CADIZ – At approximately 12:15 Wednesday afternoon, the entire Harrison Central High School emptied out and marched up the alley and crossed Main Street past the Courthouse to the Presbyterian Church. Some students said they were told a note was found in a restroom, of a threat to the school.
Some authorities have said it was a bomb threat but Harrison County Sheriff, Joe Myers denied that and said it was a scheduled drill.
Main Street was blocked off for a good 10 to 15 minutes while all the students marched past but nothing official has been announced at this time.
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MONDAY MAY 18 – Harrison County Detective, William Jones stated that he was satisfied with the evidence they obtained from a raid conducted at a Bowerston home Saturday evening in regards to the murder suspect, Wesley Cark who was captured early Friday afternoon.
Clark, suspected of murdering Dustin Moreland last week is now being held by Tuscarawas authorities on an unrelated charge. Jones said that they are in the process of building a case for the grand jury when he will be brought back to Harrison County on the apparent murder charges.
Neither Harrison County Sheriff, Joe Myers or Jones would say whether a murder weapon had been found or whether Clark had any accomplices.
FRIDAY, MAY 15 – The Carroll County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that Wesley Clark, suspected of murdering Dustin Moreland earlier in the week has been caught and is in custody in the Carroll County jail.
The sheriff’s office said there was no problems in the arrest where sources said he had been hiding in the woods and was apprehended on Clay Road outside of Dellroy.
Carroll County Sheriff, Dale Williams stated that they had found some of his family members who told them he was in house in Malvern. The Canton Swat team called was called but he evaded capture before they could get to him. A two-day search ensued then a woman called on authorities Thursday after Clark asked to use her cell phone.
After investigating, authorities knew he was calling relatives for help. Clark then broke into a vacant house in the vicinity but again he evaded capture. At approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday, after searching a wooded and secluded area, a red coat was found, which led them to Clark who was laying flat on the ground a short distance away. Williams said that Clark gave up with no resistance.
“I was very surprised,” Williams said. “I thought this is one guy we’re going to probably have a problem with…somebody is going to get shot…but it worked out very well.” Also, information published in the News-Herald print edition due out May 16, may not be accurate regarding a revenge-type of killing. A relative of Moreland’s stated that Moreland may have testified in some past trial against Clark and that Clark killed him out of revenge but Williams stated that he didn’t believe that was true.
Williams stated that he was not surprised that Clark was still in the area for they knew he was using phones in an attempt to get a relative to pick him up…”they didn’t have time to pick him up by the time we got down there.” He added that cruisers were all along the area’s roads forcing him to hunker down and basically boxing him in.
Clark will next be transported to Tuscarawas County officials where warrants for his arrest await him then he’ll be transferred to Harrison County, according to Williams.
Williams thanked the Harrison County authorities, the Canton Swat team, for which Williams has two members from his department on that team. He also thanked Tuscarawas County authorities and the State Highway Patrol as well.
“It’s a great coalition between all the departments,” Williams said. “It worked out very well with everyone together and I’m just so pleased that we got him before somebody else got hurt, or somebody else got killed…and I’m just so glad that we got him.”
On Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible missing homicide person location to be in Harrison County. The Harrison County Sheriff was notified by a Tuscarawas County Sheriff Detective that a person that is missing from Tuscarawas County, Uhrichsville area was supposed to be in a wooded area on Taylor Road, Uhrichsville Ohio which is located in Harrison County. Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers along with deputies did in fact locate a male person ID’d as one Dustin Moreland age 26, of Uhrichsville, Ohio. The Harrison County Corner was on scene and the body was transported to Stark Co. Corner office for an autopsy. Sheriff Myers stated that the investigation is still on going, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau, and both agencies are treating the death as a homicide.
Sheriff Myers advised that the person being sought by authorities is Wesley Brittian Clark age 52 of LKA 118 Jay St., Uhrichville, Ohio. Mr. Clark was known to be in the Malvern area in Carroll County, and several searches of location in that area resulted in no contact with the suspect.
Harrison County Sheriff is advising everyone that suspect is 6 foot tall, 280, hair is grey or has been recently been dyed black, and hazel eyes. The Sheriff’s Office through the course of the investigation believes that Mr. Clark has been getting a lot of help to avoid arrest suspect is considered armed and dangerous (Please Don’t Approach), call 911 or local law enforcement.
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HARRISON COUNTY – A five-car accident on U.S. 22 involving a semi-trailer occurred at the bridge construction site around 8 a.m. Monday morning. There were no severe injuries but three were taken to the hospital, according to the Ohio State Patrol (OSP) and a rescue official. Both east and west-bound lanes were closed for nearly three hours as traffic was re-routed.
According to the OSP, Donald E. Hopkins, Sr. of Coshocton, was cited for failing to keep assured clear distance ahead as he plowed into three cars that had stopped for the red light heading east. A vehicle coming through from the west was then struck as a result of the semi-trailer hitting the three vehicles.
Hopkins, who was driving a Sugarcreek Cartage, inc. trailer, refused treatment at the scene. A rescue official stated that by the time he’d arrived everyone was walking around that were involved in the accident before three were eventually taken away for treatment.
By 11 a.m., crews were still working on cleaning the site up as a small dozer was lifting material off the road and into the bed of another trailer to haul it away.
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The recent string of rainy days over the past several weeks stirred up old wounds with a few residents on Charleston Street who have complained for some time. Gary Vorhees reported sewage pouring out of sewage drains onto his property recently, a problem that has been ongoing for many years.
Now, though, the Village of Cadiz is doing something about it but to some it’s not enough, or at least not fast enough. Photographs and video provided by Vorhees paint an ugly picture of sewage being shoved up out of the ground through sewage covers by rainwater stuffing ancient pipes that are long overdue for replacing.
“They spent all these millions of dollars and nothing’s getting done,” Vorhees claimed. “It comes out more than it ever has.”
Nelson Birney is another resident and neighbor of Vorhees who has suffered with the sewage problem for over 30 years, he said. Birney credits himself with calling the EPA, which not only resulted in getting the village up and running on major overhauling but also resulted in over $42,000 in fines handed down by the EPA back in 2012.
“If I had never said a daggone thing about that sewage down there, there would not be no new lines put in there, there wouldn’t be nothing right now,” Birney said in frustration. “It’s been getting worse and worse,” he said referring to the sewage problem over the years. “They’ve had broken pipes, the whole system, it’s overloaded let’s put it that way. And my big issue is now we’re putting two new motels up.”
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Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers said that his office will be offering National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on two different Saturdays; April 18, and April 25. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.
Americans that participated in the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, 2014 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and 4,076 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 617,150 pounds (309 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at 5,495 sites. This brought the total amount of drugs collected in four years to 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons. Take-back initiative removes from circulation 2,411 tons of unused prescription drugs in four years.
“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past nine Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said Sheriff Joe Myers. “With the continued support and hard work of our more than 88 county sheriff’s offices, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these nine events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” said Sheriff Myers. Myers also warned against flushing unused prescription drugs down the toilet, throwing them in the trash, or keeping them in the household medicine cabinet, resulting in contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs.
Sheriff Joe Myers and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office along with several area businesses will again partner to provide a safe drop-off point for unwanted, expired and unused medications. Custer Pharmacy, 122 S Main St, Cadiz; Cadiz; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rite Aid Pharmacy, 651 Lincoln St, Cadiz; 9am to 12 p.m. and Neimayer Pharmacy, 112 E Main St, Scio will be collecting on Saturday, April 18, and Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sheriff Joe Myers states that by chance you miss these to date there is a drop box right inside the front door of the Sheriff Office, which is open to everyone 24/7 to take the unwanted drugs. The Sheriff reminds everyone that no liquids are accepted.
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