He wasn't going to go to jail without a fight. 21-year-old Eric Jones of Canton, already wanted on warrants for felony theft, got into a dust-up with arresting officers at a Wal-Mart store on Atlantic Boulevard NE late Tuesday night. Police told the Canton Repository that Jones managed to connect with a punch to the face of one officer while he fought his arrest. He allegedly had just committed another theft inside the store. He's jailed on a list of charges.
Sandusky Police say the man whose body was found in the basement of his burning home had been stabbed several times...and his home had been torched. Fire crews arrived at the 86-year-old man's home Tuesday night to find it fully involved in flames and removed his body from the two-story structure as they worked to put-out the blaze. Investigators say the fire was set in several locations inside. The victim's wife was not home at the time.
A woman sent to prison for posing as a veterinarian will be able to spend Christmas at home. In mid-March, Brandi Tomko was sentenced to 18 months in prison on a list of felony convictions in Summit County Court. She was released on shock probation Wednesday and will spend two years on community control. The Wadsworth woman, who denied posing as a veterinarian at C&D Animal Hospital on Brittain Road in Akron, was convicted in February on charges of identity fraud, cruelty to animals, drug possession, practicing without a license and forgery. She wrote prescriptions and performed surgery on some animals despite the fact she’s not a licensed vet or even a vet tech.
A new indictment returned by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury against a Cleveland man opens the door to the death penalty for the accused. 58-year-old Hernandez Warren faces a new round of counts – including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping in the 1984 slaying of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer...who went missing while walking to school in Cleveland. Warren lived in the same neighborhood as the girl, and DNA evidence has now linked Warren to the crime.
The Democratic candidate for Lt Governor in next year's General Election says he has no intention of pulling-out, despite the issues that swirl around some 700-Thousand dollars' worth of unpaid Federal and State taxes for which he, his wife and their Cincinnati business are being held liable. State Senator Eric Kearney said on Wednesday said the tax problems won't force him from the ticket with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, and said his tax debts are in the process of being paid-down.
The Medina City Law Director has filed suit against embattled school superintendent Randy Stepp, ordering him to fork-over more than four-Thousand dollars the state auditor previously determined he owes the district. The filing, submitted November 26, follows a letter that was sent to Stepp on November 1 that gave him 20 days to cough-up the cash. Stepp contends the State Auditor conducted a biased investigation into his spending of a carry-over fund for the Medina County Educational Service Center.
An Akron man lost his life in a one-car crash Tuesday night on the city's west side. Police Lt Rick Edwards says 32-year-old Michael Smith of Grant Street lost control of his vehicle while driving southbound on East Avenue near Russell Avenue, going off the right side and hitting a tree around 6:15PM...killing Smith on the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. The Summit County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Wednesday.
The Chevy Cruze is regaining some popularity, with sales of the car built in Lordstown up by 8.3-percent in the month of November. GM reported this week that last month was the best-ever November for sales of the Cruze – with 18-Thousand, 200 units sold compared to 16-Thousand, 807 last year during the same time. In September, Cruze sales had fallen 50-percent from the same period last year.
A Franklin County judge this week called 55-year-old Thomas Wallace a “poster child” for the problems with the state’s mental health system, then ordered the man committed to a mental hospital for the stabbing death of another man outside a downtown Columbus hotel last year. Wallace had reportedly been through a revolving door of prison facilities and mental hospitals for three decades before allegedly attacking 42-year-old Jerry Fugett on September 6, 2012. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity last month.
A Kent woman is in hot water with the IRS, accused of slightly under-reporting her income on those tax returns…by more than 240-Thousand dollars over a two-year span. 57-year-old Youlanda Banks, who also uses the last name Dorsey, has been tapped by the US Attorney’s office after filing a tax return in 2007 for just over 54-Thousand dollars when her income was more than 157-Thousand. In 2008, her reported income was just over three-Thousand dollars, but the government says she actually raked-in almost 144-Thousand.
Children’s Hospital in Akron has decided to terminate its contract with Anthem, which means parents will either pay higher out-of-pocket costs or be forced to go quite a distance to get care for their kids if they’re insured with that company. While the hospital and the insurance company are still trying to work-out an agreement, letters have already been mailed to Anthem members – advising them that Anthem coverage will not be accepted after January 1 at the Akron facility, as well as the neonatal intensive care units at City, General, Robinson, Aultman and Wooster hospitals.
A 21-year-old Cleveland man got 30 years to life in prison this week following his conviction on charges in the murder of his grandmother. Dale Palmer Jr. beat his grandmother with a hammer before smothering her as she lay on the floor. Palmer’s convictions included charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in connection with the June 22 death of Jualene Winston of Cleveland Heights.
Hunters in Ohio took-in about three-percent fewer white-tail deer on the first day of gun season, compared to last year’s numbers. 22-Thousand, 600 deer were checked on Monday and hunters have bagged less than 110-Thousand so far this year…compared to 113-Thousand last year. Some 420-Thousand hunters are expected to make their rounds during this year’s season here in Ohio.
Possibly coming soon to a mailbox near you – higher electric bills. A measure sponsored by Ohio Senator and Public Utilities Chairman Bill Seitz could add another 175 dollars annually to your home electric costs. After the initial effort stalled before Thanksgiving, amendments have been made to get more support from a committee that was to look at the bill on Wednesday. The idea is facing opposition from environmental groups and the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel.
A teenager accused of fatally shooting a woman at a Dayton bus stop has been arraigned on an aggravated murder charge. The 17-year-old faces additional counts of aggravated robbery and attempted breaking and entering in the September 13 slaying of 75-year-old Take Gangloff. The boy will be tried as an adult in Montgomery County, and is also accused in a September gas station robbery and attempted break-in at a loan company.