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

Meth Lab - January 22, 2015

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood reports on January 21, 2015 deputies conducted a search warrant on Bucktown Rd, Racine after receiving information that methamphetamine was being manufactured at a residence. Upon arrival deputies located Terri L. Carmichael (Age 57 of Racine) Mark W. Russell (Age 42 of Portland) and Susan G. Evans (Age 42 of Portland) in the residence using methamphetamine. All three individuals were then taken into custody and searched at which time a loaded handgun and methamphetamine was located on Russell. During a search of the residence and vehicles two one pot methamphetamine labs were located as well as numerous chemicals to produce methamphetamine. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Middleport Police Department, Racine Volunteer Fire Department, and Meigs County Emergency Medical Services.

Carmichael and Evans are currently being housed at the Middleport Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing chemicals to produce methamphetamine.

Russell is also being held at the Middleport Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing chemicals to produce methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm under disability. 

Sheriff Wood also advises deputies have been locating discarded one pot methamphetamine labs along roadways in Meigs County and would like to remind citizens that if they spot any type of suspicious bottle or devices to contact the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371.