Teens Arrested in Parma Crimes

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office isn't releasing the names of two teens in trouble with the law. Undersheriff Chris Kuhl is glad the alleged culprits, who broke into and robbed the Parma Library are caught.

"I think everyone in the Village of Parma, in the surrounding areas felt victimized by that, let alone the property crimes of these individuals," said Undersheriff Chris Kuhl of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Parma is a quiet town. The library is closed three days a week. It's housed in a historical building located at the corner of Main and Church streets.

In June, police say the two teens broke into the library and stole some cash and electronics.

"I think everybody was just absolutely appalled that it would happen here," said Angie Marsh a Parma resident. "That's not a very nice thing to do, especially for something that everybody uses."

Then in September the teens allegedly broke into the library again, this time stealing a safe, some more cash and electronics.

After stealing from the library a second time, what's more egregious to the locals is the fact that the alleged juveniles shot a cow multiple times, later killing that animal on a farm somewhere along Stepladder Road. The teens drove to the farm in a car they stole from one their parents.

Investigators say the shotgun they used to shoot the cow was stolen from another relative.

"That's not as bad as the news I heard about the cow," said Carol Sylvia a Parma resident. "That stings. Somebody running around with a gun and shooting your cow? No. That's not acceptable."

The prosecutor wants closure to this case and for residents to once again feel safe.

"We are going to protect the general public. Whether that's adults committing crimes or juveniles," said Jerard Jarzynka the Jackson Prosecuting Attorney.

The teens are charged with two counts of breaking and entering, and torturing an animal. They may be charged with safe breaking, which is a life in prison offense.


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