Life in Delaware County

County, City Law Enforcement Join In Successful Human Trafficking Sting Operation

20 Apr , 2021  

On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the success of a Central Ohio human trafficking operation that took place April 14-15 in partnership with federal, state and local law enforcement. Delaware County law enforcement was included.

Operation 614, coordinated through AG Yost’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, encompassed more than 20 law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental partners to address issues that fuel sex trafficking in central Ohio.

“Operation 614 is the latest in a long series of efforts to push back against human trafficking in Ohio,” Yost said. “I am so proud of our law enforcement partners, who with their boots on the ground, made this operation a success. We all look forward to that day when no person is bought or sold for sex in Ohio.” More…

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Delaware County

Do You Recognize This Person?

16 Apr , 2021  

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is in need of your help.

On Thursday, the office posted the photo below of an unidentified woman who is wanted for questioning in an alleged theft.

Contact information is included below.

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Life in Delaware County

Shooting At Polaris: Ongoing Coverage

17 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

What follows is a roundup of coverage concerning the news shared on Monday afternoon concerning gunfire at the Polaris Fashion Place Mall. This is the second such incident in two weeks.

This is a selection of the large number of media sources covering this situation. This post will be updated regularly as new information is shared, and will remain pinned to the top of our home page on desktop, tablet, and mobile. More…

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Delaware

Delaware City Prosecutor Appointed

21 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Amelia Bean-DeFlumer has been appointed City of Delaware Prosecutor after having served five months as the interim prosecutor.

Bean-DeFlumer brings extensive trial experience to the position, in the Delaware Municipal Court, where she has prosecuted cases since 2018, and prior to that for five years in the
Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office.

Bean-DeFlumer was installed as acting prosecutor in September 2019 after Natalia Harris left the Justice Center for City Hall to become City Attorney for Delaware. During her five months overseeing the office, Bean-DeFlumer effectively worked with Municipal Court staff, the Clerk’s office and law enforcement despite the ongoing pandemic. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Resident Sentenced For Securities Fraud And Theft

31 Oct , 2020  

Delaware County resident Michael D. Wood was sentenced on Friday for taking more than $70,000 from five Ohio investors in a scheme in which Wood told the victims their investment with him would earn them “millions of dollars.” Wood instead used the funds for his personal use.

Delaware County judge David Gormley sentenced Wood to 30 days in jail and four years of community control, with 15 years in reserve should he violate the terms of his community control. He must serve 40 hours of community service within the first year of his community control. Wood was also ordered to pay $81,300 in restitution to the five victims, plus payment of court costs and fees.

He is scheduled to report to the jail Nov. 9 to begin serving his sentence. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ex-House Speaker Will Plead Not Guilty To Corruption Charge

2 Sep , 2020  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House said Tuesday he will plead not guilty to a corruption charge following his arrest in a $60 million federal bribery probe that shook the Statehouse earlier this summer.

Rep. Larry Householder returned to the Statehouse for the first time since his July 21 arrest to the surprise of colleagues from both sides of the aisle. The former speaker said he’s back to represent his district and is confident that he will be exonerated. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Set to Launch

19 Aug , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

With Americans set to celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving. This Labor Day weekend, NHTSA will join the SAFE Delaware County Coalition in spreading the word about impaired driving dangers and to work together to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19 – September 7, 2020. State and national messages about the dangers of drunk driving coupled with increased law enforcement officers on the road aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways. More…

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Genoa Township

Genoa Township Police Make Arrest Of Rape Suspect

22 Jul , 2020  

Genoa Township Police have charged and arrested Gary D. Will, 72, of 6541 Wilder Court, Westerville, Ohio 43082 with one count of rape of a minor.

The crime, Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.02A1b, is a felony of the first degree:

(A) (1) No person shall engage in sexual conduct with another who is not the spouse of the offender or who is the spouse of the offender but is living separate and apart from the offender, when any of the following applies:

(b) The other person is less than thirteen years of age, whether or not the offender knows the age of the other person. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DeWine Calls For Ohio House Speaker’s Resignation

22 Jul , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

A whirlwind day at the Ohio Statehouse found Governor Mike DeWine making a call for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.

The move came shortly after US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers, revealed details of a year-long investigation resulting in racketeering charges being levied against the Speaker and others.

Allegations are that Householder operated an organization, Generation Now, that funneled a substantial sum from an unidentified company to 21 political candidates, and also to an effort to thwart a referendum designed to repeal House Bill 6, a $1.3 billion dollar energy bailout eventually passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by the Governor. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Columbus Police Seek Help In Identifying Cabela’s Sunglass Thieves

29 Jun , 2020  

The Columbus Division of Police is asking for assistance in identifying suspects in the theft of over $4000 worth of sunglasses from Cabela’s on Gemini Place. Details and photos below. More…

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Delaware County

First Local COVID-Era Jury Trial Results In Conviction, Sentence

19 Jun , 2020  

Michael Singleton was sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape and abduction after being found guilty in Delaware County’s first jury trial since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Singleton was indicted after the victim reported she was sexual assaulted by him at her Delaware city residence.

“No means no.” said Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel. “If you don’t have consent, you are committing rape. We will prosecute sexual assault cases vigorously to protect the sanctity of our bodies. Sexual abusers like this man belong in prison. I applaud the victim for coming forward and standing strong to confront her rapist in court, and also the efforts of the Delaware City Police Department and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at Grady Hospital. Together, we are an unstoppable team for victims of sexual violence.” More…

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Delaware County

Westerville Man Sentenced

31 Jan , 2020  

Patrick McDermott has been sentenced to 25 years to life for the rape of a child under the age of 13.

“This is another tragic case for a young victim who will have to deal with the aftermath of abuse for the rest of their life,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel. “We are humbled daily to witness the strength of sexual assault survivors. With them, we are able to fight for justice and put people like McDermott right where they belong—prison. A special thanks to the Westerville City Police Department for their thorough investigation to ensure this man will never harm another child again.” More…

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