For the record: Meigs County Sheriff’s Office

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Meigs County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 11-18


Dec. 11

The sheriff’s office received a call from the 124 Mart stating that a male had just left without paying for $14.03 worth of gas. The subject was contacted by deputies and a short time later the incident was taken care of.

Dec. 12

Deputies responded to a possible Domestic Violence call at a residence located on Number 9 Road near Reedsville. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a verbal argument had taken place but no physical altercation had occurred. Deputies took sworn statements and cleared the scene without further incident.

An individual contacted the sheriff’s office and stated that he had left his vehicle sitting on Long Hollow Road near Route 33 due to a flat tire. The subject advised sometime overnight his vehicle was entered and several items were taken. Deputies took a statement and an investigation is pending.

Dec. 13

Deputies received a complaint from a female that some packages that were delivered to her house had been stolen from the front porch. After further investigation, it was determined that her ex-husband may have been responsible for taking the packages. The female was referred to her attorney.

Dec. 14

Deputies responded to a residence on Strongs Run Road in reference to some stolen scrap metal. The individual stated that he had the scrap metal stored on a trailer, which was later recovered on Buzzard Den Road. Another trailer was also taken and at the time of this report, it not yet been recovered. Investigation is pending.

Deputies took a report about the theft of Christmas lights in Racine. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371.

Deputies responded to a residence on Molehan Road where the caller reported that several people were at the residence trying to kill him. After Deputies arrived and cleared the scene it was determined the subject was suffering from a medical condition and was transported to the hospital.

Deputies are investigating a report of a vacuum salesman taking a payment in full for a Kirby vacuum, and failing to deliver the product. The salesman has been located and the investigation is continuing.

Dec. 15

Family violence investigator interviewed a suspect in relation to the alleged rape of a juvenile that occurred in Meigs County. The incident remains under investigation.

Dec. 16

Deputies registered two sex offenders and located another sex offender who failed to change his address.

Deputies are investigating the reported theft of a large amount of cash from a local business. An ex-employee has been identified as the suspect, and deputies are attempting to locate this subject.

Deputies are investigating a harassment complaint taking place on Salem School Lot Road. The suspect has been identified and the incident remains under investigation.

Dec. 17

Deputies registered one sex offender.

Deputies served five court papers.

Deputies checked a residence on Route 143 for a subject who has an active warrant for their arrest. The subject was not at the residence and reportedly is currently living in Parkersburg, West Virginia.


Dec. 12

Deputies responded to Cornell Road in Portland in reference to a well-being check. The individual was found and informed to call their relative.

Deputies responded to Walker Alley in Racine in reference to a verbal dispute. Both parties agreed to separate for the night.

Deputies responded to assist with highway patrol and EMS on a crash on Route 33. Driver swerved to miss a deer and crashed into the wood line.

Dec. 13

Deputies responded to Cone Road for an alarm drop. Building was found secured.

Dec. 15

Deputies responded to Hill’s gas station in Racine reference to an alarm. Building was found secured.

Deputies responded to Carsey Road in reference to a missing juvenile. The juvenile was found at a neighbor’s residence.

Deputies responded to Rutland in reference to a male in a blue jacket with camo pants near the post office. The caller believed the subject was acting suspicious. Deputies checked the area and was unable to locate the subject.

Dec. 16

Deputies were dispatched to look for a suspect vehicle for Pomeroy Police Department headed to the Racine area that had been involved in an incident at McDonalds. The vehicle and suspect were located at his residence in Racine by a deputy and Racine Marshal. The suspect was advised to return and contact the Pomeroy Police Department.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Sellers Ridge to locate a stolen vehicle for the Ripley Police Department. The vehicle was not located at that location. The vehicle was later discovered in Charleston, West Virginia.

Dec. 17

Due to severe icing conditions a Level 1 Snow Emergency was enacted by Sheriff Keith Wood.

A deputy was dispatched to Facemyer Lumber on Route 7 for an alarm drop. The key holder arrived and checked the building. Everything was found to be secure and no one was around the area.

A deputy was dispatched to Bradbury Road for a one car, non-injury, motor vehicle accident. The accident scene was cleared from the roadway and the driver was cited for failure to control.

Dispatch received a call from the West Virginia State Police advising of a domestic violence complaint that occurred on Cornell Road in Portland. The victim had gone to a residence in West Virginia and reported the incident to West Virginia authorities. The victim returned to the Park and Ride on Route 33 and met with a deputy and completed a report. Deputies then went to the residence on Cornell Road and after speaking Jerome Miihlbach, age 35, about the incident, he was arrested for domestic violence and held in jail until court.

Dispatch received a call reporting a large fight on Ball Run Road. Shortly after deputies were dispatched the caller called again reporting that someone had been struck by a truck and the vehicle had fled the scene. As the first deputy arrived on the scene, he stopped a vehicle leaving the area. As he was approaching the vehicle, a subject driving a Jeep came around a curve in the road, saw the deputy and stopped. As the officer approached the subject in the Jeep, he started to move the vehicle toward the deputy and the driver was ordered to stop. The driver of the Jeep accelerated toward the deputy and the deputy had to jump out of the path of the Jeep to keep for being struck by the vehicle. The Jeep fled the scene, and the deputy returned to his patrol car and went after the Jeep but was unable to determine the direction of travel once it had reached State Route 143. The deputy returned to the incident location along with another officer that had arrived on scene. After an investigation and speaking with witnesses, the identity of the driver was discovered and a possible location in Vinton County. The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office was advised of the incident and later arrested the suspect, Steven Simpkins, age of 20, from Vinton, Ohio, in their county. He is currently being held in jail on several charges from three counties, pending several court appearances and will be facing a felonious assault charge in Meigs County.

Dec. 18

Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Route 684 in Harrisonville to investigate a suspicious vehicle sitting in the caller’s driveway. Deputies arrived and found an intoxicated male sleeping in a truck. He claimed that he had been drinking at the residence that he was parked at in which that information was determined to be true. The male was not charged with any offense and a family member was contacted to come to the scene and take the male and his vehicle home.

Dispatch received an alarm drop at TNT on Lower Route 7. A deputy responded and checked the building. Everything was found to be secured.

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