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Flu now widespread across Ohio

Jan 18, 2017 -- 10:59am

Influenza-like illness is now widespread throughout Ohio for the first time this flu season, and the number of associated hospitalizations are rising. The first week of January there were 287 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio compared to 157 a week earlier. Flu season in Ohio generally lasts from October through May, with the peak flu season in February. Still not too late to get that flu shot. While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include, washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours .

Speedway to hire more than 1,000 employees

Jan 18, 2017 -- 10:25am

Speedway , the nation's second largest chain of company-owned and operated convenience stores with approximately 2,770 stores in 22 states, is looking to hire more than 1,000 employees across nine states. A variety of full-time and part-time positions are available. Speedway will hold open interviews at every store in Ohio and eight other states, Wednesday, Jan. 25. Additional details can be found at speedway.com. Interested candidates should plan to attend the open interviews in person. Those unable to attend can complete an application at speedway.com, or visit the nearest speedway location for job information.

Ex-coach sentenced in fatal crash

Jan 18, 2017 -- 10:18am

A former University of Dayton basketball coach who was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide has been sentenced to four years in prison. 37 year-old Paul Ivkovich, was charged after crashing his vehicle in Dayton in April 2015. Sharon Crawford, a passenger in the vehicle, was killed in the crash. Investigator's say Ivkovich's blood alcohol content at the time was .227 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Jury scam in Summit County

Jan 18, 2017 -- 9:57am

Summit County residents should be aware of a scam occurring in the county. Authorities warning citizens of an on-going jury scam in which residents are receiving telephone calls from individuals representing themselves as law enforcement and requesting payment or personal information. The caller refers to some type of discrepancy in regard to jury service and then demands payment to clear up the matter. Law enforcement will not initiate telephone communication with residents about jury duty nor require payment over the phone in regard to jury service. If you have already provided confidential information to someone who identified himself or herself as a representative of law enforcement, you should take necessary steps to protect your identity.

Ex-deputy found not guilty of murder charge in Ohio shooting

Jan 18, 2017 -- 9:42am

A former Ohio deputy sheriff accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man after a chase has been found not guilty of murder and reckless homicide. The jury deliberated about five hours yesterday before finding former Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins not guilty in the March 2015 death of Robert Rooker. Jenkins testified he was forced to shoot because he thought Rooker was reaching for a weapon. Prosecutors say Jenkins unnecessarily fired nine times through the windows of Rooker's stopped vehicle, striking him seven times. In an unrelated case, Jenkins also has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of a neighbor in December 2015.

Tallmadge sentenced on rape charges

Jan 18, 2017 -- 9:36am

A Tallmadge man was sentenced to nine years behind bars for raping and beating a female acquaintance. 37 year-old Brendan Clark, pleaded guilty yesterday to rape and domestic violence charges. Authorities say , Clark entered the woman's Tallmadge home in July, 2016, threw a chemical in her face and dragged her into a bedroom, where he beat and sexually assaulted her. She was able to escape and called police. The Tallmadge Police Department obtained DNA evidence and an admission from Clark.

Woman crashes car into store in Massillon

Jan 18, 2017 -- 7:54am

No one was injured yesterday when an elderly woman crashed her car into a Family Dollar store in the Mayflower Shopping Center on Lincoln Way W. Massillon police say the 77 year-old woman mistook the gas pedal for the brake sending her vehicle over the curb and into the store. The incident occurred around noon.

Dominion replacing pipes in Cuyahoga Falls

Jan 18, 2017 -- 7:46am

Dominion East Ohio has announced plans to replace more than 15,000 feet of the utility's aging gas pipelines in Cuyahoga Falls. The Beacon reports, the work will be split up into two projects totaling more than $3 million. The projects are part of Dominion's $4 billion , 25 -year Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement program, which seeks to overhaul more than 5,500 miles of the company's 22,000 – mile pipeline system. The first project in Cuyahoga Falls is slated to begin Jan. 23, near the intersection of Baily Road and Munroe Falls Avenue. It should take a couple of months to complete. The second project, scheduled for this summer on 26th Street, near the intersection of Wyandotte Avenue.

First gorilla born in zoo, dies at Columbus Zoo

Jan 18, 2017 -- 7:32am

The world's first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the U.S., has died at the age of 60. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her birthday. She surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades.

Ex-deputy found not guilty of murder charge in Ohio shooting

Jan 18, 2017 -- 6:47am

 A former Ohio deputy sheriff accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man after a chase has been found not guilty of murder and reckless homicide.
 
     A jury deliberated about five hours before finding former Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins not guilty Tuesday in the March 2015 death of Robert Rooker.
 
     Jenkins testified he was forced to fire because he thought Rooker was leaning down to grab a weapon.
 
     Prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General's Office say Jenkins unnecessarily fired nine times through the windows of Rooker's stopped vehicle, striking him seven times.
 
     An attorney general's spokeswoman says prosecutors are disappointed but respect the verdict.  
 
     In an unrelated case, Jenkins also has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of a neighbor in December 2015. 

Cleveland cop charged with rape was also arrested in 2009

Jan 18, 2017 -- 6:42am

The Cleveland police officer charged with pistol-whipping and raping his girlfriend in Parma last week was previously arrested for attempting to force an acquaintance to kiss him years ago in the suburban city.
 
     Parma police say Cleveland Patrolman Tommie Griffin was arrested in 2009 for forcing himself on a woman who knew him through a prior job and his ex-wife.
 
     The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and apologized to his victim, claiming he was extremely drunk at the time.
 
     Cleveland police's Internal Affairs Unit investigated the 2009 incident, but it's unknown whether Griffin was ultimately punished.
 
     Griffin has been charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping in connection with a domestic violence attack on his 40-year-old girlfriend last Friday.
 

McKesson agrees to pay $150M in pill shipment case

Jan 18, 2017 -- 6:02am

Federal prosecutors say McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that the drug wholesaler failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills.
 
     The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for West Virginia's northern district announced the settlement in a news release Tuesday.
 
     The settlement commits San Francisco-based McKesson to a multi-year suspension of sales of controlled substances from distribution centers in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. It also imposes new and enhanced compliance requirements on McKesson's distribution system.
 
     In a statement Tuesday, Chairman and CEO John H. Hammergren said McKesson is "committed to tackling this multi-faceted problem in collaboration with all parties in the (prescription drug) supply chain."
 
     In 2008, McKesson agreed to a $13.25 million civil penalty for similar violations.

Review says fatal police shooting of suspect justified

Jan 18, 2017 -- 5:59am

A review board has determined a SWAT team officer's fatal shooting of a robbery suspect outside a convenience store in Ohio's capital city in 2015 was justified.
 
     Officer Barry Kirby fatally shot 25-year-old Kaleb Alexander on Oct. 15, 2015 outside a United Dairy Farmers store in Columbus.  
 
     Police say officers staked out the store after being told the same man had robbed it the two previous nights.
 
     On the night of the shooting, police say officers saw Alexander walk into the store with a gun and demand cash. They say he left the store and was shot after ignoring commands to drop his weapon.
 
     A grand jury declined to issue an indictment in the case.  
 
     The review board says Kirby's actions were not in violation of the division's polices.

Ex-coach sentenced in fatal crash

Jan 18, 2017 -- 5:45am

A former University of Dayton coach who was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide has been sentenced to four years in prison.
 
     Authorities say Paul Ivkovich was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The 37-year-old Dayton man was charged after crashing his vehicle in Dayton in April 2015. Sharon Crawford, a passenger in the vehicle, was killed in the crash.
 
     Investigators say Ivkovich's blood alcohol content at the time was .227 percent. That's nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent.
 
     Ivkovich was found guilty in December 2016.
 
     A message seeking comment was left for Ivkovich's attorney.
 
     Ivkovich was the university's strength and conditioning coach for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Utility to replace aging gas pipeline in Cuyahoga Falls

Jan 18, 2017 -- 5:10am

Dominion East Ohio has announced plans to replace more than 15,000 feet of the utility's aging gas pipelines in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Falls.
 
     The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2jxff50 ) the work will be split up into two projects totaling more than $3 million.
 
     The projects are part of Dominion East Ohio's $4 billion, 25-year Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement program. The PIR program seeks to overhaul more than 5,500 miles of the company's 22,000-mile pipeline system.
 
     The first project, slated to begin Jan. 23, involves replacing about 14,000 feet of 1929- and 1946-vintage bare steel pipe with corrosion-resistant plastic line.
 
     The second project, projected for this summer, will switch out roughly 1,000 feet of 1938- and 1929-vintage bare steel pipe with both plastic line and coated steel line, respectively.
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Akron man charged with murder

Jan 17, 2017 -- 11:47am

Akron police detectives have signed murder charges on 25 year-old Darshawn McCormick, of Alexander Street, in Akron. McCormick was charged in the shooting death of Javanta Virden. On Dec. 26, 2016, McCormick allegedly shot Virden multiple times while he was in the 100 block of Ericcson Avenue. Darshawn McCormick is already in the Summit County Jail on unrelated charges.

Shooting in Akron

Jan 17, 2017 -- 11:46am

Akron police investigating a shooting which occurred shortly after midnight. A resident in the 1500 block of White Avenue reported hearing shots fired, and then realized their house was struck after hearing glass breaking. No injuries were reported. No suspect information was given.

 

Akron pizza shop robbed

Jan 17, 2017 -- 11:45am

Akron police investigating the robbery of a pizza store on Copley Road. It happened just after noon yesterday. Police say a suspect entered the Little Caesars Pizza, 1260 Copley Road, and robbed the place of $40. The suspect then took off and got into a car parked on Roslyn Street and fled. The suspect is described as a black male, about 30 years of age, 5'9”, 150 pounds, thin mustache and was wearing a black hat, black jacket and black pants. Anyone with information, call Akron police at 330-375-2490.

 

Search continues for missing plane

Jan 17, 2017 -- 10:26am

Crews have returned to the water to resume their search efforts for the plane that went missing over Lake Erie last month. The city has planned a news conference to provide updates on their search findings for later this afternoon. Crews have been searching for the missing 525 Citation that vanished over Lake Erie after departing Burke lakefront Airport Dec. 29. Six people were on board. Search crews have recovered more than 250 pieces of debris from the aircraft, as well as human remains being analyzed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

Crisis text line has helped over 200 Ohioans

Jan 17, 2017 -- 9:52am

Officials say a statewide partnership with a national crisis text line has resulted in the “active rescues” of 243 Ohioans in danger of harming themselves or others. The Crisis text Line connects people in stressful situations with a trained crisis counselor via text message. Ohio residents can text “4HOPE” to 741741 and are expected to receive a response within five minutes. It's a free service. The three top text subjects in Ohio are depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and stress. The service is aimed at younger people but is open to everyone.

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