Sunday, March 9 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-03-10 02:54:31 GMT
An 18-year-old girl is dead after her car struck a tree in west Toledo late Sunday afternoon. Toledo Police say Theresa Brazzel was driving northbound on Richards Rd. when she drove off the right sideMore >>
Toledo Police say Theresa Brazzel was driving northbound on Richards Rd. when she drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a large tree.More >>
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SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released a report of felony arrests for the year 2013 so far, and the numbers are staggering.
Through June 2013, the OSHP has initiated 2,685 felony cases, with 46 percent related to a felony drug charge and nearly 27 percent related to a felony assault charge.
The counties with the highest number of felony drug cases include Franklin, Scioto, Cuyahoga and Lorain. Felony drug arrests took place in all of Ohio's counties except for 10, including Henry and Paulding.
Through effective traffic enforcement, the OSHP is significantly impacting the criminal element on the state's roadways and in local communities. By troopers taking extra time during each traffic stop and paying close attention to possible indicators of criminal activity, what starts as a traffic stop can quickly escalate into a felony arrest.
"Every day our troopers are out on the road removing felons and drugs out of our communities," said Lt. William Bowers, commander of the Toledo Post. "Taking the time to look for criminal indicators can go a long way towards a safer Ohio."
In addition, troopers have made 4,728 drug arrests during the first six months of 2013, which is an increase of 18 percent over the same timeframe in 2012. It's also an increase of 42 percent when compared to the previous three-year average from 2010 to 2012.
Drug interdiction efforts are essential to improving the quality of life in Ohio. Dangerous drugs are being trafficked into Ohio, broken down into smaller quantities and are making their way into communities.
The number of marijuana, cocaine, crack and heroin cases have all increased substantially. The total number of heroin cases has increased 100 percent, and the total amount seized has increased 26 percent compared to the three-year average.
During the first six months, troopers have seized
-more prescription pills with stimulants up 101 percent
-depressants up 87 percent
-hallucinogens up 77 percent when compared to the previous three-year average
Drivers are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired driving or drug activity.
Monday, March 10 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-03-10 17:02:19 GMT
A replacement for former Columbia Co. tax commissioner Kay Allen won't be for a while.County officials say a special election won't be held until November.Nancy Gay, elections director for the county,More >>
A replacement for former Columbia Co. tax commissioner Kay Allen won't be for a while.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-03-10 13:17:30 GMT
Attorney Chris Stewart's message is loud and clear."We're still talking to people litigating the case, we're going to keep pushing this case until it's before 12 people of this community, so they canMore >>
One year after an alleged rape on a college campus, the attorney representing the victim is pushing had to bring the case before a jury.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-03-10 01:19:51 GMT
Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus is excited that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday they will fund the $300,000 feasibility study of repairs and updates to the New Savannah BluffMore >>
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday they will fund the $300,000 feasibility study of repairs and updates to the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-03-10 01:11:30 GMT
The candidates who will appear on the May 20th ballot for mayor, Augusta commission, Board of Education districts and two state court judges are finalized.Mayor:Helen Blocker-AdamsCharles Cummings HardieMore >>
A list of those qualified to run for positions on the May 20th ballot. More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-03-09 23:18:02 GMT
Singer Flo Carter knew she was being featured in a new book, but she had no idea she had made the cover. "To be on the cover of that book, it was a shock to me," she says with a smile. And she's just oneMore >>
A new book out now tells the stories of famous people from Augusta. At the book signing today, people got the chance to meet the author and some of the celebrities mentioned in the book.More >>
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