April 12, 2024

POMEROY, Ohio – Two people wanted in Meigs County have been taken into custody in North Carolina.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, his office received word from law enforcement officials in Angier, North Carolina, that Joshua C. Caruthers, 27, and Kendra R. Hartley, 19, are now in custody.

The two were arrested on January 25, 2018 for outstanding warrants issued from the Meigs County Common Pleas Court for Indictments for Failure to Appear. Caruther’s initial charges were two of Counts of Possession of Drugs, and two of counts of Trafficking in Drugs. Caruthers was to be sentenced on previous charges of Possession of Heroin, and two counts of Corrupting another with Drugs and Trafficking in Heroin. Hartley’s initial charges were two counts of Possession of Drugs and two of counts of Trafficking in Drugs.

Sgt. Curtis Jones had received information that Caruthers and Hartley may be staying in Angier, North Carolina. Sgt. Jones was able to contact local law enforcement officers and supplied them the information on both suspects, who were also entered into the National Crime Information Center database (NCIC) as wanted individuals with a pick-up radius of anywhere in the United States. Within a couple hours, both Caruthers and Hartley were in custody.

Both Caruthers and Hartley will go to court in North Carolina and either waive extradition back to Ohio or refuse to waive extradition, in which a Governor’s warrant will be requested on both and issued to North Carolina, compelling both to be brought back to Ohio. At this time, their court date in North Carolina is unknown. This case in still under investigation as to any assistance that was given to both in their fleeing the State of Ohio. Additional charges are pending.