Back in May of last year, the Summit County Sheriff's Office was tipped off to a woman that was stealing from the bank accounts of several area residents with developmental disabilities.

The investigation determined that Beth Wallace-Cox was stealing money from 49 different people from Portage and Summit Counties, through her business, PayeeShip Solutions in Rootstown, which provides financial services to the developmentally disabled.

Wallace-Cox was arrested Thursday, charged with felony theft from a protected class.

The Akron Beacon Journal's reporting the indictment lists the total theft amounted to just under $10,000.

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

(Summit Co. Sheriff's Office) In May of 2018, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an individual was misappropriating funds from the bank accounts of several individuals with developmental disabilities. The matter was turned over to the Summit County Sheriff’s Detective assigned to the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with detectives from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. It was alleged that the suspect, identified as Beth Wallace-Cox had been utilizing the victims’ funds for her own personal gain. Through the investigation, it was determined that there were 49 victims in Summit County and Portage County. Wallace-Cox is the owner of a business called Payee Ship Solutions. The business provides payee services to individuals with developmental disabilities. On January 3, 2019, Beth Wallace-Cox, age 46 of Rootstown was arrested and charged with Theft from a Protected Class (F-3), Forgery (F-3), and Tampering with Records (F-3). She was transported to the Portage County Jail. Follow up questions should be directed to Inspector William Holland at 330-620- 9738

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 11:20

Sheriff: Ravenna Man Forged CCW Permits

A Ravenna NRA instructor was arrested Monday, charged with issuing fake concealed carry permits to participants of his class.

According to reports, Anthony Drago, 47, forged concealed carry training certificates without providing the required training, that by law must include at least 8 hours of class time and two hours of range time.

The Record Courier is reporting that Drago's charged with four counts of tampering with records, four counts of falsification to obtain a concealed-carry weapon permit, and four counts of forgery. 

Drago was arrested Monday and arraigned in Portage County Court before he was released on $20,000 personal recognizance bond. 

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Friday, 02 June 2017 11:27

Child Overdoses in Akron Home

Akron Police are investigating after a baby boy accidentally overdosed, forcing his older sibling to call 911 and responding paramedics to issue not one, but two doses of NARCAN, the opioid antidote that is administered through a nasal spray. 

It happened Thursday evening about 6:30, police say, at a home on Gale Street in Akron. Upon arrival, paramedics found the 19-month-old boy unresponsive. NARCAN was administered at the home, but was ineffective. The boy was then transported to Akron Children's Hospital where a second dose of NARCAN was given to the child. Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it's likely the child touched a baggy or some other packaging that was left out that had some opioid residue left on it. A toxicology report is being run to determine what type of opioid the boy was exposed to. 

The mother was at home when Akron Police arrived, but she left. It was a few hours before Lt. Edwards with Akron PD says she showed up at Akron Children's Hospital. Police interviewed her and then found that she had a felony warrant out for her arrest out of Portage County on an unrelated theft charge. 

As for Thursday's incident, Akron Police have not charged the mother with a crime, though Lt. Edwards says it is likely that she will be charged soon. She's currently in Portage County Jail on the theft charge. 

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