Independence Day 2014

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independence-day-special-tanoa-tusitala-hotel-samoaThe Meigs County Sheriff's Office would like to wish everyone a very safe and fun Independence Day and weekend. As we celebrate our Nation's freedom this weekend, please remember to act, drink and plan responsibility. Have a fun and safe weekend, and remember, "Freedom isn't free."  

Fireworks Dates and Times (updated 7/3/2014)

Middleport:  Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10PM
Racine:  Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10PM
Rutland:  Satuday, July 5, 2014 at 11PM

RELEASE: Felonious Assault

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bumgardnerMeigs County Sheriff, Keith O. Wood, reports the arrest of Thaddeus Bumgardner, age 32, on June 24, 2014. Deputies conducted a search warrant of Bumgardner's home on Noble Summit Road on the same date. The Sheriff said deputies first began the investigation when Bumgardner’s 5 month old son was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital due to severe bruising and injuries consistent with abuse. Bumgardner was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Steven Story in Meigs County Court on June 25, 2014 for the charge of Felonious Assault, and was granted a release on his own recognizance, against the recommendation of the Meigs County Prosecutors Office. As of June 25, 2014, at 4:16P.M. Cabell Huntington Hospital had the baby listed as in critical condition.

Warmer Weather Precautions

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As the long awaited summer months arise and the temperature outside increase, the Meigs County Sheriff's Office wants you to keep your safety in mind. Severe heat, without proper precautions, may cause illness or even death.

When the temperatures increase, you can take the following precautions to reduce your heat risk:

  • Dink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or alot of sugar
  • Never leave a person or pet in a closed, parked vehicle
  • Check frequently with those who are elderly 
  • Make sure pets have water and a cool place to lay

If you go outside:

  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for earlier/or later in the day when temperatures are cooler
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Keep hydrated when working outside
  • At first signs of heat illness, most to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage 
  • Avoid a sunburn: it slows the skin's ability to cool itself; use sunscreen location with a high SPF rating

If the power goes out or air conditioning is unavailable:

  • If A/C is unavailable, stay on the lowest floor outside of the sunshine
  • Keep a few bottles of water in your freezer; if the power goes out, move them to the refrigerator and keep the doors shut
  • Contact 911 if you have encounter any heat related emergencies

Health precautions extracted from HDHHS