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.
STREETS AND CAMPUS OF SSU WILL NO LONGER NEED PORTSMOUTH POLICE
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.
LESS POLICE NEEDED BY PORTSMOUTH
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.
SSU POLICE WILL LOOK BETTER, BE BETTER,
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?
Then go to search,type in Charles Horner's
name and see list of suits he has been involved
in our Scioto County Courts.
SEVEN TO GO TO
COURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT DRUG RAID at DRUG HOUSE AT 1512
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.
issued summons for court appearance to three other subjects, DONNA
SISSEL, MELISSA SMITH, AND JAMES FULK for permitting drug
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
Written by Austin Leedom at
1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005
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.
No. 03CIC00081 in Scioto County Court of Common Pleas. This case can be found at:
Officer Nagel claimed that he was fired because he
would not give Portsmouth Police Chief false information against New
Boston Police Sergeant Matthew Powell.
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
Horner and Bauer appealed the removal of immunity to
the Court of Appeals in Case Number 04CA2975.
Court of Appeals agreed with Judge Harcha’s ruling and denied the
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.
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
Written by Austin Leedom at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July
SENTINEL FILES MANDAMUS ACTION
AGAINST CHIEF CHARLES HORNER FOR DRUG MONEY
POLICE OFFICER PERSONNEL FILES
filed in Scioto County Common Pleas Court on September 24,
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
ACCOUNTING OF DRUG MONEY
The Sentinel is
seeking reports mandated by State of Ohio Law concerning the seizure
of drug money and information on where the drug money
OF POLICE PERSONNEL RECORDS
The mandamus action seeks copies of personnel files
for six officers of the Portsmouth Police Department including Chief
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
Should the allegation of
officers destroying information be proven, Chief Charles Horner may
be held criminally liable.
INVESTIGATION INTO MISSING DRUG MONEY BEGAN IN APRIL
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.
TASK FORCE SELF-DESTRUCTED WHEN WE ASKED
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
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
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.
STATE LAWS ON SEIZED DRUG MONEY VIOLATED BY CHIEF HORNER AND SHERIFF
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
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
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
CHIEF AND SHERIFF BOTH FAILED TO ACCOUNT FOR DRUG MONEY WITH THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
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
POLICE HORNER TOLD US HE WOULD CALL WHEN HE WAS READY TO PROVIDE US
WITH THE REQUESTED RECORDS
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
(The above article was retrieved from backup files on
Saturday, July 16, 2005 by Austin
July 8, 2005
Officer removed from Police Department for theft is to
then retired with full benefits by Chief Horner and Mayor
Written and posted by Austin Leedom on Friday,
July 8, 2005.
On June 30, 2005 it was reported that,
“Portsmouth Police Officer
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
The above information was received by two
Sentinel reporters directly from Chief
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
We have reason to believe that Chief
Horner’s plan has already been approved by Mayor Jim
Written and posted by Austin Leedom on Friday, July 8,
GOOD WORK, PORTSMOUTH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
published by Austin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Friday, March 4,
To: Chief of Portsmouth Ohio
Police Charles H. Horner
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
published by Austin Leedom at 12:30 a.m. Friday, March 4,
Letters to Doug’s Forum by
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
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
I respectfully request
that these items be included in your opening statement:
How the monies were appropriated for this purchase to begin
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?
Why is Judge Marshall's ruling on this matter being
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
Claudette Ferguson Thirteen Arrests For Drug
During Past Three
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
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)
GOOD THINGS HAPPENED ON SEVENTEENTH
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.
SEVENTEETH STREET SAFER – FIFTH
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
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.
ON DRUG DEALERS
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 BRING CRIMES AGAINST
VICIOUSLY BEATEN BY CRACK-HEADS
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.
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.
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY DOES GOOD
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
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
SEVENTEENTH STREET DRUG HOUSE
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
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.
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.
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.
who wants to know who owns a house may find the information at
(Written by Austin Leedom at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005)
DEEPE SENTINEL QUESTIONS FOR THE DAY: WHAT IS
"TAPEGATE," WHY WAS PORTSMOUTH CHIEF HORNER VISITING
WITH NEW BOSTON CHIEF CLARK AGAIN? 10/FEB/05
Quiet Noisy Party Place on Fifth Street
12:20 a.m., Sunday January 3,
Attention Party People: Forget about 1533
Fifth Street as a place to play, party, deal, and create
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.
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
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: violence at
River Days………POLICE BRUTALITY…Portsmouth Police Chief
Horner faces more personnel problems. See Doug Deepe,
WITH PHOTOS OF DAMAGED YOUNG
THREE BUSTED IN
DRUG RAID BY PORTSMOUTH PD
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.
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
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.
DRUGS VALUED AT $13,200 SIEZED AT ROYAL MOTEL ON KENDALL AVENUE
TODAY, Tuesday, August 24, 2004, about 11:30
(Written and posted at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday,
August 24, 2004 by Austin Leedom.)
THREE MORE DRUG DEALERS BUSTED
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
The three men arrested were
Jermaine Westbrook, 30, Lamar Westbrook, 21, and Terrell Hansard,
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
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
(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,
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
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,
(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
TWO MORE DRUG DEALERS OFF THE STREET –
ARRESTED BY PORTSMOUTH POLICE OFFICERS JUSTICE AND
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.
OFFICER HAMILTON NABS COCAINE DEALER ON
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
Austin Leedom, Shawnee Sentinel Writer – 17 June
TWO MORE DRUG RAIDS BY POLICE
ARMED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED AT FARLEY
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
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
By Austin Leedom, Shawnee Sentinel Writer – 17 June
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,
POLICE CONTINUE WAR ON
CRACK COCAINE, LOADED
TWO DEALERS NABBED IN
9TH STREET RAID
Thursday, May 27,
from Official Portsmouth Police News
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
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,
BURGLAR NABBED BY
By Austin Leedom at 9:00 p.m. Monday, May
Arrested by Officers
Tommy Lancaster and
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
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,
PORTSMOUTH POLICE DO GOOD WORK AGAIN - MORE DRUGS SEIZED,
MORE DEALERS IN JAIL.
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
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,
C. Martin FOUND GUILTY BY JURY, SENTENCE UNKNOWN AT THIS
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
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
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 POLICE DID GOOD; THEY NABBED
MARTIN AND SEVERAL DRUGGIES
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
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
Officer David Brown is expected
to testify this afternoon. An expert court watcher told the
Sentinel that the case is expected to be completed
WILLIAM T. MARSHALL GAVE STEVE MARTIN FIVE
(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
High-speed chase began in
Portsmouth after suspicious vehicle refused to pull
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
- PORTSMOUTH POLICE
DEPARTMENT - CHARLES HORNER, CHIEF
Doug Deepe (February 12, 2004) updated 7:00
PORTSMOUTH POLICE CHIEF CHARLES HORNER’S
POWER POINT PRESENTATION
AT LOCAL CIVIC
MEETING SHOULD CAUSE CONCERNS FOR LOCAL
Chief Horner reports that city officials
threatened him and may have violated state and federal
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
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
Effective strength of law enforcement
Administrative and investigative emphases of
Policies of other components of the criminal
justice system, (i.e., prosecutorial, judicial, correctional, and
Citizens’ attitudes toward crime
Crime reporting practices of the
Chief Horner then went into the Uniform Crime
Report Index. This is a federal report for all cities and states.
he offenses in this report are in sections.
Part I crimes, the violent crimes of:
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
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
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
Rapes: Portsmouth 34, Chillicothe
Robbery: Portsmouth, 80, Chillicothe
Aggravated Assaults: Portsmouth 68,
Burglary: Portsmouth 484, Chillicothe
Larceny: Portsmouth 1424, Chillicothe 1858
Motor Vehicle Thefts: Portsmouth 183,
Arson: Portsmouth, 3, Chillicothe
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
Officers per 1,000 citizens 1.94
Employees per 1,000 citizens 2.09
Officers 50 - 6 temporary vacancies
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.)
Entry level officer: $24,294
Entry level officer: $28,746 +$6,600 hazard
duty pay = $35,346
Sergeant: $40,685 +$6,600 hazard duty pay =
Chief: $66,350 + $1,250 longevity pay =
National average (2000 this is not a typo,
2000 average for cities of our size)
Entry level officer: $34,254
(IF WHAT YOU HAVE JUST READ DOESN’T MAKE YOU
SICK, HERE ARE SOME BOMBSHELLS IN CHIEF HORNER’S REPORT PEOPLE!
AFTER YOU READ THIS YOU WILL JOIN ME IN THANKING CHIEF HORNER FOR
HIS HONESTY AND COURAGE FOR BRINGING WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ TO
Chief Horner reported the following actions
of the Portsmouth City Officials:
Discussion and deliberation about layoff of
Discussion and deliberation about reducing
officers in rank
Discussion and deliberation about taking away
"Support Car Program" a widely recognized tool and benefit in
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
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
Attempts to interfere in official
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
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
Stress on officers’ families and stress
related illnesses to officers
Difficulty recruiting new officers
Increased officer apathy and loss of officer
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
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
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
(END OF PRESENTATION BY CHIEF
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
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
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!!!!
BE PROUD CHIEF HORNER! HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH!
WE FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE IN PUBLIC SERVICE WILLING TO TELL THE TRUTH
ABOUT CORRUPT THINGS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT COULD IMPACT THE
CITIZENS! MAYOR BAUER THINKS HE IS YOUR BOSS BUT HE IS MISTAKEN
CHIEF. YOU WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF PORTSMOUTH AND THEY NEED TO SAY
THANK YOU! IT TOOK A LOT OF GUTS TO DO WHAT YOU DID!
I encourage anyone that reads this story and
runs into Chief Horner on the street, tell him