"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
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.
October 28, 2017
Medication Take Back Day organizers report that Marion County’s fifteenth semiannual collection was a success in spite of the season’s first snow and a change in location. 163 vehicles drove through Evers Arena at the Marion County Fairgrounds, along with two walk-ins, discarding 228 pounds of unused pills, liquids, syringes, and lancets for safe, confidential, environmentally-friendly disposal.
Sheriff Deputy Larry Yoder reached out to Marion County Fair Board Manager Cindy Wood to arrange a convenient set-up for drivers while keeping workers and volunteers out of the elements. Drop-off organizers hope to keep this change in venue permanent.
Ten MARMET officers handled discarded medication on Saturday, with three pharmacy students from Ohio Northern University, OhioHealth pharmacy resident Charlie Christie, and pharmacy technician Karen Hawk on hand to identify specific controlled substances. Ohio Health Pharmacist Dan Sheridan, one of the original Medication Disposal Day organizers from 2010, praised citizens who drop off their medications at this event for “taking action to make our community safer.”
Saturday’s collection netted 174 Hydrocodone, Oxydodone, Gabapentin, and Tramadol pills. Others not individually tallied include Fentanyl, Adderall, Morphine, and Percocet.
“We know that these medications are frequently abused, and that’s why medication disposal is so important,” according to ADAMH Board Executive Director Brad DeCamp. “Medication disposal is one of the most simple, yet most powerful things a community can to prevent prescription drug abuse.”
Aqua Ohio, another Medication Disposal Day co-sponsor, reminds residents that flushing no longer recommended for medication disposal. Permanent medication drop-off sites are located at the Marion City Police Department (233 West Center Street) and Marion County Sheriff’s Office (889 Marion Williamsport Road East), as well as Walgreen Pharmacy (1321 Delaware Avenue, near Barks Road).
Angela Carbetta, Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention Director, was especially pleased with the amount of recyclable materials handled at the event, reporting that Marca Industries processed approximately 2,700 pounds of paper and four 90-gallon containers full of medication bottles.
“We also managed to salvage two pick-up truck loads of cardboard,” Carbetta added, noting that information on all prescription bottles and documents have been destroyed in compliance with HIPPA regulations.
Chief Deputy Aaron Corwin reminds citizens that they can anonymously report suspicious behavior by calling the Crime Tip Line at 740-375-TIPS (740-375-8477), and to call 911 right away if a person is unresponsive. “Fentanyl is often mixed with other commonly abused drugs, resulting in increased deaths,” Corwin added.
Communities across the country participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take Back Day. Getting unused prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs out of medicine cabinets helps reduce drug-related crime and the potential for addiction, drug abuse, and overdose deaths.
Individuals interested in learning more about resources for addiction treatment in Marion County can contact the ADAMH Board at 740-387-8531.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office along with several other pub safety agencies collaborated with River Valley Local School for active shooter training today. Sheriff Bailey and his staff were grateful to be part of this training for the safety of staff and students and to improve the efficiency and response of all the agencies collaborating and working together.
On April 3rd, 2017 at approximately 1200hrs The Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Mt. Gilead Police Department that the suspect from two pharmacy robberies that occurred in both Morrow County and Marion City may be enroute to Marion County. Deputies located the vehicle described to them on Marion Mt. Gilead Rd and a traffic stop was made. Deputies located and arrested 44 year old Brian Weber of 3574 US Hwy 42 Cardington, Ohio. Weber was transported to the Multi County Correctional Center for charges of Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle and Carrying a Concealed Weapon both fourth degree felonies in reference to the traffic stop today.
Marion City Police are charging Weber with Aggravated Robbery, a first degree felony for the Rite Aid Pharmacy robbery that occurred February 6th, 2017 and Mt. Gilead Police Department will also be charging Weber with Aggravated Robbery as well for a robbery that occurred at the Mt. Gilead, Ohio Rite Aid Pharmacy on December 7th, 2016. Marion City Police Department assisted at the scene and with further investigation and the Mt. Gilead Police Department assisted today as well.
Sheriff Tim Bailey and Police Chief Bill Collins agreed it is very likely a third robbery was prevented today due to the collaborated efforts of all agencies and a violent criminal is no longer on the streets of our community or Morrow County where he had been committing crimes.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Taz will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Taz’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Fanchon”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
K9 Taz joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 with K9 Handler Deputy DJ Barron after the retirement of Sig. Taz will be joined by K9 Nero who was added to the sheriff’s office K9 program with Handler Deputy Ryan Kelly in February of this year. Sheriff Bailey wants to thank Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for making this vest possible for K9 Taz and for the communities continued support in our local law enforcement.
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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