High Speed Chase and Assault & Robbery in Grand Jury

The Ross County Grand Jury reviewed 13 cases Friday, and returned them all.  Four cases were open.   


One case was a high speed chase from early August 29th.  

According to court records, a Highway Patrol Trooper identified a driver on Bridge Street who had a warrant for an outstanding arrest.  

When Joshua M. Knisly of Leesburg got out of his car in the Walgreen's parking lot like he was going to run on foot, the trooper tried to apprehend him, but after a struggle Knisly got back into his car.  

He then headed west on US 35 with no lights at more than 100 miles an hour.  He took the Pleasant Valley exit at more than 90, ran a red light onto Veteran's Parkway, and continued west on US 50 reaching more than 100 again.  

Off Jones Levee Road, the trooper lost him near Spargursville and Alexander Hollow roads...but Knisly was eventually apprehended by a warrant.  

He was indicted in Ross County for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third degree felony that could net him up to five years and a $10,000 fine.  


Another was a case of an assault and robbery February 10th.  

According to court records, at 4:05am Chillicothe Police responded to a call of someone chasing a person with a gun.  But when they arrived at 54 1/2 Ewing Street, it turned out to be different.  

The resident had allowed in two men he knew who "had nowhere else to go," including Shawn L. Bivens II, with a last known address on Scioto Avenue.  

But after they asked for money and the resident said he had none, he said they jumped him, and Bivens hit him in the head with a hammer while the other man beat him.  The resident said they took his wallet with more than $100 in it.  

An officer located Bivens walking across Main Street near Bridge, and found on him the victim's wallet with ID, four debit cards...and $87 in cash.  

Bivens was indicted for second degree felonious assault and robbery, which could net him up to 8 years and a $15,000 fine.  

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