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Prosecutor: Hocking College Rape Allegation Under Investigation

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NELSONVILLE — An allegation of rape on the campus of Hocking College is under investigation by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. An incident report filed on Tuesday with the Hocking College Police Department alleges that a woman had been sexually assaulted. The report states that there were five males involved. The report states that the… Read More

New Indictment Adds Charges To Alleged Trafficking Ring

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A new indictment returned by an Athens County grand jury adds additional charges against several of the individuals indicted last month in connection with a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring in the area. Twelve individuals are charged in the new indictment, including John Rutter, 55, of Glouster, who was not charged in the initial indictment…. Read More

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Xenia Man Charged In Alleged Robbery of Two Athens Businesses

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A Xenia man is in custody after attempting to rob two Richland Avenue businesses late Tuesday night. Jody A. Brown, 32, of Columbus Street, is charged with two counts of robbery, one count of abduction and one count of disrupting public services relating to incidents at Athens’ McDonald’s and Speedway, both on Richland Avenue. Brown… Read More

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Hamden Police Chief Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

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HAMDEN — Hamden Police Chief Charles Boyer has agreed to resign for violating multiple state ethics rules upon reaching a settlement with the Ohio Ethics Commission. Boyer, a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, had been serving as chief since Hamden resurrected its police department in 2012. His involvement in being appointed to that role is… Read More

Meigs County Deputy Resigns Amid Gun Theft Allegations

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A Meigs County Sheriff’s Office deputy indicted last month in Athens County for allegedly stealing a firearm has resigned from his position. Brody Davis, 26, of Pomeroy, submitted his resignation on Wednesday, according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood. Wood stated that Davis regretfully resigned from the position. He was hired in February 2011. Wood… Read More

Hocking Valley Bank Robbery Suspect Appears in Court

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The man accused of robbing a local bank on Monday morning made his first court appearance on Wednesday, but has been released after posting bond. Willard Whitmore, 68, of The Plains, appeared in Athens County Municipal Court via video conference from Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail. Whitmore is alleged to have entered the Hocking Valley Bank… Read More

Athens Man Sentenced For Grand Theft, Drug Possession and Other Charges

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An Athens man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony offenses. Jason Barnhart, 32, of Athens, pleaded guilty to charges from five separate cases as part of a plea agreement before Judge Patrick Lang. He pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized use of computer, cable or… Read More

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Confession Reported in Athens Catholic Church Fire

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Investigators looking into the weekend vandalism and arson at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Athens reportedly received a confession on Monday morning. According to Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office spokeswoman Lindsay Burnworth, an investigator from the office was on the scene late Monday morning when an individual confessed to the investigator about starting the fire…. Read More

Man Who Killed Father Granted Unsupervised Leave from Mental Hospital

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An Athens man who was found innocent by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father has been granted unsupervised movement outside of a mental facility. Jonathan Bebb, 39, had petitioned Athens County Common Pleas Court to allow him to have less restrictive movement while remaining hospitalized. Judge Leonard Holzapfel, sitting by assignment… Read More