Councilman Threatened Over Crash Money

A Warren councilman said he is being threatened and terrorized by a man who thinks he is owed money from donations collected for crash victims.

Warren City Council President Bob Dean called police after he said Derrick Eggleston, 26, walked into his wife’s church Wednesday night and made threats towards her. Eggleston allegedly followed Dean’s wife home and sat in the driveway.

“There is no question in my mind he was identified at New Jerusalem Church by people that knew him earlier, and they knew exactly who he was,” said Dean. “I couldn’t identify the car here, but they identified the car that rolled out of the church driveway.”

Dean said earlier in the evening, Eggleston called his home, threatening him.

“He might have his own agenda,” said Dean. “The grand jury indicted him this morning. I don’t know what it is, but it shouldn’t involve me or my family.”

Eggleston was indicted by the grand jury Thursday on heroin possession charges, but is currently out on bond.  He was arrested after police found  78 bags of heroin during a traffic stop in January.

Police are investigating Dean’s report of harassment.

Family members of two of the six teens that died in a car crash last month in Warren have filed a fraud report alleging the funds donated by the community have been misused by Dean.

Nearly $61,000 was donated. The funeral expenses of the victims were paid and a little more in donations came in after the disbursement.  The balance sits at a $15,030.39, which is the money in question.

A police report claiming fraud was filed, and the issue was turned over to the state Attorney General’s office.

Dean has denied any wrong doing and said he plans to donate the money or put it into another account similar to the one that was created to handle the money donated after the shooting at Chardon High School.

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