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Martins Ferry: Busy year for police department

October 8, 2012
Times Leader

The Martins Ferry Police Department review of 2012. This will list major cases that were solved, trainings that the officers took place in and the addition of 3 new full-time officers and one K-9 Dog. This will list future activities that are planned, and goals of the department.

In the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 Sergeant Ghent and Officer Robert Duncan of our department spearheaded investigations into burglaries that were committed in Martins Ferry and throughout Belmont County. As a result of his investigations 65 burglary's were solved. They were able to charge 5 different who committed this burglaries. Sergeant Ghent and Officer Duncan played major roles in these investigations but were assisted by every member of the department.

In the of 2012 the police department begin to accept donations to purchase a new K-9 dog. We received donations from Naylor Brothers Towing, James Carson of the United Dairy, Molnar's Concessions, Judge Scarpone of Steubenville Ohio, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, Attorney Mike Sheehan, and Rick Bayardi of the Body Shop in Yorkville Ohio and Roughcut, LLC

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ECHO, the Martins Ferry Police Department’s K-9 officer, has been a big hit in the department.

The department added a new full-time officer to it's ranks. The department added Chad Kuhn of Alliance Ohio.

Officer Kuhn worked as a full-time officer with Alliance and also had full-time experience with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. With the placement of Kuhn in the department, he showed major interest in becoming the department K-9 handler. I gave Kuhn the responsibility of being the department new K-9 handler.

I interviewed numerous K-9 training schools in Ohio and West Virginia. I found Storm Dog K-9 Training L.L.C. of Kilbourne, Ohio. The owner and trainer Mike Pennington is a former Franklin County Sheriff Deputy and K-9 Officer. We attended trainings there Storm had put on and were able to see the K-9 they produced. We felt they would provided our department with the type of dog we were looking for.

In June we were notified by Mike Pennington that he found a dog for our department. He said his name is Ecko.

Ecko spent the first year and a half of his life in France. Then he was sent to Germany for additional training.

From Germany he arrived in Cleveland where Storm K-9 picked him up at the airport. Within a few days Officer Kuhn was in Columbus to begin his 6 week training program.

The end of June Ecko worked his first shift Our department assisted the Ohio Highway Patrol on a field sobriety check point. Where Ecko assisted in numerous drug arrest.

Various training officers in the department have completed include:

Department members:

1. Chief John P. McFarland

2. Sergeant Vern Trigg

3. Sergeant Robert Walton

4. Sergeant Charles Ghent

5. Sergeant Beth Scales

6. Patrolman Tom Siburt

7. Patrolman Jerry Murphy

8. Patrolman Tim Starkey

9. Patrolman George Sherve

10. Patrolman Robert Duncan

11. Patrolman Steve Veltri

12. Patrolman Chad Kuhn

13. Patrolman John Holmes

14. Patrolman Vince West

15. K-9 Dog Ecko

Part-time Officers

1. Officer Mika Armstrong

2. Officer Robert Mitchell

3. Officer Ashley Boyd

4. Officer Phil Putnam

5. Officer Shamus Nixon

6. Officer Jacob Mannarino

7. Officer John Bumba

8. Officer Jared Korbini

9. Officer Brian Watson

Full-time Dispatchers

1. Richard Davis

2. Ashley Boyd

3. Amanda Boyd

4. Cody Engleman

Part-time Dispatchers

1. Tom Regis

2. John Nagel

3. Dustin Hudak

4. Jamie Morgan

5. Judy McMillian

6. Taylor Zdanski

7. Amanda Butcher

8. Phil Putman

9. Derek Edwards

 
 

 

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