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.
On 9-3-14 at approx. 2:36AM, Ofcs. were dispatched to Circle K on N. High St. in reference a possible robbery in progress. An eyewitness pulled onto the lot of the Circle K and observed 2 subjects, later identified as Joshua Honaker and Jordan Stotridge) behind the counter removing items from the shelves. The witness then called police from a safe area. On Ofcs. arrival, the suspects had left the store.
According to the clerk, both suspects had entered the store and ran behind the counter. One suspect was brandishing a hammer and demanding she open the safe. The clerk told them she did not have access to the safe and The suspects utilized the hammer to try to open the safe. They were not successful. The suspects then demanded money from the cash register. The suspects left the store with cash and tobacco products. Minutes after Ofcs. arrived on scene, the suspects were apprehended. One suspect was apprehended on the flood wall, and the other behind BP on N. High Sts. Both subjects were charged with robbery and safe cracking.
On February 6, 2014 at 4am Officers were dispatched to the Adena Hospital emergency room in ref. to a male subject there who had been stabbed. Officers contacted the victim who was being treated for injuries to his abdomen, arm and head and he stated that the incident occurred at 165 N. Sugar St. after he became involved in an argument with a black male in the basement. The victim stated that the black male struck him and then cut him several times with a box cutter. The victim was treated and released. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence at 165 N. Sugar St. and at approx. 10am served it on the resident, Harry Willett. While securing the residence Officers observed Lamar Howell in the kitchen throw something down the basement stairs and heard it crash on the concrete floor. Howell and a female, Shantel Mayle, were secured. Detectives located over 40 grams of crack cocaine in the kitchen and on the basement floor where detectives also located a broken glass mixing bowl. Detectives also found cash, drug paraphernalia, and Ecstasy (MDMA). Harry Willett was arrested and charged with permitting drug abuse (M-3). Lamar Howell was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine (F-1) and tampering with evidence (F-3). Shantel Mayle was arrested and charged with illegal use or possession of a food stamp card (F-5)
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.
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.
614 Francis Lane
Criminal Trespass (misdemeanor 4)
Obstructing Official Business (misdemeanor 2)
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.
On July 12, 2013 at approx. 3:45pm Detectives arrested Derek F. Ragland of 621 Oneida Rd. for one count of aggravated robbery for the June 30th armed robbery of the Expressway Drive-thru at 1032 E. Main St.He will appear in the Chillicothe Municipal Court on Monday July 15th.Detectives are still investigating the other robberies and any tips can be called in to the police department at 773-1191 or 775-2904. Also information can be reported anonymously by emailing email@example.com or by calling Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-772-TIPS.
No further information will be released at this time due to the on going investigation(s).
On 5-26-13, a strongarm robbery was reported at Bridge and Water Sts. The suspect was able to take money from an elderly man by use of force. A witness in the area was able to ID the suspect. After attempts to initially find the suspect failed, Ofcs. Gave photo lineups to all witnesses and the victim.
The suspect, identified through positive ID from the lineups, was Shane Johnson. A warrant charging robbery was issued through Municipal Court. On 6-7-13, Mr. Johnson was located, and arrested on the warrant. After a preliminary hearing, his case was bound over to Grand Jury.
On March 8, 2013 at approx. 2pm Officers from the Chillicothe Police Department arrested Michael J. Hurt for felony possession of drugs after an investigation. Mr. Hurt was in possession of 2 kilograms of cocaine, 400 30mg percocets and over one pound of marijuana. The street value of these drugs is $100,000. Hurt was incarcerated in the Ross County Jail pending his arraignment in Court on charges of Possession of cocaine (1st degree Felony) and Aggravated possession of drugs (2nd degree Felony). Additional charges will be presented to the Ross county grand jury pending lab results from BCI&I. No additional information will be released at this time pending further investigation.
A recent shoplifting spree at several N. Bridge St. has ended in arrests. The thefts from the stores occurred over the past weekend.
The same suspects are also being charged in connection with thefts from vehicles on the N. Bridge St. Area as well.
The investigation is still ongoing as additional charges may be filed. Investigators have sent off numerous items of drugs and paraphernalia to BCI&I for testing.