Lake County Crime Laboratory

Lake County Crime Laboratory Founded in 1973, the Lake County Crime Laboratory is funded by a countywide tax levy. The Lake County Crime Laboratory holds International accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors — Laboratory Accreditation Board, assuring that it adheres to stringent policies, meets all quality standards, and that its’ scientists are skillfully trained in state-of-the-art technology.
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The Laboratory serves Lake County law enforcement agencies at no cost and assesses a fee for out of county police agencies. We maintain regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and are available at all times to offer assistance and advice at crime scenes.

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Don't forget about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday! For the first time, DEA will now accept vapin...
10/23/2019
DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Don't forget about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday! For the first time, DEA will now accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is important to note that DEA cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries. If batteries cannot be removed prior to drop-off, DEA encourages individuals to consult with stores that recycle lithium ion batteries.

See full press release from the DEA below.

DENVER – With robust public participation over the course of 17 prior events, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family memb...

Congratulations to the Painesville Police Department's newest promotions: Lt. Larry Armstrong and Sgt. Russ Tuttle!
05/28/2019

Congratulations to the Painesville Police Department's newest promotions: Lt. Larry Armstrong and Sgt. Russ Tuttle!

Congratulations to the Painesville Police Department's newest promotions: Lt. Larry Armstrong and Sgt. Russ Tuttle 👏🎉

01/29/2019

Due to inclement weather, the Lake County Crime Laboratory will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. We will reopen on Friday, February 1st at 8:00 a.m.

If anyone has any information about this suspect, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (440) 350-5620.
01/07/2019

If anyone has any information about this suspect, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (440) 350-5620.

On Monday January 7th at 1257pm The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Marathon gas station located at 1744 N. Ridge Rd in Painesville Township for an armed robbery. A white male wearing light blue jeans, tan work boots, a black bomber style jacket with a checkered pattern on the shoulders, navy hooded sweatshirt underneath, dark colored gloves with red stripes, grey knit cap, orange mask covering the bottom half of his face, and dark sunglasses entered the store and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk. The male appears to be shorter in stature, approximately 5’7” and 140-160lbs. The male exited the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled eastbound. It is unknown at this time if the male fled the area on foot or if he entered a vehicle.

If anyone has any information about this suspect please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (440) 350-5620 or send the Sheriff’s Office a private message on Facebook.

Chief Deputy Frank Leonbruno

Our condolences to Willoughby Hills Police Department on the loss of K-9 Razor.
01/07/2019

Our condolences to Willoughby Hills Police Department on the loss of K-9 Razor.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Willoughby Hills K-9 on January 1, 2019. Officer Vachet and K-9, Razor were a very successful team and will be missed.

12/21/2018

The Lake County Crime Laboratory Building will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will re-open on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. We will be unable to receive or return evidence, during this time period. The Laboratory will continue to be available for 24 hour Crime Scene Processing. Contact our Crime Scene Staff through Central Dispatch at 440-350-2795.

This young lady helped rescue several people from yesterday’s fire in Mentor, she really is a hero. We are glad to hear ...
12/21/2018

This young lady helped rescue several people from yesterday’s fire in Mentor, she really is a hero. We are glad to hear that no one was injured at all!

Good morning friends,

Thursday’s early morning fire had us pretty busy. It left us all pretty tired. We were fortunate to get this fire under control in less than an hour thanks to the hard work of our firefighters and the mutual aid cities that helped us out.

And most importantly, we are very happy to announce that there were no injuries.

However, we want to share with you how different this morning could have been for all of us if it hadn’t been for the heroic actions of one employee of “New Avenues To Independence, Inc”, or NATI that manages the special needs group home that was on fire.

Cortney Noble, 25 years old, is an employee of NATI and was alone caring for three residents in the group home. One resident is wheelchair bound and the other two are ambulatory and all require special needs.

Cortney had heard a cracking & popping sound in the garage and opened the door to find a wall of smoke and flames that had now started to push into the structure. She slammed the door and as quick as she could pushed the wheelchair resident out and returned for the other two residents. She got them out and called 911.

Upon our first due engine’s arrival in less than a minute, there was heavy fire and smoke showing and the feeling we had was we hoped no one was in there!

Cortney had met us and told us she got everyone out and they were all accounted for. You have no idea what a sigh of relief that was. As our firefighters were performing an aggressive primary search to confirm that there was no one in the structure we shifted to a defensive fire attack.

Cortney and the three residents were checked out and were welcomed to be sheltered into the “Dedicated To Children Daycare” that was nearby. The NATI management team quickly arrived and went to work getting clothing, medicine and finding all three residents housing.

Our Fire chief, Bob Searles had met with Cortney in the aftermath to praise her for her heroic actions and unfortunately, tell her that her car was destroyed by the fire. She was very humble and just asked if she could just retrieve from the car, a base to the car seat for her baby at home.

Please pardon this very long post, but we wanted to just tell all of our friends that yesterday the Mentor fire department met a hero, her name is Cortney Noble.

We will all enjoy Christmas a little better because of her.

#hero

The Lake County Crime Lab is partnering up with Willoughby Police Department and collecting toys for Toys for Tots! This...
12/04/2018

The Lake County Crime Lab is partnering up with Willoughby Police Department and collecting toys for Toys for Tots! This is our second year participating and are grateful to be able to help this great cause.

The Willoughby Police Department, Willoughby Police Association, and the Lake County Crime Lab are excited to announce that we will be again collecting toys this Holiday Season for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Last season, the Willoughby Police Association and the Lake County Crime Lab began collecting toys for the US Marine Corps Reserve. With the assistance of a huge donation from the Mentor Police Department, we filled an entire hallway in the Police Department with some awesome toys for some less fortunate girls and boys. This season, we want to fill 2 HALLWAYS in our building!!! Please help us reach our goal. In one week already, we've had some wonderful fans of our page and Police Department donate a lot of toys. We have donation boxes in the lobbies of the Police Department and the Crime Lab. Thank you so much for your support this Holiday Season!!

For more info, please go to https://mentor-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx

Our condolences to Lt. Thompson and the Painesville Township FD! Thank you for your service, Tahoe.It is with great sadn...
12/02/2018

Our condolences to Lt. Thompson and the Painesville Township FD! Thank you for your service, Tahoe.

It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of my Retired K-9 partner Tahoe. Tahoe worked as an Accelerant Detection K-9 (ADC) for the Painesville Township Fire Department. He was born May 23rd, 2005 in the US Customs and Border Protection breeding program before being transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for training as an ADC. Tahoe worked in Painesville Township, Lake County and many other areas for over 7 years before retiring in May of 2014. He has enjoyed a long happy retirement with his family. He will be greatly missed! I would like to thank the Staff at the ATF National Canine Trainingand Operations Center for your support and guidance over the years. I would also like to thank the following; Painesville Twp. Trustees, PTFD Fire Chiefs, the Members of PTFD, Lake County Fire Investigation Unit, My fellow ADC K-9 handlers, friends, family, coworkers, Brightwood Animal Hospital, all the Police and Fire Departments we have worked with and many others that have helped and supported this program. Most of all I would like to thank my loving wife and daughter for your sacrifice and support. We all lost a piece of our hearts.

Lieutenant Gordon Thompson
Painesville Township Fire Department

What a wonderful young lady! Thanks for showing your support to local police and fire departments.
11/29/2018
Fox 8 News

What a wonderful young lady! Thanks for showing your support to local police and fire departments.

Leave it to a kid to remind us what giving is all about.

11/15/2018
Madison Village Police Department

Our condolences to the Madison Village Police Department. Officer Huffman, thank you for your service.

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Date: 11/14/2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Madison Village Patrol Officer Michael A. Huffman. Officer Huffman passed away from apparent natural causes during his patrol shift in the early morning hours of November 14, 2018. He was 52 years old.

Officer Huffman joined the Madison Village Police Department in 1999 and proudly served his community for over 19 years. He was a dedicated officer and will be greatly missed by the men and women of the department. Our condolences and thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Funeral details will be announced as soon as they are available.

Troy A. McIntosh
Chief of Police

Congratulations Patrolman Ward, K 9 Axle and Eastlake PD!
11/09/2018

Congratulations Patrolman Ward, K 9 Axle and Eastlake PD!

11/09/18 After 6 weeks of extensive training Axel graduated with his handler Ptlm. Ward today. Axel's credentials include but are not limited to detecting heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana and every derivative of the mentioned narcotics.

Forensic Analysts from the Lake County Crime Laboratory participated in Safety Day at the All Saints of St. John Vianney...
10/16/2018

Forensic Analysts from the Lake County Crime Laboratory participated in Safety Day at the All Saints of St. John Vianney School yesterday. The children were very interested in the Crime Lab and what we do!

Congratulations Lt. Burgett on this accomplishment!
09/27/2018

Congratulations Lt. Burgett on this accomplishment!

On September 13, 2018, Painesville Police Lieutenant Toby J. Burgett, graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia. Together, with over 200 law enforcement leaders from around the world, Lt. Burgett spent the past 10 weeks training at the National Academy, where he learned best practices, and leadership methods from some of the top instructors at the FBI Academy.

Lt. Burgett also benefited from the exchange of perspectives with other law enforcement leaders from around the world on many common problems in our field.

The police administration here in Painesville is proud of Lt. Burgett, and we know he will be working to share the knowledge and information he has gained to help both the agency and the officers as individuals grow and gain opportunity.

Lt. Burgett is excited to be back to work, and we would encourage those of you who know him to congratulate him on his accomplishment in the near future.

Chief Daniel J. Waterman
Painesville City Police

Congratulations to everyone's favorite Trace Evidence Supervisor, our own David Green, for receiving the 2018 Midwestern...
09/20/2018

Congratulations to everyone's favorite Trace Evidence Supervisor, our own David Green, for receiving the 2018 Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Distinguished Service Award.

Congratulations to these three officers! Well deserved!
09/07/2018
Three Lake County Officers recognized for heroic actions

Congratulations to these three officers! Well deserved!

Painesville police officer Ryan Cueni, Mentor Detective Steven Ondercin and Mentor Patrolman Jason Myers were recognized for heroic efforts by the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association on Sept. 5.

Congratulations to Officer Ryan Cueni of Painesville PD!
09/06/2018

Congratulations to Officer Ryan Cueni of Painesville PD!

News Release

Painesville Police Officer Awarded Medal of Honor for Heroic Actions

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – On Wednesday, September 5 the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association awarded Painesville Police Officer Ryan Cueni the Medal of Honor for his actions of bravery taken without regard for his own safety in facing an armed suspect on February 2, 2017.

On the day of the incident at 3:15 a.m., Cueni and fellow officers responded to a report of a male forced entry to an apartment on Brentwood Drive, Painesville. Upon arrival, officers learned that the suspect, a 39-year-old male later identified as Michael Jenkins, had obtained a knife from the kitchen before forcing his way into a locked bedroom where the residents, a female victim and her two young children, ages 5 and 13, were hiding. The suspect then held the female down at knife point.

Thinking quickly, Cueni made entry into the darkened apartment through a window and unlocked the front door to allow other officers to enter. Cueni made his way to the bedroom and engaged the suspect verbally, observing that the children were in a state of panic. Selflessly, Cueni placed himself at serious risk by crawling over an overturned dresser and turned his back to the suspect and weapon for several seconds to enable the children to get behind him and locked them into a closet for protection. Cueni proceeded to try and find an opportunity to free the mother who was held at knife point. Ultimately, the male was tasered by an officer while

Cueni and another officer provided lethal cover and were able to free the female victim relatively unharmed. The suspect was arrested and ultimately sentenced to five years in Lorain Correctional Facility as a result of the incident.

“Ryan is an extremely humble and modest guy who didn’t think twice about putting himself in harm’s way for those kids,” said Painesville Chief Dan Waterman. “He has rarely missed a day of work in his 21 years in the department and we are fortunate to have such a high integrity and hardworking officer on our team.”

Painesville Township FD and Lake County are lucky to have Ian! He has helped solve many cases and we love seeing him her...
08/28/2018
Watch Ian in action: ATF dog working in Northeast Ohio

Painesville Township FD and Lake County are lucky to have Ian! He has helped solve many cases and we love seeing him here at the Crime Lab!

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- There are 53 federal ATF-certified K-9 units in the country and one of them is stationed in Painesville Township. Lt. Gordon Thompson has been the K-9 handler for the Painesville Township Fire Department for 12 years. “I never thought being in the fire service that I w...

Congratulations Detective Kresja!
08/22/2018

Congratulations Detective Kresja!

On August 21, 2018, the United States Marshals Service conducted its annual Northern District of Ohio Awards Ceremony. Each year, the USMS presents awards to their most decorated staff and task force members, one of which is the Wayne Leon Task Force Officer of the Year award.

Numerous agencies in Ohio and across our great Country provide the USMS with officers to assist with one of the USMS's most important jobs, apprehending the most violent wanted fugitives.

This year, Willoughby Police Detective Chuck Krejsa was awarded Honorable Mention for the Wayne Leon Officer of the Year award. Detective Krejsa, a 23 year law enforcement veteran, had been a USMS task force officer for the past 6 years. He has provided leadership, enthusiasm, loyalty, and a strong work ethic not only to the Willoughby Police Department, but as a USMS task force officer. He has been an asset to both organizations.

Congratulations to each of yesterday's award winners and especially to Detective Chuck Krejsa. We appreciate everything the US Marshals Services has done for our community, helping us keep it safer and we're proud of Detective Krejsa's accomplishments!!

Willoughby Police Department
08/22/2018

Willoughby Police Department

The Willoughby Police Department is attempting to identify the female seen the attached photos involving a theft offense. If you know the identity of the female, please call Ptl. Lampela at 440-953-4212; reference 18-23872. Thank you.

07/24/2018
Come see us at Great Lakes Mall until 3 pm!
05/12/2018

Come see us at Great Lakes Mall until 3 pm!

THANK YOU!
05/09/2018
The News-Herald

THANK YOU!

According to unofficial final results from the Lake County Elections Board, 65.9 percent voted in favor of the levy May 8.

We had a great turn out for Drug Take Back Day! We even had a special guest, Representative Dave Joyce.
04/30/2018

We had a great turn out for Drug Take Back Day! We even had a special guest, Representative Dave Joyce.

‪I did my part to take unused prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinet and into the hands of law enforcement at the Lake County Crime Laboratory. It’s a safe, no questions asked task. Go to takebackday.dea.gov to find a location near you. #TakeBackDay ‬

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Please get the levy on the ballot. If it weren't for the Lake County Crime lab my sisters murderer would still be walking the streets. My sister, Joanne C. Kopaitich was murdered 22 years ago and the Victims Assistance office and the Crime Lab did an outstanding job in bringing justice to our family. This is not a luxury, its a necessity.