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A Message from Sheriff Tim Bailey:
"Welcome to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Website.
As Sheriff of Marion County, Ohio, I hope that you find this site both useful and informative.
The men and women of the Sheriff's Office are personally commited to providing the citizens of Marion County the best in law enforcement services."

-Tim Bailey

Written by Tammy Broadwater   
Monday, 20 October 2014


Prospect Village                     October 30th 5pm to 6:30pm  Parade at 7pm

Morral Village                       October 31st 5:30pm to 7pm

Caledonia Village                  October 31st 5:30pm to 7pm

Green Camp Village              October 31st 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Waldo    Village                    October 31st  5:30pm to 7:00pm

Larue Villag                          October 30th 5pm to 6:30pm

New Bloomington Village      October 30th  5:30pm to 6:30pm

Marion Twp:                         October 31st  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Pleasant Twp:                       October 31st  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Marion City                          October 31st  5:30pm to 7:30pm

Sheriff Tim Bailey wants everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween holiday and has issued a set of Halloween safety tips to help reduce crime and accidents on the Saturday, Oct. 31 holiday.

  • Choose costumes that are bright and contain reflective material.
  • Add a reflective stripe if necessary to make your child more visible to drivers.
  • Carry a glow stick or glow necklace to be more visible.
  • Avoid costumes that cover a child’s head and may prevent them from seeing a vehicle or other hazard.
  • Remember toy guns look real. Choose costumes that do not contain guns or weapons.

The sheriff also suggest that parents should:

  • Accompany young children when they go trick-or-treating.
  • Carry a flashlight, cell phone and first aid kit.
  • Teach children how to dial 9-1-1 if they encounter an emergency.
  • Plan a route with your children and agree on a time to “check-in” with family.
  • Only let children trick-or-treat in neighborhoods parents are familiar with and only to houses with front porch lights on.
  • Caution children to never enter a person’s home while trick-or-treating.
  • See that trick-or-treaters cross streets at intersections only.
  • Have trick-or-treaters eat dinner before going out, or take a snack from home. Do not allow your children to eat any candy unless, checked by an adult first. Any unwrapped items should be discarded.
  • Before you allow your child to knock on any door, become better informed. Check the Ohio Offender Watch Sex Offender Registry website. Learn who lives in the houses you plan to visit. Be cautious rather than sorry!
  • Notify your neighborhood watch groups of the trick-or-treating” times, and have them walk the neighborhoods to look out for children.
  • Remind children to have respect for their neighborhood. Although some activities may seem like fun -- smashing pumpkins, “egging,” spray painting and spraying property with shaving cream are all illegal activities that damage a person’s property.

Halloween also poses special challenges for people who will be driving while trick-or-treaters are out. The sheriff suggest:

  • Drive slowly (with lights on) and defensively all evening.
  • No one should drive a vehicle while wearing a Halloween mask of any type.
  • Be cautious, because young trick-or-treaters may dart out in front of you at anytime.
  • Obey all traffic signals, both as a driver and a pedestrian.
  • Driving under the influence laws will be strictly enforced, so make sure you have a designated driver.
  • Persons under the age of 21 should not drink any alcoholic beverage.

And Halloween can be a traumatic or even dangerous time for pets. So the sheriff suggest:

  • Don’t leave your pet(s) out in the yard.
  • Many strangers visiting in strange costumes can be scary for some pets.
  • Make sure your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside when you open the door.
  • Don't dress your pet in a Halloween costumes, as it causes great stress for the animal.
  • Trick-or-treat candies of any type are not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to many animals. 
Written by Major Jeff Cline   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014

On 10/07/2014 at approximately 2:26pm, an employee from a store on State Route 95 East called the sheriff’s office to report a theft in progress. The employee stated that she was watching Vernon Ray Pennington conceal merchandise in his clothing. The employee indicated that she recognized Pennington from a prior theft incident at the store. The employee attempted to stop Pennington for theft but he ran to a vehicle in the parking lot. A deputy sheriff arrived to the scene and observed Pennington leaving the parking lot and attempted to stop him. Pennington failed to stop and fled the area heading eastbound on State Route 95. Deputies pursued Pennington for approximately 10 minutes and were behind him when he pulled over about a mile west of Edison. Pennington pulled off the road into a field access drive and then fled from his vehicle into a corn field. Deputies ran after Pennington and a K-9 also arrived to assist in the search. A perimeter was set up with assistance from the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, the Mt. Gilead Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The area was searched by deputies and K-9 officers, however Pennington was not located. All of the stolen property was recovered in Pennington’s vehicle.

Vernon Ray Pennington is 43 years old, 6’03” tall and weighs approximately 240 pounds. Pennington has brown eyes and brown (graying) hair. Pennington is wanted for theft, criminal trespassing and failure to comply with a signal from a police officer (fleeing and eluding). Pennington is also on probation and has an active misdemeanor warrant from Marion Municipal Court Probation for failure to appear.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Vernon Ray Pennington, please contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 382-8244 ext. 0 or call the Marion TIPS line at (740)375-TIPS (8477). Calls to the TIPS line can remain anonymous.



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