Tony Tipps, former BOE worker, busted for meth

Last year, broke the story about the firing of Tony Tipps from the Board of Elections. Now, Tipps, son of former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps, and now a lobbyist, has been arrested for possession and trafficking in meth according to “Peak of Ohio” and the Bellfontaine Examiner.

Tony Tipps, son of Paul Tipps

Tony Tipps having a Mel Gibson moment

The Ohio Investigative Unit made three drug-related arrests early Saturday morning during a music festival at Zane Shawnee Caverns, 7092 State Route 540, Bellefontaine.

Robert Allton, 24, and James Davis, 29, both of Columbus, and Anthony Tipps (pictured right), 52, of Dayton, were each charged with felony counts of possession of drugs and drug trafficking in methamphetamine.

via Three arrested on drug charges at Zane Shawnee Caverns festival | Peak of Ohio.

Tipps is one of the subjects being investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff for sending out the letter that accuses the directors of screwing up the provisional ballots in the 2006 election. That the BOE might have done something wrong is not the focus of the investigation, and undoubtedly, Tipps’ arrest will make it even easier for them to pass the buck.

Considering that the BOE also has hired an employee’s family member convicted of rape, and now this, someone would think that it’s time to clean house at the BOE and start fresh. These aren’t the kind of people we want running our elections- are they?

Tipps had his job at the BOE for at least ten years, thanks to his father’s powerful connections in the Democratic party. His father is called a close confidant of Senator John Glenn and he sits on the board of John Glenn School of Public Policy. Is this the only qualification needed to get a job at the BOE- connections?

Obviously, when left to fend for himself without daddy’s help- we get a different skill set.

It will be interesting to see if the three accused dealers get similar sentences, or if Tipps Sr. manages to use his connections to once again help his kid out.

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19 Responses

  1. Shortwest Rick July 11, 2011 / 10:14 pm
    So easy, a caveman could do it.
  2. John Ise July 12, 2011 / 11:41 am
    That looks just like me when I wake up in the morning!
  3. Gerald July 12, 2011 / 3:20 pm
    They hired a rapist, have current employees with criminal records, admitted they screwed up provisional ballots, and now we know they had a drug dealer working there as well.  The current Montgomery County BOE may go down as the most embarrassing BOE in the history of the State of Ohio.
  4. ur madre July 13, 2011 / 12:47 am


  5. David Esrati July 13, 2011 / 7:34 am

    @ur madre- thanks for the comment Tony. I never said you were guilty- I said accused. However, I’m really curious how anyone who isn’t involved in something illegal can end up with “Meth” accidentally.

  6. Hall July 13, 2011 / 11:45 pm
    Hehe, could that really be “Tony” ? I presume you can speculate based on ‘where’ he visited from. Don’t tell me he came from a domain !! 
  7. Pedro July 15, 2011 / 12:38 am
    Didn’t yet another Democrat Patronage Baby get busted drinking and driving and fleeing the scene a few years ago  and claimed that a friend named ‘Tony’ was really driving?

    Well, we found the Tony.

    No doubt these two were out for a drink laughing about how great it was to never have to work a day in their lives, never have to interview for a job and never have to worry about being let go because of their fathers.

    David, while I rarely (never) agree with your political positions, I applaud you for going after Democrats just as you go after Republicans when the public is being taken for a ride.

  8. Bob July 15, 2011 / 9:04 pm
    I can promise you that the truth will get him at least 5-10 years!  You dont get charged with trafficking drugs by being in the wrong place at the wrong time! From the Ohio Investigative website, looks like the prosecutors already did him a favor by dropping several charges already, Good luck getting past Manufacturing meth, trafficking, and possession
  9. David Esrati July 15, 2011 / 9:29 pm

    @bob- can you supply a link to that website?

  10. David Lauri July 15, 2011 / 10:53 pm
    The Ohio Investigative website is at
    If you google “ tipps,” you’ll find a PDF, “Activity Report between 7/4/2011 and 7/11/2011,” that includes the following entry:

    Suspect TIPPS , ANTHONY P. Age: 52
    7092 ST RT 540
    Bellefontaine, Oh 43311
    Offense 2921.31 (A) – Obstructing Official Business
    Offense 2925.03(A)(1) – Trafficking in Controlled Substance-Marijuana; 2925.11 – Knowingly
    obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance-Schedule 1 or 2; 2925.14 (C) (1) –
    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 2925.11 – Knowingly obtain, possess, or use a
    controlled substance-Marijuana; 2925.03(A)(1) – Aggravated Trafficking in Controlled
    Substance – Schedule 1 or 2; 2925.13 – Permitting Drug Abuse; 2925.31 – Abusing
    Harmful Intoxicants

  11. David Lauri July 15, 2011 / 10:55 pm
    By the way, the search function on the Ohio Investigative website itself is for shit.  Enter “Tipps” in the search box on the top of the Ohio Investigative website and you’ll get tons of entries related to “Tipp City,” not very helpful.  Luckily it’s very easy to use Google to search any specific website.
  12. Gerald July 15, 2011 / 11:13 pm
    I am confused.  Why did the Board of Elections fire Tony Tipps?  After reading the charges filed against him it sounds like someone the directors there would hire not fire.  Is there a mug shot of Director Harsman relating to when he was on put on probation (Case 1999TRD06709) in October of 2000?  How many criminals has the Deputy Director there hired?  It sounds more and more like the Board of Elections is an organized crime operation instead of just a completely corrupt government office.
  13. Bob July 15, 2011 / 11:27 pm
    David, well were not talking about the quality of their website.  Now Ive been a city worker for 20 years and I know a lot of police officers.  I dont think state police officers go around and waste their time charging people with four felonies that are innocent of breaking any law.  Now a speeding ticket is a little different.  I am sure Mr. Tipps has earned those charges.  Meth is a horrible drug! What possesses people to even want to touch that stuff! Isnt it like 85% addictive?
  14. chad July 15, 2011 / 11:30 pm
    I think thats about right nasty drug.  Once your addicted good luck getting off.  I was explained that he could be charged with the other charges still when he goes to grand jury? is this correct does any one know.  If so that is a lot of charges.  Bet he isnt sleeping very good.
  15. Stacey July 15, 2011 / 11:35 pm
    What do you get if you cross a hairdresser with a werewolf? A monster with an all-over perm.
  16. David Esrati July 16, 2011 / 11:47 am

    I just deleted 3 comments from the same IP- by someone using three different pen names.

    Please note, you are welcome to comment anonymously – but you have to use the same nom de guerre on this site. Dem’s the rules here.


  17. Pedro July 16, 2011 / 4:58 pm
    @DE – What was the pseudonym poster trying to convey?
  18. David Esrati July 17, 2011 / 9:24 am

    @Pedro- the three posts were all attacking me, or insinuating that I was unfairly going after Mr. Tipps. Generally, as long as they are clean- I allow people to attack me- but not other commentators on the site. I do ask that people stick to the same name- so that they don’t multiple post to make their opinions seem backed by more people. I also will delete comments where I know the e-mail that is put in is intentionally false- like someone attacking a county commissioner- and then putting that commissioners e-mail as the sender etc. This is not the Dayton Daily News site- comments are all read- and assessed, by me.

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