2014 end of year totals:
Calls for Service: 23,245
Traffic crashes: 1,375
Persons arrested: 5,406
Calls for service and traffic crash numbers were up. Arrests were almost even from last year. The department lost 4 Officers due to retirement/resignation during 2014. All Officers from 2013 had still not been replaced from a roster that is short by 12 patrolmen.
Arrest numbers are often influenced by number of officers on the street. The less hours on the street, the less proactive enforcement.
The increase in calls for service, in conjunction with a decreasing number of officers, results in less pro activity. Drug, cyber and financial crimes are on the upswing and consume considerable amounts of investigatory time.
The city continues to grow with the addition of commerce, and we look forward to new businesses in the near future. With this, brings visitors and criminals from surrounding counties that will require additional services.
Missing person Wanda Lemons
The mother of Ms. Lemons filed a report on this date stating she had not spoken to her daughter Wanda for over 2 months. Although common for Ms. Lemons to go without being heard from for periods of time, her mother states it is unlike her to not call or visit during the holidays.
The investigating officer contacted a friend of Ms. Lemons from information given by her mother. The friend advised he had last seen Ms. Lemons on 11-3-14. Days later, The friend heard she had gone to Texas with a truck driver named Demarcus or Darius Thomas, B/M unk. age. The officer is following up on other information and leads as they become available. Due to information we received and other facts in this matter, Ms. Lemons fit the criteria for immediate entry into the LEADS/NCIC system. If she is contacted by Law Enforcement, they will be notified she is a missing person.
Wanda Lemons is a w/f, 5’07” 135 pounds brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call Ofc. C. King with the Chillicothe, Oh police department at 740-773-1191.
Anonymous tips can be made through Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers by calling (740)773-TIPS or (800)222-TIPS, by texting keyword LOWDOWN to CRIMES (274637) or on their website at www.southernohiocrimestoppers.com .
On 1-13-15, the two persons in the attached pictures are suspected of stealing an Xbox One from the Chillicothe Wal-Mart. The suspects drove from the store in the pictured white Chevy. According to Loss Prevention, the same subjects are suspected in stealing 2 PS4s from the Jackson Wal-Mart as well.
Anyone with information on this case can contact Ofc. C. McGowan at 740-773-191 referring to report # 15-618.
Anonymous tips can be made through Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers by calling (740)773-TIPS or (800)222-TIPS, by texting keyword LOWDOWN to CRIMES (274637) or on their website at www.southernohiocrimestoppers.com . Tips leading to an arrest could be eligible for a reward!
On 1-13-15 at 4pm, Judge Eddy of the Chillicothe Municipal Court swore in Ofc. Ben Rhoads.
Ofc. Rhoads, a recent graduate of the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute, will be under the guidance of a Field Training Officer until he completes the FTO program. Ofc. Rhoads had been laid off while in training. Due to personnel changes that left a position open, Ofc. Rhoads was brought back to full employment.
We have posted about the dangers of heat on dogs, but what about cold weather? Here are some common sense tips to keep your dog, or other animals safe. For the entire web article, go here:www.canismajor.com
Q: My dog lives outside most of the time. I’ve been told that dogs can stay warm easier than people. Is that true? Do I need to do anything special to make him comfortable in the winter?
A: Although dogs do maintain a normal body temperature that’s a couple of degrees higher than a human’s temperature, we still have to give them some help to stay warm in cold weather.
Start with a small, cozy, insulated dog house. Bigger is not better! The house needs to be small to trap and hold your dog’s body heat which will help keep him warm through the night. It should be just large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down in comfortably. The house can be homemade but new
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It may be snowing later Becky, And with snow comes hazardous road conditions. Motorists should take precautions when traveling. Before venturing out on the roadways, it is important to be prepared. One of the most important things to know is the snow emergency levels.
Below is a list of the snow levels. You should monitor local news (TV and radio) and check local media websites such as
The Chillicothe Gazette
We will attempt to post snow levels on this site and social media, but the pages are not monitored and updated on a 24hr. basis..
Please do not call the police department to get current road conditions. In the event a road is closed (Carlisle Hill, University Dr.) the dispatcher should have that information. The current snow level dictates whether or not travel is safe, dispatchers will not
be able to make the determination if roads are safe to drive upon. During snow emergencies, it is important to keep the phone lines open for emergencies.
In the event of a snow emergency, The Police Department will not be able to give you permission to miss work. For road conditions, you may check this link at ODOT
Residents should also pay attention to local media and school resources in the event of school closings or delays.
Central Ohio School closings
Or follow on twitter @OHclosings
♦LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
♦LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
♦LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
Below are several LINKS that will help you in preparation.
Winter Safety Tips for driving, Emergency Kits
To view the state’s weather-related road closures and restrictions
Ohio Committee for severe weather Awareness
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On 12-4-14 , this person is suspected of stealing a purse that was left at Subway on N. High St. At approx. 5:33PM, video surveillance shows the suspect near the purse. He then picks the purse up and walks out the door with it.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect can contact Ofc. Newsome at 740-773-1191 referring to report # 14-21716.
Anonymous tips can be made through Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers by calling (740)773-TIPS or (800)222-TIPS, by texting keyword LOWDOWN to CRIMES (274637) or on their website at www.southernohiocrimestoppers.com . Tips leading to arrest could be eligible for a reward!