criminal tools, forgery and receiving stolen property, all fifth-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center.

Deputy, Trooper Skip Ticket, Shop for Baby Seat From the Geauga Maple Lead

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a Geauga County Sheriff’s Deputy purchased a new car seat for a family during a traffic stop. more

Troopers seize $68,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana in Jackson County

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On November 25, 2017, troopers stopped a 2012 Chevy Impala with Ohio registration for a window tint violation on U.S. 35 in Jackson County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 453 grams of methamphetamine concealed inside the engine compartment. The driver also surrendered 3 grams of marijuana from his person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $68,000. The driver, Jaevon Wells, 23, and passengers, Antwane J. McDonald, 25, and James A. Brown, 24, all from Dayton were charged with possession of a controlled substance and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies. All were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.

Troopers seize $35,000 worth of marijuana, liquid LSD, MDMA and a handgun in Lucas County

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On November 22, 2017, troopers stopped a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe with Montana registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 in Lucas County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed more than 2 pounds of marijuana brownies, three mason jars of marijuana, liquid LSD and 25 tablets of MDMA. Troopers also located a .45 Cal Sig Sauer handgun. The contraband has an approximate street value of $35,000. The driver, Sean Whaling, 31, of Laytonville, Calif., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of MDMA, a fourth-degree felony and possession of LSD, a fifth-degree felony. The passenger, Nicholas Whaling, 31, of Anchorage, Alaska was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony and possession of LSD, a fifth-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail.

Troopers seize $96,000 worth of marijuana in Summit County

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On November 21, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan with California registration for a turn signal violation on Interstate 80 in Summit County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 32 pounds of marijuana worth $96,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Derek P. Summering, 34, of Silverthorn, Colo., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third degree felonies. Summering was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

Patrol Releases Thanksgiving Holiday Report

Columbus – Provisional statistics released today show more motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday than in recent years. more

Statewide billboard campaign to tackle drug abuse problem

From the Associated Press
State officials say a new billboard campaign will be used to raise public awareness about drug abuse and the need for public participation in tackling the problem throughout Ohio. more

Troopers seize $382,500 worth of hydroponic marijuana in Preble County traffic stop

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On November 16, 2017, at 10:50 a.m., troopers stopped a rented 2017 Dodge Caravan with Missouri registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 70 near milepost 15. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A consent to search the vehicle was requested and granted. The vehicle search revealed two duffle bags containing hydroponic marijuana in an overhead storage container, and an additional four containers of hydroponic marijuana. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 76 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, which is valued at approximately $382,500. The suspect, Rade Z. Vaskovic, 36, of Eureka, Calif., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison and up to a $17,500 fine.

Patrol reminds motorists to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday

COLUMBUS – In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. more

Ohio, Michigan state troopers compete in contest; remind fans to remain sober

From The Courier
Next weekend, either the Michigan State Police will be wearing scarlet and grey or the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be wearing blue and maize. more

PUCO encourages safe driving around motor carriers during the holidays

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 17, 2017) – During the holiday season, Ohio’s world-class transportation system will be heavily relied upon as travelers visit family and friends. Ohio ranks fifth as one of the most highly traveled states in the country. more

Troopers seize $285,000 worth of heroin in Summit County traffic stop

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RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP – Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers filed felony drug charges against a Connecticut man after a traffic stop in Summit County. During the traffic stop, Troopers seized 1,600 grams of heroin, which is valued at approximately $285,000. more

Ohio state troopers save choking boy at Chick-fil-A

From Cleveland.com
Two State Highway Patrol troopers are being lauded after they saved a boy who was choking at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. more

Troopers seize $8,398 worth of hydroponic marijuana and solid hashish in Miami County

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On November 13, 2017, troopers stopped a 2006 Chevy Impala with Michigan registration for a speed violation on Interstate 75 in Miami County. Criminal indicators were observed and upon removing the passenger from the vehicle, troopers observed marijuana residue on the passenger door handle. The passenger admitted to having more than 3 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and 29 grams of solid hashish in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $8,398. The passenger, Larry Smith, 38, of Flint, Mich., was charged with trafficking in marijuana and solid hashish, both third-degree felonies and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Smith was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

Troopers seize $8,000 worth of marijuana edibles, marijuana, liquid THC and methamphetamine in Fulton County

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On November 8, 2017, troopers stopped a 2011 Honda Civic, with Pennsylvania registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Fulton County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 231 grams of marijuana edibles and marijuana, 24 ounces of liquid THC and 5 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate Street value of $8,000. The driver, Victoria Moore, 24, of Clearfield, Pa., was charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, both fifth-degree felonies. Moore was incarcerated in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Ohio State Highway Patrol stresses importance of safety belts

From the News-Herald
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently running their third safety belt enforcement campaign in 2017. more

Patrol Holds Promotions Ceremony

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Help us congratulate the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Back row (left to right): Sergeant Vernon L. Pickering, Staff Lieutenant Brent C. Hunter, and Sergeant Matthew T. Stahl. Front row (left to right): Sergeant Daniel J. Dubelko and Sergeant Matthew R. Keener.

Troopers seize $13,000 worth of marijuana and hash oil in Summit County

Marijuana

On November 6, 2017, troopers stopped a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis with Pennsylvania registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and during questioning the suspect admitted to possessing 4 pounds of marijuana and 12 vials of hash oil in the vehicle. The contraband was located in the vehicle and has approximate street value of $13,000. The suspect, John J. Augustine, 36, of Leetsdale Pa., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies and possession of hash, a fifth-degree felony.

2017 Fall Women's Leadership Conference

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol hosted the 2017 Fall Women's Leadership Conference that provided employees with an opportunity to network, foster teamwork and participate in conversation. The Patrol is committed to the leadership development of its employees. This event was a great success thanks to the speakers, planning committee, and all who attended.
Colonel Paul Pride and Major Marla Gaskill of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, opened the conference. Engaging presentations followed, with speakers including, Girls on the Run of Central Ohio Executive Director Jess Sparks, The Ohio State University Director of Public Safety Monica Moll, Ohio Reformatory for Women Warden Ronette Burkes and Founder and SurThriver of Human Trafficking Dr. Marlene Carson.

Akron Pipe Bomb Suspect Charged Federally

From the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Akron Police Department (APD), and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), announce Elijah Blankenship has been federally charged with transporting explosive materials. more

Troopers seize $266,000 worth of methamphetamine in Wood County traffic stop

Marijuana

Troopers seize $266,000 worth of methamphetamine in Wood County. Read more

Troopers seize $75,000 worth of marijuana in Summit County

Marijuana

On November 1, 2017, troopers stopped a 2014 Audi G7 with Washington registration for several traffic violations on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver admitted to possessing a small amount of marijuana. A probable cause search revealed a black hockey bag containing 29 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana. Troopers also located a suitcase containing a pound of marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $75,000. The driver, Michael Marcello, 30, of Spanaway, Wash., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Marcello was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

Troopers seize $23,720 worth of marijuana and hash

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On October 26, 2017, troopers stopped a 1994 Ford pick-up truck with New York registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed six vacuum sealed bags of marijuana and numerous marijuana plant roots weighing 8 pounds and a vacuum sealed bag of hash weighing 112 grams in the bed of the truck. The contraband has a street value of $23,720. The driver, Josiah D. Kirby, 23, of Sloan, N.Y., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana and hash, all third-degree felonies. Kirby was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

Alarming trend shows amount of drugs flowing in and out of central Ohio on the rise

From 10tv
From hundreds of pounds of marijuana to hundreds of pills of oxycodone, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the number of drugs flowing in and out of central Ohio is on the rise. more

November Dangerous Month for Deer Activity

Troopers seize 58 pounds of marijuana in Erie County traffic stop

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against two California men after a traffic stop in Erie County. More

Troopers seize $72,000 worth of marijuana in Cuyahoga County

Marijuana

On October 19, 2017, troopers stopped a 2013 Dodge Caravan with Ohio registration for several traffic violations on Interstate 480, in Cuyahoga County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a suitcase containing 18 pounds of marijuana worth $72,000 in the vehicle’s trunk. The suspects, Shantanyze Lockett, 23, and Melique Carter, 41, both from San Francisco, Calif., were charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seize $280,000 worth of marijuana in Wood County

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California man after a traffic stop in Wood County. The marijuana is valued at approximately $280,000. Read more:

Troopers seize $56,690 worth of marijuana, liquid hashish and cocaine in Hamilton County

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On October 18, 2017, troopers stopped a 2005 Buick LaCrosse, with Ohio registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 275, in Hamilton County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a large duffle bag containing 11 pounds of marijuana, 24 vials of liquid hashish and drug packaging materials. An additional search warrant of his home revealed 4 pounds of marijuana and 100 grams of cocaine. The contraband has a street value of $56,690. Nichalous B. Murray, 39, of Cincinnati, was charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies, possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Memorial highway dedicated to Ohio’s first Inspector General David D. Sturtz

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Major David D. Sturtz, was honored on October 22, 2017 as a section of Route 541 in Coshocton County was dedicated to him for his service to Ohio. The stretch of highway is near where Major Sturtz was born and raised. Major Sturtz graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 1959 as a member of the 50th Academy Class. He retired after 31 years with the Patrol. After retiring, retired Major Sturtz was appointed by Governor Richard Celeste to become Ohio’s first inspector general. He was reappointed to the position by Governor George Voinovich. Retired Major Sturtz passed away on September 18, 2015.

Troopers seize $320,000 worth of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

Marijuana

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California man after a traffic stop in Wood County. The marijuana is valued at approximately $320,000.more

'Tons of Trucks' with Ohio State Highway Patrol

From WHIZ
The Zanesville Post of Ohio State Highway Patrol started 'Tons of Trucks' and asked local law enforcement, fire departments, and towing companies to more

Turnpike Commission will pay tribute to fallen workers and highway patrolmen

From Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission approved a new Ohio Turnpike Memorial Sign program that will honor 12 men tragically killed while performing their duties on the Ohio Turnpike. The program also calls for renewed attention to the state of Ohio’s Move Over law. more

Safer school buses tested on Columbus Streets

A new school bus prototype equipped with the latest safety features will be tested for the first time in Columbus. more

Texas man indicted for having nine pounds of heroin

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Munoz was arrested on Aug. 8 after being pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. An OSHP canine alerted to the vehicle and troopers found four bricks of drugs that later tested to be heroin. more

Patrol Holds Promotions Ceremony

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Help us congratulate the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Back row (left to right): Lieutenant Paul E. Lezotte, Captain Micheal D. Kemmer and Staff Lieutenant H. Marty Fellure. Front row (left to right): Sergeant Shawn W. Allar, Dispatch Supervisor James M. Stegner and Sergeant John D. Chaney.

Troopers seize $2,642 worth of cocaine in Mahoning County

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On October 12, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with Ohio registration for a left of center violation on South Avenue in the city of Youngstown. During interaction with the suspect, criminal indicators were observed and the odor of raw marijuana was detected. A probable cause search of the suspect revealed a plastic bag containing approximately 29 grams of crack cocaine, worth $2,642, that was voluntarily removed from his person. The suspect, Antwane J. Peeples, 26, of Youngstown, Ohio was charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. He was incarcerated in the Mahoning County Jail.

Troopers seize 110 pounds of marijuana in Lucas County traffic stop.

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On October 11, 2017 at 1:41 p.m., troopers stopped a rented 2018 Chevy Suburban with Utah registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 80 near milepost 59. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. The suspects, Nhan Nguyen, 37, and Vuong Bui, 37, both from San Jose, Calif., were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine

 

The week of October 16 National School Bus Safety Week – "Stop on Red"through October 20, 2017, has been designated National School Bus Safety Week. more

Troopers seize weapon and $9,420 worth of marijuana and cocaine in Cuyahoga County

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On October 9, 2017, troopers stopped a 2004 Jeep Liberty with Ohio registration for an improper lane change violation on Neff Road in Cuyahoga County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately 3 pounds of marijuana. Additionally, a search incident to arrest revealed approximately 30 grams of cocaine and a loaded weapon. The contraband has an approximate street value of $9,420. The driver, Diante Colthirst, 27, and passengers, Hannah Hollie, 21, and Cecelia Perez, 20, all from Cleveland were charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seize $5,340 worth of heroin in Sandusky County

Heroin

On October 8, 2017, troopers stopped a 2017 Chevy Camaro with Pennsylvania registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. Troopers also detected the odor of raw marijuana on the passenger as he exited the vehicle. A search of the passenger revealed 136 individual packets of heroin, weighing 30 grams, in his right sock. The contraband has an approximate street value of $5,340. The passenger, Jeffrey L. Barrett, 32, of Pittsburg, Pa., was charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both second-degree felonies. He was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail.

Patrol Hosts the 2017 Hispanic Leadership Conference

Hispanic Conference

The Ohio State Highway Patrol hosted the 2017 Hispanic Leadership Conference that provided employees with an opportunity to network, foster teamwork and participate in conversation. The Patrol is committed to the leadership development of its employees. This event was a great success thanks to the speakers, planning committee, and all who attended.

Captain Charles Linek and Trooper Ray Santiago of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, opened the conference. Engaging presentations followed, with speakers including, Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Anthony Munoz, First District Court of Appeals Judge Marilyn Zayas, The Ohio State University Professor of History and Law David Stebenne and Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Diversity Liaison L. Tony Ortiz.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Jones inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Jones

Ohio State Highway Patrol retired Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Jones was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on October 5, 2017. Colonel Jones was the second minority officer to graduate from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy. When he was promoted to sergeant, he became the first minority officer to hold a supervisory position. He continued to climb through the ranks and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, once again becoming the first minority officer to hold that position. Prior to his career with the Patrol, Colonel Jones also served in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Patrol in 1997 after 31 years of service to our state. He then continued his service as the Chief Deputy for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for an additional 15 years. Colonel Jones is a mentor to many and has dedicated his time to reducing violence, promoting safety and providing aid to disadvantaged and disabled persons.

Ohio Law Enforcement Executive Summit discusses issues facing modern policing

Exec Summit

Ohio law enforcement leaders are attending the Ohio Law Enforcement Executive Summit today in Mount Sterling, Ohio. It’s an opportunity for the state’s law enforcement community to talk about issues facing modern policing, with topics including legislative updates, joint investigations, active shooters, opiates, impaired driving and police officer safety concerns. The summit also provides a great opportunity to build relationships and form partnerships to combat shared challenges. A special thanks to the President of the Ohio Senate, Larry Obhof for his unwavering support of law enforcement.

Troopers seize $6,750 worth of heroin in Wood County

Cocaine Crack

On September 27, 2017, troopers stopped a 2003 Mazda 6 with Illinois registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 in Wood County. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search was requested and granted. During the search of the vehicle, troopers located a WD40 can with a false bottom containing 45 grams of heroin worth $6,750. The driver, Angel Garay, 57, and passenger Larry Sanders, 61, both from Chicago, Ill., were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both second-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

State Patrol Academy throws 12th birthday party for Honorary Trooper

From ABC 6

Brett Holbrook was made an Honorary Trooper by the Ohio State Highway Patrol more

Highway Patrol graduates 87 cadets in ceremony today

162nd Academy Class

The Patrol’s 162nd Academy Class graduated today after 26 weeks of intense training. more

Human-trafficking sting nets nine arrests

From: The Youngstown Vindicator

Nine men were arrested Thursday in a human-trafficking sting conducted by Beaver Township. The arrests resulted from a joint investigation by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, Austintown police, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Investigative Unit and Ohio State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers seize $13,850 worth of cocaine and crack in Ashtabula County

Cocaine Crack

On September 21, 2017, troopers stopped a 2009 Ford Fusion with Pennsylvania registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 90 in Ashtabula County. Criminal indicators were observed and during a pat-down for weapons, the suspect voluntarily removed a bag containing 69 grams of cocaine. A search incident to arrest revealed a second bag containing 83 grams of crack. The contraband has an approximate street value of $13,850. The suspect, Chibuzo T. Moore, 36, of Erie, Pa., was charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. He was incarcerated in the Ashtabula County Jail.

Troopers seize $3,000 worth of Marijuana in Tuscarawas County

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On September 19, 2017, troopers stopped a 2009 Cadillac with Ohio registration for failure to display a front license plate violation on Interstate 77 in Tuscarawas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 600 grams of individually packages of marijuana worth $3,000. The driver, Christopher Hyde, 24, and passenger, William Hale, 38, both from Cadiz, Ohio were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both fifth-degree felonies.

The Patrol dedicates Athens Post to retired Colonel John Born

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On September 18, 2017 the Ohio State Highway Patrol dedicated the Athens post to our 17th Superintendent and current Public Safety Director, John Born. The Athens Post became the 17th Patrol Post dedicated for former superintendents. “Patrol facilities are not dedicated as monuments”, said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “They are dedicated in gratitude and remembrance to remarkable careers of service.” John Born was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety in 2013 by Governor John R. Kasich. He previously served as Colonel and superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol capping a 26-year law enforcement career.

Troopers seize liquid and solid hash in Ashtabula County

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On September 18, 2017, troopers stopped a 2008 Subaru with New York registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 90 in Ashtabula County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 3 grams of liquid hash and approximately 300 grams of solid hash worth $13,500 in the vehicle. The driver, Michael R. Gagliardi, 20, of Auburn, N.Y., was charged with trafficking in hashish, a second-degree felony, possession of hashish, a third-degree felony, trafficking in liquid hash, a fourth-degree felony and possession of liquid hash, a fifth-degree felony. He was incarcerated in the Ashtabula County Jail.

Troopers start campaign to make U.S. 62 safer in Licking County

From ABC 6

It's a new campaign called "Help us save lives on 62." State troopers have beefed up patrols along a stretch of roadway to help keep you safe. more

Troopers seize $6,500 worth of cocaine and crack in Sandusky County

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On September 12, 2017, troopers stopped a 2016 Jeep Compass with Ohio registration for following too close on the Ohio Turnpike, in Sandusky County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a baseball size bundle of compressed cocaine weighing 60 grams and crack weighing 11 grams. The driver, Merle Fountain, 44, and passenger, Solomon D. Cobb, 38, both from Detroit, were charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies and incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail.

Ohio Highway Patrol urges motorists to use caution at stop signs

From the News-Herald

The Ohio Highway Patrol-Chardon Post is reporting a growing trend of fatal traffic crashes in Geauga County in 2017. more

Troopers seize marijuana and marijuana edibles in Sandusky County

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On September 10, 2017, troopers stopped a rented Hyundai Sonata with Missouri registration for driving without lights and speed violations on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County. Criminal indicators were observed and troopers discovered a bottle of liquid THC on the passenger during a consensual pat-down. A probable cause search revealed more than 1 pound of marijuana and 234 grams of marijuana edibles in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $4,900. The driver, Melika M. Beasley, 27, and passenger, Davaghn Copeland, 25, both from Pittsburgh, were incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail. Each were charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seized 29 grams of methamphetamine in Jackson County

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On September 7, 2017, troopers stopped a 1999 Ford station wagon with Ohio registration for a speed violation on U.S. 35 in Jackson County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Jackson Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 29 grams of methamphetamine worth $6,000. The driver, Michael S. Henderson, 53, of Gallipolis, was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Ohio State troopers seized nearly 400 pieces of stolen merchandise in Lucas County

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On September 3, 2017, troopers stopped a 2017 Ford Explorer with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 280 in Lucas County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana, a device to remove security tags and a large magnet. Troopers also recovered nearly 400 pieces of clothing. The approximate street value of the merchandise is $10,000. The driver, Shamica Swanson, 39, and passenger, Tony Mills, 35, both from Cleveland were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Patrol steps up holiday weekend enforcement

From the Norwalk Reflector

The Ohio State Highway Patrol made more impaired driving, drug and seat belt arrests this Labor Day compared to the 2016 holiday weekend according to provisional data.more

Ohio State troopers seize 210 grams worth of heroin in Shelby County

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On September 1, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition with Michigan registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 75 in Shelby County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 210 grams of heroin, worth $37,380 in the vehicle. The driver, Thomas J. Kitchen, 45, of Erie, Pa., was charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony. Troopers were assisted by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, Anna Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio.

Troopers seize 143 pounds of marijuana and 300 grams of hashish in Summit County traffic stop

A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 143 pounds of marijuana and 300 grams of hashish, worth approximately $333,905 ... more

Criminal Investigation of Ohio State Fair Accident Concludes

Columbus - The Ohio State Highway Patrol has completed the criminal investigation into the fatal ride accident that occurred on July 26. more

Patrol Focused on Impaired Drivers for Labor Day

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will focus enforcement efforts on removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways. Motorists can all have a part in keeping the roadway safe by never driving impaired and designating a sober driver. more

Troopers seize approximately 198 pounds of marijuana edibles in Madison County traffic stop

A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 198 pounds of marijuana edibles, worth approximately $990,000... more

Troopers seized $6,000 worth of drugs during a Lawrence County traffic stop

On August 24, 2017, troopers stopped a 2010 Dodge Journey with Ohio registration for a defective license plate light on U.S. Route 52 in Lawrence County. Criminal indicators were observed and a probable cause search revealed 200 oxycodone pills and 8 grams of marijuana worth $6,000. The driver, Dimitire M. Thomas, 43, and the passenger, Deon T. Henry, 42, both from Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking a scheduled II controlled substance, both second-degree felonies.

Trooper seized 22 pounds of marijuana on the Ohio Turnpike

On August 25, 2017, troopers stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, with Ohio registration for a turn signal violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Upon approach of the vehicle, troopers smelled an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 22 pounds of high grade marijuana in the vehicle’s truck. Troopers also recovered miscellaneous prescription pills and personal use of marijuana in the passenger compartment. The contraband has a street value of $60,000. The driver, Aaron Douglas Chan Wong, 39, of Akron, and passenger, Joshua E. Houston, 37, of Massillon were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers, along with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, seized more than $2.3 million worth of drugs during a Montgomery County traffic stop.

On Friday, August 25, 2017 at 8:15 am, a Texas Plated Chevy Tahoe was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol eastbound on Interstate 70 at Milepost #19 in Montgomery County for speed and lane violations. more

Troopers seized crack, hydrocodone and alprazolam pills in Mahoning County traffic stop

On August 23, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Dodge Journey with North Carolina registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 in Mahoning County. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search was requested and granted. The consent search revealed 86 individual bags of crack, five hydrocodone pills and 19 alprazolam pills worth $2,500. Two of the passengers, Donovan McGeary, 19, of New York, N.Y., and Jahlik Donovan, 19, of Sandusky, Ohio were incarcerated in the Mahoning County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking in crack, both second-degree felonies, trafficking of a schedule II controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, a fifth-degree felony.

Authorities release information on those suspected in drug raids

From the Star Beacon

Authorities identified the two suspects arrested last week during a drug sweep at five Ashtabula residences, where police believed drug trafficking was taking place. more

Health department, Ohio State Highway Patrol partner to increase traffic safety.

From the Norwalk Reflector

The Ohio State Highway Patrol partnered with Huron County Public Health to implement the Ohio Safe Communities program in Huron County more

Troopers seized 470 oxycodone pills during a Shelby County traffic stop

On August 15, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan with Oklahoma registration for failure to signal a lane change violation on Interstate 75 southbound in Shelby County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 470 oxycodone pills, worth $10,800. The driver, Cassell M. Baker, 24, of Frankfort, Ky., was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seized prescription pills during a Defiance County traffic stop

On August 12, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Nissan Versa with California registration for a speed violation on U.S. 24 westbound in Defiance County. Upon approach of the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a large black plastic bag in the vehicle’s trunk containing six smaller bags of 100 oxycodone/hydrochloride pills and one bag containing 100 hydrocodone/bitartrate pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $37,250. The driver, Jamesha D. Ridley, 23, and passenger, Tia N. Moore, 19, both of Fort Wayne, Ind., were incarcerated in the Correction Center of Northwest Ohio. Each were charged with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, and trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Trooper, medical professionals deliver baby along U.S. 23

From Chillicothe Gazette

Originally due on Sept. 17, she was brought into the world Aug. 4 at the hands of an Ohio State Highway Patrolman, a nurse and an EMT alongside U.S. 23. more

Over 200 show support to Trooper Kenny Velez 5.11k race

From The Morning Journal

More than 200 people showed up to run during the "Trooper Kenneth Velez 5.11K run and 1 mile fun walk" Aug. 12 at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave. in Lorain. more

Patrol Investigates Marion County Fatal Hit-Skip

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances involving a fatal crash that occurred on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 4:45a.m.on State Route 203 at the intersection of State Route 95 in Marion County. more

Westfield Insurance Donates Bait Cars to Patrol

The Ohio State Highway Patrol received a donation of two bait vehicles from Westfield Insurance. These vehicles will be used in various communities experiencing vehicle theft to catch car thieves – in the act. more

Troopers seized 10 pounds of marijuana in Scioto County traffic stop

On August 5, 2017, troopers stopped a 2004 Chevy Tahoe, with Michigan registration for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound in Scioto County. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search the vehicle was requested and granted. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located two duffle bags containing 10 pounds of marijuana worth $20,000. The driver, Anthony L. Jordan, 49, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail. He was charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seized 56 grams of heroin in Jackson County

On August 1, 2017, troopers stopped a 2017 Kia Forte, with Ohio registration for a speed violations on U.S. 35 eastbound, in Jackson County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. During a pat-down, the suspect fled after troopers felt contraband on his person. While fleeing, he threw the contraband into the grass. He was quickly apprehended and 56 grams of heroin was located. The contraband has an approximate street value of $8,400. The suspect, Robert Yates, Jr., 35, of Trotwood, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. He was charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies and resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Ohio State Highway Patrol promotes school bus safety

From WFMJ

As school buses make their way back on the roads, Patrol is reminding drivers that safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility. More

Troopers seize approximately $48,987 worth of Khat in Wyandot County traffic stop

Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 240 pounds of Khat... more

Patrol Identifies Victims from State Fair Accident

The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a ride accident which resulted in the death of one person and injured seven others... more

Troopers find various drugs in Summit County

On July 24, 2017, troopers stopped a 2006 Jeep Comanche with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound in Summit County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 130 grams of marijuana and 10 oxycodone pills in the vehicle. Troopers also seized 2 ounces of cocaine from the passenger. The passenger, Kenny Perry, 42, of Midland, Pa., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Perry was charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies, possession of a schedule II substance, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Troopers seized heroin and crack in Scioto County

On July 21, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Chevrolet Cruze with Ohio registration for a turn signal violation on U.S. 23 southbound in Scioto County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 175 grams of heroin and 100 grams of crack located inside a spare tire compartment. The contraband has an approximate street value of $31,000. The driver, Iran Carter, 41, of Dayton, was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail. He was charged with possession of heroin, and crack and trafficking in drugs, all first-degree felonies.

Man convicted for ninth time on DUI charges gets two years in prison, license suspended for life

From Dayton Daily News

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped Troy McDaniel after seeing his vehicle driving outside the marked lanes. McDaniel later pleaded guilty to felony DUI. More

Apply, work for OSHP

From WTOL

OSHP is asking those who are interested in helping others and protecting the roadways to apply. More

Troopers seized cocaine in Scioto County

On July 14, 2017, troopers stopped a 2012 Dodge Charger, with Ohio registration, for a moving violations on U.S. 23 southbound, in Scioto County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers observed marijuana residue on the center console. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 144 grams of cocaine in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Dominique D. Johnson, 26, and passenger, Latasha L. Johnson, 28, both of Columbus, were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail. Each were charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies. Johnson was also charged with OVI.

Troopers finds heroin and fentanyl in Scioto County

On July 8, 2017, troopers stopped a 2014 Dodge Charger, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes, no front plate and window tint violation on U.S. 23 southbound, in Scioto County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana and observed marijuana and cocaine residue in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing 42 grams of heroin and 50 grams of fentanyl. The contraband has an approximate street value of $11,040. The driver, Serge Kahindo, 20, of Trotwood, Ohio was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

Troopers seize 110 pounds of marijuana in Richland County traffic stop

A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 110 pounds of marijuana... more

Federal officials announce indictment of 16 accused of distributing fentanyl

From WCPO

A federal grand jury indicted 16 locals on charges related to distribution of fentanyl, maintaining drug-involved premises, firearms offenses and money laundering. More

Ten K9s graduate from Ohio State Highway Patrol training program

From NBC4i

10 new four-legged officers dedicated to sniffing out drugs graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol training program. More

Ohio State Highway Patrol cracking down on distracted driving

From Cleveland Patch

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to increase focus on distracted driving enforcement. More

6-State Trooper Project to focus on distracted driving enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on distracted driving enforcement. more

Law Enforcement fighting opioid epidemic, one traffic stop at a time

From NBC24

From January to June the Ohio State Highway Patrol made 8,399 drug arrests-- a 12% increase over last year many of them at traffic stops. It's this increase that has Troopers and other law enforcement ramping up their efforts to combat increased drug usage and other crime. more

More and more Ohio drivers are impaired by drugs

From the Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio Drugged Driving Summit brought together impaired-driving experts, law enforcement officers, educators and other safety professionals to combat drugged driving. more

Interstate 90 dedicated to Lorain Trooper Kenny Velez, Cleveland Officer David Fahey

From the Cleveland News-Herald

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Cleveland Division of Police gathered July 10 in Lakewood to dedicate a portion of I-90 to both officers who were killed on the interstate. more

Troopers make thousands of drug arrests first half of year

From the Middletown News Journal:

The first six months of the year troopers made 8,399 drug arrests, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2016. more

Patrol reports enforcement numbers for July Fourth weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that 17 people lost their lives in traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Friday, June 30 and ended Tuesday, July 4. Impairment was proven to be a factor in five of those crashes. more

Patrol warns against drinking and driving this July Fourth

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, June 30 and ends Tuesday, July 4. more

Troopers finds 58 grams of Heroin on the Ohio Turnpike

On June 23, 2017, troopers stopped a 2007 Chrysler Sebring, with Maryland registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 174 in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 58 grams of heroin inside a bag in the truck, worth $10,324. The suspect, Lashawn D. Monroe, 22, of Morgantown, W. Va., and was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Gallia man recognized for helping wounded patrolman in '65

From the Gallipolis Daily Tribune:

Fifty-two years ago, on a midnight shift at the Gallipolis Ohio State Patrol Post on May 3, 1965, Patrolman Clifford L. Russell was patrolling State Route 7 north of Gallipolis. more

Indiana Woman Indicted in Williams County Fatal Hit-Skip

On June 21, the Williams County Grand Jury indicted a woman from Butler, Indiana, involved in the death of a bicyclist along U.S. Route 6 near Road 4-50 in Williams County. more

Torch Run tests athletes

From the Marietta Times:

With cheers and applause athletes with the Washington County Wildcats Special Olympics team welcomed runners carrying a torch billowing flames into the hot summer morning. more

Ohio investigative agents to be trained to recognize human trafficking victims

From Cleveland.com:

Undercover agents with the Ohio State Highway Patrol have a new assignment in addition to their regular duties -- spotting and preventing human trafficking. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Wood County

On June 2, 2017, troopers stopped a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan, with Indiana registration, for marked lanes and following too close violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 197 in Wood County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five heat-sealed packages containing marijuana, worth $22,700. Troopers also discovered $4,918 in cash. The driver, Robert J. Milton, 43, of Evansville, Ind., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Homeland Security, Public Safety train to take on threats to community

From ABC6:

Ohio Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety conducted one of their biggest drills to date. The goal was to train law enforcement to take on growing threats to our community. more

Elyria Post trooper honored as 2016 Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year

From the Morning Journal:

State Sen. Gayle Manning, a North Ridgeville Republican, honored Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Juan “Ray” Santiago of the Elyria Post during a recent visit to Columbus, according to a June 15 news release from her office. more

Drivers reminded to know who has the right of way

From the Marietta Times:

Crashes involving drivers who fail to yield to vehicles with the right-of-way are on the rise in Ohio. Washington County had 235 failure to yield crashes last year, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers discover 12 pounds of marijuana on Ohio Turnpike in Summit County

On May 30, 2017, at 7:47 a.m., troopers stopped a 2012 Ford Fusion with Michigan registration for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 173 in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 12 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a trash bag in the trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $48,000. The driver, Cody Potter, 25, of Flat Rock, Mich., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. He was charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seize marijuana worth $65,000 in Erie County

On May 28, 2017, at 8:17 p.m., troopers stopped a 2017 Jeep Patriot with Nevada registration for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 124 in Erie County. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search was requested and granted. During a search of the vehicle, troopers located a duffel bag containing 11 pounds of marijuana, worth $65,967. The driver, Eric Brown, 42, of Garfield Heights, Ohio was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail. He was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Highway Patrol and FBI make arrests in stolen Humvee case

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the FBI arrested two suspects in the theft of a military Humvee from the Ohio National Guard Armory located in Stow, Ohio, in March. more

Ohio State Patrol: 1 in 5 crashes blamed one specific violation

From WKBN:

In total, 52,207 crashes on Ohio roadways occurred when the at-fault driver failed to yield, resulting in 206 deaths and 30,929 injuries. more

Troopers seize morphine sulfate pills in Shelby County

On May 16, 2017, at 10:43 a.m., troopers stopped a 2017 Nissan Altima with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 86 in Shelby County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A consent search of the driver revealed multiple bags of morphine sulfate pills, worth $5,908. The driver, Allen B. Perry, 35, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of schedule II substance, a second-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Patrol reports 14 deaths over Memorial weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, 15 fatalities occurred, and 16 occurred in 2015. One of this year’s fatalities was a motorcyclist, and seven were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 26 and ran through Monday, May 29. more

A ‘trooper’ gets recognized

From the Marietta Times:

Sharing a prayer with officers of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Friday, Hallie Witte, 8, of Little Hocking, became an honorary trooper, recognized for her fighting spirit and kind heart. more

Increased traffic expected on the road Memorial Day weekend

From 13abc:

It's one of the busiest holidays of the year. AAA predicts nearly 40 million Americans will travel  50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. more

State’s Opiate Action Team shines as a beacon of hope

From the Vindicator:

Hardly a day goes by when headlines fail to bombard readers with the latest disturbing and anguishing chronicles of overdoses, deaths and other tragedies linked inextricably to our state’s harrowing opiate crisis. more

Cops reach out to Kids

From the Star Beacon:

In the midst of a tumultuous fall that included a great deal of angst concerning race relations, Detective Greg Leonhard of the Trumbull Ashtabula Drug Task Force had a revelation. more

Troopers urge seat belts, sober driving this Memorial Day

Several multi-state programs focus on #ClickitorTicket

Seat belt usage will be a primary focus of the Ohio State Highway Patrol during Memorial Day weekend and the end of May, and for good reason: buckling up is the easiest way to increase safety while driving. Memorial Day leads to an increase in traffic compared to other weekends, making cautious driving vital for a safe holiday. more

Troopers seize marijuana, hashish in Miami County

On May 9, 2017, at 10:30 p.m., troopers stopped a 2008 Chrysler Sebring with Tennessee registration for lane and turn violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 82 in Miami County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two boxes containing multiple bags of vacuum-sealed hydroponic marijuana and 28 grams of solid hashish, worth $20,370. The driver, Ali Hassan Daher, 31, from Denver, Colo., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony, trafficking in hashish, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers find marijuana worth $35,000 in Fulton County

On May 11, 2017, at 12:36 a.m., troopers stopped a rented 2016 Ford Focus, with Washington registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 36 in Fulton County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw and burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 15 pounds of marijuana concealed in the trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $35,025. The driver, Ekai Stone 27, of Gladsone, Ore, and passengers, Andrew Parson, 29, and Noah Hupp, 22, both from Milwaukie, Ore., were incarcerated in the Correction Center of Northwest Ohio. Each were charged with possession of marijuana and drug trafficking, both third-degree felonies.

Troopers seize 71 pounds of marijuana and 26 pounds of hashish in Summit County traffic stop

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, OH – An Ohio man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 71 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of solid hashish and 8 pounds of liquid hash oil, valued at approximately $1.06 million, following a traffic stop in Summit County. more

Former Urbancrest Mayor, First African-American OHP Trooper Passes Away

From WCBE:

Friends, family and the Ohio Highway Patrol are mourning the death of the state's first African-American trooper and former elected local leader. more

Paying tribute to fallen officers

From the Chronicle:

Gone, but not forgotten. The phrase was repeatedas law enforcement read the names of fallen officers dating back to 1883. more

Troopers seize more than 2,000 Oxycodone pills in Summit County

On May 2, 2017, at 3:18 p.m., troopers stopped a rented 2017 Cadillac XTS with Illinois registration for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 173 in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 2,080 Oxycodone pills, worth $68,000, concealed within the spare tire compartment. The driver, Shirnina M. Bates, 35, and passenger, Zevon R. McCurdy, 38, both from Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking in a schedule II controlled substance, both first-degree felonies.

Patrol honors fallen officers and support personnel at memorial ceremony

We honored fallen members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol today, as we do every May, at the Academy in Columbus. Since its inception, the Patrol has mourned 46 individuals who died in the line of duty. This includes sworn personnel – troopers, sergeants, lieutenants, and the now-retired ranks of patrolman and corporal – as well as radio operators, auxiliary officers, an investigative agent, and load limit inspectors.

The name of each fallen member is engraved on a black granite wall located in the Academy courtyard. It was constructed and dedicated in 1989, thanks to efforts by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirees’ Association.

The first name on the wall belongs to Sergeant John F. Best. He died in the line of duty on July 17, 1935. The most recently added name belongs to Trooper Kenny Velez, who we lost on September 15, 2016.

An eternal flame in front of the wall represents the unending appreciation for our brothers and sisters who gave their lives. They are forever in our hearts.



Effort underway to keep motorcyclists safe on Ohio roads

From 13abc:

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were about 4,000 motorcycle accidents in Ohio last year. more

Patrol to honor fallen officers and support personnel at memorial ceremony

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will recognize and honor 40 officers, an enforcement agent and five support personnel killed in the line of duty with a memorial ceremony Friday. more

Superintendent’s Citation of Merit

On April 27, Mr. Jeff Thompson and Mr. Ronald Durant were presented with a Citation of Merit by Colonel Paul A. Pride. Their recognition comes after their heroic actions on February 17 in Union County.

A car crossed into the path of a commercial vehicle. After initial impact, the vehicle travelled approximately 5,000 feet before stopping in a field more than 300 feet off U.S. 42. Thompson was driving through the area and stopped to assist the driver. As he approached the vehicle, Thompson noticed that the passenger side rear tire was on fire. He also saw a couple in the vehicle – a man in the driver’s seat and a woman in the passenger seat. The driver’s eyes were open but he was unresponsive. The passenger was conscious and moaning but was unable respond to Thompson’s questions.

Thompson removed the passenger and got her to safety. When he returned to assist the driver, Thompson was unable to open the driver’s door, which was damaged from the impact with the commercial vehicle. Thompson ran into the roadway and flagged down another motorist. Durant stopped and both men worked together to pry the passenger door open. Durant climbed into the burning vehicle and freed the driver just as fire spread to the front passenger compartment.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Thompson and Durant remained with the couple until medical personnel arrived. The woman continues to recover, however the man passed away from his injuries.

11 year old becomes a State Trooper for a day

From WTVG:

A student with special needs  becomes an Ohio State Trooper for a day. The Bowling Green post pulled out all the stops for 11 year old Brett Holbrook. He's the Ohio State Highway Patrol's number one fan. more

Drugs and contraband valued at $123,000 seized by troopers in Preble County

On April 19, 2017, at 11:20 a.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Jeep Patriot with a Texas registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 9 in Preble County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three bags of vacuum sealed hydroponic marijuana weighing more than 43 pounds, 10 ounces of marijuana edibles, 19 grams of solid hashish, 25 grams of liquid hashish, and 73 vapor pipes. The contraband has an approximate street value of $123,597. The driver, Oliver Dore, 35, of San Jose, Calif., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana and liquid hashish, both third-degree felonies, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking in solid hashish, a fourth-degree felony.

‘Books with Badges’ program jumping off the pages

From WTOV9:

A local state trooper is finding major success with a school program he created. more

Troopers find heroin worth $18,000 in Sandusky County

On April 17, 2017, at 11:40 p.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Nissan Rogue, with Ohio registration, for a following too close violation on Interstate 80 eastbound near milepost 88 in Sandusky County. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a U.S. Border Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 105 grams of heroin in a vacuum sealed package, worth approximately $18,690. The driver, Maurice D. Dunklin Jr., 29, and passenger, Dy Meisha La Tray Coles, 25, both of Cleveland, were incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail. Each were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers, sergeants awarded for success in criminal patrol and auto larceny enforcement

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. Troopers and sergeants received the Criminal Patrol Award for excellence in felony enforcement today at the Patrol's Academy. One trooper earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. Congratulations to the 1st Quarter Award Winners.

Troopers seize marijuana in Sandusky County

On April 16, 2017, at 6:16 p.m., troopers stopped a 2015 Ford Focus, with Maryland registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 88 in Sandusky County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers observed marijuana debris in plain view. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed several bags of marijuana, weighing more than 3 pounds. Troopers also discovered two unloaded guns. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,939. The driver, Michael W. Brown III, 25, of Akron was incarcerated in the Sandusky County jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Ohio State Patrol warns motorists of the dangers of distracted driving

From WTAP News:

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In honor of it, the Marietta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding you to keep your eyes on the road. more

Public officials honor local dispatchers

From the Times Bulletin:

“The week is in recognition and honor of emergency dispatchers, those who have chosen public safety as a profession across the country,” said Kim Brandt, 911 Coordinator for Van Wert County, who organized the event. “With dispatchers being available 24 hours a day, the career choice can be demanding.” more

Troopers have already made more than 4,500 drug arrests along Ohio roadways this year

From NBC4:

 Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol have made more than 4,500 drug arrests along roadways so far this year; about 400 more than this time in 2016. more

 

 

 

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