GALLIPOLIS —A Gallipolis resident and former Gallia County attorney landed in hot water earlier this week when a 9-1-1 call alerted local law enforcement to an uncommon happening at a local residence.
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, the Gallia County 9-1-1 Center received a call on the 9-1-1 Emergency line. According to a release from the Gallipolis Police Department, the he line was open, and the Communications operator could hear what sounded like an argument in the background.
Officers were dispatched to the residence in the 200 block of First Avenue. When officers arrived, they found the front door to the residence open. Based on information obtained during the call, as well as other recent occurrences, officers believed there was a crime of violence taking place and entered the residence.
They located the residents in a bedroom, and the male subject appeared to be attempting to tie up the female subject and hold her against her will.
After further investigation, officers arrested the male subject, Richard C. Roderick, of Gallipolis, for Kidnapping. He was later transported to the Middleport Jail and held on that charge. Roderick was scheduled for arraignment at 12:15 p.m. in the Gallipolis Municipal Court Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
A visiting judge from Franklin County is seated on the case and the Ohio Attorney General's Office will be prosecuting at the request of C. Jeffery Adkins, Gallia County Prosecutor.
More about this case will be published in upcoming editions of The Gallipolis Daily Tribune.