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Meth suspect flees toward Norton Middle School, triggers lockdown

Beacon Journal staff report

A suspected methamphetamine maker fled his Norton home as detective arrived Monday morning and headed toward the city’s middle school, triggering a classroom lockdown until the man was found, police said.

The man did not enter the school during the chase. He was found hiding on Wadsworth Road and was arrested without incident.

Police detectives and agents from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force went to a suspected meth house in the 3000 block of Hillcrest Drive about 9 a.m.

Police say Raphael Barnett, 31, ran from the house and toward Norton Middle School.

Officers from Copley, Barberton and Fairlawn helped Norton police secure the school and look for Barnett. He was arrested on charges of illegal manufacture and assembly of drugs and inducing panic.

Three others inside the home also were arrested on meth-related charges: Christy L. Frymyer, 29; Tammy L. Morris, 47; and Chad A. Bales, 22, all of Norton.

All four were being held in the Summit County Jail pending an appearance in Barberton Municipal Court.


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