ATV Theft

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Deputies are investigating the theft of a 2006 Red Honda 500 ES ATV with a seeder mount on back and a Camo 2014 John Deere XUV 825I S4 multi passenger gator from the Kingsbury and Pageville Rd area. The gator is 4 door (half doors) with a black roof, windshield, and back sliding glass. If anyone has information on the theft or location of the items please contact Sgt. Smith at 740-992-3371.

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Shelly Gravel Theft

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible theft occurring at Shelly Sand Gravel in Letart Township on December 11, 2014. The report stated two males were loading a piece of pipe with a tractor and left the area heading toward US 33 on State Route 124. Deputies then located the truck driven by William “BJ” Marnhout as it pulled into a residence on State Route 124 Racine. Deputies then made contact with Marnhout who advised the pipe belonged to his grandfather. As deputies spoke with Marnhout the tractor arrived at the same residence which was being driven by Roy Pierce Jr. As deputies continued their investigation the Meigs County K-9 unit was dispatched to the location where a drug sniff was conducted with positive indications on both the truck and tractor. Upon searching the truck deputies located a loaded syringe which was field tested as heroin and also located a white substance on the tractor which field tested for methamphetamine.

Narcotics charges are currently pending against Marnhout and Pierce as deputies await test results from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.

Marnhout and Pierce are currently incarcerated in the Middleport Jail on unrelated charges. 

Heroin Bust

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports The Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission’s Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia & Meigs Counties along with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office initiated a search warrant at 303 Fifth Street in Racine last month in which Task Force Agents seized 45.8 grams of Heroin and drug paraphernalia.

The search warrant goes along with a lengthy investigation by Task Force Agents into Meigs County’s largest Heroin trafficking arrest in history. The Meigs County Grand Jury returned Indictments on Jacques Daboni, age 23, of Columbus, Ohio, Chad Diddle, age 41, Amber Duffy, age 30, and Theodore Brown, age 23, all of Racine.  Charges from the lengthy investigation range from Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Trafficking in Heroin & Possession of Heroin.

The local major crimes task force is a part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Organized Crime Investigations Commission which was formed in September 2013 which consists of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Middleport Police Department, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallipolis City Police Department along with the Meigs County and the Gallia County Prosecutor Offices.

Sheriff Wood stated that the Task Force has been very successful  in combating the drug problems in Meigs and Gallia counties. Sheriff said that he will continue to fight this for a safer community.