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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Central Communications Telecommunicators collected an assortment of items and shipped t...
05/04/2021

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Central Communications Telecommunicators collected an assortment of items and shipped them to the Armed Forces serving abroad.
Included were toiletries and several boxes of Girl Scout Cookies! A small gesture of appreciation from our caring employees to those who serve our country.
Thank you LCSO Telecommunicators for thinking of our Men and Women serving our Country in the Military.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Central Communications Telecommunicators collected an assortment of items and shipped them to the Armed Forces serving abroad.
Included were toiletries and several boxes of Girl Scout Cookies! A small gesture of appreciation from our caring employees to those who serve our country.
Thank you LCSO Telecommunicators for thinking of our Men and Women serving our Country in the Military.

This week we celebrate National Corrections Officers week. We want to salute the work of our phenomenal Corrections staf...
05/03/2021

This week we celebrate National Corrections Officers week. We want to salute the work of our phenomenal Corrections staff here at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for the difficult work they do right here in our county. Thank you for your service and for your commitment!

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

This week we celebrate National Corrections Officers week. We want to salute the work of our phenomenal Corrections staff here at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for the difficult work they do right here in our county. Thank you for your service and for your commitment!

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

The Lake County Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone:  MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTHMay is Motorcycle Safety Aw...
05/03/2021

The Lake County Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone: MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With warmer weather, it’s time to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road with motorcyclists.
Riders who have been cooped up all winter are excited to be out on the road again, but that shouldn’t stop them from using caution.
Both motorcyclists and motorists need to be aware of their surroundings. Checking blind spots, mirrors and using turn signals are necessary when changing lanes and when passing.
Distracted driving has been on the rise, too. Distractions during driving could mean the difference between seeing a motorcyclist or not when preparing to change lanes. Don’t let one text change anyone’s life forever!
Riders need to take precautions as well. Take a defensive driving course, wear protective gear and keep your bike in its best working condition. Also, be aware of any road hazards and dangerous weather conditions.
Most of all, enjoy your ride and make it home again!
For more information visit www.nhtsa.gov/safety/motorcycles.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone: MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With warmer weather, it’s time to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road with motorcyclists.
Riders who have been cooped up all winter are excited to be out on the road again, but that shouldn’t stop them from using caution.
Both motorcyclists and motorists need to be aware of their surroundings. Checking blind spots, mirrors and using turn signals are necessary when changing lanes and when passing.
Distracted driving has been on the rise, too. Distractions during driving could mean the difference between seeing a motorcyclist or not when preparing to change lanes. Don’t let one text change anyone’s life forever!
Riders need to take precautions as well. Take a defensive driving course, wear protective gear and keep your bike in its best working condition. Also, be aware of any road hazards and dangerous weather conditions.
Most of all, enjoy your ride and make it home again!
For more information visit www.nhtsa.gov/safety/motorcycles.

UPDATE: The last remaining suspect in this Distraction Burglary investigation we posted in August, 2020 has been sentenc...
05/03/2021

UPDATE: The last remaining suspect in this Distraction Burglary investigation we posted in August, 2020 has been sentenced through Honorable Judge Vincent A. Culotta's court.

On April 26, 2021, 29 year-old Rudy Miller, from Chicago was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years and maximum of 19 years in prison on the following charges: 2 counts of Burglary (second degree Felony's), Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer (third degree Felony), and Attempted Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (second degree Felony).

Great work by all of the law enforcement agencies involved that helped to recover all of the stolen property, including the $10,000 in cash for an elderly Pennsylvania victim. See the original posting below for further details on the case.

Lt. Larry Harpster
Detective Bureau Commander

PRESS RELEASE …. August 11, 2020
DISTRACTION BURGLARIES
Three individuals have been arrested for Burglary and Complicity to Commit Burglary. Rudy Miller (DOB 4-30-91), Rocky Mason (DOB 11-5-91) and Apple Miller (DOB 5-6-94) are in the Lake County Adult Detention Facility awaiting arraignment which is scheduled for tomorrow. All three persons are from the Chicago area.
LCSO Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Larry Harpster reports that on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 1:45 p.m., the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Girdled Road in Concord Township for a report of a distraction burglary. The 73-year old homeowner indicated a black sedan, possibly a Dodge, pulled into the driveway as the resident was working in her yard. Two males exited the vehicle and claimed there had been a water main break in the area. One male was described as a shorter, stocky build Hispanic-looking male wearing a reflective safety vest. The second male was described as thinner male who also had a darker complexion and was Hispanic-looking. The thinner male began talking to the resident while the heavier male began walking to the door of the residence. Despite the resident’s verbal refusal to allow him into the residence, the heavier male entered the home while the thinner male distracted the homeowner by arguing with her. Eventually the resident entered the home and found the heavier male walking throughout her home. The males then left the home and area in the black sedan. The resident found that a charm bracelet was missing from her jewelry box.
On the same date, at 2:31 p.m., a second distraction burglary was reported to this agency at Carter Road in Leroy Township. On this incident, a 90-year old resident was met at his front door by two males with the same description as the Girdled Road incident. The males walked into the unlocked door without being permitted claiming there was a water issue in the area and they began walking through the home. The resident followed the males and then ordered the males out of the home or he would contact the police. The males then left the residence and area in what was described as a black sports car. Nothing had been stolen during this incident.
Just a short time later, Deputies were called to 13165 Carter Road in Leroy Township. The residents here stated two Hispanic-looking males arrived at their home in a black Dodge. The younger looking male met them at their door and claimed he was there inquiring about the Buick they had for sale, however the resident did not own a Buick. The heavier-build male remained in the driver’s seat of the vehicle but told the resident that he had done some roof work at this home, which was also not true. The males were not permitted into the home and left the area.
The Pennsylvania State Police also reported a similar distraction burglary with two males with the same description driving a black Dodge with an out-of-state temporary registration. In this case, the males talked their way into the home of an elderly resident and stole a floor safe containing nearly $10,000 in cash along with other items.
Shortly after 6:00p.m., the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office reported a similar distraction burglary where two males with similar descriptions in a black Dodge 2-door claimed to be from the water company and made entry into their home. Over $6,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from this home. The vehicle left the area on Route 90 westbound.
At 6:20 p.m., Madison Township Police located the suspect vehicle, a black 2012 Dodge Challenger with an Indiana temporary registration. Madison Township Police called for assistance and followed the suspect vehicle to the BP at Vrooman Road. Once the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived, the suspect vehicle fled, almost striking a Sheriff’s Office cruiser. A pursuit ensued westbound on Route 90. Mentor Police Department deployed spikes near the Route 615 exit. The suspect vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed and police lost sight of it near the Route 615 exit from Interstate 90.
A short time later, an Uber driver said he was called to Garfield Park in Mentor to pick up two males and a female. The Uber driver arrived and picked up the three individuals from a black Dodge Challenger. Unbeknownst to the three suspects, the Uber driver had been scanning police channels and heard a pursuit with a black Dodge. The Uber driver took the three whom he described as being of Hispanic descent and dropped them off near the Holiday Inn on Route 306 after refusing their offer of $500 to drive them to Chicago, Illinois. The Uber driver remained in the area and called 911 to report this.
All three occupants of the Dodge Challenger were detained, and the Dodge was impounded. Evidence to several of these cases was later located within the vehicle, including the safe, currency and jewelry. The three occupants were booked in to the Lake County Jail and are awaiting arraignment on Burglary and Complicity to Commit Burglary charges, along with criminal and traffic charges relating to the pursuit for the vehicle driver. Similar cases from multiple counties across northern Ohio and Pennsylvania are being investigated.

UPDATE: The last remaining suspect in this Distraction Burglary investigation we posted in August, 2020 has been sentenced through Honorable Judge Vincent A. Culotta's court.

On April 26, 2021, 29 year-old Rudy Miller, from Chicago was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years and maximum of 19 years in prison on the following charges: 2 counts of Burglary (second degree Felony's), Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer (third degree Felony), and Attempted Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (second degree Felony).

Great work by all of the law enforcement agencies involved that helped to recover all of the stolen property, including the $10,000 in cash for an elderly Pennsylvania victim. See the original posting below for further details on the case.

Lt. Larry Harpster
Detective Bureau Commander

PRESS RELEASE …. August 11, 2020
DISTRACTION BURGLARIES
Three individuals have been arrested for Burglary and Complicity to Commit Burglary. Rudy Miller (DOB 4-30-91), Rocky Mason (DOB 11-5-91) and Apple Miller (DOB 5-6-94) are in the Lake County Adult Detention Facility awaiting arraignment which is scheduled for tomorrow. All three persons are from the Chicago area.
LCSO Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Larry Harpster reports that on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 1:45 p.m., the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Girdled Road in Concord Township for a report of a distraction burglary. The 73-year old homeowner indicated a black sedan, possibly a Dodge, pulled into the driveway as the resident was working in her yard. Two males exited the vehicle and claimed there had been a water main break in the area. One male was described as a shorter, stocky build Hispanic-looking male wearing a reflective safety vest. The second male was described as thinner male who also had a darker complexion and was Hispanic-looking. The thinner male began talking to the resident while the heavier male began walking to the door of the residence. Despite the resident’s verbal refusal to allow him into the residence, the heavier male entered the home while the thinner male distracted the homeowner by arguing with her. Eventually the resident entered the home and found the heavier male walking throughout her home. The males then left the home and area in the black sedan. The resident found that a charm bracelet was missing from her jewelry box.
On the same date, at 2:31 p.m., a second distraction burglary was reported to this agency at Carter Road in Leroy Township. On this incident, a 90-year old resident was met at his front door by two males with the same description as the Girdled Road incident. The males walked into the unlocked door without being permitted claiming there was a water issue in the area and they began walking through the home. The resident followed the males and then ordered the males out of the home or he would contact the police. The males then left the residence and area in what was described as a black sports car. Nothing had been stolen during this incident.
Just a short time later, Deputies were called to 13165 Carter Road in Leroy Township. The residents here stated two Hispanic-looking males arrived at their home in a black Dodge. The younger looking male met them at their door and claimed he was there inquiring about the Buick they had for sale, however the resident did not own a Buick. The heavier-build male remained in the driver’s seat of the vehicle but told the resident that he had done some roof work at this home, which was also not true. The males were not permitted into the home and left the area.
The Pennsylvania State Police also reported a similar distraction burglary with two males with the same description driving a black Dodge with an out-of-state temporary registration. In this case, the males talked their way into the home of an elderly resident and stole a floor safe containing nearly $10,000 in cash along with other items.
Shortly after 6:00p.m., the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office reported a similar distraction burglary where two males with similar descriptions in a black Dodge 2-door claimed to be from the water company and made entry into their home. Over $6,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from this home. The vehicle left the area on Route 90 westbound.
At 6:20 p.m., Madison Township Police located the suspect vehicle, a black 2012 Dodge Challenger with an Indiana temporary registration. Madison Township Police called for assistance and followed the suspect vehicle to the BP at Vrooman Road. Once the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived, the suspect vehicle fled, almost striking a Sheriff’s Office cruiser. A pursuit ensued westbound on Route 90. Mentor Police Department deployed spikes near the Route 615 exit. The suspect vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed and police lost sight of it near the Route 615 exit from Interstate 90.
A short time later, an Uber driver said he was called to Garfield Park in Mentor to pick up two males and a female. The Uber driver arrived and picked up the three individuals from a black Dodge Challenger. Unbeknownst to the three suspects, the Uber driver had been scanning police channels and heard a pursuit with a black Dodge. The Uber driver took the three whom he described as being of Hispanic descent and dropped them off near the Holiday Inn on Route 306 after refusing their offer of $500 to drive them to Chicago, Illinois. The Uber driver remained in the area and called 911 to report this.
All three occupants of the Dodge Challenger were detained, and the Dodge was impounded. Evidence to several of these cases was later located within the vehicle, including the safe, currency and jewelry. The three occupants were booked in to the Lake County Jail and are awaiting arraignment on Burglary and Complicity to Commit Burglary charges, along with criminal and traffic charges relating to the pursuit for the vehicle driver. Similar cases from multiple counties across northern Ohio and Pennsylvania are being investigated.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was pleased to host the Ohio Crime Prevention Association at our agency this week. Law ...
04/30/2021

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was pleased to host the Ohio Crime Prevention Association at our agency this week. Law Enforcement partners from Lake County and northern Ohio came together to network, learn and discuss topics pertaining to how agencies can better educate, serve and keep our communities safe and secure with the intentions of maintaining a high quality of life for our citizens.

The Sheriff’s Office and Law enforcement understands it is vital to focused on meeting the needs of the community and staying ahead of the challenges that may present themselves in the future. Training is an integral part of maintaining high quality service for you.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol HistoryChief Deputy Jeff Sherwood found some great historical photos from our...
04/29/2021

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol History

Chief Deputy Jeff Sherwood found some great historical photos from our Sheriff’s Office history this morning.

In the first photo you see our 1962 Marine Patrol Deputies pictured. L-R back row: John Urban, Mike Genko, Sheriff Edwin Cunningham, Bob Fulton, John Basco L-R front row: unknow, Steve Gazdik ?, Paul Parker, Dwight Engle, Tal Devan.

Photo 2: John Urban with the dive equipment in front of the 1955 Pontiac.

Photo 3: Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol boat from 1962

Photo 4: Sheriff Cunningham, Chief Deputy Dick Amiott and two others in Marine Patrol Boat during the 1960's

Photo 5: Our Marine Patrol vessels today

Photo 6: Members of Marine Patrol today that we recently posted

Photo &: Dive Team in action

Great looking back on or history and thought we would share it with all of you. And if you know who the two (2) deputies pictured in the front row left of the first picture are, please let us know.

As always ... if you have pictures from our history we would love for you to send us copies !

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