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Crime News

These are in loose alpha order, usually by the first named alleged perpetrator

The following prisoners were sentenced on Thursday
(March 30, 1876) by Judge Knowles:

[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 30, 1876]

Shooting -- Fatal.
Jas. W. Erwin has again come to the front in a fatal shooting case. In 1872 he shot and killed his son-in-law David Lollis in a quarrel about a shed. The case was tried twice, went to the Supreme Court, was reversed and finally nollied. This time Erwin shoots his son Lewis, one of his main witnesses on the former trial. The trouble between these parties was about a pane of window glass that Lewis had taken out of the old Watt Wiggins house, claimed by the old man Erwin. Lewis had taken it home to use, and the old man came after it with a revolver in his possession. A dispute arose about it, and the father drew his revolver on Lewis, but did not shoot, Lewis retreating into his house. The old man followed him in, saying, "Give me that glass or die." Lew grabbed the revolver with both hands and a scuffle ensued in which the revolver went off, shooting Lew in the leg, breaking his thigh bone and ranging downward, lodged under the patella. He fell in a ditch, and the old man left for home accompanied by Lew's mother, who witnessed the scene, and is said to have participated. Lew died, after the amputation of his leg, on Monday morning. The shooting occurred the Wednesday previous. Mrs. Erwin is said to have struck Lew with a club while the fuss was going on. Both were arrested and tried before W. R. Atkinson, J. P., who bound both over to court in the sum of $1000 each---Lew not being dead---and in default of bail both were sent to jail. The defendents' defense is self defense, claiming that Lew was crazy, had been threatening, and snapped a gun at him as he approached the house. [Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 28, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Christmas does not always bring gladness to some hearts. Accidents happen from fire-arms that bring grief, but we are rarely called upon to record an unprovoked murder. This Christmas we do so record one.
There was a dance in the Foresters' Hall at Chambersburg Christmas night. A young man named Michael Shively, commonly called "Doll" Shively was Floor Manager of the dance, and another young man named Ithamer Boston, commonly called "Thame" Boston was doorkeeper. One of the rules of the dance was that no gentleman should be admitted to the Hall without a lady partner. While the dance was in progress a young man by the name of Theodore
Hanley, known among his companions as "The." Hanley, came up stairs to the Hall door without any lady partner and demanded admission of young Boston. The latter refused and cited him to a printed bill on the wall as to the rule of admission concerning a lady partner. Young Hanley expostulated with Boston, and said he was going in, partner or no partner. Boston then called Shively out of the Hall, and asked him about letting Hanley in. Shively repeated the rule to Hanley, but the latter was irrepressible, whereupon Shively started down stairs with Hanley to talk the matter over with him in the room below. When they had reached the lower floor Hanley commenced calling him a liar, a thief and other epithets. Shively said to him that under the circumstances he would take it off of him. Hanley then called him a d--- s--- of a b---, when Shively said he could not take such abuse off of him, and grasped at his throat, whereupon Hanley pulled out a revolver, and raising it above Shively's head fired it down into the top of the head, the ball passing through the brain and lodging in the roof of his mouth. Hanley, whose home is across the river from Chambersburg, fled, crossing the river, took his brother's horse, and has not been heard of since. Shively, though unconscious, lived until 5 o'clock Saturday morning, when he died. Shively is spoken of as a No. 1, quiet young man. He was the son of Mr. P. B. Shively, formerly of Ohio township, but was at the time, living in West Virginia. He was unmarried, and about 23 years of age. His funeral took place Sunday, being conducted by the Masonic Lodge of Chambersburg. Hanley is a single man of about 21 years. A young man named Robert Harvey, who was with Hanley during the evening was arrested for connection therewith, and lodged in jail in default of $400 bail. Reports are contradictory as to whether Hanley had been drinking before the unhappy occurrence, but we believe the general opinion is that he was duly sober.
This is another instance of high temper and ready revolvers. No doubt the closest friends of young Shively do not now regret the affair half so much as he who was quick to pull a revolver and shoot down his friend.
[Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 1, 1880]

The Masonic Lodge of Chambersburg and the Commissioners of Gallia have each offered a reward of $100 for the arrest and delivery of W. T. Hanley, who killed M. K. Shively at the village Christmas. [Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 8, 1880- Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

John Lane was to be executed in Gallia county, Ohio, on Tuesday last week, for the murder of Wm. Dowell. [Source: Hallowell Gazette; Maine; 01 Oct 1817]

Lane, who shot Joshua Brothers, on the evening of October 15th, was indicted by the Grand Jury of the Common Pleas Court, now in session, for murder in the second degree. [Source: "Wheeling Register"; 12 NOV 1879]

A Father's Crime. A Sensation in the Neighborhood of Gallipolis, O
Gallipolis, July 25. -- In the village of Cheshire, twelve mile above here, resides George
Ritz, with a family of nine chidren and a wife. The head of the family is addicted to drink and the abuse of his family. He leases two coal mines but is hard pushed to keep the wolf from the door. An affidavit was sworn against Ritz by his daughter, charging him with incest in its vilest form. Mary, the daughter is a fair, plump looking miss of 17. She says she was seduced at the age of nine years, and that intercourse has been kept up against her will up to the present time, her affidavit charging three separate offenses since the 3rd of July. A trial before a Justice resulted in Ritz giving bond for his appearance at court. On the same night some forty of his neighbors collected with the intention of administering mob law, but the constable was sent for and Ritz was run off to jail.
He was interviewed in the jail to-day. He denies the charges, but can give no reason for his daughter's conduct, other than she wished to live out as a servant and he opposed. He remembered some suspicious actions of her's in a berry patch in connection with a young man. Ritz bears a fair character for honesty and truth, and he has the candor to say his daughter is truthful also among his class. Ritz has some political influence.
[Source: "Wheeling Register"; WV; 27 Jul 1880]

Alleged Forger Captured
Gallipolis, O., March 21 - Marshal Kuhn has captured an alleged check forger who gave his name as M. A.
Wilson of Pittsburg. Wilson has, it is claimed, been working the bogus check racket in Mason county, W. Va., and vicinity, forging the name of Columbus Sehon, a wealthy farmer of that county. [Source: The American Nonconformist (WV); 21 Mar 1895]

Miscellaneous Crime News and unknown perpetrators
Bread Riots at Gallipolis
Gallipolis, Jan 24 -- There were bread riots here last evening. The mob broke the street lamps and burned the governor's residence and the local club house. Thirty-nine arrests have been made.
[Source: Tacoma Daily News; Washington; 24 Jan 1898]

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