WPD over 2 weeks: More overdoses, 2 fatal; theft reports

By Duane Weyand - Chief of Police - Wilmington



This week had a reduction in the amount of overdoses we handled from previous weeks — however, we still had one fatality.

Domestic/crimes of violence were higher than the previous weeks. Overall we handled 262 calls for service with 18 arrests.

Two of the arrests that stand out include Joshua Muncy, 38, of Hillsboro for operating a vehicle while impaired. Muncy went to the Reds’ opening game and decided to drive home drunk. He told the officers he wanted to take the breath test to see how drunk he got.

We arrested Rahson Staples, 50, for being a fugitive from New York.

We handled six theft offenses — many of the those involve calls where the victim knew who took the item because they let them stay in the house. For several weeks, I have stressed the importance of monitoring your belongings around others.

Traffic-related incidents are starting to climb as more people are out with nice weather days. Crashes and complaints of reckless driving begin to climb as more people take to the roads.

34 arrests last week

During the prior week, the volume of overdoses we handled jumped considerably from previous weeks. We handled eight for the week and unfortunately one of those overdose calls resulted in a fatality.

We handled 337 calls for service with 34 arrests.

Calls related to mental health were prominent this week. We had several calls involving people suffering from mental illness as well as calls for suicide attempts. We handled one suicide this week.

I can’t stress enough for citizens to be actively engaged with their family. You need to monitor crisis situations and be there to aid your family and friends in getting help. There are several places in town that offer crisis counseling.

We handled five theft offenses that involved stolen items from business. These thefts are items like money, cell phones, and wallets. Each week we have thefts from inside a business where items are left unsecured.

We handled three thefts from garages, and those stolen items consist of a cooler, crossbow, power tools, and a lawn mower.

We handled 28 suspicious person calls for the week, the highest incident type over the week.

We appreciate people looking out for their neighborhoods and calling in actions that seem suspicious.

Some notable arrests for the week and their alleged offenses include: Todd Smart, 50, of Wellston, Ohio, domestic violence; Joshua Davidson, 35, of Wilmington for unauthorized use of a vehicle; Robert Adams, 35, of Clarksville for theft; Dalton Florea, 24, of Clarksville for operating a vehicle while under the influence; Matthew Arnold, 20, of Hillsboro for operating a vehicle while under the influence; and Ellie Kivell, 21, of Hamilton for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Duane Weyand is Wilmington’s Chief of Police.




By Duane Weyand

Chief of Police