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Fugitive surrender program clears more than 3,600 Summit County warrants
Attorney General Mike DeWine's office holds fifth 4-day event for misdemeanors and low-level felonies

Kabir Bhatia
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More than 1,500 Summit County residents turned themselves in over the weekend as part of a fugitive surrender program run by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The House of the Lord church in Akron hosted the four-day event, which cleared more than 3,600 misdemeanor and low-level felony warrants. DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney says most of the people who attended have turned their lives around and want to clear the final, legal hurdles they might face.
Fugitive surrender program clears more than 3,600 Summit County warrants

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“The judge is there, the prosecutor’s there and a defense attorney is there. So the goal is, for the majority of these persons, to take care of it there on the spot and it’s over with. For a few of the people who came in with low-level felony warrants, some of those could not be adjudicated on the spot. And those persons would have had a court date set.”

Tierney adds that Fugitive Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program, but the judges did give consideration to anyone turning themselves in voluntarily.

Local authorities now plan to begin warrant sweeps. Before this weekend, there were 6,000 felony warrants in Summit County and 16,000 misdemeanor warrants just in the Akron, Barberton and Stow. 

This is the fifth Fugitive Safe Surrender conducted by DeWine’s office since 2011, when he took the program over from the U.S. Marshals Service.
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