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Operating as usual

Edward A. Kelly IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer
01/09/2021

Edward A. Kelly IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer

Today is #nationallawenforcementappreciationday Thank you to our Brothers & Sisters in blue for all you do! #ThinBlueLine #RedHonoringBlue #OurIAFF #IAFF #Firefighters #police #PoliceOfficers

This week we had had the honor of swearing in each member of our Lake County Sheriff’s Office as the new term as Sheriff...
01/08/2021

This week we had had the honor of swearing in each member of our Lake County Sheriff’s Office as the new term as Sheriff begins.

Chief Jeff Sherwood, myself and the entire administrative staff believe that every member of this Office is essential, critical to our ability as a Sheriff’s Office to meet the needs of our Lake County community. We cannot exist as Sheriff’s Office without all our members who answer 9-1-1 and get Deputies to people who need them. Our Courts cannot operate safely without the security our Deputies provide, who make hearings safe and transport inmates from the jail and to our prison systems. It is our Corrections staff who safely house those who are a threat to our community and who have violated the law, working hard to return inmates back to society better then when they first arrived. Detectives handle more involved cases and are the bridge from the Road to the courts, working together to bring justice to victims. Our clerical staff serve as the glue to track the legal paperwork, maintain schedules, court documents, warrants and so much more. The list is endless. Our medical staff, mental health staff, dive team, Swat unit, boat patrol and volunteers in every area of operation are essential. And none of us could do our work without the support of each other, the total collective that is the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

It is an oath by each of us to be an active member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, to be part of a noble effort to serve our community that is so much bigger than any one of us as individuals. Upon taking the oath each received our Sheriff’s Challenge coin. On one side is imprinted the values that we as individuals and as a collective Sheriff’s Office stand for; Honor, Integrity, Respect, Commitment, Honesty, and Integrity. Taking a moment at the beginning of 2021 is critical so that we as a group publicly swear our oath of commitment to each other that we will uphold these values to each other, to our community, and that we recognize we are part of something bigger then ourselves.

Our mission: "As the guardians of society's laws, we ensure the highest quality of life, safety and security for all people while responding to the public's needs in a caring, courteous and professional manner." As each of us takes our oath we remember the impact we make on the lives of our families and our community, and may we think deeply about the commitment we make to each other.

We are extremely proud of the members of our Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Chief Jeff Sherwood and I proud to serve alongside them today and every day !

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno
Chief Deputy Jeff Sherwood

Update:   Roads open.    PAINESVILLE CITY: BE ADVISED RAILROAD TRACKS ON LIBERTY ST, S STATE ST. , AND BANK ST ARE ALL B...
01/06/2021

Update: Roads open. PAINESVILLE CITY: BE ADVISED RAILROAD TRACKS ON LIBERTY ST, S STATE ST. , AND BANK ST ARE ALL BLOCKED BY STOPPED TRAIN. CREW ON SCENE.

Case Updates:  Often we report when crimes occur but do not get back with everyone on how the case was adjudicated.  Som...
01/04/2021

Case Updates: Often we report when crimes occur but do not get back with everyone on how the case was adjudicated. Some times the judicial process is long in the interest of justice and new crimes come to the forefront. But we want to do our best to also bring you the case resolutions on some of those arrests so our citizens are aware of justice served.

Below is one involving the 2019 arrest of Richard Gau and the case overview by Lt. Larry Harpster, the Commander of our Detective Bureau.

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno
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In October, 2019 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of Richard R. Gau, a 55 year old Painesville Township resident for his involvement in 14 Breaking & Entering reports throughout the area. Richard Gau was later convicted on all of these charges which included the following victims (some of which he broke into on multiple occasions):

• Red Creek Bar & Grille- Painesville Township
• Redhawk Grille- Concord Township
• American Legion Post #336- Painesville City
• AMVETS Post #109- Mentor on the Lake
• VFW Post #6519- Chardon
• VFW Post #7754- Fairport Harbor
• AMVETS Post #40- Mentor
• AMVETS Post #1971- Perry Village

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office worked with Painesville City Police, Mentor on the Lake Police, Chardon Police, Fairport Harbor Police, and Perry Village Police on this investigation.

On December 21, 2020, Richard Gau was sentenced to prison on these charges through the Lake County Court of Common Pleas to 56 months, with restitution to be paid by Gau to each of the victims.

Lt. Larry Harpster #43

Food for Thought
01/04/2021

Food for Thought

Sheriff’s Corner…..From the Lake County Council on Aging BRIDGE MagazineWhy Don’t We Just Give Them Bread and Water in J...
01/04/2021

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

Here are some members of our Corrections team from today’s swearing in ceremony.
12/30/2020

Here are some members of our Corrections team from today’s swearing in ceremony.

We want to introduce our Lake County citizens to the newest members of our Sheriff’s office.  Today was an exciting morn...
12/30/2020

We want to introduce our Lake County citizens to the newest members of our Sheriff’s office. Today was an exciting morning at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. We promoted a new Deputy Sergeant and hired new officers full-time in Road Patrol, Corrections and Central Communications.

Ryan Kirschner was promoted to Deputy Sergeant Ryan Kirschner. He began his career with our Office four years ago and has served as Deputy Sheriff, Training Officer and most recently in our Detective Bureau. We are excited as he begins his new leadership role!

Sworn in today as our newest Sheriff’s Office team members are:

Telecommunicator Sarah McCullough
Correction Officer Harlan Mitchell
Correction Officer Nigel Arnold
Correction Officer Philip Kline
Correction Officer Carmel Cameron
Correction Officer Dana Fearing
Correction Officer Snezana Cupac
Correction Officer Kathleen Suplita
Deputy Sheriff Bryant Matthews

Congratulations to everyone. We welcome you to our Office and look for great things in your future.|

Sheriff Frank Leonbruno
Chief Deputy Jeffrey Sherwood

(A special note, Officer Philip Kline is the son of retired Correction Officer Ronald Kline who began his career with our Office back in 1989 and retired in 2015. Ron passed away this year and so it is particularly meaningful to welcome Philip to our Office.)

New Scam in our area....A new scam has come into the area apparently, where a male with a slight middle eastern accent i...
12/29/2020

New Scam in our area....

A new scam has come into the area apparently, where a male with a slight middle eastern accent is calling from 440-350-5500 claiming to be Lt. Ron Walters. ( We do not have a Lieutenant Walters, ours is a Captain). During the call this person provides information about the potential victim and then claims they have a warrant for their arrest. The scammer then requests that they buy Money Pack’s. They then have the victim read the activation numbers to him over the phone. Then caller the tells them to proceed to the post office. From there the scammer tells the victim to mail the receipts to the United States Treasury Office and write in the corner “No postage needed”.
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Don’t fall victim to this scam or any other.

Police do not call you and tell you have a warrant, they will just show up and arrest you.

Police will not ask you to buy gift cards, money packs or anything if the sort. And neither will the IRS, Social Security, or any other Federal agency.

When in doubt call the police before you give your money away to anyone over the phone.


Sgt. Zak Ropos #50
Lake County Sheriff Office
104 E. Erie St.
Painesville, Ohio 44077

Be sure to follow the Lake County Narcotics Agency on Facebook!
12/29/2020

Be sure to follow the Lake County Narcotics Agency on Facebook!

NARCOTICS AGENTS SERVE SEARCH WARRANT IN MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE:

Acting on complaints from residents, the Lake County Narcotics Agency began a two-month investigation into drug trafficking at an apartment in the 5800 block of Buckeye Lane in Mentor-on-the-Lake.

On December 10, 2020 in the afternoon hours, narcotics agents and Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Officers served a search warrant at the apartment in question. MDMA tablets and nearly one-half ounce of cocaine were seized, along with more than $7,000.00 in cash.

Multiple charges of felony drug trafficking, trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, and felony possession of drugs will be filed against a 21 year-old female resident of the apartment.

This investigation highlights the positive results that come from working with the community and our local police partners.

ROAD CLOSURE : GIRDLED ROAD IN LEROY TWP IS CLOSED BETWEEN CALLOW AND PAINESVILLE WARREN DUE TO A STRUCTURE FIRE. PLEASE...
12/28/2020

ROAD CLOSURE : GIRDLED ROAD IN LEROY TWP IS CLOSED BETWEEN CALLOW AND PAINESVILLE WARREN DUE TO A STRUCTURE FIRE. PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA.

We would like to thank ATA Karate in Painesville Twp. for donating their old mats to the Sheriff’s Office defensive tact...
12/27/2020

We would like to thank ATA Karate in Painesville Twp. for donating their old mats to the Sheriff’s Office defensive tactics program. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

PAINESVILLE TWP: HALE RD IS CLOSED FROM LYNDALE RD TO PARK RD DUE TO A WATER MAIN BREAK BEING REPAIRED. PLEASE AVOID ARE...
12/26/2020

PAINESVILLE TWP: HALE RD IS CLOSED FROM LYNDALE RD TO PARK RD DUE TO A WATER MAIN BREAK BEING REPAIRED. PLEASE AVOID AREA

WINTER STORM UPDATE:Issued by the National Weather Service at 7pm on December 25th——————————-...Lake Effect Snow To Cont...
12/26/2020

WINTER STORM UPDATE:
Issued by the National Weather Service at 7pm on December 25th
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...Lake Effect Snow To Continue Across Northeast Ohio And Northwest Pennsylvania Tonight... .The heaviest lake effect snow across the primary snowbelt is expected to occur late this evening and overnight. By late tonight into tomorrow morning, the heaviest lake effect bands will transition primarily offshore and into Buffalo's area as the orientation becomes more southwest to northeast. Moderate snow intensity is expected with snowfall rates around an inch per hour where squalls persist. Westerly winds with gusts to 35 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow, which could significantly reduce visibility. The strongest winds will be confined to the lakeshore. Temperatures in the teens and 20s this evening will drop into the lower to middle teens tonight. Wind chills will fall into the single digits to perhaps below zero this evening and overnight. *

WHAT...Heavy snow occurring. Additional snow accumulations of up to 7 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. *

WHERE...Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Ashtabula Inland and Ashtabula Lakeshore counties. *

WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Saturday. *

IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. *

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Highest additional snow accumulations will be located across eastern Cuyahoga, Lake, northern Geauga, and the northern half of Ashtabula. Snowfall rates up to an inch per hour can be expected in the heaviest bands.

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