Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sheriff Travis Hutchinson urges parents, “Check sex offender registry before Halloween”

Sheriff Hutchinson judging a costume contest.
Did you know according to statistics, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home. Did you know currently there are over 170 registered sex offenders in Wayne County?

So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, the Sheriff wants parents to have real-time access to information on sex offenders in your area.

“We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Travis Hutchinson.

 While you are on the website, Sheriff Hutchinson encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts. “You can enter your home, school, grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within one mile of any address you register,”

Monday, October 27, 2014

Creston Woman Missing

UPDATE… Oct 28 2014, 5:30PM. Lorrie L. Pratt remains missing. The investigation into this case has shown that Lorrie was seen at a tavern in Wadsworth Ohio during the evening of Oct 25th. At that time she was in the company of a 34 yr old male by the name of Kevin Fisher. The Wadsworth police currently have a missing persons report for Fisher after a friend reported him missing.

Lorrie Pratt did not report to work on Sunday and has not contacted any family members including her 17 year old son. There is no indication that Pratt or Fisher left their homes with anything that would indicate they would be away for an extended amount of time. Anyone with information should contact the Wadsworth Police or the Wayne County Sheirff's Office.

We are currently investigating the disappearance of a 49 year old Creston woman.

Lorrie L. Pratt was last seen on Friday October 24th.  Lorrie drives a 2006 yellow Chevy Cobalt with a license plate number of DJB3308. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 330-287-5701 or e-mail Captain Hunter at
Lorrie Pratt

Friday, October 24, 2014

Burglary suspects caught on camera

Cameras are nearly everyplace and these two daytime burglars are about to learn just how effective cameras and social media can be. These two were caught on camera just moments before breaking the window of this Plain Twp (west of Wooster) home and making entry.

Please take a look at this photo and if you can identify the suspects please give us a call. 330-287-5701 or email Capt. Hunter at

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Over 130 Marijuana plants found by a hunter

Dear Chippewa Twp. marijuana growers...We have your dope (over 130 plants if you are writing this off on your taxes) and makeshift tent after it was found by a hunter yesterday. Lets not forget about those “trail cameras” that many hunters have nowadays! They take pictures of all kinds of folks walking in the woods

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Phone Scams continue. Do not be a victim!

We have issued this warning before but its time for a reminder.

NEVER ... provide your bank account information, Medicare number, Social Security number or any other personal or financial information to unknown individuals over the phone. Remember government officials DO NOT call and request payments via credit cards or wire transfers.

* Wire transfers and prepaid debit transactions cannot be tracked or reversed. Scammers often demand money by wire transfer because it is like sending cash, once the transfer is sent it cannot be undone and the victim is out of the money. Prepaid debit cards are similar to wire transfers, once you give the access numbers to the scammer to remove the funds, they cannot be retrieved. If someone is demanding payment by wire transfer or prepaid debit card, it is a MAJOR red flag that it may be a scam.

* Just because the caller says they are with a branch of the government doesn't mean they are. Take a moment to check your telephone directory, or do a Google search to check if the government entity exists.

* Do not always believe what shows up on the caller ID. Scammers having spoofing technology that can change the name and phone number that shows up. If you are unsure if a call is legitimate, be sure to ask question about the companies name and contact information and research this information before proceeding.

* If a scammer has personal information including your social security number, or you think your identity may be compromised, contact the FTC to report the issue and the three credit bureaus to have a Fraud Alert placed on your report; TransUnion 800-680-7289, Experian 888-397-3742 and Equifax 800-525-6285

* Contact your bank(s) and credit card companies if you believe this information has been compromised

* File a complaint at, they monitor and investigate internet crime and schemes.

* Before doing business with a payday lender, or any other business, check out the company's BBB Business Review at to see its BBB rating, complaint history and more.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Five Juveniles walk away from Christian Children's Home

UPDATE Tuesday Sept 30th 7:53 AM... All five of these juveniles have been located and are safe. Thank you.

  We are currently investigating a case involving five juveniles (3 boys and 2 girls age range 14-16) who have walked away from the Christian Children's Home of Ohio on Armstrong road. We ask that residents in the area be aware of this fact and remove the keys from any vehicles that are parked outside.

Mathew R. Dillon charged with felonious assault

Mathew Dillon
A message from Sheriff Hutchinson…

On Saturday my deputies responded to a horrific crime involving the stabbing of a 93 year old woman who remains in guarded condition. At the time of the initial call, my deputies had few leads. Literally nothing more than a young man driving a red vehicle. I am pleased to say that within hours the suspect was in custody.

Arrested and currently charged with felonious assault, is Mathew R. Dillon age 24 who’s last known address  is 757 Township Rd. 350 Sullivan Ohio. Dillon is currently incarcerated in the Ashland County Jail.

The timeline of this case is as follows…