Drug take back event

The Ross Sheriff and Chillicothe Police will be hosting a drug take back event. The event will be tomorrow, 4-27-13 from 10am-2Pm in the lobby of the Law Complex.
This is a great time to dispose of old prescription medications that are outdated, no longer needed or belong to someone else.
Turning the drugs in for proper destruction keeps the drugs from being stolen, sold or abused. Not to mention being bad for the environment as they risk contamination of the water supply if flushed.
For those that cannot make it to the event, there is a drug take back box in the lobby of the Law Complex, accessible 24 hours.


Rising Meth labs prompt search warrant service

On April 25, 2013 at approximately 8:00AM the Chillicothe Police Department Special Response Team and Detectives executed a search warrant at 87 N Rose St. Upon entering the residence the Special Response Team detected the strong smell of chemicals and could see fumes from these chemicals inside of the house. Three (3) subjects were removed from the house. Thirty to forty (30-40) “one-pot” meth labs were discovered inside of the residence, some of these actively “cooking” at the time of entry. The Chillicothe Fire Department Hazardous Materials team was called to the scene and are still actively working to neutralize the chemicals. This is the largest meth operation “bust” in the City of Chillicothe this year and the fifth (5th) one in the last month. The three (3) subjects located inside of the residence were all arrested and charged with possession of chemicals used to manufacture drugs. Additional charges against all three (3) subjects are pending the continuing investigation.

The Chillicothe Police Department would like to thank those citizens who alerted us to this operation and ask more citizens to contact us regarding possible drug trafficking in their neighborhoods. You can email tips directly to the Chillicothe Police Department at drugtips@chillicothepolice.com. Tips can also be submitted through Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers by calling (740) 773-TIPS or by using www.southernohiocrimestoppers.com. Tips submitted through Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers can be eligible for a cash reward.



Arrested were Anthony Hart, Michael Lemming and Hanna Bean.

Search Warrant Served

On April 24, 2013 at approximately 1:45PM, the Chillicothe Police Department Special Response Team
and Detectives executed a search warrant at 905 Akron Street. When they entered the home Amber Thomas, the resident, was contacted, along with a small child. Detectives found heroin and items associated with drug abuse inside of the residence. The child was released into the custody of Ross County Job and Family Services, Children Services Division. Ms. Thomas was arrested and will be arraigned in Chillicothe Municipal Court on April 25th.

Ms. Thomas was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments and Child endangerment.

Suspect ID sought in theft from menards

On 4-6-13 a white female stuffed a roll of copper tubing under her jacket and then walked passed all points of sale and out the exit door without paying for the 25 foot of Bare Copper. The female then got into a black Ford Mustang that was waiting outside the exit door. Anyone with information in regards to the identity of the suspect can contact Ofc. Newsome, the investigating officer, at 740-773-1191. Refer to report # 13-5691.

Anonymous tips can be made to Southern Ohio Crimestoppers at 740-773-TIPS or by submitting a tip online at southern Ohio Crimestoppers to submit a tip online. Tips leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward.


Thanks to local businesses in support of our K9 Units

The Chillicothe Police Department K-9 Units, Ofc. T. Gannon with her partner K-9 Ciko and Ofc. M. Short with his partner K-9 Koby, would like to thank Petland and Northfork Animal Clinic and their employees for all their donations and assistance this last year. Petland donates food, supplies, and equipment to the K-9 Units on a monthly basis. Northfork Animal Clinic donates veterinarian care, medical supplies, K-9 first aid kits, and boarding for the K-9 Units. Both Petland and Northfork Animal Clinic assisted in the start-up of a second K-9 Unit, in 2012, that was added by Chief Roger Moore to help combat the drug problem in our area and assist in locating suspects. With the donations and help by these two generous local businesses the Chillicothe Police K-9 Units continue to serve the Chillicothe community and help protect its citizens. When any Citizen of Chillicothe gets a chance to thank these two businesses for their help. Petland is located at 881 N. Bridge St. ph # 740-773-1982 and Northfork Animal Clinic is located at 2260 Anderson Station Rd. ph # 740-773-7387.


Search Warrant served

On April 1 at approximately 6:00AM the Chillicothe Police Department Special Response Team and Marka RetherfordDetectives executed a search warrant at 466 E Water Street. Cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and cash were found inside of the residence. Detectives contacted the resident, Marka Retherford, and her 6 year old child. Retherford was arrested and Ross County Job and Family Services, Child Services Division, was contacted in regards to her child. The child was released into the custody of a family member.

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