Delinquent Real Estate Tax Sale:

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney, Colleen S. Williams, announces: On January 9, 2015 at 10:00 am, the following properties will be offered for sale on the courthouse steps for delinquent real estate taxes:

Birchfield Property Address:

30960 State Route 143

Albany, OH 45710

Opening Bid Price: $5,922.33

Kimes Property Address:

2686 West Third Street Route 142

Syracuse, OH 45771

Opening Bid Price: $7,967.54

Prosecutor’s Office welcomes new employee

From the Desk of Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney Colleen Williams:

Prosecuting Attorney Colleen S. Williams is pleased to announce the newest addition to her staff, administrative assistant, Cheyenne Boyer. Ms. Boyer is a native of Meigs County, and a graduate of Eastern High School. The Prosecutor’s office is very happy to have her on board and hopes that you will take the time to give her a warm welcome.

In additional office news, Teresa Smith has been promoted to office manager, a position formerly held by Diana Coates. Ms. Smith was previously an administrative assistant with the office.

Colleen Williams and the rest of the Prosecutor’s office bid a fond farewell to office manager Diana Coates Friday. Mrs. Coates had worked for the office for approximately 2 1/2 years, but will be returning to where her heart truly lies, working with senior citizens. We wish her all the best!

Please stay tuned for updated pictures on our facebook and website, due to arrive soon!

What is Impaired Driving?

Alcohol and other drugs, when used in excess or incorrectly, impair driving by altering the brain’s ability to function. Vision and depth perception become distorted, coordination is slowed, and judgement is negatively affected. A driver commits the crime of impaired driving whenever his or her ability to safely operate a vehicle is impaired by the effects of illegal drugs, prescription medications, or over-the-counter medications, or by having a blood alcohol concentration(BAC) of 0.08 g/dl (grams per deciliter) or higher.

Victims of impaired driving crashes are not hurt accidentally. They are victims of a crime that is the result of two choices made by a driver: (1) to use alcohol or other drugs incorrectly or in excess, and (2) to operate a vehicle (a car, motorcycle, boat,jet ski, etc.) while under the influence of these substances. These choices are as dangerous to the public as using a deadly weapon and can be just as lethal.

Impaired driving is a senseless crime because it can be prevented. Thanks to the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and other grassroots victim advocacy groups, public awareness of intoxicated or impaired driving as a preventable crime has grown. Groups like MADD were formed to support victims of drunk driving, reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from impaired driving crashes, and advocate for tougher legislation.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

What safety steps can individuals take?

Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:
* Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
* Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
* If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
* If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Press Release

On Friday, November 1, 2013, property belonging to Home Creek Enterprises was sold at a Sheriff’s Sale due to delinquent taxes. The property, located in the area of State Route 7 and Hiland Road, sold for $205,000. As a result, the county collected approximately $60,000 in delinquent property taxes. The majority of this delinquency was owed to Meigs Local Schools.

“I am delighted by the results. Although, I never enjoyed having to foreclose on someone’s property, I look forward to seeing what the property will be used for in the future. Meigs Local Schools will definitely benefit from our actions” said Ms. Williams.

If you are delinquent in your real estate taxes, you should contact Peggy Yost, Meigs County Treasurer at (740)992-2004 about a payment plan prior to foreclosure actions being filed.

Domestic Violence

* Domestic Violence is a Pattern of behavior.
* Only the abuser is responsible for that behavior.
* Violence is NOT the victim’s fault.
* No one deserves to be abused.

If you or someone you know is the victim of Domestic Violence, please do not hesitate to call for help. There are many places you can call for help, but you should always call the police first.
Meigs County Sheriff Department: 740-992-3371
Pomeroy Police Department: 740-992-6411
Middleport Police Department: 740-992-6424
Rutland Police Department:740-742-2121

If it is an emergency and you can not find a number to the police department you would need, please call 911 and ask for assistance.

Also, you can call the Meigs County Victim Assistance Program at 740-992-1720.

Domestic Violence Resources

You can find information about Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders in Ohio Revised Code 3113.31 and information about Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Orders in Ohio Revised Code 2919.26.

You may be able to find additional information about domestic violence at the following Website:
Ohio Domestic Violence Network: www.odvn.org
Ohio State Legal Services Association’s DV Resource Center:www.ohiodvresources.org
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: www.nrcdv.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Computer use can be monitored. It is impossible to completely clear all website footprints. If you are in danger, please use a safer computer that your abuser cannot access directly or remotely. For example, computers at a public library, internet café, domestic violence shelter, or community technology center, which can be found through www.ctcnet.org, would be safer computers.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic Violence is when a family or household member uses physical violence, threats, intimidation, and/or emotional, sexual, and economic abuse to maintain power and control over the other person, usually within an intimate relationship. Domestic Violence is most often a combination of psychological and physical actions; the physical results are just the most visible. Domestic Violence is a pattern of conduct in which one intimate partner uses force or threats of force to control the other person.

When a family or household member tries to cause you bodily harm by hitting, pushing, beating, or physically hurting you that is domestic violence. When a family or household member makes you afraid that you will be harmed, that is domestic violence. When a family or household member stalks, commits sexually oriented offenses against you, or forces sexual relations on you, that is domestic violence. When a family or household member abuses your children, that is domestic Violence.

Technology – Internet

TECHNOLOGY
Internet:

Set privacy settings as high as possible on all of your online profiles.

If your abuser can access your computer, be careful which websites you visit. If you are seeking information to get help about the abuser, use a public computer, at the library or other safe place.

Save or keep a record of all harassing or abusive messages, posts, and emails in case you decide later to tell the police or get a protection order.

Never give your passwords to anyone. It’s a good idea to choose passwords that aren’t easy to guess, to not use the same password for all your accounts, and to change passwords regularly.

It may seem extreme, but if the abuse and harassment will not stop, changing your usernames and email addresses may be your best option.

Technology – Cell Phones

TECHNOLOGY
Cell Phones:

If you think your abuser can use GPS to track where you are, you can turn off GPS in your cell phone. (If there is GPS on the car you use, you can also turn that off.)

Do not respond to hostile, harassing, abusive or inappropriate texts or messages. Responding can encourage the person who sent the message. You won’t get them to stop- and responding could make it harder to get a protection order or file a criminal report.

Consider saving harassing voice mails in case you want to take legal action in the future.

Many phone companies can block up to ten numbers from texting or calling you. Contact your phone company or check their website to see if you can do this on your phone.

If you are in or coming out of a dangerous relationship, it is probably not a good idea to use any form of technology to contact your abuser. It can be dangerous and could have a negative impact on future legal actions you may want to take.

Some victims decide to change their cell phone numbers. Others want to know what the abuser is saying and thinking, to gauge their risks. Decide what works best for you.

If you do keep the same cell phone number, consider changing the message to a standard greeting. Abusive partners sometimes call over and over just to hear the victim’s voice.

If you are getting harassing messages and you want to monitor the calls for safety reasons, consider having someone you trust listen to your messages so that you don’t have to hear the harassing messages. Ask that person to tell you about any threats they hear in the messages.