Bellville Police Department

  • Agency: Bellville Police Department
  • Address: 320 Bell Street, Bellville, 44813 OH
  • Chief: Ron Willey (Chief of Police)
Phone: (419)886-3801
Fax: (419)886-2144
Email:

Bellville Police Department is located at 320 Bell Street, Bellville, 44813 OH. The Chief of Police of the department is Ron Willey. The Bellville Police Department phone number is (419)886-3801.

Bellville Police Department News

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *104 calls for service for 04/16/18 – 04/29/18 4/19/18 - SR 13 at Village Limits – The officer on duty noticed as a vehicle approached the stop sign on Mill St at Main St but did not come to a complete stop. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the driver. During the stop, the passenger was not wearing his seatbelt. The officer requested all occupants’ information. After running their information through dispatch, the officer learned that the driver was driving under suspension and the backseat passenger had a warrant for his arrest. The driver was issued a citation for failing to come to a complete stop at the stop sign, the passenger was issued a citation for failure to wear his seatbelt and the back seat passenger was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. 4/21/18 - Main St – While on routine patrol, the officer on duty witnessed a vehicle going faster than the posted speed limit. The officer took notice of some damage to the vehicle as he attempted to catch up with said vehicle. The officer initiated his overheads to gain the driver’s attention. While trying to elude the officer, by making several unexpected turns and failing to stop at a stop sign. The officer was able to make contact with the driver at the Duke Station. When he approached the vehicle to speak with the driver, the driver stated she was not trying to elude him but she needed to use the restroom and was trying to get to this location in order to do so. While running her information through dispatch, the officer learned that she was driving under suspension. The officer issued her a citation for driving under suspension and speed and issued her a verbal warning for failing to come to a complete stop at the stop sign. She was permitted to call someone to come to her location and pick her and her vehicle up. - Wendy’s – This department was dispatched to said location for a domestic disturbance in progress in their parking lot. The caller stated there was a male and female fighting, the caller advised that the male struck the female then locked the female out of the car and was driving erratically in the parking lot. Upon arrival, both occupants were in the vehicle, in the middle of the lot. The male subject was detained while speaking with the female, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol. After speaking with both parties, the female did not want to press charges and there was no physical evidence of assault. The female was given a breathalyzer to check her impairment. She was found to be below the legal limit. The male subject was issued a summons for disorderly conduct. 4/23/2018 - Huron St – This department was dispatched to the listed address for a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The caller stated he allowed her ex-boyfriend to driver her vehicle but is now refusing to give it back. Due to the location of the vehicle, a call was made to Reynoldsburg PD. The vehicle was located and the owner was informed of its location and was permitted to go pick it up. 4/25/2018 - Quality Inn – The police clerk took a call referencing drugs being located in a room while it was being cleaned. During the cleaning, it was discovered that all the bedding was missing. This officer on duty called the third party who rented the room to inform them of the missing items. 4/27/2018 - Main St – While patrolling, the officer on duty witnessed as a vehicle crossed over the center line. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The driver admitted to briefly looking down at her cell phone. After running her information through dispatch, the officer learned that she had a warrant for her arrest. The driver stated it was all a mistake and that this is the second time she was being arrested on a warrant that was all a mistake to begin with. The officer issued her a citation for texting while driving. She was then arrested and placed in the rear of a Deputy’s patrol car. Her vehicle was released to her mother. 4/29/18 SR 97 W – While patrolling, the officer witnessed as a vehicle crossed over the marked lane into the center lane of travel. Then, as the vehicle turned onto the ramp to go to I-71, the tires crossed over the fog line. A traffic stop was initiated. The officer was asked to not give them a ticket as they had just been stopped in another county and cited. The officer ran their information through dispatch and learned that both, the passenger and driver, were suspended. The officer allowed the occupants to call for a ride while he called for a tow truck. The driver was cited for driving under suspension and marked lanes. The passenger was cited for wrongful entrustment. Once their ride arrived and the tow truck took possession of the vehicle all parties left the scene.

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *89 calls for service for 04/02/18 – 04/15/18 4/6/18 - SR 13 at Village Limits – The officer on duty noticed as a vehicle passed him without a front license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop for the offense and immediately smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. The officer ran both occupants information through dispatch and learned that the driver had a suspended license. The passenger admitted to having some alcoholic beverages after work. The driver agreed to participate in some field sobriety tests and was found to not be intoxicated. The driver was cited for driving under suspension and not wearing his seatbelt. He was given a warning for the front license plate and both were released to the passenger’s sister who arrived on scene to take possession of the vehicle. 4/8/18 - SR 97 – While on routine patrol, the officer on duty witnessed a vehicle make a right hand turn, off of the exit ramp, without utilizing his turn signal and also not staying within the turn lane. The officer initiated a traffic stop and smelled an overwhelmingly strong odor of alcohol emitting from the driver. The officer requested the driver’s information and ran it through dispatch. The officer also requested that the driver participate in some field sobriety tests, of which several clues were detected. The driver was asked to take a breathalyzer to which he declined on the advice of counsel. He was given several opportunities to take the test and refused. The driver was cited for OVI, marked lanes and failure to use turn signal. He was released to a sober friend who arrived on scene. - SR 13 – While on patrol, an officer witnessed as a vehicle travelled Northbound on SR 13. This vehicle began to drift off the roadway and at one point, it crossed into the parking spaces in front of Fast Eddies. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The occupants within the vehicle began to move quickly, as if they were possibly hiding something. The officer made contact with the driver and immediately smelled an odor of coming from inside the vehicle. The driver immediately admitted that he did not have a valid license and was driving only because no one else knew how to get to their destination. All occupant information was ran through dispatch, with no warrants returning. The officer inquired as to the odor of marijuana and the owner of the vehicle stated there were “roaches” in the car but that was it. The officer searched the vehicle and did not locate anything further. The driver was issued a citation for driving under suspension and marked lanes. The vehicle was then taken over by a licensed driver and all persons left the scene. 4/9/18 - Main St. – An officer was dispatched to the listed location to take a report of criminal damaging. Upon arrival, the caller stated he ex-boyfriend called her telling her that he kicked in her door and was waiting for her to come home so they could talk about their relationship. When the caller arrived home, her ex-boyfriend was gone but her door was kicked in. A summons was issued to the male subject and advised of his court date. 4/10/18 - Piper Rd. – Due to making a false report regarding a domestic situation, an officer made contact with the subject and issued her a summons. - Love’s – An officer was dispatched to the listed location in reference to a possible drug offense with a suspect that had just left the store. The officer was able to make contact with the driver who stated he was at Love’s and he had a receipt for the purchase he made. The driver was made aware of the reason for the stop and stated it was not his. Another agency reviewed the surveillance footage and based off of the description the officer was provided, it was clearly not the driver of which was stopped. The officer thanked the driver for his time and was sent on his way. The officer then made his way back to Love’s, viewed the surveillance footage and took possession of the suspected drugs. 4/13/18 - Love’s – An officer was dispatched to the listed location to take a report about subjects in the parking lot who were panhandling. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the subject who was said to have been panhandling. During this discussion, the male subject denied doing so. Love’s requested that they leave the property, they told the officer that the vehicle was broke down so they pushed the vehicle to the Wendy’s parking lot. They were advised to remain in their vehicle and to not be panhandling anymore. Due to receiving yet another call, not long after speaking with the individuals, an officer had to go back out here. At this time, the vehicle was towed and the driver was placed on an 8 hour hold at the jail and issued a summons due to being intoxicated in public while panhandling.

Just a reminder that our Drug Take Back Day will be happening this Saturday (April 28,2018) from 10 am until 2 pm. If you have any medications that you would like to get rid of, please bring them to one of the listed locations on the flyer below. No personal information will be collected and it is 100% confidential!

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *69 calls for service for 03/26/18 – 04/01/18 3/27/18 - Comfort Inn – An officer was dispatched to this location for a report of found property. When the officer arrived, he was met by a guest of the hotel who stated she found some drug paraphernalia on the top shelf of the closet in her room the night before. She stated she turned said item over to staff management but wanted to make sure she spoke with an officer directly before checking out of her room. The officer made contact with management and took possession of the item. - Appleseed Dr. – While patrolling, the officer noticed a car that had a 2017 county sticker on its license plate and that the vehicle also had an excessively loud exhaust. The officer initiated a traffic stop, using his overhead lights. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver. The driver stated he had just gotten back into town and didn’t realize his plates were expired. Upon running the occupant’s information through dispatch, the officer learned that the driver was under suspension. Due to the passenger being valid, they were permitted to switch positions. The driver was then cited for expired plates and driving under suspension. He was also given a warning for the loud exhaust. - SR 97 W. – While on routine patrol, the officer on duty was unable to read the license plate of a vehicle so a traffic stop was initiated. During the stop, the officer detected an odor of marijuana. The officer questioned the driver who denied having anything in the vehicle but then handed the officer a “bud” of marijuana. The officer asked if there was anything else, and was handed a glass pipe. The officer then asked the driver to step out and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Nothing else was located. The driver was then issued a citation for no license plate light and a summons for being in possession of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. 3/29/18 - Bell St. – A subject arrived on station claiming they had just received a check in the mail for a horse that they were selling online but were advised by their bank that the check was not valid and that they were possibly being scammed. This case in under investigation. 3/31/18 - SR 13 – While on patrol, the officer on duty saw a vehicle that was swerving and had crossed over the white fog line several times. The officer initiated a traffic stop by activating his overhead lights. When the officer approached the vehicle, he immediately detected an odor of alcoholic beverage. The driver stated he was leaving home and was heading home. The officer questioned the driver who then stated he was leaving a bar but had not had anything to drink. The driver agreed to participate in some field sobriety testing. These tests showed several clues and he was then placed under arrest. The driver was allowed to call to have someone retrieve his vehicle while he was transported to the Highway Patrol for a breathalyzer test. The driver was cited for OVI and marked lanes. - River Rock – An officer was dispatched to the listed location for an alarm off. The officer arrived on scene and noticed some old damage to some of the exterior doors. Upon further inspection, the officer found an unsecured door. Upon entry of the building, once back-up arrived, no one was found to be inside. Nothing appeared to be missing or out of place. A key holder arrived on scene shortly thereafter and came to the same conclusion as the officers did.

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *67 calls for service for 03/19/18 – 03/25/18 3/19/18 - SR 97 W Duke and Duchess – An officer was dispatched to this location for an injured person. Upon arrival, the officer made his way through a large crowd and made contact with a woman who was lying face down, in a puddle of blood that appeared to be coming from her person. The female subject was alert but dazed. She was able to speak with the officer but stated she isn’t quite sure what happened. The woman was helped up to a sitting position on the curb at which time the officer was able to detect a heavy odor of alcohol coming from her person. The woman again told the officer she wasn’t sure exactly what happened other than she was smoking and went to step off the curb and landed on her face. At this time, Washington Township EMS arrived and took over the care of the female, who was issued a summons for Disorderly Conduct by means of Public Intoxication. 3/20/18 - Main St – This department responded to this location for a juvenile disturbance. Due to responding to this location twice in the same evening, a juvenile was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. 3/21/18 - Huron St – An officer was dispatched to the listed location for a possible breaking and entry, in progress. When the officer arrived, he met with the owner of the structure. At this time, he saw that the barn door had been kicked in. The officer entered the building and cleared it, finding it to be empty. Pictures were taken and is under investigation. 3/23/18 - Bell St – A female subject arrived on station stating she was being harassed and threatened by her ex. The officer made contact with the ex and advised him that he needed to cease all contact unless it was referencing their child. The male subject advised he would not be any trouble and would stop all contact unless it involved their child. - Yorkshire Rd – On this date, an officer was dispatched to this location due to a resident stating a Village snow plow hit his mailbox. He stated his neighbor witnessed the event and saw as the driver got out and took pictures but he had not heard from anyone in regards to the damage. The officer took additional pictures and passed the information along to get the damage taken care of. 03/24/18 - SR 97 W/71 NB Ramp – While patrolling the area, an officer witnessed a vehicle driving with only its fog lights on. As the vehicle began to accelerate, the officer could hear excess noise coming from the muffler. He initiated a traffic stop by activating his overhead lights. The officer made contact with the occupants in the vehicle and learned that neither occupant had a valid operator’s license. The driver was permitted to contact someone to come and retrieve the vehicle and give them a ride home. She was given a warning for the loud exhaust and cited for no operator’s license and for failure to use headlights in darkness. 3/25/18 - Love’s – This department was dispatched to said location due to dispatch receiving a call stating it appeared someone was possibly using drugs inside of a vehicle. The officer made contact with the driver who stated he had a flat tire and was waiting on a tow truck to come and assist. The occupants both denied any drug use and none were found. While checking on their information through dispatch, the officer learned that the passenger had a warrant for his arrest. He was transported to the Richland County Jail on the warrant.

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *59 calls for service for 03/12/18 – 03/18/18 3/14/18 - Mill St – An officer was dispatched for a possible assault. Upon arrival, the officer met with the victim, a 31 year old Shreve woman, who had marks on her face. The woman was offered medical help but refused it. The victim went on to tell the officer that she was assaulted by a male subject on Main St. The reason for the alleged assault is unclear and is still under investigation. - SR 97 W – This department took a theft report for a missing work bag and laptop. The victim stated after pumping gas at Speedway and going inside the establishment, he returned to find his work bag and laptop missing from the front seat of his unlocked vehicle. A short while later, this office was called by the victim who stated he found his bag, at home, by the front door, and had apparently forgot to grab it as he normally does. 3/15/18 - SR 97 W - A traffic stop was conducted on a Ford F-150, while patrolling State Route 97 West. The vehicle, occupied by two occupants, pulled in to the Speedway. Contact was made with the driver, a 47 year old white male out of Mount Vernon, and the passenger, a 24 year old white female, also out of Mount Vernon. While conducting this traffic stop, the officer detected an odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside vehicle. Both people were removed from the vehicle and questioned about this odor. Several illegal items, including a stolen fire arm, a variety of drugs, and a very large sum of money were located inside the vehicle. Both occupants were arrested and taken to the Richland County jail. 3/16/18 - Economy Inn – After completing a call in the area, the officer was approached by a woman stating her boyfriend had locked her in a hotel room for over 8 hours and beat her during this time. She stated their young child was also there so after the suspect fell asleep, the victim snuck out to file the report. Officers made contact with the suspect, hearing a different story. The suspect was arrested on domestic violence charges and taken to the Richland County Jail. 3/17/18 - Main St. – On this date, an officer was dispatched to the area of SR 13 for a vehicle complaint. The officer witnessed said vehicle cross the double yellow line, at which time a traffic stop was conducted. The driver stated he was lost and looking for a place to pull over. During the stop, the officer learned that the driver did not have a license, and hadn’t had one since 1995. The driver was cited for no operator’s license and was allowed to call for someone to come pick him and his vehicle up. 03/18/18 - SR 97 W – While patrolling the area, an officer witnessed a vehicle driving with substantial front end damage. Said vehicle pulled into Speedway and the driver got out and began unloading tools. The officer made contact with the driver and learned that the damage was from hitting a mailbox and was previously reported. The driver was advised to get the damage fixed before operating the vehicle anymore. The officer ran the driver’s information through dispatch and learned that his driving privileges were suspended. The driver was informed of this, a citation was issued for such and the driver agreed to allow someone else to drive him to work and his vehicle would remain locked and parked at the location until a valid licensed driver could pick it up.

***For Immediate Press Release*** Released by: Chief R. Willey Bellville Police make significant arrest and seizure A routine traffic stop on St Rt 97 west, near the I-71 intersection, turned into a significant recovery of a large amount of suspected drugs and over $11,000 in cash, as well as the recovery of a stolen loaded firearm. Off. Queen initiated a car stop on a 1997 Ford F-150 being driven by Robert Wheeler, 47 of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. During the stop, the officer detected an odor of what he believed to be marijuana coming from the vehicle. While speaking to the driver he was asked about the odor and if there was anything in the vehicle that he should be aware of? The driver advised there was a gun in the vehicle. The driver and the passenger, Amanda Higgs, 24, also of Mt. Vernon were then secured for officer safety. An inventory incident to arrest of the vehicle uncovered the reported stolen firearm that was loaded. Also seized were several bags of alleged heroin, crystal meth, and possibly black tar heroin along with over $11,000.00 in cash. All was seized as evidence and the vehicle impounded for further investigation. Mr. Wheeler was charged with Drug trafficking and Driving under Suspension and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The passenger, Amanda Higgs was charged Drug Trafficking and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. Both were transported to the Richland County Jail. Additional charges are pending review by the Richland County Prosecutors Office. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance during the stop.

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *75 calls for service for 03/05/18 – 03/11/18 3/05/18 - Duke and Duchess – An officer was requested to this location due to a concerned citizen calling in a reckless driving complaint. The on duty officer made contact with the subject’s at said location. During the interaction with the driver, it was observed that he was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The officer also noticed that he passenger was passed out in the front passenger seat. The officer was able to wake the passenger up. During this time, the officer observed an open can of alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. Both subjects were asked to step out of the vehicle and have a seat in the back of the cruiser while the officer conducted a further search of the vehicle. During the search, several items of drug paraphernalia were located as well as marijuana and other controlled substances. The occupants were both arrested and taken to the Richland County Jail on charges of possession of class III, IV, or V drug, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and OVI. 3/06/18 - Main St – An officer was dispatched to a crash on SR 13. Unit #1 was travelling northbound on SR 13 when he struck Unit #2, which was parked, in the rear before coming to a complete stop. Unit #2 was unoccupied and parked in a designated parking space along the street. - SR 13 – While patrolling in the area, the officer witnessed a vehicle traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. The officer turned around to catch up to the suspect vehicle and noticed then that the license plate was obstructed by a smoke colored license plate cover. The officer initiated a traffic stop and learned that the driver was not from the area and was taking a friend home. While speaking with the driver, the officer learned that she had a warrant for failure to pay traffic fines out of Ashland Police Department. While running the passenger’s information, the officer learned that she too had a warrant. The officer allowed the driver to call someone to come pick up her car. Both were transported to Richland County Jail where the driver was released to an Ashland County Unit. 3/08/18 - Mill St. – Officers were dispatched to this location for an elderly female who wasn’t breathing. Upon arrival, the officer’s found the 78 year old female laying on the floor, next to her bed. They began CPR and continued to do so until EMS arrived and took over. 03/09/18 - Village Apts – An officer was requested at this location due to a 19 year old male subject walking into an elderly female’s apartment, uninvited, and demanding money from her. The male subject would not leave until he was certain the victim didn’t have anything to give him. This male subject has been advised to not return to the victim’s residence and to not contact her anymore. - SR 13 – While on patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. The officer was unable to read the license plate number due to it being covered with plastic. A traffic stop was initiated. The driver of the vehicle, told the officer he was suspended. All occupant’s information was ran through dispatch with only the driver coming up as suspended. The driver was cited for driving under suspension and was permitted to switch places with the passenger who was a valid driver. 3/11/18 - Love’s – An officer was dispatched to this location to take a report for theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated he went inside the gas station for some food, forgot to lock his vehicle and when he came back out, someone had stolen his backpack from the front seat of his car. This is an ongoing investigation. - Stoodt’s – An officer was dispatched to the aforementioned location to take a report of a female taking her boyfriend’s vehicle with their infant child and leaving him behind. The male subject stated the mother of the child had been acting strange over the last couple of days and was concerned for their safety. Officer’s made contact with the female subject later that evening and found that both were ok. - Main St – The officer on patrol this evening was waved down by a male subject who stated his girlfriend was driving erratic with their infant in her lap. The officer attempted to make contact with the driver who appeared to be distressed. The female stated to the officer that she needed help but did not want to go via ambulance. The officer agreed to transport the female. After some coercion to get out of the vehicle and give the infant to the father, the officer transported the female to Ohio Health for mental health treatment.

UPDATE: Cookies and milk with the Chief will be on Friday, March 30th NOT March 31st. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused!

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *75 calls for service for 02/26/18 – 03/04/18 2/26/18 - River Rock – An officer was requested on station to take a report of missing medication. While speaking with the victim, the officer learned that she had taken her medication while at the establishment but they seemed to have gone missing from there. The officer inquired to whether or not her purse was ever out of her sight to which she stated it had not been and was unsure how anyone could have taken them. The victim had an idea of whom she believed may have taken them but didn’t have any proof. After inquiring further as to what may have happened, the officer informed the victim that he would look into it and let her know. A short while later, the officer was informed by dispatch that the victim had called back in and advised she had located the missing medications. 2/27/18 - Duke and Duchess – While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle that had been parked in the same area for over an hour, since he had last been through checking on the businesses. The officer stopped in and talked to the worker, who stated the truck and trailer had been there for over an hour and was blocking both pumps. The officer went out to check the vehicle and found a male subject asleep in the driver’s seat. Once the male was awakened, he opened his door, releasing an overwhelming odor of marijuana and allowed for the officer to see what appeared to be marijuana on the center console. The officer inquired as to the smell and was told there was nothing in the vehicle. The officer then conducted a search and verified that what he saw on the console was, in fact, marijuana. The officer also located some drug paraphernalia, resulting in a summons for possession of marijuana and for drug paraphernalia. 3/2/18 - SR 13 – While patrolling in the area, an officer witnessed a vehicle that was completely snow covered and swerving, crossing the center line on multiple occasions. The officer initiated a traffic stop and did learn that the driver was under suspension and that the plates may be confiscated by the peace officer. A tow truck was requested for the vehicle. The driver was issued a citation for obstructed view and driving under suspension. She was then left the scene with a valid driver. - Main St – An officer witnessed as truck that was stopped at a red light and remained stopped once the light turned green. The other vehicles behind him began honking their horns to which the driver of the very slowly moved towards the middle of the roadway. The officer approached the vehicle, witnessed the driver was not breathing and proceeded to put it in park. The driver was removed from the vehicle and CPR was administered until EMS arrived and took over the scene. - Main St – An officer was flagged down by a male subject at this location because he let an ex-girlfriend use his truck, if she agreed to make the monthly payments. It turns out, for the last 2 months she had not made the payments. The victim stated he has been unable to contact her via phone or social media. The officer agreed to make contact with the ex-girlfriend. Upon arrival at the ex-girlfriend’s mom’s house, she was not home. The mother of the girl advised she would make things right, one way or the other. Meanwhile, this officer learned that the victim had a warrant and was transported to the Richland County Jail on said warrant. 3/03/18 - Rhinehart – While on routine patrol, an officer observed a vehicle driving with only one headlight. The officer initiated a traffic stop using his overhead lights. When the driver rolled her window down, the officer detected a heavy odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. After giving the officer permission to search her vehicle, the officer located some drug paraphernalia and marijuana inside the vehicle. - Love’s – An officer was requested to this location for a theft report. According to the employee, they witnessed a white male, in his late 30’s, run from the store with a drone in hand. The employee hollered at the male subject who then dropped the drone in the parking lot and took off in a four door silver car with a known plate number. This case is under investigation. - SR 13 – A traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle that was swerving and crossing over the lines in their lane of travel. During the stop, the officer learned that the driver did not have an operator’s license and was driving for the passenger who was feeling ill. The driver was issued a citation for no operator’s license and marked lanes. The passenger then took over driving and all parties left the scene.

Do you have a medicine cabinet full of unused or expired meds? Bring them to one of the locations listed on the flyer to dispose of them, free of charge. Please take note of what you CAN and CANNOT bring.

Please use caution! Traffic is being rerouted due to this accident. 71 north is closed south of 97 and they are going to detour traffic up 13 to 97.

Come out to Richland Mall! Come meet a cop and get finger printed! DARE, K-9, and more! 10-3pm

https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10210950523587328&id=1480688097¬if_id=1518833305718239¬if_t=story_reshare&ref=notif. Today I attended the funeral service for the two Westerville Officers. It was a very sobering experience to say the least and it reminds us that tomorrow is not guaranteed but we all hope to do the best for the communities we serve and at the end of the day return to our families. As the procession weaved it’s way through the streets of Westerville the sight of all the people young and old lining the streets holding signs,flags, and most with their hands on their hearts and saying Thank You to us as we passed by was amazing. It restored my faith in people and most importantly that all people can come come together as one and it proved to me their is hope. Chief Willey

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *72 calls for service for 02/05/18 – 02/11/18 02/05/18 - Diamond Car Wash – An officer was dispatched to the listed address for a report of criminal damaging. The officer arrived on scene to see a self-washing stall that appeared to have been hit with a vehicle causing significant damage. The driver was located and issued a summons for criminal mischief as he was unable to pay for all of the damages up front, as the owner requested. - Duke and Duchess 97 W – The officer was requested at this location due to the manager wanting to file a report regarding a male coming to the establishment last evening and damaging their air machine. The manager explained to the officer that the man came inside to get change for the air machine, went back out and came back in seconds later, claiming the machine was not working correctly and asking for a refund. The manager attempted to explain that they did not own the machine and that it is owned by a vendor so they are unable to issue refunds. This infuriated the man, who walked outside and proceeded to cause damage to air pump machine. The man has been located and was issued a summons for criminal mischief. 02/07/18 - Main St – An officer was dispatched to the listed address for a mental health incident. The officer was advised that a young male took off in an unknown direction, stating he was going to harm himself. The officer was able to locate the male who stated he never made those accusations but did say when he fights with his partner, she makes him want to hurt himself. The male subject was taken to Ohio Health for evaluation. - Dunkin Donuts – A report was taken for theft from this location as a man walked in, took some cups and placed them under this jacket and left. The employee was able to get a license plate number. 02/08/18 - Ogle St – While on patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle that, while making a turn, accelerated quickly, causing the tires to squeal. The driver almost lost control of the vehicle while making another turn. The officer activated the lights and sirens on the police cruiser, initiating a traffic stop. The driver, a 20 year old Bellville resident, admitted to not having a license and to purchasing the vehicle but not having the registration for it as he was working a deal out with the original owner of the vehicle. The officer ran the license plates, which returned fictitious. The officer called for a tow truck and issued the driver a citation for driving under suspension and for fictitious plates who was picked up by a valid licensed driver. The owner of the vehicle was then notified of the location to where it was being towed. 02/09/18 - Duke and Duchess on SR 97 W – An officer was requested to the listed location for a theft. The officer was told that a Caucasian male came in and wanted to purchase alcohol but was informed that they could not sell it to him until 5:30am. The male subject then purchased several lottery tickets and ran out the door with the 6 pack of beer, leaving behind his $11 in change. - SR 97 W at I-71 Ramp – While on routine patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle without a front license plate. The driver also crossed the solid yellow line with his driver’s side tires. The officer then initiated a traffic stop. During the stop, the officer detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting through the window and also noticed several beer caps and a large wet spot on the floorboard. When the officer ran the driver’s information, he came back as suspended with a note that the officer should confiscate the license plates. The driver, from Marengo Ohio, was issued a citation for driving under suspension and marked lanes. He was also issued a summons for open container in a motor vehicle. The officer allowed the driver to obtain his belongings from the car and proceeded to arrange for it to be towed. - SR 97 – While on patrol, an officer observed as a driver was traveling at 56 mph in a 50 mph zone. The officer then witness as the vehicle slowed to a speed of 41 mph and drove past him and stared at him instead of the road, causing them to cross over the fog line. The officer then pulled out behind the car to initiate the stop but the car then sped up to over 60 mph. Once the car stopped, the driver, a 44 year old Bellville man, immediately exited the vehicle and began walking back to the officer’s cruiser. The driver was ordered back to his vehicle but did not immediately comply. Back-up units were requested due to his hostile approach, excited state and furtive movements from the passenger in the vehicle. The driver eventually settled down to where the officer could have a conversation with him. After running all occupants information, the passenger, a 40 year old Bellville resident, was arrested on a warrant. During the search of the vehicle, nothing illegal was located. The driver was given a warning for speed and marked lanes, while the passenger was transported to the Richland County Jail for her warrant. - SR 97 W – While on routine patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle driving without their headlights on. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The driver, a 24 Cincinnati male, first attempted to lie to the officer but quickly admitted the truth. He driver admitted to the officer that he was suspend, which was confirmed through dispatch. While the citation was being written, this officer allowed the driver time to contact someone to come and retrieve the vehicle. The driver was advised of his court date and time and waited for a valid driver.

We would like to thank the Hittinger family, Appleseed Valley Veterniary and Clearfork Veterninary. This morning, she dropped us off cookies from Der Dutchman and gave us a card with some very kind words. We greatly appreciate the prayers and thoughts. We also hope that you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *57 calls for service for 01/29/18 – 02/4/18 01/29/18 - W. Durbin Ave – While on routine patrol, the officer on duty noticed a vehicle with a broken tail light. The officer initiated a traffic stop to inform the driver. While running the driver’s information, a 28 year old Bellville resident, returned as suspended. The driver was unable to provide her registration and insurance information. The driver was given the opportunity to call for someone to come retrieve the vehicle while the officer issued her a summons for driving under suspension and a warning for the broken tail light. 01/30/18 - Comfort Inn – This department was contacted by the Management team due to them receiving a complaint regarding some missing items. This case is currently under investigation. - Main St – The officer on duty was dispatched to the area to tow a vehicle that had been marked for 72 hours. The officer and the business attempted to locate the owner of the vehicle but were unable to make contact. Mike’s Marathon was contacted and they took possession of the vehicle. 01/31/18 - East St – This department was informed of a child who had not been to school in five days. Officers made contact at the residence to find what they thought were two children under the age of 6 being left home alone. While in route, children services was contacted. After talking further with the children, the officers learned that there was an adult inside the home. The officers made contact with the adult and learned that it was his responsibility to make sure his sibling got to school on time but he was having a hard time getting up in time to do so. - SR 97 W at McDonald’s – While on routine patrol, an officer witnessed someone driving a vehicle that he knew to have a suspended driver’s license. The officer made contact with the driver, a 36 year old Bellville resident, who admitted to the officer that she knew she was suspended. The officer informed her that he would be citing her this time for driving under suspension, as she had already been warned previously about driving, whether on private property or not, without a license. - SR 97 AT I-71 RAMP – While on patrol, an officer observed as a driver pulled out of the Duke gas station and notice the cruiser. Upon the driver of the vehicle noticing the officer’s cruiser, his driving patterns changed drastically. The officer noticed as the driver continued to watch him through his mirrors, resulting in the driver crossing over the fog line and making an improper turn onto the I-71 ramp. The officer initiated a traffic stop that resulted in him learning that the driver, a 19 year old male from Lakeville Ohio, was driving under suspension. The driver exited his vehicle and sat in the cruiser as the officer prepared the paperwork for the vehicle to be towed. During this time, the officer was asked to get some belongings from the car for him. While doing so, the officer detected an odor of marijuana and did locate some drug paraphernalia as well as a bag with marijuana inside. The driver was cited with driving under suspension and turning at intersections. He was also issued summons for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 2/2/18 - Clear Fork Schools – Along with several other schools in Richland County, local police officers were in the area of the schools for added protection. There were rumors of a child possibly making threats. These threats were not substantiated but local authorities felt it was better to post extra patrols to be on the safe side. 2/3/18 - Markey St – An officer was dispatched to this location for a runaway juvenile being spotted. The officer made contact and found that this was, in fact, the missing juvenile. The juvenile was found to have warrants in Richland County and in possession of marijuana. The juvenile was transported to the Richland County Juvenile Detention Center where he was also issued a summons for being in possession of drug paraphernalia and being in possession of marijuana.

Our thoughts and prayers go out for the officers and their families of the Westerville Police Department today. Such a sad day for our Law Enforcement family.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation today as we worked through the lockdown situation. I can say your teachers and support staff at Bellville Elementary did a phenomenal job with doing what we needed to do to keep our kids safe! Priority one is the safety of our kids and keeping their day as normal as possible. There was a lot of inaccurate information placed on social media . Rest assured, if there is information you need to know, we will get it to you as soon as possible. Be sure to Thank your school staff; they went above and beyond today! Chief Willey.

The Clear Fork School district is on a Code Green lockdown currently. Code green is where the school continues its normal day and teaching however no one is allowed to come in the school or leave the school. There has been no direct threat to the school it is a issue within the community. Please share with everyone. All children are safe !!!!!

For Immediate Release: Police Calls *72 calls for service for 01/22/18 – 01/28/18 01/24/18 - Main St/Durbin Ave – Officer was dispatched for a hit/skip accident that took place earlier in the day. The victim stated she parks her car in the dirt lot across from the Duke Station and car pools to work. When she came back that evening, she noticed some damage on the front driver’s side and a flat tire. The victim later contacted the officer with concerns that her tire may have been slashed. After viewing the pictures of the tire more closely, it was determined that the flat tire was not a result of foul play. - SR 97 W – An officer responded to a crash near Storyside Church. Upon arrival he located a male subject who was trying to maneuver his vehicle from the ditch. The officer made contact with the driver who stated he was not hurt. As cars were driving by, he would jump up and down, waving his hands, trying to get someone to stop and help him get his vehicle out of the ditch. The officer requested several times that the male subject stay out of the roadway. The officer inquired about alcohol and drug use but found that he was not impaired. For the safety of the driver, the officer requested that he sit in his cruiser, to which he agreed. The driver’s information came back as being suspended. Due to this, he was issued a citation for failure to control and no operator’s license. A tow truck retrieved the vehicle and towed it to Mike’s Marathon. - SR 97 W/I-71 Ramp – While conducting business checks in the area, the officer on duty noticed a male subject who seemed to be keeping an eye on the officer. The officer continued with his business checks as the subject went into the gas station. Once the subject exited, it appeared he was still watching the officer as he walked around his vehicle checking for something then appeared to check the vehicle fluids. Due to some of the behaviors, the officer decided to make contact with the driver. As the officer started towards the area, the male jumped into the vehicle and fled the area, driving over the fog line and through heavy snow on the side of the roadway, instead of in his lane. The officer activated his overheads in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle continued on for a short time but then pulled over. Upon approach of the vehicle, the officer detected an odor of marijuana. The driver appeared to be quite nervous, with shaking hands and a tremble in his voice, while the passenger was calm. The officer called for back-up. Both subjects were asked to step out of the vehicle, and did so without incident. The driver admitted that there had previously been marijuana in the car but there wasn’t anything in there at the time. Permission to search was given and nothing was located. Dispatch advised that the driver was suspended. The passenger then took over driving due to being valid. The driver was cited for DUS and turning at intersections. 01/25/18 - Mill St/Hines Ave – While on patrol, the officer on duty noticed a vehicle who did not have a working license plate light. The officer initiated a traffic stop. Dispatch advised the officer that the driver, a 70 year old woman from Malvern Ohio, was listed as a missing person out of Canton, Ohio. Contact was made with family and it was determined that the driver was not a threat to herself or anyone else but that she was likely lost and unable to find her way back home. They advised the officer that someone would be in route to pick her up and take her home. 01/26/18 - Diamond Car Wash – An officer was dispatched to the said location for a breaking and entering. The owner had gone to the business to check on things when he noticed the door had been pried open and the inside was a mess. The suspect(s) attempted to break into the coin boxes but were unsuccessful in doing so. This is an ongoing investigation and the surveillance is being viewed for suspects. If you have any information regarding this case, please feel free to contact LT. Fletcher at the Bellville Police Department. - Sprint Cell Tower – An officer was dispatched to this location for a report of theft. The officer arrived and spoke with the Sprint worker who informed the officer that 8 batteries were missing from the site. The worker stated there wasn’t any forced entry at the gate but the boxes that held the batteries were damaged when they were broken into. There are currently no suspects. - Main St – While on routine patrol, an officer observed as a vehicle traveled through a red light and crossed over the fog line. The officer initiated a traffic stop at that time. Upon approach of the vehicle, the officer detected a heavy odor of alcohol coming from the open window. When asked for her information, the driver, 58 year old Bellville resident, fumbled with her wallet to get it and admitted to have two beers. The officer requested she participate in some field sobriety testing, to which she agreed. Due to a recent surgery, she was unable to perform the requested tests. She then agreed to provide a breath sample for the portable breath tester. She was unable to follow instructions for this test so she was transported to the Lexington Police Department for further testing. At this time, it was verified that she was, in fact, intoxicated. She was then issued a citation for OVI, marked lanes and red light violation. She was informed of her court date and transported back to her residence.

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