This Halloween, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office will crack down on drunk drivers throughout the region with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office has given fair warning to all party goers: keep the party off the road.
“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it’s the impaired drivers. All too often, party goers don’t plan ahead and choose to drive impaired, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving”, said Sheriff Richard Henderson.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007- 2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.
In 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Thirty-eight percent of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of “buzzed” or drunk driving. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period.
“If you celebrate with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel”, said Sheriff Henderson. “A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween”.
To keep safe this Halloween, Sheriff Henderson recommends these tips: • Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night. • Always designate a sober driver. • If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
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On Thursday September 20,2012 the Pike County Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant at 499 Sugar Run Rd. Piketon, Ohio as a result of an investigation into the trafficking of heroin at this residence. During a search of the premises the Sheriff’s Office collected numerous items evidencing drug trafficking. Arrested was Brandon Lee Harris, 27, of Sugar Run Rd. Harris was charged with trafficking in heroin F3 he was also charged with Tampering with Evidence F3 and an additional charge of trafficking in heroin a F4. Also arrested was Sarah Williams, age 21 of Piketon and Justin Monst age 22 of Piketon both charged with possession of Heroin.
On Sunday September 23, 2012 at Approximately 7:54 pm the Pike County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call from Shirley’s Grocery on State Route 335, north east Pike County. The caller reported that the store had been robbed at gun point and that the owner was chasing the suspect on foot. While responding to the scene deputies learned the suspect dropped the gun and was being held by the store owner. Kelli Kay Brown, 31, of Greenfield, Ohio was arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery F1 and Tampering with evidence F3. This case is scheduled to be presented to the next term of the Pike County Grand Jury where additional charges may be filed.
Sheriff Henderson commends the individuals working at the store for their actions and quick thinking during this incident. Their actions ultimately resulted in the apprehension and arrest of the alleged perpetrator.
Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson reports that alst night, at 11:32 p.m. Deputies arrived at 4314 Pleasant Hill Rd. Waverly, Ohio regarding an anonymous complaint that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the residence. Upon arrival Deputies observed items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and smelled a strong odor of chemicals coming from the residence. Deputies immediately removed all individuals from the residence including a three year old toddler that was present.
At 1:01 a.m. today Judge Cassandra Bolt issued a search warrant for the residence. A complete search of the property and mobile home was conducted. During the search numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were located. An investigation into the criminal activity resulted in the arrest of five individuals. Johnny E. Friley age 32, Carisa B. Friley 35 both of Waverly, Ohio and Erika Skaggs age 26 of West Portsmouth, Ohio were all charged with Manufacturin Methamphetamine, Illegal Posession of Chemicals to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Tampering with Evidence, Child Endangering, and Posession of Criminal Tools. Nikkia Murray age 18 and Dakota A Dickey age 18 both of Waverly, Ohio were charged with Illegal Possesion of Chemicals to Manfacture Methamphetamine.
All five individuals are currently incarcerated at the Scioto County Jail.
Each year nearly 11,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving. In order to stop this deadly epidemic, police in every State and most U.S. towns and cities will be out in full force from mid-August through Labor Day looking out for drunk drivers. Cops are cracking down on drunk drivers. And they’ll see you before you see them.
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