Ross County Under Level 2/Ice Storm Warning

An ice storm warning is in effect until 10AM wednesday. Up to a half inch of ice and 4 inches of snow is being predicted. Please read the following information on this page, as it pertains to snow emergencies, power outages and other weather related tips.

Motorists should take precautions when traveling. Before hillventuring 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 suchE as
The Chillicothe Gazette
WKKJ radio
as well as this website to keep up to date on the current levels.
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.
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

SNOW LEVELS:
♦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

Church break-in suspect arrested

The Chillicothe Police Department has identified a suspect in 20 church breaking and Entering’s (B&E). Cash Yoakem has been identified and has admitted to these church B&E’s as well as to the break-in of a Car Wash on N. Bridge St.
Mr. Yoakem had been contacted by Laurelville Police in regards to B&E investigations in their jurisdiction. Their investigation led to information that identified Mr. Yoakem as a suspect in the Chillicothe B&Es.
Mr. Yoakem was interviewed by CPD Det. Gannon, where he admitted to the B&Es in Chillicothe. The admission alongside physical evidence collected from investigations will be forwarded to the Ross Co. Prosecutors Office.
Mr. Yoakem is being held on numerous charges of felony Breaking and Entering. Thanks to the Laurelville PD in their assistance in this investigation.
Cash Yoakum

ID made in this case. Thanks for all the calls and tips

The suspect in these pictures is suspected of stealing a radar detector from Wal-Mart. The subject paid for a different item, but not the radar detector. The suspect passed all points of sale and was contacted by Loss Prevention at the exit door. LP identified himself and the suspect handed over the radar detector that had been ripped from its package and security wiring. When asked to come back inside, the suspect took off running and got into a grey PT Cruiser.
The suspect was wearing glasses and grey sweats, and carrying a jug of Anti-Freeze.  Anyone having information on this person can contact Ofc. Short at 740-773-1191

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.

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Burglary suspect arrested

On Wednesday, January 15th at 12:51PM, Officers of the Chillicothe Police Department were called to the residence at 164 Plyley’s Ln. in reference to suspicious persons possibly attempting to break in. There have been several recent burglaries in the area. Shortly after Officers arrived, subjects matching the given description fled on foot. One was tracked to a storm drain in front of 1216 Porter Dr. Officers told him to exit but he crawled further into the pipe, out of sight. After several warnings, pepper spray was deployed into the pipe. When he failed to exit, the Chillicothe Fire Department responded to the scene and flushed a moderate amount of water through the pipe. The suspect still did not exit. Officers began checking each manhole junction up and down Porter Dr. with pole mounted mirrors and cameras. After approximately 90 minutes, the suspect, identified as Blake A. Sherrick age 20, announced he was giving himself up and surrendered to Officers without further incident. He was charged with Criminal Trespass and Obstructing Official Business. His arraignment will be in Chillicothe Municipal Court on January 16th at 9:00AM.

ARRESTED:

Blake Sherrick

White/Male/20 YOA

614 Francis Lane

Chillicothe, Ohio

CHARGES:

Criminal Trespass (misdemeanor 4)

Obstructing Official Business (misdemeanor 2)

Trash pick up delayed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trash collection activities in the City of Chillicothe are being cancelled for today trash
due to extreme weather conditions. All trash collection this week will be move to
the next pickup day for this week only.

Today’s trash will be picked up tomorrow, wednesday.
Residents with Wednesday trash collection will be picked up on THursday.
Thursday’s Trash will be collected on Friday.
Friday’s Trash will be picked up on Saturday.
Next week we will return to our normal schedule.

We apologize for the inconvenience this change will cause.

Now is the time to inspect smoke detectors and heating systems for proper operation

With cold temperatures come alternative means for heating a house, and pushing the current system to the maximum. Make sure you know how to use these devices, and inspect them for proper working order.

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

HELPFUL LINKS:
Chillicothe FD web page
Fire safety and planning for a fire emergency

And for the Kids
SPARKY THE FIRE DOG

Ross County is now under Level 2 snow emergency

It’s snowing!! Yes, Becky it is. And with snow comes hazardous road conditions. Motorists should take precautions when traveling. Before hillventuring 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 suchE as
The Chillicothe Gazette
WKKJ radio
as well as this website to keep up to date on the current levels.
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.
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

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Traffic crash at Certified/ video attached

At approximately 8:15AM on January 1, Chillicothe Police Sergeant Tim Gay witnessed Larry Vest Sr. loose control of his Ford Explorer on N. Bridge St. Once Mr. Vest lost control of the vehicle he crossed all lanes of traffic on N. Bridge St, drove over a curb and onto the lot of Certified, 825 N Bridge St. After entering the lot, Mr. Vest’s vehicle then struck a gas pump. Sergeant Gay removed Mr. Vest from his vehicle and found him to be unresponsive due to a medical condition. The Chillicothe Fire Department responded ensuring the safety of the scene and transported Mr. Vest to the Adena Regional Medical Center. At this time, no charges have been filed and this traffic crash is still under investigation.

Arrest made in Circle K robbery

On December 30th at approx. 12 midnight Detectives arrested Eric T. Pettiford for the December 24th robbery of the Circle K at 659 N. High St. He was incarcerated in the Ross County Jail on one count of Aggravated Robbery. He is being held on a $100,000 bond out of Chillicothe Municipal Court. Additional details are not being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

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Municipal Court to host session on getting driver’s licesne back

Do you or someone you know have a suspended Ohio Driver’s license?
Do you have questions on how to obtain a valid Ohio Driver’s license?
Would you like to get driving privileges?
Are you a resident of Ross County?
Do you have a traffic charge pending in the Chillicothe Municipal Court?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should attend this information session hosted by the following:

The Chillicothe Municipal Court, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Chillicothe Law Director’s Office, Ross County branch of the Ohio Public Defenders Office, local private attorneys, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Chillicothe Police Department.

Persons will be on hand to answer questions and assist those who are seeking driving privileges or a valid driver’s license. Proof of auto insurance, written documentation of employment and/or enrollment in school, and means payment may help us to help you at this session.

WHEN: December 17, 2013 from 9AM-12:00 noon (first come first served)
WHERE: Chillicothe Municipal Court room #1, 95 E. Main St. Chillicothe, Oh

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