Ross County Under Winter storm warning until Mid-Morning Tuesday

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
WKKJ radio
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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ID sought in theft of purse from Subway N. High St.

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 . Tips leading to arrest could be eligible for a reward!






Help sought in whereabouts of 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 .lemons

ID sought in grand theft from Wal-Mart

On 11-24-14, the suspect entered Wal-Mart and selected over $2,000 in merchandise. The suspect then left the store without paying. Anyone with information can contact Detective Shawn Rourke 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 .   Tips leading to arrest could be eligible for a reward!



Arrest made in Counterfeit bill manufacturing

On December 8, 2014 at approx. 6:30pm Detectives with the Chillicothe Police Department along with agents with the U.S. Secret Service served a search warrant at 415 E. Water St. Apt. A in ref. to a drug trafficking and counterfeit money investigation. After securing the occupants it was found that the suspect was making fake $20 bills as officers entered the apartment. During the search Detectives located a large amount of counterfeit bills, equipment used to make the bills such as a computer and printer, cutting tools, pills and cash. Detectives arrested Keith A. Bowman Dob/5-31-84 of 415 E. Water St. Apt. A for one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. The U.S. Secret Service will present the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for charges under the U.S. Code in U.S. Federal Court. The investigation continues and other suspects may face charges relating to this case.

N. Bridge St. Smoker Friendly robbed

At 1403 hrs on 12-8-14 a w/m entered the Smoker Friendly, 1080 N. Bridge in the city of Chillicothe. The subject produced a large kitchen knife and demanded the clerk give him money. The clerk complied with the suspect and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a 6’00 tall white male wearing a gray hoodie, gray sweatpants black and white tennis shoes, and his face was covered by a yellow bandanna.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Jason Gannon at 740-773-1191 referring to the Smoker Friendly robbery (report# 14-21928 ). 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 . Tips leading to arrest could be eligible for a reward!

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Unsolved robberies.

The Chillicothe Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in attempting to identify the suspect or suspect(s) who have committed three robberies in the city. Information on all three robberies is listed below. Information can be called in to the CPD Detective division at 740-775-2904 or the Police dispatcher at 740-773-1191. Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS or 800-222-TIPS or the website at southern ohio crimestoppers . persons with Information leading to arrest could be eligible for a reward.

Aggravated Robbery, November 13, 2014 12:28pm Certified 1257 Western Ave.
The suspect believed to be a white male, 5-10 to 6-0 with a medium build, wearing a hooded sweatshirt or jacket, black pants, black shoes, light colored gloves and a blue bandana entered the store displayed a large knife and then demanded the cash from the drawer. Last seen walking e/b across the front of the store.

Aggravated Robbery, November 19, 2014 8:51am Circle K 659 N. High St.
The suspect described as a white male, 5-11 to 6-0 with a medium build, wearing black pants, black hooded sweatshirt or jacket, purple in color gloves, white in color shoes and a green in color bandana over his face entered the store producing a large knife demanding money from the register. The suspect left on foot to the east.

Aggravated Robbery, December 4, 2014 7:08pm Certified 1257 Western Ave.
The suspect described as 6-2 to 6-4, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, brown hair and eyes, and wearing a yellow and white bandana, over his face and Christmas mittens on his hands entered the store, displayed a large butcher type knife and demanded cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot e/b across the front of the store.

Any information can help us to solve these crimes. The public is asked to call in any suspicious activity to the police dispatcher. Officers have been advised to check on service stations and convenience stores during their shifts. Detectives are working all three cases checking any leads or information in an attempt to identify and arrest the perpetrator(s).

Circle K robber apprehended

On November 26, 2014 at approx. 9:45pm a male white suspect entered the Circle K convenience store at 659 N. High St., brandished what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol and demanded cash from the employee. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands giving him $30 from the register and he then fled in a black passenger car. Responding Chillicothe Police Officers located the vehicle parked in front of a residence on Park Street and the suspect, Johnathan Matthew Heck (DOB/8-1-1988), was arrested soon after. Mr. Heck matched the physical and clothing description provided by witnesses and seen on store surveillance. Mr. Heck admitted to the robbery and pointed out to where he had hidden the cash and pistol. The pistol was found to be a completely black replica Beretta BB pistol. Mr. Heck was taken to the Ross County jail charged with one count of Robbery (F-2).

Train derailment

A train has derailed on Douglas Ave. at the tracks. The train contained corn and no hazardous materials. Please make alternate routes of travel. The cleanup could take hours.

FREE Smoke Detectors available!

The Chillicothe Fire Department along with the Red Cross and Ross County Sheriff are offering FREE smoke detectors. By calling one of these organizations, you will get the smoke detector installed and receive fire safety and prevention training in your home. For more information you can call the sheriff’s office at 740-773-1186, the fire department at 740-773-2212 or the Red Cross at 740-772-2014, ext. 1523.

It is important for homes to have
working smoke, Towerheat and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Make sure children, the elderly and handicap residents know how to exit the home in case of an emergency. Have a fire escape plan in place.

Chillicothe FD web page
National Fire Protection Association
Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety

And for the Kids
Sparky the Fire Dog

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