Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Father's Day sees 7 dads arrested

Butler County sweep targeted 40

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Seven Butler County fathers experienced a Father's Day on Sunday they won't soon forget.

        Sheriff's deputies showed up at their doors and arrested them on charges of being delinquent in paying child support.

        “There were some upset people,” Sgt. Jeff Gebhart said.

        In a sweep ordered by Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard, 12 deputies fanned out across the county from 6 to 11 a.m., with arrest warrants for 40 alleged delinquent parents.

        The 40 were randomly selected from a list of 207 non-support arrest warrants.

        Of the seven men arrested Sunday, Wayne Edwards, 46, of Middletown, owed the most in child support — $15,531.

        One man, Tracie Burns, slammed his apartment door in the deputy's face, jumped out a window and ran, Sgt. Deputy Gebhart said.

        But the deputy caught Mr. Burns, 26, of Hamilton, who was charged with non-support, resisting arrest, and a probation violation.

        Sgt. Gebhart said arresting 7 out of 40 is a good arrest average in these sweeps.

        “The majority of these deadbeat dads are hard to locate because they know there are arrests warrants out on them,” he said. “They have relatives and friends lie for them and they move from place to place.”

        Such sweeps are very helpful, said Daniel Cade, executive director of the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency.“Hopefully, we'll get their attention.”

        Hamilton, Clermont and Warren counties also have conducted delinquent parent sweeps in the past year.

        Warren County is planning one for September, said Mitch Bonham, director of the Warren County Child Support Enforcement Agency.

        “We're compiling a list of people we think we have a good chance of picking up,” he said.

        The other five arrested on nonsupport charges are: Brian Cartwright, 26, Hamilton; Demont Johnson, 25, Middletown; Steve Lowman, 27, Middletown; Everett “Frank” Miller, 44, Hamilton; and Edward Proffitt, 40, Hamilton.


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