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Bellar Case Raises Questions About Possible ‘Systematic Failure’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It took a long, angry post on Facebook to trigger a full investigation into allegations of sexual abuse within an Athens-area family. The post, made last month by a girl who had been hiding from her family for a year, accomplished what three previous reports made through official channels had not…. Read More

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Deputy Accused Of Obstructing Justice In Sexual Abuse Case Makes First Court Appearance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Athens County sheriff sergeant made his first court appearance Monday following his arrest last week on two felony charges. Jimmy Childs, 52, is facing charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice in relation to sexual abuse charges against members of the Bellar family. Childs is accused of deleting a… Read More

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Law Enforcement Investigating Whether Facebook Post Is From Missing Girl

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(UPDATE 4/28/21 1:22 p.m.) Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn on Wednesday confirmed the Facebook post from Monday was made by Serah Bellar. _____________________________________ ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County law enforcement are investigating a Facebook post by someone who says she is an Amesville teenager who went missing a year ago. The Facebook post was… Read More

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Athens Sheriff’s Office Hands Out Snacks to Local Children

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  “Apple, oranges or bananas?” asks a deputy to a family in a car outside Walmart. People driving up to do groceries Monday morning got a little unexpected help. The Athens County Sheriff’s distributed some 500 snack bags for school kids complying with the “stay-at-home” order due to COVID-19. Outside Walmart, a… Read More

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Two Area Youth Organizations Receive Grants from Law Enforcement

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Two local organizations are recipients of grants provided by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. In separate news releases, it was announced that both the prosecutor’s office and sheriff’s office would present grants of $250 to the Trimble Tomcat Bridgebuilders while the prosecutor’s office will also donate $1,000 to Big… Read More

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Sexual Assault Reported to Athens Co. Sheriff’s Office

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A female alleged that she had been sexually assault after a date two weeks ago, according to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office. The office is seeking more information about the man accused in the incident. The woman said the alleged sexual assault happened about two weeks ago, after the two had gone to the Athena… Read More

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Commissioners Postpone Discussion on Recouping Former Sheriff’s Pay

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The Athens County Commissioners want clarification of a state law before deciding whether to pursue the salary paid to former sheriff Patrick Kelly while he was under suspension awaiting trial. What they want clarified is whether more than just salary could potentially be recouped. Kelly was convicted last week in Athens County Common Pleas Court… Read More