Tankers collide in Harrison County
CADIZ - Two commercial tankers hauling water collided on Route 22 near Cadiz at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
One westbound truck crossed the center line and struck the second vehicle, causing the westbound vehicle to turn over. The driver was seriously injured and traffic was stopped so he could be transported via medical helicopter to the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to reports. The other driver was uninjured.
Volunteer EMS and firefighter crews from Cadiz and New Athens responded to the accident, and citations were issued.
Highway patrol plans OVI checkpoint
WINTERSVILLE - The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Harrison County Sheriff's Department, announced that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday on state Route 151 in Scio.
The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, the patrol reported.
The checkpoint also will be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes, the patrol reported.
One hurt in county Road 23 wreck
SMITHFIELD - One person was flown by medical helicopter to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling following a two-vehicle accident around 3 p.m. Thursday on county Road 23, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
A car driven by Darlene Boyd of 1497 county Road 8, Dillonvale, was traveling north on county Road 23 and went left of center, striking an oncoming pickup truck driven by William Keeder of 278 township Road 247, Toronto, the patrol said. Boyd was flown to the hospital.
The accident remains under investigation.
Sheriff's department locates meth lab
SCIO - A local pharmacy purchase is what led the Harrison County Sheriff's Department to active meth cooks in Scio on Wednesday night, thanks to the National Precursor Log Exchange.
NPLEx is a real-time electronic logging system used by pharmacies and law enforcement to track sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications. Many of these drugs contain pseudoephedrine, which can be used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine. Last month, CVS Pharmacies in West Virginia opted to stop selling medications that contain pseudoephedrine in an attempt to hinder potential meth-makers.
The sheriff's department was able to execute a warrant and arrest Randall Moon, who had two "shake and bake" one-pot meth labs located in his basement. Moon, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, lives in his home on East College Street with his wife and three children. He was taken into custody and is being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class 2 felony.
This is not the first time a meth lab has been found in the Scio area. Two individuals were arrested on a meth lab bust at Allensworth Apartments in September of 2013, and in December of last year three people were busted for a meth lab on Mud Run Road, near Bowerston.