Motorist runs from traffic stop


LoCoSheriffStar Dodds

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff's Office are preparing warrants for a motorist who fled from an 8 p.m. traffic stop Monday in the 13000 block of State Route 235 on the north side of Indian Lake. 

A deputy initiated a stop on a vehicle traveling without a front license plate. The deputy also determined the license plate did not match the vehicle and asked the known male motorist to exit the vehicle.

While conducting a pat down for safety, the deputy felt what he believed to be drug paraphernalia in a pants pocket.

The motorist took off running and disappeared into a wooded area.

The deputy called for assistance and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded with a helicopter.

Sheriff’s administrative staff called off the search as the offenses committed by the suspect were not felonies.

 Driver cited after striking road closed sign

 Homer B. Taylor, 94, of Bellefontaine, was cited for failure to control related to a non-injury crash Monday morning on U.S. Route 68 at Township Road 30.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office report he was operating a southbound car at 8:50 a.m. when he struck a road closed sign that was placed in the road by Ohio Department of Transportation crews performing road work in the area.

Damage was moderate to Taylor’s car, and he was wearing his seat belt, deputies report.

Elderly woman reports scam

Deputies received a report Wednesday from an 86-year-old rural Bellefontaine woman, who reported that she had been the victim of a scam and reportedly lost more than $10,000.

She told deputies that she received a series of phone calls beginning in January from a caller who said his name was “John Peterbanks” from “Publishers Clearing House” and that she had won $7,500. However, the caller reportedly told her she needed to pay taxes in order to receive her supposed prize money.

She reportedly withdrew various amounts of cash from her bank account and was instructed to place the cash in between pages of a magazine and send the magazines by Priority Express to addresses in Chesterfield, Va., and New York City.

The victim related that she had never received any prize money, and she also had never entered a contest through Publishers Clearing House.

Deputies also went to the Bellefontaine Post Office and learned that one of the packages that the victim had mailed had been delivered Wednesday in New York City. The matter has been forwarded to the detectives’ division for follow-up.