A police records clerk stated a report on the following incident was incomplete. However, on Thursday police responded to the 2800 block of Grant Avenue. The initial report states a male, Kenneth R. Holsinger, 33, of Portsmouth, tripped and shot himself in the thigh. A witness reported the victim was hanging security cameras at the time of the apparent accident. Police advised a tourniquet was applied to the victim’s leg. That initial report contains no further information on the victim’s condition.
In other police news:
Theft: Police arrested two persons following an alleged shoplifting at the Speedway, 2410 Gallia St. A report stated a male suspect left the store with approximately $8 in food items. Additionally, police found an active warrant for the male issued by the Scioto County Jail. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Scioto County Jail.
DUI/Traffic Accident: Police responded around 9:30 p.m. to the 600 block of Gay Street in response to an alleged hit-and-run accident. According to police, the victim was able to supply them the license plate number of the suspect. Officers say they found him a short time later in the 2300 block of Gallia. The driver was identified as Justin C. Jenkins, 45, of Wheelersburg. Police said Jenkins agreed to, but failed, a field sobriety test. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Drugs: Police stated they received a phone call about a driver nodding in and out in a car parked in the 2900 block of Scioto Trail. Upon arrival, the reporting officer stated the driver was alert and searching her car. Police added they allegedly discovered several items of drug paraphernalia inside the car, to include a digital scale, 11 syringes and a red straw with an unknown white powder residue inside. Carissa L. Pruitt, 33, of Amherstdale, W.Va., was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Burglary: The victim reported someone forced open the back door to his home in the 2100 block of Charles Street. Several items, including a cell phone and a laptop computer, total value roughly $2,450, were reported missing from the home. Police did not report having any suspects.
Theft: A 2017 Chevrolet Traverse was reported stolen from a park-and-ride in Sciotoville.
Drugs: Police instituted a traffic stop in the 2400 block of Gallia. The officer on scene reported spotting a purse inside the car. That purse allegedly contained a digital scale covered with a white powder residue. A syringe also was allegedly found. Jessica L. Bender, 30, of Wheelersburg, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police responded to a report of someone passed out in a car parked at a BP Station on Gallia. The suspect, Chris E. Eldridge, 56, of Sciotoville, told police he was just tired and was taking a nap. According to a report, police noticed several items of drug paraphernalia inside his car. Eldridge was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
At around 9:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 2500 block of 17th Street. Police alleged the suspect, Bradley Crabtree, 27, of Franklin Furnace, exhibited slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. He was arrested for disorderly conduct as police felt he was a possible danger to himself or others.
Following a vehicle stop at the intersection of Gallia and Poplar streets, police ended up arresting Randall Tufts, Jr., 42, of Portsmouth on numerous charges including driving under suspension, not using a turn signal, improper license tags and possession of drug instruments.
Near the intersection of Wayne and Thomas avenues, police arrested a suspect, Jerritt Underwood, 30, on an outstanding warrant issued by Portsmouth Municipal Court. They also allegedly found what they believed to be methamphetamine on the suspect’s person. A report stated drug charges may be filed at a later date after the substance is tested. Underwood was taken to the Scioto County Jail.
Shoplifting: Police arrested a suspect, Crystal Mitchell, 39, of Portsmouth, after she allegedly tried to leave the Kroger store on Gay Street with roughly $80 in various items.
Burglary: Around 10 p.m. an unknown suspect or suspects kicked in the back door of a home in the 1400 block of Center Street. They made off with an unconnected security camera valued at about $30.
The potential victim reported upon returning home he was having trouble checking his security camera. He later discovered a wire connected to the camera had been disconnected. He viewed footage that was recorded before the disconnection and, according to police, quickly discovered film of two males in hoodies approaching his home just after midnight. Police said once the pair noticed the camera, they disconnected it but apparently ran off without attempting to enter the house.
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