Athens Co holding hazardous materials exercise Sat, 6/10/17, Hocking College, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, 8AM to 1PM


The Athens County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be holding a full-scale hazardous materials preparedness exercise on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The exercise will be taking place at two locations;

  1. Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio
  2. OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, Ohio

The exercise will be taking place between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Area residents may notice increased emergency vehicle traffic at both locations as emergency first responders and hospital staff simulate dealing with a hazardous materials spill in the Nelsonville area and transporting simulated patients to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital.

All Ohio Counties are required by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) to have a hazardous materials preparedness exercise annually and a full-scale exercise at least every five years. Annual exercises allow responders to review plans and procedures for hazardous materials incidents and make changes to those plans as needed.

Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 6/7/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 7, 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.

SEPTA Correctional Facility escapee apprehended by Nelsonville PD on Madison St

Richard Rush


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

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:31 PM the Nelsonville Police Department with assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol apprehended Richard Paul Rush III. Rush was apprehended after law enforcement received a tip Rush was located at a vacant house located at 204 Madison Street in Nelsonville.

Rush was treated at the scene by Athens County EMS for minor injuries he had sustained during his escape. Rush and his girlfriend Samantha Milliken of Nelsonville who was with Rush, were placed in custody and transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville. Milliken is being charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a wanted fugitive.

The Nelsonville Police Department would like to thank everyone involved in the capture of this this fugitive.

Law Enforcement Search for Escapee from SEPTA Correctional Facility, located at 7 West 29 Drive Nelsonville, Ohio

Richard Rush

On May 31, 2017, SEPTA Correctional Facility reported that Richard Paul Rush III escaped from the facility.

Richard Paul Rush III;

  • 24-year-old male
  • 5 foot 6 inches
  • 155 pounds
  • blonde hair and blue eyes
  • last seen wearing a brown T-shirt, with blue jeans

Richard Rush was incarcerated for a Third-Degree Felony for drug possession.

If you see Richard Rush, please do not approach, and contact your local Law Enforcement Agency.

Persons with any information on the whereabouts of the escapee can be called into the Nelsonville Police Department at (740) 753-1736.

Flash Flood Warning, W central Athens Co Until 11:15 PM, seek shelter if threatened, DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOOD WATERS!


The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for West central Athens County Until 11:15 PM.

At 8:09 PM, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing very heavy rain across the warned area, with little movement. These storms are expected to continue through 9 PM before diminishing. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Nelsonville, Chauncey, Amesville and The Plains.

Please report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely. Do Not Drive Into Flood Waters!

You may also report severe weather by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, #NWSRLX.