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.  

Addiction Counselor Arrested on Charge of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties announced today the arrest of an addiction counselor on a felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Roberta Payne, 52, of Cheshire, was arrested Friday evening in Pomeroy after she allegedly sold an undercover task force officer more than 2,000 morphine pills and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine.  The street value of the drugs exceeds $36,000.

Authorities began investigating Payne, who is employed as an addiction counselor in Gallipolis, after receiving a tip that she offered to sell morphine to a drug counseling client.

"This case is especially disturbing because the suspect was trusted to help those suffering from addiction, but instead investigators found that she used her position of trust in an attempt to push more pills into the community," said Attorney General DeWine.

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