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January 17, 2020

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Sheriff's office conducting investigation at USV

Alleged incident of bullying or hazing

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart released the following statement on Wednesday evening:

"The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation into an alleged incident of bullying or hazing as reported to the Sheriff’s Office.

This alleged incident was reported to have occurred within the Upper Scioto Valley School system and involves multiple students.

"The administration of the school is cooperating fully with sheriff’s office personnel and the investigation is ongoing at this time."

Man arrested on drug charges

The sheriff's office reports:

On Sept. 7, while investigating a sale of illegal narcotics, officers with the Hardin County Crime Task Force arrested Matthew Williams of Lima. Williams had sold crack cocaine to Task Force detectives; he also had heroin, crystal methamphetamine and cocaine in his possession.  

Williams was arrested at W. North and Detroit Streets in Kenton and was transported to the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion. His vehicle was removed from the scene and impounded by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with trafficking in narcotics and possession of narcotics.

Coffee with a Cop

Officers of the Ada Police Department will be on hand for free Coffee with a Cop from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at COSI, which is located at Main and College.

"The informal coffee time will give community members an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns as we work to make Ada a S.A.F.E.R. place to live," said Chief Michael Harnishfeger.

"Our mission for community events is to build relationships with our customers, the public, whom we proudly serve," he said.

Multiple Vehicle Crash

The Hardin County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating a multiple vehicle crash that occurred at 8:04 a.m. at County Road 110 and Township Road 205 in Goshen township.


A southbound vehicle on Township Road 205 occupied by five juveniles failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a vehicle headed eastbound on County Road 110.


Three of the five juveniles were lifeflighted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo with life-threatening injuries.


Two other juveniles were transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals. The driver of the other vehicle was treated at the scene.


Missing child found in cornfield

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Hardin Northern Schools on Thursday about a child that ran away from the building.  The child ran into a large cornfield north of the school.

The child was found 1:45 minutes later in a field north and east of the school property.    He was returned to the care and custody of his parents

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Bluffton Life Flight, Dunkirk Fire Department,  Hardin County Dog Warden, and local residents.

Sobriety checkpoint set for Labor Day weekend

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on South Main in Kenton on from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The checkpoint is part of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” high visibility traffic enforcement initiative covering the busy Labor Day weekend. A fatality occurs every 34 minutes in the U.S. during Labor Day weekend.

Sheriff Keith Everhart pointed out that highway safety data indicates
that highly visible enforcement campaigns reduce drunk-driving fatalities by
as much as 20%.   

He said, "It's our goal to have an unmistakable presence, ready to arrest drunk drivers who put lives at risk.”