Official address School Safety Concern
POMEROY — Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood and Meigs Local Supt. Scot Gheen both issued statements Sunday evening on an alleged threat against Meigs High School.
A Facebook post on the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page reads as follows:
Tonight I’m sending this message out in response to the numerous calls my office has received regarding concerns of a threat to the Meigs High School tomorrow (Monday). My office has been working closely with school officials to protect the safety and security of the students and staff at Meigs High School. My office will continue to monitor all matters in any of our schools in Meigs County.
Message from Meigs Local Superintendent Scot Gheen:
This message is for all parents, as your superintendent I wanted to send this message out to address numerous calls and rumors from social media posts regarding a safety concern at Meigs High School. The district and Sheriff’s Office have looked into these rumors and allegations and the matter has been addressed. Please understand safety is a very important concern to us and we will continue to work together with all parties to ensure the safest learning environment for all students.
Meigs County Sheriff’s Office
Assist OUPD — Deputy Stacy assisted Ohio University Police Department with a search warrant at 55 Salem Street in Rutland.
Suspicious person — Sgt. Jones checked a report of a male subject inside the Tuppers Plains Post Office. The male advised he was inside getting warm. The male was asked to leave the property. No further action was taken in this matter
Domestic dispute — Deputy Stacy responded to Fox Hill, Pomeroy, for a possible domestic dispute. The female caller refused to make a statement and stated she only wanted someone to talk to the male. No further action was taken in this matter.
Suspicious vehicle — Sgt. Jones arrested Warren M. Shirkey, age 60, South Charleston W.Va., for driving under suspension and physical control after the vehicle he was driving was parked along the roadway on State Route 143.
Well-being check — Deputy Barnhart and Sgt. Jones responded to Pinetree Drive, Reedsville, for a well-being check. The male was found to be fine and he stated he would contact his family.
Theft — Dispatch received a call from Meigs Holzer ER advising they needed a deputy to come out and take a theft report. Deputy Fennell arrived and spoke with the hospital staff and the victim. Deputy Fennell was advised that the victim had left his coat unattended in the waiting room when he went back to check on a friend that was being treated. When he returned to the waiting area his coat was gone. ER Security checked the surveillance video which showed a female, later identified as Angela D. Lambert, age 43 of Racine, allegedly taking the coat. The victim’s keys were also in the coat and she is seen using the key fob to locate his car in the parking lot. As she approached the car she was apparently scared off by someone’s presence in the lot. She reportedly returned the keys to the ER but kept the coat and left the area. Charges have been filed for theft on Lambert and deputies are seeking to arrest her at the time of this news release.
Pursuit — Ohio State Patrol dispatch contacted our office advising that they have a unit in pursuit on Wolf Pen Road. Deputies were dispatched to assist. Just prior to the deputies catching up to the chase OSP terminated the pursuit due to visibility and safety reasons. Deputies and the trooper continued to patrol the area looking for the suspect vehicle, a black Chevy Cobalt. It was not found.
Stolen vehicle — Dispatch received a call from a resident of Union Avenue reporting her black Chevy Cobalt stolen. This car was immediately suspected to be the car from the earlier pursuit. Sgt. Mohler and Trooper Trelka arrive at the residence to speak with the her about the reported theft. At first, she insisted that her car had been stolen but after being advised by the officers of the information they already had and the severity of filing a false report, she allegedly admitted she had received a call from her boyfriend telling her he had run from the police and to report her car stolen so he did not get in trouble. She gave a written statement about the incident and several charges are pending in this case.
Assault — Dispatch received a call from a man requesting a well-being check on his wife. He advised that she is a care provider for an individual on Arbaugh Street in Tuppers Plains and he will not let her leave. Deputies arrived at the residence and made contact with the female who, along with the resident were reportedly intoxicated. She stated that he had allegedly held a knife to her throat and stomach threatening her if she tried to leave. She also showed the deputies a small laceration on her stomach. Due to her state of intoxication, deputies were unable to take her written statement. She was escorted form the residence and transported home. She was advised when sober to follow up with our office to complete the report. At this time the investigation is pending.
Fire — Dispatch received a call from a motorist advising they had passed a bag of burning trash along US 33 near Morning Star Road. A deputy was sent to patrol the area. Nothing was found.
Suspicious vehicle — Dispatch received a call of a suspicious vehicle setting at the gas wells on Ball Run Road. A deputy patrolled the area, and nothing was found.
Harassing phone calls — Dispatch received a call from a female on Rainbow Ridge Road advising that she had received two strange calls from an unknown person and she would like to see a deputy. Sgt. Mohler arrived and spoke with her about the incident and was advised that she had been called twice by a male that stated that he knew she had received a package from Columbia and he would be there to get it. When she told him that she had no idea what he was talking about he became abusive. Dispatch used the internet to search the number and it was tracked to an unknown address in Zanesville. The complainant stated that the calls had made her uneasy so Sgt. Mohler stayed and patrolled in the area for about an hour. Nothing was seen, and no further action was taken on this call.
Warrant arrest — While on routine patrol Deputy Fennell had a car run out of gas in front of him on Bradbury Road. He stopped to assist the driver and noticed that he was acting nervous. Deputy Fennell had dispatch run a check on the driver, James R. Ellis, age 30 of Middleport, and it was determined that he had a warrant on indictment for his arrest for trafficking in drugs out of the Common Pleas Court of Meigs County. Ellis was arrested on the charge and the vehicle towed. While conducting and inventory of the vehicle additional drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly found. Ellis was incarcerated in Middleport Jail until he appears in court on the Indictment. Additional charges are pending on the items found in this incident.
Burglary in progress — Dispatch received a call advising of a possible burglary in progress at an abandon house on Minersville Hill, stating that the suspect’s vehicle was stuck in the mud behind the house. Sgt. Mohler and Deputy King arrived on the scene and cleared the area. The suspect’s truck was still stuck in the yard, but the suspect had left the property. There was no evidence found to indicate that the house had been entered. After a short time, the suspect returned and advised that he was a neighbor and had been removing scrap from the woods behind the home when he had gotten stuck. He advised that he had permission from the construction worker remodeling the home to be there. His information was taken and he was advised that after he recovered his truck not to return to the property until he had permission from the owner not the workers. An investigation was conducted by phone and the owner located. He advised that he had spoken with the suspect at the scene after the deputies had left. He did not have permission to be there and was told by the owner not to return after he got his truck out of the yard. The suspect was again contacted and advised by Sgt. Mohler not to return and any further incidents would result in his arrest.
Fight — Dispatch received a call of and active fight between several people on King Ridge Road. Deputies were dispatched to the scene. The fight was over and all involved were separated in different residences. Deputies spoke with all involved and no one wanted to make statements or sign charges. All suspects were advised to stay separated for the night and if another call was received all would be cited for disorderly. No further calls were received to the location and no further action was taken on this call.
Burglary — Dispatch received a call from a female advising that she had received a call advising that her house on State Route 124 near Racine had been broken into. Deputy Stacy arrived, met with the caller and checked the home. It was determined that nothing was missing, and it didn’t appear that anyone had even entered to home. No further action was taken on this call.
Suspicious person — Deputy Stewart and Sgt. Patterson responded to report of a female yelling in the woods along Dexter Road. When units found the female walking along the railroad tracks she was having some issues and was transported to the sheriff’s office where she met with a counselor from Woodland Centers. The female was later taken to a family member.
Identity fraud — Sgt. Patterson took a report from a man who reported that someone had used his identifying information to open an account with Verizon Wireless, and there was now an outstanding bill in his name. The incident remains under investigation.
Domestic violence — Deputy Stewart responded to a residence on Mitchell Road, Racine, on a report of a domestic. When Deputy Stewart arrived, and spoke with the parties involved there had not been any violence or threats, just a disagreement over child custody issues. No further action required.
Trespass — Deputy Campbell took a report from an individual about someone trespassing on her property in Reedsville. This incident remains under investigation.
Disorderly — Deputy Stewart responded to Dollar General in Racine on a report of female in a verbal altercation with the store clerk. Upon his arrival Stewart spoke with the clerk who identified the female and described the female as having mental issues and was arguing over everything. The situation had calmed down prior to Deputy Stewart’s arrival and no charges will be filed.
Domestic violence — Deputy Hupp, along with Deputy Stewart, responded to Locust Street in Rutland on a report of a domestic. When units arrived and spoke with the parties involved it was determined that no charges would be filed. The parties agreed to separate for the night.
Domestic violence — Deputy Campbell responded to Brown’s trailer park on a report of a domestic. When Campbell arrived, he spoke with the parties involved and they reported arguing over animals in the household. There had not been any physical violence or threats, so no charges were filed in this incident although they did separate for the day.
Theft — Deputy Stacy took a report of a stolen vehicle. After some investigation it was determined that the vehicle had not been stolen and that it is a civil matter that must be handled among the involved parties.
Alarm — Deputy King responded to an alarm at a business on State Route 681. Upon arrival, the buildings were checked along with a key holder, and everything appeared to be secure. Unknown cause for the alarm activation.
Unruly student — School Resource Officer Patterson handled a call of an unruly student at Southern High School. The student was referred to the principal, and the matter was taken care of.
Unruly juvenile — School Resource Officer Hupp met with one of the Meigs School buses in reference to an unruly juvenile. The student was removed from the bus and transported to his residence without incident.
Medical — Deputies responded to an incident in the jail with one inmate being removed and taken to the ER for medical treatment.