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Press Release

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Contact: Chief Carozza, (330) 684-5025

Date: Wednesday March 2, 2011

Incident: Shot fired during struggle over firearm

Location: 412 East Paradise Street

Date of Incident: March 1, 2011

Person(s) Involved:

Mylan S. Jones-DeHart, 29 yrs old, 400 N. Mill Street Orrville, Ohio

Agencies Involved: Orrville Police Department


On March 1, 2011 officers of the Orrville Police Department responded to a 911 call from a female at 412 East Paradise Street in reference to a man brandishing a 9mm handgun.

As Officer Nate Maimone and Det. Jaime McGreal arrived on scene, a gunshot was heard from within the residence.  The officers then observed a male run out of the house with a firearm in his hands. The officers drew their weapons and ordered the man, later identified as Mylan Jones-DeHart, to the ground. Jones-DeHart put the handgun down and surrendered to the officers. Officers secured the firearm, a Hi-Point 9mm, and entered it into evidence.

Officers searched the residence and discovered a female inside. She indicated that the firearm was discharged during a struggle with the suspect. A 9mm shell casing was found inside the residence and a bullet hole was discovered in the ceiling.

Jones-DeHart was taken into custody and transported to the Orrville Police Department. Jones-DeHart was later found to be on felony probation for trafficking in cocaine. His probation officer was contacted and his probation was violated. He was transported to the Wayne County jail as a result of the probation violation.

The case will be sent to the prosecutor’s office for consideration of several felony charges.

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Press Release

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Contact: Chief Dino Carozza (330)684-5025
Date: Monday, November 29, 2010

Incident: Inducing Panic
Location: 1035 Morning View
Date of Incident: Monday, November 29, 2010

Agencies Involved: Orrville Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff, Dalton Police Department, Smithville Police Department, Wooster Police Department, Rittman Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Orrville Emergency Squad.

At 2:46 pm the Orrville Police Department received a telephone call from a citizen who was present inside the residence and heard Brian Edward Marock state he ingested an unknown amount of prescription pills to kill himself. Also, the citizen witnessed Mr. Marock place an object to barricade the door to his residence. Additionally, an acquaintance of Mr. Marock informed an officer that Mr. Marock stated he had a .22 caliber handgun and would shoot anyone who came to the door. Mr. Marock was distraught over his relationship with his girlfriend.

Officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter. Negotiators began immediate talks with Mr. Marock. Officers began evacuating numerous citizens from neighboring townhouses to safety. Evacuated citizens had the option to seek shelter at Schmid Hall.

Members of the Orrville Special Response Team arrived on scene and took control of the inner perimeter while negotiations continued. At 5:22 pm negotiators were able to convince Mr. Marock to surrender without incident. The Special Response Team searched the inside of the residence and no one else was discovered inside the residence. However, an air soft handgun was discovered that had the appearance of an authentic handgun.

Mr. Marock was placed under arrest and transported to Dunlap Community Hospital for medical treatment. Mr. Marock was later transported to the Wayne County Justice Center and released to the custody of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. The Wayne County Prosecutors Office will be contacted regarding the filing of charges.


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Burglary Suspect Arrested

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Chief Dino J. Carozza

Friday October 30, 2009- On Thursday October 29, 2009, at 9:08 pm Officers were dispatched to 221 South Elm Apt. F regarding a burglary in progress. The Police Dispatcher remained on the telephone with the person reporting the burglary. The caller followed the suspect on foot and gave the direction the suspect was running to the dispatcher who forwarded the information to responding officers.

Officers observed the caller and the suspect running in the railroad yard south of South Elm Street. Officers exited their cruisers and pursued the suspect on foot. The suspect changed direction and fled north into a fenced in area south of Jefferson Avenue. Officer’s searched for the suspect who was avoiding capture. An officer observed the suspect who began running. The suspect attempted to jump over a fence. The officer ordered the suspect multiple times to stop his attempt to flee, but the suspect failed to obey the officer’s commands to stop. The officer deployed his Taser which was effective and the suspect was arrested by the officer.

The suspect was transported to the Orrville Police Department and processed. During processing of the suspect, two bags of marijuana were found in the clothing of the suspect. The suspect was later transported to the Wayne County Justice Center.      

Officers learned the suspect had stolen a Play Station III video game system including several video games. The value of the Play Station system and games is unknown at this time.


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Vehicles Targeted for Thefts

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment
Capt. M. Birkbeck

Capt. M. Birkbeck

Wednesday October 21, 2009- The Orrville Police Department has detected an uptick in thefts from vehicles in October. In the first 18 days of October, officers have investigated seven instances of items being stolen from parked cars in the city. Furthermore, since this type of crime tends to be underreported, it is believed that there are many more vehicle trespasses taking place. This is a common occurrence during the fall months as the hours of darkness increase and the number of people out in public decreases.

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing notes that “because suburban residential areas are relatively safe and quiet, residents can become complacent about car security. They may leave their car doors unlocked or the keys in the ignition. Oftentimes, their homes’ exterior lighting is wholly inadequate. Overly tall shrubbery and other brush on the premises can provide thieves with cover. An entire neighborhood filled with unlocked cars and poorly lit homes, with plenty of cover, is an inviting scene for a thief.” Residents are asked to keep these factors in mind, and to take steps to reduce the likelihood that your vehicle will be an attractive target for thieves.

In addition to taking steps to prevent thefts from vehicles, residents are asked to report any suspicious activity to the police department. If you believe items were stolen from your vehicle or that someone entered your vehicle without permission, please report these circumstances to the police immediately. Even if you do not wish to file a formal police report, it is important that this information is given to the police department so that patterns of criminal activity can be monitored.

Historically, thefts from vehicles tend to occur in clusters. The current trend appears to be consistent with this pattern. To view the most recent data on known thefts from vehicle’s in Orrville click here.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is encouraged to contact the Orrville Police Department at 330 684-5025 or on the anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 330 684-5151.

Categories: Crime

Churches Targeted for Thefts in Orrville Area

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Wednesday Oct. 14, 2009- Residents are asked to be on the lookout for a male suspect wanted in connection with a string of recent thefts from area churches.

Since Saturday there have been at least three churches in which a male subject has asked to use the restroom. In two  of the three incidents a theft took place.

The suspect is described as being a white male, in his 20’s, between 5’6 and 6′ tall, having sandy brown or blonde hair and light blue eyes. In each of the known incidents the suspect was riding a red bicycle.

Anyone observing a person matching this description or with knowledge of these incidents are asked to contact the Orrville Police Department at 330 684-5025 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 330 684-5151.


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Rite Aid Robbed by Gunman

July 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Friday July 17, 2009 (Orrville)-On Friday, July 17, 2009 at approximately 5:20pm The Orrville Police Department was called to a reported Aggravated Robbery at The Rite Aid Store on S. Main Street.  The suspect was described as a light skinned African American or Hispanic male approximately 5’8 to 6’00 tall.  The suspect held the clerk at gun point and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect left the store and fled on foot.  Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Orrville Police Department at 330-684-5025, or leave a message on the department’s tip line 330-684-5151.  You may remain anonymous.

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Press Release

February 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Teacher arrested, charged with Sexual Battery involving students

(Orrville, Ohio)- Erin M. Speicher, 34, of 810 South Vine Street in Orrville was arrested on Sunday February 8th, 2009 by the Orrville Police Department and charged with Sexual Battery, a 3rd degree felony.

This was in response to a complaint regarding inappropriate sexual conduct with Rittman High School students.

There are multiple alleged incidents. An investigation continues involving Orrville Police, Rittman Police, Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, and Wayne County Children Services in conjunction with the Rittman School District.

Mrs. Speicher was arraigned this morning in Wayne County Municipal Court in Wooster, Ohio.

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Suspect arrested in downtown B&E’s

August 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Man is charged with string of crimes in Orrville


Staff Writer

ORRVILLE — Police say they hope they have managed to put yet another dent in a crime wave of break-ins that has plagued the city this summer.

Police arrested Joshua R. Shelton, 27, of 1111 N. Elm St., Orrville, Thursday. They allege he went on a one-man crime wave late Wednesday and into Thursday, leaving a string of break-ins and attempted break-ins in his wake.

Police Chief Dino Carozza said Monday it appears Shelton attempted to gain entry into an apartment at the Lamplight Court complex on North Ella Street on Wednesday. Failing to gain entry into that apartment where a neighbor reported to police the sound of someone trying to break in, Shelton apparently stole a bicycle from a nearby apartment and rode to the downtown area where Carozza said he broke a window on the east side (rear) of a store in the 100 block of North Main Street to gain access.

Once inside, Carozza said, Shelton used a variety of tools from inside the store to try to gain access to the contents of a safe. Carozza said Shelton was unable to penetrate the safe.

At that point, Carozza said, it appears Shelton kicked open a door that joins another business and took only a small amount of money — described by Carozza as “less than $100.”

Read the full story at the Daily Record website here

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Press Release

August 7, 2008 Leave a comment

OPD Nabs 5 for Breaking and Entering at BP

For immediate release:

On Wednesday August 6, 2008 at approximately 1:10 a.m., officers from the Orrville police department responded to the 300 block of South Main Street to investigate a complaint of glass breaking. Upon arrival at the business, the officers discovered a broken window at the BP gas station located at 304 South Main Street. The officers immediately requested back up from the Dalton police department as well as off duty personnel from Orrville.


The officers secured the scene and canvassed the area for suspects or witnesses. A witness identified a suspicious person observed in the area at the time of this incident. As a result of this tip and the officers’ field investigation, sufficient probable cause was established to arrest Shaun Robinson, 19, Brenden Siedel, 18, and Justin Murphy, 20, and to take into custody the two 17 year old juveniles for breaking and entering at the BP gas station. One of the juveniles was found to have a warrant from Medina County and was later turned over to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.


 The officers also recovered property that was allegedly removed from the business as evidence. The adult suspects were later transferred to the Wayne county jail, where they will await arraignment.



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Breaking and Entering

July 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Orrville sees rash of B&E’s in Business District

July 7, 2008

Orrville-The Orrville Police Department is investigating a string of thefts that have taken place in the downtown business district over the past several weeks. It is believed that these thefts are taking place late at night or in the early morning hours before sunrise. Due to the size and weight of the items stolen, it is believed that there could be more than one suspect involved and that a vehicle, possible a pickup truck, is used to haul the items from  the scene.

The department will be sharing information with surrounding law enforcement agencies in the area to determine if there are similar patterns in other jurisdictions. In the meantime, Chief Carozza is asking that citizens be on the lookout for individuals or suspicious vehicles near businesses after hours and to call the department immediately.


B&E Prevention for Small Businesses 

Make sure all outside entrances and inside security doors have deadbolt locks. If you use padlocks, they should be made of steel and kept locked at all times. Remember to remove serial numbers from your locks, to prevent unauthorized keys from being made.

All outside or security doors should be metal-lined and secured with metal security crossbars. Pin all exposed hinges to prevent removal.

Windows should have secure locks and burglar-resistant glass. Consider installing metal grates on all your windows except display windows.

Remove all expensive items from window displays at night and make sure you can see easily into your business after closing.

Light the inside and outside of your business, especially around doors, windows, skylights, or other entry points. Consider installing covers over exterior lights and power sources to deter tampering.

Check the parking lot for good lighting and unobstructed views.

Keep your cash register in plain view from the outside of your business, so it can be monitored by police during the day or at night. Leave it open and empty after closing.
Be sure your safe is fireproof and securely anchored. It should be kept in plain view. Leave it open when it’s empty, use it to lock up valuables when you close. Remember to change the combination when an employee who has had access to it leaves your business.

Before you invest in an alarm system, check with several companies and decide what level of security fits your needs.

Learn how to use your system properly. Check the system daily, and run a test when closing.

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