The woman killed in Windham Township during a confrontation involving neighbors and law enforcement officers was identified as 66-year-old Cora Baughman, according to an Akron Beacon Journal report.
State agents are investigating an incident that left a woman dead after a Portage County Sheriff’s deputy and Garrettsville police officer responded to a dispute between neighbors in Windham Township.
A 59-year-old Suffield man, Donald Small, has been charged with murder after deputies found his wife dead from knife wounds at their Winterhaven Drive home on Monday, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office will be giving a half dozen tours of the Portage County Jail throughout January, hoping to “educate and strengthen the knowledge” of people in the community interested in their operations, they announced on their Facebook page.
The sheriff’s office did not disclose how many deputies fired, how many shots they fired or how much time elapsed between arriving on the scene and firing their weapons. Spidalieri declined to provide The Portager with information beyond what he disclosed in the press release, including the names of the deputies.
Portage County commissioners approved multiple collective bargaining agreements with unionized sheriff's office employees on Thursday, authorizing across-the-board raises.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office is seeking another $1.7 million from taxpayers to hire 13 new corrections officers to staff the massive expansion at the county jail, which cost $21 million and has never been full since construction finished in December.
Christian-Bennett is concerned about the sheriff’s swelling price tag: ‘There's going to be more and more people coming to us for money. … Why shouldn't they come to us?’ Kline and Badalamenti believe the sheriff’s requests are necessary.
The sheriff's office is hoping to give raises, update radio equipment, increase jail personnel and upgrade protective gear. Only Commissioner Vicki Kline was present in the room during the meeting.
Portage County officials have raised concerns about key parts of the sheriff’s sweeping budget reforms, which call for a spending increase of $2.9 million over three years to cover raises, new hires, facilities repairs and new equipment. Meeting with county commissioners for the first time since taking office two months ago, Sheriff Bruce Zuchowski and Chief Deputy Ralph Spidalieri laid out a proposal to expand their fleet so that every deputy has a vehicle.