Summit County sex offenders can be found online
SUMMIT COUNTY – As of Tuesday, Summit County residents can log on to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office’s website to find information on registered sex offenders who live in unincorporated Summit County.The site currently lists three sex offenders who were convicted of felony crimes. It does not include those convicted of misdemeanor sex crimes, per state law.Sheriff John Minor said his decision to post the names on the internet stemmed from a question that came up over someone who had been convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense in his neighborhood. A neighborhood meeting was held to discuss residents’ concerns.”Some questions came about as to why don’t you have this stuff online,” Minor said Wednesday during a press conference to announce his candidacy for the sheriff’s race in November. The website includes only people who have been required to register in Summit County and are in compliance with the sex offender register laws, according to a site disclosure.Sex offenders who are registered in Summit County towns are not on the website and can be obtained at local police departments.Minor also mentioned planned security increases at the Summit County Justice Center during the press conference.The Board of County Commissioners approved about $200,000 in next year’s budget to afford three additional deputies to provide security when court is in session, as well as a metal detector, an X-ray machine and video equipment that would allow inmates to speak to the judge from their cell.The need for boosted security measures came about following the fatal shooting of a judge and two others inside an Atlanta courtroom last March.”We’re becoming more and more security conscious,” Minor said.Minor said he hopes to have the new equipment in the Justice Center by mid-year. Minor said he’s also working toward online reporting, which would allow people to report lost property crimes online, freeing up deputies to respond to more serious crimes.At the same press conference, County Commissioner Bob French, Coroner Joanne Richardson and Clerk and Recorder Cheri Brunvand formally announced they would run for another term in their respective positions in November.French said he’s looking forward to finishing several projects the Board of County Commissioners has worked on while he’s been a part of the three-person board, including the opening of the Material Recovery Center at the landfill, getting the Medical Office Building opened near the new hospital and establishing a biofuels program.Brunvand announced her office will receive $137,000 from the Help America Vote Act, which is pegged for a new ballot counter and equipment that will enable handicapped voters to cast their ballots.Brunvand has served as clerk and recorder for eight years and said she will continue to focus on providing good customer service across the motor vehicles, elections and recorders offices if she is elected again.Richardson said if she wins another term she will continue to archive records prior to 1993, add a part-time office assistant to her staff, redesign the coroner’s website and continue the Coroner’s Ball fundraiser.Richardson is anticipating moving into her new office in the Medical Office Building this summer.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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