RULE OF CITIZENS.  By Austin Leedom, August 15, 2011                                 


Mayor David Malone has good manners; he did not attack the former

lady Mayor nastily like Councilmen Basham, and  Haas and City Solicitor

Mike Jones did. and Malone  smiles most all the time.

If Malone makes an appointment, he keeps the appointment.

He’s gotta go.  The SOGP gang cannot abide with an honest man. 

He will not have a fair shake with the present BIG FOUR  Councilmen.



Black persons have had to carry the heavy end of the log since the first days

of Portsmouth.  A fair deal for all was never intended in the beginning, and

has not happened so far.   And the dictator-like gangsters now in power are

not going to allow a fair deal now for any of us who are not “mobbed up´

with the secret-gang-rulers of Portsmouth,  especially dark-skinned David.


Portsmouth has become a city of Liberty and Opportunity for the greedy,

criminal wealthy only.


Portsmouth  has been purposefully prejudiced from its founding in 1803, and

the present controllers intend that they will continue to rule as Dictators here. 


The Age of Enlightenment still has not shined much light of civil rights and

fair play on the governments of Portsmouth and our God-given Constitutional

Rights have been mostly ignored and scorned by those in power for over two centuries.


Portsmouth has been slow to afford equal rights.

The first “man of color, ”Ronald Franklin Parker, was placed on the Police

Department in 1938.  Portsmouth had been a city for 135 years before this first

dark man was ever sworn in as policeman.


He was an excellent officer, one of the finest according to officers who served

with him, including former Police Chief Ray Thompson.


In 1962  Honest Ted Wilburn, ten years on the force, a fearless, fair-dealing

college educated officer when he replaced bribe-taking Chief of Police Robert

Edwards who had been indicted for fifty counts of taking bribes and one

count of committing an armed robbery of a local gun store and stealing a

large number of good weapons.   Chief Ted Wilburn stayed five years in

in Portmouth and then left to take the  position as national security executive

for Kroger.   Portsmouth could not afford to keep Ted Wilburn.



Police Chief Horner wants to get his hands deeper into our pockets Our Paychecks will be smaller if this new Horner Police tax passes VOTE NO on Chief Horner's Amendment for higher income tax.  Happy Ending-  People voted down Horner's bid for tax raise onTuesday, May 03, 2011



Hard to beat an accomplished


professional like Frank Lewis,  but we


published the Al Lewis story on the 22 of


Feb 2011, six days ago.


Al Lewis (no known relative of Frank Lewis) has been subject of much writing by Shawnee Sentinel, Doug Deepe, and others  since 2003 when he was believed to be a secret agent for Police Chief Horner and a snitch for Sheriff Marty Donini.  Al has had very questionable associates for years.  Fed Agents and other state investigators also will remember Al Lewis.  Plus some girlies, also.


Sell more newspapers---


Frank Lewis has his ear tuned to Police Chief Horner – If Frank Lewis hears Horner say one word or a thousand, Frank Lewis will print all the words with his incomparable Frank Lewis Commentary. 


You are as always on the right track.  Follow Horner and you will find the scent of dirt , news of dirt, a much real dirt


.  Horner is the Chief.  And, you know he can sell a boatload of newspapers for you,  Maybe you will be granted another  raise.


You and your young accomplice, Wayne Allen can rightfully be charged with Unfair Labor Practices.  The  two of you turn out more good production day after day than five or six good reporters normally do.  You are doing so much you are keeping others out of work.  The newspaper should double your pay again and give both of you monthly production bonuses.


Assistant investigator fired from SOCF

by Frank Lewis Portsmouth Daily Times   Mon 28 Feb 2011

copy by Austin Leedom for file 28 FEB 2011

After a year of being on administrative LUCASVILLE —leave, an assistant investigator at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility has been fired.

Al Lewis had been placed on administrative leave Jan. 27, 2010, and according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, was terminated Feb. 16 for “misusing official position for personal gain.”

“The investigation was conducted,” Carlo Loparo of ODRC said. “He was found in violation of our rules and procedures and was removed.”

Since Lewis’ leave began, SOCF Warden Donald Morgan has chosen repeatedly not to comment on the issue. A call Friday to the administrative offices at SOCF went unreturned. No other information has been released by the ODRC.

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LUCASVILLE — After a year of being on administrative leave, an assistant investigator at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility has been fired.

Al Lewis had been placed on administrative leave Jan. 27, 2010, and according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, was terminated Feb. 16 for “misusing official position for personal gain.”

“The investigation was conducted,” Carlo Loparo of ODRC said. “He was found in violation of our rules and procedures and was removed.”

Since Lewis’ leave began, SOCF Warden Donald Morgan has chosen repeatedly not to comment on the issue. A call Friday to the administrative offices at SOCF went unreturned. No other information has been released by the ODRC.

Read more: Portsmouth Daily Times - Assistant investigator fired from SOCF




Portsmouth is one of ten worst crime cities in America.                       7 Feb 2011 BY Austin Leedom




FBI report on Portsmouth Crime.  

We are one of the worst - Time to move

Horner out; get a real police officer to run the

police operations.

32-year-old Jeremy Boysel shot at scene of house entry on 6th Street Thursday 20 Jan 2011 by ex Sheriff Jim Sutterfield



Case Number 08CIH00246    Edward L. Scott v

Charles Horner, Police Chief

Suits against Chief Horner were  filed 5/23/08 following Horner’s  botched attempt on Market Street to take nice new truck from Lee Scott under guise of a “drug raid.”  Horner was fired by Mayor Jim Kalb following this bungled action for dishonesty, including ordering officer, he sent to the court to get a search warrant, to lie.   Rightfully Horner should have been sent to prison for this lying action.

Case dismissed on summary judgment 10/25/10 by Judge Harcha.  Appeal will go to higher court. *************


TOM BIHL ??  LEADING A RECALL AGAIN?   By Shawnee Sentinel Writer Austin Leedom 13Sep10


Tom Bihl, a living legend of arrogance, incompetence, corruption, wild-driving and greed, is leading another effort to recall the Mayor of Portsmouth after he and City Clerk Joanne Aeh bungled the first petitions in an effort to deceive the Board of Elections. 

The attempted deception failed.

The Lady Mayor Jane Murray was wiser than they.  She had hired the same attorneys who successfully sued Joann Aeh and crooked council members in 1997 for criminally tampering with petitions seeking the recall of then-Mayor and most of city council.  The attorney firm of McTigue and McGinnis of Columbus won the suit in the Ohio Supreme Court with a 7-0 decision against Joann Aeh. 

Aeh was later charged in Municipal Court with the felony crime of tampering with petitions.  portsmouth Municipal Courts  CC

against the City Clerk.  Hold Control Button and Click

Concerning: Aeh, Joann
Filed: 08/11/1999
Arr. Agency: STAT

Case #: 9902635
Docket Entry:
Case Type: Criminal

 Both City Solicitor David Kuhn and County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Grimshaw refused to prosecute the case and Aeh went free.  The decision not to prosecute this crime was one big fact that led to the defeat of Lynn Grimshaw in the Democratic primary of 2004; David Kuhn was removed from office in 2007. 

In this 1997 suit against City Clerk Joanne Aeh, the city paid the costs of the plaintiff citizens’ attorney which was $12,000 for winning the case and also paid $15,000 to outside attorneys for losing the case. 

In this one illegal action Joanne Aeh cost the city of Portsmouth $27,000.

In May 1999 Ex-Police Chief Tom Bihl was serving as a prospering, arrogant, incompetent, greedy, money finagling, appointed City Auditor when indicted for criminal theft of city money while he was Chief of Police.

Bihl's demolition-derby driving record on public streets was well known to most of the citizens, and he had a reputation of spending more time during work days in the bar-rooms than he spent in the Auditor's Office.

The news of Bihl's indictment was the biggest story about a bad police chief since Chief Robert Edwards was indicted in 1963 on fifty counts of taking weekly bribes from the infamous ‘Four-Pound’ Brown who operated a well-stocked brothel that sexually serviced many of the merchants, bankers, attorneys, public officials, police officials, men of ‘special interests’ and male members of high society.

Chief Edwards also was indicted on a charge of the armed robbery of a local gun shop. This was not good; even in Portsmouth, Ohio a Police Chief might be disciplined for such action.

So, Edwards was a bad cop, but, to his credit, no record of Chief Edwards attempting to overturn the will of the people by the recall of an honest mayor has been found.

Written by Austin Leedom 12 Sep 10ustin  

Now for a documented closer look at Tom Bihl’s record written by Dr. Robert Forrey who gives us a delightful account of the 'Adventures of Tom Bihl' and Bihl's disreputable career as an employee of the City of Portsmouth.

A scrolling River Vices link can be found on Moe’s Forum Home Page or you can - Click on River Vices link at the top of the Shawnee Sentinel home page to access River Vices, then go to index on the right side of the page, click on July, 2010, then click on ‘Tom Bihl, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul’ – or

click on link below while holding the control key down.





Saturday the 27th of March, 2010 – By Austin Leedom

Police Chief Charles Horner is leaving the force soon, according to inside information. 

A civil service examination is to be held for eligible officers. 


This departure of Charles

in local courts and the federal courts during his career.  He is facing trials in actions filed against him in May 2008 following his last botched drug bust on Market Street.  The Portsmouth Daily Times wrote a very complete article on the actions and errors that caused the lawsuits against Chief Horner and the City of Portsmouth.


It has been expected that the Chief who has served more than enough years to earn retirement would leave the department before facing the courts again.

Saturday the 27th of March, 2010 – By Austin Leedom

Horner to face trial for wrongful action

Police Shawnee Sentinel,Portsmouth Ohio City,corruption,Mayor rape,Martings,City Council discrimination courts violation civil rights

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Two new articles:  Rats return to sinking ship  and  Oxy & Contin

You said every little bit helps,-Mayor-Malone.  You can tell council to propose a

change in the Charter  ordaining 44 cops and save the budget a half million a year.


We will be needing less Portsmouth Police.  With the creation of the

new Shawnee State University (SSU) Police Force with full police power,

just like other already existing State University Police Forces

have had for many years.  Portsmouth Police

will seldom be needed there on campus for any reason.


A number of Police should be subtracted from the number

presently being claimed  by the Portsmouth Police Chief as needed.  

For example, if there are 1,200 students living in campus housing,

1,200 may be subtracted from the total of people allegedly now living in Portsmouth.  

The number of all students living within the jurisdiction of the

new SSU Police in Portsmouth should be considered in figuring

in LOWERING the number of police Portsmouth City should have.



The SSU police will be neater, cleaner, with good manners,

better able to communicate in a civilized way with people,

and will be blessed with a chief the officers and other SSU

employees can respect, emulate and trust. 

SSU Police Chief David Thoroughman is respected as a

neat-appearing, capable, courageous leader with four-years

military experience with overseas duty,….  and twenty years

with the Portsmouth Police.

The morale of the SSU Police will be superior to our Portsmouth

Police Department (PPD).  Look for more Portsmouth officers

to seek employment at Shawnee State Police.

There are several very fine PPD officers who will eagerly

grasp this opportunity to serve with SSU PD. 

Benefits for employees may include full payment for

college level educations for all family members.       

Austin Leedom, Shawnee Sentinel 14 February 2011, Monday

Written by Austin Leedom on Thursday, May 25, 2007.
 Police Chief Charles Horner to face jury trial in Common 
Pleas Court on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 for 
wrongful action against Officer Steven Nagel. 
In 2003 Patrolman Nagel refused to obey an 
order by Chief Horner to bear false witness 
against New Boston Police Sergeant Matt Powell. Nagel was fired. 
 Only a few weeks ago Chief Horner lost another suit 
charging him with violation of civil rights 
against young lady.  
This cost the City of Portsmouth $5,000 to 
pay off the deductible amount that the 
insurance company would not pay.  
Will Horner again make a plea for a 
settlement to avoid having to testify 
publicly under oath?  
Full more details on this lawsuit 
Go to http://www.sciotocountycpcourt.org 
Then go to search,type in Charles Horner's 
name and see list of suits he has been involved 
in our Scioto County Courts.



Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 2:30 a.m. – We have details on big drug raid in the 1500 block of Sixth Street on Saturday night, July 30, 2005.    Cops get seven druggies in one raid; a house at 1512 Sixth Street has been a major aggravation to nearby residents for nearly a month.  Arrested were TIMOTHY BRIAN DEESE, 37, of 1512 Sixth Street for Drug Abuse, possession of crack cocaine and drug papaphernalia;  JESSICA MONET LITZY, 21,  of Columbus for possession of crack cocaine and trafficking in marijuana; SHEYA TALLEY, 22, of Columbus for possession of crack cocaine and trafficking in marijuana; and PERRI MACKEY, 23, of Columbus for possession of crack cocaine and trafficking in marijuana. 

Officers also issued summons for court appearance to three other subjects, DONNA SISSEL, MELISSA SMITH, AND JAMES FULK for permitting drug abuse.


Sentinel reporters have watched many drug raids; we watched the drug bust activity on the Sixth Street raid Saturday night for nearly three hours, and much police work remained to be completed when we called it a night and went home to rest.  A raid on a drug house is not only dangerous for the officers; it requires many officers and a lot of time.  Also, many, many hours are often required to properly investigate before a raid can be made.


POLICE CHIEF HORNER, AND RECALLED MAYOR GREG BAUER MAY HAVE TO PAY FOR DAMAGES OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS IN UNLAWFUL FIRING OF POLICE OFFICER STEVEN NAGEL.   (Nagel was  fired after allegedly refusing to give Chief Horner false information on New Boston Sgt. Mat Powell.)


Written by Austin Leedom at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005


On October 20, 2003 Police Officer Steven Nagel filed suit in Common Pleas Court against Portsmouth Police Chief Charles H. Horner and Mayor Greg Bauer for wrongfully firing him.

Case No. 03CIC00081 in Scioto County Court of Common Pleas.  This case can be found at: http://www.sciotocountycpcourt.org/



Officer Nagel claimed that he was fired because he would not give Portsmouth Police Chief false information against New Boston Police Sergeant Matthew Powell. 


Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard H. Harcha ordered Nagel returned to duty and issued a judgment denying them sovereign immunity on Nagel’s retaliation and hostile work environment claims.


Horner and Bauer appealed the removal of immunity to the Court of Appeals in Case Number 04CA2975. 

The Court of Appeals agreed with Judge Harcha’s ruling and denied the appeal.


 The City of Portsmouth has been paying the legal fees for the defendants.  Now that the Court of Appeals has agreed with Judge Harcha’s ruling of sovereign immunity the Defendant’s Charles Horner and Greg Bauer may be forced to pay their own lawyer fees and any damages that the courts may decree.


Why should citizens of Portsmouth continue to pay for a wrongful action?  Will Mayor Kalb or Solicitor Kuhn ask the City Council for an ordinance to have the taxpayers of Portsmouth to continue to pay to feed a dead horse?


Written by Austin Leedom at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005





Case filed in Scioto County Common Pleas Court on September 24, 2003

Written by Doug Deepe - posted by Lincoln Dredger at 2:10 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2003

The Sentinel has filed a mandamus action in Scioto County Common Pleas Court to force Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner and/or the City of Portsmouth to release public records maintained in the normal course of business.


The Sentinel is seeking reports mandated by State of Ohio Law concerning the seizure of drug money and information on where the drug money went.


The mandamus action seeks copies of personnel files for six officers of the Portsmouth Police Department including Chief Charles Horner.

The Sentinel has been informed by sources that Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner permitted the officers we sought information about to review their personnel files and destroy anything in their personnel file that the officer didn’t want disclosed to the Sentinel.

Should the allegation of officers destroying information be proven, Chief Charles Horner may be held criminally liable.


The Sentinel began an investigation into the amount of money seized by local law enforcement agencies in April 2003. We received few records of substance from Police Chief Horner or Sheriff Marty Donini.


The Sentinel's continued search for the Drug Task Force money records resulted in the disbandment of the twelve-year-old Drug Task Force by Sheriff Marty Donini, Chief of Police Charles Horner and Attorney Rick Brown.

This was a big story.

The Sentinel reported the news on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. The Portsmouth Daily Times carried the news of the Drug Task Force break-up on Thursday, May 15, 2003 in a FrontPage article by Reporter Anna L. Mallory. TV Investigative Reporter Randy Yohe aired the story on WSAZ TELEVISION CHANNEL 3 NEWS.

No public news release of the collapse of the Drug Task Force was made until after the Sentinel had published the news. Sheriff Marty Donini was furious that the Sentinel had learned of the Drug Task Force break-up. He told the Sentinel he had wanted it to keep it secret from the public.


In reviewing the statutes set up by the Ohio Legislature the Sentinel learned that certain money seized by local law enforcement agencies was required by law to be spent on "community preventive education programs."

According to our mathematical calculations, over $45,000 was to be used on "community preventive education programs by the Portsmouth Police Department in fiscal year 2002. (This is only the City of Portsmouth’s contribution. Sheriff Marty Donini owed another $45,000 to the programs. Has anyone seen $90,000 in prevention programs?)

The Sentinel sent a certified letter to Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner on June 23, 2003 seeking the state mandated reports that he (Horner) was required by Ohio law to file with the Ohio Attorney Generals Office.

We also requested to view the personnel records of six Portsmouth Police Officers.

At the same time we sent our request to Chief Horner for copies of the Attorney General Report, the Sentinel sent a request to the Ohio Attorney General's Office seeking copies of the drug money reports from Chief Horner to the Ohio Attorney General.


On July 11, 2003, the Ohio Attorney General's Office notified the Sentinel that Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner and Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini had not filed reports for any drug money seized in fiscal years 2000, 2001 and 2002 as required by Ohio law.


The Sentinel reporters went to the Portsmouth Police Department to ask for the Attorney General Reports we had requested. We also asked for the personnel records we had requested. We were told by Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner not to come back asking for the records. Chief Horner stated to us, "We will call you when your requests are ready to pick up." He never called.

(The above article was retrieved from backup files on Saturday, July 16, 2005 by Austin Leedom)




Friday July 8, 2005

Officer removed from Police Department for theft is to be re-instated,

and then retired with full benefits by Chief Horner and Mayor Kalb


Written and posted by Austin Leedom on Friday, July 8, 2005.


On June 30, 2005 it was reported that, “Portsmouth Police Officer Bernie

Potts was caught using his fellow officers clothing allowance money to buy items that Officer Potts then resold to members of the National Guard Unit.  Scioto County Prosecutor Lynn A. Grimshaw told Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner to handle the matter “internally” and did not prosecute Officer Bernie Potts.”


The above information was received by two Sentinel reporters directly from Chief Horner.


Today, Thursday July 7th, 2005, The Sentinel was informed that Police Chief Charles Horner has plans to reinstate Officer Potts to the Police Department and then allow him, after one week, to retire with full benefits.


We have reason to believe that Chief Horner’s plan has already been approved by Mayor Jim Kalb.


Written and posted by Austin Leedom on Friday, July 8, 2005.



Portsmouth Police removed another big-time drug dealer from the streets about 2:00 p.m. in the 16th Street Apartments area, just west of Offnere Street.

Chief Charles Horner reported his men had arrested Ralph Thompson, age 28, and confiscated 36 grams of cocaine. Thompson has a lengthy record dating back to 1996 for drug offenses, traffic violations and domestic violence, according to Municipal Court online records.

Mr. Thompson will appear in Municipal Court on Friday, April 1, 2005 to face felony charges.

A citizen of the 16th Street Apartments complained to City Council at the meeting on Monday, March 28, of the troublesome actions of prostitutes and drug dealers in the area. Chief Horner’s officers react quickly to such complaints. If you are aware of drug or prostitution crime, call 354-3784 or email portspd@adelphia.net. Your identity will be protected. (The Chief is the only officer that reads your emails.) By Austin Leedom 2:25 a.m. Thursday April 01, 2005)


Written and published by Austin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2005.

To: Chief of Portsmouth Ohio Police Charles H. Horner

Dear Sir:

You do a very creditable work of writing your police correspondence. However,with your current mis-use of the word "Forum" many of the citizens of the city have been misled into believing you really mean forum. But we have learned that your dictatorial usage of the word simply means no one at the meeting will have an opportunity to talk except you and the other four people who are supporting Clay Johnson (Marting Foundation.)

The other four allowed to speak are Clay Johnson who wrongfully took our two million dollars, his lawyer Stan Bender, plus Jim Kalb and Howard Baughman who both helped Clay Johnson steal our money.

So, you have majestically decreed a "forum" with five people supporting this grand theft and no one representing the citizens of Portsmouth. No! Not one citizen dare speak; you have threatened Jail Confinement to any who go against your regal edict!

What a reprehensible hand to deal to the honest people of this city. You have dealt five aces to your hand and now you threaten anyone who dares complain that your alleged "forum" is another crooked "deal," with instant confinement in jail.

Certainly you did not intend to misinform the public of your dictatorial intent to intimidate and mis-use the alleged "forum" for more damaging conspiratorial actions against the good citizenry of Portsmouth for the benefit of Clay Johnson.

I should, in all fairness, note that of the five, two of you five have been on both sides of the fence in this infamous theft. Mayor Jim Kalb was a willing and leading conspirator in this Swindle of the Century but decided to reveal the depth of the treachery and larceny he had conspired to perpetrate, but only after he became fearful of imprisonment for his crime. Firstly; Jim Kalb was a very willing accomplice to Grand Theft, Secondly; he was a repentant reformer who gave full confession in hope of leniency, Thirdly; he again switched to the side of the arch-criminal and leader, after back room conferences with Boss Clayton Johnson.  (What did this cost Clay Johnson?   Kalb bought new clothes and is now on vaction in Florida.)

Number two is you, Chief Charles Horner. You, a law enforcement officer of over two decades experience readily viewed this two million dollar swindle as a damaging and evil crime against the citizens of Portsmouth and the State of Ohio, and as suited a sworn protector of the law, you sought prosecution of the criminals, alas, to no avail. Then months later, after a secret meeting with the Great Benefactor Clayton Johnson, you "saw the light, "and apparently repented of any further intent to do your duty as a sworn law enforcement officer of the State of Ohio.

With our present weak-willed Mayor Jim Kalb now partying with the ‘bikers’ and 'beach-babes' in Florida you have commandeered totalitarian rule of the city. Please do not attempt further extension of your assumed powers. The people are angry. They are very angry. Nearly all that write and call us are sick of the constant vile attempts of the pro-Martings group to force them to accept the Martings Building or the site of the Martings Building to use for a renovated or new City Hall. 

There will no quieting of the voices of the common people,  ‘the peasants,’  who will be forced to pay seven to ten millions more dollars for any of your suggested uses of the Marting site for a City Hall. Through trickery, treachery and outlaw tactics, you and the group you have enlisted with may force such action and damages upon the people of this city, but you will never be able to quiet their righteous voices.

The actions being proposed by Clayton Johnson/Marting Foundation and associates are wrongful, everlastingly wrong.  We have been robbed.  Chief Charles Horner is openly, publicly supporting the robber.  At what price, Chief?

The citizens’ desire to have a voice, in the heretofore secret proceedings that have so damaged and so angered the populace, is a God-given Constitutional rightful desire, and is everlastingly right. This right has been repeatedly denied.

This is America. The people are most capable of revolting in many ways against further victimization and tyrannical oppression. Threats against citizens’ right of free speech, and threats against their right to peacefully assemble will not stop their honest voices from crying for justice.   Intimidation by guns and badges will not cow Americans.

Chief, no matter what others may think or say, I still have difficulty deeming you have prostituted away your honor in a backroom bargain with the man who, according to your own findings, robbed the citizens of this city of two million dollars in the Marting Scandal. "Tell us, it isn’t so, Joe," or better, show us it isn’t so, Chief!

Written and published by Austin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2005.


Letters to Doug’s Forum by Citizens Concerning

Police Chief’s Forum to be held 7-9 p.m. 8Mar05

Author Comment Claudette (aka Curly) Ferguson

Mar 7, 05 - 2:19 PM A Request of Chief Horner

Chief Horner,

I don't usually make a habit of assuming anything, especially these days. I am, however, assuming that you plan to open your forum Tuesday night with a statement.

I respectfully request that these items be included in your opening statement:

1) How the monies were appropriated for this purchase to begin with.

2) Why, after seeking an investigation into what you felt to be possible illegal activity by the then seated City Council and Mayor, you would be holding a meeting such as this?

3) Why is Judge Marshall's ruling on this matter being ignored?

4) Why, after an appeal has been filed by the City Council regarding this same ruling, you would be holding a meeting such as this?

There appears to be a lot of people planning to attend this meeting, who are not always able to attend the City Council meetings, that would appreciate being prefaced as to the details of this matter up to this point.

Claudette Ferguson
Thirteen Arrests For Drug Violations

During Past Three Days

Posted 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2005

FIVE ARRESTS - Portsmouth Police ‘busted’ five persons at 1533 Fifth Street in a raid that began at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday 22 February 2005. According to a police drug investigator on the scene illegal drugs and an undetermined amount of cash and other items were confiscated.

FOUR ARRESTS - Yesterday, Monday, February 22, 2005 Portsmouth Police raided 1614 Sixth Street; they arrested Darnell Lisath, 30, Trisha Hackworth, 25, and Jessica L. Bass for possession of cocaine. 33-yr-old Samuel McKenzie of Franklin County was arrested for probation violation.

This site has received a call from a Wheelersburg resident who complained that heavy enforcement in Portsmouth of drug trafficking was causing dealers to move to his area.

FOUR ARRESTS – TWO ARRESTS BY SHERIFF IN WEST PORTSMOUTH LED TO TWO MORE ARRESTS IN PORTSMOUTH. Drug dealers aren’t so safe outside the city, either; On Sunday, February 20, 2005 Nicholas Howard, 38, and Teri Howard, 34, of 1617 Jenkins Lane in West Portsmouth were arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on methamphetamine drug charges. Later, with information from this arrest, Sheriff’s narcotic officers assisted Portsmouth Police in the arrest of Scott A. Wilkes, 25, and Heather D. Adkins, 22, of 1020 Stedman Avenue in Portsmouth (Sciotoville), also for meth drug violations. 88888

(Written by Austin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2005)


The police raid on February 14, 2005 of a drug house at 2529 17th Street, plus action of Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Kuhn to close the house by a civil action was welcome news to most Portsmouth citizens. The civil action against the owners of the house is a first for Scioto County. Although the law has been on the books since 1959, Mark Kuhn is first prosecutor in Scioto County to file an action to close a nuisance house. Good work Mr. Prosecutor.



While 17th Street has been improved by the drug raid, and the seizure of the drug house is great news for the neighbors on 17th Street, the 1533 Fifth Street Drughouse is operating full speed again. The owner is a local man who lives on the ‘hill top’ and is employed by a local well-known, highly reputable firm. He has been aware of the drug operations in his house since December 2004. Trafficking has been especially heavy today, Monday, February 21, 2005. Business has been very good at this unlicensed pharmacy at 1533 Fifth Street (known to local angry area residents as a crackhouse/whorehouse) for the past four days. Perhaps the drug dealer has a new shipment of "good stuff" in from his suppliers. As many as fifty customers a day have been observed going to and coming from this drug house.

Some females are very, very young, junior high age.

Customer parking is so limited at this crackhouse many customers simply park in the street while going in to get their drugs; some park in the alley behind the house. Some customers are dropped off by their drivers who later pick them up. Cell phone usage by customers is noticeable. Many females are seen entering and leaving this house, some arrive by auto, some walk in. A few of the females appear to be very, very young, perhaps junior high school age.


The Portsmouth Police, under the direction of Chief Charles Horner, do an aggessive, diligent job of enforcing drug laws in this city. They do so good that many dealers have moved their drug businesses to the comparitive safety of Scioto County outside of the City to avoid arrest by the Portsmouth Police. The Police have been to the drug house at 1533 Fifth Street; the drug business slowed for several days after the Police visit.



Drug houses breed crime. The residents of the Fifth Street area have been robbed and assaulted by crack-heads; local vehicles have been damaged and contents of the vehicles stolen and taken away. The Police have performed well in apprehension of thieves and return of stolen property to victims. Some victims suffer more than others; one resident was assaulted at night when he left the uncertain safety of his home in an attempt to keep his work vehicle from being robbed of its contents by a gang of ‘crack-head’ thugs. The man suffered head and facial injuries so severe that he was unable to work for several days.

Fifth Street residents don’t need, or want a crackhouse/whorehouse in their neighborhood. One resident has suggested that the landlord find a location for his drug-dealing renter in his own Hilltop neighborhood and give the good folks in the East End a break.


Residents have been given new hope by the positive move by the Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney’s action in closing the house at 2529 17th Street on Feb.15, 04. Fifth street residents are hopeful police and the prosecuting attorney will put 1533 Fifth Street high on their list of nuisance houses targeted to be closed. The Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney has demonstrated he will not tolerate nuisance drug houses. We are delighted; he has begun a new, bold, much needed action that will be a tremendous aid to the Police in their non-stop war on drugs; will greatly increase not only the safety and quality of life for Portsmouth citizens, but will also increase the value of real-estate in Portsmouth.

Mr. LandLord, owner of 1533 Fifth Street, when you go court you cannot plead you were ignorant of what your house is being used for. Additionally, a court may find you liable for damages or injuries suffered to your tenant’s customers, or perhaps for injuries caused to the little children who must walk by this nuisance house to and from school. Drug houses do breed violence, less than three years ago a shooting death occurred in a Fifth Street drughouse.


The Story of This Raid and House Closing was Broadcast by TV Reporter Randy Yohe on Channel 3 TV 5:00 p.m., Monday, 02/21/05

The house the Prosecuting Attorney and the Police closed last Tuesday at 2529 17th Street is owned by Betty Jean and Erica Carver, according to records of the Scioto County Auditor.

Scioto County Common Pleas Court Clerk records reveal a civil action filed on 02/14/05 against Roger Blair, 52, Betty Jean Carver, 49, and their daughter Erica Blair, all of 2529 17th Street by Prosecuting Attorney Mark Kuhn seeking a temporary and permanent injunction and a restraining order.

Portsmouth Municipal Court records show that both Roger Blair and his daughter Erica were in Municipal Court on the 7th of January, 2005 answering to drug charges. Erica had been charged with a misdemeanor violation while Roger was charged with a felony. Roger Blair’s case was bound over to the Scioto Grand Jury.

More details on the closing and seizure of the house on 17th Street may be found in the Portsmouth Daily Times in a frontpage article written by News Editor MARK SHAFFER, published on Tuesday, February, 2005.

Anyone who wants to know who owns a house may find the information at http://www.sciotocountyauditor.org

(Written by Austin Leedom at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2005)

Police Quiet Noisy Party Place on Fifth Street

12:20 a.m., Sunday January 3, 2005

Attention Party People: Forget about 1533 Fifth Street as a place to play, party, deal, and create disturbances.

Officers of the Portsmouth Police Department visited the Party House at 1533 Fifth Street at about 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, January 02, 2005. After a visit of about twenty minutes, the police left the house.

.Many other people left soon after. At about 6:20 p.m. three young men parked a station wagon (Tag Number DFT 3942) across the street from 1533 Fifth Street and entered the house carrying large empty boxes. Possibly they loaded their belongings into the boxes before they left; perhaps they didn’t like the attention from the Portsmouth Police. Residents report that traffic in and out of the house has ceased and Fifth Street is quiet again. The residents are grateful to the Portsmouth Police for their attention to this matter.


Violence again at River Days. The Anchor Pad violence case that occurred at a recent River Days event is still pending in Common Pleas Court. ……….Does Timmy Angel believe he has been ordained to rule the city? Tim Angel has serious troubles ahead. Who gave Angel the authority to give orders to Police Patrolman Lancaster to run River Days supporters away. Doug Deepe has this story today.

TODAY: violence at River Days………POLICE BRUTALITY…Portsmouth Police Chief Horner faces more personnel problems. See Doug Deepe, WITH PHOTOS OF DAMAGED YOUNG LADY.


Written by Austin Leedom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2004.Helen J. Johnson, aka: Net Net, 23, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, she was also wanted by Kentucky for Parole Violation for Drug Trafficking, Yolanda J. Johnson, 37, was arrested for posession of crack cocaine, Antwaun Kimble, 24, was arrested on Bench Warrant from Portsmouth Municipal Court at about 11:40 a.m. today, Thursday, August 26, 2004 in a raid at 1600 Fifth Street.

These arrests were made in a raid by officers of the Portsmouth Police who siezed 3 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $1,500.00 along with $493.00 in cash. The raid was made with a search warrant obtained after undercover officers made purchases of illegal drugs at this address over a period of several weeks.

The house at 1600 5th Street is owned by Albert Buffinger of 6311 Harding Avenue.


In an apparently unrelated incident Kimberly J. Plummer, 35 of 5615 5th Street, Sciotoville was arrested by Officer Justice in the 1500 block of Gallia Street at 1:47 p.m. today. Ms. Plummer had warrants on her from PMC. During a search incident to the arrest Lt. Debbie Brewer found two hypodermic syringes in the possession of Ms. Plummer. The syringes contained an off-white residue on them. Ms. Plummer was charged with two counts of possession of drug instruments.

The constant round-up of drug dealers by Portsmouth Police is putting dozens in jail and many in prison. Portsmouth is getting cleaner; many drug dealers have moved their operations to out of town motels and other sites.Written by Austin Leedom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2004.

ILLEGAL DRUGS VALUED AT $13,200 SIEZED AT ROYAL MOTEL ON KENDALL AVENUE TODAY, Tuesday, August 24, 2004, about 11:30 a.m.

(Written and posted at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2004 by Austin Leedom.)


Portsmouth Police continue their relentless war on drug crime. Three residents of the Columbus, Ohio area were jailed today after officers raided and searched three rooms at the former Ett-Mar Motel, now called the Royal Motel.

The three men arrested were Jermaine Westbrook, 30, Lamar Westbrook, 21, and Terrell Hansard, 25.

Officers found and confiscated 26 grams of crack cocaine, valued at $13,000 and 2 grams of powder cocaine, valued at $200.00.

The men were charged with Drug Abuse, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and possession of powder cocaine.

Constant war on drugs by Portsmouth Police is putting dozens in jail and prison; many drug dealers have moved their operations out of town to Wheelersburg, Rosemount, Lucasville and other rural sites in order to evade the Portsmouth police.

(Written and posted at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2004 by Austin Leedom.)

POLICE   Woman rescued from Ohio River Monday, August 23, 2004.  Update on woman rescued from river.  (Wednesday, August 25, 2004)

Police  Latest report:  Lady who was rescued from Ohio River was taken to hospital Emergency Room; two hours later she walked away from hospital.  Posted 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2004 by Austin Leedom

PTL. DAVE BROWN AND LT. BRUCE BARNEY save lady from possible death in daring rescue in the Ohio river.  Written by Austin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2004   Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner called the officers’ actions, "Good work, quick work."

A few minutes after noon on Monday, August 23, 2004 a resident of Washington Apartments reported a woman wading far out in the Ohio River in water up to her neck. The caller, who was observing the woman from her apartment window, feared for the woman’s life.

Lt. Bruce Barney and Ptl. Dave Brown responded and attempted to persuade the woman to return to shore, but the woman threatened to go further out in the river. The lady told the officers, "Leave me alone."

Lt. Barney, with a secured rope attached to his body waded into the river and was able to reach the woman and return her to shore where she was transported by Life Ambulance to the hospital.

Chief Horner praised the alert lady in the Washington Apartments for promptly reporting the incident to the police; the Chief also commended the prompt actions of his officers in rescuing the woman from a possible death by drowning. The Chief did not release the name of the rescued lady.  (Written by Aus tin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 200

(Thursday, January 01, 2004)...Jack Donahue arrested by Deputies in Lucasville for felonious assault in Lucasville on December 30, 2003..Will Judge Schisler let him go again?......Criminal cab driver is snitch for cops. (posted 7:55 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2003 by WALLY LEEDOM)  


Christopher Wilson, 32, of 3160 Islinton Court, Columbus, Ohio, and Deon Crawford, 20, of 135 Seymore Avenue, Columbus, Ohio were arrested in the 300 block of Brown Street at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2004 for possession of crack cocaine (felony 5), trafficking in drugs prepackaged for resale (marijuana, felony 5). The police impounded numerous items used in drug trafficking and $1,396 cash. The police report noted that both men being arrested had cell phones, which rang constantly as the men, were being arrested.


On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 3:20 a.m. Portsmouth Police Patrolman Hamilton arrested Donald McGhee of 59 Elder Lane, West Portsmouth at 12th and Chillicothe Streets for preparing cocaine for distribution, possession of drug paraphenalia, and drug abuse.

MORE Crack Cocaine arrests by Portsmouth Police

By Austin Leedom, Shawnee Sentinel Writer – 17 June 2004



Portsmouth Police officers executed a search warrant at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 1221-E Farley Square where they arrested 19-year-old Deshawn Lewis of 266 S. 22nd Streer, Columbus for Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession (Under Disability) of a .38 calibre revolver. The drug raid was conducted by Portsmouth Police Officers Bryant, Timberlake and L. Brewer.

Execution of Search Warrant reveals

Crack Cocaine at Offnere Street Apartment

In a second successful drug raid Wednesday Gloria Holbert, 49, was arrested at her home at 401 Offnere Street, Apartment 6 at 9:25 p.m. June 16, 2004 by Portsmouth Police Officers Timberlake and Bryant. Ms. Holbert was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine.

By Austin Leedom, Shawnee Sentinel Writer – 17 June 2004

Bank Robber Wanted on Warrant by Police - Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Portsmouth Police are looking for 24-year-old Quentin Hamrick on a warrant charging armed robbery of the 5/3 Drive Thru Bank in the 800 block of 7th Street at 10:15 this morning. Hamrick is a black male in his mid-twenties, 5’11, medium to heavy build.   In February 2004 his address was listed as 1819 C, Wayne Avenue.

Hamrick has a lengthy list of arrests for drug violations, aggravated burglarly, abduction, and forgery. A bench warrant was issued by the Scioto County Common Pleas Court on May 11, 2004 for failure to appear to answer an indictment of forgery.

Quentin Hamrick has a past history of Robbery and firearms violations and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to a press release issued today by Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner.

This guy may shoot someone or get shot by someone. He may be in your neighborhood. Call the cops if you see him; don’t try to take him in by yourself.    Just call 911.  (Posted by Austin (at 5:55 p.m. June 15, 2004)




Thursday, May 27, 2004

Following report from Official Portsmouth Police News Release

Rebecca Howell, 21,  was arrested by Portsmouth Police in a late afternoon drug raid yesterday (Wednesday May 26, 2004) at her home at 1127 Ninth Street. Also arrested, in an upstairs bedroom, was Don McGhee, 23. (He is also known by six other names.) Police found two loaded firearms and six grams of crack cocaine in the upstairs bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen, officers discovered more crack cocaine and a crack pipe.

Rebecca Howell was already under eviction orders from Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) for drug violations.  (PMHA has no tolerance for drug violations on their properties.)

At the time of this news release there was another raid being conducted by Portsmouth Police at 1306 Mound Street in Portsmouth. Details were not available.  (Written and posted by Austin Leedom 7:00 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2004


By Austin Leedom at 9:00 p.m. Monday, May 03, 2004

Dangerous Criminal Arrested by Officers

Tommy Lancaster and Josh Justice

In the early hours of Sunday morning, May 02, 2004, Portsmouth Policemen Josh Justice and Tommy Lancaster responded to a domestic violence call at 1117 22nd Street. While there they recognized and arrested Andrew Andrews, also known as Damian Andrews, 27, a man that detectives had suspected in a string of nighttime burglaries in the north end of the city.

A subsequent search of the house by Portsmouth detectives uncovered three weapons, and over 200 other items that connected the suspected Mr. Andrews with burglaries of seven residences, two businesses and one garage.

Many items had already been returned to the victims by 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 03. 2004. It is expected that many more victims will reclaim their stolen property from the police evidence room.

Chief of Police Charles Horner had high praise for the Officers Josh Justice and Tommy Lancaster. The Chief also commended the detectives for excellent effort in gathering information on the burglaries and obtaining a photo of the suspect that they recently furnished to patrol officers.

The crime of breaking and entering into an inhabited dwelling in the night season is considered to one of the most serious of crimes, according to the chief, who said such crimes have been rare until the recent series of offenses.

Andrew Andrews, AKA Damien Andrews has been charged with major felonies and is presently confined in jail with bond set at $80,000.

Due to the continuing capable crime-busting practices of the Portsmouth Police Officers the citizens can feel safer and more secure. Keep up the good work; we realize that due to military service and lay-offs by the Mayor you are operating with a shortage of personnel. You may be "only a thin blue line," but you are mighty effective.

A tip of the Shawnee Sentinel hat to the men and women of the Portsmouth Police Department. Special commendations are due Officers Josh Justice and Tommy Lancaster. Good work, men. By Austin Leedom at 9:00 p.m. Monday, May 03, 2004

FIVE PERSONS WERE ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS IN 1400 Block of Fourth Street at 2:20 p.m.today, Friday, April 23, 2004 by PORTSMOUTH POLICE who executed a search warrant, confiscated seventy (70) grams of crack cocaine, twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500) in cash. Arrested were TOM FROE of Fourth Street and four others from Columbus, according to Police Drug Crime Investigators. 
Portsmouth Police have been consistently busting big (and little) drug dealers for the past eleven months.  They are making Portsmouth a better, safer city even though handicapped by cuts in funding and personnel.
Twenty-two Time Drunk Driver Faces Jury Trial
In the Court of Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall
(Written and posted at 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2004 by Austin Leedom)
(4:45 P.M. Monday, April 19, 2004)  Steven C. Martin FOUND GUILTY BY JURY, SENTENCE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.
 Forty-eight year-old Steven C. Martin of 1501 Linden Avenue is in Scioto County Common Pleas Court at this writing. He is being tried by a jury before Judge William T. Marshall on a charge of felony drunk driving; Mr. Martin has twenty-one previous DUI convictions.

The charge he is facing today is a result of an arrest by Portsmouth Police Officers on October 20, 2003. At the time of that October 2003 arrest Martin was, according to Municipal Court records, serving 20 days in the county jail on orders by Judge Richard Schisler. (Apparently he was not in jail.)

After the arrest on October 20, 2003 he was indicted on November 19, 2003 by the grand jury on the felony charge on which he is now being tried.

A hearing was scheduled by Judge William T. Marshall for March 15, 2004. Steven Martin did not show in court for the hearing and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

While Steve Martin was out of jail in November, December, January, February and March information received by the Shawnee Sentinel and the Portsmouth Police indicated that Steven Martin was running a crack cocaine sales house at the home he owns at 1501 Linden Avenue. Neighbors complained of drug customers blocking the street, wild loud parties, and drunken drivers. The neighbors feared for their safety and worried about their children being run down by drunken drivers.


The Portsmouth Police raided his place on Friday, March 19, 2004, confiscated various illegal items and hauled several persons away, including Mr. Martin. Neighbors celebrated the raid; they yelled, and cheered the police for closure of the crack house and the removal of Mr. Martin from the neighborhood.

Latest information from the court is that the jury has been seated, opening statements made, and Portsmouth Police Patrolman Michael Hamilton has testified for the state.

Officer David Brown is expected to testify this afternoon. An expert court watcher told the Sentinel that the case is expected to be completed today.


(Written and posted at 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2004 by Austin Leedom)

Portsmouth Police Lt. Lynn Brewer Nabs Armed Drug Thugs After High-Speed Pursuit

High-speed chase began in Portsmouth after suspicious vehicle refused to pull over

At about 11:00 a.m. today, Monday, April 05, 2004, Lt. Lynn Brewer apprehended two armed drug dealers at a motel north of Portsmouth following a high-speed chase from Portsmouth.

At one point, the drug dealers traveled north in the southbound lanes at extremely high speeds. The fleeing criminals turned into the motel where they crashed into a parked van. They then fled into the motel to their room and barred the door. Lt. Brewer kicked the door down and nabbed the two armed men.

Assistance from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Deputies and Ohio Highway Patrol Troopers arrived soon after Lt. Brewer made the arrests. They assisted Lt. Brewer in the search of the motel room.

The officers recovered 128 grams of crack cocaine that has a street value of $124,000. They also confiscated $10,000.00 in cash and two guns. One of the guns had been stolen from Portsmouth.

Good work, Lieutenant Lynn Brewer.


Doug Deepe (February 12, 2004) updated 7:00 a.m.




Chief Horner reports that city officials threatened him and may have violated state and federal laws!

By John Welton, February 12, 2004

Rumors have been flying around the City of Portsmouth that Mayor Bauer threatened to fire Portsmouth

Police Chief Charles Horner for statements that the Chief made at a local civic organization meeting last week.

I filed an Ohio Public Records Request with the Portsmouth Police Department seeking any documentation

that Chief Horner may have in his possession that would explain why rumors of his firing abound.

To the readers of my website I say this, hold on to your seat because you are about to fall off when

you see the courage Chief Horner exhibited in preparing this information for release to the citizens

of Portsmouth, Ohio.

The power point presentation was about the Portsmouth Police Department. It covered local crime

analysis based on comparison of crimes in Portsmouth with cities in Ohio of comparable population.

It went into the current status and the future as viewed by the department’s top man, Chief Charles Horner.

(Do not stop reading until you finish this whole story. You won’t believe what is in this report.)

Chief Horner gave an overview of causes and origins of crimes. This included discussions of factors

that are known to affect the volume and type of crime occurring from place to place. Here are the topics

Chief Horner discussed.

Population density and degree of urbanization

Variations in composition of the population, particularly youth concentration

Stability of population with respect to residents’ mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors

Modes of transportation and highway system

Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability

Cultural factors and educational, recreational, and religious characteristics

Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness


Effective strength of law enforcement agencies

Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement

Policies of other components of the criminal justice system, (i.e., prosecutorial, judicial, correctional, and


Citizens’ attitudes toward crime

Crime reporting practices of the citizenry

Chief Horner then went into the Uniform Crime Report Index. This is a federal report for all cities and states. T

he offenses in this report are in sections. Part I crimes, the violent crimes of:

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter

Forcible rape


Aggravated assault

And the property crimes: burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft

These crimes were considered by experts of the time to be the most serious and the most

commonly reported crimes occurring in the Nation.

The UCR Index Comparisons for Portsmouth and Chillicothe, Ohio were used by Chief Horner

 for showing how crime in these two similarly sized cities compared based on reported

federal figures for 2002 (2003 figures will be available soon)


Murders: Portsmouth 3, Chillicothe 0

Rapes: Portsmouth 34, Chillicothe 11

Robbery: Portsmouth, 80, Chillicothe 32

Aggravated Assaults: Portsmouth 68, Chillicothe 14

Burglary: Portsmouth 484, Chillicothe 456

Larceny: Portsmouth 1424, Chillicothe 1858

Motor Vehicle Thefts: Portsmouth 183, Chillicothe 90

Arson: Portsmouth, 3, Chillicothe 12

According to Chief Horner’s slides in 2002 Portsmouth ranked 40th among 139 cities in Ohio for homicides per capita at 1 murder per 7011 citizens. This rate was higher than Lima, Mansfield, Columbus, Springfield, Toldeo, and Akron. The rate was 300% higher than Chillicothe.

Chief Horner reported that calls for service by the Portsmouth Police Department increased by approximately 5,000 over the last 10 years. They have doubled in the past 20 years. The number of offense reports taken by officers over the last 10 years has almost doubled.

Unbelievably the same number of officers (41) that compromised the Police Department in 1987, some 16 years ago, remains the same today!!

Here is the officer comparisons for Portsmouth and Chillicothe:


Officers 41 - 6 off on disability or military

Clerical 3

Total 44

Officers per 1,000 citizens 1.94

Employees per 1,000 citizens 2.09


Officers 50 - 6 temporary vacancies

Clerical 7

Total 57

Officers per 1,000 citizens 2.27

Employees per 1,000 citizens 2.6


Officers per 1,000 citizens 2.6

The salaries paid to Portsmouth Police Officers are well BELOW Chillicothe and national figures. ( Portsmouth’s 2004 salary schedule is just reaching the 1994 national average salary for police officers.)

Portsmouth (2004)

Entry level officer: $24,294

Sergeant: $38,542

Chief: $48,048

Chillicothe (2004)

Entry level officer: $28,746 +$6,600 hazard duty pay = $35,346

Sergeant: $40,685 +$6,600 hazard duty pay = $47,285

Chief: $66,350 + $1,250 longevity pay = $67,600

National average (2000 this is not a typo, 2000 average for cities of our size)

Entry level officer: $34,254

Sergeant: $45,034

Chief: $63,148


Chief Horner reported the following actions of the Portsmouth City Officials:

Discussion and deliberation about layoff of police officers

Discussion and deliberation about reducing officers in rank

Discussion and deliberation about taking away "Support Car Program" a widely recognized tool and benefit in "Community Policing"

Locating the Portsmouth Police Department in the basement of the soon to be remodeled Marting’s building after avid objections by the Police Department based on public relations and safety issues

Chief Horner then added that Portsmouth City Officials have:

Threatened the Chief of Police with Police Department Budget and Table of Organization if the Chief opposed the location of the Police Department in the basement of the Marting’s building

Attempts to interfere in official investigations

Attempts by members and an appointee of City Council to influence the employment status of the Chief of Police contrary to the Portsmouth City Charter

Failure to allow timely replacement of officers.

Chief Horner continued on more recent acts of Portsmouth City Officials:

Layoff of Dispatchers, creating serious safety concerns for citizens, officers, and dispatchers

Engaged in conduct which potentially violated the Charter of the City of Portsmouth, Ohio Revised Code, collective bargaining contracts and fair labor standards, terms and conditions of state and federal grants, and federal law

Engaged in conduct which potentially violates Ohio Sunshine "Public Meeting" Laws

The final action discussed by Chief Horner about City Officials was:

In January 2003, after realizing the potential deficit facing the City of Portsmouth and the potential for layoff of Portsmouth City employees, the Portsmouth Police Department worked collectively in cutting operating costs and was able to return approximately $150,000 to the General Operating Budget at the conclusion of 2003, only to find its budget cut for 2004 and an employee eliminated. This occurred after submitting two separate balanced budgets for 2004 and finding approximately $145,000 in unreported revenues. A second employee, funded under a state grant, federal grant, and the Portsmouth City Schools was placed in the Table of Organization of the Department eliminating an officer’s position and is believed to be contrary to terms and conditions of the grants.

The impact on the Portsmouth Police Department has created:

Loss of morale among police officers

Loss of respect and support of police officers for City Government

Officers seeking disability and other employment

Stress on officers’ families and stress related illnesses to officers

Difficulty recruiting new officers

Increased officer apathy and loss of officer productivity

Chief Horner begins his conclusion of his presentation by saying:

The effectiveness of a police department is commensurate with the support it receives from the community it serves.

Community policing has been determined to be one of the most effective methods to combat crime

Attempts at developing community policing efforts are being undermined by interference/failure to allow participation and input from practitioners in law enforcement, in decisions that impact the Police Department’s operation

Informed decisions are not being made because the information from those in the best position to provide the information are being threatened or ignored

Finally, Chief Horner ends his presentation by reporting and asking the citizens in attendance the following:

What value does the City of Portsmouth place on the safety and welfare of its citizens and employees?

Ultimately, the decision will impact on the quality of life and growth of our community

The Portsmouth Police Department would like to take this opportunity to ask you, the professional community, to support the Police Department. We ask you to become proactive in contacting our City Government and if they are found unresponsive, to help cultivate qualified candidates to seek public office.



People, you just heard what the Chief of Police of the City of Portsmouth told a local civic group. The stats and data are clear. Our officers are being paid 1994 wages, working short handed, and being threatened by the public officials at City Hall.

Do you know how much courage it took for Chief Horner to make this presentation? The Chief just put his job on the line. Now I understand why Mayor Bauer has been ranting and threatening to fire the Chief. The Chief "TOLD THE TRUTH!!!!"

The Mayor and City Council made a decision to dismiss the crime problem in Portsmouth, put the lives of the citizens at risk, destroy the police force morale, let the pay for officers and staff drop behind by over 10 years, all the while padding the pockets of their buddies.

The charges made by Chief Horner include things that are possible federal and state crimes. This isn’t the Sentinel yelling for help, this is the CHIEF OF POLICE !!!!!

Who will come to his side? Will the people rally if Mayor Bauer attacks the Chief and tries to dismiss him from his job for telling the real bosses about the troubles in his department? Remember the PEOPLE are the real bosses, not Greg Bauer.

Maybe some federal or state agency will read this story and call Chief Horner.

Chief, if nobody else will come help you, the felons, ex-cop, and SOCF guards will be down!!!!


I encourage anyone that reads this story and runs into Chief Horner on the street, tell him thanks.



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