Circleville Police Department’s K9 Harry to get donation of body armor
Circleville Police Department’s K9 Harry will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Harry’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Circleville Chief of Police G. Shawn Baer is urging citizens to ignore these calls and not to make any return phone calls to the scammers. All reports of these scammer’s calls are documented through the Circleville Police Communications Center where they logged and tracked. When investigators return the calls the scammer answering the phone usually just hangs up.
Citizens who want to follow up with a return phone call are urged to contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service at 1-877-777-4778. Circleville Police Detectives made contact with the IRS and were told that if the IRS is taking legal action the citizen will be given legal paperwork and face to face interaction with representatives. The IRS Advocate Service will be able to assist Citizens with any concerns.
City of Circleville Citizens should contact the Circleville Police Department, Citizens in Pickaway County should contact the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, or their perspective law enforcement agency when they suspect they are being scammed. Just keep in mind this is not how the IRS conducts business so you should never give any of your personal or financial information out to anyone whose identity you cannot verify.
Senior Citizens are also encouraged to become members of the Pickaway County Seniors And Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Counsel. They provide an abundance of information for Senior Citizens in Pickaway County. For more information about the S.A.L.T. Counsel citizens can contact the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.
April 27, 2015
CPD REPORT NUMBER 15-4027-04
On the evening of April 26, 2015, CPD received a call of vandalism to one of the grave sites at the Forest Cemetery. The site damaged was that of Gerald Jenkins, who was killed in service of his country in October of 2010.
The head stone depicts Gerald Jenkins in his Army dress uniform. The persons responsible used an unknown object to take a large chip out of the top of the picture of Gerald. It also appears that whoever was responsible attempted to burn the facial area of the likeness on the head stone.
One individual is listed as a “person of interest” and the incident remains under investigation.
(CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined Acting Circleville Police Chief Shawn Baer, Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford, and Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy to announce the indictments of 17 individuals on drug trafficking charges.
The charges follow an eight month investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Heroin Unit, Circleville Police Department, and Pickaway County Sheriff's Office into a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking ring operating in and around Circleville.
An additional 54 individuals were indicted on felony charges of possession of heroin and/or possession of cocaine, and one suspect is charged with permitting drug abuse.
Prosecutors with the Pickaway County Prosecutor's Office, with assistance from attorneys with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section and Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, presented evidence in the case to a Pickaway County Grand Jury on Friday.
Authorities worked to serve arrest warrants on the suspects today.
Of the 17 suspects facing trafficking charges, 11 are also charged with a felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Those 11 suspects were identified by investigators as the alleged managers of the drug trafficking organization.
Investigators allege that the leaders of the group operated the trafficking ring by transporting heroin and cocaine from Columbus and distributing the drugs in Circleville from August 2010 to December 2014. Investigators estimate that those supervising the group made approximately $40,000 per month in drug sales.
"Investigators found that this alleged drug trafficking operation functioned just like a pizza delivery business. Customers could place orders for heroin and cocaine, and members of the group allegedly delivered the drugs right to their customers' doorsteps," said Attorney General DeWine. "With today's arrests, those deliveries are done. Through the collaborative efforts of the Attorney General's Office and local authorities, this alleged drug trafficking operation has been dismantled."
"In addition to great teamwork between state and local authorities, today's arrests and indictments are also thanks in large part to members of the community who actively report drug activity they see happening in their neighborhoods," said Acting Circleville Police Chief Shawn Baer. "A strong partnership between community members and law enforcement is essential in combating crime, and we will continue to follow up on every tip we receive."
"Drug addiction and drug trafficking are ongoing problems not only in Circleville and Pickaway County, but across the state and across the county," said Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff. "Unified efforts of state and local law enforcement to hold drug traffickers accountable are critical in keeping our communities safe, and we will continue to work together to fight this battle."
“We are pleased with the arrests of those running the drug trafficking organization, thus addressing the supply side of the heroin and cocaine problem within our community," said Pickaway County Assistant Prosecutor Jayme Hartley Fountain. "Additionally, we are also hoping that the arrests and charges against the users will be a wake-up call that we will not tolerate the continued demand of heroin and cocaine. We want these people to address their addictions directly and use the resources available to get the help clearly needed by each person involved.”
Of the 11 individuals indicted on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine, the following were in custody as of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday:
Authorities with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Police Department, Ohio Highway Patrol, and Drug Enforcement Administration assisted with the investigation.
A list of others indicted and arrested as of 12:30 Wednesday afternoon can be found on the Ohio Attorney General's website also see list below of individuals arrested.
Attorney General DeWine created the Heroin Unit in 2013 after information gathered by the Attorney General's Office revealed an increasing rate of heroin overdose deaths across the state. The unit is made up of authorities from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Special Prosecutions Section, and Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission. The unit also includes education and outreach specialists from the Attorney General’s Office.