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City Man Arrested on Three Felony Drug Charges

The following information was supplied by the North Canton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Fairview Street resident arrived home Thursday to discover a search under way by a slew of police officers who then arrested him on three felony charges related to methamphetamine.

North Canton Police Chief Stephan Wilder said in a press release that James Clark Haldeman, 47, was charged with trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, Illegal manufacturing of drugs, a first-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Wilder reported that after a short investigation with assistance from the Jackson Township Police Department, “substantial information and facts were gathered and presented to the Canton Municipal Court Prosecutor’s Office” to obtain a search warrant for Haldeman’s home at 221 Fairview St. SE.

At about 1 p.m. Thursday, Wilder said, his department’s Special Response Team served the search warrant to further their investigation of illegal drug activity occurring at the residence.

“Officers found evidence of the manufacture and assembly of methamphetamine,” Wilder said. “Mr. Haldeman was arrested without incident when he arrived home while officers were completing their investigation and search.”

Agents from the Stark County Metropolitan Narcotics Unit also assisted at the home. No one was injured during the search.

Haldeman was booked into the Stark County Jail.

Chuck Osborne December 22, 2012 at 03:42 AM
My neighbors and I have been very aware for several years that our North Canton neighborhood was in decline. Sadly, it is apparent that the neighborhood has hit rock bottom. The meth house uncovered by police is three doors from my home. I never in a million years thought I would see this kind of activity practically on my doorstep, let alone in North Canton. I have asked city leaders for regulation of rental properties for several years and it has not happened. Less than two months ago I gave several council members a tour of the problems on Fairview Avenue and surrounding streets. Will the discovery of a meth lab just around the corner from the YMCA spur city leaders to action to save our neighborhoods? We can only hope!
Fred Benson December 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Chuck, I agree with your assessment. My area is also seeing a decline. The cheep housing,rentals that don't seem to be regulated and people that just don't take care of their houses are to blame. What can we do about it. Call our city inspector.Call our council rep. Make noise.
Fred Benson December 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
As an after thought. A few years ago the neighbors tried to stop construction of the new condo's on Easthill. It was finally approved by the city planning commission and the project started. One unit was built,the other,only the foundation was completed. This open "pit" has set there for a few years now. I've complained to the city and no action has taken place. I'm waiting for someone to fall into the foundation. I'll be the first to testify during the lawsuit. I guess the city just doesn't care!!
Jeff McCann December 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
What ideas on rental regulations do you have in mind?
Fred Benson December 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Jeff, It's not just the rentals that are the problems. It seems as though too many residents have found out how to turn a $110K house into a $50k house by not taking care of it. Their money is better spent on video games etc. Now how do we fix it? I think the city needs to enforce the regulations that are already on the books. A couple of years ago there was a cat problem in our neighborhood with a family having 12 roaming cats,and some chickens. What did the city do but give in to that family and allow chickens. While this is not a major problem,it shows the decline of our area. The yard turned nasty,the house became a mess, because the chickens were allowed in the house. What did this foster? Well the properties adjacent have now declined. Truck repair business, trucks parked in the yard is happening today. Because the city doesn't enforce their established codes. Our leaders need some backbone and stop woryring about lawsuits. Just enforce the city codes.

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