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.
Sheriff Richard N. Henderson presents The 19th Annual Pike County Sheriff’s Office Halloween Bash !!! The Bash will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2012 From 6PM – 9PM Location: Pike County Fairgrounds Sign up time for the costume contest will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The costume contest will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. We will once again have a live D.J., Costume Contest, Games and Bags of Candy for the children. Costume Contest Age Groups: 01-, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18 and up.
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.
Sheriff Richard N. Henderson reports on 07-15-2011 at about 1151 a.m. Sheriff Deputies responded to the 3000 block of BoBo Road in reference to a fifteen month old unresponsive child. Upon arrival Deputies were advised by the child’s mother that the child was found unresponsive in the family swimming pool. Pike County Squad One arrived on scene and the child was transported to Pike Community Hospital and was pronounced deceased. Investigation is pending at this time.
Sheriff Richard Henderson reports that on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 6:49 p.m., the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were called to the area of St Rt. 32 just west of Shyville Rd in referene to an injury accident. Further investigation found the accident had occurred due to a stabbing injury which the driver, Mallory Pettit, age 25, had sustained. Mallory Pettit was taken from the scene by EMS personnel to the Pike County Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with the Piketon Police Department located a person of interest found to be a Michael H. Schaffner, age 30. Mr. Schaffner was taken into investigative custody and was later arrested and charged with Aggravated Murder. He was taken to the Scioto County Jail where he will be held pending his apperance in Pike County Court.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification was called to assist in the processing of the scene. All evidence will be presented to the next term of the Pike County Grand Jury.
Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson reports that on Friday, Dec. 17th 2010 at 5:06 a.m. our Special Reponse Team executed a search warrant at 3268 Lapperell Rd., in Mifflin Township at the west end of Pike County. The investigation revealed that drugs were being sold at this location. James E. Bowling age 29 and James D. Bowling age 60 were both arrested and charged with Felony Trafficking in Cocaine. Both individuals were transported to the Scioto County Jail and are being held on ten thousand dollar bond. As a result of the warrant a large amount of narcotics, cash and firearms were seized. This case will be presented to an upcoming term of a Pike County Grand Jury, additional charges are pending.