Someone burned down a southern Ohio stable where the local Mennonite families park their horses and buggies on church day. But that's not what worried fire investigators the most.
A police pursuit originating in Adams County with an allegedly stolen vehicle ended within the borders of Highland County on Wednesday morning with the apprehension of a wanted man. According to scanner traffic and law enforcement, Quentin L. Havens, 35, of Beaver, was apprehended following the vehicle pursuit with police that started in Adams County and touched Pike and Highland counties, too.
On Wednesday, commissioners from Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Jackson counties held a conference call to discuss the economic impact that's expected if funding is not approved to continue clean-up operations at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon. "If you lose 675 jobs, we're going to have local stores that can't stay open," said Pike County Commissioner Blaine Beekman.
The Chillicothe Post of the Highway Patrol will be partnering with the Ross County and Pike County Sheriffs' Offices to address a more than year long trend of fatal crashes on US 23. Since May of 2013, US 23 in Ross and Pike counties has accounted for 9 deaths in traffic crashes and the patrol along with sheriff's deputies have announced a partnership to reduce the number of crashes occurring along the corridor.
The federal government recommends demolishing over 200 buildings at the site of a former Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio and creating a disposal facility there for most of the waste. At issue is the campus of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, roughly 60 miles south of Columbus.
As of 7:30 am, The Highway Patrol reports road closures around Chillicothe because of accidents caused by icy pavement. These include: - US 50 / Western Avenue at Cabbage Hill - State Route 772 south of Chillicothe - Northound US 23 between Main Street and the north split between US 23 and 35 Also, a caller reported that US 23 South, both directions, is a "parking lot," and there are calls of accidents on many other roads, including: Pike County Sheriff Richard Henderson has issued a road advisory for the county.
Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin has added terrorism to the list of charges that Eric Frein is facing for his alleged involvement in the shooting of two state troopers. Frein was charged with two counts of terrorism on Thursday at a hearing from the Pike County Correctional Facility via video with Tonkin and Pike County Magisterial District Judge Shannon L. Muir.