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A sheriff’s deputy drives down Court Street on Jan. 29.

Police Blotter: Neighbors dispute over drainage ditch; drunken man pretends to be police

Neighbors can be annoying, especially when they try to flood your yard.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Luhrig Road regarding a property line dispute on Monday. 

The caller said their neighbor had dug a drainage ditch that extended onto their property, which caused runoff water to erode their property. After deputies spoke with the neighbor and reviewed property lines, the neighbor said he would fill the ditch on their side and dig a new one. The case was closed.

Playing hooky

The sheriff’s office responded to a report of two suspicious people on Ackley Road in Coolville on Friday. 

Deputies patrolled the area and found two juveniles near Vanderhook Road. The juveniles’ school had cancelled and they were walking home, according to the report. They were given a ride to their residence on Callaway Ridge. No further action was needed. 


On Friday, the sheriff’s office assisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol with checking a vehicle that was stranded in floodwaters on State Route 13 in Chauncey. 

Deputies observed the vehicle, were able to safely wade to it and found no one inside, according to the report. The vehicle was off the roadway in a ditch. It was not able to be towed out until the waters receded. Deputies returned to patrol.

What’s that sound?

The sheriff’s office received a report a suspicious noises behind a residence on Mill Street in Chauncey on Feb. 7.

Deputies checked the areas but were not able to find any suspicious activity. The noises may have originated from screen door being unsecured and slamming into the residence due to the storm. Deputies returned to patrol.

Police prank call

On Feb. 6, the sheriff’s office took a report by phone regarding telephone harassment. 

The caller said a man called him from an unknown number and said he was with the Athens Police Department. The complainant said he felt the call was a scam and wanted to report it to the authorities.

Deputies followed up with the number and spoke with a “highly intoxicated” man who said he was with the sheriff’s office, according to the report. It was confirmed the original call was a scam.

Trespasser trouble

The sheriff’s office responded to South Blackburn Road on Thursday for a report of trespassers. 

Deputies spoke with the man who said there were two individuals in his backyard. After speaking to the individuals, deputies learned they had been given permission by a neighbor to pick up scrap metal, according to the report. No further action was taken.

No photos please

On Friday, the sheriff’s office received a suspicious person complaint on Minear Road in Albany. 

The caller said a woman was taking pictures of their residence. Deputies made contact with the woman who was talking the pictures. She was advised of the complaint, and deputies told her to stay on public property.

Lost and found

The sheriff’s office received a call about an abandoned vehicle at Millcreek Road on Monday. 

Deputies discovered a repair shop arriving to retrieve the vehicle, which was in need of repair. No future action was necessary. 


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