Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci wants a suspected drug house on Bronson Street to be boarded up and its residents evicted.
Berarducci announced Tuesday plans to begin court proceedings to label the home at 416 Bronson St. a “nuisance” and “habitual resort” for felonious crime.
“This house has been a significant problem for some time,” Berarducci said. “It’s my personal belief that it affects the quality of life in that neighborhood.”
The most recent incident came Friday, when police executed a search warrant at the home after a woman reported that 25-year-old Trent Turner, of Cleveland, held a knife to her throat. Police found several knives at the home.
Turner was not at the home, but police arrested him on a warrant Sunday during a traffic stop and reported finding crack cocaine in his pockets.
Turner was charged with kidnapping, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.
Police said four people were at the home when they arrived with the search warrant and one had just left.
All five have criminal records, Berarducci said, and some had warrants out for their arrests.
According to police, the five people were:
• Tony D. Franklin, 31, who was arrested on a warrant out of Strongsville. Medina police also charged Franklin with possessing marijuana paraphernalia and drug abuse, which are misdemeanors.
• Shana (Frazier) Silvaggio, 40, who had a warrant out of Parma, but was not arrested because the charge was a misdemeanor. Silvaggio spent six months in jail in 2012 for passing bad checks.
• Curtis Debose, 33, who police said had just left the house. He has an active warrant for his arrest on drug-trafficking charges. Debose has been in and out of prison since 2007 on charges of heroin and crack cocaine trafficking.
• David L. Reed, 53, the homeowner, who was not arrested. According to court records, Reed has been in and out of prison since 1998 on charges of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property, failing to register as a sex offender, several charges of cocaine possession and trafficking in cocaine and crack cocaine.
• Christopher Bates, 28, who also was not arrested. Bates has been in and out of prison since 2011 on charges of domestic violence and heroin trafficking.
Berarducci said there have been many 911 calls about the house’s residents and visitors since 2006.
“There’s a whole generation of police officers who’ve gotten to know these people very well,” the chief said. “It’s frustrating for us and for the community. When we convict these people, we need to get them out of our community.”
Berarducci said part of the problem is the trend toward treating drug addicts rather than just jailing them.
The chief said he understands that reasoning, but said it leaves police with few options.
“Unless we can take more in the jail, it’s just a constant revolving door,” he said, “and we’re trying everything we can to make it safe.”
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.