(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that more than 200 people turned themselves in during last week's Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Youngstown.
"I am very impressed by the number of people who took action to clear their warrants and clear their names," said Attorney General DeWine. "Most of the people who turned themselves in had the chance to clear low-level warrants. By clearing these warrants, many participants can now begin the process of turning their lives around without worrying about being arrested."
A total of 212 people turned themselves in to officers during the three-day event at Youngstown's First Presbyterian Church.
Misdemeanor Warrants: 159 People 233 Warrants Cleared
Felony Warrants: 7 People 7 Warrants Cleared
No Warrants: 6 People
Total: 212 People 240 Warrants Cleared
Most of the warrants cleared were on charges such as contempt of court, failure to appear in court for traffic violations, and failure to pay fines. Many of the people who turned themselves in without warrants owed court fees.
Law enforcement officials took eight people in to custody. One of those arrested had been listed on the Youngstown Vindicator's Top 5 Most Wanted list on an allegation of possession of criminal tools. Other arrestees were wanted on charges such as failure to pay child support and passing bad checks.
"We could not have pulled off such a successful operation without the help of the local police and government workers," said DeWine. "Nearly 100 volunteers worked long hours to help everyone who walked through the doors."
Agents with the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigations were assisted by officers with the Youngstown, Austintown, Boardman, Canfield and Sebring police departments, as well as officials with the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and Clerk of Courts, Youngstown Municipal Court and Clerk of Courts, Mahoning County Area Courts, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and First Presbyterian Church.
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Jill Del Greco: 614-466-3840