Woman Climbs Tower in Flip Flops, Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges

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A local woman wearing blue jeans, a T-shirt and flip flops climbed a 285-foot tower in Wooster and following her rescue and arrest, pled guilty to a variety of charges, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.  Capt. Doug Hunter of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said she appeared to be under the influence of drugs as she exhibited a defiant and combative behavior, climbing to the top of the tower at night. “She demonstrated absolutely no fear at all,” Hunter said. The 29 year-old woman pleaded guilty to the charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing and creating panic.  

According to the affidavit, first responders from the Wooster Police and Fire departments, Central Fire District, Town and Country Fire District, the high angle rescue team out of West Salem and the Summit County Rope Rescue team responded to the scene.

She ″has been very animated the entire time that she’s been there. She’s been jumping from one beam to the next, essentially taunting the first responders that are on the scene,” Hunter told the Beacon Journal. “She’s 285 feet up without any type of safety equipment and has been jumping from one part of this structure to the next, while those that are taking on the task of rescuing her are using every available piece of safety gear and being very deliberate and cautious on what they’re doing.”  

When deputies arrived at the scene, they established communication with the climber through the PA system in a patrol vehicle, the Journal reported.

“On occasion she would call us names,” Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Paul Brumme wrote in the affidavit.  “Time and again, the defendant was advised to come down but she refused.” Brumme said she called them idiots and “generally smart mouthed as we were trying to get some cooperation from her. When telling her the Fire Department was going to come up and assist in getting her down she indicated she would not cooperate with them and would come down when she was ready and didn’t need or want any help.”

July 31, 2018         

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