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Patrol reminds drivers to ‘Buckle Up’ and ‘Drive Sober’ for Memorial Day

COLUMBUS – During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible on Ohio’s roadways promoting traffic safety. As motorists travel this weekend, troopers are reminding drivers to utilize their safety belts and to be responsible by designating a sober driver. The effort begins at midnight on Friday, May 26 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 29.

Search expands for escaped Lima inmates; Lee apprehended in Kentucky


According to / 13 Action News early on Wednesday, May 24, "A police department in Henderson, Kentucky ... "had arrested one of the men that escaped from the prison in Lima earlier this week."

James Marion Lee was arrested but Bradley Gillespie, fled on foot and had not yet been apprehended. Gillespie was convicted for a double murder.

The following media release was issued at 11:32 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23:

LIMA – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and  Correction are investigating after two inmates, Bradley Gillespie, 50, and James Lee, 47 escaped from the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution (AOCI). 

Today [Tuesday, May 23] during a prisoner count at 11:00 a.m., ODRC officials determined Lee was missing. Angela Stuff, AOCI warden, approved an emergency count of all prisoners in  the facility and escape posts were manned. During the emergency count, it was  discovered Gillespie was also missing. The ODRC notified law enforcement and officers from multiple jurisdictions, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Patrol responded to the facility. 

During the course of the investigation, prison officials determined Gillespie and Lee  were last observed on surveillance video inside the facility at 8:41 a.m. on May 22. 

The Patrol continues to work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners  to investigate potential leads.


Two inmates escape from Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution

Warning from the Allen County Sherrif's Office:

2 inmates have escaped from Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio. Information is limited at the moment. Please be aware and use caution. If you see either inmate please DO NOT APPROACH. Immediately call 911.

James Lee – 47 years old. Male, brown hair, blue eyes, 300 pounds

Bradley Gillespie – 50 years old, male, bald, blue eyes, 200 pounds

The Sheriff's Office will update with more information as it is available.

Huntsville man crashes into Sheriff’s cruiser

A Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy escaped injury during a Friday evening (5/19/23)incident that resulted in heavy damage to his cruiser and the arrest of a Huntsville man.  

At 8:13 p.m. Hardin County Central Dispatch received a report of a vehicle being operated recklessly near Ohio Route 67 and County Road115. The initial call was followed by numerous additional reports of the west bound vehicle swerving into oncoming traffic, driving on the wrong side of the road, leaving the roadway, and driving in reverse.  The vehicle continued westbound to the Jumbo area, where witnesses said the driver exited it then returned to it and drove off headed east bound.  

May 15 S.A.F.E.R. Alert

On Monday, May 15, the Ada Police Department issued the following S.A.F.E.R. Alert on Facebook:

Ada, recently we have taken a few reports where outbuildings have had items stolen from them. Just as a reminder please try to keep all buildings secured and if possible, well lit.

As always please do not hesitate to report suspicious activity to the Ada Police Department.

Ada Village Police Department
115 W Buckeye Ave, Ada, OH 45810

Unclaimed bicycles to be auctioned off by Ada Police Dept.

The Ada Police Department has announced that it has approximately 36 unclaimed bicycles that will be auctioned off unless they are claimed by May 16.

If you would like to file a claim, please contact the APD office and provide a description of the bicycle.

Ada Police Department
115 W Buckeye Ave, Ada, OH 45810
Phone: (419) 634-0010