Flying lamp, children left alone, more vehicle break-ins part of local crime news

Flying lamp, children left alone, more vehicle break-ins part of local crime news

Select Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office reports for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

November 30

6:20 p.m. ­– While tending to her dogs, a Saltcreek Township woman said two young kids in a white vehicle pulled up to the home, ran up to the door, and grabbed a package just delivered by UPS that contained a $90 purifier. The Jackson Road resident said the youths then sped down the driveway and quickly drove away.

6:49 p.m. – Whether the advice works remains to be seen, but a Duvall Road male was told by a sheriff’s deputy that smoking weed is still against the law and there can be repercussions if he continued to use it in the Madison Township home where he lives with his mom. The mother initiated the call to the sheriff’s office and told the deputy that the adult son doesn’t listen to her and smokes the marijuana in the house. The deputy further told the son his mother can evict him from the house if it gets to where she wants him gone. 

December 1

7:01 a.m. – (Where’s the love?) A confrontation between employees at Love’s Travel Stop and a semi-truck driver who refused to wear a mask inside the business brought authorities to the location along U.S. Route 23. An employee called the sheriff’s office when she thought the dispute was going to become violent. She said at one point the driver and employees were pushing each other. She told the driver to leave the store, which he did. The sheriff’s deputy who responded said for Love’s to contact Pickaway County Public Health or the trucker’s company because the sheriff’s office doesn’t enforce the mask mandate.

9:06 a.m. – An Orient-area man got a question from his work manager about filing an unemployment claim. The employee found that odd because he’s, one, working, and two, has had no breaks in his work history. Seems the workplace got a notice of a claim Nov. 25 made under the employee’s name and with his private information on it. He was able to stop the claim before any funds were expended. A similar incident was reported a few hours later by a Perry Township property owner. The woman told a deputy she was baffled that money that was placed into her checking account came from an account under the name of her son, who is in prison. She was advised to check the provenance of the new cash with her bank.

5:35 p.m. (No Precious here.) It’s not quite on the scale of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but a Washington Township woman discovered that a ring attached to a necklace was missing after she had given a friend a ride to a Stella Drive residence. According to a sheriff’s report, the alleged victim brought another female to her home. The second female commented on two necklaces the victim was wearing, each with a similar ring style attached. The victim, declining to sell either saying they were gifts, put them back on later and noticed the one ring missing. 

December 2

4:02 a.m. – Two children were left alone while their parents were busy getting arrested for disorderly conduct at a South Bloomfield Circle K. A sheriff’s office report says when a deputy got on site, he found Skylar McNamara causing a disturbance and possibly under the influence. McNamara said he was at the retail location to get a vehicle title notarized. The deputy wrote he noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on McNamara who had difficulty standing as the deputy spoke with him, according to a report. The deputy said he could not hold a conversation with McNamara. The 32-year-old South Bloomfield man and his 33-year-old wife Keely Williams were each charged with disorderly conduct.

About an hour later, authorities learned of the children while booking the couple into the Pickaway County Jail. They later gained entry to the home, with Williams’ permission, and called children services.

Williams and McNamara were each charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of endangering children in Circleville Municipal Court. They both pleaded not guilty to their respective charges. McNamara faces a Jan. 14 hearing in the court and Williams, a Jan. 13 hearing.

6:55 a.m. – Sheriff’s deputies were called out to Spangler Road for a suspected burglary at a Saltcreek Township residence. The homeowner said their garage was broken into and some miscellaneous items taken from his and his spouse’s vehicles, but nothing of real value. However, missing from the garage were tools including a Dewalt bag with a hammer drill and driver, plus an engine code reader. The responding deputy followed two sets of footprints in the snow from the road, behind the garage and to the unlocked garage door. Nearby video footage provided authorities with some description of at least one of the suspects.

Footprints similar to the burglary were found a little later at another Spangler Road residence where someone broke into another vehicle around 7:15 a.m. The resident there said the only item missing was a bag containing an iPad and Verizon Jetpack. Like the earlier burglary, the vehicle was not locked.  

12:43 p.m. – Authorities believe someone is trying to perpetrate a scam on a Circleville Township woman with whom she has never met except for texting with the individual over weeks. She told a sheriff’s deputy that the individual was saying he would be “coming home” soon to take his money out of her bank account. The woman mentioned this to personnel at her bank who then called the sheriff’s office.

December 3

5:05 a.m. – A woman was arrested Thursday on assault and domestic violence charges for allegedly throwing a lamp and injuring a male who lives with her in a Walnut Township home. Celeste Henshaw, 41, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Circleville Municipal Court Dec. 4.

The sheriff’s office received a call about somebody being hurt in the residence and asking for medical help, which precipitated the deputies’ trip. Henshaw and the male victim said they confronted a friend about something that was said about them, which led to an argument. All the while, the male kept holding the left side of his upper rib cage necessitating Harrison Township EMS coming on site. Sgt. Kyle Eveland followed the victim out to the EMS vehicle and noticed a large cut on the back of his head. The victim said it was inflicted by Henshaw. When questioned about it, Henshaw said the pair got into an argument and she threw a lamp at him. However, she did not intend to hurt the victim.

5:15 p.m. – A grandfather had to shield his 2-year-old grandson away from his parents who were both arrested for allegedly beating up each other. The incident occurred on Kinderhook Road in Deercreek Township. According to a report, Tesla Davis, 23, said Justin Mason had stomped on her hand and back and wrapped her up while attempting to take a phone from her. Davis showed Deputy Zachary Finley marks on her hand and bruising on her body from where Mason allegedly stomped. Mason, 28, said his actions were in response to Davis purportedly punching him several times in the face. Finley noted that Mason’s left eye was red and beginning to swell. The deputy arrested both and levied identical assault and domestic violence charges, each a first-degree misdemeanor, against them. The pair appeared separately in Circleville Municipal Court on Friday and entered not guilty pleas to their respective charges.

December 4

3:46 p.m. – A Goodman Road resident thwarted what might have turned into another vehicle break-in occurring at a Madison Township residence.

According to a report, the homeowner told deputies that around 5:50 a.m. two males in a white sedan pulled into his driveway. The male sitting in the passenger seat walked around to the driver’s side of the homeowner’s truck and attempted to open it. The homeowner yelled out of a window at the suspect, asking what he was doing. The suspect approached him asking if an individual [name omitted] lived there. The suspects then left the property.

Security video caught the incident and was forwarded to Sheriff’s Detective Britt Ramey who is investigating a series of vehicle break-in in the Madison and Walnut Township areas over the past couple weeks, as well as elsewhere in the county.

December 5

10:37 a.m. – The family of a deceased Williamsport man discovered that their father’s South Water Street home was burglarized. A sheriff’s report indicated a daughter said the home was locked and secured as of 5 p.m. Thursday. When they got to the home Saturday, they found a lock to a barn door cut, wires to the breaker box cut and the rear door to the house kicked in. She said they’ve been cleaning out the home over several weekends but was unable to detail what, if anything, had been taken, though also indicated that it appeared cabinets and drawers were rifled through.

9:43 p.m. – (Tanks for nuttin’) A sheriff’s deputy got cursed out by a Washington Township female upset that he wouldn’t do anything about kids who allegedly trespassed by walking on her yard. According to a report, the deputy asked where did the kids trespass. She said just beyond the opposite edge of a cornfield. The deputy further inquired where she was when witnessing the alleged trespass. She said she was by her vehicles and about 60 yards away. The woman started verbally abusing the deputy after he said no charges were forthcoming against the kids. The deputy told the woman that she would need a surveyor to ascertain the exact property line. He further wrote in a report that she then stormed off while still cursing him.

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