On July 29th at approx. 3:15am Chillicothe Police Officers were dispatched to the street in front of 695 St. Margaret Rd. in ref. to a shooting. Upon arrival officers located blood in the street and was given information that both the victim and the suspected shooter left the scene in separate vehicles. The victim, Nicholas T. Morgan, was driven to the Adena E.R. with a gunshot wound to the leg where he was contacted by officers. The initial investigation determined that there was an altercation between the victim, Morgan, and Derek L. Thomas of 740 Erie Ave. During this incident Thomas fired at least two rounds from a pistol at Morgan striking him in the leg with at least one shot. Thomas was later located by a patrol officer in the area near his home on Erie. A foot pursuit ensued during which the officer observed Thomas with his hands in the front his waist band. The officer lost sight of Thomas near the library on Delano Ave. Thomas was later located in that same area and taken into custody. A handgun was located on the roof of the library located at 550 Buckeye Street where Thomas had run and was secured as evidence. Thomas is in the Ross County Jail charged with felonious assault.

Derek Thomas

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Search warrants served

On July 20th, 2012 the Chillicothe Police Department served two search warrants in the Sherman Park Apartment Complex.

The search warrants were served simultaneously. One warrant was at 404 Sherman Park. Located inside this apartment were Daniel Bothman and Sierra Dills. Evidence of heroin abuse and heroin trafficking was discovered in the apartment. Both Sierra Dills and Daniel Bothman were arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments.

The second search warrant was served at 1104 Sherman Park. Located inside the residence were Amy Holdren and Timothy Kerry. Amy Holdren’s six year old son was also in the residence. Evidence of heroin abuse and trafficking were also found in the apartment as well as marijuana. Amy Holdren was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments and Child Endangerment. Timothy Kerry was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. Ross County Children’s Services was called and the child was released to a relative.

Evidence seized will be sent to BCI&I for testing and additional charges will be presented to the Ross County Grand Jury.

Severe Thunderstorm watch until 9:00PM/Make preperations now, and treat all inoperative traffic signals as stop signs

A tornado watch (conditions right) is in effect until 9pm.
As with any natural disaster, it is important to have an emergency plan in place BEFORE it occurs. Our department is flooded with calls during severe weather from citizens asking “what do I do?” There are important links in this post that can be helpful for your specific needs and situation. It is also advisable to have an emergency kit.

Remember, in the event of power outages, all malfunctioning traffic lights are to be treated as STOP SIGNS.

In the event of an emergency, listen to local radio, NOAA(National Weather Service) and utilize other media outlets for updates on weather conditions.

Weather Terms:
Tornado Watch– Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Tornado Warning (Listen for tornado sirens)– A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch— Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning— Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

What do I do about power? Please keep in mind that calling 911 and administrative lines tie up dispatchers and officers who are handling emergencies. If a downed line or transformer constitutes a hazard, please inform the dispatcher with the exact location of the problem. Police and Fire dispatchers will generally not know how long it will take to have power restored. Again, monitor media outlets. CLICK HERE FOR AEP OHIO FAQ

Tornado Safety: Click here for FEMA’s Tornado readiness page
Thunderstorm safety: Click here for FEMA’s Thunderstorm readiness page
Floods: Click here for FEMA’s flood information

Mobile Meth Lab

A Chillicothe Police Detective assists with the clean up of a mobile meth lab. This incident occurred at the McDonalds at Bridge/Second St. The fumes and the possibility of explosion make Meth Labs extremely dangerous.


Independence day celebration

The city of Chillicothe 4th of July celebration is on the 4th of July at Dusk. The fireworks will be set off from the City park annex. Access to the annex is restricted to Law Enforcement and the fire department. Traffic in the area will be restricted and controlled by Police Officers at certain intersections.
Remember alcohol and certain fireworks are prohibited.

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