Roger William Swann, 35, Gallipolis was charged in the Gallipolis Municipal Court last week with obstructing official business in connection with an incident on November 19 involving a stolen vehicle.
The incident followed a Facebook post of a stolen vehicle by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office. A citizen reportedly located the vehicle and attempted to follow it and maintain a visual, while communicating with authorities. The vehicle was abandoned on Dan Jones Road, according to the complaint filed, and a male subject exited the vehicle and fled the scene. Attempts to locate the subject that evening were unsuccessful.
The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office continued to investigate the incident and based on that investigation identified Swann as a possible suspect. Upon a warrant search of Swann’s residence, authorities allegedly recovered clothing linking Swann to the incident. As a result, he was charged with obstructing official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree.
In addition, during a search of Swann’s person, authorities allegedly discovered a pipe and Swann allegedly admitted to using the pipe to smoke crack. As a result, Swann was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument.
A hearing has been scheduled for January 4, 2018, according to court records.
The case is still under investigation and Swann could face further charges pending consultation with Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren.
Original Post – November 20, 2017
Two vehicles are being warrant searched by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office for evidence, specifically DNA evidence, in connection with two different incidents that occurred over the weekend.
According to Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin, deputies are actively investigating property crimes in Clay Township and are performing saturation patrols in the area. Early Saturday morning, at approximately 1 a.m., a deputy patrolling the area attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Clay Chapel Road and Bear Run Road. The vehicle fled and the deputy pursued until the pursuit was terminated due to road conditions. A second deputy reengaged the vehicle; however, that pursuit was also terminated. The vehicle was later discovered by a private citizen abandoned in a wooded area in Clay Township and was secured as evidence.
Green Township has also experienced an influx in property crimes, according to Sheriff Champlin, specifically thefts from unlocked vehicles. Saturation patrols have also been initiated in the area and complaints of property crimes are being aggressively investigated. One of the crimes under investigation is the theft of a 1994 Ford F-250, which the Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page on Saturday afternoon.
According to Sheriff Champlin, a private citizen located the vehicle on Sunday afternoon. The vehicle fled from the citizen, who followed and attempted to maintain a visual while communicating its location to the Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was abandoned on the west end of Green Township and the suspect fled on foot. Multiple agencies, including the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Rio Grande Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol aviation unit conducted a search of the area for several hours but were unable to locate the suspect.
Anyone with information that may assist in either investigation can contact the GCSO at (740) 446-1221. Both incidents are still under investigation and some information was not released, due to those investigations.