BLANCHESTER — At around 11 p.m. Monday the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office asked Blanchester police to go to a home in the 400 block of S. Broadway St. to check on a man. The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office had information indicating the man was suicidal, according to Blanchester police.
“Ptl. Micah Day and Ptl. Sarah Luken arrived at the residence and found the man, Anthony Lynch, 24, seated in a car in the driveway with the keys in the ignition,” said Reinbolt. “Lynch was highly intoxicated, confirmed that he was suicidal and asked the officers repeatedly if they intended to shoot him.
“Lynch stated he had been in possession of a handgun earlier, but stated he threw it out the window of his car while in Blanchester.”
Lynch was transported to Clermont Mercy Hospital via police car for psychiatric treatment, Reinbolt said.
“Night shift officers searched along several locations described by Lynch for the firearm, but did not find it,” said Reinbolt. “This morning (Tuesday) we requested assistance from the Mason Police Department, which has a police dog capable of locating firearms by scent. The Mason Police Department graciously sent their dog, Banshee, and his handler, Officer Mike Sechrist, to Blanchester, where they joined Blanchester police officers in a search of several locations for the gun to no avail. We are grateful for their assistance.”
Reinbolt said Lynch was charged with having physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a charge he will answer in the Clinton County Municipal Court.
At around 9 a.m. Tuesday police were called to Blackstone Home Healthcare at 655 W. Main St. for a report of a suspicious person.
”Cpl. James Beckelhymer went there and spoke to a Blackstone employee who was working alone in the closed business,” said Reinbolt. “She stated a man entered the unlocked front door of the business and said he needed help with a mental health problem. The employee told the man they could not provide that service and asked him to leave.
”The man became angry, then spent the next 20 minutes pacing inside the office, insulting the employee and asking her if she had a weapon,” Reinbolt said. “He then left the building and the employee called police.
Ptl. Micah Day found the man the woman described at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets. Reinbolt said he was identified as Kiawa Taulbee, 23, who stated he was homeless.
Taulbee was charged with criminal trespass and taken to the Clinton County Jail.