2 teens missing from Adriel

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Pair tied to vehicle stolen from Green Hills

Area law enforcement are searching for two missing teenage girls who reportedly left Adriel Group Home early Tuesday morning, and allegedly stole a vehicle that later was recovered in Preble County.

Officers of the West Liberty Police Department responded to Adriel about 3 a.m. on a report of two girls who had left the campus without permission.

The girls were identified as 15-year-olds Sharee Gibson and Malika Shabazz. Sharee is a black female described as 5 feet tall, 170 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Malika also is a black female, 5 foot 2 inches tall, 105 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

An officer who was patrolling the area trying to locate the teens was flagged down by a newspaper carrier, who had observed two girls matching the description of the runaways in a vehicle that was stopped along U.S. Route 68. He said the girls asked for his help with the vehicle, however, when he began inquiring about what assistance they needed, the teens drove away southbound on U.S. 68.

About 7:45 a.m., officers were sent to the Green Hills Apartments in reference to a stolen vehicle report. Phyllis Coey reported that her 2000 Ford Taurus was stolen, and that vehicle matched the description of the vehicle which the runaway females were observed in earlier in the morning.

Officers later learned that the Ohio State Highway Patrol had recovered the vehicle in Preble County. The car had been abandoned with a flat tire, and it was impounded at the request of the West Liberty Police Department.

Warrants are being filed for Sharee and Malika through Logan County Juvenile Court while officers continue their investigation.

Just prior to this incident, officers already were handling a report of a boy and girl who had walked away from the campus around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The pair, Makelia Coleman Madison, 15, and Jacob Wood, 16, were later located, and charged with criminal trespassing.

Both teens were transported to Logan County Juvenile Detention Center, and officers note that this is the second time in the last week that these two juveniles ran away from the campus.

These two incidents follow a series of arrests that officers have made at the Adriel facility in West Liberty during the last four days:  

• Anthony Faulk, 17, was arrested for assault and theft Monday after he reportedly assaulted a staff member, and left the campus and was located at Thoman’s IGA in West Liberty, where he had committed a theft offense. Mr. Faulk had only been released for a few hours before this latest incident.  

• Also on Monday, Peyton Heistand, 15, was transported to the JDC after he allegedly assaulted a staff member. The staff member required medical treatment. The teen had previously been arrested on April 1 for assaulting and injuring the same staff member.

• A 12-year-old girl was arrested Saturday for criminal damaging after Kevin Parthemore of Lakeview reported damage to his vehicle while it was parked at Adriel Group Home. Mr. Parthemore states that staff members informed him that the girl caused the damage after an incident that occurred inside the group home.