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Several Charged after Traffic Stop in Syracuse, Ohio

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 10 p.m.
SYRACUSE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Several people are facing charges after a traffic stop led to suspected drugs found underneath a mobile home.

According to the Syracuse Police Department, the incident started about 8 p.m. Tuesday night when a driver failed to stop at a stop sign on Worchester Street and 2nd Street in Syracuse.

John William Gibbs III, 33, of Sandyville, which is located in Jackson County, W.Va., was the driver of the vehicle. He was arrested for driving on a revoked license from West Virginia.

Police say Mary Francis Hunt, 19, of Portland, Ohio, was a passenger in the car. She is accused to lying to police about her identity. She was wanted on a failure to appear warrant.

Michael E. Akers, 22, and Courtney A. Akers, 21, both from Ripley, West Virginia, were in the back seat with their two-year-old daughter. Michael Akers had a warrant out for his arrest in Washington County, Ohio. He was taken into custody.

The Syracuse Police canine was brought to the scene to search the vehicle.

Police learned that Michael and Courtney Akers had allegedly bought black tar heroin before they were pulled over. Syringes were found in the baby's diaper bag.

"There are a lot of things people do to hide,” Officer Mike Smith with the Syracuse Police Department said. “They put stuff in places you wouldn't expect them to do it, and they use their kids to keep from getting caught."

During the investigation, Mary Hunt escaped custody. She was found at a home in the 2600-block of 2nd Street.

Taylor Nash Burge, 22, of Racine, Ohio, was in the home and was taken into custody.

According to a press release, Chief Garry Freed learned that Burge was selling heroin and a large suspected heroin rock was found under a vacant mobile home where Burge was arrested.

Mary Hunt is charged with felony escape and misdemeanor falsification. She is being held in the Washington County Jail.

John Gibbs was released on bond for his traffic offenses. More charges are pending.

Charges are pending against Michael and Courtney Akers. Their two-year-old daughter was released to her grandmother.

Syracuse police say they just got that K9, Raiza, back in December. They say it's already helped authorities in Meigs County make 8 arrests.

Officer Smith says this is the first K9 they've had in Meigs County in at least 10 years.


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