Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:38

Former Summit Sheriff Warren Dies

Former Summit County Sheriff Richard "Dick" Warren passed away over the weekend at the age of 78.

Warren, who served as sheriff from 1994 through 2001, first joined the department at a reserve deputy in 1961, and wasn't even being paid. In 1974 was a promoted to deputy, then to sergeant by 1980, and inspector in 1992.

In 1994, was appointed Sheriff by the Democratic Central Committee, and then ran unopposed again in 1996. He served through 2001. 


Warren was 78 years old. 

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A New Franklin man's arrest turned into a two-fer with drug and stolen property charges filed. Summit County deputies picked up 35-year old Timothy Williams after an address on Buddy Street and a nearby storage unit where they found stolen ATV's, tools, firearms, cash and several ouces of methamphetaime. The VIN numbers identifying the vehicles had been scrubbed clean. Williams was taken to the Summit County Jail.

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(Summit County Sheriff) On August 28, 2017, the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau received information regarding the whereabouts of 3 stolen ATVs. The ATVs were located at a New Franklin residence. The VIN numbers had been obliterated. Additional information led to a search warrant at a residence on Buddy Street in New Franklin. During the search, several items were recovered including, but not limited to, tools, several ounces of methamphetamine, 7 firearms, and approximately $6,000 in cash.

Another search warrant was executed at a nearby storage unit. During the search, several items were recovered, including (2) 4X4 utility vehicles, (3) golf carts, and a trailer generator.

Timothy Williams, age 35, of New Franklin was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamines (F-1) and Receiving Stolen Property (F-5). He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen property that was recovered should call the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-5404.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 06:22

VIDEO Deputies Seek Green Car Thieves

Green is looking for some light-fingered thieves ransacking unlocked cars -- getting away with cash, credit cards, purses and even weapons. Home video caught some of the thefts and the Sheriff's office is hoping you'll recognize one of the suspects and call them.

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(Summit Sheriff) The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating numerous vehicle break-ins and a motor vehicle theft which occurred throughout the City of Green.

The thefts occurred on the evenings of July 5th and 6th. The suspects entered unlocked vehicles and stole various items including but not limited to weapons, cash, credit cards, and purses. In addition, the suspects stole a white 2010 Lincoln Navigator, bearing Ohio Registration CLGO01. The vehicle contained several weapons.

The incident was captured on home surveillance video. One suspect appears to be a black male wearing glasses. Anyone with information should contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2131. Tips leading to a successful conviction may be eligible for a cash award through Summit County Crimestoppers.

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Summit County deputies say a man who tried to get into the Summit County Courthouse bearing a handgun and with a child in handcuffs will face a battery of charges for impersonating a police officer -- and they're hoping other children who may have taken part in a fake "Scared Straight Program" will come forward.

Deputies and Akrn police say 26-year old Christopher S. Hendon of Akron claimed he was a "Resource Officer" and dressed in "tactical police attire," including a weapon. He was stopped on April 6th, and a subsequent search of his home yielded a handgun, a fake firearm, handcuffs, a tactical vest and items with police labels. Charges range from weapons charges, criminal trespass and impersonating a peace officer. He's being held in the Summit County Jail.

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HendonVest(Summit County Sheriff) On April 6, 2017 the Summit County Sheriff's Office was contacted by court personnel in reference to an individual attempting to gain entry into a County Courthouse with a firearm. The suspect had a child in handcuffs with him and the suspect claimed to be a Resource Officer working as a part of a "Scared Straight Program."

The Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Akron Police Department. During the course of the investigation, investigators identified the suspect as Christopher S. Hendon. It was determined that on 4 occasions, Hendon attempted to gain access to a County Courthouse while dressed in tactical police attire and carrying a firearm. Each time, he had children in handcuffs and he portrayed himself as a "Resource
Officer." On one occasion, Hendon attempted to gain entry into the Summit County Jail with handcuffed children.

It was determined that Hendon is not a certified peace officer in the state of Ohio. On April 24, the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department executed a search warrant at Hendon's Akron residence. During the search, investigators seized a handgun, a simulated firearm, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment, a tactical vest, and items labeled with police insignias (photos attached). Christopher S. Hendon, age 26 of Akron was arrested and charged with (4) counts of Illegal Conveyance of a Deadly Weapon into a Courthouse (F-5), (4) counts of Criminal Trespass (M-4), and (4) counts of Impersonating a Peace Officer (F-3).

He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

If you know of a child that participated in Hendon's "Scared Straight Program," please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

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Friday, 03 March 2017 09:05

B&E Leads To Drug Bust

Summit County deputies came away from a call on a breaking and entering with a bigger haul than they expected in Coventry Township.

Deputies arrested the homeowner, 29-year old Charles Kalail of Kingsley Avenue, after reports a neighbor and suspected thief were in a chase and the suspect fired a couple shots.

When police arrived at the home, they did a search for a second suspect who may have remained in the house after the homeowner returned as deputies were securing the area around the home. They didn't find the second person, but they did find bags of marijuana and secured a search warrant. Deputies say they found even more drugs including Xanax and other drug paraphernalia, along with three firearms.

Kalail remains in the Summit County Jail on drug charges.

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 (Summit Sheriff) On March 1, 2017, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary in progress on Kingsley Avenue in Coventry Township. The reporting party notified the Sheriff's Office of a male suspect forcing entry into his neighbor's house. The suspect had removed an air conditioning unit and broke a window as he attempted to gain entry into the residence.

The reporting party confronted the suspect at the window and the suspect fled on foot. The reporting party gave chase until the suspect turned and fired two rounds from a handgun. The suspect continued to flee in an unknown vehicle.

The homeowner, identified as Charles Kalail, arrived at his residence as deputies were securing the area. The residence was checked for evidence of the burglary and the possibility of a second suspect inside the house. No suspects were located inside the house.

However, deputies located multiple packages of Marijuana in plain view. The marijuana was packaged and ready for sale and shipment. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched for additional evidence. The search warrant was executed and additional packages of Marijuana, Xanax, drug paraphernalia, cash and three firearms were recovered.

Charles Kalail age 29 of Coventry Township was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Drugs-Marijuana (F-5). He was booked into the Summit County Jail. Additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:01

Y-Noah Chaperone Charged With Indecency

A Grafton man is under arrested after claims he exposed himself to kids, recorded a simulated sex act, and made offensive gestures to kids attending a field trip to a YMCA camp over the summer. 

The incident in question happened back in September, 2016, at Camp Y-Noah in Green. Just on January 25th of this year, Summit County Sheriff's Office received information from the Principal of Midview East Intermediate School that Scott J. Wuensch, 40, was the chaperone who allegedly committed the aforementioned crimes. 

Wuensch was arrested January 30, 2017, after a investigation. On Monday, he was charged in Barberton Municipal Court with Public Indecency, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, and Disorderly Conduct, all misdemeanors. Wuensch is booked in Summit County Jail. 

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:45

Arrest Made In Palms Skill Robbery

Summit County Sheriff's Office caught up with and arrested John Richmond, who they suspect is the man robbed the Palms Skill Games on South Arlington in Coventry Township a couple of weeks ago.

Surveillance video shows a man kick open the door around 5:20 on December 7th and brandish a semi-automatic handgun with a laser-sight.

Richmond, from Uniontown, is charged with Aggravated Robbery. Detectives have recovered the cash and the pistol used in the robbery. Richmond is in Summit County Jail.

See the full press release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office below: 

On December 7, 2016, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery at The Palms Skill Games, located at 2766 South Arlington Road in Coventry Township. A white male kicked open the front door and made entry into the business. The suspect was armed with a semiautomatic handgun equipped with a laser sight. The suspect ordered all the patrons inside to remain seated and he then ordered the cashier to give him cash or people would be killed. The Summit County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau conducted an investigation into the matter. Subsequently, the suspect in the investigation was identified as John E. Richmond, age 30 of Uniontown. On December 19, Richmond was arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery (F-1). He was booked into the Summit County Jail. The stolen cash and the handgun used in the robbery were recovered by detectives. 

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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:10

Ten Arrested In Green Prostitution Sting

The Summit County Sheriff's Office, along with the local FBI office, says they've arrested 10 people during a prostitution and human trafficking sting Thursday. 

Inspector Bill Holland says the bust was part of an ongoing investigation in an attempt to crack down on human trafficking in the county and beyond. The operation included undercover deputies and agents who were contacted through websites that advertise sexual services for money. All of the arrests were made at a Green hotel where the parties agreed to meet while online. 

The 10 who were arrested are facing charges ranging from prostitution to possession of cocaine. 

When asked why Ohio sees such a large number of human trafficking cases compared to other states, Inspector Holland said there are a number of theories, but the number of interstates that run through Ohio definitely factor in. Holland also mentioned Ohio's close proximity to the Canadian border. 


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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is conducting two OVI Checkpoints in Akron and Coventry Township. 

In a press release, the Sheriff's Office says the Akron locaiton is 750 S Main St. between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The second location in Coventry Township will be located at 3680 Manchester Rd. between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday. They say the checkpoints will be in conjunction with nearby "saturation patrols" to aggressively combat drunk driving. 

The Sheriff's Office is encouraging those who plan on having any alcohol to drink to designate a sober driver or find another ride home. 

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The cover of this month's Summit County Sheriff's Office newsletter has the leader of Akron's NAACP chapter concerned.

Judi Hill told The Beacon Journal she feels the cover photo of Sheriff Steve Barry and SWAT team members posing with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani at a campaign event in August is an inappropriate use of public funds this close to an election and undermines the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community. Barry says the picture is not an endorsement for Trump, but rather was a rare opportunity for the SWAT team to get a picture with someone they were protecting.

Both Hill and Barry joined The Jasen Sokol Show on Monday.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:20

Coventry Twp. Man Arrested For Child Pornography


After receiving a tip back on August 17th from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau launched an investigation into the alleged downloading in child pornography in Coventry Township. 

Throughout their investigation, detectives found that Craig J. Provence, 67, had knowingly downloaded inappropriate images and other materials that exploited children. A warrant was issued and the Sheriff's Office executed a search of a residence at Alma Avenue. They seized a computer, CDs and other electronic storage media from the home and placed Provence under arrest. 

He is currently in Summit County Jail, charged with two counts of Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor, both felonies. Investigators say additional charges could be handed down pending the outcome of the complete investigation.

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A Tallmadge man will spend six years in prison for child pornography related charges.

In July 2015, 30 year-old Justin Snyder was arrested for soliciting and receiving nude pictures of pre-teen girls in exchange for the promise of money. Synder told them he was a talent scout and photographer, and even set up social media accounts for a fake modeling agency.

Synder pleaded guilty to two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a juvenile and two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.

He was also labeled a Tier II sex offender and must register with the Summit County Sheriff every six months when he is released.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:19

15-Year Old Nabbed In Car Chase

Sheriff's deputies arresting a 15-year old after a traffic stop turned into a chase over a stolen vehicle. Deputies noted the driver crashed near Prosser Avenue and Sauer Drive in Coventry Township, then took off on foot. The deputy caught up to him after a short foot chase.

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(Summit County Sheriff) On November 19, 2015, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Manchester Road in Coventry Township in regards to a stolen vehicle.

The deputy confirmed that a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer was stolen, and at approximately 3:00 p.m., the deputy located the stolen vehicle in Coventry Township.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle did not comply with the deputy's order. The stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Prosser Avenue and Sauer Drive in Coventry Township.

The driver of the vehicle exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. The Deputy pursued and eventually apprehended the suspect a short distance away without any furhter incident. The suspect was identified as a 15-year old male from Coventry Township.

He was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property (F­4), Failure to Comply with an Order of a Police Officer (F­3), and Criminal Damaging (M­2). He was transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility.

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