Athens Sheriff

ATHENS — Athens County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports from June 25 and 26:

June 25

* A domestic dispute was reported on State Route 56 in New Marshfield. The caller advised a male came into the residence and grabbed his girlfriend’s belongings and made her leave with him. A neighbor advised the two were walking on State Route 56 headed away from Athens. Deputies located the two walking and identified the male as James Whiteman, 37, of Dexter, Ohio. He was found to have two active Hocking County warrants. He was transported to SEORJ without further incident.

* A Roscoe Drive resident reported $4,800 taken from her credit card due to a fraudulent transaction. The victim made contact with a musical school where the transaction occurred in Frisco, Texas. The school advised it had an information breach and would provide documentation to her credit card company.

* Deputies were advised of a silver Honda Civic parked in front of the equipment building at the Alexander Cemetery. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and advised to move the vehicle. On the driveway of the cemetery, the reporting deputy located a small clear baggy containing trace amounts of a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. It was collected and placed into evidence for destruction.

* A box containing drug paraphernalia was reported found on the construction site on the new bike path on Route 50. The box was collected and placed into evidence for destruction.

* An abandoned vehicle was reported on State Route 56 on private property. Deputies spoke to the property owner who advised he didn’t know who the car belonged to and would like it removed. The vehicle was tagged and within four hours, a wrecker was contacted to remove the vehicle.

* Deputies responded to Maple Street in Trimble for reports of a brother making threats to his sister. Upon arrival there were no direct threats of harm being made. However, the sister did advise that her brother had been driving her vehicle without permission. The male was discovered as John Chesser, 43, of Amesville, having a nationwide warrant for his arrest. Chesser is also on the ACSO Most Wanted List; if anyone has information on Chesser’s whereabouts contact the ACSO.

* Deputies conducted a prisoner transport for Hocking County. Upon arrival, Christopher Gates Jr., 29, of Albany, was found to have a clear plastic baggy containing a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine in his shoe. It was placed into evidence to be sent to BCI for testing.

* Units responded to Center Street in New Marshfield for a report of a 911 hang-up call. Deputies spoke with the complainant who stated her son was intoxicated and causing problems. The son stated he was upset due to not having help doing the dishes. Deputies discovered the male had active felony warrants for his arrest. David Morris, 55, of Mineral, Ohio, was arrested and transported to SEORJ without incident.

* A road rage incident was reported on State Route 682. The complainant stated an unknown vehicle had struck her’s. Deputies later determined the incident was a drug deal. The Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived on scene for investigation.

* Deputies were called to Salem Road for an attempt to locate. The caller advised a male was seen on a stolen UTV. Deputies were able to locate the male and the stolen UTV. Nicholas Dowler, 30, of Athens was arrested for outstanding warrants. Any future criminal charges will be presented to Grand Jury.

June 26

* A suspicious person was reported on Millfield Road. The caller advised she saw a male come from the window of an abandoned house carrying a box. Deputies patrolled the area and found that a window had been damaged. Deputies attempted to contact the homeowner unsuccessfully.

* Units responded to Bethany Ridge Road in Guysville regarding an open door complaint. Upon arrival, it was found that the metal front door had been completely removed, the hot water tank as well as the washer and drier had been taken. Plastic gloves that were left at the scene were sent to the BCI Crime Lab for DNA testing. Case is under investigation.

* A harassment report was received from a Mill Street residence in Chauncey. Deputies gathered the information but were unable to contact the suspect in the case. This case was under further investigation.

* A report a suspicious person was received from a Lexington Avenue resident in Chauncey. She stated an unknown woman came to her house and had to be asked multiple times to leave. She did not know the woman but thought she might be on drugs because she was acting strangely. No items were stolen but the woman requested the event be documented in case the woman returned and additional action involving a trespass complaint needed to be taken.


ATHENS — Athens County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports June 27 and 28:

June 27

* Ohio State Patrol requested assistance with a stopped vehicle possibly containing drugs. Deputies stood by with the passengers of the vehicle while OSP units searched the vehicle. Deputies returned to patrol shortly after the search of the vehicle was concluded.

* Deputies received a report of criminal damaging to a vehicle as well as threats of violence made. The incident occurred on the roadway and at one point during the incident the suspects were chasing the victim’s vehicle in an attempt to run them off the roadway. This matter is currently under investigation.

* Deputies responded to a dispute on Selby Road. The parties had separated prior to deputies arrival and each party had a different story of the encounter. Neither story could be corroborated with the evidence on scene. A report was taken on incident.

*Units responded to State Route 550 in reference to a 911 call. Dispatchers stated they could hear breathing and a faint help. On scene, units made contact with an individual in need of medical attention.

* A theft was reported from a Perry Ridge Road resident in Nelsonville. The complainant stated four wheels and tires were stolen from the front yard. One of two suspects were interviewed but denied having any knowledge of the theft. The second suspect will be interviewed upon locating.

* Units responded to River Road in Guysville for a reported suspicious vehicle. Deputies found the vehicle in question with foot tracks leading up an abandoned driveway. As deputies approached the residence, they witnessed a subject carrying items from the abandoned residence, as well as a machete. Deputies announced their presence and ordered Bryon Casteel, 39, of Stewart, to the ground. Another subject, Jacob Puckett, 25, of Guysville, was heard running through the woods from the residence. Casteel, having a nationwide warrant for Felony Theft, was transported to OMH to be medically cleared and later transported to SEORJ. Puckett is still at large and is being sought for questioning.

* Deputies were dispatched to Fierce Ridge Road in Glouster for a theft report. Deputies arrived and a report was taken.

* A Coolville resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office advising a vehicle and other items had been stolen from his Main Street property. This matter is under investigation.

* Deputies went to an Enlow Road residence for an attempt to locate Mark McClelland, 43, of Athens, on an active child support warrant for his arrest. A male matching the description of McClelland looked out the glass storm door, and promptly shut the door. Deputies knocked and verbally identified themselves as law enforcement ordering McClelland to exit the residence repeatedly. McClelland refused to come to the door despite multiple warnings. Deputies resorted to entry of the apartment and took McClelland into custody. McClelland was arrested on warrants for child support and will be charged with Obstructing Official Business.

* Units responded to a United Lane business reporting items stolen. This matter is under investigation.

June 28

* A report of breaking and entering a storage building on Mill Creek Road was received. The complainant claimed someone had stolen his chainsaw from the building.

* Units responded to Salem Road for a report of possible breaking and entering. The landlord advised the resident of the property had recently been incarcerated and no one should be in the residence. Deputies reached out to the resident (incarcerated at SEORJ) to request permission to search the home; permission was granted. The residence was found to be vacant.

* A phone report of harassment was taken by ACSO. The complainant claimed one of his former employees made a statement and he wished to have a report on file. Deputies contacted the other party, advising them to cease contact with the complainant.

* Deputies responded to a Carol Lane residence in The Plains for a protection order violation.

* A report of theft of a trailer from a Fisher Road residence was received. This incident is under investigation.

* Units responded to State Route 124 in Hockingport for a report of criminal damaging. The complainant stated multiple campers had been broken into. This case is pending further investigation.

* Units responded to Congress Run Road in Glouster for a report of a landlord/tenant dispute. The landlord, found to be highly intoxicated had been previously warned by deputies to leave his tenants alone for the evening. An additional report of the landlord making threats and spinning the tires of his truck through the tenant’s yard was cause for an arrest for persistent disorderly conduct.