Law enforcement vehicles parked outside the Meigs County JFS following an alleged threat. Photo by Carrie Rose.

Suspect in Custody Following Threat to Meigs JFS

MIDDLEPORT, Ohio – A suspect is in custody following an alleged threat which prompted a lock down at Meigs County Job and Family Services.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, at 11:50 a.m. a dispatcher at the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received information from Meigs County Prosecutor’s Investigator Oliver at Meigs County JFS that a threat had been made. Sheriff Wood said the individual made a statement that he was going to leave his residence, get a gun and shoot everyone with Meigs County Child Protection Services. The Meigs JFS building then went to lock down protocol. At 11:56 a.m. Meigs County Sheriff Wood was on scene as well.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence just outside of Pomeroy, where George Ramsey was taken into custody at 12:12 p.m. Ramsey allegedly made the threat and was charged with making a Menacing Threat, a felony of the fifth degree.

Following the arrest, Meigs County JFS resumed normal working conditions.

Sheriff Wood stressed the training that had taken place at Meigs JFS before. He said the main thing was that, “Everyone is ok.”

He also urged the public that if they, “See something, say something.”

In addition to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Middleport Police Department, Pomeroy Police Department, and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office responded.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.