ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 2PM, SAT, 4/29/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County until 2 PM Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected through the morning. Some areas within the watch have already received around an inch of rainfall, with an additional 1 to 2 inches expected where repetitive storms occur.

In these localized areas, fast rises on creeks and streams and streams is expected to lead to potential flash flooding.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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Athens Co Rd 25, Long Run Rd CLOSED N Coolville Rdg Rd to Cole Hill Rd, 8AM Tue, 4/25 through 3:30PM Fri, 4/28, avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 25, Long Run Road between County Road 90, North Coolville Ridge Road and Township Road 579, Cole Hill Road in Canaan Township, 8:00 AM, Tuesday, April 25th through 3:30 PM, Friday, April 28th.  The roadway is being closed for temporary bridge repairs to the bridge just South of County Road 90. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 25, Long Run Rd CLOSED N Coolville Rdg Rd to Cole Hill Rd, 8AM Tue, 4/25 through 3:30PM Thu, 4/27, avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 25, Long Run Road between County Road 90, North Coolville Ridge Road and Township Road 579, Cole Hill Road in Canaan Township, 8:00 AM, Tuesday, April 25th through 3:30 PM, Thursday, April 27th.  The roadway is being closed for temporary bridge repairs to the bridge just South of County Road 90. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 38, Mayles Rdg Rd CLOSED Bruker LN to Haga Rdg Rd Thu, 4/20, Fri, 4/21, Mon, 4/24, 8AM to 2:30PM, avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 38, Mayles Ridge Road between Township Road 618 Bruker Lane and Township Road 190, Haga Ridge Road in Bern Township, Thursday, April 20th, Friday, April 21st, and Monday, April 24th from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM. The roadway will be open to traffic during the weekend. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Elevated fire danger exists this afternoon, Mon, 4/10/17, for Athens Co, Outdoor burning considered extremely dangerous

High Fire Danger

Elevated fire danger exists this afternoon, Monday, 4/10/17, for Athens County.

Warm and dry conditions, combined with gusty winds this afternoon, will result in an enhanced fire danger.

Outdoor burning is considered extremely dangerous at this time. Be very careful of heat and sparks while operating any equipment, and avoid smoking in wildland areas.

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Athens Co Rd 68, Johnson Run Rd CLOSED Oakdale Rd to Beech Grove Cemetery Rd today Mon, 4/10, 8AM to 2:30PM, avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be CLOSING Athens County Road 68, Johnson Run Road between County Road 31 Oakdale Road and Township Road 310, Beech Grove Cemetery Road in Trimble Township, today Monday, April 10th from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM.  The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Elevated fire danger exists this afternoon, Sun, 4/9/17, for Athens Co, Outdoor burning considered extremely dangerous

High Fire Danger

Elevated fire danger exists this afternoon, Sunday, 4/9/17, for Athens County.

Warm and dry conditions, combined with gusty winds this afternoon, will result in an enhanced fire danger.

Outdoor burning is considered extremely dangerous at this time. Be very careful of heat and sparks while operating any equipment, and avoid smoking in wildland areas.

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The three escapees from SEPTA Correctional Facility in Nelsonville have been apprehended by Law Enforcement officials!

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The three escapees from the SEPTA Correctional Facility in Nelsonville have been apprehended.

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 three inmates from the SEPTA Correctional Facility escaped from the facility.

  1. David G. Skeens was apprehended on Sunday, April 2, 2017 by the Heath Police Department in Licking County.
  2. Justin D. Stanley was apprehended on Monday, April 3, 2017 by the Newark Police Department in Licking County.
  3. Troy Brandon Tyler Byrd was apprehended today Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Delaware County Law Enforcement officials.

The Nelsonville Police Department would like to thank everyone involved in the capture of these three fugitives.

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Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 4/5/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  1. Severe Weather
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2.  When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  3. When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.
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Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous, April, 2017 Crime of the Month

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The following incident has been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as a April, 2017 Crime of the Month. The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several criminal acts which occurred within the City.  

1. Over the course of the past month, the Athens Police Department has responded to several incidents involving the theft of motor vehicles. The thefts are occurring in various parts of the City.

  • Date of theft – Vehicle – Location stolen from
  • 3/1/2017 – Green 1995 Jeep Wrangler – Richland Ave
  • 3/3/2017 – Blue 2005 Nissan Altima – S. May Ave
  • 3/13/2017 – Blue 2000 Honda CR-V – W. Washington St

2. On March 21, 2017 between 2:00 and 4:00 AM, an unknown black male forcibly entered the Ginger Asian Kitchen, located at 28 S. Court St. Once inside, the male was able to steal a large amount of money and an Apple iPad.

The Ohio University Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to a criminal act which occurred on campus.

On February 5, 2017 at approximately 4:00 AM, a female student was walking to her dormitory on South Green when an unknown male approached her. The male was described as white, 5’06”, having an average build, short hair, and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants, and sperry-type shoes. The victim estimated the male to be in his late twenties. The male followed the victim into Armbruster House, which is located at 129 South Green Dr., and then sexually assaulted her.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited to a $1000.00 cash reward. **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.

Other cash rewards are available for your information regarding other crimes that have been committed in Athens County and if you have knowledge of other crimes, you are asked to call (740) 594 – 3331. Also visit our website at www.crimesolversofathens.org for information on previous crimes of the month. Postings can also be viewed on Facebook.

Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities. Help us to help Athens County become a safer place.

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