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An Ohio University Police Department cruiser sits outside the new headquarters based at The Ridges on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Police Blotter: Wanted man arrested; man flagged down deputy at car wash


The Athens County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man from the most-wanted list living at a residence in The Plains. When deputies searched the residence they were told the man had just left in a silver vehicle.

Deputies found a vehicle matching the description shortly after and they stopped the vehicle. The man driving the car was the suspect, Mark Burson, and was taken into custody.

He was transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail without incident.

Don’t Forget Your Keys

While on patrol in The Plains, deputies were flagged down from a car wash, according to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office. The man who flagged them down said he had locked himself out of his car. 

Deputies told the man they did not have lock-out gear with him and gave him instructions on who to contact.

Quiet Down

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a noise complaint in Athens Township. When deputies arrived, they told the resident about the noise complaint and the noise volume was lowered.

Burglarized or Abandoned?

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to The Plains in regards to a report of a possible burglary. The caller said his neighbor’s home looked as though it was broken into and he was unable to contact his neighbor to be sure. 

When deputies arrived, all doors on the home were closed, although they did appear to be slightly damaged. They were unsure whether the damage was already there or not. 

Deputies tried to make contact with the neighbor but were unable to do so. They did make contact with a family member, who told them the occupant had moved out.

Go Away

Deputies received a trespassing report on Cooper Road in Athens, according to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said a man was outside of her home after having been told he could not be there. The man left before deputies arrived.

This matter is under investigation.

Drive Responsibly

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Maple Street in Glouster in regards to a reckless driver complaint.

Deputies searched the area but were unable to find the reported vehicle.


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