Fugitive wanted in Ohio arrested in Ohio County


A man wanted on an active rape warrant was arrested on Valley Boulevard outside the Wheeling city limits late Wednesday afternoon according to Lt. Nelson Croft with the Ohio County Sheriffs Department.

Around 4:45 p.m. officers were notified by the Hilliard Police Department near Columbus that 34-year-old Thomas Allen Howard was in the area.

Cpl. Clouston, and Dep. Best  with the Ohio County Sheriffs department checked the house, while Lt. Croft stayed in the area checking for Ohio tags when a vehicle pulled up near the house and then quickly pulled away.

Lt. Croft pulled that vehicle over, and Howard was reportedly in the backseat.

He was taken into custody and has been booked in the Northern Regional Jail pending his extradition.

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