Summit County Police Blotter: Inmates allegedly attacked while in counseling
January 1, 2013
Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
An inmate of the Summit County Jail was charged with third-degree assault Friday, after he allegedly ran past deputies and began punching another inmate who was in the middle of a counseling session.
The man was reportedly returning from a court hearing, and his handcuffs and leg shackles had been removed. He was instructed to return to his pod, but after taking a few steps in that direction allegedly turned around and ran toward an area of the jail where another inmate was in a meeting with a counselor and began punching him, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Unable to reach the inmate in the small room, one of the deputies used a Taser to subdue him, the report states.
The inmate reportedly fell to the floor and hit his head on the carpet, where he was subsequently placed in handcuffs and moved to a different holding cell, according to the report.
He declined medical treatment.
The inmate who was allegedly attacked told authorities the other man had been antagonizing him and trying to pick fights with him for some time, according to the report. He reportedly said he felt some pain when the other inmate was hitting him.
Both inmates suffered minor injuries, the report states.
A woman pulled over for weaving was ultimately charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence after authorities allegedly found several prescription pills with her belongings.
A report from the sheriff’s office states the woman was weaving on eastbound Highway 6 Saturday night, with one headlight out, when she was stopped by a deputy.
She appeared to be intoxicated, having poor motor control, slow movements and what was described as a brown powder in her mouth, which she said was Cherry Coke, according to the report.
During a search, authorities reportedly found a pill, later identified as a generic form of Xanax, stuck in a container of lip balm as well as a muscle relaxer and Oxycodone in her purse, the report states.
Both of the drugs found in her purse reportedly had warnings not to drive while taking the medication on the label.
The woman was charged with DUI, illegal possession of a prescription drug and additional traffic offenses.
A man accused of attempting to steal merchandise from retailers near a local ski resort was caught as he attempted to flee one of the stores Sunday.
A second man believed to be involved in the theft got away.
The man reportedly told authorities he hadn’t stolen anything, although he was allegedly wearing a stolen sweatshirt at the time, a sheriff’s office report stated. He initially said the other man, whom he said he met earlier in the day, had done the shoplifting, and then told him to run when it appeared he was about to get caught. He later admitted to stealing two pairs of gloves and the sweatshirt he was wearing, according to the report.
Ski resort security personnel later discovered more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise, including several backpacks, a wool jacket, ski goggles and several pairs of gloves, from a nearby storage locker, the report states.
The man who was caught was charged with theft under $500.
Authorities left the case open pending the review of the retail stores’ security footage, as the second suspect, the one who got away, allegedly assaulted an employee who confronted him about stealing merchandise, according to the report.