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Reminder: Wear Your Seatbelt

From Cleveland Scene Magazine:

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

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

6-State

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

Waterville man says OSHP trooper saved his life

From 13abc:

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

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

PHOTOS: OSHP highlights danger of travel in white out conditions

From NBC24:

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

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

6-State Trooper Project to focus on I-75

6-State logo

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

Destination Mahoning Valley: Heroin on the state’s highways

From WKBN 27:

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

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

Public drug overdoses encourage vigilance

From the Gallipolis Daily Tribune:

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

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

Patrol Announces 2014 Leadership Awards

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

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

From the Columbus Dispatch:

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

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

Ohio State Highway Patrol warns drivers about following too close

From WFMJ:

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

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

Troopers seize heroin, crack cocaine in Ross County

Heroin and crack cocaine

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

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

From the Washington Post:

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

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

Ohio patrol uses electronic tickets to cut errors, save time

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

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

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

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

58 Sworn Officers received the Ace or Criminal Patrol Awards

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

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

Ohio Pushes For Mandatory Education Course For First-Time Drivers

From 10TV:

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

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

It seldom includes taking a driving course. more

New Push to Remind Drivers to Move Over

From ABC 6:

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

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

Motorcycle deaths are down sharply, NHTSA report says

From the LA Times:

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

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

Troopers find hydrocodone, marijuana in Hancock County

Hydrocodone

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

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

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

Troopers seize 235 pounds of marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop

Marijuana

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

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

Man gets 10 years in fatal shooting

From the Star Beacon:

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

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

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

Jenkins

From 610 WTVN:

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

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

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

Troopers, deputies honored for response after I-75 shooting

From Fox 19:

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

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

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Flying Wheel

Featured in this issue:

-Remembering Colonel Robert Chiaramonte

-Completion of the Thomas P. Charles Leadership Wing

-Below 100: a new course prioritizing officer safety

-Winners of the Best Brats competition

Signal 30: The Gruesome film that made cars safer

From BBC:

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

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

Crash survivors, responders urge safe driving

From WTOV 9:

 

It's been a long road for three Buckeye Local students who survived a serious car crash 4 months ago.

On Friday, school officials wanted to make sure it's a road no one else has to travel during a ceremony at the high school. Students listened to a former first responder and a current Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, people who have seen too many tragedies and are urging everyone to drive safely.

It all starts with seatbelts. more

Ross County a finalist for anti-heroin program

From the Chillicothe Gazette:

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

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

Seat belts a factor in majority of 2014 fatal crashes

From the Newark Advocate:

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

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

Superload continues journey through Coshocton

From the Coshocton Tribune:

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

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

Troopers: Clermont County man killed in drunken ATV crash

From WCPO-9:

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

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

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

From Fox 8:

 

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

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

Intoxicated Flushing man hits officer with car

From WTOV9:

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

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

How to Stay Safe While Stranded in a Cold Car

From WTRF 7News:

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

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

Troopers seize $32,500 worth of marijuana

Marijuana

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

Work goes on, even in the cold

From 13ABC:

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol hits the road no matter the conditions.

But before troopers get behind the wheel, they make sure they have the tools to be visible.

"If it's a traffic stop we obviously have our emergency lights  on and activated," Sgt. Shaun Robinson with OSHP said.  "If it's a crash scene or something else we're wearing our florescent vests along with our lights." more

Roadside trouble? Dial #677

From 19 Action News:

 

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

Troopers seize 103 grams of heroin

Heroin

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

Eight fatalities over New Year’s Holiday

New Year's

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

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

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

Trooper hit on I-475 while responding to crash

From 13ABC:

 

I-475 is once again open between Perrysburg and Maumee after a state trooper was hit near the Anthony Wayne Trail.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 13abc the trooper was responding to a crash involving two trucks, and was outside of his cruiser when another car slid into him.

The impact knocked the trooper over the guardrail and into a steep ditch. Rescuers had to toss him a rope and used it to pull the trooper to safety.

He was conscious and talking to emergency crews, and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. more

Speeding tickets dip where it’s 70 mph

From the Columbus Dispatch:

From the Dispatch

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

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

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

More patrols on the road for New Year holiday

From the Journal-News:

Drivers can expect to see more flashing police lights on the roads tonight and New Year’s Day.

Local law enforcement agency officials say more police officers have been patrolling the streets this holiday season and will continue to watch for dangerous drivers through the New Year.

“We’re going to be very vigilante about enforcing impaired driving laws,” Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. “Anytime there’s a holiday, when we know there’s going to be increased travel, we step up enforcement.” more

Troopers find 80 grams of heroin in Jackson County

Heroin

Troopers stopped a 2004 Mercury, with Ohio registration for a speed violation on U.S. 35 southbound, near milepost 15, in Jackson County at 2:10 p.m., on December 29. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The female passenger admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the stop and handed over two grams of marijuana from her person. A probable cause search of a male passenger revealed approximately 80 grams of heroin, worth approximately $12,000. The passenger, Calipe Brown, 44, of Lima, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail and charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Ten died during Christmas holiday

Patrol reminding motorists to buckle up, drive sober

COLUMBUS – With the holiday season halfway over, the Patrol is asking motorists to continue to buckle up and refrain from driving impaired. During this year’s five-day Christmas Holiday reporting period of December 24 at 12 a.m. through December 28 at 11:59 p.m., 10 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes, with five of the fatal crashes attributed to impaired driving. Five people who died were not wearing their safety belts.

In 2013, seven people died in six crashes during the two-day Christmas reporting period. more

Safe Driving This New Years

From WHIZ News:

The countdown to the New Year is officially on. However, while you're sipping on that celebratory champagne it's important to remember to be safe.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that, in comparison to other holidays, forty two percent more traffic deaths that occur over the New Years holiday are do to drunk driving. Sergeant Melanie Appleman of The State Highway Patrol says in Ohio DUI arrests are higher during the holiday season. more

Troopers find $80,000 worth of marijuana in Muskingum County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2014 Nissan Sentra, with California registration for following too closely and traffic control device violations on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 155, in Muskingum County at 12:47 p.m., on December 22. Criminal indicators were observed and a Zanesville Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two suitcases containing approximately 16 pounds of marijuana, worth $80,000, in the trunk of the vehicle. The driver, Raguel Morales, 33, of Wilmington, Del., and Genaro Velazomes, 36, of Philadelphia, Pa., were incarcerated in the Muskingum County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize Xanax, Oxycodone in Wyandot County

Troopers stopped a 2013 Ford Escape, with Michigan registration, for a turn signal violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 10, in Wyandot County at 11:23 p.m. on December 23. Upon approaching the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a pat-down for weapons, Jamaal Hazewood, 29, of Harper Wood, Mich., voluntarily removed 182 Xanax pills and 378 Oxycodone pills from his person. The contraband has a street value of approximately $5,628. Hazewood was incarcerated in the Wyandot County Jail and charged with possession of schedule II drugs, a second degree felony, trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony and possession of schedule III drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Police Chief Places Special Message on Alcohol Bottles

From 10TV:

Bottles of wine, beer and liquor are leaving some Licking County store shelves with a special message: "Celebrate safely this holiday. Buzzed driving is drunk driving."

It's the first year that Utica Police Chief Cliff Bigler has been placing cards with the message on bottles of alcohol. He was given permission from area convenience stores along with Utica's Hometown Market.

[...]The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports last year in Ohio, 24 people died in 23 crashes between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Of those crashes, four were OVI-related, resulting in five deaths. more

Patrol to target impaired drivers this Holiday Season

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes. Last year in Ohio, 24 people died in 23 crashes between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Of those crashes, four were OVI-related, resulting in five deaths. more

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Decline in Traffic Fatalities in 2013

From NHTSA.gov:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released the 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data that shows a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous year and a nearly 25 percent decline in overall highway deaths since 2004. In 2013, 32,719 people died in traffic crashes. The estimated number of people injured in crashes also declined by 2.1 percent.

“With the holidays upon us, I give thanks that more of our friends and family are with us this year because of the broad partnership of safety-driven individuals and organizations who have joined us in making our roads safer for everyone,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Safety truly is a shared responsibility and we’ve all got more work to do in the New Year to keep more families together – that’s my resolution to the American people.”

[...]Thirty-four states experienced reductions in overall traffic fatalities, led by Ohio (132 fewer fatalities), Kentucky (108 fewer), Pennsylvania (102 fewer), South Carolina (96 fewer) and Arkansas (77 fewer). more

Troopers seize $80,000 worth of cocaine in Lorain County

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford Fusion, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely and improper lane change violations on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 135, in Lorain County at 1:48 p.m. on December 18. Upon approaching the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two vacuum sealed packages containing cocaine located in the dashboard. The contraband has a street value of approximately $80,000. The driver, Lewis Walls Jr., 41, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession and aggravated trafficking, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers find marijuana in Wood County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 1992 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, with Michigan registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 196, in Wood County at 3:24 p.m., on December 18. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 10 plastic bags containing marijuana, worth $22,700. The driver, Johnny Robinson, 69, of Saginaw Mich., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

28 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

Members of the 132nd Peace Officer Basic Training Class received training certificates in a graduation ceremony held this morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 28 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 17 Ohio agencies.

The 19-week basic course began in August. The course was developed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and offers comprehensive instruction in more than 150 topics, including criminal law, traffic law, community relations, physical training, self-defense, firearms, and emergency vehicle operations. more

Troopers seize 234 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in Summit County

Marijuana

A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 234 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth approximately $1,170,000 following a traffic stop in Summit County.

Troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Taurus, with Nebraska registration, for a marked lane violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 185, at 2:31 p.m. on December 17. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Anonymous School Threat Tip Line Launched

From ABC 22:

 

 A new tool is available to Ohio school districts aimed at preventing another school shooting or tragedy.

It is an anonymous tip line that is free of charge for any district that wants to take advantage of it.

It works like this, a student; parent or teacher just has to pick up the phone and call or send a text message if they hear about a threat. more

Escaped Ohio prison inmate apprehended after 22 Years

Escaped London Correctional Institution inmate Roger Perdue, 71, was apprehended in Kokomo, Indiana on Friday, December 12, 2014. Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol – Cincinnati Operations office received a tip that Perdue and his wife were living in Kokomo, Indiana. He had escaped in March of 1992, after serving five months of a 5 ½ year sentence for grand theft. Troopers worked jointly with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to conduct an investigation and determine the exact whereabouts of Perdue. The investigation determined Perdue was living with his wife under an assumed identity. more

Wellston Meth maker now serving five years in prison

From the Jackson County Daily:

A convicted methamphetamine maker will serve a prison sentence.

In October 2013, the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a routine traffic stop of a vehicle Moore was driving. A police dog was used to alert to the presence of drugs and indicated on the vehicle. During the search that followed, troopers discovered an active meth lab in addition to various materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Moore similarly plead guilty to the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, and was sentenced to a stated prison term of two and a half years. more

'Shop with a Cop' event a success

From the Ironton Tribune:

Law agencies throughout Lawrence County worked together to make the 2014 edition of “Shop with a Cop” a hit on Monday.

“It’s a multiagency deal,” Sgt. Chris Smith, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. “Different people from each agency come and help out.”

Several local law enforcement agencies were represented at the event.

“Some officers who are retired even come back to help,” Smith said. “We need as much help as we can get.”

The program partners law enforcement officers with less fortunate children from the county to shop at the South Point Walmart for necessity items such as coats, gloves, mittens, bedding and clothes, ending up in the toy section. more

Troopers seize marijuana in Warren County

Marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2000 Dodge Stratus, with Michigan registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 38, in Warren County at 1:15 p.m., on December 13. During interactions with the driver, he admitted to having two marijuana cigarettes in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana located inside of the luggage on the rear seat. The contraband has a street value of approximately $13,636. The driver, Erik S. Bearden, 34, of Silverwood, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Col. Robert M. Chiaramonte | 1920-2014: Leader helped shape Ohio State Highway Patrol

Story from the Columbus Dispatch

Leaders of the State Highway Patrol say no one who came before them had a greater influence on shaping the organization into what it is today than Col. Robert M. Chiaramonte. The patrol’s Heritage Hall, at its training academy on 17th Avenue, was dedicated in his honor. The patrol’s annual Humanitarian Award bears his name. And in the hallways of headquarters, cadets and commanders alike still speak his name with reverence. So even though it’s been known that Chiaramonte, who served as the patrol superintendent from 1965 to 1975, was in rapidly failing health, his death on Sunday was made no easier, said current Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul Pride. more

Troopers find marijuana wrapped inside Christmas presents

Marijuana Christmas

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chrysler 200, with Oregon registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 121, in Erie County at 3:55 p.m., on December 10. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a drug pipe, marijuana cookies and approximately five pounds of hydroponic marijuana inside six large glass jars wrapped in Christmas presents. The contraband has an approximate street value of $25,000.  The driver, Jack Wilson, 36, and passenger, Jacob Chase, 36, both of Eugene, Ore., were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

6-State Trooper Project leads to 651 OVI arrests

6-State

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a high-visibility enforcement effort focused on impaired driving from December 5 – 7, resulting in 651 OVI arrests. OSHP made 284 of those arrests.

The multi-state initiative included members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. more

Troopers seize prescription pills in Auglaize County

Prescription Pills

Troopers were conducting a welfare check of a suspect at a rest area on Interstate 75, southbound, near mile post 114 in Auglaize County at 9:20 a.m., on December 5. The suspect, Lannie Sizemore, 45, of Manchester, Ky., was subsequently arrested for OVI. During a search incident to arrest, troopers discovered 123 Alprazolam, 16 Oxycodone, and 3 Oxycontin pills. The contraband has a street value of approximately $1,768. Sizemore was incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and  possession of a controlled substance, a fifth-degree felony.

Miracle on Baltimore Street: Trooper saves newborn's life

From 13ABC:

Call it “Miracle on Baltimore Street”!  Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Fernando Chavez saves the life of a newborn baby.  

“There's a woman having a baby in our parking lot”, Sgt. Chavez yelled to his fellow troopers.  “I grabbed my flashlight and ran out”, says Chavez. When the Sgt. got out to the parking lot, he found 19-year old Devenae Guerra giving birth in her car to a 6 pound baby girl.  But as the trooper approached, he immediately knew something was very wrong.  “I'm not hearing any crying”, he says, “We get her in a position where we can see the baby, and the baby is still not breathing,” says Chavez. more

Troopers find Oxycodone in Scioto County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2014 Toyota Camry, with North Carolina registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 7 in Scioto County at 12:59 a.m., on December 5. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffling canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 135 Oxycodone pills under the front dashboard. The driver, Roderick Kindle, 31, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and passenger, Andre Kimbrough, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charge with possession and trafficking in Schedule II pills, both second-degree felonies. 

Safety program targets officers’ bad habits

From The Columbus Dispatch:

The dash-cam video playing on two giant screens seemed ordinary enough: an officer responding to a call of a suspicious person at a closed business. Nothing too high-pressure. He wasn’t even running with his lights and sirens on.

You could see, though, that the officer’s speed was ticking up pretty quickly along the darkened road. more

Troopers find compressed heroin tablets in Allen County

Heroin tablets

Troopers stopped a 2011 Buick LeSabre, with Tennessee registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 131 in Allen County at 11:01 a.m., on December 2. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 63 compressed heroin tablets, worth approximately $3,000 in the center console. Troopers also discovered a small amount of marijuana. The driver, Mykol Dillard, 26, of Old Hickory, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony.

Upward trend in fatalities this November

Patrol urges motorists to close out year safely

Bulletin

COLUMBUS – In November of this year, Ohio’s roadways experienced an alarming upward trend in fatalities. There were 111 provisional traffic fatalities last month—52 percent more than last November’s total—marking it as the deadliest month of 2014 so far. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to help reverse this trend.

Never drive distracted or impaired—in fact, impaired motorists have been responsible for 35 percent of traffic deaths in Ohio this year. Always buckle up, as wearing a safety belt is the number one thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Never hesitate to report aggressive and impaired drivers by dialing #677. more

Troopers seize 110 pounds of marijuana in Montgomery County traffic stop

Marijuana

BROOKVILLE – A mother and a her son are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 110 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $500,000, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County.

Troopers stopped a 2003 Mitsubishi SUV, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 westbound, near milepost 21, at 8:27 p.m., on November 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed three brown paper bags containing 28 shrink wrapped bundles of compressed marijuana. more

6-State Trooper Project to emphasize impaired driving enforcement

6-State

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on OVI enforcement. The initiative will take place from Friday, December 5 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

There were 11,226 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways in 2013, killing 330 and injuring 6,843. OVI-related crashes accounted for 33 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio. This is down from an average of 43 percent from the 2010 – 2012 time periods. more

Nineteen deaths over Thanksgiving weekend from 17 crashes

Thanksgiving bulletin

COLUMBUS – Provisional numbers released today by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show more motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday than in recent years. During the five day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 26, at 12 a.m. until Sunday, November 30, at 11:59 p.m., 19 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways. This is an increase from the past three years when 17 were killed in 2013, 12 were killed in 2012 and 17 were killed in 2011.

Of the 19 killed, seven were not wearing an available safety belt, five were killed in OVI-related crashes and four were pedestrians.

The Patrol arrested 444 drivers for OVI, cited 655 for aggressive driving and cited 1,316 for not wearing safety belts. more

Troopers find 400 Oxycodone pills in Scioto County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a 2012 GMC Acadia, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8 in Scioto County at 7:52 p.m., on November 22. Upon approach of the vehicle, trooper detected the odor of marijuana. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed 400 Oxycodone pills, located in the head rest. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,600. The driver, Danny Williams, 28, and passenger, Kelly J. Rayford, 30, both from Las Vegas, Nev., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felony. 

Examining OVI arrests in Butler County: Most popular spots revealed

From the Journal-News:

For Sgt. Sean Wickman, getting a drunken driver off the road is one of the most important things a highway patrol trooper can do.

“That trooper goes home knowing he possibly saved someone’s life,” said Wickman, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton post. “They may never have made it home, or worse injured someone else, if they had not been stopped. They may be an angry, belligerent drunk, but at least they are alive.”

There is no shortage of OVI offenders in Butler and Warren counties. Through Nov. 9, troopers have arrested 585 people in Butler County for OVI and 466 in Warren County, according to the state highway patrol. Those numbers are up significantly in Warren County from a year ago when there were 345 people arrested for OVI. more

INVESTIGATORS: Troopers Cracking Down on Troublesome Trucks

From ABC 6:

 

Ohio troopers are cracking down on the violators who put everyone at risk on the highway.

ABC 6/FOX 28 Investigators exposed what’s rolling on the road including dangerous drivers and troublesome trucks.

We found many times it’s what you don’t see from serious mechanical issues and drowsy drivers, to leaking loads and contraband. Every day law enforcement finds alarming cases of truckers not following or not knowing the law. more

Highway Patrol Troopers finding more people doing drugs behind the wheel

From 10TV:

There's a new danger hitting the highways just in time for the estimated 1.68 million Ohioans who will travel the roads this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

"They'll shoot heroin driving down the road. They'll shoot heroin in rest stops. They'll snort pills - whatever contraband they're using - smoke marijuana," says Sgt. Kurt Beidelschies, who has worked 8 years with the Ohio Highway Patrol.

"Here in Ohio, by far, the #1 drug of abuse is heroin. So often times, if it's a heroin user, they'll be using heroin in the car as they're going back and forth," adds Sgt. Beidelschies. He often patrols main freeways like I-70, U.S. 23, U.S. 33 and I-71. more

Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday
Buckle up, America. Every trip, every time.

In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up every trip, every time. Properly wearing a safety belt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. In addition, remember to follow all traffic laws and not drive impaired.

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 17 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 17 fatalities, 41 percent, were the result of an impaired driver. That is why troopers will be out in full force this weekend, looking for and removing these dangerous drivers from our roadways. more

Coalition delivers sobering message to drivers

From NBC4:

 

Impaired, distracted and speeding drivers kill many Ohioans each year and the holidays are especially dangerous.

Last year 11 people were killed on Delaware County roadways. According to The Ohio State Highway Patrol, that number is already at 12 this year and that does not include Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

The OSHP stated the number one causes of fatal crashes is speed. "We keep losing lives from unsafe speeds," said Sgt. Geoff Freeman with the Delaware post. "while alcohol and drugs continue to be contributing factors, half of those killed in Delaware County crashes last year were not wearing their seatbelts," he said. more

'Tie One On' safe driving campaign begins

From the Sidney Daily News:

Local law enforcement is teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), as well as key sponsor Nationwide Insurance, law enforcement from around the state and other safety advocates in this year’s “Tie One on for Safety” campaign

The campaign targets holiday drivers with a message to drive safe, sober and buckled up.

This is the 28th year for the holiday ribbon campaign, which encourages motorists to tie the MADD ribbon to their vehicles as a pledge to be safe on the roadways. The campaign also reminds drivers to buckle up, because a seatbelt is the best defense against a drunk driver. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol offers winter driving tips

From WSAZ 3:

Drivers in southeastern Ohio are being warned about the upcoming dangers of driving in winter weather.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol is offering tips on what drivers should do in the event of a vehicle break down or a crash.

From December 2013 through March 2014, 33,085 crashes happened on snow, ice or slush covered roadways killing 38 people and injuring 9,013. Speed-related factors were reported as a cause in 49 percent of these crashes. more

How Has 70 MPH Increase Impacted Ohio Drivers?

From NBC4:

For more than a year, drivers on Ohio interstates have been able to put their foot on the gas and drive at 70 mph. So how have drivers reacted to the speed limit increase? 

NBC4 dug through nearly 100,000 tickets for drivers speeding through a 65 mph zone, and nearly 60,000 of those speeding in a 70 mph zone. 

Twenty-five percent of all those drivers ticketed for both speeds were on Interstates 70 and 71 leading through downtown Columbus.

NBC4's Rick Reitzel went along with a seasoned expert on speeding, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Henn. 

"The additional 5 mph on the speed limit on the interstates has changed the way some people drive, as well," Henn said. more

Peak season for deer crashes

From the Journal-News:

It’s the middle of deer mating season, which means more motor vehicles are hitting deer right now in Ohio than during any other time of the year — an average of about 150 a day.

November is by far the worst in Ohio for deer-vehicle crashes, a Journal-News analysis has found. More than 4,500 deer crashes occurred last November — close to a quarter of the 20,200 Ohio deer-vehicle crashes in 2013. And half of the year’s dear hits happened from October through December.

The deer crashes killed eight people and injured 965. The newspaper analyzed 270,000 traffic accidents reported last year to the Ohio Department of Public Safety by all law enforcement agencies. more

Troopers seize 200 grams of heroin in Hancock County

Heroin and marijuana

Troopers stopped a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, with Kentucky registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 155 in Hancock County at 6:58 p.m., on November 14. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. During a pat down for weapons, troopers discovered 200 grams of suspected heroin inside the passenger’s pants along with a gram of marijuana. The contraband has an approximately street value $30,000. The passenger, Davell R. Smith, 35, of Toledo, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize bags of marijuana in Franklin County

Troopers stopped a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes and red light violations on U.S. 62 northbound near milepost 11, in Franklin County at 1:15 a.m. on November 16. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a large freezer plastic bags containing marijuana, weighing a half pound, located underneath the driver’s seat. The contraband has a street value of approximately $2,330. The driver, Todd K. Murchison, 25, of Columbus, was incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Murchison was also charged with OVI.

Guide to Life: How to persuade an elderly relative to stop driving

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Debby Poe’s elderly father was unsteady on his feet and couldn’t see well. His car had dents that he couldn’t explain, and he once missed a turn and drove through several lawns.

“I knew if he hit a child, he’d never forgive himself,” said Poe, a schoolteacher who lives in Grove City.

But her dad, a World War II veteran who had recently lost his wife, wasn’t going to stop driving without a fight. more


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