West Side Police News & Notes
Addresses of sex offenders checked
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Summit County Adult Probation Department and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, recently conducted address verifications of registered sex offenders who live in Summit County.
Sheriff’s officials said more than 365 residences were checked during the two-day operation.
The investigation revealed nine offenders had moved and failed to report their change of address and others that need further investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office works continuously to locate and validate the residency of 1,112 registered sex offenders in the county, according to agency officials. Anyone with information regarding a sex offender may contact the sheriff’s Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (ESORN) Unit at 330-643-2113.
Summit County participates in statewide domestic relations summit
COLUMBUS — With a goal of minimizing conflict for Ohio children and families, teams of domestic relations court judges and their justice system partners from around Ohio attended a statewide summit April 24-25 to assess their case management systems, examine resources and share promising practices.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor charged domestic relations judges to lead a delegation of four additional key leaders from their communities who have the vision and ability to effect real change in the lives of children and families in transition.
A team representing Summit County participated in the two-day statewide summit. The team was led by Summit County Domestic Relations Court Judge John Quinn and Judge Carol Dezso. Also on the team were Court Administrator Ken Teleis, Magistrate Sharon Dennis, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joe Fantozzi, attorney/mediator Howard Walton and guardian ad litem Joan Shaffer.
To evaluate the current state of their court, teams completed an assessment of their local case-management practices by identifying tasks that each party performs to advance a case through the entire case-flow process. In addition, teams analyzed the case management for steps that can be streamlined, combined or reorganized; assessed their resources to ensure their optimal use; and identified challenges and solutions.
According to court officials, the summit was envisioned as a way to shine a light on Ohio’s domestic relations courts, which have jurisdiction over all proceedings involving divorce or dissolution of marriages, annulment, legal separation, spousal support and allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of children.
In a press release, Quinn described the summit as “two days devoted to making our court the best it can be for the families who come to us for help as they adjust to a new normal.”
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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