A man caught with stolen goods gets sent directly to jail and then let out again. Plus, an inmate escapes SOMC wearing only a hospital gown. We break down the Portsmouth Police Chief’s Daily Briefing.
Kids Setting Fires
A Thomas Avenue caller reported kids lighting hay and other things on fire near some storage buildings around 5 pm.
Officers found the kids, but no evidence of fire. They advised everyone to behave.
Child Injured in 3-Car Crash Involving Unlicensed Driver
Just after 5:35 pm, officers responded to a 3-car crash on Gallia Street.
Officers learned the driver of one of the vehicles did not have a valid driver’s license and was wanted for a traffic offense.
A child riding in one of the vehicles felt dizzy and was holding her head. Officers sent for EMS to check her out. Police took information for a report.
Catalytic Converter Thief Hits Harrison Avenue
A Harrison Street caller reported someone cut the catalytic converter off a truck at his home and broke off the rearview mirror just before 6 pm.
Shoplifter Busted For Fourth Time in A Year
A Big Lots employee reported a man stuffed several items in his coat and took off in the direction of the Silver Palace.
The man was eventually spotted on the porch of a Center Street home. When officers spoke to the man, he had the items on him and agreed to return them to the store. The store decided not to press charges.
However, officers arrested the man on an open warrant. This was his fourth arrest in a year. Three of the arrests involved petty theft charges.
The man was released from jail the same day.
Mom Says Dad’s House Too Dangerous For Visit
A mom contacted the police just before 8 pm to complain about the condition of her son’s father’s home. She said she dropped the boy off at the home, which is in disarray.
She said there were random power tools, bug sprays, and trash all over the place. The father was at work, so the child was in the care of his sick grandfather. She also said CPS had ordered the father to clean the home up.
PPD went to the home to speak with the grandfather. He said he was doing some work on the home and promised to put the power tools out of the child’s reach. The man told police there was an ongoing custody battle, and CPS has responded to the house several times.
The officer said the child seemed fine and nothing seemed to put the child at risk.
Inmate Escapes Hospital
An inmate escaped SOMC and caused quite a bit of excitement in the area.
At 8:30 pm, a driver called police to report a woman in a hospital gown who attempted to get into her vehicle in a carport.
Police found the woman at Coles and Micklethwaite and took her into custody. Police transported her to the Scioto County Jail.