2010-02-20 / Police Report

Police activity reports

Compiled from selected police activity reports.

Buckeye Lake

• Feb. 13: A driver was warned for speeding but cited for not wearing a seat belt on Walnut Road.

• Feb. 13: A driver was warned for speeding but cited for not wearing a seat belt on Walnut Road.

• Feb. 13: A driver was cited for going 50 in a 35 miles per hour zone on Walnut Road.

• Feb. 13: A driver was warned for speeding but cited for not wearing a seat belt on Walnut Road.

• Feb. 15: A Union Street woman was cited for driving a vehicle whose windows were nearly completely covered with snow and ice. She was on her way to buy a scraper.

Hebron

• Jan. 25: Police stopped a pickup truck for driving after dark without tail lights. The driver pulled into a parking lot, let out two passengers and then got out of the truck. As police approached, he jumped back into the truck and sped away with police in pursuit. Within seconds, the driver ran the red light at Ohio Ohio 79 and Enterprise Drive, striking another vehicle that had the right-of-way. That driver later died from his injuries. Randy Ratliff of Newark has been charged with aggravated vehicular homocide, manslaughter, felony OVI and felony fleeing. These charges will be going to the Grand Jury. He was seriously injured in the crash. Ratliff has five previous OVI convictions.

• Jan. 26: A Hamilton Avenue resident told police that a suspicious man came to her door asking where he could get cigarettes. Police checked the area, but didn’t see him.

• Jan. 27: Police assisted Heath Police on South 7th Street. The Hebron resident was advised to stay away from a Heath resident.

• Jan. 27: Police were called to the Kroger parking lot on a report of a private property hit-skip. A Millersport resident said her vehicle was struck while she was in the store. Police took photos and will review security cameras for possible evidence.

• Jan. 27: A driver was cited going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone on Canal Road.

• Jan. 28: Two citations were issued for excessive speed on Ohio 79 at US 40.

• Jan. 28: A Maple Street resident reported that a dog believed to be a pit bull charged her and her husband the previous evening. When they both screamed, the dog stopped a few feet from them. Police notified the dog warden and spoke with its owner. She was warned for letting the dog run free.

• Jan. 29: Police were dispatched to a Lakewood Drive address on a car alarm. The alarm wasn’t sounding when police arrived. Police went to the apartment and his girlfriend said he had gone to the store and would be back. He had been warned about his alarm going off. He was warned again to get it fixed or face a citation.

• Jan. 29: Two citations were issued for excessive speed on Ohio 79 at US 40.

• Jan. 29: A driver was cited for going 64 mph in a 50 mph zone on Ohio 79 at US 40.

• Jan. 30: Police stopped a vehicle on Ohio 79 for a marked lanes violation. The driver said he swerved while he was trying to keep a cup of pop from spilling on his lap.

• Jan. 30: A driver was cited for travelling 44 mph in a 25 mph zone on Canal Road.

• Jan. 30. A driver was cited for going 67 mph in a 50 mph zone on Ohio 79 at US 40.

• Jan. 30: A motorist was cited for a stop sign violation at 2nd and South High streets.

• Jan. 30: Police on patrol at 11:28 p.m. saw a vehicle at the closed Kroger gas station. The driver said he was almot out of fuel and thought he could still get fuel using his credit card even though the station was closed. Police directed him to an open gas station.

• Jan. 31: A driver was cited for going 65 mph in a 50 mph zone on Ohio 79 at US 40.

• Jan. 31: Police stopped a vehi cle at 7:45 p.m. for driving without headlights. The driver was arrested for OVI, but tested under the legal limit on a breath test. He was cited for driving without headlights and driving under suspension.

• Feb. 1: Police took a report on the theft of a car battery and some tire tools from Weller Motors.

• Feb. 1: A Newark woman came to the police station claiming her husband had their son and would not give him back to her. Police discovered that her husband had a court order giving him temporary custody of the child. She was advised to contact the court if she had any questions about the order.

• Feb. 1: Police were called about a man pushing a stroller near Krogers with a baby that wasn’t dressed for the weather. Police found the two. They were heading to their Greenbriar home from Krogers. The baby was properly dressed.

• Feb. 1: A Lakeforest Drive woman said she was verbally arguing with her husband when he pushed her. She followed him outside where she said he pushed her again this time into a car. Her husband had left before police arrived. There were no injuries and the investigation is open.

• Feb. 2: A Lakewood Drive woman told police here sister had her 6-month-old daughter and was refusing to give her back.

• Feb. 2: The Lakewood bus garage reported a text message from a bus driver stating that two high school students were going to fight when they got off the bus at the Canal Road apartments. Police stoodby there, but the students exited without incident.

• Feb. 2: Buckeye Lake Police reported a fire in a trash container outside a South High Street business. When police arrived, the fire department was putting it out.

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