Timmothy Schmidt of Willoughby Hills was sent to prison on Thursday by a Lake County Court judge – but not before getting an earful from the two police officers he tried to kill in a shoot-out last fall at a car dealership. The 31-year-old defendant was ordered to spend 44 and a half years behind prison bars for the September 28 incident, which left the officers recovering from their bullet wounds for months. He was previously convicted on charges of felonious assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest…and still faces additional charges in connection with the contraband that was found inside his home during a search that was conducted after the shoot-out.
A former police officer in the area has been accused of sex-related crimes involving a total of three victims. The State Attorney General’s office this week added two more to the list of alleged victims after initially investigating 44-year-old Arthur Carter and charging him last year with sexual activity with a minor – involving activity that allegedly happened in 2009. The Crimes Against Children Unit completed its investigation by charging the former Youngstown Police officer with a total of 23 counts – including rape, sexual battery and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. The latest victims were between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of the offenses, which reportedly happened between 2001 and 2009.
Already in jail awaiting trial on charges she murdered her five-year-old son and buried his body behind her home, a Cleveland woman on Thursday was handed a six-year prison sentence on her conviction for food stamp fraud. Larissa Rodriguez and co-defendant Nancy Caraballo, who got a three-year sentence, ran a scheme between July 2015 and December last year that bilked the system out of more than 10-Thousand dollars in food stamp benefits. Rodriguez and her boyfriend are still awaiting trial on murder, corpse abuse and other charges for the death of her son, Jordan, whose body was found buried behind the house. The court case is due to begin on July 23.
An associate professor at Kent State University who made waves in the past has thrown-away his career with the school, after pleading guilty to charges that he lied to Federal investigators who were looking into threats that had been made against a Missouri judge. 57-year-old Julio Pino of Kent was fired by the university almost immediately after going before a Federal Court bench on Thursday, admitting that he lied to the FBI during the probe… denying having known an out-of-state Facebook friend who had made online threats about “killing hundreds of people” with Pino responding in favor of the threats. The unnamed man was arrested in January 2016, accused of threatening a judge who was involved in his child-custody case. Pino’s been in the spotlight in a negative way in the past…accusing others in 2014 of involvement in the deaths of 14-hundred Palestinians and shouting “Death to Israel” during a lecture that was being given by an Israeli diplomat in 2011. Pino returns to court for sentencing on August 23 and is barred from the Kent State campus.
Less than a month before he was due to bounce from prison, an inmate has been murdered in the state lockup in southwest Ohio. State authorities say that 40-year-old Kevin Nill was found unresponsive with something tied around his neck on Monday at the Lebanon Correctional Institution. Authorities say the evidence points to a strangulation rather than a hanging and that his death has been labeled a homicide. Nill was near the end of an 18-month sentence on a domestic violence conviction and was due to be set free on May 24. No suspect has been named in the case.
A young teacher in Lorain County had gone to authorities to file harassment charges against an 18-year-old student – then found herself in trouble after admitting she had a sexual relationship with the teen. 24-year-old Sarah Conway, a teacher at Willow Creek Positive Education Program in Eaton Township, had gone to the Sheriff’s office on March 21 to report that she was being harassed. While discussing the matter with investigators, she admitted the relationship had begun when the boy was 17 years old. Detectives found text messages between the pair that indicated a break-up after a sexual relationship. Conway has been charged with sexual battery and was placed on administrative leave at the school.
Police in Canton relied on a cell phone app to lead them to the suspect in a robbery – then found the wanted man hiding in a house with guns and drugs. Once police used the “Find My Phone” app and pinged the stolen phone that 23-year-old Traytair Smith of Akron was carrying, the tone alerted him to the contact and he reportedly chucked it aside…running into the nearby home of 23-year-old Excell Alexander III in the 1500 block of 15th Street SE. Police, who were looking for Smith on charges he robbed someone of the phone at gunpoint, went inside the house to find him…then collect other items that had been stolen from the robbery victim. Along with the stolen goods, police gathered-up four handguns, two bags of cocaine, several bags of marijuana, digital scales and packing materials. One of the confiscated guns had been reported stolen. Both men were booked on various related charges at Stark County Jail, where Smith was ordered held under a 100-Thousand dollar bond and Alexander saw his bond set at more than 60-Thousand.
Bill Cosby is lashing out at prosecutors in Norristown, Pennsylvania after a jury convicted him of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby stood up and erupted after jurors left the courtroom. He used an expletive to refer to District Attorney Kevin Steele, who was arguing to revoke Cosby's bail. Cosby shouted, "I'm sick of him!" The judge ruled that Cosby will remain free on a continued one-Million dollar bond, pending sentencing. Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago. The 80-year-old entertainer stared straight ahead as the verdict was read. His chief accuser, Andrea Constand, remained stoic. Shrieks erupted in the courtroom and some of his other accusers whimpered and cried. Judge Steven O'Neill told the panel of seven men and five women that it was "an extraordinarily difficult case." He says the jurors "sacrificed in the service of justice."
A man wanted on warrants bailed and ran from the car during a traffic stop and a Norton woman led police on a chase before both were arrested in Jackson Township. Police say officers pulled-over the car along Frank Road NW late Wednesday night and 32-year-old Paul Brinkley fled on foot, leaving his 10-year-old daughter in the car as 34-year-old Melissa Tomasik of Norton jumped behind the wheel – leading a chase that ended in her arrest in the 3400 block of Massillon Road in Green. Brinkley, wanted on warrants for charges including identity fraud and receiving stolen property, was booked on new counts of child endangering, obstructing official business, aggravated drug possession and several other charges. Tomasik was hit with counts of kidnapping, obstructing official business and driving under suspension.
Police in Ohio’s capital city have identified two men who were found shot to death inside a vehicle last weekend. Columbus Police identified the victims as 28-year-old Abdullahi Sharif Osman and 20-year-old Cabdul Said Hussein. Police responding to a report of shots fired arrived on the scene around 7:30PM Saturday on the city’s north side, where they found the victims’ car crashed into a tree and both men dead on the scene. No suspects have been identified and homicide detectives are still working to find who pulled the trigger.
An associate professor at Kent State University who has made waves in the past in a negative manner may have likely thrown-away his career with the school, now that he has pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to Federal investigators who were looking into threats that had been made against a Missouri judge. 57-year-old Julio Pino of Kent appeared in Federal Court on Thursday, admitting that he lied to the FBI during the probe… denying having known an out-of-state Facebook friend who had made online threats about “killing hundreds of people” with Pino responding in favor of the threats. The unnamed man was arrested in January 2016, accused of threatening a judge who was involved in his child-custody case. Pino’s been in the spotlight in a negative way in the past…accusing others in 2014 of involvement in the deaths of 14-hundred Palestinians and shouting “Death to Israel” during a lecture that was being given by an Israeli diplomat in 2011. Pino returns to court for sentencing on August 23.
The parents of a newborn baby and two grandparents have been accused of hiding the baby’s dead body at their northwest Ohio home for months. Police say the baby named Ezra was born at the house in Hicksville on October 29, 2016 – then died around 10 hours later without receiving medical attention. The body was placed into a plastic container, then stored in a pole barn behind the home on Arrowsmith Road in March this year…nearly 17 months after he died. The father, 33-year-old Jared Stark, is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He and the mother, 35-year-old Sarah Stark, are both charged with gross abuse of a corpse and child endangering. The paternal grandparents – 58-year-old Steven Stark and 56-year-old Sheryl Stark – were also charged with gross abuse of a corpse. All four will be arraigned on May 8.
Two people have been hit with Federal charges, accused of defrauding an insurance firm out of nearly 131-Thousand dollars. The FBI says that mail fraud charges were filed against 32-year-old Kifiyun Daniels of Akron and 25-year-old Jessie Banks of Barberton. Daniels reportedly made multiple fraudulent claims to an insurance company for replacement of more than 260 cellular phones between August 2015 and December of last year. Banks is accused of filing similar claims with the same company for nearly 180 phones between November 2015 and May of last year. Jody Foster of Ravenna was also charged last week with one count of mail fraud, accused of taking the insurance company for 94-Thousand dollars. She allegedly ripped-off the firm between 2012 and 2016.
Someone went to extreme measures to gain entry and burglarize a neighborhood store in Akron. Police reported on Thursday that a suspect broke-out a block wall on the west side of the building to get inside the H&M Quick Stop in the 1200 block of Hammel Street on the south side. The crime happened around 1:30 Wednesday morning, with the intruder breaking into a number of gaming machines inside – taking cash, cigarettes and beer while fleeing the business. Police say the suspect is a black male who wore a black knit hat, black and white shirt, dark pants and shoes and wore a white mask. He was seen carrying a blue bag. Tips are needed at Detective Bureau – 330-375-2490.
Two young teenage brothers are locked-up in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center, accused of robbing a man at gunpoint in Akron on Wednesday on the city’s east side. Police say the 25-year-old victim stared-down the barrel of a handgun while his assailants demanded his money and shoes. The stick-up happened around Noon near the intersection of East Exchange and South Arlington Streets and officers later spotted one of the suspects, who tried to run while tossing a gun from his waistband between two homes along Ackley Street before he was captured. The other was taken into custody in the 200 block of Arlington. Police say the suspects – ages 13 and 15 – live in the 400 block of Wellington Avenue. The older of the two was charged with aggravated robbery, while his younger brother faces additional counts of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession. The handgun allegedly used in the crime has been recovered.
A deputy coroner has been sworn-in to serve as Interim Coroner in Trumbull County, following the death last week of Dr Humphrey Germaniuk. Dr Thomas James had been serving as a deputy in the office since January and while he accepted the interim post, said that he has no intention of making it a permanent stay in the office. The Democratic Central Committee will gather at some point in the coming weeks to appoint a new County Coroner to serve the remainder of Germaniuk’s unexpired term…which runs through 2020.
A large stash of fentanyl was confiscated during a recent traffic stop along the Ohio Turnpike. The State Highway Patrol reports that a trooper had pulled-over a car for a turn signal violation along the Turnpike in Sandusky County, where a K-9 was brought to the side of the highway to take a sniff – hitting on the scent of 110 grams of the dangerous and powerful painkiller with a street value of nearly 65-Thousand dollars. Three Detroit men who had been in the car were busted and booked on possession and trafficking charges at the Sandusky County Jail.
Another series of vehicle break-ins is being investigated by police in Wadsworth. Police told the Medina Gazette the crimes happened in two separate parts of town between April 17 and 18, with most of the incidents reported during the morning hours. Crimes happened along Meadowbrook Drive, Longbrook Drive and Morningview Ridge near the Middle School…along with more incidents happening at the Stratford Crossings apartment complex along Grant Allen Way. Various items were taken during the break-ins and in one instance, a window was smashed in order to steal a purse that had been left inside a vehicle. No suspects have been named and police are asking residents to use their heads – lock the vehicles and keep anything that could be considered of value out of sight.
Bond for a Streetsboro man has been set at 100-Thousand dollars, following his arrest on charges of having sexual contact with a small child. 54-year-old Joseph Collica was busted on a felony count of gross sexual imposition following an investigation by the Portage County Sheriff’s office. Collica reportedly had illicit contact with a nine-year -old girl at his home along Invernest Street on the city’s north side on April 22. He’s due to appear in Portage County Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing next Friday.
A family in Canton was left without a place to live when flames destroyed their rented home on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the 2000 block of Holland Court SW a short time before 1:30PM, arriving to find a fully-involved blaze that burned-out the rear wall and climbed to the roof. The family’s dog was taken from the burning home and revived on the scene. Six people including four children are getting help from the Red Cross and damage estimates were set at 45-Thousand dollars, although fire officials said the structure is a total loss. The cause is yet to be determined.