October 22, 2014

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More arrested on drug charges in Medina’s ‘broken windows’ effort

Medina police say four men have been arrested this week in the ongoing crackdown on drug trafficking in Ward 1.

Michael Lucan

Michael Lucan

Dwight Tuttle

Dwight Tuttle

On Sunday, police arrested Dwight E. Tuttle, 39, of Cleveland, on a fifth-degree felony charge of possession of heroin. Police say Tuttle was found with 1.5 grams of heroin and $655.

The driver of the car in which Tuttle was a passenger, 23-year-old Michael Lucan, of the 5400 block of Stillwood Drive, Montville Township, was charged with possessing drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.

It was the second time Tuttle has been arrested in two months. On July 2, Tuttle was arrested at the Union Square apartment complex with 2.5 grams of heroin, police said, and charged with trafficking in and possession of heroin, fifth-degree felonies.

Tuttle was released from the Medina County Jail on July 29.

Police say Lucan was the driver of the car on both occasions that Tuttle was arrested.

Lucan told officers he had been “sober from heroin” for a month and was on “house arrest.”

He acknowledged he should not be out.

Lucan told police he was paid to drive Tuttle to Cleveland and other locations. The pair claimed they were heading to a meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.

Tuttle and Lucan were transported to the Medina County Jail where Tuttle is being held on $120,000 bond. Lucan was released the same day.

Two more men were arrested the next day on drug-related charges.

Michael Rodgers

Michael Rodgers

Jamie Latten

Jamie Latten

On Monday in the Birch Hill apartment complex, police arrested 32-year-old Jamie Latten, of the 300 block of Bronson Street, Medina for trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Michael Rodgers, 52, of Macedonia, also was taken into custody and charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Police say undercover cops witnessed Rodgers drive Latten to a Birch Hill address and a subsequent sale of drugs.

The arrests were made by Medina County Drug Task Force agents with support from the Medina Police Department.

The men were transported to the county jail. Latten is being held on $15,000 bond and Rodgers is awaiting additional charges.

The arrests increase the number of drug-trafficking-related arrests and indictments to 16 since July 14 when Police Chief Patrick Berarducci announced his “Broken Windows” policy, which aims to reduce harder crime by targeting laws such as littering, loitering and trespassing.

July 15
• Dwight E. Tuttle, 39, of Cleveland, charged with possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony.
• Bridgett Tuttle, 28, of Medina, charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.
• Kathleen M. Gray, 33, of Medina, charged with trafficking in drugs (crack-cocaine), a fourth-degree felony.
• Charrell B. Reed, 21, of Cleveland, charged with trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony.
• Tysean Gaston, 27, of Cleveland, charged with trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony.

July 30
• Randy D. Tuttle, 31, and Antwon Gideon, 33, both of Cleveland, were indicted by a Medina County grand jury on charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and disrupting public services.

The two men are accused of assaulting and robbing a resident of the Union Square apartments in June. Gideon is scheduled for a Monday arraignment before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier. Tuttle is scheduled to enter a plea Aug. 28 before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Aug. 6
• Jeimil Henderson, 22, of Medina, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, a second-degree felony. More charges are pending, according to a news release.
• Mark Hoisington, 32, of Medina, was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.
• A third man was taken into custody and later released with charges pending, the release said.

Aug. 9
• David Reed, 53, of Medina, was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.
• Curtis Debose, 34, of Medina, was charged with trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony after police say he sold heroin at Reed’s home at least twice while Reed was present.

A Medina police sergeant said Tuesday he could not confirm whether Dwight, Randy and Bridgett Tuttle were related.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.