(12-3-20) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced that deputies executed a search warrant on Saturday, November 28, 2020. Riggenbach said a deputy was serving an arrest warrant for Donald O’Day (43) at a residence in Tully Township. The arrest warrant was issued by the Van Wert Common Pleas Court for F-3, Aggravated Felony Possession of Drugs.

The Deputy observed a Dodge Durango sitting in the driveway at the residence. The Deputy identified Donald O’Day in the front passenger seat. The Deputy notified O’Day of the warrant for his arrest. O’Day became uncooperative and refused to obey the Deputy’s commands. O’Day attempted to flee on foot. The deputy successfully subdued O’Day after deploying a taser. The Deputy also recovered items dropped by O’Day. Those items were a moderate amount of suspected methamphetamine, suspected Vicodin pills, and a cell phone.

The driver of the Dodge Durango, fled the residence but was stopped by deputies. The driver was identified and released. Deputies then obtained a search warrant for the residence. Sheriff Riggenbach advised that several items were seized under the search warrant for evidentiary purposes:

1. Moderate amount of suspected methamphetamine
2. Moderate amount of suspected cocaine
3. Moderate amount of suspected fentanyl
4. Digital Scales and baggies
5. Moderate amount of suspected Drug Paraphernalia
6. Unknown powder substance
7. Cell phones
8. Moderate amount of U.S. Currency
9. Dodge Durango

O’Day was transported to Van Wert Health for medical treatment and then was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility. The investigation into the drug activity is continuing, and additional charges will be filed.

A nuisance abatement letter will be sent to the property owner to make him/her aware of what occurred on this property. The purpose of the nuisance abatement letter is to make the property owner aware of alleged illegal activity occurring within the owner’s property. The nuisance abatement letter directs property owners to take action in the hope s of abating any future illegal activity. The law does allow for the seizure of property if the property owner knowingly permits illegal activity to continue within their property.

Sheriff Riggenbach asks anyone that has information on drug activity to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens with information can call 419-238-3866 or use the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office website at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and click on the “Submit a Crime Tip” link. Anyone reporting information can remain anonymous.

People can also report information on other crimes by using the above options or by contacting Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP. People can also remain anonymous when contacting Crime Stoppers.