May 26, 2024

Conditions at the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Jail are being questioned with an environmental study being requested from the deputies’ union. Photo by Madalyn Wood.

Meigs County Sheriff Scott Fitch announces the enforcement results from September for the Summer Holiday Enforcement Grant which ran from September 1 through September 3, 2023. This enforcement program is part of the Summer Holiday Enforcement Program Grant through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received a grant total of $12,173.06 for 344 hours to conduct High Visibility Enforcement activities in areas of Meigs County in an effort to reduce fatal crashes. In September’s efforts, deputies worked 28 hours of overtime with the following results; Deputies conducted 17 traffic stops while working the overtime grant and issued 6 citations for speeding, 1 citation for driving under suspension, 1 citation for drug paraphernalia, 1 citation for fictitious license plates, and 1 citation for a marked lanes violation.

In addition to the traffic citations, one male was taken into custody on a warrant through the Pomeroy Police Department and another male was taken into custody for Possession of Methamphetamine. Both individuals were incarcerated at the time of their arrest.

“The overtime funding received from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office has allowed my staff to focus their attention on a major problem area in Meigs County.” Stated Sheriff Fitch. “US-33 from Pine Grove Road to the Ravenswood Bridge has been a dangerous area for local residents and those passing through Meigs County. We have issued numerous citations throughout the duration of this grant for passing on a double yellow line, reckless operation, as well as many other traffic offenses. The safety of our community is my top priority, and I ask that you please drive cautiously.”