Most people in law enforcement say they embarked on their careers because they wanted to help people. Ohio Valley Mall is hoping to make that a little easier for them starting Thursday, May 12. Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas will cut the ribbon on a new Sheriff’s Sub-Station at 10:00 AM that day. The new 2,500 square foot office will be located just inside the south entrance to the mall, next to the Belmont County Tourism Office.
Sheriff Lucas said, “Having this conveniently-located sub-station will make our deputies more easily accessible to average citizens. There, they’ll be able to learn more about public safety programs. Having this location provided to us by the Cafaro Company will allow us to work closely with the residents of Belmont County on safety projects and programs. I want to thank Anthony Cafaro Jr. and his staff for all the support they give Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Belmont County.”
One such initiative, Project Lifesaver, provides timely response to protect the lives of children and adults suffering with autism or Alzheimer’s disease. Through this program, the Sheriff’s Office is able to provide such individuals with small, reliable tracking devices that allow them to be easily located should they wander from home. Another is the RUOK Program. This is an automated phone program that checks up on elderly, disabled and others living at home. It will alert key holders to any problems.
Lucas has been praised for measures he’s taken to make his department more efficient and to save tax dollars. Ohio Valley Mall is providing space for the new sub-station at no cost.
“We’ve always had a great relationship with the Sheriff and his deputies” said Anthony Cafaro, Jr., Co-President of Ohio Valley Mall’s parent company. “We hope this new office space makes their jobs a little easier and provides a convenient service for our regular customers.”
The recently renovated Ohio Valley Mall is located on I-70, Exit 218-Mall Road, in St. Clairsville, Ohio. For more information call 740-695-4526 or explore online at www.ohiovalleymall.net. Ohio Valley Mall is owned and managed in association with Cafaro Company affiliated entities, based in Youngstown, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest privately held shopping center developers, the Cafaro organization owns and oversees more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in 10 states. Founded by the late William M. Cafaro in the 1940’s, the firm is now in its seventh decade as a family owned and managed business. For more information visit www.cafarocompany.com.
Sheriff Dave Lucas gave an update on the countless upgrades and positive changes to his office. Lucas spoke on creating the county’s first-ever major crimes unit, standardizing duty weapons at no cost to the county and securing approval for more staff members in the jail, among a number of other improvements.
The Chautauqua Days 5K made its yearly donation toward the protection of children from online sexual predators and announced the initiative will now be under the management of the Union Local School District.
The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office honored Assistant Coroner, Jack Morgan’s retirement on Monday, May 18, 2015. Invited guests and Coroner, Dr. Troy Balgo were present when Sheriff Lucas presented him with a plaque thanking him for his dedication to Belmont County. A lunch was provided for Mr. Morgan and guests.
The Belmont County Department of Jobs & Family Services and the Belmont County Board of Commissioners recognize individuals and organizations who are working together to advocate for abused and neglected children in Belmont County. Each year they choose an advocate within our community who has gone out of their way to help these children. This year the Child Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Leslie Vassilaros at the Annual Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Lunch, held at Undo’s West in St.Clairsville on April 16, 2015. Leslie is the Executive Director of Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center. Harmony House exists to ensure that no child is further victimized by systems designed to protect her or him. The child well-being is the first priority.
Pictured is Leslie Vassilaros and Belmont County Department of Jobs & Family Services Director Vince Gianangeli.
Joe Krehlik was recently put on as a Special Deputy with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. He is a Certified Professional Photographer.
He will be available to take photos of cases that are not being processed by BCI & I. He will be an asset to our organization, bringing his professional photography to us for use in investigations through prosecution.
Phil Chalmers was recently put on as a Special Deputy with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. He is one of America’s Leading Authorities on Juvenile Homicide and Juvenile Mass Murder. For more information on Special Deputy Chalmers you can visit his web site at www.philchalmers.com.
Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas and sheriff’s deputies conducted a self defense demonstration for courthouse staff as part of the county Wellness Committee program.
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A traffic stop in the Morristown area was made successful by K-9 Luke and the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Thursday. Drugs and numerous drug-related paraphernalia were recovered and 40-year-old Jamie Cole was charged with driving while under the influence, drug trafficking, as well as possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug abuse instruments.
Read more on the WTOV9 website.
Members of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man facing numerous charges involving child pornography earlier this week. And on Friday morning, Sheriff Dave Lucas said with the help and support of commissioners, many of these kinds of arrests are forthcoming. “Pretty much within a week, we got our first case on hand,” Lucas said.
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Andrea Gatti and Rusty Lucey were promoted to Detective Sergeants on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. This step was taken to bring Detectives Unit up to date and all staff within the unit will be Detective Sergeants.
During a routine traffic stop on US 40 near Blaine, a large amount of drugs and money was taken off the streets of Belmont County. A Belmont County Patrol Deputy made the stop and upon investigation found the suspect to be on Federal Parole and asked for permission to search the vehicle. Martins Ferry Police Department was contacted and asked to assist with their K-9 unit. When the K-9 unit arrived, the suspect was asked to step out of his vehicle. While the K-9 was walking toward the vehicle, the suspect fled and was apprehended and restrained. The suspect’s vehicle was towed and is awaiting a search warrant. 81 grams of illegal drugs including heroin and cocaine and over $7,000.00 was put into evidence.
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It’s called “Operation Short Shield.” News9’s Kate Davison climbed inside of a cruiser for a special report on how the collaboration between law enforcement agencies brings results.
Shield detail involves numerous agencies coming together for one common cause — to enforce the law –in two separate facets: Criminal patrol and OVI patrol. Last Friday night, Sgt. Jason Greenwood with the Ohio State Highway Patrol let NEWS9 tag along with him. The ride along was nothing less than eventful. The event included more than 24 units and 36 continuous hours of patrol. “We aggressively are looking for criminals, people that are operating vehicles while they’re impaired,” said Lt. James Faunda of the OSHP.
And a focused approach between members of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Martins Ferry Police and the Belmont County Drug Task Force. Its success rests on a combined effort of the agencies. “We all know that we have a problem, from alcohol to drugs and criminal activities,” Belmont County Sherriff Dave Lucas said.
There is now a reward in place for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in the murder of a former Powhatan mayor.
On Thursday, family and friends of Brown announced they have started a reward fund through Belmont Savings Bank. Currently, the reward stands at $20,000 and is still growing.
If you have any information on this crime, the Brown family is asking that you contact Detective Ryan Allar at the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department at 740-695-7933.
Joe started working at the Sheriff’s Office April 18, 1988 under Sheriff Tom McCort. He then served under Sheriff Fred Thompson and Sheriff David M. Lucas.
He worked in the Administrative Maintenance/Janitorial position his entire career with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. Joe was liked and respected by all the staff at our office and will be truly missed. It was common to come into work and see something out of place and several staff would then state, “Joe must be off today!” The Sheriff and staff at the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office wish Joe many happy years of retirement and with gratitude, appreciation and respect, we congratulate him on his 25 years of service with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office.
The Belmont County Office recognized two deputies for their outstanding job performance in the month of March. Recognized were Deputy Jason Schwarck and Deputy Jordan Blumling. In honor of their hard work and dedication, the Sheriff’s Office presented them with gift cards.
The Sheriff’s Office will award two deputies monthly in appreciation for their devoted service to the citizens of Belmont County and the Sheriff’s Office.