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Drug task force's "Operation Clean Sweep Ravenna" nets 31 arrests Friday

Record-Courier Staff Report Published: November 2, 2013 4:00 AM
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In an operation titled "Operation Clean Sweep Ravenna," the Portage County Drug Task Force arrested 31 people in the city of Ravenna Friday morning for allegedly violating state narcotic laws.

The arrests followed a seven-month investigation by the task force.

Task force detectives, aided by members of the Ravenna, Kent, Garrettsville and Hiram police departments, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Metro SWAT, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Adult Parole Authority began executing arrest warrants at approximately 7 a.m. Friday. The 31 individuals were in custody by 10:30 a.m.

According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak and Ravenna Police Chief Tim Adkins, the drug task force made more than 100 narcotic transactions in Ravenna in the past six months.

Purchases of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy and prescription drugs were purchased inside residences, restaurants and on the streets of Ravenna.

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As a result of this investigation, evidence was presented to the Portage County Grand Jury, which returned indictments against 31 individuals. All but one of the those arrested listed a Ravenna address.

During the sweep, the Portage County Department of Jobs and Family Services removed six children whose parents were arrested.

Task force detectives seized six vehicles as part of the operation.

Individuals arrested in Friday's task force sweep include:

Joshuah Refener of 143 Scranton St., Ravenna; Allen and Jeffrey McCormack of 262 Pratt St., Ravenna; Austine Heiney of 513 Leeta St., Ravenna; Heidi Anderson and Lowell Warr of 410 S. Sycamore St., Ravenna;

Dandre Dukes and Adelbert Cobbin Jr. of 3075 S.R. 59, Ravenna; Desiree Greenwood and Frankie Parnell-Echols of 121 Vine St., Ravenna; Shaun Fitzgerald of 1540 Olympus Drive., Kent; Anna Holmes of 109 Van Buren Ave., Ravenna;

Yolanda Jackson of 211 W. Harris St., Ravenna; Jerome Latimer of 600 W. Main St., Ravenna; Tyrece Luttrell, of 518 Ravenna Ave., Ravenna; Justin Piscura of 8335 Infirmary Road, Ravenna;

Rachelle Hunley of 249 Myrtle St., Ravenna; Walter Steele of 418 W. Main St., Ravenna; Tyree Taliaferro of 874 W. Main St., Ravenna; Alex Thomas of 624 Highland Ave., Ravenna;

Greg Underwood Jr. and Michelle Kelton of 506 Clinton St., Ravenna; Jamal Underwood of 846 S. Diamond St., Ravenna; Clifford Watson III of 652 2nd St., Ravenna; Jeff May II and Eva Heckert of 6060 Lakewood Road, Ravenna;

Kyle Corzine of 457 W. Main St., Ravenna; James Manges of 161 E. Cedar St., Ravenna; Alicia Messner of 6441 Ricky Lane, Charlestown; Jasean Kelly of 260 Harris St., Ravenna; Salantino Hereford of 260 W. Harris St., Ravenna.

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trawl Nov 2, 2013 4:44 PM

cents wrote: "Why no charges attached?  hahahaha we know why! Glorified Misdemeanors, look out probation Dept. here they come!"

I think the RC is trying to tell us you have a point.

You notice the RC used a graphic of toy handcuffs?



trawl Nov 2, 2013 12:58 PM

sezwho Wrote: "Looking closer, doing some math and thinking to myself... equals roughly a whopping 1 drug dealer per week ... I think we as taxpayers are getting ripped off"

Doesn't seem worth it does it?

31 arrests Friday morning and by Friday afternoon business picked up someplace else.

By now (Saturday afternoon) some of those "dealers" have been replaced and are building their network(s).

Mowing grass, raking leaves, drug busts, all pretty much the same.

Just saw an unfamiliar vehicle in "The Hood". I guess it's fair to say the customers have already changed dealers.

Life goes on.


nylajean55 Nov 2, 2013 12:48 PM


trawl Nov 2, 2013 12:06 PM

Interesting, unless I'm mistaken I see one or two people with ties to McElrath but no McElrath Allotment addresses. I think none are from Skeels either.

What makes this interesting is in the past the resident RWNJ's in these comments section have carried on about the allotments as though the allotments are the source of all the drug problems in the Ravenna area. In looking through these addresses I see most are from the "nicer" areas of Ravenna.

Does this mean the Allotments have been cleaned out? No, I still see dealings though allot less in the last year or so.

Goes to a few things I've said. That eliminate the source another will take it's place. Make it too hot in one area it will just pop up someplace else. And if this crap was going on in "better" neighborhoods it wouldn't be tolerated. It's easier to blame "those people".

And blaming "those people" or actually anyone misses the point that if there wern't customers there wouldn't be dealers.


Ksd22010 Nov 2, 2013 11:07 AM

It's 2013 stop complaining  about taxes. Good job to everyone involved. 

sezwho Nov 2, 2013 10:44 AM

Looking closer, doing some math and thinking to myself...

31 people arrested after 7 months of work.

That comes out to an average of less than 5 people a month which equals roughly a whopping 1 drug dealer per week!!!    REALLY??

With the long list of police agents involved, if this is the best they can do I think we as taxpayers are getting ripped off. In a big way!!!

cents Nov 2, 2013 9:54 AM

Why no charges attached?  hahahaha we know why! Glorified Misdemeanors, look out probation Dept. here they come!