POMEROY — A Pomeroy man was arraigned last week in Meigs County Common Pleas Court in connection with two separate alleged offenses in the Darwin area in recent weeks.
Todd A. Dill, 42, pleaded innocent to charges of trespass in a habitation and resisting arrest in connection with a Feb. 19 incident and charges of obstructing official business and aggravated menacing in connection with a Feb. 28 incident.
According to previous Sentinel reports, on Feb. 19 a call was received from a resident of State Route 681 in Darwin that his neighbor, Dill, was allegedly in his basement and was not supposed to be there. The first deputy, Sgt. Don Mohler, arrived on scene and entered the home through the busted hole in the basement door. One of the home owners was at the top of the stairs reportedly trying to keep the suspect from getting further into the home. Mohler engaged the suspect to get his attention away from the home owner and placed him against the wall and attempted to handcuff him. The suspect reportedly resisted being handcuffed. Once the second deputy arrived, the suspect reportedly increased his resistance and was tased. The taser reportedly had no effect on the suspect. The deputies then wrestled him to the floor and handcuffed him. The suspect was alleged to have been on meth at the time of the incident.
On Feb. 28, Sgt. Curtis Jones and Deputy Jim Stacy, with the assistance of Pomeroy and Middleport Police Departments were called to the area of Route 33 and Route 681 for a male allegedly running in an out of traffic wearing nothing but blue jeans and one sock.
On arrival, officers located the suspect, later identified as Dill, allegedly running in the roadway. Sgt. Jones had to swerve his vehicle to avoid hitting Dill and then attempted to get Dill in his cruiser to avoid any further incident. Dill appeared to be on under the influence of an illegal substance and incoherent to Sgt. Jones’ commands. Dill then ran up the west bound lane of U.S. 33 to Rocksprings Road to avoid arrest. In attempt to stop Dill for his safety, Sgt. Jones deployed his taser but only struck Dill with one barb as Dill jumped the guardrail disappeared into the night. Dill was arrested the next morning at a residence on Flatwoods Road.
Attorney Tommy Saunders was appointed to represent Dill in the cases. Dill remains held on a $30,000 bond with 10 percent permitted.
An initial pretrial in the case is scheduled for April 3, final pretrial on May 1 and trial on May 9.