Thursday, October 19, 2000

No-pay parents taken in roundup

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Butler and Clermont were among 45 counties that participated Wednesday in Ohio's fourth annual roundup of parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.

        The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services coordinates the roundups with sheriffs' offices and child support enforcement agencies.

        In Butler County, Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard reported arresting 357 people so far this year who allegedly owe a total of almost $4.2 million. That's a record number of arrests and a record amount of money owed, said Sgt. Jeff Gebhart, warrants supervisor.

        Sgt. Gebhart said that deputies work on tips daily in an effort to find non-paying parents.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Gebhart at 887-3676 during regular business hours or at 887-3010 at other times.

        Sheriff Gabbard ran two newspaper ads this year, each listing 200 names. That method is being recognized with a state award, Sgt. Gebhart said.

        In Clermont County, Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg on Wednesday said his office was still looking for 11 people wanted on warrants in conjunction with the roundup. “They earmark one day but obviously we're involved in arresting these people on a continuing basis,” he said.


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