There were Thousands of people inside James A Rhodes Arena on Saturday to say their final farewell to slain Akron Police Officer Justin Winebrenner. Mayor Don Plusquellic gave a moving, emotional eulogy for the officer he came to know personally during his seven years in service to the community...which ended when he was shot to death early last Sunday morning at a pub on East Market Street.
The funeral that began at 10:00AM closed around 11:40AM, with the procession to follow that would carry Winebrenner's body through the streets of downtown, pausing for a salute from his fellow officers in Platoon 4 in front of Police Headquarters before continuing south to Firestone Park and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Hundreds of police officers from across the nation participated in the tribute to 32-year-old officer Justin Winebrenner.
Cleveland Police say a pregnant woman and three others were shot and killed , and a 10-year-old girl was wounded but is expected to survive. Police say that two men and two women were killed and the girl was hurt during a shooting Friday night. The investigation is still underway and police say they have no suspects or information about a motive.
Wiley Bridgeman and Ricky Jackson, who spent nearly 40 years behind bars for a crime they didn't commit, were freed on Friday. The cases against the two were officially dropped in Cuyahoga County Court. The pair- wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1975 based on the testimony of a then 12 year old boy who now admitted he lied.
The Portage County Suicide Prevention Coalition will mare International Survivors of Suicide Day today at the Kent United Methodist Church, 1435 E. Main Street, Kent. A free program is scheduled for 1 to 3 pm. The event is for people who have lived through the suicide of a family member, friend, colleague, classmate or patient.
The Ravenna police Association hosting its annual “Fill A Cruiser” until 1 this afternoon at the Kent/Ravenna Walmart, 2600 S.R. 59.
Akron Police have provided details of the route to be taken with Saturday's funeral procession to the burial of slain officer Justin Winebrenner. Police and city officials are asking those who wish to show their support to line the funeral route and pay their respects. The time frame for the procession will be approximately 11:00AM until 1:00PM.
Here's the route:
From the James A. Rhodes Arena, east on Carroll St. to Spicer
North on Spicer St. to E. Buchtel Ave.
West on Buchtel Ave. to S. Union St.
North on Union St. to E. Market St.
West on Market St. to S. High St.
South on High St. - pause in front of the station
Continue south on High St. to S. Main St.
South on S. Main St. to E. Waterloo Rd.
East on Waterloo Rd. to the SECOND gate of Holy Cross
Enter cemetery and proceed to grave site
People traveling in the Akron area on Saturday will need to avoid these streets if they do not wish to participate.
A steady stream of mourners began filing through James A Rhodes Arena on the University of Akron campus at 1:00PM Friday, paying their respects to the family members of murdered Akron Police Officer Justin Winebrenner. Calling hours continued until 7:00PM for the officer who was shot to death early Sunday morning at a bar on East Market Street.
The funeral mass for Officer Winebrenner will be held at the arena at 10:00AM Saturday, with a procession to follow that will wind through the streets of downtown, pause in front of police headquarters, then continue south to Holy Cross Cemetery in Firestone Park. The public is asked to line the streets along the procession route to pay their respects and honor the memory of the fallen officer, with the procession expected to roll between 11:00AM and 1:00PM.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced new investigative support and grant funding to prosecutors in Cleveland process deal with a backlog of rape DNA kits. The new resources detailed by DeWine on Friday include a 450-Thousand dollar grant so the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office can hire six new investigators to help clear the backlog of rape kits that need DNA testing to try to identify suspects. He said office also will get more help from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Statewide, law enforcement agencies have submitted more than nine-Thousand rape kits for testing to seek DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults.
He ripped-off an M-16 rifle from the trunk of an Akron Police cruiser on June 10 and on Friday, a Summit County judge handed 30-year-old James Couto of Akron a two-year prison sentence for what he did. The cruiser was parked outside police headquarters as the officer went inside and a Summit County Sheriff's deputy remained in the vehicle...then gave chase as Couto ran through the streets of downtown, eventually ditching the weapon in an alley near the Citicenter parking garage. He had gained access to the trunk due to a faulty latch in the lid. He pleaded guilty October 17 to charges of grand theft and receiving stolen property involving a previous car theft.
Former Suarez Corporation CFO Michael Giorgio was sentenced to 27 months in prison during his Friday appearance in Cleveland Federal Court. The 62-year-old man pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of violating Federal election laws and obstruction of justice. His former boss, 73-year-old Benjamin Suarez, was sentenced to 15 months in prison last week on a charge of obstruction by witness tampering. Once he learned that Suarez had been cleared on most of the counts against him, Giorgio tried unsuccessfully to withdraw his guilty plea.
The Ohio Parole Board this week denied a release request for the man convicted for the 1989 murder of a Summit County woman. 45-year-old Richard Ashley was ordered to prison on an 18-to-life sentence after a jury convicted him for the slaying of 18-year-old Lisa Kamenar. On October 8, 1989, the victim went with Ashley to his brother's home in Norton, thinking she was going to get the brakes on her car repaired. Instead, Ashley put a gun to Kamenar's head and pulled the trigger while she sat at the kitchen table. The Summit County Prosecutor's office says Ashley had also shot to death a friend at a cabin in Wisconsin in 1986.
The State Highway Patrol says icy roads were likely to blame for an accident this week that killed a young woman from Trumbull County. 18-year-old Hannah Trumbull of Cortland was driving a small SUV along Phillips-Rice Road in Mecca Township just before 6:00PM Thursday when her vehicle went into a slide on a patch of ice, hitting two trees before coming to a stop. Trumbull was first taken to St Joseph Hospital in Warren and transferred to St Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, where she died.
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed November 1 and killed his passenger has been charged with a felony count of vehicular homicide. Officers were called to Navarre Road and Harrison Avenue SW around 1:45AM after a witness reported seeing the driver walking away after the truck hit a utility pole and a bridge. 25-year-old Timothy Harris of Canton had been ejected from the cab and died on the scene. Police found 30-year-old Timothy Weston of 12th Street NW walking along some railroad tracks and took him back to the scene. In addition to the homicide charge, Weston is also charged with misdemeanor counts of OVI, driving without a license and failure to control.
A Canton woman is facing charges in the death of her two-year-old son. 30-year-old Katia Williams of Seventh Street NW, who also uses the name Katia Smith, was arrested on charges of murder and child endangering. She had called 911 around 4:45PM Tuesday, saying her son, Dalil Smith, approached her with a bloody nose, then collapsed and stopped breathing. He was pronounced dead at Aultman Hospital and authorities say he was covered in bruises and at least one burn injury that appeared to be deliberate. Authorities interviewed the kids and were told that the little boy had been beaten and that his mother also stomped on his stomach. County authorities removed eight other children who lived in the house, all of them under the age of 11. The woman's bond was set at one-Million dollars on Friday and a preliminary hearing was set for December 1.
A gunfight this week in Youngstown between a store owner and a robber ended with the business owner dead and the robber wounded. Police say 29-year-old Abdullah Mahdi took a fatal bullet to the head during the incident that happened around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon at Reemas Fashion Store in the 2600 block of South Avenue. The victim did manage to fire his own weapon and wound 19-year-old Larry McDonald, who was held-down by witnesses until police and paramedics arrived on the scene. Mahdi died at St Elizabeth Medical Center, where McDonald was also taken for treatment.