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Windham murder suspects held on $1 million bond

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: November 27, 2012 4:00 AM
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Two Portage County residents remain in the Portage County jail on $1 million bond, charged in the Thanksgiving Day murder of a Windham man police say is the estranged husband of one of the suspects.

Traci Y. Wolfe, 40, of 10540 Oak St., Paris, and Thomas W. Walters, 43, of 3153 Polly Road, Shalersville, were arraigned via video Monday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. Judge Mark Fankhauser set bond at $1 million cash for both.

They are charged with the Nov. 22 murder of Blake A. Wolfe, 37, of 9302 W. Center St. He was found dead in his home that day by Windham police, who investigated along with Portage County sheriff's detectives and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and arrested Traci Wolfe and Walters the following morning.

Both Traci Wolfe and Walters requested to be interviewed for court-appointed counsel. They remain held in the Portage County jail pending future court dates.

During her arraignment, Traci Wolfe asked Fankhauser if she could be released from jail so she could be "escorted to the funeral of my husband.

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A woman sitting in the courtroom pointed at Traci Wolfe on the video screen and screamed "No you won't!" Fankhauser told the woman she would be removed from the courtroom if she had another outburst, then denied Traci Wolfe's request.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, who requested the high cash bond, called Blake Wolfe's death a "premeditated and brutal murder."

Vigluicci declined further comment after the hearing.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Friday morning in Judge Kevin Poland's courtroom. Additional charges are possible once the case is heard by a Portage County grand jury and assigned to a judge in Portage County Common Pleas Court.

An autopsy was conducted on Blake Wolfe's body by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday. An official cause of death has not been released by authorities.

Portage County court records show Blake and Traci Wolfe were married in July 2011. Blake Wolfe was twice arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges -- once in January for choking and hitting Traci Wolfe, according to Windham police, and once in September for allegedly telling his wife during a verbal argument that he would "crush her skull," according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

In the case from January, Blake Wolfe pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. A jail term was suspended on the condition he pay a $100 fine and attend alcohol addiction recovery meetings for six months and have no similar offense for two years.

The charge from September still was pending in municipal court at the time of his death.

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anonymous Dec 3, 2012 10:46 PM

Traci dyson should of never been on the streets let alone near my babies u want truth I got truth..dusty wolfe

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 10:53 PM

i hope that lilly is in a good place bc i swear that was the sweetest and funniest little girl ever!! R.I.P. BLAKE WOLFE you were awesome.. and you were **** good at racing

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 3:54 PM

I was in that for mentioned institution with Traci and we talked a lot and she was a very angry person. She never mentioned murder but she had shear hatred for her husband.

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 3:47 PM

Blake was always generous to my wife and I. He never turned us down when we needed work done on our car for little or no pay. I'll never understand the reason for this hideous act toward a man who was adored by his children and friends. Our prayers go out to the Wolfe family. May God comfort you.

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 1:37 PM

I hope this woman rots in ****!!! As being the x wife of Mike Rushnok, and stepmother to Zack(R.I.P) She made everyone around her's life a living ****, i witnessed this first hand. So sad that someone had to lose thier life over this wack job, I pray for his family and children, Hopefully justice will be served, just dont think i should have to work 12 hr days to put a roof over her head, and feed her!!! Thank God she was caught!!!

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 12:00 PM

Wow, and I thought my sisters in law were twisted ... they aren't allowed here and Wife stays away from them ... Reading the comments here I think Wolfes safest place is behind bars and hidden away from those who know her .... Don't do anything stupid, enough lives have been buggered.

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 11:32 AM

I think Traci is very manipulative. The comments that keep getting posted just prove how demented she really is. She is not "insane" or "crazy" she is manipulative. She knows exactly what she is doing and thinking. I too have heard the story about her being a midwife. I have heard she had breast cancer and had to have a masectomy. It is always one lie right after the other. For Blake Wolfe I was nothing more to him than a "step sister". My kids loved their Uncle Blake and we had the best time working on the race car in the garage all night long every weekend. I seen too many times Traci flip out and Blake just say to her knock it off Trace. Not now Tracy. I NEVER see him get violent with her. My husband and I even went up there after they spent 5 days with us because Blake called and Traci had beat the **** out of him. We brought him back to our place and she went with my mom to her place. We begged him then to press charges on her and all he could say was NO I can't risk losing my kids. It was ALWAYS about the kids. I hope it eats at her every day while being in there. NOt only did she take Blake from his kids but she left her kids without a mother. It is a sad tradgedy and He will be missed!! I think the media needs to quit dragging Blake threw the mud as an abuser and start asking people what they know. THey will learn very quickly who the abuser was and still is!!! Everyone needs to FIGHT for justice for Blake and FIGHT that the courts see the truth on who is the manipulator and violent person and who the VICTIM is!!!

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 10:57 AM

I too know Traci as Dyson. She was a spoiled brat back then and it seems that she's taken that term to a whole new level. I can't believe she had the audacity to ask to attend Blake's funeral. She's just trying to act crazy so she can use the insanity plea.

As she was recently released from an institution,I believe she's been planning this for a very long time so she could plead insanity. They BOTH deserve the maximum penalty for what they've done. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. I also believe the Windham police department failed them as well. It's a case of b/c it was a man being abused they didn't believe it. Too little too late for teamwork don't you think?

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 9:54 AM

she will burn for this crime. she better best beleive judge pittman will put her away for the rest of her life? and she will meet ppl that are a lot slicker and slimy. so she will be at home where she belongs marysville ohio

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 9:32 AM

how pityful a man lost his life

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 9:32 AM

how pityful a man lost his life

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 7:08 AM

Seems like Traci had many men, among them Jack Barnes Jr, Michael Rushnok and ? Martinez. She was convicted of domestic violence in 1993 when she was known as Traci Dyson. That same year she made two domestic violence complaints against Jack Barnes Jr, both of which were dismissed.

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 6:38 AM

I am so glad this woman, Traci Wolfe, is behind bars she has caused pain to a number of families throughout the years. She is the mother of our Grandchild Zachary Dunn, That name Dunn was put on birth certificate for spite so we could not have access to our grandson. We were threatened by Traci's Stepfather that if our son comes near the hospital we may not have a son. Traci resurfaced when Zachary was 12 from Florida requesting child support. She has a history of threatening men-breaking into homes. She broke into our home at age 16 we woke up in time she was coming up our staircase and we woke up -she ran out the front door down the street -her mother admitted to us it was traci 3 weeks later. She convinced many people that she was a midwife had went to school in Florida it was all a lie -she never attended medical school. We thought we were receiving letters from our grandson -we found out a year later it was Traci pretending to be Zachary. She is very very deceitful-we had heard she had pressed charges against Zachary for child molestation-we called Florida for information we could never get any information about Traci. Zacary came to Ohio to start life over he committed suicide a year later in Newton Falls, Ohio. The BCI did a background check on Traci Martinez Wolfe and said, Zachary did not have a good life they could not reveal what they found in her background but it was 9 inches thick. They told Zachary's real father, Michael Rushnok that Zachary did not have a chance and that we would be shocked to find out what was in that File. Traci has reeked havoc everywhere she has went and destroyed lives -I say all this that these records might be introduced for evidence -We fear that this woman may get out of this charge by shear manipulation.

anonymous Nov 27, 2012 6:24 AM

I'm surprised they even brought charges. These people have no money so what kind of fine do the expect to collect? And as far as concerns about justice, when did the prosecutor start caring about that?