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Detective takes new position By Mike Redelson Gannett News Service CRESTLINE Crawford County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Detective Jim Davis will soon change jobs, offices and uniforms. But he's not quitting the job he's had for 20 years. He'll still be fighting crime. Davis will leave the sheriffs' sheriffs' department March 30 to become Crestline police chief, replacing Dave Smith, who is also a former deputy. His appointment will be made official by Crestline Village Council April 2. He said he's looking forward forward to the new challenge, and continuing his relationship relationship with the sheriff's department. Davis hopes to share his years of experience with his new department, of which half are still on probation. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, Davis did corrections and road patrol prior to joining joining the detective bureau. Davis said the worst memory memory of his days on road patrol is the double murder-suicide murder-suicide murder-suicide on Dixon Road several years ago. Besides the horror of the scene, Davis remembers another moment. The shooting involved an enraged estranged husband who showed up at the family home and killed his ex-wife's ex-wife's ex-wife's new boyfriend, the ex-wife, ex-wife, ex-wife, and then turned the gun on himself. "As we were going through the scene I came upon a family family portrait, taken in better days, and wondered what the kids were left to. It was heartbreaking," he said. Davis said the biggest case was the Raymond Campbell murder in 1998 in which a elderly Liberty Township farmer was killed and his house burned down along with him. Robert Martin and William Noggle were convicted in the case. That wasn't the end of the case for Davis. Martin escaped from the county jail one afternoon. "I was enjoying the day with my hot rod when someone someone came running up to me and said Martin had just escaped. I ran to the jail and yep, he'd just hopped the fence," said Davis, who immediately went to work finding Martin, which he did within 52 hours. Davis said he found a writing writing tablet in Davis' cell that held a clue. "Martin was a very heavy writer so he had written a letter letter to a friend. I traced the engraving on the next page and it was Martin warning a friend not to call his house because the telephones might be tapped," said Davis. Davis and another officer waited for Martin in a cemetery across from Martin's home. "About 45 minutes later he came out with his sister and got in the car. That's when we grabbed him," said Davis. Davis said it was a tough case for him since he knew the family and had graduated from Colonel Crawford High School with Martin's dad, Rod. He and his wife, Melina, live in rural Bucyrus.