Uniontown officer Daniel Stiles honored at memorial ceremony

captStilesA member of the Uniontown Police Department is among six law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year being honored during a ceremony in London, Ohio.

Thursday’s gathering at a training academy in London, west of Columbus, marks the 25th annual Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The attorney general’s office says the event honors six Ohio officers who died in 2011.

They include Capt. Daniel Stiles from the Uniontown Police Department. He was hit by a car while directing traffic on Feb. 15, 2011.

The other officers who died were from the Columbus, Sandusky and Stow police departments and the Warren and Clark county sheriff’s departments.

Officials also are adding six historical inductees to a memorial wall for fallen officers.

The state says 749 Ohio officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1823.

Ohio Senate passes bill honoring White Stumpf and Uniontown Police Capt. Daniel Stiles

ashley-white-stumpfThe Ohio Senate voted 33-0 Tuesday to designate part of state Route 44 in Marlboro Township as the “First Lt. Ashley White Stumpf Memorial Highway.”

The bill now goes to the Ohio House.

If the bill becomes law, the memorial highway would include the section of Route 44 between state Route 619 and the Portage County line.

State Sen. Scott Oelslager, R-North Canton, introduced Senate Bill 303 in February.

“This legislation is dedicated to an American heroine,” Oelslager said in remarks on the Senate floor. “She was devoted in her service to the United States of America with a pride that will never be forgotten.”

White Stumpf, 24, a 2005 Marlington High School graduate and member of the North Carolina National Guard, was killed in Afghanistan last October by an explosive device.

Oelslager said White Stumpf’s family and friends requested the designation for the stretch of Route 44 that goes by her family’s home.

captStilesLast month, State Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Township, introduced a bill that declares that all of Route 44 in Marlboro, going as far south as Route 173, would be a memorial highway honoring White Stumpf.

Hagan said White Stump’s family requested that the memorial highway be all of Route 44 in Marlboro. It’s not clear why the requests to Oelslager and Hagan differed.

House and Senate leaders would have to reconcile the differences. The memorial highway bills of Hagan and State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, have been consolidated into a larger memorial highway bill known as House Bill 325.

The House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee submitted the bill to the full House on March 14, but it’s not clear when the House will vote on sending it to the Senate.

Besides White Stumpf, House Bill 325 also designates memorial highways for Stark County residents killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004. They include U.S. Marine Sgt. Daniel J. Patron of Perry Township, Army Sgt. Michael Barkey of Lawrence Township, Army Cpl. Zachary Grass of Sugar Creek Township and Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Kessler of Canton.

It’s not clear why the bill designates part of Route 30 again as a highway for Kessler when the legislature approved that in June.

The bill also establishes memorial highways for Navy Lt. Jason S. Manse, formerly of Jackson Township, who was killed in a training accident in Georgia in 2006, and Uniontown Police Capt. Daniel Stiles, who was killed in a collision while directing traffic in February 2011.

Trial date set for driver in traffic death of Daniel Stiles

By Lori Monsewicz

The woman accused in the traffic death of Uniontown Police Capt. Daniel P. Stiles has been scheduled to go to trial a month from now, according to Stark County court records.

Court records show the trial for Sandra C. Boyes, 39, of 3255 Sweitzer St. NW in the Uniontown area, was set Monday for May 4.

She was charged March 22 with vehicular manslaughter, vehicular homicide, failure to maintain assured clear distance and failure to wear a safety belt — all misdemeanors

The charges stem from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s investigation into the Feb. 15 death of the police captain.

Stiles, 46, was directing traffic at State route 619 and Kaufman Avenue NW for the nearby Lake Center Christian School when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Boyes. He died a short time later. Boyes told investigators that sun glare had been a problem, and troopers have said that it could have been a contributing factor.

If convicted, Boyes faces a maximum sentence of up to 180 days in jail on the homicide charge, 90 days on the manslaughter charges and fines that could total $1,750. The other charges are also misdemeanors.

Community show support for fallen Uniontown police Capt. Daniel Stiles

UNIONTOWN, Ohio – A day after a police captain was killed in the line of duty, residents in the towns of Uniontown and Hartville are showing their support for the fallen officer and his family.

Capt. Daniel Stiles died Tuesday after he was struck by a car while directing traffic.

Signs of support are on display throughout the community, as several businesses and churches are displaying messages similar to the one at the Country Shoppe in Hartville, which says, “Thoughts and prayers are with the Stiles family.”

Funeral arrangements and calling hours were announced on Wednesday.

A visitation will be held Friday evening, from 4-8 p.m., at the Lake Center Christian School, located at 12893 Kaufman Ave, in Hartville.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the same location, family friend and funeral director John Arnold said.

The family decided to have the funeral and visitation hours at the school because of the large crowd expected to attend. Both the funeral and visitation hours are open to the public.

Also, a memorial fund has been established to assist the family. Those interested in donating can do so at any Key Bank, Arnold said.