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Sheriff searching for suspect in Hamden robbery

December 16, 2014

The search is under way for the suspect of a robbery at the Gas-N-Stuff store in Hamden.

According to an advisory released from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was believed to have been driving a red Cavalier or Escort. The suspect was described as having light-skin, standing approximately 5’9″ and was wearing dark clothing including a dark hoodie. He was also described as having a deep voice. The suspect was last seen driving toward Jackson County on Chillicothe Street.

If anyone has information about the robbery or the suspect matching the description, they can contact the Sheriff’s Office by dialing 740-596-5242.

Columbus man indicted on vehicular homicide charges following June car accident

December 15, 2014

Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown announces that a Columbus man has been indicted by the Vinton County Grand Jury for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, felonies of the second degree. 

Aaron Mans, 44, of Columbus, has been indicted with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide following a June 2014 car accident that caused the deaths of Cheri A. Gifford, 44, of New Marshfield and Jazmin R. Sloter, 26, of Nelsonville. 

The double fatal accident occurred on Route 356 in Vinton County.  Multiple agencies responded to the scene.  

The cases will now proceed through the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas.  Further updates will be made available as the cases progress.  

Two injured in Route 93 collision in Jackson

December 4, 2014

JACKSON– The Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Route 93 near mile post 13 in Jackson County. 

The crash occurred when a 1989 Buick LeSabre, being driven south bound on Route 93 by Christopher Manring, 30, of Jackson, traveled left of the center line into the north bound lane of Route 93.  The Buick struck a north-bound 2000 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Regina McClure, 52, of Oak Hill, head-on.

Manring and McClure were both transported to Holzer Hospital in Jackson by Jackson County E.M.S. with incapacitating injuries.  Manring was then transported by Med-Flight Ground to the Ohio State University-Wexner Medical Center for further treatment. 

Route 93 was closed for approximately one hour until crews could open the roadway. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County E.M.S., Jackson City Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Auditor announces dog tag sale

December 3, 2014

Vinton County Auditor, Cindy Owings Waugh, announced that beginning Monday, December 1 through Sunday, January 30 dog licenses will be on sale to Vinton County dog owners.

“Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.01, requires every dog owner to purchase a license,” noted Auditor Owings Waugh. “When your dog has its license attached to its collar, the assigned license number is all that is necessary for our office to identify the dog’s owner should the dog be lost.”

All dogs 3 months or older are required to be licensed. Dog licenses, at a cost of $9.00 per license, can be purchased at the Auditor’s office, located in the Vinton County Court House at 100 East Main Street in McArthur. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Tags can also be purchased from Sheila Brooks,Vinton County Dog Warden or online at If you choose the online option, there will be an additional fee of $2.00 per tag charged by the web host.
Should you need additional information information please call Auditor Owings Waugh’s office at (740) 596-4571 ext. 231

Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District announces local work group meeting

December 3, 2014

The Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will conduct a Local Work Group (LWG) meeting on December 11 at 2 p.m. to identify resource concerns, discuss conservation priorities, and develop potential solutions. The meeting will take place at the Vinton SWCD office, located at 31935 State Route 93 in McArthur.

While Local Work Group membership is limited to Federal, State, county, tribal, or local government representatives who are familiar with agriculture and natural resources interests, the meeting is open to the general public, who is invited to participate and provide input on local conservation issues and resource challenges. LWGs support locally led conservation efforts by coordinating USDA programs with other conservation programs in an effort to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

For more information, contact Cody Hacker at the Vinton SWCD office at (740) 596-5676.

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library announces new hours

December 3, 2014

Beginning January 2, 2015, the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library will have new hours of operation.

The library will be open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and closed on Sundays.

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library announces December events

December 3, 2014

The following events will be held at the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library in the month of December:

  • Festival of Trees, library meeting room, until Dec. 19; Silent auction ends on Dec. 20 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 6, Kid’s Morning Christmas Movie, “Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines,” children’s department, 10:30 a.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 6, Christmas in Downtown, Festival of Trees, Library Meeting Room, 3:00-6:00 p.m. (with a visit from Santa Claus after the parade)
  • Sun., Dec. 7, An Afternoon of Christmas Entertainment in Spoken Word and Vocal and Instrumental Musical Selections will be held at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Friends’ Community Players, Trinity Episcopal Church (corner of West High and North Sugar Streets, McArthur)
  • Tues., Dec. 9, Library Board Meeting, Library Meeting Room, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 11, Classic Christmas Movie Night, “The Cheaters,” a 1945 Christmas movie, downstairs, 7:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 12, Strings for Him, an octet of musicians, “A Christmas Concert,” 7:00 p.m. (free tickets available at the library on first-come, first served basis)

McArthur VFW Post 5299 announces upcoming events

December 3, 2014
McArthur VFW Post 5299 has announced an American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on December 10 in the social room of the McArthur Post, located at 401 Vetermans Memorial Drive from noon – 5 p.m.
The McArthur Post will also be having an all you can eat fish fry on December 12 from 5-6 p.m. The meal will be $8 and children under 12 eat for $4.
A brunch with Santa will be held at the McArthur Post from 10 -11:30 a.m. for children under 12. The event will be held in the social room.

Wilkesville man sentenced to 20 years on attempted murder, other charges

December 3, 2014

The Vinton County Prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown announces that a Wilkesville man was sentenced to a 20 year prison term in Vinton County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Timothy Wilbur, 51, was indicted for two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of tampering with evidence, one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, two counts of possessing criminal tools, two counts of aggravated menacing, one count of inducing panic, one count of resisting arrest, two counts of attempted abduction, and two counts of unlawful restraint.

The indictment originated from a May 25, 2014 incident in which Wilbur and drove to a location on North Run Road and confronted two teenagers fishing on Raccoon Creek along a neighbor’s property. At that time, an argument began between the teenagers and Wilbur. The teenagers attempted to leave the property but when Wilbur tried to gain entry to the Jeep they were driving, a physical altercation began. As the Jeep was pulling away, Wilbur threw a machete into the jeep. Wilbur then proceeded in his vehicle chasing the Jeep down State Route 32 reaching high rates of speed to Mound Hill Road and Vales Mills Road where Wilbur began firing approximately six shots at the Jeep. Ultimately, Wilbur stopped the Jeep and the two teenagers then exited the Jeep and ran to the first house they found to call law enforcement. Wilbur left the scene after removing the machete from the vehicle.

Following law enforcement’s arrival and initial investigation, Sgt. Matt Kight and Deputy Joshua Nickell were able to locate Wilbur at his residence where Wilbur resisted arrest.

On November 24, 2014, Wilbur entered a plea of guilty to two counts of felonious assault, two counts of tampering with evidence, and one count of resisting arrest. A joint sentencing recommendation was accepted by the Court. Wilbur was sentenced to 20 years cumulatively on all charges.

As part of the plea, Wilbur’s firearms and vehicle have been forfeited to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office. No contact orders are in place for the victims.

This case was investigated by Deputy Richard Hixson, Sgt. Matt Kight, Deputy Joshua Nickell and Deputy Thomas Heaton from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office. Other officers also assisted.

Langsville man arrested in Par Mar Breaking and Entering case

November 30, 2014

A Vinton County Sheriff’s Office investigation has led to the arrest of a Langsville man in connection with the November 27 breaking and entering of the Par Mar store in Wilksville.

According to a report from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Barney, 35, of Langsville, was arrested on November 29, in connection with the breaking and entering, theft and vandalism.

Tobacco items were reported missing following the breaking and entering.

The investigation is still pending.

Also arrested, was Ashley Garey, 22, of Junction City, for obstruction of official business.

Both individuals were placed in South Eastern Regional Jail. A bond hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday.