Athens Co snow emergency canceled, drive carefully some hazardous conditions may still exist in remote areas of county


December 13, 2017, 13:10 hours


The snow emergency for Athens County has been canceled. Please drive carefully some hazardous road conditions may still exist in remote areas of the county.


Nelsonville Police Winter/ Holiday Break Checklist for College Students before you leave for Home

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Winter/ Holiday Break Checklist for College Students before you leave for Home

Heading home for winter break becomes something of a ritual for many college students. Students finish their exams, say goodbye to their friends for a few weeks, and prepare for a return to doing chores, coming home before their parents’ curfew, and sleeping in.

But, all too often, students head home without realizing the best way to protect the things they’re leaving behind. When locking the doors, and closing the blinds aren’t enough, the Nelsonville Police Department has put together a list of college winter break safety tips to help you leave any worries about your apartment or dorm room behind:

Create the illusion that someone is home.

A favorite of homeowners, this is a tactic that works for apartment and dorm dwellers, as well. Connect lights, the radio and even the TV to an automatic timer that can be used to vary the on/off pattern of interior lights when you are away.

If you live with other students, a good security tip is to discuss who will be leaving last, and then make sure that person is willing and able to double-check all windows and doors, turn on any automatic timers and put away or cover up any common-area valuables, such as gaming systems or big-screen TVs.

Take valuables with you

Take laptops, electronics, jewelry, and other valuables home with you. Items that are too large to transport should be kept out of sight from windows, balconies, and doors. Remember property theft rates are higher during breaks in the academic calendar.

Students who are carpooling home and leaving their vehicle back at school for winter break should park in a well-lit area or secure location and remove all valuables (GPS, small electronics, etc.).

If you must leave items of value behind, recording the serial numbers, brand names and date and price of purchases, and taking a few pictures of the valuables will help authorities identify the property in the event of a theft or a natural disaster.

Lock windows and doors

It’s common sense to lock a front door, but students might forget to make sure all their windows are secured. For added protection, it is not wise to advertise your items to thieves, so close the blinds or curtains.

Take out the trash and clean the refrigerator

It looks harmless today, but in three weeks that Tupperware might have legs.

For the love of everything, please don’t leave food and garbage in an apartment for 3 weeks! We cannot stress the importance of a clean kitchen to students, unless you really want a bug infestation on your Christmas list.

Leave the heat on

More budget conscious students might be tempted to turn the heat down or off over the break, but doing so can lead to frozen pipes or broken pipes. Thermostats should be set to at least 58 degrees. Also, windows should be completely closed; a one-inch opening near a pipe can be enough to cause it to freeze and break.

Unplug appliances

Unplugging non-essential appliances like televisions, phone chargers, coffee pots, toaster ovens, personal fans reduces the risk of fire and saves energy. Unplugging also means no one will leave coffee burning in the pot for the better part of a month.

Take the time to go over these ideas so you have the best break possible. Have a safe and joyous holiday break.

First accumulating snow of the season this evening 12/9/17, may cause snow covered, and icy roadways

Winter Weather

After an initial round of light showers of rain, snow and sleet mixed, moderate to heavy snow showers will move across the area this evening as colder air invades. The heaviest snow showers will be capable of producing a quick half of an inch or so of snow, with wind gusts up to 25 mph as they pass.

With the colder air and fall of darkness, temperatures will drop to and below freezing, so roads could become snow covered, and icy spots could develop. Rapidly changing visibilities over short distances are likely, with visibility in some locations briefly falling below half of a mile. Use caution if traveling this evening, especially since this is the first accumulating snow of the season.

Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 12/6/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 6, 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.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous December 2017, Crimes of the Month

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The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as December, 2017 Crimes of the Month.

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several crimes which have occurred in the City.

On October 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM, an individual was walking on the sidewalk near 60 N. Court St when he was violently struck in the back of the head. This resulted in the victim falling forward and striking his face on the sidewalk.  The victim suffered fractured bones in his face and a brain injury.  The individual who struck the victim was described as a light skin-toned black male wearing a black shirt.

During the afternoon of October 8, to the early morning hours of October 9, 2017, an unknown individual(s) stole a utility trailer from the Tractor Supply Company lot located at 1000 E. State St. The trailer is described as a 5 ½’ wide by 10’ long aluminum trailer with a wooden floor.

The Ohio University Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to several crimes occurring on campus.

  1. During the evening of September 4 to the early afternoon of September 6, 2017, an unknown individual(s) illegally entered a 2004 Pontiac while it was parking in Lot 50, which is the N. McKinley residential lot.  The individual(s) stole many items, including a camera, camera equipment, and books.
  2. On October 21, 2017 at 9:05 PM, a female was walking near Lot 104, located between Stewart St and N. McKinley Ave, when she was approached by a male. The male restrained the victim and then illegally touched her. The female was able to strike the male and flee to safety.  The male is described as white, 5’9” tall, wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt, and a black zip-up hooded coat.
  3. On November 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM, a female was walking on E. Union St (Jeff Hill) near Edgehill Dr when she was confronted by three males. One of the males made an inappropriate comment and she asked what he said. This same male was carrying an unknown object which he threw it at the female, striking her in the face. The three males then fled the area.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering up to 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 up 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.  You may also visit our website at or 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.