The Stark County Prosecutor John D. Ferrero's office has announced guilty pleas in the bust of two local casinos after an investigation revealed they were distributing cash payouts on mmachines.
According to the press release, Paul and Debra Kasapis, who owned the Lucky Fox in Jackson Township and the El Dorado City of Gold in Canton Township, were paying cash to winners of video slots and other gambling machines. They were supposed to, under Ohio law, only be paying out vouchers for prizes worth less than $10.00.
Ohio state law prohibits cash payouts outside of the four commercial casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Columbus, and also racinos within the state.
The investigation resulted in the closure of both the Lucky Fox and the El Dorado City of Gold, and the seizure of over $700,000 in assets and cash, 400 gambling machines, cars and other vehicles, and personal property.
Paul and Debra Pasapis have been charged and pleaded guilty to two fifth degree felony charges of Operation of Illegal Casino, two first degree misdemeanor counts of Gambling, and two first degree misdemeanor counts of Operation of a Gambling House.
Jackson Township police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old boy, who was found unresponsive in the Motel 6 on Sunset Strip Avenue Northwest early Thursday morning.
The baby was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The mother of the boy 26-year-old Stephanie M. Buchanan and Jasmin P. Nance, 25, were both arrested on separate Obstruction of Justice charges. Police say both Buchanan and Nance lied to them during their investigation, but it does not say that the charges are currently related to the child's death.
An autopsy is scheduled with the Stark County Coroner's Office to determine the cause of death and the Stark County Prosecutor is handling the investigation.
Jackson Township Police Chief, Mark Brink, that both Buchanan and Nance could face further charges, depending on autopsy results.
The boy's three older sisters, ages 4, 6, and 9, and one brother, age 6, have all been placed with Stark County Protective Services.
A Stark County man was arrested after a joint investigation including the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
72 year-old Richard Paul Snyder of Jackson Township was arrested on two felony charges, including importuning, and pandering obscenity involving a minor.
He's accused of chatting online with an undercover officer posing as a 14 year-old girl, talking about sex with the girl and sending the officer child pornography.
A search warrant was executed at Snyder's home Thursday morning, and he was booked into the Stark County Jail.
(Jackson Township Police Department, news release) A joint investigation was conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces of Vermont, New Jersey, and Ohio, along with Canton Police Department, Canton FBI, US Secret Service and Jackson Township Police Department.
Richard Paul Snyder was arrested on the following charges:
1 count Importuning, F5
1 count Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor, F2
On September 29, 2016, at 800 hours, a search warrant was executed at his residence at which time Richard Snyder was taken into custody and arrested on the above charges and booked into the Stark County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information please contact Detective Gary Frascone, Jackson Township Police Department, at 330-830-6264.
Jackson Township Police say an investigation revealed that an abduction and assault that was reported at Stark State College in July never happened.
On July 14, police say a woman reported that she was taken from a parking lot and driven to the Akron area where she had been assaulted. Following an investigation, authorities determined that the incident never occurred.
The Stark County Prosecutor's Office is expected to review the case for possible criminal charges for filing a false police report.