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Kent Woman Indicted in Connection to Willow Street Drug Arrest

All information is according to the Portage County Clerk of Courts office. Arrest information does not indicate conviction.

A Kent woman has been indicted on charges of child endangering and permitting drug abuse in connection to the arrest of a Willow Street man on similar charges.

Melissa A. Chapman, 40, of 527 N. Willow St., was indicted by the Portage County grand jury on one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The endangering children charge stems from Chapman being the parent or guardian of four children, all under the age of 18, according to the indictment, which was filed Aug. 26.

Chapman lives at the same address where the Portage County Drug Task Force arrested Charles Stehney in June on multiple drug-related charges. Stehney has since also been indicted.

Chapman was arraigned in court today on the charges.

returntoreason September 06, 2013 at 08:41 AM
How is it that drug abuse is a fifth-degree felony, and ENDANGERING CHILDREN, is just a first-degree misdemeanor?
Matthias P. September 06, 2013 at 10:42 AM
I think its because the law is more related to aiding a drug selling operation. But I agree, its pretty backwards... that's the US legal system for you.
Chris (Kit) Myers September 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Leave her alone. Children should be with their mother, right?
Chris (Kit) Myers September 06, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Ah yes, children at risk. Well, it's about time that the City of Kent shift its house inspection emphasis away from student houses where almost all tenants are eighteen or over. If a person is mature and responsible enough to cast a ballot for his/her leaders, surely he/she is responsible enough to know decent housing when he/she is looking. I am by this media format, proposing to Kent City Council that the Health Department inspect ALL housing in the City of Kent, including single family owner-occupied units. Babies, young children, and elderly persons with, for instance, Altheimer's disease; those who are not in a position or are unable to control health and safety issues in the home, or even get out of the burning smoke-filled building, are the ones most at risk. I ask Ms. Shaffer and Mr. Kuhar and Mr. Wilson and Mr. Ferrara and the other members of council if they are willing to face up to their responsibilities to the young and infirm of the City. They have no problem of doing it with able-bodied and mentally capable eighteen-year olds. The ball is in your court, council members. I hope you can live with yourselves when a tragedy strikes, and because of your inaction, one day it will. Don't you understand that babies and the elderly have rights, too? Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your neighbor has an extension cord under a throw rug or maybe a hole in the plaster or a cracked window or no smoke alarm? Why is it that my tenants have to suffer the indignity of a city inspector nosing around in their closets and you, Ms. Shaffer and Mr. Ferrara, don't?
Chris (Kit) Myers September 07, 2013 at 10:24 AM
The government of the United States considers eighteen-year-olds mature and responsible enough to vote for the President of the United States. Yet the City of Kent does not consider them mature and old enough to, without city health department inspection and licensing intervention, choose a place to live with two or more of their peers. I find that to be nothing short of outrageous and discriminatory against them. If the City is really concerned about citizen health and safety, why aren't ALL residences inspected and licensed? And why should I or anyone else be licensed when according to a member of a city commission there are illegal rooming houses in Kent. Why aren't they shut down? Can anyone answer that?
Chris (Kit) Myers September 09, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Matt. Mary made a comment in response to my last and it is not showing here.
Chris (Kit) Myers September 09, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Gee whiz, Ms. Mary Fo Ferry, I was just asking about a comment by a Mary that just goes by Mary. Are you one and the same?

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