Feds execute search warrant at Hermes Vineyards

With search warrant in hand, a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture agents raided Hermes Vineyards Friday morning in Perkins Township.
Emil Whitis
Nov 3, 2012

Their possible target: paperwork.

Multiple area law enforcement officials said the agents made up a tactical team that assembled at a nearby parking lot early in the morning, then headed to the winery for a raid.

Perkins police said they don’t really have a clue what was going on.

Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said agents had a search warrant to seize documents, but that’s all he knew.

Klamar redirected inquiries to Perkins police assistant Chief Robb Parthemore, who’d been in contact with agents earlier this week.

“They called us and said they wanted a marked unit,” Parthemore said. “I don’t know any more than that.”

Law enforcement officials, asking not to be named, said the raid stemmed from unpaid federal loans agents had come to collect on.

To keep reading this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's Register.

Comments

deertracker

We all know "tactical teams" do not show up for unpaid loans so let's not even go there. The Hermeses are shady. First, the fire....please? Then the accident where all their "friends" sued them....please? Now a federal raid for? Just for the record I'd bet "the farm" Obama has NOTHING to do with any of this. Let's wait for the facts! I know some of you just LOVE the Hermes family but they are just humans like the rest of us. They got busted...that's all.

Randy_Marsh
Second Opinion

That video is starry. Talk about abuse of power.

Contango

@ deertracker:

The IRS has been hiring many more agents under Mr. Obama, don't be too sure.

The kleptocrats in DC need all the loot that they can carry away for re-distribution and vote buying.

deertracker

So exactly what does the IRS have to do with this? The redistribution you are referring to usually benefits people like you! Where did all that Wall St. money go?

Contango

@ deertracker:

Which Fed agency is it that conducted the raid?

Benefits? Nope, no govt. hand-outs or entitlement payments here.

Remember: 10 of the 15 richest counties in the country surround DC - where the "real" one percenters (politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists) live.

They appreciate you sendin' 'em money. :)

Second Opinion

Obamacare is hiring 14,000 more IRS agents to enforce collections.

Reva

I wanna know how Dianna's Deli keeps getting away with all the illegals and under the table payrolls going on that they do?

deertracker

My question exactly. Same question for The Depot. Some official somewhere is getting PAID!

looking around

Deertracker The Hermeses name is used because they owned the property, this business is owned and operated by out of state owners. It has nothing to do with their family.

swiss cheese kat

Dr. David Kraus MD. is the owner and was born and raised in Sandusky.

fedup67584893

But now is currently running his doctor's office in New York City... therefore he is an out of state owner.

deertracker

OK! so the Hermes Vineyard sign means????

fedup67584893

His mother's maiden name was Hermes and the land is/was owned by the Hermeses. His Parents and the Hermeses don't have anything to do with all of this.

deertracker

"is/was?" Either it is or it no longer is. Which?

fedup67584893

Why don't you look it up?? you all seem to have endless time to be sitting and doing nothing on the internet all day commenting on an article that honestly shouldn't be made this big of a deal. i will admit i'm not 100% whether they still own the land or not. i THINK they do... but

totallyamazed

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Exactly, before you drag the Hermes name through the mud....know all the facts.
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deertracker

They have done that all by themselves. Thank you very much and if you do something illegal on my property, am I complicit or just the rent collector. If a landlord allows/or may not even know a tenant to sell drugs out of his rented out home, what happens???????

Centauri

Deertracker, The landlord could be subject to having properties confiscated. In states that allow medical cannabis, the Federal government will use any method they can, even twist laws around to their benefit. Obama made a promise in 2008 to the medical cannabis patients that he would not violate state rights or go after the patients and dispensaries. Obama broke that promise once he got the votes from the medical cannabis patients.

The Federal government will use obscure tax laws, threaten landlords, news publications and newspapers that printed ads, threaten to prosecute state employees who upheld and complied with state laws and use other tactics.

http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/iss...

These Federal raids will be escalating against those who refuse to obey. Laws will be twisted around to where civil cases will become criminal cases. Shame on those citizens who refuse to speak up as the Federal government continues to strip away the rights of states and citizens. More shame on those who attack those who try to inform and warn the citizens.

deertracker

Turn the channel for once would ya? Watch some football today!

DEEPsix's picture
DEEPsix

RALPH KRAUSE, WHO's SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW, RUN THIS WINERY. RALPH HAS BEEN UP TO ILLEGAL ANTICS FOR YEARS, SO IM SURE, THE FEDS ARE NOW READY TO SWEEP THEM UP....

Centauri

Illegal antics? That is news to me. Ralph is a Republican. If Ralph were a Democrat, would the winery have been raided? The Federal government does use intimidation to silence those who question their government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X...

fedup67584893

There is no "Daughter-in-law" and never has been [please know facts before you comment on articles you know nothing about;) ]

fedup67584893

There is no "Daughter-in-law" and never has been [please know facts before you comment on articles you know nothing about;) ]

DEEPsix's picture
DEEPsix

RALPH KRAUS.. MISSPELLED.

my oh my

This is long overdue with the history of the shady business practices by the Hermes family of the years.Local agencies and departments have turned a blind eye to this over the years.It's good to see the FEDS get involved and take care of things properly and effectively.They won't let anymore be covered up or not investigated properly ie.(Arson (Barn Fire) that was not investigated properly and was ruled an accident) so to not cause any friction and/or lose a business in the township.

Randy_Marsh
Centauri

Thank you for posting that link. The people haven't seen nothing yet of the Federal government's abuse of power. Obama and Holder are just getting started with the raids. Four more years. Next the feds will be taking over your bank accounts because they can. The Federal government is now in a position to do anything that they want because they can. Who will stop them?

Swamp Fox

My point it took a "tactical team", wouldn't a few agents and accountants he able to handle the situation? Will a "tactical team" be assigned to collect the loan from Solyndra?

fedup67584893

All the article said was it was a USDA loan. whether there is more to the story or not, they are never going to tell you...so why bother worry about wheather it's obamas fault of ralph kraus's fault? at least not for a while. as for the winery they have great products and friendly employees... whether the owner got himself in trouble or not shouldn't punish the business or the customers. they just came in to get paperwork. not to arrest anyone or anything? they are still open and operating like normal which i am glad to see:)

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