2008-03-22 / Police Report

Police activity reports

Compiled from selected police activity reports.


• March 1: Police made a traffic stop on Ohio 79 at US 40 for expired tags. Police discovered the driver had a warrant out of Newark for theft and writing bad checks. The driver was arrested and taken to jail.


March 11: Police stopped vehicle at Lancaster Street and Lynn Avenue for equipment violations and issued a warning.

March 12: Mayor Dean Severance swore in John Shirk as auxiliary police officerat the Tuesday night council meeting.

March 13: Police assisted a Fairfield County Sheriff's Officedeputy on an alarm drop at a residence on South Bank. The residence checked out OK.

March 13: Police took an assault report from the mother of a high school student who said her son was assaulted in the locker room at Millersport High School. She was referred to the Lancaster City Prosecutor's Office.

March 13: Chief Lewis appeared before a grand jury in common pleas court concerning recent felony arrests at 12280 Lancaster St. Both defendants were indicted on felony charges.

March 14: Police responded with a FairfieldCounty Sheriff's Officedeputy to an alarm drop on South Bank. The residents had accidentally entered the wrong alarm code.

March 15: Police assisted the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office on a domestic violence situation on Blacklick Road. One individual was arrested for assault and domestic violence by deputies.

March 15: Police were dispatched to 2705 Lynn Ave. on four juveniles allegedly looking into cars on the lot. Officerarrived and advised the juveniles of curfew times.


• Feb. 23: Police were asked to assist the Perry County Sheriff's Officewith an active assault call on Honeycreek Road. The suspect fledbefore police arrived. Police later found the man after following a female that was at the residence to the BP station on Ohio 13. Licking County Sheriff's Office,Heath and Newark Police departments assisted with his apprenhension.

• Feb. 25: Police took a crash report from a Thornville woman whose vehicle jumped out of gear and rolled backward down North Main Street and crashed into a stump.

• Feb. 27: A Lancaster man was cited for a traffic light violation at Main and Columbus streets.

• Mar. 1: A Zanesville woman was cited for driving under suspension.

• Mar. 1: A New Lexington man was charged with expired license plates for plates that expired in September.

• Mar. 2: A Thornville man was charged with a traffic light violation in downtown.

• Mar. 2: Police investigated a report of a male subject turfingthe lawn at the Meadows Apartments. The suspect fledprior to police arrival.

• Mar. 3: Two Thornville men were charged with traffic light violations at Main and Columbus Streets.

• Mar. 3: A Pataskala woman was cited for travelling 47 mph in a 35 mph zone in a residential area.

• Mar. 3: Police investigated a burglary at the old "Thornberry on Main" building on South Main Street.

• Mar. 3: Police responded to a report of a suspicious male in the area of Craig and Lakeview drives. Police were unable to locate the subject, but patrols will be increased as the caller advised this subject has been seen multiple times in the area.

• Mar. 6: A Lancaster man was cited for travelling 14 mph over the limit in a school zone.

• Mar. 6: A Somerset woman was cited for driving left of center and warned for speeding 14 mph over the limit.

• Mar. 6: A Thornville man was cited for operating a commercial vehicle on West Columbus Street near First Street at 22 mph over the speed limit.

• Mar. 6: Police cited a Crooksville man for travelling 18 mph over the posted speed limit.

• Mar. 6: Police were on patrol when a new officerobserved a male subject consuming an alcoholic beverage at Coops Corner by the gas pumps. That officeradvised other officerswho assisted. The vehicle was stopped after it made a wide turn onto Lakeview Drive then continued on the left side of the road. The driver tested at .149 BAC, nearly double the legal limit.

• Mar. 6: Police took a hit and run crash report in the Post Officeparking lot.

• Mar. 7: Police were dispatched on a report of a burglary in progress at a local liquor establishment. Upon arrival, police found the alarm tripped and the door standing open. The deputy was unable to locate anyone inside.

• Mar. 7: Police were dispatched to Mayfair Road on a reckless operation complaint. Upon arrival, police found a sports car buried in the snow. Police held the driver until a deputy arrived.

• Mar. 8: Police attempted to stop an ATV and snowmobile seen travelling down Columbus Street at a very high rate of speed during a Level 2 snow emergency. The ATV crashed on Zartman Road, but both riders quickly recovered and sped off through a cornfield.Moments later, police found the snowmobile on Zartman Road and the snowmobile fledagain. Police followed the tracks to the driver's residence and impounded the snowmobile. The driver had been drinking and didn't have a license. The driver was also charged for fleeing/eluding and reckless operation. The snowmobile nearly hit a Thornville and a sheriff's office cruiser head-on during the pursuit.

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