Athens, Ohio, Police Department – At approximately 11:15 this morning a suspect entered the Citizens Bank at 20 West Stimson Ave. armed with a handgun and robbed the bank of an as yet to determined amount of money. The suspect entered the bank and jumped the counter, threatening employees with what appeared to be a dark colored handgun.
After taking money the suspect fled the bank on foot running west bound. Video footage from the area shows a possible suspect vehicle as a dark colored 2007-2011 Nissan Versa with an unknown license plate.
The suspect is believed to be a white male and was wearing a red or pink hat and what appeared to be a skin tight light tan mask with dark glasses over top and a dark colored jacket with a red color. He appears to also have on gloves with some sort of design on the back of the hand.
Anyone with information concerning this robbery can call Lt. Jeff McCall at the Athens Police Department at (740) 592-3315 or (740) 592-3313.
The City of Nelsonville announces that the Public Square will be closed Monday, September 11, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Please use an alternate route.
The following incidents has been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as September, 2017 Crimes of the Month.
The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to the location of Joseph E. Papineau.
Mr. Papineau is being sought for his involvement in multiple criminal acts within the City and the County. He currently has three separate warrants for his arrest from three different law enforcement agencies. The arrest warrants stem from charges involving receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine, and a traffic offense.
The Ohio University Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to a crime occurring on campus.
Between July 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM and the following day, July 27 at 8:30 AM, an unknown individual(s) forcibly entered the office building at the Ohio University Driving Range located on W. State St. After gaining entry, the individual(s) stole the cash register and multiple bottles of Gatorade.
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.
The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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;
- DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
- 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.
- Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Nelsonville Street Department announces that High Street will be closed from Burr Oak Boulevard to Third Street, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday, August 28, 2017 and Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Please use an alternate route.
The Nelsonville Street Department announces that a sinkhole has developed on Pleasantview Avenue between the addresses of 685 and 687. The area is barricaded off and drivers should use caution in the area. Pleasantview Avenue will be closed from the address of 685 to Woodlane Drive on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM until the repairs can be completed on the sinkhole storm drain. Please use an alternate route.
The Nelsonville Street Department announces that Walnut Street will be closed temporarily from Burr Oak Boulevard to Third Street today Friday, August 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Please use an alternate route.