Offer from Southern Ohio Crimestoppers

Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers is considering paying a police officer or detective from a law enforcement agency that it represents. Attached is a statement from Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers President, Sheila Stearos, which outlines this position.

“The Chillicothe Police Department has had to cut officers from duty, beginning September 24th. In addition, other counties that we support also have lost officers and funding. This lack of staffing could affect law enforcement’s response to Crime Stopper tips. We are considering allocating a portion of our funds to hire a commissioned police officer or detective to serve as a dedicated coordinator for Crime Stopper’s tips regionally, the tip information South Central Ohio citizens provide to help. This position would ensure that tips are directed to the appropriate detectives in the region as well, would be responsible to provide regional support, to keep the SOCS tip records current, and to follow-up with department detectives on tips for updates. This position is not intended to replace our current local coordinator’s efforts but rather to support their efforts. We would like to learn how the public feels about this opportunity. Would you please take a moment to answer two quick questions below to let us know? You also can contribute to this fund for the support of a dedicated officer. If the proposed levy passes and funds are available for the department to retain its current staff, prior to layoffs, any donations would be used for a period of six months or less, whichever comes first, to retain the services of a dedicated Crime Stoppers liaison. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask”

With gratitude,
Sheila Stearos, President

We are asking citizens represented by Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers to get on the web site and vote. This vote will determine if Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers moves forward with this plan or not. Thank you for your assistance in making the public aware of this.

The web site is southern ohio crimestoppers

Changes in police response to calls fpr service

August 19, 2010

With the announcement of layoffs of (5) city police officers, the Chillicothe Police Department will have to make some tough decisions as to what priorities we address first. The Police Department is authorized to have (45) patrol officers. Before the lay offs, the police department was at (38) police officers, leaving us short (7). We are now faced with a loss of (12) police officers.

The following services will be affected:
There will be no response to private property crashes without injuries when more than (2) officers are assigned to a separate call.
There will be no response to auto crashes that involve less than $500.00 and no injuries when more than (2) officers are assigned to separate calls. Citizens may exchange information and call the police at a later time to schedule a crash report.
No response to dog at large calls, unless there is a dog bite or vicious dog at large. Citizens are to contact the dog warden or humane society for any other animal related calls.
Officers will not process crime scenes on misdemeanor crimes when the supervisor determines that any possible evidence collected would not result in a probable arrest in a reasonable amount of time.
No assigned traffic enforcement. Only random traffic patrols when possible.
No stationary patrols.
Reduction of staffing in the Detective division.
Possible termination of the D.A.R.E. program. (Decision pending staffing adjustments)
Possible reduction in minimum manning to (3) officers per shift. (Decision pending staffing adjustments)

I ask that the citizens take into consideration that the officers have worked short staffed for several years and with the additional reduction in police officers I expect that officers will not be able to spend a great deal of time investigating minor crimes. I suspect that officers may appear to be a “little” short in conversations and will not be able to spend a lot of time mediating conflicts. Officers may be more prone to issue criminal or traffic citations and move on to the next call, rather than give multiple warnings or mediation.
Chillicothe police officers pride themselves on professional conduct and their ability to investigate and solve crimes and citizen complaints. I do not condone rude conduct and I expect professionalism. Make no mistake, the officers are under a tremendous amount of pressure to perform more efficiently with fewer officers available to handle the day to day call volume and not have a back-up officer immediately available.

Roger A. Moore
Chief of Police

Information sought on theft on City transit bus

The Chillicothe Police Department needs assistance in identifying a theft suspect. The theft occurred on a Chillicothe Transit Bus on August 2, 2010 at approximately 5:40pm. Attached to this release are photographs of the suspect depicting the theft. We are asking for the community to assist us in identifying this suspect. If you have any information concerning this incident contact the Chillicothe Police Department or you local law enforcement agency. You can also report any information anonymously to Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers by calling 740-772-TIPS, 1-800-222-TIPS, or on their web site at

Theft from Kohls

The Chillicothe Police Department is investigating a theft from Kohls that occurred on 8-10-10. Attached are pictures of the suspects. Any information can be given to the investigating officer, Ofc. S. Murray.

Police make arrest in Circle K Robbery

Detectives from the Chillicothe Police Department have made an arrest in the aggravated robbery that occurred at Circle K, 659 N High St on August 12. Arrested was Randy Pollock, 46 yoa. He was located at his residence at 239 Atlantis Dr Chillicothe this afternoon as a result of a tip due to the photograph displayed by the media from the robbery scene.

Suspect in mailbox thefts

Margaret L. Fearnow has been identified as a PERSON OF INTEREST in the recent mailbox thefts occurring in several surrounding counties. Anyone with information on her whereabouts can contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 740-773-1191 or your local law enforcement agency. You can also report any information anonymously to Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS, 1-800-222-TIPS, or on their web site at

Circle K robbery

The Chillicothe Police Department is investigating a robbery, which occurred at Circle K, 659 N High St in our city. The W/M suspect, possibly wearing a wig, entered the business at approximately 11:15 PM on August 12, 2010. He then brandished a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, then left the business with an undisclosed amount money. It appeared that the suspect departed the business on foot. If you have any information regarding this robbery please contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 740-773-1191. You can also report any information anonymously to Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS, 1-800-222-TIPS, or at

911 is back online

City of Chillicothe and Ross County 911 back online.

National Night Out

The Chillicothe Police Department and Ross County Sheriff’s Department will host National Night Out, a nationwide crime prevention effort, this evening in Yoctangee Park. The event will have food, entertainment and a car show.
Displays of various police vehicles and equipment will be on hand. The event runs from 6P-9P.

National Night Out website

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