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ODNR announces changes to rainbow trout stocking schedule

March 3, 2015

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio’s anticipated annual release of rainbow trout was scheduled to begin at Adams Lake (Adams County) on March 6, but will be postponed according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s extended winter weather will likely leave many lakes frozen on their scheduled stocking date so some events will be rescheduled.

Currently the stockings at Adams Lake and Forked Run Lake have been postponed until March 18 and March 26, respectively, to allow time for the lakes to thaw.

Check the Wild Ohio calendar at wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishing/trout-stocking-dates for an updated schedule.

More than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released into 63 public lakes and ponds on selected dates through May. Several locations will hold special angler events during the scheduled releases, including youth only fishing. Contact the nearest wildlife district office for specific times and locations. More information about trout releases can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Rainbow trout are a cold water species that do not naturally reproduce in Ohio waters, and these releases provide fantastic opportunities for anglers to pursue a fish they may not otherwise have the opportunity to catch. The trout are raised at state fish hatcheries and released at suitable locations to provide additional opportunities for anglers. They measure 10-13 inches before they are released by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Anglers age 16 and older must have a current Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. The 2015-2016 fishing license can be purchased online at wildohio.gov or at participating retail outlets. A full list of retailers is provided online.

Resident fishing licenses cost $19 and are valid from March 1 until Feb. 29, 2016. Anyone 16 or older must obtain a fishing license. Go to wildohio.gov for more information on Ohio fishing licenses.

Sales of fishing licenses along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, public-benefit program.

The SFR is a partnership between federal and state government, industry, and anglers and boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education, and secure and develop boat accesses.

Sheriff’s Office alerts public to weather conditions

March 3, 2015

According to an alert from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, the county is under a flood watch with heaving rains beginning at midnight and 2-3 inches of rain expected.

The alert stated that water will fun off frozen ground into creeks and streams, causing flooding in normal areas of the county.

The Sheriff Office cautioned against driving through flood waters and asked citizens to prepare for conditions by using back-up routes if flooding is found.

According to the alert, the county is also expected to get between 6-10 inches of snow Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

Citizens can check the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for road condition level updates.

Auditor announces availability of online property search

March 3, 2015

Vinton County Auditor Cindy Owings Waugh has announced that the online property search is now available for Vinton County property owners.

“Since my first year in office I have taken steps to improve the technology in the Auditor’s Office and I am thrilled that we can now offer online searches to the public. Transparency is a huge part of what I wanted to accomplish as the county auditor and I feel this is a huge step in that direction, Owings Waugh said.

To access the site, citizens can type vintoncountyauditor.org  in their address bar. 

Owings Waugh has cautioned the public that there are other sites out there that try to charge for the information, however, the auditor’s site is a free website to the public.

The website offers many features to the user, it also includes a report discrepancy option. This will allow users to assist in any errors they may find, such as physical address, differences in measurements, etc.

If anyone needs additional information on the website or have any questions, they can contact the auditor’s office at 740-596-4571 ext. 231.

Outdoors enthusiasts invited to ODNR Division of Wildlife open houses

February 26, 2015

Ohioans are invited to offer public comment regarding the proposed and future hunting, trapping and fishing regulations at open houses scheduled across the state. The open houses will be held on Saturday, March 7, between noon and 3 p.m., and online comments will be accepted through Sunday, March 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Open houses provide opportunities for anyone interested in sharing input and participating in Ohio’s professional wildlife management process. ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists and law enforcement officers will be available to answer questions and receive comments. Those unable to attend an open house can provide comments online at wildohio.gov. All interested Ohioans are encouraged to participate.

Open house location information for March 7:

  • Central Ohio: Wildlife District One office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215; 614-644-3925;
  • Northwest Ohio: Wildlife District Two office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay 45840; 419-424-5000;
  • Northeast Ohio: Wildlife District Three office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319;330-644-2293;
  • Southeast Ohio: Wildlife District Four office, 360 E. State Street, Athens 45701; 740-589-9930;
  • Southwest Ohio: Greene County Fish and Game, 1538 Union Road, Xenia 45385; 937-372-9261.

Directions to open houses can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). Public input gathered at these open houses and online is critical and will be considered during the formation of future hunting and fishing regulations.

This year’s open house attendees and online visitors will have an opportunity to learn about and comment on Ohio’s 2015-2016 deer hunting proposals. Proposals include a reduction in bag limits and antlerless permit use, as well as a shift in the youth season. A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office onThursday, March 19, at 9 a.m.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its meeting on Wednesday, April 8, after considering public input. Small game and wild turkey hunting season dates were proposed at the January council meeting and will also be voted on by the council on April 8.

Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to preregister at least two days prior to the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

ODNR plans to release rainbow trout beginning March 6

February 26, 2015

Ohio’s annual release of rainbow trout begins Friday, March 6, at Adams Lake in Adams County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). More than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released into 63 public lakes and ponds on selected dates through May.

Lake Alma’s stock date has been scheduled for March 27.

Several locations will hold special angler events during the scheduled releases, including youth only fishing. Contact the nearest wildlife district office for specific times and locations. More information about trout releases can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Rainbow trout are a cold water species that do not naturally reproduce in Ohio waters, and these releases provide fantastic opportunities for anglers to pursue a fish they may not otherwise have the opportunity to catch. The trout are raised at state fish hatcheries and released at suitable locations to provide additional opportunities for anglers. They measure 10-13 inches before they are released by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Anglers age 16 and older must have a current Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. The 2015-2016 fishing license can be purchased online at wildohio.gov or at participating retail outlets. A full list of retailers is provided online.

Resident fishing license cost $19 and are valid from March 1 until Feb. 29, 2016. Ohio residents born on or after Jan. 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months are eligible to purchase a reduced-cost resident senior license for $10.

Sales of fishing licenses along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, user-benefit program.

The SFR is a partnership between federal and state government, industry, and anglers and boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education to youth, and secure and develop boat accesses.

 

Two injured in SUV, tractor collision on Route 93

February 21, 2015

A Creola man and a Wellston man were both injured in a collision between a sports utility vehicle and farm tractor Friday evening on Route 93 north. Both were medically evacuated from the scene by medical helicopter.

The accident took place at approximately 6:40 p.m., closing the road for about 45 minutes.

According to the Jackson Post of Highway Patrol Richard Kuehnert, 34, of Wellston was driving the tractor northbound on Route 93 with no lights or reflective slow-moving vehicle sign. His passenger on the tractor was John Bruce, 52, of Creola.

A second vehicle, a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Jeffrey Freeman 53, of McArthur, was also traveling northbound on Route 93 and was unable to swerve to avoid striking the tractor in the rear end, causing it to go off the right side of the roadway and overturn. Freeman had two children passengers in the vehicle with him at the time of the accident.

Both Bruce and Kuehnert were transported from the scene by medical helicopter and were taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. No injuries were reported from Freeman’s vehicle.

Investigation is still pending although initial indications are the Freeman would not have had adequate time to avoid the tractor considering the limited lighting and conditions and the absence of safety equipment on the tractor.

The McArthur Fire Department and Vinton County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene.

The Highway Patrol wishes to remind citizens that all slow-moving vehicles (under 20 mph) on the roadway require both an orange slow-moving-vehicle sign and flashing lights to the rear. It is also law that any motorized farm equipment vehicle operated on the roadway requires the driver to possess a valid operator’s license.

 

Soil and Water Conservation District holding annual tree sale

February 14, 2015

The Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual tree sale is underway. There are a variety of tree species available in the sale ranging from fruit and nut trees to native hardwoods and conifers. Also available in the tree sale are deer repellents, wildlife food plot seed, ground cover plants, wildflower seed and bluebird and bat houses. For more information or an order form contact the Vinton Soil & Water Conservation District at 740-596-5676 or by e-mail at cody.hacker@oh.nacdnet.net. Orders must be received by the end of business on February 27th.

Both drivers medically evacuated from scene of head-on-collision on Route 50

February 10, 2015

Two Vinton County residents were medically evacuated from the scene of a head-on collision that occurred on Route 50 Monday.

According to a report released from the Jackson Post of State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 5:05 p.m. and closed the road for approximately an hour.

Frankie Lowry, 36, of McArthur, was traveling eastbound on Route 50 when her vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Stephanie Gardner, 41, of Ray. Both vehicles collided near the center line.

Gardner was reportedly wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and possibly suffered internal injuries. Lowry was not belted and sustained serious injuries. Both were evacuated from the scene by medical helicopter and were taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

The McArthur Fire Department, Ohio Department of Transportation and Vinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to and remained on scene for approximately one hour. The roadway remained closed during that time while the troopers investigated and processed evidence at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

 

Ohio hunters check more than 175,000 deer in 2014-15 season

February 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio’s white-tailed deer archery season closed Sunday, Feb. 1, marking the end of Ohio’s 2014-2015 deer hunting season. Across the state, hunters checked a total of 175,745 deer during all 2014-2015 hunting seasons.

In the last few years, through increased deer harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to approach acceptable populations. The effectiveness of these management efforts are reflected in the decreased number of deer checked this season. During the 2013-2014 hunting season, Ohio hunters checked 191,455 deer. Bag limits were reduced in 46 counties prior to the 2014-2015 deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties.

Deer population goals will be revised this summer through a random survey of hunters and farmers. Participants in the survey will have the opportunity to provide input about the future of deer management in Ohio.

The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer for all implements during the 2014-2015 season: Coshocton (5,727), Licking (5,281), Tuscarawas (4,883), Muskingum (4,748), Ashtabula (4,418), Knox (4,191), Guernsey (4,181), Holmes (3,625), Harrison (3,448) and Carroll (3,406). Coshocton County also reported the most deer harvested in 2013-2014 (6,270).

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists. This ensures that Ohio’s deer herd is maintained at a level that is both acceptable to most, and biologically sound.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or atwildohio.gov. A detailed deer harvest report was posted online each Wednesday during the season, and a final report was posted on Monday, Feb. 2.

Hunters continue to utilize various methods to report deer kills. Since the deer season began on Sept. 27, 2014, 46 percent of hunters phoned in their report, 29 percent reported online, 15 percent used the mobile-friendly website and 9 percent traveled to a license agent’s location.

Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, and hunters checked 168 deer. Deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties in 1956, and hunters harvested 3,911 deer during the one-week season.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

 

Prosecutor announces 2015 Grand Jury indictments

February 2, 2015

The Vinton County Grand Jury has met one time in 2015 thus far. The Grand Jury handed down the following indictments. The following are indictments only and do not represent convictions. All cases will proceed in the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas.

Daniel E. Jones, Jr, 27, of Piqua, Having Weapons While Under a Disability, a felony of the third degree; Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug of Abuse, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Driving Under Suspension or in Violation of a Licensure Restriction, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Ashley Garey, 22, of Junction City, Obstructing Justice, a felony of the fifth degree.

Dennis Robinette, 40, of Wellston, Violating Protection Order or Consent Agreement, a felony of the third degree; Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree; two counts of Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle, a felonies of the fourth degree; three counts of Endangering Children, misdemeanors of the first degree; Using Weapons While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Rebecca Rose, 32, of Wellston, two counts of Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle, felonies of the fourth degree; three counts of Endangering Children, misdemeanors of the first degree; Using Weapons While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Brian Barney, 35, of Langsville, Vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree; Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree; Theft, a felony of the fifth degree.

Jeff Remy, 51, of Ray, Menacing by Stalking, a felony of the fourth degree.

Brian Lang, 38, of McArthur, Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a felony of the third degree; Assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Domestic Violence, misdemeanor of the first degree.

Curtis George Faris, 24 , of McArthur, two counts of Felonious Assault, felonies of the second degree; Domestic Violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Endangering Children, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Aaron Steele, 32, of New Plymouth, Attempted Murder, a felony of the first degree; Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree; Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree; Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree; Having Weapons While Under Disability, a felony of the third degree; Possessing Criminal Tools, a felony of the fifth degree; Aggravated Trespass, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Using Weapons While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Sydney V. Thompson, 23, of Trotwood, Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

Betty Warrix, 49, of Hamden, Theft from the Elderly, a felony of the fourth degree.

Glenn Warrix, 38, of Hamden, Theft from the Elderly, a felony of the fourth degree.

William E. Bethel, II, , of McArthur, Trespass in a Habitation, a felony of the fourth degree; Aggravated Menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Aggravated Menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Criminal Trespass, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree

Shawn T. Mullins, 39, Creola, Domestic Violence, a felony of the third degree.

Joshua Shane Moss, 25, Having Weapons While Under Disability, a felony of the third degree; Aggravated Menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree;