Clinton County Sheriff’s reports: Man stopped, allegedly has drugs and gun

By John Hamilton -

WILMINGTON — The following information comes from incident reports provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court.

The sheriff’s office recently processed these reports:

• Deputies arrested a 53-year-old Clarksville male for alleged improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, marijuana possession, and an O.V.I. around State Route 730 and Old State Road in Clarksville at 12:55 a.m. on Dec. 7. According to the report, the deputy was patrolling State Route 730 when observing a vehicle committing a left of center violation. After making with the driver during a traffic stop. The deputy advised the reason why he stopped him. The driver advised he was watching the deputy in his mirror and when he looked up he was across the yellow line. While speaking with the driver, the deputy detected a “strong odor” of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver confirmed he had marijuana in the vehicle and pulled a “Ziploc bag containing two plastic bags of marijuana” from his right coat pocket. The deputy advised him to stop reaching into his pockets and step out of the vehicle. He complied and told the deputy he recently left his son’s house in Wilmington due to his ex-wife being there. “(The driver) stated that he knew he should not have left and attempted to drive home,” the report states. When asked if he had any weapons, the driver advised he had none on him but there was a handgun under the driver seat. The driver was patted down and later placed in the back of the deputy’s cruiser. The driver advised he did not have a CCW license when asked and said he bought the handgun from a friend for $100. The 9mm handgun was found in a black holster under the seat. The gun was found to have nine hollow-point bullets in the magazine but none in the chamber. The deputy also discovered three used marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and various pills in the truck — the driver advised they were Oxycodone and Xanax. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver was charged and taken to the Clinton County Jail.

• At 1:39 a.m. on Dec. 10, dispatched advised deputies of a subject driving a black Yukon who had an active warrant. Contact was made with the wanted subject around East Main Street and State Route 350 West in Clarksville and he was arrested. Deputies also discovered suspected narcotics in the vehicle.

• At 10:49 a.m. on Dec. 4, deputies were dispatched to the area of Starbuck and Prairie Road in Union Township in reference to a vehicle “chased by another car.” The report lists an 18-year-old Washington Court House male as the victim and the two occupants of the other vehicle were strangers to the victim. No further information was listed.

• At 8:47 p.m. on Dec. 6, during a traffic stop around State Route 350 West and State Route 730 in Clarksville, deputies located suspected narcotics in the vehicle.

• At 3:56 a.m. on Dec. 9, during a traffic stop around State Route 730 and Tar Pike Road in Wilmington, Marion Township, for a marked lane violation, deputies discovered suspected narcotics in the vehicle.

• At 6 p.m. on Dec 2, a 76-year-old Wilmington female reported multiple items were stolen from a property of her’s at the 400 block of Gumley Road in Blanchester, Washington Township; 20-inch speakers and amps and a 27-inch LG TV were listed as stolen.

• At 11:36 a.m. on Dec. 3, a 50-year-old Scio male reported multiple items were taken from a company vehicle while in Sabina between Nov. 8 and 21. The report lists a Dell laptop, a mini-refrigerator, and a Roadking CB radio as the items stolen.

By John Hamilton

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