Suspect Facing Multiple Charges After Robbing Home Depot


(Delaware County, OH)  January 22, 2015—The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Lewis Center Home Depot at 5:00 p.m. this evening when employees called to report a robbery that had just occurred. After pulling a gun on a clerk, the suspect fled the scene, then traveled south into Franklin County. He crashed his SUV on the eastbound ramp of 270 at I-71, limped to the nearby Worthington Industries parking lot, stole a truck, and crashed a second time before being taken into custody by officers with the Columbus Division of Police.


Justin Tucker, 31, of Columbus was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Following his release, he will be taken to the Delaware County Jail. He is facing multiple charges, including the first degree felony of aggravated robbery. Other charges will follow.

               According to deputies with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Tucker was caught due to community members working with law enforcement. Employees of Home Depot and Worthington Industries provided prompt, detailed, and accurate information to law enforcement, aiding in the search and capture of Tucker.

 Source Delaware County Sheriff


Smoke-Testing Crews Move to Two New Areas This Week

imageDELAWARE – Through next week, City of Delaware crews will be smoke-testing the sanitary sewer lines and sewer lateral lines in the following two areas, between 7:30 am-4:30 pm:
The Industrial Park area, Pittsburgh Drive and London Road
East side neighborhoods east of Lake Street and north of Central Avenue.
City utility crews or contractors will isolate a small section of the sewer system and then blow non-toxic smoke through that section from a manhole. If there are defects in either the main sewer pipes or the private sewer laterals that serve individual homes and businesses, or if there are illegal cross-connections between the sewer and storm drain, smoke will rise to the surface and reveal these problems. This can be because of blockage, or through cracked pipes near a foundation or incorrectly connected pipes. Tree roots are the most common cause of defects. If a pipe develops a hairline crack, roots may grow toward this moisture, infiltrate the pipe, and widen the crack.

The smoke is harmless to humans, pets, food and material goods.

Any presence of smoke within the house should be reported to the crews working in the area, as this indicates locations where sewer gases can enter your home.  

Smoke testing is important preventative maintenance that helps the City pinpoint the location of sewer defects that may need repairs. Excess water infiltrates sanitary sewers each year through these defects. This raises the cost of wastewater treatment for the entire community and increases the risk of sewage overflows during storms. If smoke can exit through a defect, rain water can enter through that defect.

Our sanitary sewer system is designed to carry wastewater only. The storm water drainage system is a separate network of pipes that channels rainwater and other runoff into creeks and waterways, and eventually into the Olentangy River.

Residents with questions or concerns can call the Public Utilities Department Sewer Collection Division at 740-203-1953 or 740-203-1900.

Source City of Delaware.

U.S. Army salutes Buckeye Valley High School football star 

The U.S. Army will march into Buckeye Valley High School gym today, November 1, 2013 to select Buckeye Valley High School offensive lineman standout Wyatt Pfeifer for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on January 4, 2014.

“Pfeifer is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Buckeye Valley High School,” said Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”

During the ceremony Pfeifer will receive his honorary All-American Bowl jersey from local soldiers in front his friends, family, teammates and classmates. Not only will the event honor Pfeifer, but the U.S. Army also will recognize his coach, acknowledging the leadership and teamwork used to develop each All-American athlete.

By becoming a U.S. Army All-American, Pfeifer joins an elite fraternity. Only 90 high school football players out of millions in the nation are selected to participate each year. Athletes are chosen not just because they excel on the football field, but because they possess the strengths similar to our Army Strong Soldiers of mental, emotional and physical toughness. Pfeifer also will join the ranks of talented alumni comprised of NFL stars and Heisman Trophy winners, including Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

As part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, each player selected to play in the game is honored at a Selection Tour event in his hometown. The tour crosses the country through late fall and by its end will have selected 90 players, in addition to 125 band and color guard members who will participate in the game on Jan. 4, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Annually, the All-American Bowl is the Army’s largest public outreach effort, allowing the Army to share its story with tens of millions of people.

Source: Press Release.

Editors note: Congradulations Wyatt, what a fantastic honor!”

Street Resurfacing Work Continues

DELAWARE – Work continues on the 2013 city streets and roads resurfacing program. Here is the update:

Full-wide, curb-to-curb resurfacing is taking place on the following streets, with the existing pavement being milled off by a grinding machine.  Several days later, new pavement will be put down with a paving machine.

  • Winter Street: paving 09/16/13
  • Union Street: mill 09/10/13, paving 09/17/13
  • Executive Boulevard: mill 09/11/13, paving 09/18/13
  • Stratford Road: paving 09/19/13 09/20/13
  • Hayes Street: mill 09/23/13, paving 09/25/13
  • Wilmer Street: mill – 09/24/13, paving 09/25/13

In addition, two city parking lots also will receive work:

  • William Street parking lot: mill 09/25/13, paving 09/27/13
  • Mingo Park parking lot: mill 09/30/13, paving 10/5/13 – 10/06/13

Where needed, new striping will be done 09/30/13 – 10/05/13

Traffic will be maintained and signage will assist motorists through the work areas. Delays may occur and motorists may want to use other routes. Public questions can be directed to 740-203-1723.

The total program cost is $1.12 million The City was able to obtain approximately $425,000 in state and federal grants to put toward the total. The general contractor is Columbus-based Shelly and Sands, Inc.

City releases annual “Water Quality Report.”

Delaware Water Treatment Facility

Delaware Water Treatment Facility. Photo from

Findings from 2012.

The City of Delaware has released its annual “Water Quality Report” as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. For the 2012 year, no violations were found in the 9 categories of regulated substances. [Read more…]