BLANCHESTER — Village of Blanchester Councilman Reilly Hopkins brought forth a resolution in support of the Blanchester Police Department at the Village Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, and it was unanimously adopted by Village Council, according to a news release from Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
It states: “A resolution expressing the intent of the legislative authority of the Village of Blanchester to retain a municipal police department.
“Whereas, the Village of Blanchester has maintained its own municipal police department since its incorporation; and,
“Whereas, the legislative authority of the Village of Blanchester recognizes the value of its citizenry of maintaining its own municipal police department.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved that it is the intent of the legislative authority of the Village of Blanchester to retain its own municipal police force now and for the foreseeable future.“
Reinbolt added that, “This same resolution was brought before Village Council on Jan. 18, 2018, but was rejected by a vote of 4-2, with Councilmen Hopkins and Hollon voting in favor of the resolution.”
Facing multiple charges
Blanchester police were called to the Kroger store at 1001 E. Cherry St. at around 1 a.m. Saturday for a report of a shoplifter, according to Reinbolt.
An officer arrived and identified the culprit as Jessica Sebastian, 29, who provided her address as “homeless”, said Reinbolt. He said Sebastian was wanted by police on a warrant issued by the Clinton County Municipal Court based on a prior drug arrest.
“Sebastian resisted the officer’s attempts to take her into custody and a back-up officer arrived,” said Reinbolt. “She was placed under arrest and was searched. She was found to be in possession of two hypodermic needles and she had a knife concealed on her person.”
He said Sebastian was charged with theft, resisting arrest, possession of drug abuse instruments and carrying a concealed weapon; she was taken to the Clinton County Jail and will answer the charges in the Clinton County Municipal Court.