Sheriff Donnie Barrera reports for the week of May 30 to June 5, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received 343 911 calls, answered 174 requests for service, took 39 offense reports and investigated two traffic crashes.
At 9:13 p.m. on Monday several citizens on McCoppin Mill Road called the sheriff’s office to report a male with a gun threatening neighbors and family members. Deputies and an ODNR officer immediately responded to the scene; however, by the time law enforcement arrived the suspect had retreated into a residence where several shots were heard. The sheriff’s office Special Response Team was called to the scene along with Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District. The brief standoff ended a short time later with the suspect surrendering to deputies and no further incident. Stephen A. Routt, of Sardinia, was arrested and transported to the Highland County Justice Center.
On June 2 at 9:20 p.m. a resident of the 11000 block of SR 753 called the sheriff’s office to report his home had been burglarized and several firearms were missing. A deputy was dispatched to the scene where evidence was collected and an offense report taken.
A citizen in Sinking Spring called the sheriff’s office at 1:19 a.m. on June 4 to report a suspicious vehicle parked on North Main Street flashing its lights and honking the horn. A deputy responded to find the vehicle in question had been involved in a crash and abandoned. A crash investigation was completed and the vehicle was towed to impound pending the results of the investigation.
At 12:18 p.m. on June 4 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Rosher Road in Penn Township when a homeowner called to report the windows had been shot out of his garage. An offense report was taken.