Amber D. Heilman, 36, of Jeffersonville, was charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine related to a traffic stop about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office on patrol in West Liberty observed a vehicle with no functional headlights and initiated the stop.
While speaking with the driver, Heilman, deputies observed that she appeared very nervous and asked her to step out of the vehicle. K9 Thor also was deployed on the vehicle for an exterior sniff and the canine alerted on the vehicle.
During a probable cause search of the vehicle, deputies located a cloth bag with a marijuana pipe and a container with a burnt marijuana joint and a small amount of a green leafy substance.
Also in a pouch inside Heilman’s jacket, deputies seized a baggie with a crystal-like substance, along with a baggie, a rolled-up dollar bill and a glass pipe with suspected meth residue.
The defendant was placed under arrest and was transported to the Logan County Jail. At the jail, deputies said the seized items field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
A passenger in the vehicle also was released from the scene after gathering his belongings. The vehicle was towed since it did not have operational headlights.
Officers of the West Liberty Police Department also assisted at the scene.
2 arrested after bar fight
Raymond W. Lawrence II, 50, of Kenton was charged with aggravated menacing and public intoxication related to an incident Friday evening, Feb. 3.
Another bar patron Travis S. Lawrence, 51, of Lima, also was charged with public intoxication that evening.
Deputies responded about 11:05 p.m. to the Belle Center Bar, 103 W. Main St., Belle Center, in reference to a fight in progress. When deputies arrived, they said approximately 20 people were in the street in front of the bar.
Witnesses told deputies that Raymond had pulled out a knife during the altercation. Raymond was detained by deputies and was told he was not under arrest at that time.
Witnesses said the knife was later collected by the bartender. The bartender later came outside and handed the knife to deputies. It was described as a small pocket knife.
Two women who had been walking with Raymond, along with Travis, stated that Raymond did not have a knife. While deputies were conducting their investigation into the fight, Travis continued to yell about Raymond “not having a knife” and stated he was willing to go to jail.
Travis and Raymond each were placed under arrest and transported to the jail.
At the jail, Raymond spoke to deputies about the incident, stating that he didn’t brandish the knife. He also said he got knocked down as he was attempting to leave the bar and then he was kicked in the head. Deputies observed bumps and some blood on his face.
A report is being forwarded to the Bellefontaine Municipal Court for review. Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol also assisted at the scene.
Man lodged for domestic violence, menacing
Tom L. Neeley, 59, of 10597 State St., Lakeview, was charged with domestic violence and menacing Thursday, Feb. 2, related to an incident at his residence.
Deputies were dispatched to his address about 5:55 p.m. in reference to a domestic dispute, with the caller stating that Neeley was intoxicated and was laying his hands on an 18-year-old man at the residence.
Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the defendant, who reportedly was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.
Witnesses told deputies that Neeley had been making threats against the young man all day. He was placed under arrest and transported to the jail. A Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer also assisted at the scene.
Citation issued in C.R. 10 crash
William P. Pearson, 50, of Bellefontaine, was cited for right of way when turning left related to a non-injury crash Friday afternoon.
Deputies report he was operating a northbound 2018 GMC Canyon about 2:50 p.m. from the U.S. Route 33 exit ramp when he attempted to turn left onto County Road 10. His vehicle struck an eastbound 2010 Volkswagen Routan operated by Eldonna Ashley, 81, of Zanesfield.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts. Damage was moderate to the Ashley vehicle and light to the Pearson vehicle.