The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

March 22, 2011

Madison man arrested on drug, firearm charges

MADISON TOWNSHIP —  A Madison man caught in the cross hairs of a lengthy drug investigation is spending time in the Lake County Jail, Madison Township Police Detective Tim Doyle said.

Emery Scheibelhoffer, 28, was arraigned in Painesville Municipal Court on Monday afternoon, court records show. He faces felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful transaction of a firearm, weapons while under disability, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and drug trafficking.

Scheibelhoffer was armed with a .380-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber semi automatic rifle when he was arrested Sunday at the Lake Metro Parks Acrola Creek Reservation, police reports show.

“We arrested (Scheibelhoffer) at the end of Dock Road,” Doyle said. “The arrest was done in a public place so we could be sure we would get all of his firearms at once.”

Though Scheibelhoffer has a history of resisting arrest, Doyle said his arrest on Sunday went smoothly.

Doyle said Scheibelhoffer was on the police department’s radar — and in their police reports — for some time.

“We had numerous complaints from many citizens about Scheibelhoffer. In recent weeks he was allegedly shooting his guns out of the window of moving vehicles. It became clear that we had to take him down quickly because he was endangering society,” Doyle said.

Doyle said undercover officers arranged to buy drugs from Scheibelhoffer on several occasions as they built the case against him.

“The drug trafficking offense includes cocaine, crystal meth and heroin sales,” Doyle said. “This was a drug probe with buys made from Scheibelhoffer to undercover officers and other police-arranged buys. During at least one of those buys, Scheibelhoffer had weapons on him.”

Doyle said Scheibelhoffer’s arrest is part of a recent crackdown on drugs in the Madison area.

“We’re focusing more on local drug activity right now because a lot of local crimes are driven by drug sales and drug use,” he said.

Scheibelhoffer remains in the Lake County Jail, unable to post $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing in the case will be held in Painesville Municipal Court on Monday, court records show.

Scheibelhoffer is no stranger to courtrooms in Ashtabula and Lake counties. In Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court, from 2002 to 2009, he was charged and found guilty of two counts of obstruction of official business, aggravated disorderly conduct, two counts of drug abuse, falsification, and open container.

In September and October of 2010, Scheibelhoffer was found guilty of three counts of resisting arrest, obstruction of official business and possession of drug abuse instruments, Common Pleas Court records show. At the time of his arrest on Sunday, he was wanted on a warrant through the Geneva Police Department for failing to appear in court for one of those charges.

Scheibelhoffer was also found guilty in Ashtabula Municipal Court for drug abuse, theft, resisting arrest and obstruction of official business, court records show.

From 2003 to 2009, Scheibelhoffer was found guilty in Painesville Municipal Court for fleeing and eluding, driving under suspension, driving without a license and falsification, court records show.

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