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Bellville Police Engage In High Speed Pursuit On I71; Driver Commits Suicide

17 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse:

From Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey (revisions to make more clear):

On Tuesday, June 25 at 5:31 PM Bellville Police initiated a car stop on St Rt 97 West in the area of I-71. The stop was made for traffic violations observed by the officers.

The 2000 Buick four door vehicle pulled into the Love’s Travel Stop, where officers made contact with the operator of the vehicle, a 48 year old Hancock County man. The man then accelerated out of the parking lot and entered I-71 southbound. More…

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A Safer Memorial Day Weekend This Year, Including For Richland County

3 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported nine deaths on Ohio’s roadways during the 2021 Memorial Day weekend, according to provisional statistics.

This Memorial Day saw fewer fatalities than last year, when there were 20 traffic deaths during the weekend. When compared to the previous three-year average, the number of fatalities dropped by 49% this year. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 28, and ran through Monday, May 31.

Richland County’s numbers reflected a similar decrease. More…

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Fourth Of July Weekend Deadly On Ohio Roads

8 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Perhaps reflecting the different ways in which people are traveling and a change in habits, the numbers released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol earlier this week about Fourth of July weekend traffic showed an unusual and tragic divergence.

On one hand, individual traffic incidents were down across the board in all categories– from crashes, OVI, to suspected license citations. Safety belt citations were 76.1% lower than in 2019. More…


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Officer, Two Others Hurt In Friday Evening Crash

14 Jun , 2020  

By: Mansfield Division of Police; 1812Blockhouse Staff

A Mansfield Police Officer and two others were injured on Friday night in an accident which took place on East First Street.

According to information shared by the Mansfield Division of Police, at approximately 8:22 PM Officer Justin Cikity was responding to a “call for assistance” from other offices who had placed a radio call for help at the scene of a fight. More…

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Teens: Get Your Cones

12 Feb , 2019  

The City of Mansfield has announced the offering of a new community program within the Mansfield Division of Police.

The Teen Driver Traffic Cone Program is designed to assist parents in helping their children, which possess a temporary driver’s permit, to become more confident drivers. Teen drivers will be able to practice the state’s maneuverability exam with oversight from their parent or guardian. More…


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Ohio Implements Bold New Law To Deter Against Distracted Driving

1 Nov , 2018  

Having become law on October 29, House Bill 95 establishes Ohio’s unique approach of combating distracted driving by enhancing existing moving violations.

For example, law enforcement officers no longer will need to prove a driver is texting, but only that a moving violation has occurred and the driver was distracted at the time. More…

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Richland Public Health To Drivers: Pay Attention to Deer

3 Oct , 2018  

Ohio drivers beware. Your risk of colliding with deer may be on the rise, according to officials at the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The increased risk is partly due to the rise in reported deer-vehicle (D-V) crashes along with the fact that October through December is peak deer mating season in the Buckeye state. More…

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Richland County Traffic Fatalities Fall To 13 Year Low

8 Jan , 2017  

The Richland County Safe Communities Coalition reports that for the month of December there were no traffic deaths in Richland County. There were six total traffic-related deaths for 2016 in Richland County. This marks the lowest total for traffic fatalities since the Richland County Safe Communities Coalition was formed in 2003. The record low follows the second worst year for traffic fatalities as there were 17 in 2015. And in 2011 there were five traffic fatalities in December alone. More…

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Obituary Posted For Mansfielder Killed While Helping Others

20 Dec , 2016  

On Sunday, we posted about a Mansfield man who was killed on Saturday while assisting others along a highway in rural West Virginia. Scott Banks was referred to as a “hero” in coverage by television station WTAP.

Banks’ obituary has now been posted online by Wappner Funeral Directors in Mansfield. It states in part, “Although his family mourns his death, they know Scott was doing exactly what he thought was right.” More…


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Mansfield Man Dies After Helping Others on Interstate; Called A Hero

18 Dec , 2016  

The word “hero” is one which can be all-too casually thrown about. In the case of Mansfielder Scott Banks, however, his last few moments of life clearly demonstrated heroic action.

According to the news site of television station WTAP, late last week Banks stopped to assist occupants of a truck which had slide off of Interstate I77 near Parkersburg, West Virginia. A few moments later, Banks was hit when another vehicle slid as well. More…


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Richland Traffic Fatalities Continue To Fall; Beware Of Deer

9 Oct , 2016  

The Richland County Safe Communities Coalition reports that for the month of September there were no traffic deaths in Richland County. There have been five (5) total traffic-related deaths this year in Richland County.

In 2015 there were three traffic fatalities and 13 for the year through September. The five fatalities this year are the lowest since the Richland County Safe Communities Coalition began keeping records in 2004. The chart below reflects the five-year totals of traffic-related fatalities in Richland County for September and for the first nine (9) months of the year: More…