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Potent opioid seized from couple enough to kill 1 million people

Nov 16, 2019 -- 10:37am

A Columbus couple is facing high-level drug charges after police say the couple was in possession of carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that's 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

20 year-old Alexis Hennen and 22 year-old Anthony Taylor, have been charged with drug trafficking and drug possession. The DEA says carfentanil, which is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large animals, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. The amount of carfentanil seized in this case, 25 grams, could kill about 1 million people.

Olympc champ, Cleveland native dies at 96

Nov 16, 2019 -- 9:56am

Olympic champion Harrison Dillard died at a Cleveland hospital yesterday afternoon after being hospitalized for about a week. He was 96 years old. He was the oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medal-winner and to this day the only man to ever win Olympic gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles in 1948 and 1952. The Cleveland native began hurdling at eight years old. He attended Baldwin-Wallace College and won four national collegiate titles in the high and low hurdles during his time there. After winning 82-straight hurdles races, he qualified for the 1948 Olympic team. Memorial services are pending.

2 people hurt in Akron house fire

Nov 16, 2019 -- 9:52am

Two Akron residents were taken to the hospital early this morning following a residential fire on the city's Southeast side. The fire happened in the 500 block of Inman Street. When crews arrived on scene, the home was fully-involved. Two people had already made it out of the house when firefighters pulled up. They were taken to the hospital for treatment of what are being reported as minor injuries. The family's dog was found in the backyard and was unharmed. As firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading, the house eventually collapsed in on itself. Crews remained on scene to douse hot spots. No cause of the fire has been determined.

Ohio's gun season for deer begins early next month

Nov 16, 2019 -- 9:38am

 Ohio's gun season for deer is set to begin early next month.
     This year's deer-gun season runs Dec. 2 through Dec. 8, with an additional weekend of hunting Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
     The Ohio's Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife says hunters harvested more than 60,500 deer during last year's weeklong gun season and more than 9,600 animals during a weekend hunt.
     State officials advise hunters to check the 2019-2020 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations for county-specific bag limits, updates on permits and other information.
     The statewide bag limit is six deer.
     Ohio's youth-only deer-gun season is Nov. 23 and 24.

United Auto Workers approve new 4-year contract with Ford

Nov 16, 2019 -- 9:32am

 Members of the United Auto Workers union at Ford Motor Co. have voted to approve a new contract with the company.
    The union says in a statement Friday night that 56.3% of workers who voted were in favor of the deal.
    The four-year agreement reached Oct. 31 gives workers a mix of pay raises and lump-sum payments as well as a $9,000 ratification bonus. The company also promises $6 billion in U.S. factory investments. Ford gets to close an engine factory near Detroit but its 600 workers there will get jobs at a nearby plant.
    The deal is similar to one ratified by General Motors workers after a bitter 40-day strike.
    On Monday, the union will focus bargaining on Fiat Chrysler, the last of the Detroit Three automakers to settle.

Police not pursuing charges against Browns' Myles Garrett

Nov 16, 2019 -- 9:27am

(AP) - Cleveland police say they are not investigating Browns player Myles Garrett for striking a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with a helmet.
    Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia (CHAWCH') said Friday that police hadn't received a complaint from Mason Rudolph.
    And a city spokeswoman says the prosecutor can't comment because Rudolph hasn't filed a complaint.
    Rudolph's agent, Tim Younger, tells media outlets that no legal options "have been removed from the table."
    Rudolph called Garrett's actions "pretty cowardly."
    Garrett pulled off Rudolph's helmet during a melee at the end of Thursday night's game in Cleveland and used it to strike him on the head.
    Garrett is the NFL's No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and was ejected from the game. The NFL on Friday suspended Garrett indefinitely.

Teens Plead Not Guilty to Charges in State Park Death

Nov 15, 2019 -- 4:55pm


A couple of 16-year-old boys accused of causing the death of a woman while she took pictures in a state park have pleaded not guilty to the charges lodged against them in a Grand Jury indictment. Jaden Churchheus and Jordan Buckley both appeared on Friday in Hocking County Court, where they face charges including murder, involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. They’re charged as adults for the Labor Day incident at Hocking Hills State Park, where 44-year-old Victoria Schafer was taking photos near Old man’s Cave before the teens allegedly shoved a 74-pound log over a cliff that struck her when it fell to the ground.


OH Lawmakers Seek Outright Ban on Abortion

Nov 15, 2019 -- 4:49pm


Some conservative lawmakers here in Ohio are pushing a bill which, if passed and signed into law, would outright ban abortion procedures of any kind in our state. One Republican State Representative from Middletown says the lawmakers behind the bill are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending abortions. Legislation introduced this week declares a fetus as a person and would subject doctors terminating pregnancies to potential charges that would include murder. Exceptions would be made in cases involving saving the life of the mother. Abortion rights groups are already vocal in their opposition to the proposal while the state’s largest anti-abortion group has withheld comment.


OH House Passes Religious Freedom Bill

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:59pm


Members of the Ohio House have voted-up a measure aimed at expanding religious freedom within the walls of public school buildings – allowing students to engage in religious expression as part of their classroom assignments. The bill approved by a 61-31 vote this week removes current language in state law that limits expression of religious beliefs by students to lunchtime and non-instructional periods. It also calls for them to be allowed to gather in groups for secular activities. The Senate now takes-up the bill which, if approved and signed by the Governor, would also prohibit schools from barring students from religious expression as part of their homework or other assignments…and that teachers cannot penalize or reward work based on religious content.


High Bond for Alleged Murder Accomplice

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:53pm


A Wayne County woman indicted on charges for her alleged involvement in the 2012 murder of a pizza delivery driver made an appearance in Summit County Court on Friday. 36-year-old Erica Stefanko of Rittman pleaded not guilty to charges filed against her and saw her bond set at two-Million dollars. Stefanko, the convicted killer’s former wife, was named in a 12-count Summit County Grand Jury indictment, charging her with aggravated murder and lesser counts including murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, gross abuse of a corpse and a list of other charges. She was arrested Monday by agents with the US Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and New Franklin Police. Investigators allege that Stefanko was the one who called-in an order to a pizza shop, luring 25-year-old Ashley Biggs of Jackson Township to a location on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road in New Franklin on June 20, 2012. Her ex-husband Chad Hobb, who’s now 37 years old, hit her in the head and strangled her with a zip-tie before ditching her car with her body inside in Chippewa Township. Cobb pleaded guilty in February 2013 to charges connected with the murder and was handed a life prison sentence with no chance of parole.


Suspect Arrested in String of Crimes

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:52pm


Akron Police have slapped the cuffs on and hauled-in a suspect in connection with at least three crimes in his neighborhood. Police on Friday announced the arrest of 26-year-old Diquan Hall of 19th Street SW, who was booked into Summit County Jail on charges connected with crimes that happened October 19 at Kenmore and Lakeshore boulevards, October 28 at 22nd Street SW and Kenmore Boulevard and on October 30 in the 700 block of Kenmore Boulevard…all locations not far from the suspect’s home. Hall is charged with felonious assault, rape, abduction, kidnapping and two counts of robbery. Police say that Hall allegedly brandished a handgun in each of the crimes.


Suspect Arrested after Akron Robbery

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:52pm


A suspect has been arrested in connection with a robbery earlier this month that was set-up on the internet. Akron Police reported on Friday that 19-year-old Gordon Banks Jr of West Thornton Street was cuffed and charged with aggravated robbery. A 21-year-old man from Copley had online contact on social media – then agreed to meet November 11 in the 700 block of Mineola Avenue with someone claiming to be selling a THC vaping cartridge. Once he arrived, the suspect got into his car, pulled a gun and demanded his property. After stealing two cell phones, he left the victim behind.


Gas Leak Spawns Huge Blast

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:51pm


A leaking gas line has been blamed for a huge explosion that happened early Friday morning in the Cleveland suburb of Pepper Pike. Fire crews responded to a location along Brainard Circle shortly before 1:00AM, arriving to find a huge fireball in the aftermath of the blast, which also led to a power outage for some 500 homes located in the area. There were no reported injuries to any residents or firefighters and several roads were temporarily closed as crews worked to shut-off the gas and make the repairs. Some residents who lived closest to the scene were evacuated to a community center as a temporary precaution.


Man Beaten, Robbed after Online Set-Up

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:51pm


A man who had connected with someone through an online dating app was attacked, shot and robbed when he arrived for his meeting this week. Police in Cleveland report the victim was looking for a night of sex when he arranged for a meeting with a woman at an apartment along East 140th Street. When he arrived, he was attacked by a pair of armed men armed wearing masks. The victim was beaten with baseball bats and shot before he managed to drive-away in his car and flag-down a police cruiser near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Kinsman Road. He led police back to the scene of the attack and officers gathered evidence including a 40-caliber shell casing, a mask and blood. The victim was admitted to University Hospitals with brain injuries and no suspects have been arrested.


Court Ruling Absolves County after Fatal Wreck

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:50pm


A ruling from an appeals court has cleared Trumbull County of any liability in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the lives of six people more than six years ago. The 11th District Court of Appeals has upheld a January 2 ruling from a County Court judge, who absolved the County of liability in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the families of five teenage passengers who died. The court judge ruled that the location of the crash was within Warren City Limits and not under the county’s jurisdiction. 19-year-old Alexis Cayson was behind the wheel of a small SUV, driving 62 miles an hour in a 35 Zone when she lost control on March 10, 2013. Her vehicle went left-of-center and hit a guardrail, causing the car to catapult into the air and land upside-down in a nearby pond. Three 15-year-old passengers and two 14-year-olds all died along with the driver. Two other passengers managed to escape the wreckage. The lawsuit had claimed both the road and guardrail were in bad condition before before the crash and helped contribute to what happened on impact.


Teen Arrested after Bank Job

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:50pm


Three people arrested following a bank robbery in Toledo include a suspect who’s going through puberty. Police report the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon, when the 13-year-old boy entered a Key Bank along Suder Avenue and handed the teller a note claiming he had a weapon, demanding money from the till. After leaving the business with the cash, Toledo Police and the FBI located all three suspects – arresting the young kid along with 20-year-old Davonte Dyer and 18-year-old Autumn Carr.


Homicide Suspect Shot, Killed by Police

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:49pm


A suspect in a homicide that happened a short time earlier was shot and killed in a confrontation with Cleveland Police. Officers were called around 11:45PM Thursday to find a 26-year-old man shot at a gas station near the intersection of Kinsman Road and East 145th Street. EMS arrived to take the victim to University Hospitals, where he was pronounced dead. Minutes after the first call, police got a tip that the suspect in the shooting was nearby and found him about a half-mile away at an address near East 142nd Street and Bartlett Avenue. Responding officers found themselves involved in a shoot-out with the suspect immediately after they arrived and he was gunned-down, pronounced dead at the scene. Cleveland Police detectives are following-up on the homicide while the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office will investigate the officer-involved shooting. Names of the dead were not immediately released.


Three Face Federal Charges in Detective’s Shooting Death

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:48pm


Three men connected to the raid on a Dayton drug house where a police detective was shot to death are now facing Federal charges. 55-year-old Dayton Police detective Jorge Del Rio was shot twice in the face on November 4 as he and other authorities executed a search warrant at the house – where large amounts of drugs and cash were confiscated. Del Rio was removed from life support and died November 8. The US Attorney’s office has announced that 39-year-old Nathan Goddard Jr has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on a total of nine charges including aggravated murder of a law enforcement officer. 40-year-old Lionel Combs III and 39-year-old Cahke Cortner were also charged with brandishing and discharging a firearm resulting in death by murder in a drug-trafficking crime. The trio are also up on drug-related charges and remain behind bars without bond.


Wrongfully-Convicted Man gets Big Payday

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:47pm


A man who had spent 23 years in prison for a murder that he didn’t commit has been awarded 1.3-Million dollars in a settlement of his lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment. 62-year-old Evin King’s lawsuit claimed that Cleveland Police had fabricated statements from him…claiming he knew the location of the body of Crystal Hudson after she had been killed in 1994. The litigation also said that investigators manipulated other statements that had been made by the victim’s children. There was never any physical evidence to tie King to the crime, but he was nonetheless convicted and sent to prison the following year. The Ohio Innocence Project picked-up the case with testing of skin cells from beneath Hudson’s fingernails that matched other evidence on her body…determining the DNA samples matched each other but did not belong to King. As a result, a judge in 2017 overturned the conviction. The city of Cleveland will pay him 750-Thousand dollars while Cuyahoga County will fork-over 550-Thousand under the agreement – in which neither entity accepts liability for King’s incarceration.


Rideshare Firms Lobby for Front Plates

Nov 15, 2019 -- 2:46pm


A pair of firms that provide ride share services here in Ohio are lobbying state lawmakers for an about-face on plans to scrap the front license plate on vehicles. Officials with both Uber and Lyft have sent letters to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, asking for the General Assembly to support efforts to once again make it mandatory for vehicles registered in our state to display those front tags. Citing safety worries, the companies note that they urge their riders to confirm License Plate Numbers provided on their phone apps before approaching or entering any rideshare vehicle. One example cited in the request pointed to the murder earlier this year of a 21-year-old University of South Carolina student, killed when she mistakenly entered a vehicle that she thought was her hired ride. The provision eliminating the front plate was passed as part of the state’s transportation budget earlier this year and is due to go into effect in July.


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