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2016

Ashland County Sheriff's Office
Officers of the Year

Supervisor of the Year

Sgt. Tim Kitts

K-9 Officer of the Year : Meeko

Deputy of the Year

Dep. Tim Whalen

Corrections Officer Of the Year

Dep. Leah Zeisler

Communications Officer of the Year

Dispatcher Amy Carter

 

Employee of the Year

Charles Scruggs Jr.

 


 

NEXT SALT MEETING

 

Thursday June 1, 2017,  10:00-Noon - Elder Empowerment


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Today (Saturday, April 29th, 2017)

 

The sheriff's office at 1205 E. Main St. will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for anyone to turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal.

 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is led by Operation Medicine Cabinet, an initiative that aims to protect "our children, our water, our food supplies and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier for you to properly dispose of unused or expired medication.

No personal information will be taken as people bring in the medications.

 

IItems that will be accepted at the sheriff's office will include any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, pet medicine, vitamins, inhalers, medicated ointments and lotions and leak-proof liquid medications.

  

Needles, syringes, lancets, thermometers, aerosol cans, IV bags, hydrogen peroxide, bloody or infectious waste, empty containers and personal products will not be accepted. Please remove the labels before turning in your prescription drugs.

  

SEARCH for a Drop Off Site near you.

A secure collection box has been placed in the main lobby of the Sheriff's Office,

to accept unwanted and/or expired medications.*

The Main Lobbby is open during normal business hours. Mon. - Fri. 8AM-4PM

The Main Lobby is also open during the following times.

Wednesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 6:45 pm - 10:45 pm
Saturday: 8:00am -12 Noon
Sunday: 12:45 pm - 4:45 pm

These are Visitation or Background Check Hours but the drop off box is accessible.

 


 

4-14-17 News Release for Sgt. Timothy Kitts

 

  On April 13th, 2017 Sgt. Timothy Kitts, 51, passed away unexpectedly at his home. Sgt. Kitts started with the Ashland County Sheriff's Office on June 6th, 1991 . Sgt. Kitts worked as a special deputy, dispatcher, corrections officer and as a patrol deputy.

He was promoted to sergeant on June 2, 2001 and became a K-9 handler in 2002. He was currently serving with K-9 Meeko as the day shift patrol Sergeant. Sgt. Kitts had received numerous awards over the years for his work at the Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Kitts had earned several certifications as a trainer and was a successful drug interdiction deputy. The sheriff's office is saddened by his loss and will miss Sgt. Kitts.

 


 

Ohio Road Conditions

Current Weather Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Ashland County

 

 
 

Updated Concealed Carry Laws Manual Available

3/23/2017

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that an update of his office's Concealed Carry Laws Manual has been released reflecting recent changes enacted by Senate Bill 199. The updated manual is currently available online, and printed copies of the guide will be available from county sheriffs.
 
"Our Concealed Carry Laws Manual is great resource for Ohioans interested in concealed handgun laws or interested in obtaining a CCW permit, and it is available at no cost to citizens online," said Attorney General DeWine.

Senate Bill 199, which became effective on March 21, 2017, included the following notable changes in law:

•  Active duty members of the armed forces may carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a license if they possess military identification and proof of training with handguns.

•  Concealed handgun licensees may carry concealed handguns in daycare centers unless otherwise posted.

•  Concealed handgun licensees may carry concealed handguns in airports as long as they do not pass screening checkpoints or enter restricted areas.

•  Ohio colleges and universities may permit concealed carry on campus.

•  Businesses and employers cannot prohibit concealed handgun licensees from keeping handguns in their privately owned vehicle as long as it is legally parked.

•  Concealed handgun licensees may have handguns in vehicles in school safety zones as long as they are locked in the vehicle.  

The Concealed Carry Laws Manual and other concealed carry information can be accessed online at:

The Ohio Attorney General Concealed Carry Page

Ohio Concealed Carry Manual


 
 

'Can you hear me?' scam has police urging people to hang up immediately

Published January 27, 2017      FoxNews.com

"Can you hear me?" Police in several states are urging people to avoid answering this simple question from a phone number they do not know.

Authorities in Virginia say the question is aimed at getting unsuspecting victims to say "yes" -- an answer the fraudster then records as a way to authorize charges on a phone, utility or credit card bill. Click here for more.

 
 

 


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Flash Flood Safety

IF YOU ARE INSIDE:

If ordered to evacuate or if rising water is threatening, please leave immediately and get to higher ground!

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTDOORS:
Go to higher ground immediately! Avoid small rivers or streams, low spots, dry riverbeds, etc.

Do not try to walk through flowing water more than ankle deep.

Do not allow children to play around streams, drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains,or other flooded areas!

IF YOU ARE IN A VEHICLE:

DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS!

Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur with people

driving through flooded areas. Water only a foot deep can displace a 1500 lb. vehicle!

Two feet of water can easily carry most automobiles! Roads concealed by water may not be intact.

 
 

PREVENT CRASHES

* Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.
* Slow down and increase distances between cars.
* Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
* Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours, and rotate drivers if possible.
* If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver.

PROTECT YOURSELF


* Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
* Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
* Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.

Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.


- Even one drink can increase the risk of a crash while driving. Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.


- Designate a sober driver before the party begins; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.

-If you are impaired, call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call your local free ride program.

-Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.


-If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

-Drunk driving can result in arrest, loss of driving privileges, higher insurance rates, lost time at work, court costs, fines, and attorney’s fees, and many other unwanted consequences.

For more information on Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov

 
 

Snow Emergency Classifications



Pursuant of Ohio Attorney General Opinion 86-023, the sheriff of a county may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close county and township roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of the public peace. Attorney General Opinion 97-015 allows the sheriff to close state and municipal roads.

Snow Emergency Classifications

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Real time Traffic and Road Conditions in Ohio

 
 

IRS Warns Taxpayers to Guard Against New Tricks by Scam Artists; Losses Top $20 Million

IR-2015-99, Aug. 6, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C., Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another warning to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people.

These schemes - which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters with authentic looking letterhead - try to trick taxpayers into providing personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up with the criminal.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 600,000 contacts since October 2013. TIGTA is also aware of nearly 4,000 victims who have collectively reported over $20 million in financial losses as a result of tax scams.

"We continue to see these aggressive tax scams across the country, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. Scam artists specialize in being deceptive and fooling people. The IRS urges taxpayers to be extra cautious and think twice before answering suspicious phone calls, emails or letters."

Scammers posing as IRS agents first targeted those they viewed as most vulnerable, such as older Americans, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. These criminals have expanded their net and are now targeting virtually anyone.

In a new variation, scammers alter what appears on your telephone caller ID to make it seem like they are with the IRS or another agency such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. They use fake names, titles and badge numbers. They use online resources to get your name, address and other details about your life to make the call sound official. They even go as far as copying official IRS letterhead for use in email or regular mail.

Brazen scammers will even provide their victims with directions to the nearest bank or business where the victim can obtain a means of payment such as a debit card. And in another new variation of these scams, con artists may then provide an actual IRS address where the victim can mail a receipt for the payment - all in an attempt to make the scheme look official.

The most common theme with these tricks seems to be fear. Scammers try to scare people into reacting immediately without taking a moment to think through what is actually happening.

These scam artists often angrily threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation or other similarly unpleasant things. They may also leave urgent callback requests, sometimes through robo-calls, via phone or email. The emails will often contain a fake IRS document with a telephone number or email address for your reply.

It is important to remember the official IRS website is IRS.gov . Taxpayers are urged not to be confused or misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov. Taxpayers should never provide personal information, financial or otherwise, to suspicious websites or strangers calling out of the blue.

Below are five things scammers often do that the real IRS would never do.

The IRS will never:

•Angrily demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
•Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
•Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
•Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
•Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Here's what you should do if you think you're the target of an IRS impersonation scam:

•If you actually do owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.


•If you know you don’t owe taxes or do not immediately believe that you do, you can report the incident to the:

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484.

•If you’ve been targeted by any scam, be sure to contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “ FTC Complaint Assistant ” at FTC.gov.

Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

For more information on reporting tax scams, go to IRS.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

 


SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF INCREASED PHONE SCAMS
By Chelsea Shar T-G Staff Writer Published: January 29, 2015 4:00AM

Ashland County Sheriff's Office dispatchers said there have been more phone scams reported than usual in the past several weeks, especially preying on senior citizens. Dispatcher Sue Schaub said the center has been receiving about 10 calls per day in the past few weeks reporting phone scams.

The calls have similar stories -- they are all based on lies. Sometimes seniors will be told their grandchild is in jail and needs bailed out, asking for a bank account number. Other common calls come from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, stating the person has misfiled their taxes at some point in the past and needs to pay the balance or will be ordered to appear in court or even arrested by the Sheriff's Office.

"No reputable company or organization will contact you for money over the phone," Sheriff E. Wayne Risner said. He said there also has been an increase in the county recently of people who have reported they did not know the call was a scam and had money taken from their bank accounts.

"Once money is stolen, the only thing we can do is take a report. It's impossible to track these people," Risner said.

Many scam calls come from untraceable, prepaid phones, Schaub said. Dispatcher Jim Strickling said people should listen carefully to incoming calls for mispronunciations or grammar use by the callers. "They often have a different accent or dialect," he said. Strickling said he often refers scam call victims to the Ohio Attorney General's office after making a report.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has led an initiative to educate people about phone scams and has education materials available at Ashland Public Library.

Scam phone calls come from all over the country. Some callers pretend they are with the lottery and are calling to congratulate the call recipient. Others involve offers for loan or credit card rate improvements or computer virus repair over the phone. Risner recommends residents never give out information over the phone and report the calls to the Sheriff's Office so reports can be filed. "Call us anytime, we want to know when these calls come in so we can track the volume of calls," he said.

A common type of phone scam as tax season approaches is a call from someone pretending to be with the IRS informing the recipient they misfiled their taxes years ago and need to pay up to avoid arrest.

According to the IRS, characteristics of a scam phone call include:

- Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security number.

- Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it's the IRS calling.

- Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

- Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

- After threatening victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

To inquire about personal tax issues and whether or not a call is legitimate, contact the IRS help line at 1-800-829-1040.

Report a Scam

Chelsea Shar can be reached at 419-281-0581, ext. 240, or at cshar@times-gazette.com.

 

 
 
   


CRASH REPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Ashland County Sheriff's Office Crash Reports are now available Online.

Crash Reports can be view or printed from the following website once they have been completed and reviewed. If you do not find your report, you may need to wait a day or so until the Crash Report has been approved.

 

 

Go Here to : Retrieve Ohio Crash Reports

Ohio Department of Public Safety


 

Full Time Prescription Drug Turn In Box

                    

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office

in conjunction with the

Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board

is pleased to announce the implementation of a full time prescription drug turn in program.

A secure collection box has been placed in the main lobby of the Sheriff's Office,

to accept unwanted and/or expired medications.*

To take advantage of this program, simply bring your unused medications to the

Sheriff's Office Main Reception Lobby during normal business hours. Mon. - Fri. 8AM-4PM

The Main Lobby is also open during the following times.

Wednesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 6:45 pm - 10:45 pm
Saturday: 8:00am -12 Noon
Sunday: 12:45 pm - 4:45 pm

These are Visitation or Background Check Hours but the drop off box is accessible.

 

The collection box is located on the right just as you enter the lobby. Please note that the staff will not handle your medication for turn in. Prior to disposal, remove or black out your personal information on the prescription label. Ensure that all bottles or bags are securely closed. Place all items in a clear zip lock bag. Deposit into the collection box. 

*DO NOT DEPOSIT ANY LIQUIDS, NEEDLES OR SHARPS.

These items will not be collected

A collection box is also located in the Loudonville Police Dept.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


United Way 2-1-1 is available in Ashland County

2-1-1 is a free community service you can use to get information about

social, health and government resources 24 hours a day, every day.

Serving Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Medina, and Wayne Counties

Simply dial 2-1-1 or click on the link below to find the resources you need.

211ashland.org


Sheriff E. Wayne Risner and his entire staff wish to show their support to all of our military troops who are serving to protect our country both overseas and here at home.

To the men and women of our Armed Forces - past, present and future:

Thank YOU for YOUR Service!

 

  

 

 

Ashland County Sheriff's Office
1205 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Non-Emergency Phone: (419) 289-3911

Fax Number: (419) 281-2060

 

 
 

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