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…

Sheriff to identify suspect in stabbing case at 2pm press conference.

Sheriff Travis Hutchinson will be holding a press conference at 2PM today. At that time he will identify the suspect who has been arrested and charged for the stabbing of the 93yr old woman.
The location of the press conference will be the Wayne County Justice Center located at 201 W. North St. Wooster Ohio 44691.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Deputies continue to gather evidence in stabbing case.

September 28th 1:15 PM

Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson announced that deputies continue to gather evidence in the case involving the stabbing of a 93 year old Chester Twp woman who remains hospitalized with serious injuries after being attacked in her home by a stranger.

The suspect a 24 year old Ashland man was arrested in Ashland County saturday evening on an unrelated matter and is currently being held for questioning in the Ashland County jail. 

Sheriff Hutchinson states that his deputies are working with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol to draw this case to a conclusion. “ Crimes of violence are always troubling but are more so when the victim is an elderly woman. This is a serious matter and we will leave no stone unturned as we continue this investigation" said Sheriff Hutchinson. 

Sheriff Hutchinson stated it is the policy of the office to withhold suspect information until the suspect is formally charged. Charges in this case could come as early as Monday afternoon and no further information will be released on this matter until that time.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Deputies investigate the stabbing of 93 year old woman

UPDATE.. As of 7:30 pm a suspect is in custody. Further details will be released as this case develops.

 The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the stabbing and assault of a 93 year old Chester Twp. woman.

Deputies responded to the woman home in the 5400 block of Bates road shortly after 4pm today. Upon arrival the woman told deputies that attacker was a young white male who was seen driving a red vehicle.

The victim stated that the man came to the door asking for gasoline and when she told him that she had none, the man attacked her causing serious injuries. While the woman stated that the man was holding a stick-like object, at this time it is unknown what the man used as a weapon. The woman was transported to a local hospital and is currently being treated for her injuries.

We feel that this suspect may have targeted other homes in the area. If you have had a stranger come to your door recently asking for gas, directions or any other story please call 330-287-5701 and share your information. You may also e-mail Capt. Hunter at

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Over 160 gather for Sheriff's Meeting

Sheriff Hutchinson recognizing those responsible for raising funds for a new K9

On Tuesday Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson hosted the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association meeting for the Northeast district of Ohio. Over 160 law enforcement officers from around the state attended this training session that was held at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton.
During the meeting State Representative Ron
Amstutz addressed the crowd and provided updates on the efforts of the House of Representatives and Magician Bobby Warren entertained the crowd with a brief display of his “mind reading” abilities.

Wooster businessman Bret Defibaugh also announced plans to launch a program to raise money for SWAT team equipment.