Child Abduction

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Five people have been arrested in West Virginia on charges relating to a child abduction case out of Ohio, including the mother of the girl who was taken. Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says Stacey Ratcliff, 30, broke into the Racine, Ohio home of her estranged husband, Chadd, at 8:42 a.m. Tuesday morning. Stacey and another man abducted their 7-year old daughter.

“I was working when the baby sitter flew up on the job and told me they had just come into my house and took my daughter at gunpoint,” said Chadd Ratcliff. “My heart stopped. You instantly think, are you ever going to get to see your kid again?” According to the baby sitter, who was inside the home at the time of the abduction, the man with Stacey had a pistol, which he used to strike the baby sitter with.

Shooting Yields Drug Bust

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports that on June 7,2015 at approx. 11:29 pm, 911 advised his office that a Gene A. Arms JR of 1332 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wellston OH, stated to them that he had his hand shot off by a Tyler Meyers of 35065 Salem School Lot Road, Langsville and he was driving to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Athens Post was able to locate Arms in Athens County and their EMS was contacted for the transport to the hospital where he was later transferred to Grant Hospital in Columbus.

Farmers Bank Robbery

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The Meigs County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred this afternoon at the Farmers Bank in Tuppers Plains, Ohio. No one was harmed in the incident. Below is a image from the security camera footage. If you recognize the individual in the photo, or have any information, please contact us immediately. You can call us at (740) 992-3371 or submit an anonymous tip at


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Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood wants teens in Meigs County to have a fun and memorable experience this year’s graduation season. To ensure that teens stay safe, he is reminding them and their parents that underage drinking is not only dangerous but it is against the law.  “You can’t have a memorable experience at graduation time if you are unable to remember any of it because you have had too much to drink,” said Sheriff Wood.

The consequences of underage drinking are serious.  Every year underage drivers under the influence of alcohol kill or seriously injure themselves or others in crashes. Sheriff Wood offers the following tips to prevent underage drinking and keep this year’s graduates and the community safe. Parents and other adults must remember that underage drinking is against the law. Not only is furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a crime, it sends the wrong message.