Summit County Sheriff

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BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 14:

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Northeast Ohio is not exempt from the rising tide of gun violence sweeping across the nation.

But the pandemic has brought challenges hindering the work of Summit County law enforcement agencies.

Akron Police report the department’s rate for solving murders this year is 69 percent higher than the national average.

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Summit County’s next sheriff could be a woman.

Kandy Fatheree won the Democratic primary, garnering 42 percent of the vote. Her opponents were three seasoned law enforcement professionals.

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SHANE WYNN

Tuesday night, the four democratic candidates for Summit County sheriff met for the one and only debate of their campaign.  The event, sponsored by the Akron Press Club took place at the Akron Summit County Public library and was moderated by WKSU’s M.L. Schultze.

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For the first time ever, Summit County is offering full scholarships to attend the police academy for the Sheriff’s Office.

The academy starts in August and candidates who attend full time can complete the program by December. Inspector Bill Holland said there's a need for new people.

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Over the weekend, more than 100 police officers from around Summit County participated in “Christmas with a Cop.” It was an opportunity for police to connect with underprivileged kids.

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It is budgeting time in counties across the region. A recurring theme for fiscal 2019 seems to be a call for more money for jails.  And, the costs for dealing with the opioid crisis are factoring into those spending requests.

Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe says medical treatment for the influx of drug-addicted inmates is an issue in his request for a million and a half more dollars for the jail. 

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The ‘HOPE Court’ is up and running in Summit County. That’s the new specialty-docket Common Pleas Court for cases involving mental health issues. And as it nears the end of a second month, it’s busy. 

Case referrals to ‘mental health court’ already number more than twenty--and in a quarter of those, re-routing of the accused from the justice system to behavioral care is underway.  

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 18: 

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, June 5:

  • Summit County Sheriff's Office investigates death of an inmate;
  • Three female Cleveland Community Police Commission sue director;
  • Akron bar owner sues the city and police officers for 2016 raid;
  • Cleveland Orchestra's music director sits out summer kickoff;
  • Groups file singatures for two fall ballot issues;

Summit County Sheriff's Office investigates death of an inmate

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The Summit County Sheriff’s office is pushing a zero tolerance policy when it comes to threats against schools.

Sheriff Steve Barry says his office is taking a proactive approach addressing threats discovered online or left on school grounds.

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VOTE DAVID HAMILTON

Summit County Council will consider a proposal today to form a task force examining how to improve conditions in the county jail, a month after an inmate died while in custody.

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is now offering a location for online shoppers to meet and finalize their transactions. The spot, called an “Internet Safety Zone," is monitored by a 24-hour video surveillance camera.

Inspector Bill Holland says the zone was created in response to several cases around the nation where buyers were attacked or robbed.

Summit OVI Checkpoints Get New Funding

Sep 28, 2016
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Checkpoints for driving under the influnce will continue in Summit County.  A $465,000 federal grant to pay for that, and more, is on its way. 

Summit County sSheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland says the money will help fund road-side screening and cruiser patrols for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs—especially by paying for the overtime.

But that’s only part of what it will cover.