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Police Blotter: Drunken OU students stumble into cuffs; deputies help man find lost dog

It’s never easy to walk down Morton Hill, but it’s even harder when you’re drunk.

On Friday at about 2 a.m., an Ohio University Police Department officer observed an OU student “stumbling down Morton Hill” who almost fell into the bushes along the walking path, according to the report. 

He had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. He also urinated in his pants. The student was arrested for underage consumption by intoxication and transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, pending his sobriety.

In a similar situation, an OUPD officer observed a student stumbling down the sidewalk along Richland Avenue on Saturday at about 2 a.m. and saw him “veer off into the grass” by Bingham House, according to the report.

The man was found lying behind a tree, and the officer observed he was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes, was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol. He was arrested for disorderly conduct by intoxication and obstructing official business, and he was taken to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, pending his sobriety.

With a little help from my friends

OUPD responded to a call Sunday at about 1 a.m. for a student that was passed out and vomiting in the fourth floor restroom of Baker Center.

According to the report, she was standing with the help of her friends and vomiting into a trash can. She was unable to walk or stand on her own, smelled of alcohol, and was drifting in and out of consciousness. 

The student was arrested for disorderly conduct by intoxication. In the officer’s cruiser, she passed out. Athens County Emergency Medical Services was called, and the student was taken to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital for treatment.

Painting project

On Friday, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to The Plains Storage Units on Connett Road for a report of two people painting a Ford Mustang with a paint roller.

On the scene, deputies found that both people had suspended driver’s licenses. According to the report, the individuals said they were painting the car blue because “they liked the color and had spare paint from another project.”

No criminal activity was observed, and the vehicle was not stolen. No further action was required.

Homeward found

The sheriff’s office responded to a call for a suspicious person report Tuesday on E. 3rd St. 

A woman said a man was walking through her yard. Deputies made contact with the man, who said he was looking for his dog that ran away. 

Deputies located the dog and returned it to the owner. No further action was needed. 

Completing the cycle

On Oct. 17, the sheriff’s office responded to a report for a recovered bicycle in Jacksonville.

A woman reported that she saw her grandson’s bicycle laying on the porch of a recently vacated residence in the area. She tried to contact the residence with no response, according to the report. She said the residence appeared to be vacated since there was no furniture or personal property that could be seen in the home.

Her grandson identified his bicycle based on unique identifying factors, and it was returned to him after being photographed. 

Reading the (fence) post

The sheriff’s office responded to Canaanville Road on Tuesday for a property dispute.

A man said his fence post, which was marking his property line, had been taken down. He said it was an ongoing issue and believed his neighbor tampered with the line.

After investigating the issue, deputies determined that there was no credible evidence showing the fence was removed by the neighbor, according to the report. No further action was needed, and the case was closed.


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