County Commissioner John Hamercheck

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Lake County needs you help! Please take a moment and fill out this survey to assist the Lake County Emergency Management...
07/29/2021

Lake County needs you help! Please take a moment and fill out this survey to assist the Lake County Emergency Management Agency in developing its new Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Lake County needs you help! Please take a moment and fill out this survey to assist the Lake County Emergency Management Agency in developing its new Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Today, we celebrate a great Ohioan taking one small step for man! #moonlanding  #Apollo11
07/20/2021

Today, we celebrate a great Ohioan taking one small step for man! #moonlanding #Apollo11

Today, we celebrate a great Ohioan taking one small step for man! #moonlanding #Apollo11

As is becoming tradition, I look forward to seeing everyone at the farmers market following our commissioners meetting t...
07/14/2021

As is becoming tradition, I look forward to seeing everyone at the farmers market following our commissioners meetting tomorrow!

We'll be in Painesville Square, rain or shine! (🤞we hope shine🤞)

07/13/2021

Press Release
Lake Dine & Dance shooting Update
July 13, 2021

On July 5th we posted a press release regarding a shooting that occurred at Lake Dine & Dance at 520 Fairport-Nursery Road in Painesville Township. During that incident a 17-year-old female was shot in the leg. She was treated for her injury and released.

As an update to our investigation we have found that during the incident 70-100 rounds were fired from rifle caliber and hand gun caliber weapons of many types. Video shows many individuals carrying guns on their persons and numerous individuals firing weapons. It appears that these individuals came to the location from areas all around Lake County and outside of Lake County.

Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Larry Harpster reports that two arrests have been made in this shooting incident at Lake Dine & Dance. Detectives have processed the scene and have evaluated evidence which has led to these arrests. One male suspect was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia Friday afternoon after it was discovered that he had left Ohio and was headed south. The United States Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force assisted in developing information that the suspect was in Atlanta, and they utilized the United States Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for assistance there. This male was taken into custody without incident. A second male suspect was taken into custody by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Lake County Adult Probation Department.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is working with area law enforcement to identify and obtain arrest warrants for numerous other individuals we are working to identify from video obtained at the bar. We want to thank the Painesville City Police Detective Bureau for their assistance on this case. Their help has been invaluable.

This case is still under investigation and more arrests are expected. The names of those arrested and charges will be released upon arraignment. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (440) 350-5521.

To note, a renewal objection for the liquor license at the Lake Dine and Dance has been filed with the Liquor Control Board and we are waiting for the hearing to be scheduled. We will be present to provide testimony on this recent incident.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with area law enforcement agencies to combat the growing lawlessness in our area. Such incidents are a small reflection of what we are seeing in large cities. I feel it is important to reflect that the resources of Deputies are severely limited in our townships due to significantly low numbers of deputies. While they do a phenomenal job, their proactive measures in combating crime are limited by staffing numbers. We are working with the area township trustees to address the low numbers of deputies available in each township. The Lake County Commissioners have recently offered to the townships a temporary four (4) year grant program to assist each township in expanding the number of deputies on patrol. We are waiting to hear back from area township trustees.

This press release is not intended to alarm area residents. But as Sheriff I feel it is critical to keep our residents apprised of what is happening in our area so they may stay informed. We regularly release information on our Facebook, twitter (lakeohsheriff), or on our cell phone app “Lake County Sheriff’s Office OH”.

You can always email us your concerns at [email protected]. I check this email a couple of times each day myself to address concerns and get the right people involved to solve issues.

Always be alert and inquisitive of your surroundings. If you see something out of sorts that threatens you safety or security let us know. We are here to assist.

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

“We are the first county in Ohio to offer such a program through our public defender’s office, and it’s been looked on f...
07/11/2021
Lake County creates criminal justice community engagement and outreach program

“We are the first county in Ohio to offer such a program through our public defender’s office, and it’s been looked on favorably by the state. We believe this program will benefit not only the lives of those who are attempting to move beyond the criminal justice system but also will enhance the quality of life in all Lake County communities." - Commissioner John Hamercheck

https://www.news-herald.com/news/lake-county-creates-criminal-justice-community-engagement-and-outreach-program/article_117c88b6-e01f-11eb-a240-6b5fe49b50c8.html

The Lake County commissioners have announced approval of funding for a new Criminal Justice Community Engagement and Outreach Program which will be administered through the Lake County Public Defender’s Office.

Yesterday, I was able to join Commissioner John T. Plecnik, Kathryn Whittington Ashtabula County Commissioner, Ashtabula...
07/10/2021

Yesterday, I was able to join Commissioner John T. Plecnik, Kathryn Whittington Ashtabula County Commissioner, Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski and many others to tour the historic Unionville Tavern. Congratulations to the restoration team on their efforts so far and I look forward to the grand reopening in the future!

Photos from Painesville Farmers Market's post
07/08/2021

Photos from Painesville Farmers Market's post

“The current facility was obsolete from the day it opened and the county is now faced with the challenge of providing th...
07/07/2021
Lake County Corrections Board votes in support of new jail, public safety center

“The current facility was obsolete from the day it opened and the county is now faced with the challenge of providing the proper facilities for the (Lake County) Sheriff's Office that meets our current and future needs” - Commissioner John Hamercheck

https://www.news-herald.com/news/lake-county-corrections-board-votes-in-support-of-new-jail-public-safety-center/article_cc4728e8-de6e-11eb-82e8-679793758c31.html

Members of the Lake County Local Corrections Planning Board voted unanimously to support the sheriff and the Lake County commissioners’ initiative to construct a new jail and public safety center

Last week, I was joined by Kathryn Whittington Ashtabula County Commissioner supporting Summit for Soldiers and Project ...
07/04/2021

Last week, I was joined by Kathryn Whittington Ashtabula County Commissioner supporting Summit for Soldiers and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing - Willoughby, OH Program for one of their monthly outings. These are two amazing programs supporting our veteran communities here in North East Ohio through adventure therapy and group outings. As we celebrate our Independence Day weekend, it is critical that we do not forget who make our freedom possible.

07/01/2021

It's 4th of July week! 🇺🇸 Stock up on fresh produce and yummy treats

I look forward to seeing you all here after our weekly commissioner's meeting!
06/24/2021

I look forward to seeing you all here after our weekly commissioner's meeting!

Our scheduled food truck can't make it Thursday, so Barra De Taco is back with their delicious tacos! 🌮 Be sure to visit the Painesville Recreation table for raffle baskets! 🎟

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the first day of summer!
06/20/2021

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the first day of summer!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the first day of summer!

Wishing a happy Fathers Day to all of our fathers and grandfathers. #fathersday2021
06/20/2021

Wishing a happy Fathers Day to all of our fathers and grandfathers. #fathersday2021

Wishing a happy Fathers Day to all of our fathers and grandfathers. #fathersday2021

Over the past several years working with Begin the Conversation Lake County and the late Bishop Coffee, we have strived ...
06/19/2021
Lake County's new criminal justice initiative aims to help defendants, former inmates re-entering society

Over the past several years working with Begin the Conversation Lake County and the late Bishop Coffee, we have strived to improve outcomes for those who end up in the criminal justice system. With this program, I know we can help our communities and those who are looking to restart their lives!

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-lake/lake-countys-new-criminal-justice-initiative-aims-to-help-defendants-former-inmates-re-entering-society?fbclid=IwAR119gJiCeIU6RawfNFqZXvTe1A0wXSo0ARgirJE3eIwvzw9wxEqR3VQces

Lake County Commissioners signed off on a new initiative to help bridge the gap between the community and the criminal justice system, meant to help those charged with a crime or trying to re-enter society.

With summer right around the corner and farmers markets back in full swing, I hope you will all be able to enjoy the wee...
06/16/2021

With summer right around the corner and farmers markets back in full swing, I hope you will all be able to enjoy the weekly events put on by the Painesville Farmers Market just after our Commissioners meeting.

With summer right around the corner and farmers markets back in full swing, I hope you will all be able to enjoy the weekly events put on by the Painesville Farmers Market just after our Commissioners meeting.

Today, we celebrate the flag of our country and the brave men and women who serve under her in the US Army. Happy 244th ...
06/14/2021

Today, we celebrate the flag of our country and the brave men and women who serve under her in the US Army. Happy 244th Birthday to our Flag and 246th Birthday to the US Army! #flagday #ArmyBirthday

Today, we celebrate the flag of our country and the brave men and women who serve under her in the US Army. Happy 244th Birthday to our Flag and 246th Birthday to the US Army! #flagday #ArmyBirthday

Today, we remember all those brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen who stormed into Normandy as they commenced the great c...
06/06/2021

Today, we remember all those brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen who stormed into Normandy as they commenced the great crusade to liberate the nations of Europe from oppression. #DDay77

Today, we remember all those brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen who stormed into Normandy as they commenced the great crusade to liberate the nations of Europe from oppression. #DDay77

On this Memorial Day, as we enjoy time with friends and family, we should not forget why we have this day. It is for tho...
05/31/2021

On this Memorial Day, as we enjoy time with friends and family, we should not forget why we have this day. It is for those who never come home and now lie in foreign fields, for those who bore the scars of war all their lives. May we never forget their sacrifices. Lest We Forget.

On this Memorial Day, as we enjoy time with friends and family, we should not forget why we have this day. It is for those who never come home and now lie in foreign fields, for those who bore the scars of war all their lives. May we never forget their sacrifices. Lest We Forget.

Thank you to Burgers 2 Beer of Concord for an amazing dinner on #NationalBurgerDay
05/29/2021

Thank you to Burgers 2 Beer of Concord for an amazing dinner on #NationalBurgerDay

Thank you to Burgers 2 Beer of Concord for an amazing dinner on #NationalBurgerDay

As a former auxiliary police officer, I want to join my colleges in remembering all of those officers who gave their liv...
05/15/2021

As a former auxiliary police officer, I want to join my colleges in remembering all of those officers who gave their lives to protect and serve our communities. I hope you will all join me in thanking our offices on this National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

As a former auxiliary police officer, I want to join my colleges in remembering all of those officers who gave their lives to protect and serve our communities. I hope you will all join me in thanking our offices on this National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Thank you to all the men and women who volunteered to protect our nation. #armedforcesday
05/15/2021

Thank you to all the men and women who volunteered to protect our nation. #armedforcesday

Thank you to all the men and women who volunteered to protect our nation. #armedforcesday

I hope you where all able to spend time with your loved ones today. If the last year has taught us anything it is to app...
05/10/2021

I hope you where all able to spend time with your loved ones today. If the last year has taught us anything it is to appreciate time with our families. Happy Mothers Day!

I hope you where all able to spend time with your loved ones today. If the last year has taught us anything it is to appreciate time with our families. Happy Mothers Day!

“Not only today, but every day, we must come together as a community to recognize the important role foster parents play...
05/03/2021
Lake County commissioners recognize May as National Foster Parent Appreciation Month

“Not only today, but every day, we must come together as a community to recognize the important role foster parents play by providing safe and stable homes for children and youth in need. That quality cannot be understated.” - Commissioner John Hamercheck

The Lake County commissioners recently adopted a special resolution recognizing May as Foster Parent Appreciation Month.

Please be aware that this will be occurring tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
04/13/2021

Please be aware that this will be occurring tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

Siren Testing Will be Conducted Tomorrow

Scheduled siren testing will be conducted tomorrow, 14 April 2021. At 11:00 a.m. local emergency sirens will be sounded in Lake, western Ashtabula and northern Geauga counties. A steady siren tone will be heard at this time for approximately three minutes.
Siren testing is part of the local emergency preparedness program, conducted to ensure that the sirens around the Perry Power Plant are working properly.

04/08/2021

PRESS RELEASE …. LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021
REFERENCE THE INCIDENT AT THE PERRY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Lt. Larry Harpster, the head of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Detective Bureau, reports that on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:43 pm, the North Perry Police Department, assisted by the Perry Village Police Department, was dispatched to the Perry Nuclear Power Plant at 10 Center Road in North Perry Village regarding a suspicious male refusing to leave the property. Upon arrival it was found that the male had driven a pickup truck pulling an enclosed trailer to the entrance of the facility. When confronted by plant security, the male claimed to have a bomb in the trailer.

The Lake County Bomb Squad and the Painesville Branch of the F.B.I. were requested to respond. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau was then requested to assist the F.B.I. on the investigation. The truck and trailer were subsequently found not to contain any dangerous ordnance after a detailed inspection by the Lake County Bomb Squad.

The investigation led to the arrest of Michael D. Fogelsong, 33 years old from Adrian, Michigan. Fogelsong has been booked in to the Lake County Jail on the charge Aggravated Trespass, a first-degree misdemeanor. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the investigation.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be continuing this investigation. We want to ensure everyone that there is no ongoing threat or imminent threat to the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. This appears to be an isolated incident.

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

As we begin to reopen and enter the spring months, it remain important to look after your mental and physical health. Th...
04/08/2021

As we begin to reopen and enter the spring months, it remain important to look after your mental and physical health. Thank you to the Lake County ADAMS board for publishing this helpful list.

Following the success of the pilot program last year, I am proud to continue partnering with Auburn Career Center to sup...
04/01/2021
Lake County Emergency Services Telecommunicators Scholarship program moves forward

Following the success of the pilot program last year, I am proud to continue partnering with Auburn Career Center to support the future of our safety services here in Lake County. Lake County is fortunate to not only have world class dispatching services but now it also has the infrastructure to support this standard for years to come.

The Lake County commissioners, with support from the county Clerk of Courts, recently announced the launch of the Lake County Emergency Services Telecommunicators Scholarship.

03/30/2021

Press Release 3/30/21: Lake County to Hold First COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-POD - see details below.

Appointments for the referenced April 7 Vaccine Clinic at Lakeland Community College are open.

This clinic is tentatively scheduled to have Pfizer vaccine, and 16-17 year-olds are welcome to be vaccinated with a parent/guardian present and signed consent form (located on our website) completed.

Please visit our website at https://www.lcghd.org/2019-novel-coronavirus-ncov/covid-19-vaccination/ and click on the Lakeland Clinic link. Our call center is also open until 4:30 pm today for those without internet or needing assistance by calling (440)350-2864.

Thank you to everyone who joined me in a moment of silence during this mornings Commissioners meeting in memory of Offic...
03/23/2021

Thank you to everyone who joined me in a moment of silence during this mornings Commissioners meeting in memory of Officer Eric Talley and the 9 other victims of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

Thank you to everyone who joined me in a moment of silence during this mornings Commissioners meeting in memory of Officer Eric Talley and the 9 other victims of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

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