Kent man gets 3 years in prison for meth lab near Ravenna school

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Kent man who "cooked" methamphetamine near a Ravenna school in November 2012 has been sentenced to prison based on that and two additional arrests for possessing the drug in Brimfield in May 2011 and February 2012.

Dennis W. Haworth, 43, with a last known address on Park Avenue in Kent, was sentenced to three years in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Jan. 31. By law, he received credit for 77 days served in jail awaiting trial, and received no fines because he is indigent and unable to pay, according to Pittman's ruling.

Haworth was arrested by the Portage County Drug Task Force after agents discovered a meth lab inside a residence at 115 N. Scranton St. in Ravenna, less than 1,000 feet from Brown Middle School, on Nov. 16. Haworth, Christina M. Guy, 37, and homeowner James T. Vickers, 55, all were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence.

Haworth was indicted on one count each of illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, in the Ravenna case. His trial was scheduled to begin on Feb. 6.

Haworth also was sentenced by Judge John Enlow on to 180 days in jail on Jan. 28 after pleading guilty in October 2012 to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. Enlow ordered him to forfeit $1,154 in cash to Brimfield police, money found in his possession during a drug arrest. Haworth declined to say anything in court.

Haworth possessed two grams of methamphetamine in Brimfield on May 5, 2011, according to court records. Nine months later, on Feb. 6, 2012, a Brimfield police officer arrested Haworth with two grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale within 1,000 feet of Brimfield Elementary School.

Guy's trial in the Ravenna case is set to begin in Pittman's courtroom on Feb. 20, court records show. A trial on three felony charges in Vickers' case -- one count each of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony, complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, and permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony -- is set to begin in Enlow's courtroom on Feb. 26.

If convicted of permitting drug abuse in the Ravenna case, Vickers could be ordered to forfeit the house and property at 115 N. Scranton St. to the drug task force, according to his indictment.

Vickers also is charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, in a separate case for allegedly possessing less than a gram of the drug in Brimfield on June 19, 2012, according to court records.

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  • Apparently this fella didn't know the reputation of the Portage County Drug Task Force as it relates to their integrity issues. With alittle investigation, his attorney woulda got em' off witha "swimmin in a no fishin zone!" he'd be cleanin the Sheriff's departments cruisers, sorry Major "CHAOS" Kellys' cruiser, and eatin pizza, smokin cigs and drinkin coffee with the "GRIM REAPER" Captain TRICKY RICKY NEAL" in the sally port. Just makes "CENTS"!

  • Sezwho, a whole **** off a lot off money is being wasted here! Meth labs have become the only drug that the task force is targeting! I'm glad that brimfield pd got the 1.154.00 from the dope head, at least their guys are making drug cases on a daily basis! In the end the task force will be belly up! When your busting people that are found to be indigent your not gonna get much cash or seized property! This group of officers that make up the task force might as well wear suit and ties to work since all they do is survallance and trash pools!!!! The goatees and facial scruff isn't fooling anyone! Working as and undercover and actually doing true undercover work is like nite and day! Get a clue!

  • Just wonder how much of our tax money is wasted here? The cost of cleaning the toxic mess has got to be alot. the people mixing the chemicals surely don't have a dime to there names.

  • Dennis W. Haworth, 43, with a last known address on Park Avenue in Kent, was sentenced to three years in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Jan. 31. 3 years in prison for meth, and other drugs. He would have gotten less time if he was on drugs while driving, cause an auto accident, and kill somebody.