LOGAN — The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service executed 12 arrest warrants for outstanding felony offenses and/or violent crimes during a roundup on Tuesday.
“The safety of the public is always our primary concern, so I felt it necessary to actively attempt to serve outstanding warrants, most of which were drug-oriented offenders,” Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North told The Logan Daily News.
“This operation could not have occurred had it not been for the cooperation with the courts to arraign those arrested in lieu of incarceration due to the lack of bed space.
“The relationship that we have fostered with the United States Marshal Service and their Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) has proven to be a great asset in our mission of locating fugitives,” he added.
SOFAST is comprised of various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that are deputized by the U.S. Marshal Service. The organization was created to arrest the most violent felons in the Southern District of Ohio.
The goal of SOFAST is to arrest the most violent offenders and gain the trust and cooperation of the citizens to help combat the violence stemming from gangs, guns and drugs.
Those arrested Tuesday include:
• Victoria Bond — Identity fraud and telecommunication fraud, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Jack Buchanan — Assault, trespassing, violation of temporary protection order, all first-degree misdemeanor charges.
• Anthony Campbell — Domestic violence, fourth-degree felony.
• Patricia Clark— Receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felony.
• Tonya Collins — Possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.
• Nicholas Conkel — Possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.
• Kasandra Curry — Failure to comply, third-degree felony; possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.
• Jonathon Hutchinson — Possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.
• Ricky Lewis III — Burglary, third-degree felony; grand theft, third-degree felony; possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.
• Bridget Stivison — Possession of drugs, fourth-degree felony.
• Amy Taylor — Drug abuse instruments, first-degree misdemeanor.
• Gwendolyn Wheeler — Possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.
Several other individuals are being sought and are urged to turn themselves in to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office before they are located and arrested.
According to Sheriff North, most of the defendants were released after they were arraigned in Hocking County Common Pleas or Hocking County Municipal Court, depending on which court the warrant originated from.
Sheriff North said he is thankful for and appreciates the members of law enforcement who assisted in Tuesday’s operation.
A third-degree felony is punishable of up to 60 months in prison with a $10,000 fine; fourth-degree felony is up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 fine; and a fifth-degree felony is punishable of up to 12 months in prison with a $2,500 fine.