Police blotter activity for the central and southern area of Ohio depicts varied crimes this week. Multiple vehicle accidents due to snowy road conditions and a bizarre shooting are featured at the top of today’s Ohio police blotter activity.
Waverly, Pike County
A January 19 motor vehicle accident sent five individuals to the hospital in the rural area. According to information made available from the Chillicothe State Highway Patrol Post, the driver of the vehicle was 17-year-old Christina Davis. The Chillicothe teen was driving a 1999 Dodge Neon. While traveling on State Route 32, Davis lost control of her car, and slid off the roadway. After traveling over an embankment, Davis’ vehicle struck a tree. Three teen passengers in the vehicle were transported to a hospital in Huntington, West Virginia by life flight. EMS squad transported Davis and another teen passenger to the Pike County Hospital. All but one of the teen passengers were treated and released. The hospitalized teen passenger remains in stable condition. While the accident is still under investigation, speed is considered a factor in the incident. Charges are pending against Davis.
A January 20 house fire nearly cost a Columbus woman her life. The southeast side blaze trapped a female resident inside. A police officer reportedly rescued the woman by going through a window in the home. Screams alerted the dedicated law enforcement officer to the trapped female. All witnesses and emergency personnel are hailing Officer Adam Clark as a hero. The female victim was transported to Mount Carmel East hospital, primarily as a precaution. Two firefighters also sustained minor injuries while battling the growing blaze. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and remains under investigation.
Minford, Scioto County
One young boy is dead, and one under investigation for a shooting in Scioto County, Ohio. A 2-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, with his eight-year-old brother the prime suspect in the shooting. The Scioto County 911 dispatcher received an emergency call January 19. The father of the two boys directed emergency services personnel to the home on Kinker Road.
According to reports by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Department, the boy’s grandmother was babysitting while the parents visited at a neighbor’s house. While the incident remains under investigation, it appears the 8-year-old boy took the shotgun from the parent’s room, loaded the weapon, and returned to his own bedroom. Law enforcement officers believe the shooting was accidental. A 3-year-old male sibling was also wounded during the shooting. The 3-year-old toddler was treated and released from the Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Scioto County deputies removed all children from the home, and charges may be pending in the case. The identities of the family have not yet been released.
Source: Southern Ohio law enforcement agencies.