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09/13/2023

Press Release
09/13/2023

On 09/12/2023 at about 8:40 AM, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a missing 3-year-old girl on TWP RD 1268 in Rome Township. Upon the Deputies arrival, the mother of the missing child stated to them that her daughter had somehow managed to slip out the front door without her knowing. When she discovered her daughter was missing and after searching the residence, she reviewed her camera system which showed the child going out the front door. The recording shows the child playing a few minutes on the porch. The child then leaves the porch and out onto PVT DR 11 where she then leaves camera view. The mother and the mother’s sister, who lives next door, began to search the area. After a quick search of not locating the child, they notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived on the scene and requested aid from the Proctorville Fire Department and the Chesapeake Fire Department to search the area. Deputies immediately began their search of the wooded area. Cpl. Daren Hamlin was walking a creek bank when he heard someone screaming for help. As he came into the backyard of the TWP RD 1267 residence, which is approximately a half mile from the child’s home, he witnessed the aunt carrying the child from an aboveground pool. He went to them and began CPR. While performing CPR with the assistance of Fire Personnel, he was able to get water out of the child’s lungs. Lawrence County EMS arrived on the scene and transported the Child to Cabell Huntington Hospital. The child died later in the evening.

The residence where the child was located also has security cameras. These cameras show the child entering the backyard with her dog. She goes up the stairs of the deck and then down the stairs of the pool. She plays in the water while on the steps of the pool for a few minutes before she gets away from the steps and goes underwater out of camera view.

This incident remains under investigation. The names are not being released currently to allow the family to make notification to other family members.

Our heartfelt sorrows go out to the family. I want to commend my staff, and especially Cpl. Hamlin, as well as the Proctorville Fire Department and the Lawrence County EMS for their life saving efforts in this situation.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

06/21/2023

June 21, 2023

PRESS RELEASE

On April 18, 2023, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a runaway juvenile. The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which led to interviews being conducted at the Dawson Bryant High School with friends of 15-year-old Darrien Otta. A search of the area and woods around the residence of the home was completed with no signs of Darrien. The Sheriff’s Office collected items of evidence to include cellular phones for cell phone data extraction in an attempt to locate Darrien.

On April 27, 2023, the Ceredo Kenova Police Department along with the Kenova Police Department of West Virginia discovered the deceased body of an unidentified male in the Ohio River at the area of Twelve Pole Creek. The body was sent to the West Virgina Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston, West Virginia for cause of death and identification.

Through the investigation and cooperation of Darrien’s Grandmother/ Guardian, DNA was obtained and Dental records from a local Lawrence County Dental Office.

The Grandmother and Sheriff’s Office used the assistance of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to assist in the investigation and identification of the body from Kenova. On June 21, 2023, the Forensic Odontologist with the (NCMEC) positively identified the body found in Kenova, West Virginia as being Darrien Otta.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has been advised that according to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office the male body did not show any signs of foul play.

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Darrien Otta. You are in our prayers. I would also like to thank the help from the Kenova Police Department and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for going above and beyond in helping give the family closure.

Thank you,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/31/2023

January 31st, 2023

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There will be some roads that still have patches of ice on them, so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/31/2023

January 31, 2023

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County. Ice is accumulating on the roads which is making traveling hazardous, so If you must be out, please drive with caution. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

12/19/2022

Press Release

Date: 12/19/2022

Re: Update: Shooting Incident

An arrest has been made in the shooting incident that occurred yesterday at 283 PD 1831 Apt. 8, Chesapeake, Ohio.

After a lengthy surveillance, Dashawn L. Evans (34 years old) of 283 PD 1831 Apt. 7, was arrested without incident at the Delta by Marriott Hotel in Ashland, Ky by the Ashland City Police Dept. on a Warrant for Murder, ORC 2903.02 a felony of the first degree. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office had been tracking Evans since the onset of the incident. We were made aware that he had entered a room at the hotel and we alerted the Ashland Police of his whereabouts. The Ashland Police set up surveillance on the room where the arrest was made this afternoon. Evans will be held in the Boyd County Jail awaiting extradition proceedings.

On 12/18/2022, Evans got into an argument with his neighbor, 33yr. old Sharmin M. McAllister of 283 PD 1831 Apt. 8, Chesapeake, Ohio. During the argument, Evans brandished a handgun and shot McAllister in the upper torso. McAllister was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office. McAllister’s body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

12/18/2022

Press Release
12/18/2022

On today’s date at about 3:20 PM, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible shooting at 283 PD 1831 Apt. 8, Chesapeake, Ohio. Upon arrival, Deputies along with Lawrence County EMS Personnel, found a female lying face up in the parking lot of the complex. LCEMS began medical attention on the victim.

Witnesses advised Deputies that the female victim, who lived in the upstairs apartment, had gotten into an argument with the male occupant of the downstairs apartment over a canine. As the argument continued, the suspect brandished a handgun and shot the victim. After shooting the victim, the suspect fled the scene in a gray Nissan SUV.

The Lawrence County Coroner’s Office arrived a short time later and pronounced the victim dead. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Sheriff’s Office is in the very early stages of this investigation.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

11/30/2022

Press Release
11/30/2022

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest concerning the recent bomb threats toward the Rock Hill School District.
The Rock Hill School District received its first bomb threat on Wednesday, 11/16/2022; a second threat was reported on Friday, 11/18/2022; the third threat was reported on Tuesday, 11/29/2022; and a fourth threat was made today. The threats were posted over a social media page that was sent to certain other students. These students would report that they had received a text message from a person they didn’t know. Our Suspect would send threats and claim that there was a bomb in a particular building, or bombs in multiple buildings.

Our Suspect would use fake names to open an account on a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and send the message over a social media domain. Once the message was sent, our suspect would delete the fake account they made. The social media site that it was sent over would also delete the message after a certain period of time. A VPN is a service that protects your internet connection and privacy online. VPNs create an encrypted tunnel for your data, protect your online identity by hiding your IP address, and allow you to use public Wi-Fi hotspots. This made it very difficult to track.

We used every resource we could to help solve this case. We used Bomb-sniffing dogs from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, as well as the Columbus Fire Department’s K9s. We also used the Ohio Homeland Security and the FBI cybercrime labs. Many hours of computer analyzing, as well as watching video footage of school cameras, and interviewing several students, led us to our suspect.

We have arrested a 16 year old female Rock Hill Student. She has been transported and housed in the Lawrence County Juvenile Center on four counts of Delinquency by Making Terroristic Threats ORC 2909.23, a Felony of the 3rd Degree, and four counts of Delinquency by Inducing Panic ORC 2917.31, a Felony of the 3rd Degree.

“This has been a trying time for all involved,” States Sheriff Jeff Lawless. “The safety of our schools is a top priority, and I am very proud of my staff as well as the Administration and Staff of the Rock Hill School District.”

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

10/31/2022

Press Release
10/30/2022

On today’s date at approximately 9:41 PM, a white female suspect, approximately 5’3 and wearing a red shirt, entered the Marathon Gas Station located at 2927 Co Rd 144, South Point, OH 45680. The suspect immediately went to the counter and began to grab the cash register. The Store Clerk attempted to prevent this, but the suspect began to hit his hands. She was able to force the register open and removed an undetermined amount of cash and then fled the store.

A bystander, who was on a next-door parking lot, witnessed the suspect get into a grey/silver Dodge Van and flee the scene. This witness was able to follow the suspect van a short distance, but lost it on a side street. He provided the Sheriff’s Office with a direction of travel and an extensive search of the area was conducted. A short time later the suspect van was found behind Now Service Pro, located at 10880 CR 1 Chesapeake, Ohio 45619. Deputies located the female suspect, now identified as Brittney Watkins (32 years old) of 10542 CR1, along with her 3-year child who was inside the van.

Watkins was arrested on suspicion of Robbery ORC 2911.02, a Felony of the 2nd Degree, and was transported to and housed in the Lawrence County Jail. She will be arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court on 10/31/2022 at 9:00 AM. The child was released to Lawrence County Children’s Services. Additional charges could be added (including Child Endangerment) at the conclusion of the investigation.

The Store Clerk was not injured and there were no other customers inside the store at the time of the Robbery.

“The help from the witnesses is greatly appreciated,” states Sheriff Jeff Lawless. “Law enforcement always needs eyewitness testimony, but please remember not to put yourself in danger to do so.”

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the South Point Police Department for their assistance.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

Members of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office began receiving ”Thank you” letters this week from some students at Symm...
09/14/2022

Members of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office began receiving ”Thank you” letters this week from some students at Symmes Valley Elementary. This is a very heartwarming gesture from the students (and, teachers) from Symmes Valley. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!

Thank you, Kroy! You made my day!

Stay safe!

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

09/11/2022
08/23/2022

Press Release
08/23/2022

Update: Shooting incident

An arrest has been made in the shooting incident from earlier this morning. Jerrino Johnson 52 year old black male of 216 Park Ave South Point, Ohio Apt. 15, was apprehended at approximately 1:40 PM at his apartment without incident. Johnson will be housed in the Lawrence County Jail on suspicion of Attempted Murder ORC 2903.02 a felony of the 2nd degree.

As the investigation developed, evidence was obtained that lead us to suspect Johnson, who is a former boyfriend of the victim. This investigation is still ongoing and further charges could be added.

A decision was made in the earlier press release to list where the victim was employed because the schools went on heightened alert and or lock-down, and parents had a need to know why.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

08/23/2022

Press Release
08/23/2022

On today’s date at about 7:42 AM, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female victim who advised she had been shot at this morning by an unknown male.

This female, whose name is being withheld at the early stages of this investigation, advises that she was on her way to work (she is a school teacher at the Rock Hill Middle School) and she began to feel ill and pulled over near the Lawrence County Juvenile Center on SR 93. She advises that she was parked in the gravel lot that leads to the walking track when an unknown male wearing a camouflage outfit and a camouflage hat with netting that covered his face, approached her vehicle on foot and began to shoot at her with a handgun while she sat in her vehicle. The victim fled the scene as at least two bullets struck her vehicle. The victim returned to Ironton where she met with Deputies and Detectives.

The victim did not suffer any injuries, however, it appears that at least one bullet went through the back glass and a second bullet struck the rear fender on the passenger side of the vehicle. The victim claims that she did not get a good look at the suspect and did not see a vehicle associated with the suspect.
Because the victim in this situation is an employee of the Rock Hill Schools who was on her way to work, the school district was ask to be on a heightened alert as a precautionary measure.

This investigation is in its early stages. Anyone with information about this situation is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

03/12/2022

March 12th, 2022

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There will be some roads that still have patches of snow and ice on them, so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

03/12/2022

March 12th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County. Snow is accumulating on the roads, which is making traveling hazardous in some parts of the county.

The roads on the eastern end of the county aren’t as bad as the roads in the western end of the county as of yet, however, as this storm continues, all of the roads may become hazardous to drive on.

If you must be out, please drive with caution. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

03/11/2022

A Press Release gives a brief synopsis of a situation. Rarely, if ever, are all the facts written into a press release.

Sometimes, it is difficult for people to understand why criminal charges are filed or not filed, or, why someone is arrested or not arrested based on a press release. The fact is, that there is a lot more to the case than is put into a press release.

Our judicial system gives everyone the presumption of innocence; that is why we have court proceedings where all the facts and evidence will be revealed.

I have written hundreds of press releases in my career and I see people get worked up both pro and con on a situation, but please try to remember that there is a lot more to the “case” than what is included in a press release.

Stay Safe!

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

03/11/2022

Press Release
03/11/2022

On today’s date at approximately 12:05 PM, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of shots fired at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. Upon arrival, Deputies met with Fair Board Member, Kevin Edwards, 42 yrs. old of 7755 CR 107 Proctorville, Ohio 45669. Kevin advised Deputies that he arrived at his camper, which is stationed at the fairgrounds, and found that it had been broken into. He then saw Tony D. Edwards (no relation) 43 yrs. old of 1035 CR 1 Apt. 224 South Point, Ohio 45680, near his camper, and in possession of some of his belongings. Kevin states that he had his firearm with him and he chased Tony to the fence and discharged his handgun three times into the ground. Tony stopped fleeing and Deputies arrived a short time later.
During this incident, Fairland school officials heard the commotion and immediately went into their emergency lockdown procedures. Although this situation never entered school property, it was within close proximity.

Tony D. Edwards was arrested on suspicion of Breaking and Entering ORC 2911.13, a Felony of the 5th degree, and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.

Kevin M. Edwards was arrested on suspicion of Improperly Discharging Firearm in a School Safety Zone ORC 2923.161, a Felony of the 2nd Degree, and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.


Sheriff Jeff Lawless

02/23/2022

Press Release
02/23/2022

On today’s date at about 12:10 PM, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a domestic disturbance at 53 PD 634 (off TR 130N) Chesapeake, Ohio. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered that Kelly G. Doss (30 yrs old) of 902 Gary Malone Street, Lot 9 South Point, Ohio, had been shot once in the upper torso by a 12 gauge shotgun. The wounds appeared to be birdshot pellets and did not appear to be life-threatening. Doss advised Deputies that he had gotten into an argument with his cousin, Jacob L. Lindsay (21 yrs old) of 737 TR 130N Chesapeake, Ohio, and that Lindsay had fired one shot from the shotgun and some of the pellets struck him.

Doss was transported to the Cabell Huntington Hospital by the Lawrence County EMS.

This investigation is in its very early stages.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

02/05/2022

February 5th, 2022

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There will be some roads that still have patches of snow and ice on them, so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

02/04/2022

February 4th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

Lawrence County has been reduced to a Level 1. The primary roads have improved, however, there is still danger of ice and slick spots. Most secondary roads are still covered with ice and snow. Melting snow and ice will refreeze overnight as the temperatures drops. If you must be out, please continue to drive with caution.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

02/04/2022

February 4th, 2022

❗️Level 2 Snow Advisory❗️

Lawrence County has upgraded to a Level 2 Snow Advisory. Snow and ice are accumulating on the roads which is making traveling hazardous.

Snow and ice has rapidly increased on our roads over the past hour. Some portions of the county are affected worse than others, but overall, driving conditions are dangerous at this point. If you can avoid being on the roadways, then please do so.

State and county transportation workers are still out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

02/04/2022

February 4th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County. Snow and ice is accumulating on the roads which is making traveling hazardous.

As the storm continues, road conditions are expected to worsen, so If you must be out, please drive with caution. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

02/03/2022

Good morning Lawrence County,

As everyone is aware, there is a winter storm warning in effect for our area this afternoon and into tomorrow. Late this afternoon the rain is expected to change to ice. This ice event could leave between .25" to .50" of ice. When the switch over from rain to ice occurs, the roads will become slick and driving conditions will deteriorate making driving on the roads hazardous. As this winter storm continues into the night, conditions are more than likely going to worsen. As ice builds up on trees and power lines, this can cause power outages. Also, trees and debris may fall into the roadways causing additional driving hazards. So, if you are out during this storm, be on heightened alert for not only ice and snow on the roads, but also tree limbs, etc.

We are receiving a lot of rain and some flooding of our creeks and streams is expected. If you live in low lying areas, be on alert for flooding around your home and property. When driving, this is yet another issue to be alert for as roads near these creeks and streams can flood our roadways.

So, to recap:
* Driving conditions will become hazards late this afternoon/evening. There is the potential of ice, snow, tree debris, powerlines, and flooding to impact our roads so if you must be on the roadways during this storm, please stay on heightened alert.
* There is the potential of power outages. Please prepare yourself just in case. If the power should go out, Please check on family, friends and neighbors.
* Stay alert for flooding around your homes and property.
* Provide shelter and warmth for you pets.

Weather is a prediction, so this storm could be mild or worse than is expected. All we can do is heed the warnings given and make the best preparations we can.

As always,

Stay Safe!

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
115 South 5th Street
Ironton, Ohio 45638

01/28/2022

January 28th, 2022

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There will be some roads that still have patches of snow and ice on them, so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/28/2022

January 28th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County. Snow is accumulating on the roads which is making traveling hazardous.

If you must be out, please drive with caution. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/20/2022

January 20th, 2022

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There are some roads that do not get a lot of sunlight that will still have ice and snow on them so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/20/2022

January 20th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory was issued for Lawrence County, Ohio overnight. Snow/ice accumulated on the roads which makes traveling hazardous.

If you must be out, please drive with caution. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/18/2022

January 18th, 2022

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There are some roads that do not get a lot of sunlight that will still have ice and snow on them so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/17/2022

January 17th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory ❗️

Lawrence County has downgraded to a Level 1 Snow Advisory. The primary roads are in decent shape, and the secondary roads remain snow and ice covered.

Please continue to drive with caution.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/17/2022

❗️UPDATE: 01/16/22❗️

Level 2 Snow Emergency

We have upgraded to a Level 2 Snow Emergency. Road conditions are worsening as the heavy snow continues to accumulate on the roads making driving conditions very hazardous. Road crews are out treating the roads, but as temperatures continue to drop, it makes it more difficult to clear the roads.

Please stay home and off the streets if at all possible.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/16/2022

January 16th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County, Ohio. Snow/ice is rapidly accumulating and sticking to our roads, which is making traveling hazardous.

Please refrain from driving at this time if at all possible. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/16/2022

January 16th, 2022

❗️Winter Storm ❗️

The winter storm is predicted to begin in the late morning or early afternoon. This storm will be different than our last one as it will be a heavy wet snow. They have also predicted freezing rain and ice at the start of the storm, which will make road conditions very dangerous to drive on. Please, stay off the roads and only drive for essential needs. If you must drive, use extreme caution and always make sure to take your emergency kit. Your emergency kit should include these items:
Cell phone and car charger
First-aid kit
Blanket
Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car, including pets
Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
Rags, paper towels, or pre-moistened wipes, toilet paper
Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices, such as road flares or reflectors
Ice scraper/snow brush
Jumper cables/jump pack
Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
Tarp, raincoat, and gloves
Shovel.

This storm may also cause power outages, so you should prepare for that possibility. Take the time now to charge all your cell phones, locate flashlights, batteries, extra blankets, an alternate source of heat, if that is possible (but always use extreme caution with kerosene and other type of heaters!). Should the power go out, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly so that their needs can be met.

EMA Director Mike Boster has warming stations on standby should the need arise.

Our State, County, and Township Road Crews will be working on the roads, so please allow them space to do their jobs, which makes our driving conditions much better.

As always, STAY SAFE!

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/09/2022

January 9th, 2022

I want to thank every person across this nation who has worn or is wearing a law enforcement uniform. The tremendous service that you provide in keeping our nation safe and free sometimes goes unnoticed, but without those willing to serve, our country would be in chaos.

I want to thank the law enforcement of Lawrence County, Ohio, with a huge shoutout to the members of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office who I know firsthand strive to serve and protect the citizens of our great county.

Thank you!!

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/08/2022

January 8th, 2022

❗️ Snow Level Lifted ❗️

Lawrence County is No Longer on any snow level. There are some roads that do not get a lot of sunlight that will still have ice and snow on them, so continue to drive with caution.

Stay Safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/07/2022

January 7th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory ❗️

Lawrence County has downgraded to a Level 1 Snow Advisory. The primary roads are in decent shape, and the secondary roads remain snow covered.

Please continue to drive with caution.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/06/2022

❗️UPDATE: 01/06/22❗️

Level 2 Snow Emergency

We have upgraded to a Level 2 Snow Emergency. Road conditions are worsening as the heavy snow continues to accumulate on the roads making driving conditions very hazardous. Road crews are out treating the roads, but as temperatures continue to drop, it makes it more difficult to clear the roads.

Please stay home and off the streets if at all possible.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/06/2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County, Ohio. Snow/ice is rapidly accumulating and sticking to our roads, which is making traveling hazardous.

Please refrain from driving at this time, if at all possible. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

01/06/2022

Snow Storm

A snowstorm is predicted to impact our area later this afternoon, which will undoubtedly result in hazardous driving conditions.

Please limit your driving when the roadways become hazardous with snow and ice. Our ODOT, County Engineers Office, Township Trustees, village, and City road crews do a great job in keeping our main roads passable. In our area, we are fortunate that the road conditions normally clear up within a day or two, so if you do not have to be on the roads, please stay home.

We can assume that a Level 1, 2, or 3 Snow Emergency may be called during these snow events. These Snow Emergency Levels are called in an effort to alert the citizens that the roads are dangerous to drive on. These Levels help reduce traffic so that roads crews can do their jobs in clearing the roads, and to save lives and property. The main thing we have to use is the common sense that God provided us. We can all gauge what the road conditions are, what our driving skills are, and whether it is worth the risk to get out on the road at a particular time, or just wait a few hours as the conditions normally improve in our area. If you do not feel safe driving in the snow, PLEASE STAY HOME and enjoy the beauty of the snow until the conditions improve.

You should always pack your vehicle with some essential items for survival in the event you would become stuck in traffic as we recently saw in the traffic nightmare on I-95 in Virginia. Your emergency kit should include these items:
Cell phone and car charger
First-aid kit
Blanket
Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car, including pets
Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
Rags, paper towels, or pre-moistened wipes
Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices, such as road flares or reflectors
Ice scraper/snow brush
Jumper cables/jump pack
Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
Tarp, raincoat and gloves
Shovel

As always, STAY SAFE!
Sheriff Jeff Lawless

We enjoyed our annual “Shop With A Cop” this evening at WalMart in South Point.  The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, O...
12/14/2021

We enjoyed our annual “Shop With A Cop” this evening at WalMart in South Point. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ironton Municipal Court Probation Department, and the Lawrence County Common Pleas Probation Department, along with the assistance from businesses and citizens, helped provide a better Christmas for 47 children from Lawrence County, Ohio. Food baskets were also presented to these families. A special “Thank You” to Carlos and Casa Grande for providing dinner this evening for the families and volunteers.

Thank you to all who participated this evening!

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless

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January 7th, 2022

❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory ❗️

Lawrence County has downgraded to a Level 1 Snow Advisory. The primary roads are in decent shape, and the secondary roads remain snow covered.

Please continue to drive with caution.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
❗️UPDATE: 01/06/22❗️

Level 2 Snow Emergency

We have upgraded to a Level 2 Snow Emergency. Road conditions are worsening as the heavy snow continues to accumulate on the roads making driving conditions very hazardous. Road crews are out treating the roads, but as temperatures continue to drop, it makes it more difficult to clear the roads.

Please stay home and off the streets if at all possible.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
❗️Level 1 Snow Advisory❗️

A Level 1 Snow Advisory has been issued for Lawrence County, Ohio. Snow/ice is rapidly accumulating and sticking to our roads, which is making traveling hazardous.

Please refrain from driving at this time, if at all possible. State and county transportation workers are out treating the roads at this time.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
Snow Storm

A snowstorm is predicted to impact our area later this afternoon, which will undoubtedly result in hazardous driving conditions.

Please limit your driving when the roadways become hazardous with snow and ice. Our ODOT, County Engineers Office, Township Trustees, village, and City road crews do a great job in keeping our main roads passable. In our area, we are fortunate that the road conditions normally clear up within a day or two, so if you do not have to be on the roads, please stay home.

We can assume that a Level 1, 2, or 3 Snow Emergency may be called during these snow events. These Snow Emergency Levels are called in an effort to alert the citizens that the roads are dangerous to drive on. These Levels help reduce traffic so that roads crews can do their jobs in clearing the roads, and to save lives and property. The main thing we have to use is the common sense that God provided us. We can all gauge what the road conditions are, what our driving skills are, and whether it is worth the risk to get out on the road at a particular time, or just wait a few hours as the conditions normally improve in our area. If you do not feel safe driving in the snow, PLEASE STAY HOME and enjoy the beauty of the snow until the conditions improve.

You should always pack your vehicle with some essential items for survival in the event you would become stuck in traffic as we recently saw in the traffic nightmare on I-95 in Virginia. Your emergency kit should include these items:
Cell phone and car charger
First-aid kit
Blanket
Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car, including pets
Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
Rags, paper towels, or pre-moistened wipes
Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices, such as road flares or reflectors
Ice scraper/snow brush
Jumper cables/jump pack
Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
Tarp, raincoat and gloves
Shovel

As always, STAY SAFE!
Sheriff Jeff Lawless
We enjoyed our annual “Shop With A Cop” this evening at WalMart in South Point. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ironton Municipal Court Probation Department, and the Lawrence County Common Pleas Probation Department, along with the assistance from businesses and citizens, helped provide a better Christmas for 47 children from Lawrence County, Ohio. Food baskets were also presented to these families. A special “Thank You” to Carlos and Casa Grande for providing dinner this evening for the families and volunteers.

Thank you to all who participated this evening!

Stay safe,

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
Press Release

12/12/2021

On today’s date at approximately 2:00 PM, Aaron K. Scott turned himself in to the Investigators of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott was accompanied by his attorney, Rick Faulkner. Scott had an active warrant for his arrest from the Ironton Municipal Court for the charge of murder in the shooting death of Anthony Pemberton that occurred on 12/09/2021. Scott is being housed in the Lawrence County Jail and will be arraigned in the Ironton Municipal Court on 12/13/2021 at 1:00 PM.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
Press Release

12/09/2021

On today’s date, at about 2:37 PM, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting at 176 CR 7D, Ironton. Upon arrival, Deputies found the victim Anthony W. Pemberton (48 years old) of 542 CR 53, Kitts Hill, Ohio, on the ground in the driveway being treated by the Lawrence County EMS for a gunshot wound to the upper right leg. The victim was unresponsive to Deputies and was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton where he was later pronounced dead.

Witnesses at the scene told Deputies that the suspect, Aaron K. Scott (35 years old) of 1004 Commanche Dr., Ashland, Ky, arrived at this residence and an argument and altercation ensued in the driveway between the two, at which point the suspect brandished a handgun and shot the victim in the leg. The suspect then fled the scene in a black Nissan Altima.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, obtained a warrant for murder for Scott’s arrest. The Boyd County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office, along with Lawrence County Detectives, went to Scott’s residence and located the Nissan Altima in question and confiscated it to be processed for potential evidence. Scott was not located at this residence and an extensive search is being conducted in an attempt to locate and apprehend him.

Anyone with information on Aaron K. Scott’s location is urged to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 740-532-3525 or your local law enforcement agency. Scott is a black male, 5’11”, 210 Lbs, with brown eyes.

This investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning shooting.

At about 2:35 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to 306 TR 1057, Proctorville, OH, where they met with the occupant of the home, 31 year old Natasha Clark. Clark advised deputies that she had shot her estranged boyfriend, 35 year old Nathan Dement, of 12125 SR 217, Scottown, OH, as he tried to enter through her front door.

Dement suffered one wound to the chest from a small caliber handgun. He was treated at the scene by Lawrence County EMS and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV where he remains in stable condition.

This investigation is ongoing as it is in its early stages.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
We had a great time at the Sugar Creek Christian Academy Pre-School today. We spoke to the children about safety and stranger danger. What a great group of well behaved children.
We had a great evening at Ironton’s Safe Trick or Treat! Here are some pictures from tonight’s event.
9/30/21

It is with a heavy heart that I write this about my friend and colleague, Deputy Boyd Blake. Deputy Blake passed away yesterday after a long battle with COVID. Deputy Blake fought a good fight, but just could not overcome this horrible virus. Lawrence County has lost a good man and a dedicated public servant.

Boyd Blake began his career in law enforcement in August of 1996 as a Patrolman with the Proctorville Police Department, and served as the Chief of Police there. Deputy Blake started his career at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on September 10, 2001 as a Correction Officer. He rose through the ranks and became a Road Deputy, and was most recently serving as the Process Server. Boyd served with honor and dignity and was well-liked by all who knew him.

As we mourn our loss of Deputy Blake, I reflect on a passage from the Holy Bible. Matthew 5:9 (NIV) reads: Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of GOD. Often, law enforcement officers are referred to as peacemakers. Biblical scholars have said that the term “peacemaker” in this passage from the Bible does not imply pacifism, but means: One who actively brings conflict to an end; One who is willing to fight to resolve a conflict. Deputy Blake, like the vast majority of law enforcement officers, was a peacemaker.

Please join me in honoring the life of Deputy Boyd Blake, a man who dedicated 25 years of his life serving and protecting the citizens of Lawrence County.

Stay Safe!

Sheriff Jeff Lawless
Press Release
08/19/2021

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a late night shooting that occurred at 485 CR 123, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619. The victim, 33-year-old Wesley A. Earls, was shot one time in the right arm with a small caliber handgun.

The preliminary investigation shows that a dark colored (possibly blue) newer model Ford Explorer had stopped on the roadway in front of Mr. Earls’s residence. Words were exchanged between Mr. Earls and the driver of the vehicle, and this suspect brandished a handgun and fired several rounds in the direction of Mr. Earls. One round struck Mr. Earls in the right arm.
The suspect’s vehicle then fled in the direction of SR 7.

Deputies provided first aid to Mr. Earls at the scene and the Lawrence County EMS transported him to the Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment.

An immediate search of the area for the suspect vehicle was unsuccessful.

This investigation is in its early stages.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless