GENERAL INFORMATION

Man found deceased on frozen Lake Seneca

On Monday night January 6, 2014 at approx.11:30 p.m. Guernsey County Sheriff deputies responded to a call on Sunset Dr. at the Lake Seneca Region regarding an unresponsive male. When deputies arrived they were met by the 55 year old male’s mother. Deputies learned through their investigation that the man had reportedly taken a walk at approx. 5:00 p.m. and had not returned. After concerns from his family, his brother began to attempt to locate him. At approx. 11:30 p.m. he was located lying on the frozen Lake Seneca and was unresponsive. He was dragged off of the pond by his brother and deputies and medics were summoned.

 

The county coroner Dr.Sandra Schubert was notified as well. The man was transported to a local funeral home. Investigators advise that there is no suspected foul play or trauma to the body. Based on the investigation it is believed that the man died as a result of hypothermia.

 

Captain Jeffery D. Paden

Burris Charged with Murder of Kayla Thompson

Guernsey County Sheriff Michael R. McCauley has just announced that Adam C. Burris, age 32 of Cambridge has been charged with Murder, a felony of the first degree. Sheriff McCauley reported that this charge was filed after his Detectives meet with Guernsey County Prosecutor Daniel G. Padden and reviwed the case with him. Burris will have his bond hearing Monday morning December 30th in the Cambridge Municipal Court. Sheriff McCauley added that the case does remain under investigation.

Update on Abduction/Death Investigation

Adam Burris

Adam Burris

 

On 12/26/2013 at 13:54 hours, the Cambridge Police Department notified the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office of an incident involving a pizza delivery driver not returning after a delivery to a residence. The pizza store advised that 26 year old Kayla Thompson of Cambridge, did not return after making a delivery to McPherson Avenue in Cambridge. A deputy responded to the delivery address and spoke with a female at the residence. The female advised that her boyfriend, 32 year old Adam Burris of Cambridge, was seen leaving the residence and was driving the pizza delivery vehicle. Both the police department and the sheriff’s office believed an abduction had occurred and notified media outlets and other law enforcement agencies. Deputies received information on the cell phone number of Adam Burris and began to ping the cell phone for his location. The vehicle was stopped east bound on I-70 at 7:16 PM by the State Highway Patrol and Adam Burris was taken into custody. Sometime later, deputies requested the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office to meet them at Dillon State Park where Kayla Thompson’s body was found. Muskingum County Sheriff’s deputies and Guernsey County Sheriff’s deputies along with B.C.I processed the scene at Dillon State Park while Guernsey County deputies will be processing the victim’s vehicle and the delivery address. An autopsy of the victim’s body will be conducted in the near future. Adam Burris, who is wanted out of Butler County for domestic violence charges, remains in custody in the Guernsey County Jail.

Abduction/Death Remains Under Investigation

On 12/26/2013 at 13:54 hours, the Cambridge Police Department notified the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office of an incident involving a pizza delivery driver not returning after a delivery to a residence. A deputy responded to the delivery address and spoke with a female at the residence. The female advised that her boyfriend was seen leaving the residence and was driving the pizza delivery vehicle. Both the police department and the sheriff’s office believed an abduction had occurred and notified media outlets and other law enforcement agencies. Deputies received information on the cell phone number of the suspect and began to ping the cell phone for location. The vehicle was stopped east bound on I-70 at 7:16 PM by the State Highway Patrol and the suspect was taken into custody. Sometime later, deputies requested the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office to meet them at Dillon State Park where the victim’s body was found. Muskingum County Sheriff’s deputies and Guernsey County Sheriff’s deputies along with B.C.I. are processing the scene at Dillon State Park while Guernsey County deputies will be processing the victim’s vehicle and the delivery address. The suspect remains in custody. The victim’s name will not be released until the next of kin is notified.

Attempted Abduction Near Cambridge

On Tuesday afternoon August 20, 2013 at approximately 3:00 pm, deputies responded to the area of Claysville Road within the intersection of Phillips Road after a 911 call. The caller advised that she had received a cell phone call from her friend, age 25, advising her that her vehicle had become disabled and needed assistance. The caller advised that when she arrived in the area, she found her friend’s car. She advised the 911 dispatcher that she feared for her friend’s safety.

Deputies and officers from the Cambridge Police Department responded to the area. While enroute to the scene, dispatch received a call from employees of the AEP substation on Glenn Highway reporting that they had a female at the building reporting that she had been abducted and had escaped. Deputies and Detectives responded to the substation and met with the female who was visibly shaken.

The female reported that she had run out of gas near the intersection of Claysville Road and Phillips Road. She advised that while waiting for her friend, a white male drove up next to her, had a weapon and ordered her into the vehicle. After observing the weapon, she got into the passenger side of the vehicle. She advised that after driving a short distance, she attempted to kick the man, causing him to slow down. She was able to exit the vehicle and began running through the wooded area until reaching the business.

She advised that she did not know the male nor had she ever seen him prior to the incident. The man was described as a white male with light brown hair and was in his mid to late 40’s and was wearing a black shirt. The vehicle was described as a possible early to mid 1990’s Chevrolet pickup truck and was dark blue in color.

A picture of an example of the suspect’s vehicle is provided below. Please understand that this is an example and NOT the actual vehicle.

If anyone has information on the suspect or vehicle, they are asked to please call the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 439-4455.Example Image

Live Weather on Web Site Has Been Restored

As some may be aware, the weather station was not uploading updated information to our web site. The cause of this issue has been repaired. The live weather page has resumed normal operation. We apologize for any inconvience this may have caused to the public. The live weather page can be found at http://www.guernseysheriff.com/geninfo/live_weather2.html.

Two Subjects Charged In Drug Raid

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Marlei Matthew

 Two people have been charged in the drug raid that occurred on Wednesday in Cumberland. Jennifer E. Corathers, a 32 year female of Cambridge, Ohio was charged today with Having Weapons Under Disabilty (Third Degree Felony). Marlei Osei Matthew, a 24 year old male of Cumberland, Ohio was charged with Trafficking in Heroin (First Degree Felony) and Possession of Heroin (Second Degree Felony).

During the raid, over $70,000 in Heroin and $10,000 in pills were confiscated. This marks the largest Heroin bust in Guernsey County history. There was also a large amount of cash and weapons seized at the residence.

Sheriff’s Detectives End Four Month Investigation With Two Subjects in Custody

A four month investigation by sheriff’s detectives resulted in the execution of a search warrant by the Guernsey County Sheriff Special Response Team yesterday at a residence in Cumberland. At the same time, sheriff’s deputies were apprehending the residents of the home on a traffic stop on State Route 209 south of Cambridge.

The street value of the drugs seized at the residence cannot be estimated at this time but will exceed thousands of dollars. Drugs included in the seizure were; Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Percocet, Oxycodone and other street drugs. Several weapons were also seized at the residence.

A 24 year old male and 32 year old female are in custody at this time. Detectives will meet with the prosecutor for filing applicable charges. Both individuals in custody have lengthy criminal records.

Drug Bust in Cambridge Township

According to Captain Jeff Paden of the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, The Sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT) along with deputies and detectives executed a high risk search warrant at an eastside Cambridge township residence on Wednesday evening. The warrant was obtained for the residence after multiple controlled drug purchases were completed. A 34 year old male resident was taken into custody without incident. During the search detectives seized cash, suspected crack cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs through out the home.

 

Detectives are expected to meet with the Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday morning to discuss formal charges.

 

Captain Paden added that this was another successful drug arrest in the county due to the public’s assistance.

$25,000 Reward Offered For Information

The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the reward regarding the John Gholl death investigation has been increased from $5,000 to $25,000. Anyone that has information that leads to the conclusion of the investigation is asked to call the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 740-439-6300.