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Delaware County Republican Women’s Club will be hosting a late summer meeting featuring guest speaker Ohio Secretary of State Candidate and State Senator Frank LaRose

The meeting will occur on August 31, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Delaware County Republican Party Headquarters located at 48 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015. The guest speaker will be Ohio Secretary of State Candidate and State Senator Frank LaRose. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend. Meetings are free and open to the public and non-members. Refreshments are provided.

The Delaware County Republican Women have been active in Delaware County since the early 1940’s and are federated members of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

The National Federation of Republican Women is one of the largest political grassroots organizations in the United States. They bring together women to positively impact the direction of our nation, state, and communities. The group’s focus on recruiting, training, and electing candidates; advocating the Republican Party’s philosophy and initiatives; and empowering women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds in the political process. Become a part of our proud history of women supporting the Republican Party by joining today!

Task Force Seizes 200 Pounds of Marijuana, Three Arrested

DAYTON — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis, and members of the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force announced today (Aug. 11) the seizure of approximately 200 pounds of marijuana as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

Investigators with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, arrested Ana Hernandez, 35, Fernando Rivero-Hernandez, 31, and Alfonso Flores-Teran, 43, on drug charges related to the investigation. The suspects are not United States citizens.

Following a short-term investigation, task force members conducted a traffic stop on an unknown male driver and his passenger, identified as Ana Hernandez. Investigators said they found approximately 200 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Hernandez was arrested, and the male fled the scene of the traffic stop and has not yet been apprehended.

A simultaneous traffic stop conducted as part of the same investigation led to the arrests of Rivero-Hernandez and Flores-Teran. Investigators said at least one of the suspects attempted to discard crystal methamphetamine from the vehicle before stopping.

“Law enforcement in this state will continue to aggressively pursue those bringing drugs into our neighborhoods, and this case is just one more example of that fact,” said Attorney General DeWine.

“We take complaints about drug activity and drug dealers very seriously and will conduct investigations to ensure those who make a living selling drugs are put behind bars,” said Sheriff Phil Plummer. “The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force did an outstanding job—our community is safer as a result.”

“The significant quantity of illegal drugs seized and arrests made in this case further demonstrates why this task force stands as one of the best examples of the effectiveness of multi-agency partnerships,” said Steve Francis, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. “This case is also an important reminder about the crucial role federal and local collaboration plays in combatting this public safety threat and ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice.”

The three suspects have been federally charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. The defendants appeared in court today and were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana.

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force is led by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and includes representatives from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Miami Township Police Department, Butler Township Police Department, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration and Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Those with tips on illegal drug activity in the Miami Valley can contact the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force at 937-225-6272.

Statement from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

COLUMBUS – In response to President Trump’s intent to declare the opiate epidemic a national emergency, the following statement may be attributed directly to Ohio Secretary of State and 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Jon Husted:

“President Trump today (Aug. 10) showed decisive leadership by declaring the opiate epidemic a national emergency. With such a huge portion of these drugs flowing into Ohio from outside the country, this is an issue that requires leadership on the federal level. It is far beyond time for us to take bold steps to end this crisis and I’m grateful for new leadership that is not afraid to take those steps.

“There are certainly actions we need to take immediately, but I believe strongly that we also need to provide Ohioans and Americans with greater hope for the future. If Ohio were number-one in job creation or number one in education, we would not be number-one in opiate deaths.

“I look forward to partnering with President Trump in giving Ohioans hope beyond addiction.”

Farm Bureau celebrates more accurate taxes for farmland

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s farmers and rural communities will benefit from reforms to the state’s farmland tax policy, culminating a three-year effort led by Ohio Farm Bureau. The reforms were included in the new state budget signed by Gov. John Kasich on July 1.

“It’s taken three years of grassroots action to fix the flaws in the CAUV formula, and our members should be proud of this significant accomplishment,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. “We also want to thank the legislators who listened to our Farm Bureau members,” he added.

The budget legislation contains changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value formula, which in recent years has caused farmland owners to experience tax increases of 300 percent or more. These unsustainable increases have come at a time when farm incomes have fallen dramatically.

Sharp cited the “thousands of phone calls, emails and personal visits” Farm Bureau members made to help legislators understand the critical need for reform.

It is estimated that these changes, coupled with previous Farm Bureau-led reforms, will result in average savings of 30 percent for 2017 reassessments. This will help farmers stay on their land and continue their contributions to the local economy and community.

The reform also removes the penalty on farmers who place land in conservation practices that protect water quality.

The reforms are phased-in over two reassessment cycles (6 years) in order to assist local communities and schools to transition to the more accurate CAUV formula.

Under CAUV, farmland is taxed at a rate that reflects its value for agricultural purposes instead of its value as development property. It was enacted by Ohio voters in 1973 as a means to preserve farmland.

Sharp expressed gratitude to Gov. Kasich, Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, as well as Senators Cliff Hite and Bob Peterson and Representatives Brian Hill and Kirk Schuring for their leadership.

The reforms will begin in the 2017 valuations, which farmers in 41 counties will receive in January 2018, and will be fully implemented for all counties after the 2022 reassessment.

Short sales and foreclosures decline in central Ohio

Columbus — The inventory of distressed properties in central Ohio continued to decline during the first half of 2017. Lender-mediated closed sales were down 38.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017. This is a record low according to the 2Q17 Lender-Mediated Properties Report published by Columbus REALTORS.

Lender-mediated properties are defined as foreclosure, lender owned, short sale, HUD and VA listings.

“If you thought inventory was down, the inventory of distressed properties is way down,” said Mic Gordon, 2017 President of the Columbus REALTORS. “And that’s good news. We don’t have as many homeowners in trouble as we did a few years ago.”

The share of new listings that were distressed during 2Q2017 fell from 7.7 percent last year to 4.5 percent this year.

Single family homes that were distressed accounted for 5.9 percent of the total home sales during the second quarter. Condominiums in a distressed state made up 2.7 percent of the second quarter sales.

During the second quarter, lender-mediated properties spent 41 days on the market which is a record low. Last year it took an average of 50 days to sell a distressed home.

“When there were more distressed properties on the market back in 2010, it was overwhelming to the banks,” Gordon said. “Today they’re more prepared and better equipped to process short sales and foreclosures.”

The drop in the share of lender-mediated sales from 10.2 percent in 1Q2017 to 5.4 percent last quarter has helped to enable a 4.1 percent gain in the median sales price of distressed homes to $75,500. The median sale price of a home that is not lender-mediated was $194,499 during the second quarter.

“Homes are in great demand right now, with inventory being at record lows,” Gordon said. “If you were previously under water in your mortgage, contact a REALTOR to see if the increase in prices will allow you to sell your home now and take advantage of current market conditions.”

Columbus REALTORS is comprised of over 7,800 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

The Columbus REALTORS Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champagne, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross Counties.

Ohio is the third most lenient state on DUI

With drunk driving resulting in roughly 1 million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released an in-depth report on 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI.

In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared the penalties in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging from fines and minimum jail time to “ignition interlock device” requirements. Below, you can find an overview of the strictest and most lenient states, followed by some additional highlights from the report.

DUI Penalty in Ohio (1 = Strictest; 25 = Avg.):

6th – Minimum Jail Time (1st offense)

10th – Minimum Jail Time (2nd offense)

24th – How Long Old DUI Factors into Penalties

9th – Administrative License Suspension

12th – Minimum Fine (1st offense)

13th – Minimum Fine (2nd offense)

13th – Average Insurance Rate Increase After DUI

For the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/dui-penalties-by-state/13549/

Brown blasts DOJ reversal on Ohio voter purging

CLEVELAND – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today (Aug. 9) in response to a reversal by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against defending a legal challenge to Ohio’s efforts to purge voters from the state’s voter rolls.

“The Department of Justice should be working to make voting easier, not harder. The Sixth Circuit Court has already ruled that Ohio’s attempt to purge voters violated federal law. By reversing course and backing efforts to strip away the right to vote for thousands of Ohioans, the DOJ is playing politics, threatening the integrity of our state’s election process, and attempting to prevent Ohioans from exercising their most basic right,” said Brown, who oversaw eight elections as Ohio’s Secretary of State.

In September of last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Ohio’s process of purging voters from the rolls violated federal law. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear the case this fall. On Tuesday, the DOJ filed a brief in support of Ohio’s method of purging voters, reversing its original position.

New Poll Shows Fewer Unemployed Ohioans Are Giving Up on Finding Work

26% Have Given Up on Looking for Work, Down from 47 % in 2016

Half Blame Themselves for Their Unemployment

A Majority Have Not Had an Interview in the Past Month; 40% Report Being Unemployed for More Than Two Years

OKLAHOMA CITY, August 9, 2017 – Express Employment Professionals released results from a poll of unemployed Ohioans showing a decline in the number who have given up looking for a job.

The survey of 101 jobless Ohioans age 18 and older was conducted online by Harris Poll, on behalf of Express and offers a detailed, in-depth look at the background and attitudes of the unemployed. It was conducted in conjunction with a national poll of 1,500 jobless Americans.

According to the survey, 26 percent agree with the statement, “I’ve completely given up on looking for a job,” compared to 33 percent nationally. In 2016, 47 percent in Ohio said they had “given up,” compared to 33 percent in 2015 who said the same.

Still, most of the unemployed in Ohio expressed hopefulness. Eighty-three (83) percent agree with the statement, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months.”

Unemployment remains a chronic condition for many, with the average duration of unemployment coming in at 26.2 months, compared to 23.5 months nationally. For Ohio, that is lower than in 2016 (29.8 months) and higher than 2015 (23.3 months). Twenty-nine percent (29) of unemployed Ohioans have been out of work for three months or less, 19 percent for four to six months, 3 percent for 7-12 months, 8 percent for 13-24 months and 40 percent for more than two years.

When asked why they are unemployed, 32 percent say they quit, and 26 percent say they were laid off. Nationally, 22 percent say they quit, and 22 percent say they were laid off. In 2016, 10 percent of unemployed Ohioans said they quit, and 26 percent said they were laid off. In 2015, 10 percent said they quit, and 30 percent said they were laid off.

When asked who’s “responsible” for their unemployment, 50 percent blame themselves, and 23 percent blame the economy. This represents an increase in the number blaming the economy, compared to 2016 (43 percent) and 2015 (36 percent). In 2016, 57 percent blamed themselves in, but only 33 percent blamed themselves in 2015.

“The unemployed in Ohio certainly are expressing a greater level of resolve in finding work, compared to the national average,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “It’s certainly troubling that one-fourth say they have given up, but it’s encouraging to see the improvement from just a year ago.”

WHO ARE THE UNEMPLOYED?

According to the survey, 53 percent of the unemployed in Ohio are men; 47 percent are women.

The largest age group is 50-59 years old:

24 percent are ages 18-29

20 percent are ages 30-39

14 percent are ages 40-49

26 percent are ages 50-59

16 percent are 60 or older

The majority lack a college degree:

11 percent did not complete high school

39 percent received only a high school diploma

5 percent completed job-specific training after high school

18 percent attended college but did not receive a degree

10 percent hold an associate degree

15 percent hold a bachelor’s degree

1 percent attended graduate school but did not receive an advanced degree

1 percent have a graduate degree

Those with a college degree reported receiving their diplomas in the following areas:

52 percent in science

13 percent in business

12 percent in liberal arts

5 percent in education

18 percent in another area

WHO’S GIVING UP, WHO’S HOPEFUL

Twenty-six (26) percent of unemployed Ohioans agree with the statement, “I’ve completely given up on looking for a job,” compared to 47 percent in 2016 and 33 percent in 2015. Thirty-three (33) percent of unemployed Americans agree with this statement.

2 percent of Ohioans agree completely

1 percent agree a lot

8 percent agree somewhat

15 percent agree a little

75 percent do not agree at all

Still, 83 percent of all unemployed Ohioans agree with the statement, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months,” compared to 92 percent in 2015.

41 percent agree completely

18 percent agree a lot

13 percent agree somewhat

11 percent agree a little

18 percent do not agree at all

WHAT THE UNEMPLOYED ARE—AND ARE NOT—DOING TO FIND WORK

In Ohio, the unemployed reported they are putting in an average of 9.1 hours looking for work each week. Nationally, the number rises to 13.3 hours per week.

Sixty-nine (69) percent have applied for positions that are below their job level at their previous employer, but 31 percent have not.

The majority had no interviews in the previous month at the time of interviewing:

55 percent had been on zero interviews in the previous month

19 percent had been on one

12 percent had been on two

7 percent had been on three

2 percent had been on four

4 percent had been on six to nine

Among the job search activities unemployed Ohioans could choose from, the most common job search activities were online:

41 percent reported visiting and researching online job boards

39 percent visited prospective companies’ websites

39 percent posted resumes on major online job boards

34 percent entered search terms directly into an internet search engine

32 percent visited social networking sites

32 percent visited or researched websites that provide resume tips

A national study was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals and included 1,500 U.S. adults aged 18 or older who are unemployed but capable of working (whether or not they receive unemployment compensation benefits). Excluded are those who are currently retired, choose to stay at home, or are unable to work due to long-term disability. The survey was conducted between March 14 and April 6, 2017. The oversample of unemployed Ohio adults included 101 respondents. The data was fully balanced and weighted by gender for age, education, race/ethnicity and household income to accurately reflect that of the population of the state of Ohio using census bureau data. In addition, propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ penchant to be online. State level data was collected as an add-on to the national data.

Results were weighted as needed by gender for age, education, race/ethnicity, region and household income. Totals may not equal the sum of their individual components due to rounding. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

States with the Most Underprivileged Kids

With August being Child Support Awareness Month and concerns growing over Republicans’ proposed Medicaid cuts that are likely to impact children, especially those with disabilities and special health care needs, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most Underprivileged Children.

In order to bring awareness to the plight of millions of underprivileged children across the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key measures of neediness. The data set ranges from share of children in households with below-poverty income to child food-insecurity rate to share of maltreated children.

States with the Most Underprivileged Kids

1 Mississippi

2 District of Columbia

3 Nevada

4 New Mexico

5 Louisiana

6 Arizona

7 Alaska

8 West Virginia

9 Oregon

10 Arkansas

11 Oklahoma

12 Florida

13 Georgia

14 South Carolina

15 Montana

16 Kentucky

17 Alabama

18 Tennessee

19 Ohio

20 Michigan

Key Stats

Mississippi has the highest child food-insecurity rate, 26.3 percent, which is 2.8 times higher than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest at 9.4 percent.

Mississippi has the most infant deaths (per 1,000 live births), nine, which is 2.3 times more than in New Hampshire, the state with the fewest at four.

Alaska has the highest share of children in foster care, 1.41 percent, which is 5.6 times higher than in Virginia, the state with the lowest at 0.25 percent.

Mississippi has the highest share of children in households with incomes below poverty level in the past 12 months, 31.8 percent, which is 2.7 times higher than in New Hampshire, the state with the lowest at 11.8 percent.

Nevada has the highest share of uninsured children aged 0 to 17, 13.0 percent, which is 8.7 times higher than in Massachusetts, the state with the lowest at 1.5 percent.

Massachusetts has the highest share of maltreated children, 2.22 percent, which is 16 times higher than in Pennsylvania, the state with the lowest at 0.14 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-underprivileged-children/5403/

Ohio Ranked #16 – Student Debt Statistics for Class of 2016

Lendedu.com released our annual Student Debt By School By State Report 2017 this morning. Included, we analyzed student debt data for 1,161 colleges in the USA:

https://lendedu.com/blog/student-loan-debt-statistics-by-school-by-state-2017

In Ohio, the average borrower had $29,579 in debt in the Class of 2016. Out of all 50 states, Ohio had the #16 highest average student debt in the USA. Over the last year, Ohio’s average increased by 0.64%. Nationally, average student debt decreased by 1.50%.

We found that Otterbein University was ranked #1 in terms of highest average student debt in the state of Ohio with $40,397 per borrower at the college.

ICYMI: Cleveland Clinic facing pressure to move annual gala from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Medical students and other healthcare advocates are collecting signatures for a public letter calling on the Cleveland Clinic to move its 2018 fundraiser from President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The Plain Dealer reports that the letter has rapidly collected more than 1,100 signatures from doctors, nurses, medical students and Ohio residents concerned about patronizing a Trump business – while Trump advocates for policies that would strip millions of their healthcare insurance.

He even tweeted an implicit threat to destroy ObamaCare:

An ACA repeal would cause 32 million people to lose their health insurance. All leading medical organizations – such as the American Hospital Association and the Ohio Hospital Association – have opposed repeal of the ACA, yet the Clinic plans to host its 2018 gala at Mar-a-Lago and patronize Trump.

Statement from Secretary Husted

COLUMBUS – In response to a letter received from the Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requesting voter information, the following may be directly attributed to Secretary Husted:

“In Ohio, we pride ourselves on being a state where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. Voter fraud happens, it’s rare and when it happens we hold people accountable. I believe that as the Commission does its work, it will find the same about our state.”

“After each of the last three federal elections, I instructed the bipartisan boards of elections to conduct a review of credible allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression. The results of this review is already in the public domain and available to the Commission. Additionally, voter registration information is a public record and is available online. The Confidential information, such as the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number or their Ohio driver license number is not publicly available and will not be provided to the Commission.”

“In responding to the Commission, we will have ideas on how the federal government can better support states in running elections. However, we will make it clear that we do not want any federal intervention in our state’s right and responsibility to conduct elections.”

“Every Secretary of State in the country should welcome the opportunity to describe what they do to ensure the integrity of the elections in their respective states. The Commission and elections community should treat this as an opportunity to build confidence in our election system. I intend to handle it constructively and responsibly. We are proud of what we’ve built in Ohio.”

Brown applauds Secretary Husted’s refusal to turn over voter information

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for rejecting a request for confidential voter information from the Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission.

“Who you vote for is none of the government’s business. I’m grateful to Secretary Husted for standing up for Ohio voters and protecting our private information,” said Brown, who also served as Ohio’s Secretary of State. “This witch hunt is a waste of taxpayer dollars and an invasion of privacy that undermines our democracy.”

According to Secretary of State Husted’s office, only 52 possible cases of voter fraud were turned over for investigation following the 2016 election.

In May, Brown blasted the executive order President Trump signed to create the commission on voter fraud and elections. Brown – who oversaw eight elections as Ohio’s Secretary of State – said the commission will waste taxpayer dollars and fuel voter suppression efforts.

Following the 2016 election, Brown warned President-Elect Donald Trump that his false conspiracy theories and lie that millions voted “illegally” are a threat to democracy.

School Vouchers bill

As the Ohio House Education Committee is expected to amend a “Private School Vouchers For All” bill June 20, Innovation Ohio has released a detailed analysis of the current voucher system and its impact on students.

Twenty years of data show that lawmakers should be re-examining the current private school voucher system instead of exponentially expanding it, as Senate Bill 85 and its companion House Bill 200 would do. Any proposed expansion could have ruinous effects on kids and families in both voucher schools and local public schools.

Innovation Ohio’s Education Policy Fellow Stephen Dyer will testify on the report’s findings before the House Education Committee this afternoon, where they are expected to amend House Bill 200.

Among the data revealed in the new Innovation Ohio report:

  • Vouchers now affect children in 83% of Ohio’s school districts
  • This year, more than $310 million in public money will be sent to private, mostly religious schools through vouchers.
  • Including additional direct state payments and reimbursements made to private, mostly religious schools, more than $568 million in Ohio taxpayer money is going to support these schools
  • Every Ohio student not taking a voucher, on average, loses $63 a year in state funding
  • Local taxpayers subsidize vouchers with $105 million in locally raised money to make up for districts losing state funding to Ohio’s voucher programs
  • Students who take vouchers perform worse than their public school peers on state assessments
  • Some of the highest performing school districts in the state lose money and students to vouchers, turning the original intent of the program on its head

Voucher expansion isn’t just here in Ohio. In President Trump’s proposed budget released in March, he and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have proposed a $1.4 billion voucher expansion nationwide beginning this fall, with an eye toward expanding it to $20 billion.

Lawmakers in Columbus and Washington must take heed of Ohio’s experience before the ideologues further push their misguided and failing voucher agenda.

Ohio investigative agents to be trained to recognize human trafficking victims

By Jackie Borchardt

Cleveland.com

Undercover agents with the Ohio State Highway Patrol have a new assignment in addition to their regular duties — spotting and preventing human trafficking.

Agents in the patrol’s Ohio Investigative Unit are being trained to identify possible human trafficking victims at bars, truck stops and other places where they’re already investigating crimes. When agents determine someone may be working against his or her will, they will then connect that person with local programs and resources.

“If you have your eyes on what’s happening, you may prevent somebody from being taken and abused and have long term ramifications of their life,” Gov. John Kasich told a handful of agents at a news conference announcing the initiative.

The highway patrol employs about 85 undercover agents to investigate liquor, tobacco and food stamp violations. Their work often takes them to illegal “after hours” clubs that serve alcohol without liquor licenses and truck stops, where they might encounter someone forced or manipulated into sex work or other labor.

Ohio Man Arrested Following Major Seizure of Heroin

PORTLAND, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties announced that a Columbus man is in custody following the seizure of two kilograms of heroin.

According to the task force, this is the largest heroin seizure in the history of Meigs County. Investigators estimate that the drugs have a street value of approximately $484,000.

Inielsis Guillot, 41, was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. Both charges are felonies of the first degree.

Authorities said the drugs were found concealed in Guillot’s vehicle after the Ravenswood (West Virginia) Police Department initiated a traffic stop in West Virginia that traveled across the Ravenswood Bridge into Portland, Ohio.

The case is being investigated by the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

“I’m very pleased that investigators were able to intercept these drugs before they could be sold to those suffering from addiction,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Ohio is in the middle of an opiate epidemic that doesn’t stop at state borders, so I applaud the teamwork between both Ohio and West Virginia authorities to get these drugs off the streets.”

“I commend the Ravenswood Police for their actions on the case. Our agency works close with all counties of West Virginia along the Ohio River,” said Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood. “This is a huge bust. We strive to get the drugs off the street. If you have any information about drug trafficking please contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 740-992-4682.”

Guillot is currently in custody at the Meigs County Jail. Following an initial court appearance in Meigs County Court today, bond was set at $250,000.

The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties is made up of authorities from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, Gallipolis Police Department, Middleport Police Department, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office.

Delaware, Ohio Police Department notice

Multiple vehicles were damaged by spray paint in the Cheshire Crossing neighborhood overnight (July 15). The police department is actively investigating. Anyone who saw or heard something, or anyone who has additional information may leave an anonymous tip at 740-203-1112.

Please remember to leave porch lights on, park vehicles in the drive or garage when possible, take valuables inside, lock doors, and contact police 740-203-1111 if you observe ongoing suspicious activity; 911 for Emergencies.

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