"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 committed to providing the citizens of Marion County the best in law enforcement services."
- Sheriff Tim Bailey
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has received information from some residents that they have received phone calls from individuals that are apparent scams.
This most recent scam has someone calling the victim claiming to be Deputy Walker or Deputy Miller from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer tells the victim that they failed to show up to jury duty and that a warrant will be issued for their arrest unless they pay a fine to avoid arrest. The scammer speaks to the victim long enough to try to get personal information (social security number, date of birth, credit card or bank account info) and to determine an agreed upon dollar amount they have to pay. The scammer tells the victim to buy a Green Dot card (reloadable Visa card that are sold at Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and Dollar stores). Once the money card is bought the scammer instructs the victim to call phone number (740)338-2710 and the Green Dot card number is read off by the victim to the scammer. Once the number is given the scammer can then immediately use the money as cash online.
Local merchants have also been informed about this scam in case a customer attempts to buy a Green Dot card. The merchant might inform the customer about this scam in an attempt to prevent the transaction from taking place.
The sheriff’s office will never call and ask for personal information and never collect money over the phone. Jury duty information for prospective jurors is sent out by mail or by personal service by a uniformed and identifiable sheriff’s deputy. Never give out personal information over the phone and never give out account information. If someone asks you for account information or to send money it is a scam. If you have questions please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office 740-382-8244 (Option #2) before sending any money.
Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey announced his office will be participating in a countywide traffic detail targeting speed and alcohol related violations for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. Deputies will be conducting extra traffic enforcement and patrol now through November 26th. In an effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public, the sheriff’s office will be enforcing a Zero Tolerance Policy on speeding, drunk driving, and seatbelt violations. Marion County residents are urged to obey traffic laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable homecoming season.
These extra patrol activities were made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The grant was awarded to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in a continued effort to lower traffic accidents related to alcohol, speed, and seatbelt violations. Motorists are to expect to see deputies enforcing traffic safety countywide. Sheriff Tim Bailey and his deputies are committed to keeping Marion County roadways safe for all residents and visitors.
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 U.S. Marshals from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Taskforce, Toledo Division came to Marion looking for a wanted fugitive. Darnell R. Johnson, 46 years old, was convicted of rape on March 16, 1993 and was released from prison on September 3, 2017. Johnson registered as a sexually oriented offender in Henry County after his release, however by October 19, 2017 it was learned that Johnson was no longer living at the registered address. U.S. Marshals started to investigate and learned that Johnson might have been staying at a residence in Marion. A warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest for being a registered sex offender and failing to give notice of a change of address (a 1st Degree Felony).
Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals checked a house in the 200 block of Park Boulevard and Johnson was not there. They next checked a house in the 400 block of Decatur Street and Johnson was located. Johnson was taken into custody without incident and later was transported back to Henry County.
Sheriff Bailey was pleased with the cooperation and outcome of this investigation. “The whole purpose of the sex offender registration is to know and be able to track offenders. When those offenders violate the system they potentially put the public at risk wherever they decide to go”, said Sheriff Bailey. Sheriff Bailey welcomes everyone to go to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office website and click on the “Sex Offenders” tab at the top of the page to search for possible sex offenders in your neighborhood.
Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey is seeking the public’s help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female located in northeast Marion County on March 10th, 2007.
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