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Irish Win State Basketball Championship

Mar 25, 2017 -- 12:40pm


ST V-M Fighting Irish (25-5) 45, WAUSEON Indians (27-2) 30

The Saint Vincent – Saint Mary Fighting Irish took care of some unfinished business on Saturday, knocking-off Wauseon 45-30 to win the State Division II Boy's Basketball Championship at Value City Arena in Columbus. After finishing as the runner-up last year, the Irish overcame a slow start in a game that was a battle in the early-going, then pulled-away after halftime to win their seventh State title in the school's 14th appearance since 1983.



Woman Dies after Stark County Shooting Incident

Mar 25, 2017 -- 10:48am


The Stark County Sheriff's office now says that a woman has died after a shooting incident at a home in the 6500 block of Columbus Road NE in Nimishillen Township. Deputies were called to the scene shortly after 10:00PM Friday, arriving to find 48-year-old Robin Lilly suffering a gunshot wound. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Canton and died of her injury shortly before 1:00AM Saturday. The Sheriff's office said that it appears Lilly was putting-away weapons after a round of target practice and one of the guns discharged, causing the fatal bullet wound. The investigation is ongoing.



Indoor Pot Operation Found

Mar 25, 2017 -- 10:31am


Another indoor pot-growing operation has been found by authorities in the area. Police in eastern Stark County's Marlboro Township went to a house in the 8900 block of Pontius Street NE on Friday night to find plants, growing equipment and drug paraphernalia inside. The 43-year-old man living there told officers that he and his child both smoke the stuff he grows. He was booked on a list of charges including child endangering, then released to await a court appearance.



Woman Shot in Stark County

Mar 25, 2017 -- 10:30am


The Stark County Sheriff's office is investigating a shooting incident that left a woman hospitalized with a bullet wound. Deputies were called to the 6500 block of Columbus Road NE in Nimishillen Township shortly after 10:00PM Friday, arriving to find the 48-year-old victim suffering a gunshot wound. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Canton for treatment and the Sheriff's office released no further information on the victim's identity or condition. No suspect has been named.



Stolen Humvee Recovered

Mar 25, 2017 -- 10:30am


The military Humvee that was ripped-off from the Stow National Guard Armory this week has been recovered. The State Highway Patrol reports that tips to investigators led them to a vacant house in Trumbull County, where authorities with a search warrant found the armored vehicle parked in a garage on Friday. The vehicle was reported stolen this week after authorities found a hole had been cut in the fence at the Stow Armory along Allen Road. The thief was clever enough to disable a locking mechanism on the vehicle before driving it off and there were no apparent witnesses. The search for the suspect involved continues.



Area Man Faces Rape, Kidnapping Charges

Mar 25, 2017 -- 10:29am


A Lorain County Grand Jury has indicted a Medina County man on multiple charges in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a woman from North Ridgeville. 25-year-old Anthony Konopinksi of Seville is being held in the Lorain County Jail on charges of rape, kidnapping and kidnapping with sexual motivation. The indictment claims that Konopinski abducted a 21-year-old woman he had been dating on January 31, choking her and sexually assaulting the woman before driving her from North Ridgeville to Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, where the woman fled at a gas station and reported the crimes to police officers she saw there.



Disability Suit to go Forward

Mar 25, 2017 -- 10:28am


A Federal judge has ruled that a segregation lawsuit can move forward that was filed by advocates for Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Governor Kasich and a number of state agencies tried unsuccessfully to have the claims dismissed...but the judge ruled that Kasich's office waived sovereign immunity in the case because Federal funding is involved. The lawsuit seeks class-action status for around 27-Thousand, 800 people and claims that some with certain disabilities have been victims of segregation...forced to take services from institutions due to a lack of community-based or home-based options. The group known as Disability Rights Ohio filed the suit on behalf of a half-dozen people who, in their words, have been or are at risk of being needlessly institutionalized due to lack of residential, employment or day services.



Trump sends condolence letter to Cleveland officer's family

Mar 25, 2017 -- 7:33am

The family of a Cleveland police officer hit and killed on a freeway has received a letter of condolence from President Donald Trump.
    Officer David Fahey's mother says the family was touched that the note from the president was personally written and not a form letter.
    Fahey was killed on Interstate 90 in January while he was setting down flares after an earlier accident.
    Authorities say the motorist arrested in the crash that killed Fahey had cocaine in his system. He's been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.
    The officer's mother tells Cleveland.com  that Trump thanked her son for his service in the Navy and as a Cleveland officer.

Massillon Jackson wins; moves on to state title game

Mar 25, 2017 -- 7:28am

Kyle Young scored 25 points to lead Massillon Jackson to the title game for the first time in seven years with a 75-64 win over Lakewood St. Edward in a Division I semifinal.
     Young made 10 of 12 field goals on Friday and had three thunderous dunks as the Polar Bears (27-2) seek to repeat their 2010 championship. They'll play Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
     St. Edward (23-6) trailed by 19 in the third quarter and 15 with six minutes to play before making it 61-52 on a Michael Dowell 3-pointer. But it got no closer even though Jackson missed 18 of 34 free throws in the game.
     Logan Hill and Kyle Nicolas each had 11 points for Jackson. Thomas Schmock scored 23 points for St. Edward.

No grand jury charges in fatal police shooting of Ohio man

Mar 25, 2017 -- 5:38am

An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict two plainclothes officers who fatally shot a man they said opened fire on them.
    Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the decision Friday in the June 2016 shooting death of Henry Green.
    Columbus police say the 23-year-old Green, who was black, ignored commands to drop his gun during the shooting.
    Green's family and a friend walking with him say Columbus police didn't identify themselves when they began yelling at Green.
    The officers were members of a $750,000 summer program meant to reduce violence, take illegal guns off the streets and build trust between residents and police.
    Green's family has called for an independent investigation.

One Arrested after Mall Shooting

Mar 24, 2017 -- 5:26pm


Police in Beachwood say one man has been arrested following a shoot-out on Thursday night at Beachwood Place, which left a man hospitalized with a bullet wound. Shots were reported around 7:15PM and responding officers found 30-year-old Antonio Teal of Euclid bleeding from a bullet wound. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and is listed as “stable,” expected to recover. Witnesses told police they saw two men running through the parking lot, firing shots at one another. Police announced on Friday afternoon that 24-year-old Robert Dukes of Stockton, California has been taken into custody on charges related to the shooting – which apparently happened during a drug deal. Dukes was initially booked on drug-related counts with more charges expected to be filed. Police are asking witnesses to come forward with information by calling 216-464-1234.



American Health Care Act Withdrawn

Mar 24, 2017 -- 3:46pm


3:35PM as reported on WNIR:

Debate on the American Health Care Act was suspended at 3:30PM and House Speaker Paul Ryan called a conference meeting among leadership.

A recess has been called – subject to a call from the Chair.

Afterward, a vote on the bill was immediately postponed.

216 votes are needed in order for the bill to pass in the US House.

It's possible the bill will be pulled from the floor without a vote being cast.


3:43PM as reported on WNIR:

Sources say that House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided to withdraw the proposed American Health Care Act after a day of debate on the US House floor.

216 votes were needed for approval and President Trump reportedly asked Ryan to withdraw the proposal after learning there wasn't enough support from hard-line GOP members and Democrats.

Speaker Ryan is due to hold a press conference at some time around the top of the hour.



Hundreds of Pills Popped in Stop

Mar 24, 2017 -- 3:02pm


An Akron man and his out-of-state passenger were busted on drug charges during a traffic stop along the Ohio Turnpike. The State Highway Patrol says a Trooper stopped a vehicle in Summit County this week for an improper lane change, then found more than 200 oxycodone pills when the passenger fessed-up that she was holding. The trooper was handed a bag containing 64 hits and a search of the vehicle turned-up 161 more stashed in the glove compartment. Arrested on the spot were 46-year-old Anthony Groce of Akron and 26-year-old Teara Groce of Clinton, Michigan. Both were booked on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance.



Barberton Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:43pm


A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered following a Barberton man's guilty plea to a robbery charge in Portage County Court. 45-year-old Kenneth Lesher admitted to his role in the crime that happened on August 7, 2015 at the Wal-Mart on Tallmadge Road in Brimfield. Lesher and an accomplice were accused of stealing something from the shelf and he shoved a female security guard during the get-away, leaving the woman with a back injury. Lesher was sent to prison on an eight-month sentence in October 2015 following a theft conviction in Geuaga County and was released in April of last year, then brought to trial for the Brimfield incident. He's now facing a possible 18-month prison term when he returns to court.



Y-Town area Doc Changes Plea in Pill-Pushing Case

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:42pm


A doctor from Canfield who was slapped with a 78-count indictment appeared again in Mahoning County Court on Friday, changing his not guilty to the charges leveled against him. 74-year-old William Paloski changed to an Alford plea and was immediately convicted on charges of issuing illegal prescriptions to patients over a period of at least three years. The Grand Jury indictment included counts of drug trafficking and illegal processing of drug documents. In addition, Paloski also faced counts of unlawful sale or delivery of dangerous drugs, money laundering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Prosecutors said that Paloski had been doling-out painkillers illegally between 2012 and 2015. He was also indicted in 1983 in a 33-count filing...but that case was dismissed in 1985. Prosecutors say they've seized more than one-Million dollars in assets from the doctor. Paloski will be sentenced at a later date.



Suspect Hunted after Mall Shooting

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:42pm


Police near Cleveland are still investigating after a shooting incident sent a man to the hospital on Thursday night from Beachwood Place Mall. Shots were reported around 7:15PM and responding officers found 30-year-old Antonio Teal of Euclid bleeding from a bullet wound. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Witnesses told police they saw two men running through the parking lot, firing shots at one another. Police are asking witnesses to come forward with information by calling 216-464-1234.



Akron Man Charged with Shooting Girlfriend

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:41pm


An argument between a man and his girlfriend ended in gunfire, with the woman sent to the hospital and her boyfriend facing charges. Akron Police say 53-year-old Terrence Robinson-Bey of Rosemary Boulevard has been charged with felonious assault, kidnapping and weapons under disability. He and his girlfriend got into an argument while riding in a car on Wednesday. The girlfriend wanted to get out of the vehicle and Bey allegedly refused to stop. When the woman was able to exit, he reportedly shot her in the leg. She tried to run-away but was reportedly forced back inside the vehicle and driven around for several hours before managing to escape.



One Killed, One Wounded in Youngstown Shooting

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:40pm


A man was killed and his wife wounded in a shooting incident early Friday morning at a home in Youngstown. Police say the shooting that happened around 6:30AM in the 1300 block of Atkinson Avenue was at the scene where another shooting victim had been found earlier this month. Responding officers found 49-year-old Ronald Lewis dead on the scene from bullet wounds and his wife, Tracey, was taken to St Elizabeth Medical Center for treatment of her wounds. On March 8, Javel Bates was shot along Josephine Avenue and had driven himself to his brother's house to get help. Bates died of his wounds on Wednesday and witnesses told police they saw at least two suspects run from the house after Friday's incident. Lewis was the half-brother of Bates.



Woman Dies after Akron House Fire

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:39pm


A woman who was found unconscious inside her burning Akron home on Thursday has died. The Akron Fire Department reported that multiple calls reported smoke in the area of Mercer and Herman Avenues on the west side around 1:15PM and crews rolled-into the area to find smoke coming from a home in the 1200 block of Mercer. Firefighters gained entry to find the flames that began in the kitchen and extended to the second floor. The 58-year-old woman was found unconscious in the living room and taken to Akron General Medical Center, where she died. The cause and damage estimates were not immediately available. The victim's name wasn't released pending family notification.



Elderly Woman Found Wallowing in Filth

Mar 24, 2017 -- 2:39pm


Lorain County authorities are investigating after an elderly woman was found lying in her own feces – then was hospitalized in the ICU as a result of her condition. Her son called an ambulance to the 83-year-old woman's home along West 30th Street in Lorain when he found her in the horrid conditions. Medics took her to Mercy Hospital, where staff members contacted Adult Protective Services to investigate the situation. Police arriving on the scene found evidence of hoarding, with items stacked from floor to ceiling and filthy conditions throughout the home. The son told police that he's been serving as the woman's caregiver and that she seemed fine until a few days before the call was made for an ambulance. No charges have been filed yet.



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