Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 9:09 AM
Starting today, an Akron church is serving as a kind of refuge for people wanted for non-violent felony or misdemeanor crimes. This will be the second time the House of the Lord Church will partner with the U.S. Marshals Office to host a program that helps offenders work out outstanding warrants. Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Beven Walsh says more than 1,100 fugitives turned themselves in to the Fugitive Safe Surrender program the last time it was in Akron in 2007. This week, temporary courtrooms are set up in church offices to help fugitives deal with outstanding warrants. More than 20,000 people in 14 cities have voluntarily turned themselves in since 2004.