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2 men killed in crash

Aug 23, 2017 -- 8:05am

Two people were killed Tuesday evening when a driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel and struck them while they were standing on the side of the road. It happened around 4:30 pm yesterday on I-71 North near milepost 181. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and struck two men who were working on a disabled tractor-trailer. The two men, a 44 year-old man from New York, and 28 year-old Dennis McKenzie Jr., of Polk, Ohio, were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the tractor-trailer the men had been working on was an oversize load, which was pulled well off the roadway with safety triangles behind the truck. No charges have been filed as the accident remains under investigation.

Ravenna Township man charged with rape

Aug 23, 2017 -- 7:04am

A Ravenna Township man has been charged with raping a woman at a campsite off Lake Rockwell Road. The alleged incident happened this past Saturday. Authorities say, 50 year-old Raymond Hess, of the 6000 block of Sue Lynn Drive, is charged with one count of rape. He is being held on $150,000 cash bond. Hess allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the 33 year-old female victim against her will. Additional charges are possible.

Agency had wanted judge to toss shooter's suit

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:52am

 Records show an Ohio housing authority wanted a judge to dismiss much of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by a man who shot him outside a courthouse.
     Authorities say 51-year-old Nathaniel Richmond was fatally shot Monday by a probation officer after wounding Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese (bruh-ZEEZ') Jr., who's expected to survive.
     Richmond sued the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority after Richmond's mother and 2-year-old great-nephew died in an April 2015 house fire.
     Richmond's lawsuit alleges the home had exposed electrical wires and had missing and inoperable smoke alarms.
     The agency wanted Bruzzese to dismiss a claim for punitive damages and another claim that critical evidence was lost when the house was torn down immediately after the fire.

Woman claims she won $500K lottery; lottery says $500 prize

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:50am

An Ohio woman claims to have won $500,000 on an Ohio Lottery scratch-off ticket, while the lottery says she won only the $500 she received.
     Penelope Demetriades filed a claim against the lottery Monday in Ohio's Court of Claims. The Northfield woman says she bought a ticket in September at a convenience store in Macedonia, about 24 miles (39 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. She says a store employee said she won $500 and gave her that prize.
     Demetriades says she later determined she won $500,000, but employees wouldn't honor her ticket, saying it was destroyed or thrown.
     She alleges breach of contract, among other things, and is seeking compensatory damages and a judgment that she won $500,000.
     The lottery says investigators reconstructed the ticket, and it was a $500 winner.

Ex-cabinet secretary to Ohio to support 'Obamacare'

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:49am

A former Barack Obama administration Cabinet member is returning to her native state to rally opposition to Republican efforts to repeal his health care overhaul.
     Cincinnati-born Kathleen Sebelius (suh-BIL'-yuhs) plans press conferences Wednesday in Cincinnati and Dayton. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both Democrats, are among officials joining her in their cities.
     The former secretary of Health and Human Services says Republicans should stop trying to "sabotage" Obama's Affordable Care Act and work with Democrats to improve it.
     She and two Republicans who also headed Health and Human Services told The Associated Press that President Donald Trump and Congress should make stabilizing health insurance marketplaces their immediate goal.

Police:Deadly shooting at party targeted, related to drugs

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:48am

 Police say a deadly shooting at a gender reveal party in Ohio was targeted and possibly related to drugs.
     Colerain Township police spokesman James Love says investigators have found multiple connections between people who attended the party and three drug rings. He also says detectives have been met with resistance from victims and witnesses.
     Twenty-two-year-old Autum Garrett of Andrews, Indiana, was killed on July 8 during what was supposed to be a pregnant woman's gender reveal party. Garrett's husband and their two children were among eight people who were wounded.
     Authorities have said a 21-year-old woman who claimed she lost her child after being shot wasn't pregnant.
     Police say the continuing investigation will be lengthy and thorough, and they expect to make multiple arrests.

Icelandic airline announces nonstop service to Cleveland

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:47am

An Icelandic airline has announced plans to start flights next year between Cleveland and Iceland's capital city.
     Officials from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Icelandair made the announcement Monday. Service is expected to start in May, and the airline said tickets are expected to be available soon.
     Cleveland.com reports it will be the first trans-Atlantic flight originating from Cleveland since Delta canceled a London route in 2009.
     Airport director Robert Kennedy says the flight represents a "big win" for the business community in Cleveland because it provides a link to Europe.

Cavs-Celtics involved in blockbuster trade!

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:28am

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are giving NBA fans another reason to tune in for their season-opening clash on Oct. 17.
     The Cavs are shipping Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving to the Celts for Isaiah Thomas in a blockbuster trade of All-Star guards. Cleveland also gets forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.
     Irving asked Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer. He joins the team that lost to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals last spring.
     Irving has averaged 21.6 points and 5  1/2 assists during a six-year career spent entirely with the Cavaliers. He averaged a career-best 25.2 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games last season.
     Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season, giving him a 19.1 scoring average for his six-year career.

Man living in US illegally pleads guilty in deadly crash

Aug 23, 2017 -- 5:01am

A man who was living in the U.S. illegally has pleaded guilty in an alcohol-related crash that killed three people in Ohio.
     Prosecutors say Alejandro Ramirez-Jaramillo was drunk when he drove through a stop sign in March and killed a couple and their adult daughter near Toledo.
     A Lucas County judge on Tuesday sentenced the 27-year-old Asheboro, North Carolina, man to 21 years in prison after he pleaded to guilty aggravated vehicular homicide.
     A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.
     The crash just east of Toledo killed Robin and Barbara Shellhammer, of Oregon, and their daughter, Whitney Meinke, of Curtice (KUR'-tis).
     Court records show Ramirez-Jaramillo was being held on an immigration detainer after his arrest.

OH Senate Overrides Six Kasich Vetoes

Aug 22, 2017 -- 4:34pm


Members of the Ohio Senate on Tuesday approved overrides of six vetoes that Governor Kasich struck-through the two-year budget package, but fell short of reversing the Governor's decision to kill a tax hike proposal his administration called “unsustainable.” The Senate restored budget provisions giving the Legislature more control over future Medicaid spending and imposing more requirements on some recipients in the program. The upper chamber didn't take-up the issue of Kasich's protection of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, since the House didn't take action on it. Action was delayed on several other line items – including language restoring a tax increase on health insurance firms.



Woman Arrested after Fight with Knife, Stun Gun, Mace

Aug 22, 2017 -- 3:58pm


A young Akron woman took a personal arsenal with her to engage in a dust-up with another woman. Cleveland.com cites an Akron Police report that says the 18-year-old woman armed herself with a knife, stun gun and mace before confronting her 19-year-old rival over the weekend along Ericsson Avenue in the east side. The woman cut her victim over the eye with the knife after trying to stab her in the neck. The slightly older woman managed to knock the weapon from her assailant's hand and proceeded to flail-away before the two were eventually separated. The 18-year-old didn't have a chance to use the stun gun or mace before things were settled. Charges were not immediately filed, though the City Prosecutor's office is looking into the incident.



Retrial Continues in Scalded Baby Case

Aug 22, 2017 -- 3:43pm


The retrial began Monday for the father of a four-year-old southern Ohio boy who died after his stepmother forced him into a scalding hot bath. Defense attorneys for Robert Ritchie opened their case and later called for a third mistrial in Warren County Court – after testimony had begun. The lawyers say they were provided the wrong witness transcript used to impeach a police officer on the witness stand on Monday. The judge on Tuesday denied the mistrial request and told both sides to continue presenting their case. Ritchie was charged with failing to seek medical attention that could have saved Austin Cooper's life. The father was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering and defense attorneys say the stepmother covered-up her crime.



Jury Acquits Accused Killer

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:53pm


A jury in Mahoning County Court on Tuesday came back with a not guilty verdict in the trial of an accused killer. 41-year-old Jermaine Bunn was acquitted by the panel on counts including murder and improper discharge of a firearm into a home. Bunn was accused as the gunman who fired shots on April 3 last year, killing 30-year-old Michael Pete with a bullet to the chest in the incident that happened during a house party along East Evergreen Avenue. Despite the acquittals on the most serious charges, Bunn was convicted on a weapons charge and a count of tampering with evidence.



Akron Oak Trees Dying from Disease

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:40pm


A number of Oak trees in Akron have fallen victim to a rapidly-spreading fungal disease. So far, the city says most of the damage has been found in trees on the city's north and west sides, with the fungus clogging vascular cells and cutting-off the water supply from the roots to the leaves. The city reported on Tuesday that the disease is spread by insects and animals to trees with open wounds, broken limbs or those that have been freshly pruned – and can kill the tree over the course of just days or weeks. The city is asking residents not to prune Oaks between April 1 and October 1 and if you see a city-owned tree with a broken limb, call 311 to report it. You should call a certified arborist if you have a damaged Oak on your private property.



OH Mayors want Ops Center for Opioid Crisis

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:39pm


A coalition of mayors from around Ohio are lobbying Governor Kasich to create an emergency operations center, aimed at coordinating response to the state's opioid crisis as it continues to skyrocket. The Ohio Mayors Alliance has sent a letter to Columbus, citing the “unfolding catastrophe” of overdose deaths related to heroin, painkillers and fentanyl. Mayors who signed the letter cited a number of potential improvements to the state's ongoing response to the problem – including the Ops center to streamline upward flow of information from cities to the state and to coordinate sharing of crisis resources among local authorities.



OH Confederate Statue Vandalized

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:39pm


Police in Columbus are investigating after a statute in a Confederate Cemetery was vandalized. Officers went to Camp Chase Cemetery on the city's west side, where the statue of a soldier had been torn-down from atop a monument and its head was missing. The US Department of Veterans Affairs says that Camp Chase was converted from a training facility for Union Army recruits to a POW camp during the early part of the Civil War. Dead Confederate soldiers buried nearby included 31 who had died at Camp Dennison near Cincinnati. The burial ground contains more than 21-hundred sets of historic remains. Police say the crime happened sometime between Midnight and 6:30 Tuesday morning, the damage found by officers who stepped-up their patrols in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.



Two Sought after Akron Burglary

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:38pm


A pair of suspects are being hunted by Akron Police after a business was burglarized early Tuesday morning. Officers responding to an alarm drop arrived shortly before 4:00AM at a convenience store in the 1000 block of Hammel Street, where they found a window had been broken and the cash register was on the floor. Police are looking for a pair of white males around 19 years old. Both are around five-feet-eight and 135 pounds. One wore gray sweats and white athletic shoes. The second was dressed in a black t-shirt and dark pants.



Community Centers Vandalized

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:37pm


Portage County Sheriff detectives are continuing the investigation into a vandalism spree that damaged a pair of community centers in Ravenna Township. The damage happened sometime over the weekend at Skeels-Matthews and King Kennedy Community Centers – which are separated by about three miles. Fires were set at both locations and other damage included egged walls, broken windows and trash that was strewn-about. No suspects have been named and the Sheriff's office is looking for tips from the public leading to the arrest of the vandals.



Suspect Arrested in Warren Shooting

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:36pm


The suspect in a Tuesday morning shooting in Warren has been named and authorities are on the hunt to make an arrest. 32-year-old Daniel Chipps is accused as the gunman who shot a 44-year-old Warren man outside the suspect's apartment shortly after 9:00AM. Witnesses told the Vindicator that the victim had been shot several times – including in the face – in an incident that reportedly culminated an argument over theft of property. An arrest warrant on charges of felonious assault was issued for Chipps, who was last seen leaving the area in a green SUV.



Former Police Chief Dies

Aug 22, 2017 -- 2:35pm


A former police chief in the Portage County village of Hiram has died. The Record-Courier reports that former Police Chief Mark Lombardi suffered a medical issue while scuba diving in Florida last Saturday. Lombardi was the Hiram Police Chief between 1999 and 2011 and had also served with the Geauga County Sheriff's office and other police departments in Burton and Parkman. Funeral arrangements are not yet final, but Lombardi is expected to be laid to his final rest on Saturday in Hiram.



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