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Suspect in custody for Kent hit-skip fatality

By Dan Pompili | Staff Writer Published: July 22, 2014 4:00 AM
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A Rootstown woman suspected of causing a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian on North Water Street in downtown Kent on Thursday is in custody.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Portage County Municipal Court and the Portage County Jail, Allison E. Barton, 22, of 7468 Tallmadge Road, Edinburg, was arrested Thursday and charged with failure to stop after an accident or collision, a first-degree misdemeanor.

She was arraigned Friday in municipal court, where she pleaded not guilty.

Barton remains in jail in lieu of $8,000 cash bond. Conditions of her release are that she be placed on a SCRAM-X alcohol monitoring device, according to court records.

The complaint, filed by Kent police detective Norm Jacobs, alleges that Barton was responsible for the crash that occurred that morning at 162 N. Water St. in Kent, the site of Star of the West Milling Co. Killed in the crash was Richard Schoepe, 37, of Rootstown, a mill employee for 15 years.

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The crash occurred about at 10 a.m. and 20 minutes later, Brimfield police stopped a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle about two miles away. They detained Barton and waited for Kent police to arrive and take her into custody.

Court records also show Kent police obtained a search warrant for Barton after her arrest. That is typical in traffic fatalities, when the driver may be tested for alcohol or drugs.

Schoepe was pronounced dead at Akron City Hospital at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Kent police declined to comment on or confirm the arrest, but Portage County Sheriff's Office documents show that Barton was booked into the Portage County jail at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The crash remains under investigation by Kent police, and is the second traffic-related fatality in Portage County this year.

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daveobrien Aug 4, 2014 1:31 PM

SICKOFITALL - Aggravated vehicular homicide charges have been filed following the completed investigation.

- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

lily67 Jul 22, 2014 7:23 PM

you got that right anoymous 5003 i hope this person rots in **** & hopefuley justice will prevail

MisterHAPPY Jul 22, 2014 12:56 PM

Something's not right here.......... "charged with failure to stop after an accident or collision, a first-degree misdemeanor"     Shouldn't it be..... AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE?......Portage countys' good ole boys network....obviously someone knows someone??????

Just saying.....I could be wrong