County Commissioner John Hamercheck

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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.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It was great to meet with the team from the Lake County General Health District and Chief McDonald of the Perry Fire Dep...
03/16/2021

It was great to meet with the team from the Lake County General Health District and Chief McDonald of the Perry Fire Department to discuss all of their efforts at our mobile vaccinations sites. With the help of our local Fire Chiefs, Lake County has been able to distribute thousands of vaccinations to communities across Lake County.

I was proud to join my colleagues yesterday in recognizing March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month and all of ...
03/05/2021

I was proud to join my colleagues yesterday in recognizing March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month and all of the hard work and dedication of the team at the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/ Deepwood. We are very fortunate in Lake County to have their involvement in our community.

I was proud to join my colleagues yesterday in recognizing March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month and all of the hard work and dedication of the team at the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/ Deepwood. We are very fortunate in Lake County to have their involvement in our community.

Photos from Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/ Deepwood's post
03/05/2021

Photos from Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/ Deepwood's post

I hope you will be able to join me for this event on Friday, March 26th for a discussion of how Lake County is working h...
03/02/2021

I hope you will be able to join me for this event on Friday, March 26th for a discussion of how Lake County is working hard to support local businesses and attract new opportunities to our community.

I hope you will be able to join me for this event on Friday, March 26th for a discussion of how Lake County is working hard to support local businesses and attract new opportunities to our community.

It was a pleasure having State Senator Jerry Cirino back in the Commissioner's chamber discussing SB 44. It was great to...
02/05/2021
Cirino, Rulli Introduce Bill to Protect Jobs, Ratepayers and the Environment | Senator Jerry C. Cirino | The Ohio Senate

It was a pleasure having State Senator Jerry Cirino back in the Commissioner's chamber discussing SB 44. It was great to hear about your work to not only protect the communities around the Perry Nuclear Plant but all of the residents of Lake County. I look forward to having you back in Lake County again once the bill makes it way to the Senate Floor.

COLUMBUS—State Senators Jerry C. Cirino (R-Kirtland) and Michael Rulli (R-Salem) this week introduced Senate Bill 44, which repeals the nuclear subsidy included in House Bill 6. 

01/11/2021
Sheriff Leonbruno continues to be a glowing example of professionalism in Law Enforcement. Lake County is blessed to hav...
01/05/2021

Sheriff Leonbruno continues to be a glowing example of professionalism in Law Enforcement. Lake County is blessed to have a leader of his caliber keeping our communities safe.

Sheriff’s Corner…..
From the Lake County Council on Aging BRIDGE Magazine

Why Don’t We Just Give Them Bread and Water in Jail ?

Some have asked “Why don’t inmates just get bread and water in jail, stay locked down in a 4’ x 8’ jail cell 24 hours a day, have no television, no telephone calls, and get no exercise while they are incarcerated? Wouldn’t this keep people from returning to jail and really make them learn a lesson? ” Others have asked “Why not put them in tents and make them wear pink underwear like “Sheriff Joe” in Arizona, the toughest Sheriff in America ?”

It’s a good question, and asked by the many of people who visit the jail each year. The simplest answer is that such housing and feeding deprivations are the least effective ways to bring about rehabilitation and correct criminal behavior.

Think of this scenario. You have been sentenced to live in your living room for the next 10 months. You get to keep your easy chair, television, cable and your comforter. We install a shower and bathroom for your convenience. We bring you three balanced meals a day. BUT you cannot leave the room for 10 months. The first few days you sleep because all of us work two or three jobs to survive today. But all of us have been sick to the point of being bed ridden for 2-3 days. Soon we begin to go stir-crazy. After this we flip on the television and watch our favorite shows. But after 2-3 days even these make us bored and we find out how little of value is on television today. But we still have 9 ¾ months to go … and we still can’t leave the living room. Soon our children tell us they are going out for the night. We tell them to be back by 10 or 11pm. They laugh and tell us we are in the living room and really can’t do anything about it. Maybe they will be back at 1am, 3am, or maybe not all night. They will deal with the consequences in 10 months when we “get out”. Our employer, as expected, terminates our employment because we don’t show up to work. We begin to worry about the good paying job we just lost, and wonder how we will get such a good job in this market when we “get out” of the living room. Soon the mortgage company, the car company, the credit card companies begin to call looking for payments. We tell them of our predicament and explain we will catch up as soon as we start working again in 8-9 months, and ask them to just be patient. Of course they can’t wait and begin to turn off the gas and electric, repo the car, and foreclose on the mortgage.

As you can see the punishment is not in the housing, it is based in the lack of control of one’s life. People who are incarcerated are punished by loss of freedom, loss of income, loss of family, not by the housing conditions. Housing conditions help out the jail and its staff, as well as the taxpayers in order to efficiently house, punish, and rehabilitate offenders who are in jail. If inmates are not fed properly they become sick. When they are sick it is the jail that has to care for them with doctors and/or nurses, prescriptions, hospital stays. And medical treatment is expensive. Such treatment is not optional, it is mandated by law. Failure to properly care for the inmate population results in litigation which is costly, and civil findings can be very expensive to a County and its taxpayers.

Many people speak about a Sheriff out west as being the “toughest Sheriff in the United States” and how he makes inmates wear pink underwear, live in tents, and eat spoiled green bologna sandwiches. But what you do not hear is that lawsuits brought against that Sheriff by employees, former employees, inmates, and the families of dead inmates have cost the county millions. One lawsuit cost that County 8 million dollars, and the County had a million dollar deductible. Those deductibles come from the County, paid for by the taxpayers. Not to mention the fact that every person in jail has family (mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children, sisters, brothers) who are not criminals, but still love and care for their loved ones who are incarcerated. If it were your family member, would you want them abused?

The fact is that exercise programs, proper nutrition, proper housing and humane treatment saves the County money, lowers insurance rates, and most importantly, enables rehabilitation. It is estimated that 50% of the crimes in Ohio have drugs or alcohol related to the crime. Simply locking a person up for 3 months, 6 months or a year, does not solve drug or alcohol addiction. Under such conditions we simply return addicts back to the streets and to their children in worse shape than when they first arrived. These released inmates are still addicted, now jobless, and still untrained, ready to continue to prey on our citizens.

Since the inception of our drug and alcohol treatment program in jail in 1993 it is estimated that inmates who complete the program (along with proper diet and exercise) have a 60%+ success rate of recovery. Private programs see success rates as low as 20-30%. The jail makes significant inroads by using the time people are incarcerated to retrain them to be better prepared for employment, and thus better able to support their families and get them off of public assistance. GED programs have been designed for jail inmates and they have seen significant success in offenders obtaining their GED’s. Combined with treatment for addictions, this brings a significant success rate for returning offenders back to our communities better then when they first came to our doors under arrest.

One would be remiss not to mention the significant problem of the mentally ill in our justice system. It is estimated that there are 33% more mentally persons incarcerated today, than there are in our mental hospitals. The number of schizophrenics, manic depressives, and other mental disorders populating our homeless communities, and the homes of our neighbors burdened by the lack of affordable care, are arriving at the doors of jail in increasing numbers. The work of retired Sheriff Dunlap, Judge Trebets, the ADAMHS Board, and all of the legal and criminal justice community has made significant impacts on building a better and safer community by helping deal with their plight.

Simply put, locking up offenders alone does not effectively deal with crime in our communities. It only delays the problem by isolating the offender for a short period of time, and then returning the criminal back to the community in a worse state then when they first arrived at the doors of the jail.

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

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