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Ohio awards $2.5M to house those in alcohol, drug recovery

Nov 25, 2015 -- 11:44am

State officials have awarded $2.5 million in grants to expand housing for Ohioans recovering from drug and alcohol problems. Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials say that brings the state's investment in recovery housing to $12.5 million over three years. The grants will go to 25 projects in 18 counties, adding a total of about 200 beds.

Man pulled from lakewith medical emergency

Nov 25, 2015 -- 11:41am

Ohio State University says a man with a medical emergency had to be pulled from a campus lake where students were gathered for the annual lake jump held before the Ohio State-Michigan football game. Officials say the man was in cardiac arrest when he was pulled from Mirror Lake early this morning. Students annually jump into the lake on Tuesday night before the game. The man was taken to a Columbus-area hospital in critical condition.

Goodyear spreading cheer

Nov 25, 2015 -- 11:38am

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber company and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will team up again this year fior their fifth donation drive for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Eddie Ogden, Public Relations Specialist and Historian for the Goodyear Blimps says....these events will provide the public with an opportunity to make a donation for Toys for Tots while enjoying a close-up view of the airships.1005.This year's event...Dec 11 , 12 and 13....noon-to-9pm.....Visitors can see the progress of construction on the second of the company's new generation NT airships at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake hangar......

Serious crash on Tallmadge Circle

Nov 25, 2015 -- 10:48am

Tallmadge police are investigating a serious injury crash which occurred around 3:30 this morning. 26 year-old Andrew Craig, of Akron, has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault and OVI, in connection with the crash that occurred on Tallmadge Circle. Police say, a vehicle entered the Tallmadge Circle from South Avenue and struck at least one tree. Both occupants were ejected and seriously injured. Both men are being treated at an Akron hospital. Evidence at the scene and his statement place Craig behind the wheel. His initial BAC registered .302. The Summit Metro Regional Crash Team is assisting with the investigation.

Warrants signed in recent homicide

Nov 25, 2015 -- 10:43am

The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are asking for assistance from the public for information that could lead to the arrest of Daymond Hooks and Philip Key Jr.

Hooks is wanted for murder and felonious assault;Key is wanted for complicity to commit murder. Police say, shortly after midnight on Nov. 17, Daymond Hooks and Jerry Stallings got into an argument inside of Centerfold's Night Club on East Archwood Avenue. During the argument, Hooks and Stallings got into a physical fight. After the fight broke up, Hooks left the nightclub with friends only to return several minutes later. Authorities say, Philip Key tackled Stallings while Hooks pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at Stallings, striking him in the chest. Stallings was later found dead near the south entrance to the club. Hookes and Key fled the scene.

Daymond Hooks is a 29 year-old black male , 5'10” , 185 pounds, with a last known address on 4th Avenue in Akron. Philip Key Jr. is a 32 year-old black male, 5'9”, 195 pounds, with a last known address on Sparhawk Avenue in Akron.

Local district pus school issue before voters

Nov 25, 2015 -- 9:53am

The Green Board of Education voted earlier this week to seek a renewal of its $4.8 MILLION LEVY on the March 13 primary ballot. The district's treasurer tells the Beacon Journal...the renewal, which wouldn't take effect until January 2017, is necessary to keep the district operating in the black and is not a request for new money.

Father Indicted in Son's Long Disappearance

Nov 24, 2015 -- 5:51pm

A man who lived under a false identity to fly under the radar now faces a long list of charges following the 13-year disappearance of his son, taken-away from his mother's Alabama home in 2002 when the boy was five years old. 53-year-old Bobby Hernandez has been indicted on 32 counts: Several kidnapping charges, interference with custody, tampering with records, forgery and other alleged crimes. The FBI got information on October 30 that Hernandez and his son were living in Cleveland. He was arrested November 2 and until then, his son had no idea that he was listed on the missing children database.



Pot Pusher Popped on Pike

Nov 24, 2015 -- 5:27pm

A Connecticut man is cooling his heels behind Lorain County Jail bars after being caught with nearly a half-Million dollars' worth of pot on the Ohio Turnpike. The State Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Terry Ward was pulled-over for a traffic violation around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon near the 135 Mile Marker on I-80. His jittery behavior resulted in a call to bring-in a drug dog that sniffed-out the 90 pounds of weed inside the man's car...drugs with a street value of 450-Thousand dollars. He was booked on charges of possession and trafficking in marijuana.



Wife Pleads Guilty in Husband's Neglect Death

Nov 24, 2015 -- 5:02pm

A Springfield Township woman saw more serious charges of involuntary manslaughter against her dropped after she agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the death of her husband. 57-year-old Dorothy Matwiju copped the plea to a charge of failure to care for a functionally-impaired person in Summit County Court. She was arrested following a police investigation that began when 64-year-old David Matwiju Sr was found dead inside the couple's home on Onondago Trail on June 3. In a house that was packed with garbage and trash, the man's body was found and weighed just 84 pounds at the time of his death. He once weighed 190 pounds. Matwiju returns to court for sentencing December 3.



Pusher gets Prison for Drug Death

Nov 24, 2015 -- 4:49pm

The street dealer who sold fentanyl to an Akron man who later overdosed and died has been ordered to prison for supplying the deadly dose. 20-year-old Anton Pickett of Maywood Avenue in Akron pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Summit County Court to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and a count of aggravated drug possession. The judge immediately sentenced Pickett to four years in prison. The body of 23-year-old Tyler Bornstein was found in a vacant city lot in Akron on September 28 last year and investigators later determined that Pickett was the pusher who sold him the drugs that claimed his life.



Browns — Manziel Benched

Nov 24, 2015 -- 4:00pm

The Browns have benched quarterback Johnny Manziel because of his off-field behavior. Coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against Baltimore in place of Manziel, who was recently given the starting job but has now been demoted to third string. Manziel's benching comes in the wake of a video surfacing of him partying last weekend in Texas. He had promised not to bring any embarrassment to the team during its bye week, but Pettine said he was both disappointed and frustrated by Manziel's actions.



Killer Ordered to Mental Facility for Life

Nov 24, 2015 -- 3:57pm

A Trumbull County man has been ordered to spend the rest of his life in a mental hospital for the murder of his wife. 64-year-old Royce Honaker was accused of killing his wife more than three years ago and admitting the crime to police. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity on November 10, ending a two-day trial for the Southington Township man, who was charged with murdering his wife, Donna, on July 31, 2012 at the couple's home in the 4400 block of County Line Turnpike Road. Honaker called 911 to tell dispatchers he had killed his wife. Police arrived to find the woman suffering two fatal bullet wounds. A few months before the murder, Honaker was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.



Browns — Manziel on Hot Seat

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:52pm

Browns coach Mike Pettine says he's disappointed with Johnny Manziel's off-field behavior and may bench the quarterback. Pettine named Manziel as Cleveland's starter for the remaining six games during the team's bye week. But after a video surfaced of Manziel partying this past weekend, Pettine said on Tuesday that he's reconsidering his choice and would not guarantee the second-year QB would play in Monday night's game against Baltimore.



Indictment Issued for March Murder

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:51pm

A Grand Jury in Columbiana County has returned an indictment on charges in the murder and dismemberment of a man last March. The five-count indictment handed-down against 54-year-old Daniel Landsberger accuses him in the slaying of 33-year-old Quinn Wilson of Seigler Road. Landsberger had originally been charged with tampering with evidence and reportedly admitted to a neighbor that he killed the younger man. Police who searched the accused man's property found blood on the walls of his trailer and a burnt mattress on a pile of wood. Wilson's body was found cut-up in pieces a few days after Landsberger allegedly admitted to the neighbor that he had killed him. Additional counts of abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit robbery were included in the indictment. An alleged female accomplice has also been charged with conspiracy and complicity in addition to counts of obstruction of justice. She allegedly helped lure the victim to the spot where he was beaten, robbed and killed.



Accused Terror Supporter gets Bond

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:51pm

If his family can swing the half-Million dollar bond, a Columbus man accused of supporting a known Al Qaida leader will be allowed to go free to await his trial. Federal prosecutors argued against any possible release for Sultane Roome Salim, who was among four people with ties to Ohio accused of conspiring to send money to the terrorist leader who later died in a drone strike. Salim was ordered to hand-over his passport and stay away from the others who were charged...including two men from United Arab Emirates who were busted overseas and returned to the US to face charges.



Cincy Man Cleared for Release after Metal Treatment

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:50pm

A Federal judge in Cincinnati on Tuesday issued a ruling allowing a man to be returned from a mental health facility to his family, following evaluation for his threats to kill former US House Speaker John Boehner. 45-year-old Michael Hoyt, a former bartender at a country club where Boehner is a member, was deemed insane at the time of his threat and was sent to a Federal center in North Carolina in July. The judge said on Tuesday that Hoyt is no longer considered a threat to others and released him to the custody of his father. He will continue to get treatment for bipolar disorder and will be monitored to see that he's taking his medications.



Burning Leaves Spread Fire to Garage

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:49pm

The smell of burning autumn leaves was quickly over-matched by the stench of a burning garage over the weekend in Stark County. Officials with the Canton Township Fire Department say a homeowner was burning leaves when a gust of wind sent flaming yard debris and embers against the garage in the 4500 block of Orchardview Drive SE. Firefighters were called to the scene around 11:15 Saturday morning, but were unable to get a handle on the flames until they had destroyed the structure. No injuries were reported and no damage estimate was provided.



Judge Spares Glitter-Bomber Jail Time

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:48pm

A young Akron woman convicted by a jury last month has been spared additional jail time by a Summit County judge. 25-year-old Samantha Lockhart was given a suspended nine-month jail term and placed on probation for 18 months for trashing the office of a supervisor at the Summit County Fiscal Office in downtown Akron on January 13. Silly string, toilet paper, glitter and a white powder were scattered throughout the work area and some equipment and personal property were damaged in the process. In addition to the other penalties, Lockhart was also fined a Thousand dollars, ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and ordered to write a letter of apology.



Killer Sentenced 30 Years after Wife's Murder

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:47pm

A former resident of Akron and Stow is likely going to spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. 53-year-old Scott Purk appeared in Summit County Court on Tuesday, where he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years for the March 1985 murder of his 24-year-old pregnant wife, Margaret, in the couples' home on Timber Trail. A jury found Purk guilty on charges of murder and tampering with evidence last Wednesday in a trial that came after Purk willingly shared details of his wife's death as his home in Stow burned. Purk's prison time for the murder won't begin until he completes a 28-year term for setting the 2009 arson fire that nearly killed his kids. Margaret Purk's death was originally ruled suicide, but forensic evidence indicated that Purk had strangled her with a belt and staged the scene to make it appear she hanged herself.



Inmate Denied Release after Crafting Shank

Nov 24, 2015 -- 2:47pm

A man who was about to be set free from the Stark County Jail on Friday won't be going anywhere for a while. 25-year-old Aaron White of Alliance was caught with a jailhouse weapon. Authorities say White was seen tampering with a heating vent, removing one of the fins and crafting it into a shank that he apparently tried to flush down a toilet when caught. Originally jailed on a conviction for receiving stolen property, White is now charged with new counts of felony vandalism, possession of a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. His bond on the new charges was set at 25-Thousand dollars.



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