BLANCHESTER — “One of the busiest days in recent memory for the Blanchester Police Department” is how Police Chief Scott Reinbolt refers to last Thursday, Sept. 13.
”A very spartan staff was kept busy handling the following incidents, which include an incident of indecent exposure, a drug overdose, a report of a man with a gun, two people suffering mental health crises and two arrests,” he said.
The incidents include:
10 a.m. — Police were called to the Ursula Park apartment complex at 746 S. Broadway St. on a report of a man exposing himself to the complex manager.
“An officer responded, spoke to a witness and then found Stanley Wegford, 63, in a vehicle in the complex parking lot,” said Reinbolt. “Wegford, who resides in the complex, was arrested and charged with public indecency.”
He was issued a summons and will answer the charge in the Clinton County Municipal Court. He has a prior conviction for public indecency in Clermont County from 2017.
11 a.m. — The Mayor’s Office asked police to check to make sure anyone participating in the village-wide yard sale who was on Village Hall property was using the designated area only. All of the participants were found to be in compliance.
11:23 a.m. — Police were called to the Friendship Acres apartment complex at 901 E. Cherry St. on a management complaint of a trespasser.
“The officer made inquiries and determined that the person in question had never been informed that she was not permitted on the property, and therefore, no arrest was made,” said Reinbolt.
12:05 p.m. — Police were called to the Friendship Acres apartment complex at 901 E. Cherry St. “to assist a mental health worker who was present and intending to involuntarily hospitalize a resident of the complex for mental health evaluation,” said Reinbolt.
A deputy from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. The resident was transported to Clinton Memorial Hospital via ambulance and without incident.
12:58 p.m. — Police were called to the Gold Star Chili restaurant at 942 E. Cherry St. for a reported overdose.
“An officer arrived and found Russell Hall, 34, lying in the parking lot being tended to by an off-duty Blanchester firefighter and medical personnel from the nearby American Showa employee wellness center,” said Reinbolt.
An ambulance arrived and transported Hall to Clinton Memorial Hospital. A Clinton County deputy sheriff arrived to assist.
“A hypodermic needle was found inside Hall’s nearby car” which was towed, said Reinbolt.
“The responding officer knew that Hall was on parole and called his parole officer, who went to Clinton Memorial Hospital and arrested him,” said Reinbolt. “He was also charged with possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor offense.”
1 p.m. — The prosecuting attorney asked a Blanchester officer to appear before the Clinton County Common Pleas Court to provide input on sentencing in an assault on a peace officer case from earlier in the summer.
“Acting Judge William McCracken sentenced the defendant, Kaleb Christen, to an eight-month prison term for assaulting Cpl. James Beckelhymer in May,” said Reinbolt.
2:30 p.m. — Police were called to 7571 Rosewood Drive on a report that someone had just stolen a man’s chainsaw.
Reinbolt said an officer spoke with the victim, who said he set the chainsaw down in his front yard, went to the back yard, and returned to find the saw missing. The officer spoke with a neighbor who witnessed someone steal the saw and was able to provide a description.
”There was quite a bit of traffic in the neighborhood at the time due to the village-wide yard sale taking place,” said Reinbolt.
3 p.m. — Cincinnati Police called and stated they had developed information indicating a 16 year-old runaway boy was either at the Kroger grocery store in Blanchester or was staying at a residence in the trailer park at 800 E. Center St. Officers checked both locations and did not find the boy.
“Ptl. Ian Courtney found the boy at around 9 p.m. (Sunday) while checking on suspicious people in the yard at a residence directly across the street from the police station,” said Reinbolt. “Cincinnati Police were contacted, but would not come and pick up the boy. It was determined that the boy was in the custody of Hamilton County Children Services at the time he ran away.
”Clinton County Children Services was contacted, and declined to pick up the boy, referring the officer to Hamilton County Children Services. The officer contacted Hamilton County Children Services, and at around midnight, an agent of Hamilton County Children Services arrived at the police station and took custody of the boy.
”An officer was called in on overtime to sit with the boy for the three hours that elapsed from the time he was found to the time he was turned over to Hamilton County Children Services,” added Reinbolt.
5 p.m. — Police were called to an address on a report of a suicidal man. “An officer arrived and spoke to witnesses and the man, who was having an emotional crisis,” said Reinbolt. “An ambulance responded to the scene, and after a brief struggle, the man was restrained to the ambulance cot and taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital for mental health intervention via ambulance with a police officer riding with the EMS crew.”
8:40 p.m. — Police were called to 301 E. Main St. on a report of a neighbor dispute involving a handgun.
“Officers arrived and interviewed witnesses, learning that there was a disagreement over a television set, and that the ‘handgun’ was actually a BB gun,” Reinbolt said. No arrests were made.
8:45 p.m. — A police officer was present at the Friendship Acres apartment complex at 901 E. Cherry St. when he stopped a suspicious person.
“He found that the woman, Cassondra Richardson, 26, was wanted on two felony warrants for violating the terms of her bond in a robbery case filed in the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas,” said Reinbolt. “She was arrested on the warrants and was found to be in possession of a large number of prescription drugs — not her own — as well as a knife.”
Reinbolt said the drugs will be sent to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for examination. He said Richardson was charged with carrying a concealed weapon for the knife and was turned over to a Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy, who transported her to the Clinton County Jail.
9 p.m. — Police were called to 504 S. Wright St. on a report of a domestic dispute.
“Officers arrived and spoke to the parties, who indicated they were involved in an argument over license plates,” said Reinbolt. No arrests were made.