Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

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.
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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

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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
3:50 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Sheriff's office responds to motorcycle questions

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The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is responding to Commissioner Greg Hartmann's request for more information about its motorcycle patrol.

Last week, the department asked to buy two new Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Hartmann questioned the purchase given the county's tight budget. "What are they going to be used for? Additional patrols? Are additional staff going to be used to need them? These are not replacement motorcycles."

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Solar
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Courthouse and jail go green with solar

A new solar system was installed 8 months ago on the roof of the Justice Center.
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The Hamilton County Courthouse and Justice Center have something new-a total of 80 solar panels for heating water.

The panels are part of a $20 million dollar project the county says is at no additional cost to taxpayers. With the help of contractors, Hamilton County chose these buildings because they had flat roofs and available space.

The Justice Center:

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Public Safety
3:23 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Lawsuit aims to change Hamilton County Taser policies

Gary Roell
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The family of a man who died after being Tased by Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies is suing the county. The federal civil rights and wrongful death suit alleges deputies acted unreasonably.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein says Gary Roell, Sr. was experiencing a mental health emergency when he was Tased six times.

"This case has aspects of failure to train, failure to have proper policies for encountering mentally ill citizens, as well as improper Taser use," says Gerhardstein.

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