Press Release




Vicki Koch

Vicki Lou Koch

Report date: 08-14-1980

On Thursday, August 14th, 1980, Family and Friends of Vicki L. Koch reported Vicki to be missing. This report was filed late that evening, with the Circleville Police Department.

Information was reported that Vicki had been due for a hometown visit with Family in Sandusky, Ohio but she never arrived. Initial information gathered from Family and Friends was that Vicki was last seen approx. 4 to 5 days before the reporting date when she attended an event with friends in Ross County, Ohio.

On Friday August 15th, 1980 Family and Friends gained access to Vicki Koch’s apartment located on Lancaster Pike. Vicki was not located. Later, that same day Vicki’s vehicle a red Chevy Nova was found parked on E. Main Street, about a mile and half from her residence.

Both the apartment and the vehicle were processed by BCI/I and the Circleville Police Department.

On Wednesday September 17th, 1980, Vicki L. Koch’s remains were discovered in a remote field in Madison County, Ohio. This case remains open and unsolved.

This case has been submitted to the FBI’s ViCAP, The Violent Offenders Apprehension Program and to the Ohio Attorney Generals website regarding Unsolved Homicides in Ohio. We’re are asking for the public to submit any tips they may have regarding this case. Anyone with information can submit those tips to the following links below.

1) Ohio Attorney General's Office

2) Circleville Police Department Major Crimes Tips:

3) Deputy Chief Bob Chapman 

Office 740-477-8229 

Dispatch 740-474-8888


Circleville Police Department’s K9 Harry to get donation of body armor


Circleville Police Department’s K9 Harry will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Harry’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

DATE: October 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
According to Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff, and Circleville City Chief of Police G.S. Baer as of October 30, 2015 The Sheriff’s Office and Circleville City Police Department has received numerous calls from citizens reporting calls from the IRS. The Sheriff’s Office wants to advise the public that these calls are a SCAM and that the citizens of Pickaway County should not give out any personal information what so ever to these callers.
These callers are very aggressive and threatening and demand that money be sent, via money transfers, prepaid cards, etc. in order to avoid prosecution or arrest. Again, this is a SCAM and a scare tactic for you to give personal information and send money.
According to The Attorney General’s Office, they have received over 600 reports filed of the same since September 1st of this year.
Further information on this SCAM and other on-going SCAMS can be obtained through Ohio Attorney General’s Office at . You can file a claim if you have been a victim of this scam as well through their office at above web site or by calling 800-282-0515 or by contacting the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration or by calling 800-366-4484.

October 29, 2015

The City of Circleville Police Department has recently received several calls reporting unknown persons representing themselves as representatives of the Internal Revue Service (IRS). The caller states that the IRS is filing a lawsuit and this is an attempt to obtain personal and financial information.  This call is a scam to get money.

Circleville Chief of Police G. Shawn Baer is urging citizens to ignore these calls and not to make any return phone calls to the scammers. All reports of these scammer’s calls are documented through the Circleville Police Communications Center where they logged and tracked.  When investigators return the calls the scammer answering the phone usually just hangs up.

Citizens who want to follow up with a return phone call are urged to contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service at 1-877-777-4778. Circleville Police Detectives made contact with the IRS and were told that if the IRS is taking legal action the citizen will be given legal paperwork and face to face interaction with representatives. The IRS Advocate Service will be able to assist Citizens with any concerns.

City of Circleville Citizens should contact the Circleville Police Department, Citizens in Pickaway County should contact the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, or their perspective law enforcement agency when they suspect they are being scammed. Just keep in mind this is not how the IRS conducts business so you should never give any of your personal or financial information out to anyone whose identity you cannot verify.   

Senior Citizens are also encouraged to become members of the Pickaway County Seniors And Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Counsel. They provide an abundance of information for Senior Citizens in Pickaway County. For more information about the S.A.L.T. Counsel citizens can contact the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. 

April 27, 2015 


On the evening of April 26, 2015, CPD received a call of vandalism to one of the grave sites at the Forest Cemetery. The site damaged was that of Gerald Jenkins, who was killed in service of his country in October of 2010.

The head stone depicts Gerald Jenkins in his Army dress uniform. The persons responsible used an unknown object to take a large chip out of the top of the picture of Gerald. It also appears that whoever was responsible attempted to burn the facial area of the likeness on the head stone.

One individual is listed as a “person of interest” and the incident remains under investigation. 

March 25, 2015

Seventeen Indicted on Heroin and Cocaine Trafficking Charges in Pickaway County

(CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined Acting Circleville Police Chief Shawn Baer, Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford, and Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy to announce the indictments of 17 individuals on drug trafficking charges. 

The charges follow an eight month investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Heroin Unit, Circleville Police Department, and Pickaway County Sheriff's Office into a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking ring operating in and around Circleville. 

An additional 54 individuals were indicted on felony charges of possession of heroin and/or possession of cocaine, and one suspect is charged with permitting drug abuse.  

Prosecutors with the Pickaway County Prosecutor's Office, with assistance from attorneys with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section and Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, presented evidence in the case to a Pickaway County Grand Jury on Friday. 

Authorities worked to serve arrest warrants on the suspects today. 

Of the 17 suspects facing trafficking charges, 11 are also charged with a felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Those 11 suspects were identified by investigators as the alleged managers of the drug trafficking organization.  

Investigators allege that the leaders of the group operated the trafficking ring by transporting heroin and cocaine from Columbus and distributing the drugs in Circleville from August 2010 to December 2014.  Investigators estimate that those supervising the group made approximately $40,000 per month in drug sales. 

"Investigators found that this alleged drug trafficking operation functioned just like a pizza delivery business.  Customers could place orders for heroin and cocaine, and members of the group allegedly delivered the drugs right to their customers' doorsteps," said Attorney General DeWine.  "With today's arrests, those deliveries are done.  Through the collaborative efforts of the Attorney General's Office and local authorities, this alleged drug trafficking operation has been dismantled." 

"In addition to great teamwork between state and local authorities, today's arrests and indictments are also thanks in large part to members of the community who actively report drug activity they see happening in their neighborhoods," said Acting Circleville Police Chief Shawn Baer.  "A strong partnership between community members and law enforcement is essential in combating crime, and we will continue to follow up on every tip we receive." 

"Drug addiction and drug trafficking are ongoing problems not only in Circleville and Pickaway County, but across the state and across the county," said Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff.  "Unified efforts of state and local law enforcement to hold drug traffickers accountable are critical in keeping our communities safe, and we will continue to work together to fight this battle."

“We are pleased with the arrests of those running the drug trafficking organization, thus addressing the supply side of the heroin and cocaine problem within our community," said Pickaway County Assistant Prosecutor Jayme Hartley Fountain.  "Additionally, we are also hoping that the arrests and charges against the users will be a wake-up call that we will not tolerate the continued demand of heroin and cocaine.  We want these people to address their addictions directly and use the resources available to get the help clearly needed by each person involved.”  

Of the 11 individuals indicted on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine, the following were in custody as of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • Michael Binkley II, 33, Circleville
  • Jessica Dodge, 34, Circleville
  • Dejon Dunning, 27, Lancaster
  • Nicole Grambo, 35, Circleville
  • David Caslin, 44, Columbus

Authorities with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Police Department, Ohio Highway Patrol, and Drug Enforcement Administration assisted with the investigation.

A list of others indicted and arrested as of 12:30 Wednesday afternoon can be found on the Ohio Attorney General's website also see list below of individuals arrested. 

Attorney General DeWine created the Heroin Unit in 2013 after information gathered by the Attorney General's Office revealed an increasing rate of heroin overdose deaths across the state.  The unit is made up of authorities from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Special Prosecutions Section, and Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.  The unit also includes education and outreach specialists from the Attorney General’s Office.

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