Sheriff Lanny North
Chief Deputy Dave Valkinburg
Sunday, June 2
Deputies responded to a Calico Ridge Road residence for a theft complaint. After investigating the matter, it was a civil dispute and the items were returned.
Deputies were called to a Stage Road residence after a witness reported an act of domestic violence. The victim told deputies that their significant other had struck and choked them and then fled the scene when deputies were called. Deputies filed for a warrant to arrest the suspect.
Monday, June 3
Deputies responded to a local business for a theft complaint. The case was referred to the detective bureau for follow up.
Deputies responded to a Sauerkrut Road business for a theft complaint. The case was referred to the prosecutor’s office for review.
Deputies responded to a Union Furnace residence along with Children Services to investigate a sex crime involving juveniles. A deputy was assaulted by a juvenile while at the residence. The juvenile was ordered into detention by Juvenile Court.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 33 between state Route 664 and state Route 180 for a marked lane violation. The driver, Carl E. Bullock, 48, Lancaster, granted deputies permission to search the vehicle and his person and volunteered that he possessed marijuana, producing a glass pipe and marijuana from his pocket. Bullock was issued citations for the traffic violation and possession of marijuana.
Deputies were called to a Water Street, Laurelville, residence for a domestic incident in which the suspect fled the scene. After investigation, deputies filed a request for a warrant.
Tuesday, June 4
Deputies responded to a state Rt. 595 residence for a theft complaint. The case was referred to the detective bureau for follow up.
Deputies were called to a Claybank Road residence for a theft from a vehicle complaint. The victim told deputies that sometime overnight, someone entered their vehicles at the residence and stole items.
Deputies responded to an Inboden Road residence for a theft of a firearm complaint. The case was referred to the detective bureau for follow up.
Deputies responded to a Walnut Dowler Road residence for a burglary complaint. The case was referred to the detective bureau for follow up.
Deputies were called to a North Walnut Street location for an assault complaint. The victim told deputies that several males had kicked in the door and attempted to assault the victim. Deputies went to the residence and found no damage or forced entry that the victim claimed occurred. The victim was transported by Hocking County EMS to Hocking Valley Community Hospital.
Deputies responded to a Corning Street residence for a dog bite. The resident told deputies that the neighbor’s dog came into their yard and bit a child. The dog owner was not home, so the deputies seized the dog.
Wednesday, June 5
While conducting stationary patrol on Old McArthur Road, a deputy was approached by Angel M. Hughes, 48, homeless telling deputies that she had been stranded. Deputies conducted a warrant check and found that Hughes had an active warrant from Athens County. Hughes was taken into custody and found she was in possession of several items suspected to be narcotic-related.
Tuesday evening, deputies on patrol discovered a situation that involved the mistreatment of several dogs at Hansel Avenue residence. The deputy newly assigned as dog warden was called to respond along with a representative from the Hocking County Humane Society. The deputy developed probable cause and was issued a search warrant by the judge to enter the residence and seize custody of the dogs.
They found one dog outside with no food or water, one dog inside crated with no food or water and the crate was so small the dog couldn’t turn around, and three other dogs inside the residence along with a guinea pig in a crate. All the animals were seized and released into the custody of the Humane Society for care. Deputies will locate the owners and continue with the investigation, with the anticipation of the filing of criminal charges.
Deputies responded to an Old McArthur Road residence for a domestic violence complaint in which the suspect had fled prior to the deputies arrival. After investigation, deputies developed probable cause and asked that a warrant be issued for domestic violence, assault and violation of a protection order.
On June 7, deputies located and arrested Jerry Gifford Sr., of Logan, and transported him to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
Deputies responded to a Charles Street location for a verbal argument. No violence occurred and the parties agreed there would be no more trouble.
Deputies responded to a Haydenville Road residence for a theft complaint. The investigation is ongoing.
Deputies responded to a Harvey Chapel Road residence for a breaking and entering complaint. The victim told deputies that person(s) unknown had broken into his barn and removed items. The case remains under investigation.
Thursday, June 6
Deputies took a report of misuse of credit cards from a resident. The victim told deputies that several fraudulent transactions appeared on his statement. The case remains under investigation.
Deputies responded to a Huffines Road residence for a vehicle theft complaint. The vehicle was entered into NCIC as stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
Deputies responded to an area of Jake Tom Road for an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and the owner contacted and told how they could retrieve the vehicle.
Friday, June 7
Deputies were contacted and requested to take a theft report via the phone. The victim told deputies that their phone had been stolen while staying at a vacation cabin and the phone was being tracked to a northern Ohio city. That city police department requested a report before taking any action.
Deputies responded to a Loomis Road residence for a domestic incident. After investigation, it was determined that no violence had occurred and the parties were separating.
Saturday, June 8
Deputies responded to a Haydenville Road residence for a stolen vehicle complaint. The victim told deputies that when they returned home the vehicle was gone. A witness told deputies that they heard the vehicle start up and drive east on Haydenville Road. The vehicle was entered into NCIC as stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Laurel Run Road. The driver, Christopher D. Ellis, 35, Logan, was driving under suspension and found in possession of a loaded pistol, suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Ellis was charged with weapon under disability, third-degree felony; improper handling of firearms, fourth-degree felony; possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony; and driving under suspension. Ellis was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
Sunday, June 9
Deputies were called to a Laurel Run Road residence. Witnesses reported that a vehicle had stopped at an abandoned residence and they had saw flashlights around the residence. Deputies didn’t locate anyone at the residence, but found evidence a vehicle had been there.
Deputies responded to a Loomis Road residence for a medical emergency. The victim was transported to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Deputies responded to a fight call on Haydenville Road. The suspect had fled the area prior to the deputies arrival. After investigation, Karl L. Guess, 44, Logan, was charged with disorderly conduct.
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.