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Man wanted in Bainbridge dies in sheriff's cruiser

3:12 PM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
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RAVENNA TOWNSHIP -- The Summit County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on man found unresponsive in the back seat of a Portage County Sheriff's cruiser.

Sheriff David Doak said Wallace Michael Conley, 53, of Ravenna, had been detained following a disturbance call Tuesday afternoon and was handcuffed in the back seat of a Portage County sheriff's patrol vehicle.

Deputies at the scene ran Conley's information and discovered the active warrant from Bainbridge Township. Within a short period of time, deputies were notified that Bainbridge would not be following through with the warrant as they did not have the manpower to come pick him up.

When deputies went to release Conley, he was discovered to be unresponsive. Deputies immediately requested EMS and deputies took Conley out of the car and began CPR, assisted by a bystander in the area.

Conley was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital by Ravenna Township EMS where he was pronounced dead.

Doak said at about 12:49 p.m. Tuesday, deputies from the Portage County Sheriff's Office responded to a fight call in the area of Sumner and McElrath in Ravenna Township.

The fight appeared to be verbal only between Conley and an acquaintance over a card game.

According to reports, there may have been some pushing between Coney and the acquaintance, but no punches were thrown.

Deputies described Conley as being cooperative and showed no obvious sign of injury, nor did he verbally express any concerns of a health issue. He had no visible injuries from the alleged altercation.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed by the Summit County Medical Examiner's office.  The investigation is continuing.  


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