Multiple Agency Pursuit

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood states on March 3, 2015 Pomeroy Police attempted to stop a vehicle on Mulberry Ave near Union Ave for speeding when the vehicle failed to stop for the officer. The Pomeroy Officer began to pursue the vehicle which proceeded to evade the officer.

Deputies then intercepted the vehicle a short time later on Kingsbury Road near Wolfe Pen Road where they began to pursue the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes on multiple roads including US 33 and State Route 7 before the suspect vehicle crashed on State Route 143 between Ball Run Rd and Wolfe Pen Rd after ramming a sheriff’s cruiser and running over stop sticks during the pursuit. 

The driver, later identified as Thomas A. Brooks (46 of Albany, Oh), proceeded to run on foot from deputies into the woods. As deputies began to pursue Brooks other officers took a passenger into custody and removed a small child from the vehicle which they did not know was present. 

After pursuing Brooks for approximately 5 hours through the woods and rugged terrain with officers and Canine units from multiple agencies, Brooks was located in a camper on Wolfe Pen Rd. Brooks was wanted through multiple agencies for Identity Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Failure to Appear and Drug Charges. Brooks will also be facing new charges for Felony Fleeing, Child Endangerment, Felonious Assault with a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest and multiple traffic offenses.

Sheriff Wood would like to thank The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Middleport Police, Pomeroy Police, Meigs County EMS, and the Pomeroy Fire Department for their assistance with officers, Canine units and staff from all.

Major Bust

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GALLIPOLIS – The Major Crimes Taskforce Gallia-Meigs, and Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, announced the arrest of two Gallia County residents following the execution of a search warrant 2399 Swan Creek Road in Ohio Township late Wednesday night.

Larry Joe Gillenwater Jr., 35. 2399 Swan Creek Road, Crown City, and Brittany Ann Wintz, 24, 2095 Lincoln Pike, Gallipolis, are currently incarcerated in the Gallia County jail following a lengthy investigation by agents of the Major Crimes Taskforce and Gallia County sheriff’s deputies.

Gillenwater is facing felony charges of trafficking in heroin, tampering with evidence, and possession of drugs – heroin.

Wintz is being held on a parole violation.

The warrant resulted in the seizure of more than one pound of marijuana, 7 ½ grams of heroin, and $39,000 in cash. Sheriff Browning noted that the warrant and arrests were a result of tips from local residents, which led to an investigation into drug trafficking in the area.

“We have been targeting this area for several months after receiving numerous complaints on our tip line about drug activity,” Browning added. “We appreciate the community input and encourage them to continue using the tip line at 740.446.6555.”

Browning said he is consulting with Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Adkins for additional charges.

“Drug trafficking in our communities continues to be a priority issue for us, and all agencies involved, and will continue to be investigated to the fullest extent in all our Gallia County’s 15 townships,” Sheriff Joe Browning also added “The impact of these drugs in our community is severe and damaging, taking down drug traffickers like the one mentioned is a big help in cleaning up our community and without the public support and feedback from the public we couldn’t have done it”.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine added “This is an example of community members and law enforcement working together to take drugs off the streets in Southeast Ohio, “Tips from residents are incredibly helpful in criminal investigations, and we appreciate those who come forward and report criminal activity happening in their neighbors.”

The Major Crimes Task Force Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and is made up of agents from the Gallia and Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gallipolis and Middleport Police Departments.

Howard Frank Passing

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The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce the passing of former Sheriff Howard E. Frank. Mr. Frank began his career in public service by serving in the United States Army prior to being elected the Mayor of Racine in 1952. After serving one term as mayor Frank was appointed to the position of Deputy Sheriff where he served for eight years under Sheriff Robert Hartenbach.

In 1962 Frank was appointed to the position of Meigs County Treasurer where he served for fourteen years, and then he served two terms as Meigs County Auditor. After his time as Auditor Mr. Frank became the common pleas court bailiff and then was elected to the position of Meigs County Sheriff in 1984 where he served one term until 1989.

In 1991 after a brief retirement from politics Howard was again appointed to the position of Meigs County Treasurer where he served until his official retirement in January of 2009. In total Howard Frank served Meigs County for over 50 years.

Funeral services will be held on January 29, 2015 at 11:00am at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy.  Burial will follow at School Lot Cemetery where military honors will be presented by the American Legion.  Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home.

The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office will have the flag at half-staff and wearing mourning bands in honor of Howard Frank until after the burial on January 30th