HOPEDALE – The Village of Hopedale and Green Township is holding a community clean up event for Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopdeale Volunteer Fire Department parking lot.
Large household items can be collected, such as furniture, mattresses, large and appliances. Tires will be accepted for auto and light trucks. The tires must be OFF THE RIM.
No electronics are being accepted. No refrigerators, no air conditioners, no dehumidifiers or anything with Freon. Call: 330-627-7311 to make arrangements for unwanted household items.
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WAVERLY, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued the following scamalert to members of the public.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office received information from a resident saying he received a call from a man indicating he was with the Sheriff’s Office and was soliciting a donation to benefit the victims in the multiple murder case. While Attorney General DeWine and Sheriff Reader are both appreciative of the generosity from the community, please note that these calls are not from the Sheriff’s Office. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office, please do
not send money.
Following tragedies and disasters, some scam artists may try to take advantage of potential donors. Those interested in making a donation should conduct basic research to ensure their donations will be used as intended, not pocketed by a
scammer. Ohioans can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
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Kyle West (center) looks on as co-defendants, Addison Reed (right) and Brianna Snodgrass are arraigned in Cadiz’ County Court Thursday.
HARRISON COUNTY – Jewett Chief of Police, Ron Carter and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced the arrests of three local teenagers, Addison Reed, 19, Kyle West, 18 both of Jewett and Brianna Snodgrass, 19 of Hopedale who were responsible for the rash of vehicle break-ins, which occurred on April 17 and 18.
A press release statement by the HCSO was also released regarding the discovery of 18 marijuana plants in what they called the beginnings of a marijuana “cultivation operation.”
Along with the marijuana discovery the statement also described as “a large amount of stolen property” uncovered, as well. The break-ins took place in and around New Athens, Harrisville, Georgetown, Cadiz and Hopedale, according to the press release.
The arrests took place Tuesday, April 19 and Carter and the HCSO stated that this was a joint investigation between the HCSO, as well as the Jewett and Cadiz Police Departments. Money, GPS units, wallets, purses, credit cards, phones and other devices were retrieved during the arrests at 117 East High Street in Jewett.
“Evidence collected leads law enforcement to believe these three individuals may be responsible for similar crimes in both Belmont and Jefferson Counties,” read the statement. It continued by stating that the cultivation of the marijuana plants was being handled by the Jewett Police Department.
“All three agencies have been working together and it all came out with a positive outcome,” Carter said. “Personally, I’d like to thank the Cadiz Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office for all the help they provide to us and the resources…”
Officer, Todd Walker stated that there were heat lamps set up where the plants were being cultivated in the bedroom section of the house. Carter stated that each plant’s street value has the potential for $2,000 per plant, which he added could up the charges on the suspects.
Carter stated that after entering the home he looked down and discovered evidence in a purse regarding numerous vehicles involved, which sealed that part of the investigation since they were on the lookout involving the break-ins.
Sheriff, Joe Myers included in the statement a reminder for the public “to be proactive in defense of their property by locking their automobiles when they are unattended,” and to “report any suspicious individual or activities to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.”
The statement said all three are being charged with theft and receiving stolen property and Carter stated that possession of marijuana and paraphernalia would be added, as well.
Thursday afternoon, the three suspects were present in County Court before Judge, Mark Beetham for their initial court appearance. All three, who were polite and addressed Beetham as “sir” are facing the same charges and read by Beetham who stated the manor of their charges as, “…you did recklessly by force, stealth or deception trespass…”
Assistant Prosecutor, Jack Felgenhauer requested that all three be tried simultaneously to avoid repeat testimony of any witnesses and added that there is to be no contact with one another and a curfew be submitted, as well for the three in case they make bond, which was set at $15,000 or 10 percent option.
“Probably, but by the grace of God these kids are in here today…” Felgenhauer said because of what they were doing at night he stated that they were lucky they didn’t run into someone with a weapon defending their property.
West, in answering Felgenhuer’s question if they had jobs, he stated they all worked together at the Steak N Shake in St. Clairsville but Felgenhuer informed him that they would not be able to work in the same shifts.
It is to be determined if there is probable cause to bound the three over to the grand jury in order to be tried in court. A date for their preliminary hearing was yet to be determined at the time of this publishing.
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CADIZ – A fire Wednesday afternoon behind the old mill on East Warren Street was quickly extinguished by the Cadiz Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Chief, Leonard Merryman stated briefly that the cause is unknown at this time where a large log surrounded by brush erupted in flames and took on the appearance of trouble considering the sunny weather lately and the drying out after the winter.
The Cadiz Volunteers quickly extinguished the flames, though, in less than five minutes once they got their hoses unwrapped and turned on.
Harrison County EMS was also on the scene.
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HARRISON COUNTY – After several weeks of nervous waiting in the Teter vs. Sunoco case where Carol Teter and her attorney, Nicholas Andersen were waiting on a decision by Common Pleas Judge, T. Shawn Hervey regarding Teter’s appeal to place a “stay” on Sunoco from commencing construction work across their property, the decision was another setback for Teter and partner, John Lovejoy.
The case, for which the decision went against Teter last month concerning her property off of Ohio 151, was over eminent domain and Sunoco attempting to lay pipeline across their property. Hervey ruled in favor of Sunoco last month stating in part that, “…propane and butane meet the statutory definition of petroleum under Ohio law,” where that was only one of the issues and concern was voiced by Andersen that now anything could be included in the definition of what is in petroleum, and felt that was dangerous.
Hervey’s recent decision handed down this week rejecting Teter’s appeal for a stay on Sunoco’s construction, was based on the following: “The court finds no evidence of a public interest served by granting the stay,” the judgment entry reads. It continued by stating: “After an equitable balance of the four factors, the Court finds no just reason for stay of execution of judgment and denies the same.”
Those four factors were listed as: 1) “A substantial likelihood that it will prevail on the merits of its appeal; 2) It will suffer irreparable harm if the stay is not granted; 3) There is a lack of substantial harm to the opposing party should a stay be granted; 4) The public interest will be served by granting the stay.”
Hervey listed detailed reasons under each of the four stipulations. Under the first stipulation, Hervey stated that he was not swayed by their argument enough for a “winning argument on appeal.”
The second one states that “irreparable harm is not imminent to defendant” and it continues by stating that any harm would not “curtail defendant’s enjoyment of their property.”
The third issue determined that substantial harm would be incurred by the plaintiff (Sunoco) considering timelines with “users and builders” if the stay ruled in Teter’s favor. The final issue is where Hervey decided that there was “no evidence of a public interest served by granting the stay.”
After losing their court decision last month, Teter and Lovejoy felt hopeful they would be granted the stay. But the decision on their appeal is now immediately being appealed once again. The appeal on the original decision is expected sometime early this summer.
The appeal on the negative decision for a stay was also filed this week and Lovejoy stated via email that it was basically the same as the original appeal for a stay “with a few additional lines added.”
Lovejoy felt confident that this appeal for a stay would be granted stating that the Appeals Court in Youngstown agreed to hear the case on an expedited basis. In the meantime, Teter and Lovejoy received a boost from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation since their court loss, as they have filed an amicus brief (friend of the court) on behalf of Teter.
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