Hamilton County Sheriff

Crime
12:42 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Deputies find heroin in Bible

Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover holds the heroin laced Bible.
Bill Rinehart WVXU

Two people are accused of trying to smuggle heroin into the Hamilton County Justice Center in a Bible. 

Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover says the Bible was sent to the jail in mid December, and like all mail, it was searched.

A Sheriff’s K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics on the Bible; and deputies took a closer look.  On page 419 and 420, in the Book of Daniel, they noticed a light brown stain, about the size of a half dollar.

Schoonover says deputies cut a small piece of the page out and had it tested.  The results of the test were positive for heroin. 

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Public Safety
12:55 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

K-9 search turns up pot, no heroin

One of the K-9 units heading into the jail.
Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department / Provided

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says Monday's search at the jail turned up marijuana, but no heroin.

The department used drug sniffing dogs to search each section of the justice center. One inmate was searched when a K-9 alerted in his pod. Two  small bags of marijuana were found in the inmate's waistband.

The sheriff's office conducts the sweeps randomly. Sheriff Jim Neil says in light of increasing problems with heroin use and overdoses, including several that occurred in the jail, he plans to step up the unannounced searches.

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Local News
1:48 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Deputies find real gun painted to look like toy

The suspect, identified as Orlando Lowery, was charged with Carrying Concealed Weapons and drug possession.
Credit Provided / Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would require toy guns only be sold in bright colors to help distinguish them from real ones. But it seems some criminals might try using that to their advantage.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office reports deputies responding to a call about a man with a weapon located the suspect with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

A picture of the weapon shows it's been painted red to look like a toy gun.

The suspect was also carrying 9 grams of crack cocaine.

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Public Safety
3:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Hamilton County Sheriff will get new Harleys

Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department will get two new motorcycles after all.

Commissioners questioned the purchase request last week. But Greg Hartmann says he's satisfied with the Sheriff's response.

"I'm convinced an efficient and legitimate law enforcement purpose was established," says Hartmann.

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Public Safety
11:44 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Hamilton County K9 unit dies

Hamilton County Sheriff Canine "Kid"
Credit Provided

One of Hamilton County's canine units has died. The Sheriff's department reports Canine "Kid" died a week ago from an illness.

Kid was a 6 year veteran who worked in explosive device detection. The department says Kid and his handler, Deputy Steve Fischesser, worked every home Bengals game and responded to nearly 500 requests for service, 134 of which were threat incidents.

The pair also did demonstrations at local schools. The Sheriff's office says those demonstrations were the dog's favorite thing to do.

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