Brimfield police arrest 2 adults, take 20 juveniles into custody underage drinking following Meloy Road party

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Two adults were jailed and 20 juveniles detained and later released to their parents after Brimfield police shut down a loud party where alcohol allegedly was served to minors at a house in the 2200 block of Meloy Road on Saturday night.

Officers initially were called to respond to 2269 Meloy Road for a report of a fight, Brimfield police Capt. Chris Adkins said Monday. As officers arrived, "people started scattering, hiding here and there, and we started wrangling them up."

No injuries were reported, Adkins said. Arrested and charged with 20 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors, was Sherri K. Chicko, 45, of 2269 Meloy Road. Arraigned Monday in Portage County Municipal Court, she was freed on bond pending future court dates.

Arrested on a fugitive warrant out of Oklahoma was William J. Simerson, with a last known address in Spiro, Okla. He was ordered held on 10 percent of $50,000 bond in the Portage County jail on a fugitive warrant for uttering a forged instrument, according to Brimfield police and court records.

Adkins explained that "uttering" is when you give a forged item such as a check or money order to another person. He said he didn't have specifics of the complaint against Simerson.

Sixteen juveniles ages 16 and 17, and four 18-year-old males also were taken into custody by police. They may also face charges, though none were immediately available in online court records on Monday.

Officers also seized 14 small marijuana seedlings found growing in an aquarium inside the house, Adkins said. The Kent Police Department assisted Brimfield by sending an officer and a prisoner transport vehicle to bring the adults and juveniles to the Brimfield police station on Tallmadge Road, Adkins said.

Additional charges, including tampering with evidence, cultivation of marijuana and others, could be filed once the case is reviewed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office or a Portage County grand jury.

Adkins said initial reports that 25 people were arrested were mistaken. He said he wrote the number in a Facebook post from his memory of reading the reports from Saturday night's busts.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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