December 31, 2010
Drugs and weapons seized during search of St.Marys home.
Sheriff Al Solomon reported today that on 12/29/10 a search of a home at 68 Southmore Shores Drive in St.Marys Township resulted in the seizure of suspected heroine, marijuana and two handguns.
Members of the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force and Mercer County Adult Probation Dept. and Deputies from Auglaize County searched a home owned by James R. Drumm on Wednesday. During the search a total of seven individuals were found in the residence along with the suspected drugs and weapons. Three of the seven individuals were arrested and taken to jail. Two were arrested on warrants from Mercer and Auglaize County. One was arrested for a Mercer County probation violation. Owner of the home was not arrested or home at the time of the search.
Those arrested were:
Tyler Q. Drumm, age 23, St.Marys - Mercer County Probation Violation.
James C. Prater, age 21, Celina - Warrant out of Mercer County.
Zachary R. Frazier, age 20, Celina - Warrant out of Auglaize County.
Cases will be submitted to the Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney for review of charges. The investigation continues into further charges.
December 15, 2010
Sheriff Al Solomon released information today regarding the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program. (OBB)
Ohio Buckles Buckeyes is a program for WIC eligible families that have children in need of a Car Seat. Only one Car Seat is given per WIC Eligible child for life. Appointments will be made for every 3rd. Friday of the month. To receive a seat you must be WIC Eligible, watch a DVD, fill out paperwork, and go through a training on the installation of the Car Seat. The child receiving a Car Seat must be present. Expecting mothers must be present to receive a Car Seat for an unborn child. To set up an appointment please call Stephanie at the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office at 419-739-6701 ext 248 or Patti at St.Marys Police Department at 419-394-2325 ext 3182. Space is limited.
October 18, 2010
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon today released an alert to citizens concerning a group of professional solicitors out of Las Vegas, Nevada that have been contacting people either by phone or US Mail soliciting donations to the "United States Deputy Sheriff's Association" and other service organizations.
The "United States Deputy Sheriff's Association" is not supported or endorsed by the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office. The professional solicitor for the, Courtesy Call, was investigated by the Ohio Attorney General's Office and received sanctions against them for violations of Ohio's Charitable Solicitation Law. Courtesy Call is not to solicit any donations in Ohio for 1 year. See the attached media release from the Attorney General.
The only Sheriff's organization supported by Sheriff Solomon is the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association which deals with issues and legislative matters concerning Sheriff's Offices in Ohio and Law Enforcement as a while.
Should anyone get unwanted solicitations from this company, do not hesitate to contact the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office at 419-739-6565.
September 30, 2010
Sheriff Al Solomon reported this morning that 12 persons were arrested on drug related charges by the Auglaize / Mercer County Grand Lake Task Force Wednesday. The arrests were a result of a 7 month investigation conducted by the Drug Task Force.
Task Force members and officers from area agencies began the arrests early Wednesday morning in the Wapakoneta and Cridersville area. Five of the eleven were Allen County residents. 10 persons were also arrested in Mercer County on the same date. It was a joint investigation from both counties and a joint round up of those charged with selling drugs.
Illegal Drug sales and possession continue to be a problem in this county and surrounding counties. Solomon commented "we are determined to continue to investigate and arrest drug dealers and users in this county. We will use all of the resources we have to keep fighting the drug problem. More arrest will be coming as the investigations continue."
One of the biggest and most productive resources we have is the information from all Law Enforcement Agencies and the public in this county and surrounding counties. Also, the Auglaize / Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force. This Task Force, made up of agencies from Auglaize and Mercer County has always worked well together to combat the drug problems in the two county area. Over the last few years the Task Force has grown stronger and accomplished more. The number of drug arrests are up which is a sure sign we will have the same objective and work together well. Sheriff Solomon from Auglaize County and Sheriff Grey from Mercer County both have the same mission in mind and vow to stick to it.
Those arrested Wednesday were:
Tyler R. Fisher, 18, Wapakoneta, 1 count trafficking in dangerous drugs, 1 count trafficking in marijuana.
Michael A. Falor, 21, Wapakoneta, 1 count trafficking in marijuana.
Jonathon M. Bales, 27, Wapakoneta, 1 count trafficking in marijuana.
Andrew T. Mistic, 20, Wapakoneta, 4 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Nathan D. Farr, 19, Wapakoneta, 3 counts trafficking in marijuana, 1 count trafficking in cocaine.
Miles A. D. Vance, 18, Wapakoneta, 3 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Townsend Cobb IV, 24, New Knoxville, 4 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Ronald S. Swink, 24, Lima, 2 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Matthew J. Lawrence, 22, Lima, 2 counts trafficking in a schedule 1 drug, 1 count trafficking in LSD.
Levi H. Sellers, 23, Lima, 1 count trafficking in marijuana.
Edward J. Donley, 25, Lima, 1 count trafficking in marijuana.
Brandon C. Crotinger, 24, Lima, 1 count trafficking in cocaine.
Agencies providing additional manpower and assistance were Wapakoneta Police Dept., St.Marys Police Dept., Cridersville Police Dept., Waynesfield Police Dept., Minster Police Dept., Allen County Drug Task Force, Allen County Sheriff's Office, Lima Police Dept., and the Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
September 8, 2010
AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL RESULTS IN DRUG ARRESTS
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon reported this morning that a total of 6 arrests were made on Friday night, August 27th, 2010 at the LAFFINFEST CONCERT at a farm on C.R. 33A.
Laffinfest is an outdoor concert where several bands attend and play. It is an outdoor event in a remote area of Auglaize County. Attendees pay to get in and are able to listen to the music and camp.
The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office received information from several sources from last years event that drug sales were common at the concert. This information was then given to the Auglaize / Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force. Members of the Task Force and members from surrounding County Task Forces then attended the event and eventually were able to make undercover drug buys which included the following drugs. L.S.D., Ecstasy (M.D.M.A.) and mushrooms or Psilocybin. Also prescription pain medications were purchased. All of the above drugs were purchased by undercover agents of the Task Forces.
Individuals arrested at the event were:
Amanda Cook, age 18 Wapakoneta, 5 counts trafficking in drugs.
Alex Donauer, age 19 Minster, 2 counts possession of M.D.M.A.
Nicholas Geiger, age 18 Minster, 1- count trafficking in dangerous drugs.
Wren Fenton, age 22 Lima, 1 count trafficking in L.S.D.
Jeffrey Kirkland, age 36 Sidney, 2 counts trafficking in L.S.D.
Danny Rose Jr., age 20 Cloverdale, 1-count trafficking in schedule one drugs, 1-count possession of L.S.D. and 1- count possession of a schedule one drug.
All of the above subjects were arrested and taken to the Auglaize County Correctional Center. The investigation continues and additional charges and arrest could result.
Sheriff Solomon commented that the Drug Task Force did an outstanding job. The Auglaize / Mercer County Drug Task Force is comprised of local Police Agencies including St. Marys Police, Wapakoneta Police, Cridersville Police, Minster Police, Buckland Police, New Knoxville Police, Waynesfield Police, New Bremen and Uniopolis Police. All Agencies contribute in one way or another. The Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force out of Allen County also assisted with the investigation. St. Marys Police Dept. and Wapakoneta Police provided additional manpower to help with the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office and local Law Enforcement support any festival in the area. However, when information is obtained about a problem at an event we have to act on the information and that is what we did in this case.
AUGUST 26, 2010
SHERIFF RECEIVES RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GRANT
The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office has received a $28,000 grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) to fund its Residential Intervention and Diversion (RID) Program.
Over the past two years, funding from local sources for substance abuse treatment has declined sharply. This grant will provide funding for residential treatment of offenders for addiction problems that are barriers to their rehabilitation. This programming will include Moral Reconation Therapy (a cognitive behavioral program to help offenders make better choices in their lives) and for drug and alcohol groups and individual therapy.
The program will dovetail with the nationally recognized and very successful Auglaize County Transition Program to provide other services including housing and job placement, crisis intervention and stabilization, anger management, and other rehabilitative programs for the inmates.
The RID program will also work with the ACT case manager, outside agencies and the probation and parole departments of the county courts to connect offenders with treatment outside the facility once they are released. This will provide a seamless transition from treatment in the facility to treatment in the community because statistics have shown that the longer an individual remains in treatment, the more likely it is that they will be successful.
The ultimate goal is to help county residents who have drug and alcohol-related problems to control their addiction and move on to become more productive citizens and create safer communities as a result.
NOTE TO PRESS: Additional information can be obtained by contacting Sheriff Solomon or the project director, Captain Mark Fuerstenau, Jail Administrator, at 419-739-6565.
Augusts 17, 2010
ADDITIONAL DRUG ARREST MADE BY DRUG TASK FORCE
Sheriff Al Solomon reported this morning that again, additional persons were arrested on Monday for drug related charges. The arrests are a result of the continuing efforts by the Sheriff’s Office and the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
Solomon commented, “The message should be clear, if you are dealing or using dope in this county we are going to arrest you. We are using every resource we can find to work the drug problem in this area. We are even targeting the drivers of the vehicles the dealers are using.”
Early Monday morning Task Force members went out and began making the arrests. A total of 6 persons were arrested for various drug related charges resulting from a 6 month investigation by the Task Force.
The following were arrested:
Christopher Boneta. 21, Cridersville. 1- Count trafficking in Marijuana, 1 count trafficking in LSD.
Jonathon Putman. 20, Wapakoneta. 3- Counts trafficking in marijuana 1 count trafficking in LSD and one count trafficking in dangerous drugs.
Wesley Davis III. 18, Wapakoneta. 1- Count trafficking in cocaine 2 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Brent Jurosic. 18, Wapakoneta. 3- Counts trafficking in marijuana.
Jessica Newland. 19, Celina. 3- Counts trafficking in marijuana.
Joe Allen. 25, St. Marys. 1- Count possession of heroin.
August 13, 2010
MARIJUANA PLANTS PULLED FROM AUGLAIZE AND MERCER COUNTY FARM FIELDS
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported this morning that on August 9th and August 10th members of the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force and Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification removed a total of 373 marijuana plants from fields and fence rows in Auglaize and Mercer County.
Using a helicopter, Deputies, Police Department members of the Task Force and Agents on the ground areas in the two counties were patrolled. During the day long search in Auglaize County a total of 363 marijuana plants ranging in size were pulled from the fields. Another day long search revealed a total of 10 plants in Mercer County. No arrests were made but several of the locations remain under investigation.
Areas of large concentration were found in the eastern portion and southern portion of Auglaize County. Locations vary from year to year.
Street value estimate on the 373 plants is valued at approximately $15,000 to $20,000.
Sheriff Solomon and Sheriff Grey commented that this is an annual event that the Sheriff’s Offices and the Task Force members are involved in. People try to grow marijuana and we find it and pull it. We also charge people with cultivation if a case can be put together.
The Helicopter and pilot used was supplied by the Marion County Ohio Sheriff’s Office.
August 3, 2010
Al Solomon, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, and St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven released today details of a telephone scam in the area. At this point the scam involves citizens with a “394” telephone exchange number. The above agencies have all received complaints in regards to this scam.
The scam involves a telephone call being placed to residents and when answered, the resident receives a voice recording purportedly from the Three Rivers Federal Credit Union. The message on the phone tells the resident that their Three Rivers Bank Card has been deactivated or has some sort of trouble and that the resident should press “1” to continue in order to speak with a representative. They can also press “2” to disregard. Although no one reporting this has actually spoke with a representative, it is believed, as with many similar scams, the representative will attempt to get the resident to provide detailed credit or bank card information and ultimately compromise the person’s credit card account.
The Three Rivers Federal Credit Union confirmed that this is a scam and they are aware of it. This scam has happened previously in areas where they have other branch locations. All of the law enforcement agencies and the Three Rivers Federal Credit Union urge residents to disregard the calls, not to speak with the representatives, and not to give out pertinent credit card or account information to any telephone solicitation. At this time it is unknown who is making these calls or where the calls originate from.
July 19, 2010
July 12, 2010
9 people arrested on drug charges
Sheriff Al Solomon reported this morning that a total of 9 people were arrested over a four day period on drug related charges last week. The arrests, the result of a 6 month long investigation by the Auglaize / Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
The arrests were made starting Thursday morning by members of the Task Force, Auglaize County Deputies, Wapakoneta Police Officers and St. Marys Police Officers.
Solomon commented that all law enforcement and the Auglaize / Mercer County Drug Task force will continue to investigate and arrest those selling and using drugs in this county. The efforts are paying off and will continue.
Those arrested were:
Brandon S. Clevenger, 22, Wapakoneta. Two counts trafficking in marijuana. 5th degree felony.
Christopher L. Fritts, 22, Wapakoneta. Five counts trafficking in marijuana. Four 5th degree felonies; and one felony of the 4th degree.
Albert L. Dauch, 19, Wapakoneta. One count trafficking in marijuana; 5th degree felony.
Benjamin A. Carnes, 21, Wapakoneta. Three counts trafficking in marijuana; three 5th degree felonies.
Garrett B. Lange, 19, Wapakoneta. Three counts trafficking in marijuana. Two 5th degree felonies; and one 4th degree felony.
Devon M. Noe, 19, Wapakoneta. Two counts trafficking in schedule two drugs and one count trafficking in dangerous drugs. Three 4th degree felonies.
Ian K. Kell, 28, Lima. Four counts trafficking in heroin. Four 4th degree felonies.
Constance E. Wicker, 18, St. Marys. One count trafficking in marijuana. Felony of the 4th degree.
Kimberly A. Ryane, 22, Wapakoneta. Two counts of illegal processing of drug documents and one count deception to obtain dangerous drugs. Three 5th degree felonies.
The investigation continues with the Auglaize County / Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
June 8, 2010
May 6, 2010
Members of the Grand Lake Drug Task Force arrested another person on drug charges last night.
Charles A. Kist, 63, St.Marys was arrested yesterday on four counts of trafficking in marijuana.
This arrest is a continuation of the group arrested on April 28th by local agencies, the Sheriff's Office and the Auglaize/Mercer County Drug Task Force.
April 29, 2010
Members of the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force and The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office began making arrest late yesterday afternoon. The arrests were the result of a 6 month long investigation by the Drug Task Force.
A total of 12 people from St. Marys, Wapakoneta, New Bremen, Celina, Coldwater, Sidney, Shelby County and Allen County were arrested on different drug related charges. The investigation continues on additional people in the area.
Sheriff Solomon was pleased to make this announcement on the drug arrests. “Once again I want the people to know we take drug sales and possession very seriously and will do all we can to stop it.”
Those arrested yesterday afternoon were:
Jacob J. Burton, 18, Wapakoneta, 3 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Jeremiah M. Jacob, 24, Houston, Ohio., 4 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Kelly Joe Slone, 36, Celina, 7 counts deception to obtain dangerous drugs.
Nathan C. Dunno, 24, New Bremen, 1 count trafficking in marijuana and 2 counts trafficking in drugs.
Jordan R. Lockwood, 19, Celina, 3 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Sarah A. Gay, 20, St. Marys, 1 count trafficking marijuana.
Gregory J. Rhinock, 52, Lima, 2 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Steven B. Ladd, 27, St. Marys, 3 counts trafficking in drugs.
Wilder Strong Jr., 46, Lima, 4 counts trafficking in heroin.
Eric C. Richards, 20, Celina, 3 counts trafficking in marijuana.
Nicholas J. Browning, 28, Anna, 1 count trafficking in marijuana.
Chera M. York, 31, Lima, One count illegal possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and one count illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of child endangering.
During the arrests, two vehicles were seized and a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Office and Task Force members were officers from the St. Marys Police Dept., Wapakoneta Police Dept., Cridersville Police Dept., Minster Police Dept., Waynesfield Police Dept., New Bremen Police Dept., Celina Police Dept., and The Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
April 21, 2010
On April 21st., 2010 the 5th grade class at Waynesfield Goshen Elementary attended their D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony. The graduation ceremony was lead by D.A.R.E. Deputy Samuel Blank along with Sheriff Al Solomon. Students pledged to themselves and their parents that they will live a drug free life and that they will use the skills that they have learned in the D.A.R.E. program. There were two D.A.R.E. essay winners from the 5th grade class, which were Bailie Barrington and Alicia Kessler. Congratulations to all the Waynesfield Goshen 5th graders on a job well done!
April 15, 2010
Sheriff's Office employees assist with 22nd annual Auglaize County Crisis Center Benefit Auction.
On Thursday April 15, 2010, Sheriffs Office employees assisted in the Crisis Center Benefit Auction. In past events, local fire departments participated in a chili cook off to raise money for the event, and the sold a gallon of their chili in the auction. This year Sheriff Solomon issued a challenge to local law enforcement agencies to participate in this cook off as well, bringing on their best chili recipe.
Top "Chili Chef" for the Sheriff's Office was Dispatcher Charisse Zuppardo, assisted by Dispatcher Carolyn Zenz. While the Sheriff's Office did not win 1st. place in the competition, (1st. place was awarded to Minster Fire Department) the Sheriff's Office gallon of Chili did fetch the highest bid during the auction, selling for over $600.00.
Deputies Vernon, Chisholm, Ahlers and Blank agreed to offer their services as "Handyman" to the highest bidder, to help out the cause. By the end of the evening the Crisis Center had raised approximately $29,000.00, with law enforcement and fire fighters raising a little over $7,000.00 for the Crisis Center.
April 13, 2010
Sheriff's Office investigating additional burglaries
Sheriff Allen Solomon reported this morning that there were additional burglaries in the county over the weekend.
Deputies responded to a residence on Conant Road at approximately 6:10 am Saturday morning when a resident woke up and looked out the window and saw two pick up trucks leaving the property. One of the trucks was his personal and another was a company owned vehicle.
Deputies responded and within minutes saw the stolen trucks and began pursuing them. Both trucks went into fields and turned off lights to avoid capture. One of the stolen trucks was abandon while the second stolen vehicle got away. The recovered truck had an ATV in the bed that had been stolen from one of the locations. Sheriff Solomon feels this ATV could have been used to go from place to place.
Early Monday morning the vehicle that escaped was recovered in Shelby County. A possible suspect associated with the stolen vehicle was apprehended later in the morning in Shelby County by Shelby County Sheriff Kimpel and his Deputies. Auglaize County Sheriff Solomon and his Deputies also assisted Shelby County in the search for additional suspects in the area which were not located.
Numerous power tools and other items were found at several surrounding residences that were set out to take. At this point it is unclear on specific items that were taken but the thefts were thwarted by alert home owners and Deputies.
Sheriff Solomon would like to remind residents to secure buildings and vehicles, specifically removing keys from vehicles and ATV’s. In some cases ATV’s were stolen and then used to go to other locations to set items out to be picked up later after a vehicle is stolen. Report anything suspicious as it happens and to keep watch over their neighbors properties. The Sheriff’s Office is doing all that it can to provide patrols but residents are asked to help.
This group of thieves has been in several areas of Auglaize County, Logan, Mercer and Shelby Counties. They are traveling where ever the need takes them.
March 19, 2010
Sheriff's Office Searching for burglary suspects.
Sheriff Al Solomon reported this morning that Deputies and Detectives were investigating a burglary of a home that occurred yesterday at approximately 12:34p.m. The residence is east of S.R. 65 in Union Township.
The call received reported four black males leaving a residence and a neighboring home owner from the area following them in their vehicle. The neighbor had attempted to stop the four by blocking their vehicle but they were able to escape. The owner of the home that was entered was not home at the time of the incident.
The suspects and vehicle were chased into Allen County by the neighbor but was soon lost in Allen County.
Deputies and Detectives from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office responded along with Allen County Sheriff's Office, Lima Police, Ft. Shawnee Police and Cridersville Police. The area was searched and the vehicle was not located.
The amount of property taken from the residence is not known as the matter remains under investigation. The suspect vehicle is a dark green vehicle. There is damage to the rear and the front of the vehicle.
Sheriff Solomon reminds residents to call on anything suspicious in the area.
February 26, 2010
February 24, 2010
February 22. 2010
Sheriff Al Solomon reported Friday, February 19, 2010; Grand Lake Task Force Members, along with agents of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed a Search Warrant at a residence on S.R. 364, south of Greenville Road, in St.Marys Township. Evidence seized at the home included items used for the assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug.
As a result of the Investigation and Search Warrant a Keith Parsons, age 34, who lived at the residence has been arrested. Parsons has been charged with Manufacturing of Drugs, a Felony of the first degree, and Assembly of the drug, a Felony of the third degree.
Task force members were assisted during the investigation and at the scene by Deputies from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office, Local Emergency Management, St.Marys Police Department Officers and the Auglaize County Prosecutor's Office.
S.R. 364 was blocked off for a period of four hours, as the residence sat very close to the roadway and vehicles used in the investigation had to be parked on the roadway during the time of the Search Warrant. The Ohio Department of Transportation assisted with the placement of barricades at intersections during this time.
The investigation into the matter continues.
January 17, 2010
Sheriff's Office honor's employees
Members and support staff of the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office attended it's annual Sheriff's Office Awards Banquet. The following awards were presented.
Dispatcher of the Year
Deputy of the Year
Corrections Officers of the Year
Officer Marcia Longacre
Officer Sgt. Dennis White
Auxillary Deputy of the Year
Support Staff of the Year
The members of the Special Response Team were each given a Comendation for their service.
Civilian Award Commendations
Tim Gibson - D.A.D.S. Class
Tammy Brown - Mercy Unlimited
Betty Conn - Religious Education / Bible Study
David Conn - Religious Education / Bible Study
January 15, 2010
Haitian Earthquake Relief Potential Fraud Alert
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon and the FBI today remind Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.
Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
• Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages.
• Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
• Verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group’s existence and its nonprofit status rather than following a purported link to the site.
• Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
• Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.
• Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
Anyone who has received an e-mail referencing the above information or anyone who may have been a victim of this or a similar incident should notify the IC3 via www.ic3.gov