Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ohio Man Arrested in Connection with 1995 Murders of Wife, Daughter

(WOOSTER, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson announced today that a cooperative effort between state and local authorities and investigators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York has resulted in the arrest of an Ohio man on allegations that he murdered his wife and daughter in 1995.

Robert Honsch, 70, is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail without bond following his arrest on Tuesday. He is accused of killing his wife, Marcia Honsch, 53, and daughter, Elizabeth Honsch, 16, in 1995. The bodies of the mother and daughter, which had been dumped in Massachusetts and Connecticut respectively, were found days apart in September/October of that year, but were only recently identified. The victims were both residents of the state of New York.

Authorities from the New Britain (Connecticut) Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, and New York State Police requested the assistance of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in locating the suspect, who was found living under an alias in Dalton, Ohio.

Following the arrival of the out-of-state authorities to Ohio on Tuesday, Honsch was questioned, and a search warrant was obtained for his person and home. Scientists working at the BCI crime lab in Richfield, Ohio, then conducted prioritized forensic testing and returned results to investigators in less than an hour.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Man arrested for copper plumbing theft

Yesterday Deputies arrested a 34 year old Wooster man after discovering him in a vacant home removing copper plumbing.

Deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Cleveland Rd in Wooster Twp after a citizen reported suspicious activity. Upon arrival the deputies reported that the house appeared to be vacant yet they could hear the sounds of someone working inside.

After announcing themselves and knocking on the doors and windows of the home, the deputies made entry and searched for the suspect and source of the noise.

After conducting a search of the home deputies found  the suspect wasin an upstairs crawlspace. At the time of his discovery the man was wearing a “headlamp” and was in possession of pipe cutting tools.

As the investigation continued, the deputies learned that the man had pulled his vehicle into the garage and had loaded it not only with copper pipe, but also a washer and dryer and other items that could be sold as scrap metal.

Arrested was Michael C. Miller of 407 E. South St. Wooster. Miller remains in the Wayne County Jail.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fireworks Dates And Times

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Wooster Ohio.: Fireworks Dates And Times: You cannot legally discharge any consumer or 1.4G fireworks in the  State of Ohio. Likewise any fireworks purchased in Ohio must be transpo...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thieves driving blue minivan target graduation parties

This is NOT the actual suspect vehicle
Are you hosting or attending a graduation party or similar function this weekend?

Be on the lookout for a blue minivan whose occupants are targeting the vehicles parked near these functions.
It appears that the driver of the minivan drives around until he spots a large gathering and then pulls into the parking area. Once there, the suspects break car windows and steal valuables inside. The van is described as being blue with a tan area on the lower quarter. There have been reports of these thefts taking place in both Wayne and Holmes County. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Welcome to summer. Long days, warm weather, the smell of freshly cut grass in the air. Just like the robins return in the spring, you can also count on an influx of "paving crews" arriving in the area looking for work. Sure, there are crews who are here year around. Often these local pavers have a long history and great reputation.

You can count on the fact that reputable pavers are not operating out of a local motel or going door to door targeting seniors.

Thinking of having a driveway paved or sealed?  Deal with someone who is local.

Here are 7 asphalt paving warning signs:

1. Selling door-to-door: Reputable asphalt contractors will sometimes offer there services if they are doing a legitimate job in the immediate area. Always ask for references.

2. Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job: Professional asphalt contractors will know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material. Some of the reasons a contractor might have left over material are due to weather, equipment problems, cancellations and etc.

3. Push you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for weeks or months. If the great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next week it may be a scam.

4. No contract offered: Insist upon a written contract specifying in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed upon price.

5. Cash only sales: Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don't require cash-only terms.

6. Deals that seem to be good to be true: If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will also be quite low.

7. Unmarked truck: Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out of town address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address and the phone number is often an answering machine.

Lets not forget our friend "Jack" who became our official spokesman for out of state pavers!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jerrod Metsker pleads guilty to murder.

Today Jerrod Metsker, 25, of 5912 Akron Road, entered guilty pleas to the charges of murder, rape and kidnapping of 9 year old Reann Murphy of Smithville. Metsker admitted to committing the acts and was sentenced to two life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.

Video Provided by The Daily Record.

More information can be found via the Wooster Weekly News

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sheriff Warns About Underage Drinking and Parental Liability

High school graduation should be a happy time to celebrate the accomplishments of students. Unfortunately it can become a time when normally rational parents and teenagers make unsafe choices. The Wayne County Sheriff’s office wants to remind families that underage drinking and the consequences associated with teen drinking can have dangerous and lasting consequence.

Although drinking and driving is the most well-known consequence of teen drinking, alcohol is also a major factor in sexual assault, violence, property damage and injury accidents. Sadly, many high-school drinkers get their alcohol from an adult and sometimes those adults are parents or other family members.

Sheriff Travis Hutchinson says, “To keep teenagers safe, parents, schools and law enforcement must work together to change the view that reckless teen partying is normal and okay if associated with graduation.”

Parents can help graduates and their friends remain safe by taking responsibility, getting involved and setting limits. Here are a few tips for parents to keep in mind: