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4 shot in Cleveland

Aug 21, 2018 -- 10:25am

One person is dead after a shooting on Cleveland's east side last night. The shooting occurred on East 94th Street near Dickens around 11:30 pm . Police say that four people were shot in total. One of them, a 26 year-old, passed away. The other three were taken to hospitals. A 27 year-old man, is hospitalized in critical condition. Police report that the shooting might have been drug related.

Suspect in scooter accident to make court appearance

Aug 21, 2018 -- 7:49am

The suspect in a deadly crash that killed a woman riding a scooter will appear in court later today. The incident occurred around 10 pm Saturday near the intersection of 9th and St. Clair. Police say the driver of a vehicle, 19 year-old Scott McHugh was driving in the excess of the posted 25 mph speed limit when he struck the back of the scooter, throwing the victim onto the road. 21 year-old Jenasia Summers was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. McHugh was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

No straws for you!

Aug 21, 2018 -- 5:26am

Well, if you're used to getting a straw with your drink when heading out to eat.......'times are a changin.'

If you want a straw at a restaurant in Ashtabula, you're going to have to ask for it. City council voted unanimously to pass a resolution limiting the use of non-recyclable plastic straws and making them available only on request. According to Better Alternatives Now, 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States and many of them end up in landfills and the ocean.

Metal thieves ripping off manhole covers

Aug 21, 2018 -- 5:06am

(AP) - Cincinnati city officials says thieves are ripping manhole covers and storm water grates out of the ground to sell for scrap metal.
    Greater Cincinnati Waterworks and Metropolitan Sewer District officials say scrap metal is valuable right now, and that scrappers are using industrial vehicles like backhoes to rip the metal out of the ground. Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District spokeswoman Deb Leonard says officials believe the scrappers are hiding in plain sight - posing as construction crews while they take the metal from the ground.
    City engineer Eric Saylor says grates are being stolen with "surprising frequency" given that they are both very heavy and only worth a few dollars.
    The thefts are being investigated, but city agencies and contractors are being warned to safeguard job sites.

1 killed in crash in western Ohio

Aug 21, 2018 -- 4:51am

Authorities in western Ohio say a person has died in a single-vehicle crash.
    WHIO-TV reports police responded to the crash in Beavercreek around 10:15 p.m. Monday. Police closed the ramp from eastbound U.S. Route 35 to southbound Interstate 675.
    Police haven't released the identity of the victim.
    No further information has been released.

FREE amusement park admission to Ohio teachers

Aug 21, 2018 -- 4:36am

(AP) - An amusement park in Ohio is offering free admission to teachers for the last weekend in August to celebrate the beginning of the school year.
    Kings Island says teachers will receive free admission with valid school identification or teaching licenses from Aug. 24-26. WKRC-TV reports the Cincinnati-area amusement park in Mason says educators who qualify include teachers, faculty and school staffers.
    Kings Island also says educators can purchase a special admission ticket for family and friends for about $30 a ticket.

One-Time Tribe Manager Doc Edwards Dies

Aug 20, 2018 -- 5:29pm


Doc Edwards, a Major League catcher who went on to manage the Cleveland Indians for three seasons in the 1980s, has died. His death in San Angelo, Texas was announced by his family through longtime friends. Edwards spent more than a half century in baseball, succeeding Pat Corrales as manager of Cleveland, where in 1962 he began his major league career as a player. He managed the Indians for the 1987-89 seasons, finishing with a record of 173-207. Earlier, he was a coach for Cleveland, as well as Philadelphia and the New York Mets. Edwards played five years in the big leagues, mostly with Cleveland and Kansas City. He also played for the New York Yankees and Phillies. He batted .238 for his career, with 15 home runs and 87 RBIs. Howard Rodney Edwards was born in Red Jacket, West Virginia. His nickname came from his time as a Navy medic. Doc Edwards was 81.



Meyer’s Future to be Decided Wednesday

Aug 20, 2018 -- 3:49pm


The future of Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer will be determined this week. Trustees at OSU have set Wednesday for a meeting to discuss Meyer’s future, now that an independent panel completed its review of allegations that were made against him. Fact-finders briefed the Board on Monday, with the panel to retreat into Executive Session on Wednesday before publicly discussing what steps will be taken. OSU President Michael Drake will have the final say on whether any action is taken against the coach, who was accused by the ex-wife of a former assistant of knowing more than he admitted about domestic violence issues.



OH Man Charged with Threats to Lottery

Aug 20, 2018 -- 3:45pm


A Federal Grand Jury has indicted an Ohio man on charges he made threats to kill people connected with the Ohio Lottery. 38-year-old Jason Stovall of Dayton was hit with four counts of making threats over interstate communications. The US Attorney’s office reported on Monday that Stovall is accused of making the threats through numerous posts to the Ohio Lottery Commission’s Facebook Page, items which appeared between June 28 and July 7 in which he allegedly threatened to kill people.



Mom gets Jail in Accidental Shooting Case

Aug 20, 2018 -- 3:37pm


The mother of a four-year-old girl who was wounded after her older brother fired a gun he found earlier this year has been handed jail time for failing to seek medical attention for the little victim. 28-year-old Alyssa Edwards of Hayesville appeared on Monday in Ashland County Court, where she previously pleaded guilty to child endangering charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. She’ll spend six months behind bars and perform 25 hours of community service. Her plea came in advance of a trial in connection with the incident that happened on March 3 at her home, when she arrived from work to find her eight-year-old son had gotten his hands on a weapon, then shot his little sister four times. Rather than take the wounded child to a hospital, Edwards returned to work and finally got around to seeking medical treatment after coming home a second time later in the day.



Driver Indicted for Hit-Skip Death of Officer

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:55pm


A Grand Jury in Lake County has handed-up an indictment against a Kirtland man in connection with a hit-skip incident that killed a Mentor Police officer. 24-year-old Brian Anthony faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, OVI or operating under influence of drugs, failure to stop after a crash and other counts. On June 24, 41-year-old Officer Matthew Mazany was on the scene of a traffic stop and helping another officer when he was hit on State Route 2 near State Route 306. He was taken from the scene to TriPoint Medical Center, where he died. According to prosecutors, Anthony fled the scene after hitting the officer and tested positive for several drugs after he was arrested several hours later.



Two Fires Ruled “Suspicious”

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:49pm


Two homes burned on Akron’s east side over the weekend in separate incidents that authorities believe may be related – both suspicious in nature. Akron Firefighters were called to a burning home in the 600 block of Chittenden Street around 7:00PM Friday, arriving to find the structure engulfed in flames. A little more than 24 hours later, a second home nearby was also the scene of a fire response, after an explosion led to calls as the flames began consuming the house around 11:00PM Saturday. One of the homes was reportedly destroyed in the flames while the other took heavy damage. There were no injuries reported in either incident and Arson investigators are looking into the cause of both incidents.



Man Busted after Confronting Neighbor

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:48pm


A man from Akron’s Goodyear Heights neighborhood apparently went a bit too far when he decided to confront a neighbor who he believes has been breaking into homes in the area. Akron Police report that 34-year-old Jason Ross of Kennebec Avenue had apparently been drinking before deciding to confront the neighbor who lives behind his property…toting an AR-15 as he paid a visit. Police rolled-up to find Ross in the neighbor’s driveway with his pickup truck and the loaded rifle. He was booked on charges of improper handling of a firearm and weapons while intoxicated.



AT&T Wants to Drop Lifeline Service

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:48pm


With communications giant AT&T looking to drop Federal “Lifeline” telephone service, utility regulators here in Ohio are seeking comment from the public on the proposal. Several advocacy groups, representing more than 10-Thousand low-income residents helped under the program, are asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to reject the idea. Lifeline offers a credit that covers one-quarter of the 36-dollar average monthly cost of a landline phone. AT&T claims that the number of Lifeline subscribers have diminished due to competition and wants to drop the service in 10 states. Advocates have argued the program keeps people connected who can’t afford phone and internet service…with landlines bringing help to their homes in times of emergency.



Man Shot to Death, Grandfather Charged

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:47pm


A young Akron man was killed and his grandfather was charged with the crime following a shooting incident that happened near Summit Lake on the city’s southwest side. Police were called to a house in the 500 block of Rothrock Avenue around 10:30 Sunday night, where 22-year-old Cody Czerpak was found inside the home with a bullet wound to the chest. He was dead on the scene when officers arrived. Police say the shooting culminated an argument between Czerpak and his grandfather, 61-year-old Dann Schaffer, who was arrested on the spot and booked into Summit County Jail on a murder charge.



Burglar Steals Smokes at Corner Store

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:46pm


Police in Akron are still investigating a burglary that happened at a neighborhood market on the south side. Police were called on the reported break-in at the Family Corner Store in the 100 block of West South Street, arriving shortly before 5:00AM Sunday when the owner showed them where the suspect entered through a window that had been boarded-up. The burglar made-off with 30-40 packs of cigarettes and a Lottery ticket from the business.



Woman Robbed in Home Invasion

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:46pm


A woman was victimized in a home-invasion robbery that happened on Akron’s east side on Sunday evening. The 24-year-old victim told officers that two black males entered her apartment along Safer Plaza around 5:30PM, telling her they had guns to keep her at bay. No weapons were seen as the men ransacked the home, stealing 100 dollars in cash before running out. The victim wasn’t hurt and police are continuing the effort to identify the robbers.



Multiple Stories follow Akron Shooting

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:45pm


Akron Police are still trying to sort-out what happened that led to a shooting incident over the weekend that left a woman with a bullet wound. The problem is – officers have been given multiple versions of the incident and haven’t figured-out which among them is legit. Police responded to the shots fired report shortly after 1:00AM Sunday, arriving in the 100 block of Crosby Street on the west side to find the 46-year-old woman with a bullet wound to the forehead. She was taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment and is expected to recover. A handgun was found hidden in a clothes hamper inside the home, where 38-year-old Johnny Jones Jr was collared on charges of weapons under disability and booked into Summit County Jail.



Robber Hunted in Akron

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:45pm


The suspect who knocked-off a Dollar General store in Akron’s Chapel Hill neighborhood remains on the run. Police say the robber entered the store in the 1500 block of Brittain Road shortly after 8:00 Saturday morning, took a few items from the shelves and went to the check-out, brandishing a pocket knife while demanding cash from the clerk. He fled the scene with money from the register. The suspect is a white male in his mid- to late-20’s, five-feet-nine and 190 pounds with a goatee. At the time, we wore a black hat with the letter “T” on the front, white t-shirt with the slogan “property of the Marines” on the front and green or gray shorts.



Man Beaten to Death in Cleveland

Aug 20, 2018 -- 2:44pm


The investigation continues after a man was beaten to death while visiting a home on Cleveland’s east side. Police say officers were called to the scene in the 1300 block of East 85th Street shortly before 11:30PM Saturday, arriving to find the 33-year-old victim on the ground. Authorities say his death was brought-on by blunt force trauma to the head and neck. Witnesses told investigators the victim was visiting the home when confronted in the front yard and driveway by his assailant, a man in his 20’s to 30’s who fled the scene after the victim went down.



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