Sheriff Lanny North
Chief Deputy Dave Valkinburg
Sunday, July 7
Deputies investigated a single vehicle crash on state Route 180. The vehicle lost control, went off the right side of the roadway striking the culvert and continuing on coming to rest after striking a tree.
Monday, July 8
Deputies responded to a state Route 327 residence for a theft complaint. The victim told deputies that overnight that lawnmowers and gasoline from their vehicle was stolen. Deputies processed the scene for evidence. Evidence collected will be submitted to the BCI crime lab for analysis.
July 8, 2019
Deputies responded to a Buffalo Rd. residence for a dog theft complaint. The victim told deputies that their dog had been taken from the ballpark in Laurelville on June 30th. The victim called the office later and told deputies that they found who had the dog and were going to recover it that evening.
Deputies received a complaint of a stolen vehicle from a Carbon Hill residence. The case remains under investigation.
A Carbon Hill resident reported the theft of their wallet while exercising at the Hocking County Fairgrounds. The victim told deputies that someone entered their unlocked vehicle and stole the wallet. They told deputies that they didn’t see anyone suspicious.
Deputies were requested by Ohio Adult Parole Authority to assist in locating and arresting Christian J. Townsend, 18, Haydenville, for a probation violation. Townsend was located at a residence on Wandling Road, and taken into custody. While being taken into custody for the probation violation, deputies found what is believed to be methamphetamine and a prescription pill that fell from his waistband. Townsend was charged with possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony, and the probation violation and transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
Tuesday, July 9
Deputies responded to a Rauber Road residence for an assault complaint. After investigation the report was forwarded to the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office for review. While at a Rauber Road residence, a resident of Ohio Avenue reported to deputies that a firearm had been stolen from this residence allegedly during a burglary that had occurred a few days earlier, but hadn’t been reported. The victim told deputies that they were storing the firearm there.
Deputies were dispatched to a Cherry Alley Murray City residence for a missing person. Deputies entered the person in NCIC as missing and began an investigation. The person later returned home safe.
Deputies responded to a Rauber Road residence for a domestic violence complaint. After investigation, deputies arrested Richard Hixon, 23, Logan for domestic violence and assault. Hixson was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
Deputies responded to a complaint of telephone harassment at a Nickle Plate Road residence.
Deputies responded to a business on Klump Road for a burglary complaint. Deputies processed the scene for evidence. Evidence collected will be sent to the BCI crime lab for analysis.
Wednesday, July 10
Deputies responded to a Klump Road business for a burglary complaint. Deputies collected evidence to submit to the BCI crime lab. The case remains under investigation.
Thursday, July 11
Deputies responded to a state Route 595 residence for an attempted theft complaint. The victim told deputies that they noticed someone had entered their vehicle overnight. Deputies observed that the steering column had been removed and it appeared that someone had attempted to hotwire the vehicle in an attempted vehicle theft.
Deputies responded to Dogwood Crossing for a domestic dispute. After investigation and conflicting statements, deputies referred the investigative case file to the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Friday, July 12
Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on state Route 180. The vehicle lost control traveling off the right side of the roadway coming to rest in a ditch. The driver, Ulysses Combs, 18, Rockbridge, was cited for failure to control.
Saturday, July 13
Deputies responded to a state Route 664 residence for a domestic violence complaint. After investigation, deputies arrested Sherry L. McNamee, 49, Logan, for domestic violence and assault.
Sunday, July 14
Deputies responded to Karnes Road for an intoxicated person attempting to leave a residence on a motorcycle. Deputies talked to the individual, obtained a ride home for them and the property owner allowed the motorcycle to remain stored there until they were sober.
Deputies responded to an Old McArthur Road residence for a 911 hang up call. After speaking with deputies the occupants told deputies that they were arguing, but no violence had occurred. Deputies did not find any cause for action.
A Scout Road resident reported an assault. After investigation, Thomas W. Azbell, 31, Corning, was charged with violation of a protection order and transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
A Hide-A-Way-Hills resident reported the theft of three kayaks from storage at the lake.
A state Route 56 resident called the Sheriff’s Office after finding a man in his garage. The man told the resident that he was dropped off there and told the man would help him. The resident told deputies that the person had stolen and eaten food from a refrigerator in the garage. The man left on a rust colored bicycle. Later the same day, the victim found that a firearm had been stolen from his residence. This theft is unrelated to the other incident.
Monday, July 15
Deputies responded to a Walnut Dowler Road residence for a theft and criminal damaging complaint. The investigation is ongoing.
Deputies responded to a West Street residence for an unruly juvenile complaint. Deputies talked to the juvenile.
A Pleasant Valley Road resident reported a theft. The case was referred to the detective bureau for investigation.
EDITOR’S NOTE: While charges have been filed by law enforcement officers against some of the above people, they have not been found guilty of violations. Charges against people may be dismissed or individuals may be found not guilty in court. Unless a person is found guilty, he or she remains not guilty.