When Issue 12 failed in Summit County in November, officials raised the possibility of inmates being released from the Summit County Jail as a way to reduce costs. To offset this possibility, Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry has asked the county for $3.6 million in additional funds. He explained the need for the money and which offenders would be released.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:01

Accused Murderer Charged In Jail Stabbing

The man charged with aggravated murder in the stabbing death of a Cuyahoga Falls woman in August is facing more charges after a jail fight.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office says it happened Tuesday at about 9:30, when Jeffery Conrad produced a weapon made from a plunger and stabbed inmate Dennis McClelland several times, before deputies got in and broke up the fight.

McClelland was treated and released at Akron General Medical Center, then returned to the jail.

Conrad is behind bars charged with aggravated murder in the death of his former girlfriend, Amanda Russell. Russell was found dead outside her 8th Street home by her teenage daughter.

Conrad now faces additional charges including attempted murder and felonious assault.


9/3/14: Man Charged In Stabbing Death of C. Falls Woman

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:14

Akron Robbery Suspect Arrested

A robbery suspect has been arrested in Akron. Shaun Michael Hargett, 34, of South Firestone Boulevard was captured by the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force around Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of Merton Avenue. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Hargett was wanted for aggravated burglary and robbery of a 67 year old man on South Firestone Boulevard. Hargett forced open a door  and ransacked the victim’s home. The victim came home for lunch and found Hargett inside. When confronted, Hargett lunged at the victim with a knife. Hargett then fled. 

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Friday, 25 October 2013 11:48

Akron Hit-Skip Driver Arrested

The hit-skip driver being sought by Akron Police for striking and seriously injuring a construction worker on I-77 has been captured. Akron Police and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive task Force tracked 40-year old Tamika Perkins down at her home. She was found hiding behind the furnace in her basement. She was arrested without incident.

Perkins was driving a tan SUV that struck the worker in a construction zone on I-77 near Vernon Odom Boulevard last month.. She then fled the scene. Perkins was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Perkins, of Hollinger Street in Akron is charged with felony hit skip, driving under a suspended license, driving on a closed road and failure to control.  

Around 8pm on September 9th Tamika Perkins was driving a tan SUV northbound on Interstate 77 at Vernon Odom Boulevard, when she drove into the construction zone and struck a worker. Perkins fled the area. The victim suffered serious injuries.

Tamika Perkins has been booked into the Summit County Jail.

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A new report recommends the Summit County Jail hire more than 50 new workers.

Jail expert Rod Miller prepared the report and told The Beacon Journal the facility can't be run safely with the 205 current employees. He said the jail should employ more than 258 people and if it can't, the county should shut portions of it down.

Miller also recommended adding recreation time for inmates, hiring more captains, and doing a better job of combining the operations of the County Jail and the Glenwood Jail, a county-owned, minimum security jail that is run in conjunction with Oriana House.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry told WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show he agrees with the findings in the report.

"The study definitely validates the concerns we've had now for quite a while," he said.

The low staffing numbers have caused a reduction in recreation time for inmates, something Barry said he's concerned about.

"When you cannot give these people what they are due, their physical daily activities of exercise and a little bit of room to walk around, make their phone calls, and this kind of thing, it just sets for a very very disturbing tone down there," he said.

The county has implemented several measures to cut costs and reduce the jail population, including ankle bracelet monitoring and lower bonds for non-violent offenders. Barry said the county has exhausted its options, leaving closing the jail as the only choice if more staff cannot be added.

Miller's report comes as part of a settlement involving female deputies who sued over staffing issues related to gender. If the two sides can't agree on how to correct the problems, federal court Judge Sara Lioi will be tasked with sorting it out.

On the Web: www.ohio.com

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Springfield Twp. Police have arrested 48 year old Craig Alan Jenkins of Mogadore on a felony charge of illegally having a weapon on school grounds.

Shortly after 8:30 this morning, officers responded to Young Elementary School for a reported domestic disturbance. The disturbance was determined to be in relation to a child custody issue and took place while the child was being dropped off at the school. Officers found that Jenkins had two loaded handguns in his vehicle.

Investigators say there is currently no evidence that the weapons were ever brought into the school building or that there were any threats made involving the weapons.

Jenkins is currently being held in the Summit County Jail.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:39

Akron Caregiver Charged With Assault

Charges are facing a caregiver at a facility for the developmentally disabled in Silver Lake after he allegedly assaulted a resident.     

The Summit County Sheriff's Office reports that Dhaka Battarai, 28, of Akron, is charged with assault of a functionally impaired person, a felony.

The charges were filed after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to the Developmental Disabilities Board. It was alleged that the group home employee assaulted the developmentally disabled 41-year old female resident while bathing her. The assault was witnessed by another person.

Battarai was arrested Friday and sent to the Summit County Jail.

The investigation continues with more charges expected.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013 17:42

Sheriff Investigates Drug Overdose Death

An Akron man is facing drug trafficking charges and could be facing even more serious charges following the apparent drug overdose that may have caused the death of a woman this week.       

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Coventry Fire Department responded to Judy Avenue in Akron, for an unresponsive woman.. Kelley Harrington was transported to Akron General Medical Center where she later died.
Detectives say Joseph Morgan admitted to supplying Harrington with a controlled substance prior to her death. The Sheriff’s Office searched Morgan’s home on 9th Street in Akron and seized twenty one firearms, an undetermined amount of marijuana, other drugs and approximately $110,000.00 in cash.      

Morgan was arrested for Trafficking in Drugs. He was booked into the Summit County Jail. This case is currently still under investigation.

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Thursday, 04 July 2013 11:15

Akron Man Chases Down Robber

An Akron resident played the role of hero around 2 Thursday morning when he chased down a suspect who punched two women to steal a purse. The two 19-year old women were walking to their cars in the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane when they were confronted by the suspect in a parking lot. That's when another man who observed the robbery intervened. . The 31 year old resident chased after the suspect, and caught up wiith him in a wooded area behind a business in the 1400 block of Weathervane Lane, where he called police.

Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says officers arrested 28-year old John Muzic of Westgay Drive in Akron after he was positively identified by the victims. Muzic was charged with robbery and two counts of assault and booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Friday, 14 June 2013 16:23

Aggravated Robberies In Akron

Akron Police had to deal with two different Aggravated Robberies as they wrapped up the week.

On Thursday morning, Scion M. Martin, 27, was arrested on charges of Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault.

The victim, a 23 year old, met Martin at his Thornapple Drive home to sell a Playstation. When inside, Martin hit the victim in the head, stealing his Playstation, cell phone, and some beer.

Captain Dan Zampelli with the Akron Police Department says the victim suffered facial injuries including a fractured orbital and a broken nose.

Martin was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Akron Police then responded to another Aggravated Robbery at the corner of Greenwood and Stoner Ave.

The 20 year old victim was walking down the street when someone fired several shots out of a car in his direction.

As the suspect approached the victim, he shot two more times, then pistol whipped and robbed the victim of his cell phone prescription drugs and a large amount of money.

Akron Police are still investigating this incident, if you have any information, contact APD.


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