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Local Kid Finally Picked in NFL Draft

Apr 30, 2016 -- 12:49pm

Walsh Jesuit graduate and former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook finally heard his name called on Saturday in the NFL Draft. The Oakland Raiders traded with the Browns to make the 100th pick in the selection process, the second one on Saturday afternoon, snaring Cook in Round Four. Born in Hinckley, the six-four, 220-pound quarterback finished Ninth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2015...a year in which he was named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Championship Game MVP and was the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He led the Spartans to the National Championship in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic with a 42-41 win over Baylor.

 

 

GOP Delegates Plan for Contested Convention

Apr 30, 2016 -- 10:43am

Ohio Republican delegates are planning on a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. State GOP Chairman Matt Borges says that the state's 66 delegates are committed to voting for Govenor Kasich, despite the fact that he's not had any success after winning his home state here in the March Primary. Borges says Ohio Republican delegates will continue to vote for Kasich as long as it takes. They're hoping that front-runner Donald Trump will fall short of the needed number to clinch the nomination in the first floor vote this July. If that happens, all bets are off and delegates will be free to change their minds and vote for other candidates.

 

 

Woman Charged with Stealing Mom's Benefits

Apr 30, 2016 -- 10:42am

A Mogadore woman has been accused by a Federal Grand Jury of collecting her mother's Social Security benefits for years after the mother died. The US Attorney's Office says 50-year-old Barbara Gable is charged with theft of public money. She allegedly continued to collect her mother's Social Security and survivor's benefits after the woman's death in 2009. The issue wasn't discovered by the Feds until December of 2013 and Gable is on the hook for more than 62-Thousand, 500 dollars - according to investigators from the Inspector General's office.

 

 

Jury gets Case in Re-Trial of Accused Killer

Apr 30, 2016 -- 10:41am

A jury returns to Summit County Court on Monday to resume deliberations after failing to reach a verdict on Friday in the re-trial of a man charged with a 2013 Akron murder. 39-year-old Marcus Turner's first trial ended with a hung jury concerning the September 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Amandeep Singh. He was shot in an incident that happened in the 1400 block of Alphada Avenue and died a little more than an hour later at City Hospital in what prosecutors say was an act of revenge for an earlier burglary. Turner is charged with murder and felonious assault in the case.

 

 

Area Man Faces Federal Child-Porn Charges

Apr 30, 2016 -- 10:40am

Federal authorities have announced an indictment on child-porn charges against a Ravenna Township man, accusing him of collecting and sharing illicit images. 53-year-old Frank Richards was indicted by a Grand Jury on counts of receiving and distributing visual images of children engaged in sex and child porn possession. The US Attorney's office says Richards engaged in the illegal activity between January 2014 and as recently as this month. The case was also investigated by the US Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

Vigil Held for Murdered Family

Apr 30, 2016 -- 10:39am

Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil at the Pike County Fairgrounds last night, remembering the eight members of the Rhoden family who were shot to death a week ago and found at four different crime scenes. The funeral for one of the victims was held on Friday in Kentucky while another was planned for Saturday. Others will be laid to rest on Tuesday. Authorities have yet to determine a motive or suspects involved in the execution-style slayings.

 

 

Browns owner loses round in deposition fight

Apr 30, 2016 -- 7:45am

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a step closer to having to answer questions about fraud at the truck stop chain where he is president and CEO.
    Haslam has denied any knowledge of the fraud that has cost Pilot Flying J $177 million in settlements with customers and the government. He has not been charged criminally and for three years has fought legal efforts by trucking companies to depose him about the scheme.
    Mobile-based Wright Transportation is one of several firms suing Pilot in state court.
    On Friday, Mobile Circuit Court Judge Sarah Stewart declined Haslam's request to reconsider an order requiring him to give a deposition in the case. On May 13, the court will hear arguments on another motion that attempts to stop the deposition.

Bernie Sanders campaign drops lawsuit in Ohio

Apr 30, 2016 -- 7:02am

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign says it is dismissing its federal complaint against Ohio's elections chief over a policy related to the state's youngest primary voters.
 
     The attorneys for the campaign and several young voters who had joined the complaint notified the federal court in Columbus of their voluntary dismissal Friday.
 
     The move follows a ruling from a Franklin County Common Pleas Court judge, who ordered that eligible 17-year-old voters be permitted to vote in the state's March 15 presidential primary.
 
     Whether 17-year-olds could vote in the presidential primary race had been under dispute. Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said Ohio rules don't permit it.
 
     Ohio does let 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election vote in the preceding primary, with some limits.

Hilly visits Ohio next week

Apr 30, 2016 -- 6:25am

Hillary Clinton will campaign in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio next week, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be in West Virginia on Sunday.
 
     The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination is scheduled to visit Ashland, Kentucky, and Williamson, West Virginia, on Monday. She will visit West Virginia and Ohio on Tuesday, but details of those stops are not yet available.
 
     The campaign said the former president will campaign in Charleston and Logan on Sunday. Details were not available Friday.
 
     In a news release, the campaign said Hillary Clinton will discuss her plans to raise incomes for people in overlooked or underserved communities. The Appalachian region has been economically devastated by the decline in the coal industry.
 
     Republicans have criticized Clinton for earlier comments that her policies would put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of

Corvette shooting

Apr 30, 2016 -- 5:19am

Police in Columbus are investigating after they say two men were shot during a scuffle over a Corvette.
 
     Police say it happened around 7:45 Friday night in the 3900 block of Kimberly Parkway. They say the victim told them was about to get out his Corvette in the parking lot outside of his residence when a suspect, identified as Glen Williams, also of Columbus, blocked him from getting out of the car and took his keys.
 
     As Williams was struggling with the victim, police say one of Williams' associates opened fire.
 
     Williams was shot in the abdomen and taken to the hospital in stable condition. The victim was grazed by a bullet on his left shin and treated at the scene.
 
     Williams is charged with robbery.

Mistrial in McKernan Case

Apr 29, 2016 -- 6:01pm

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Stark County woman charged with murder in the New Year's Eve 2014 shooting death of her husband. The jury returned to the Stark County Courthouse on Friday morning to continue in day two of deliberating the case of 28-year-old Colleen McKernan, accused of murder for the shooting death of her husband, Rob, at the couple's home in Massillon. Late Friday morning, the jury told the judge they were deadlocked and the panel was told to continue working toward a decision, one in which the panel was unable to agree. The accused woman's defense was based on Battered Women's Syndrome, with her claiming that she shot her husband of eight months because he had beaten her and she was afraid he would continue the abuse. Rob McKernan was shot 10 times before his wife dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that she had done it.

 

 

Drug Take-Back Day

Apr 29, 2016 -- 5:05pm

The Portage County Sheriff's office in conjunction with the county's Water Resources department and the DEA are staging the 11th annual effort to collect old, unwanted or unused pills and patches from your medicine chests. The event happening on Saturday from 10:00AM until 1:00PM is part of National Drug Take-Back Day and allows you to get rid of those old drugs and avoid flushing them down the toilet or throwing them into the trash...practices that threaten the quality of drinking water and the environment. Last September, people across America turned-in 350 Tons of prescription drugs at more than five-Thousand locations. Saturday's event – from 10AM 'til 1PM – happens at the Portage County Water Resources offices at 8116 Infirmary Road in Ravenna. No liquids, needles or sharps of any kind will be accepted.

 

 

Woman Killed in Car-Semi Crash

Apr 29, 2016 -- 2:58pm

A Stark County woman lost her life this week when her car collided with a semi tractor-trailer. The Repository says that 39-year-old Sara Pricnic of Jackson Township was driving south on State Route 43 around 10:30 Wednesday night when her car went left-of-center south of Malvern in Carroll County. Her car hit the side of the rig that was headed north, driven by a 59-year-old Minerva man. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene.

 

 

Wife, Kids Charged in Disabled Man's Death

Apr 29, 2016 -- 2:47pm

A woman and her three children have been charged with murder – accused of failing to provide care for the woman's disabled husband and neglecting his needs until the man eventually died. A long investigation that followed the December 2015 death of Richard Brichacek of Euclid that led to the charges that were filed against his family. Police said that the victim was functionally impaired and unable to care for himself. The indictment alleges that his wife, Debora and the couple's three children contributed to his demise. They're all charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault and failure to provide for a functionally-impaired person.

 

 

Sobriety Checks in Stark County

Apr 29, 2016 -- 2:41pm

The Stark County Sheriff's office is providing fair warning about sobriety checks tonight – and this time, they're telling you in advance where they'll set-up. Deputies and members of the OVI Task Force will be looking for impaired drivers in the 4600 block of Fulton Road in Jackson Township and the 1400 block of Whipple Avenue in Canton Township. Plan to designate a sober driver tonight if you intend to tie one on.

 

 

Missing Pilot's Body Found, Plane Crashed

Apr 29, 2016 -- 2:38pm

A Mahoning County man who piloted a small plane off the runway at a small airport has been found dead, with the plane wrecked in Carroll County. Authorities say 83-year-old Willard Olds of Green Township had lifted-off the runway at Salem Airpark around 3:00PM last Sunday without filing a flight plan. Investigators said that he had left his checkbook, personal photos, the flight log and airplane maintenance log behind in his car that was parked near the hangar. Once a review of the radar evidence was complete, searchers began looking in an area near State Route 39 just west of Mechanicstown. The wreckage and the pilot's body were located around 10:00AM Friday. The crash is now under investigation.

 

 

Police: One Dies after Boys Beaten for Hours

Apr 29, 2016 -- 1:58pm

Police in southwest Ohio say two small boys found critically hurt in a motel this week had been beaten over a 22-hour period – and on Friday, authorities said the youngest had died. Authorities say the children were so badly hurt that doctors and emergency responders were left in tears at the sight of it. A Middletown Police spokesman says one of the little boys had apparently taken some food, sparking beatings from their mother, her friend and that woman's mother after the victims, brothers ages five and six, had been wrapped in blankets to hold them still. The five-year-old's death was confirmed on Friday. The abuse came to light when the mother's friend called 911 after the five-year-old stopped breathing. The caller said he had left the group and had been beaten by a group of older kids. Their mother, 26-year-old Theresa Hawkins-Stephens, now faces a murder charge and her bond was set at a Million dollars.

 

 

Chase Winds Through Several Counties

Apr 29, 2016 -- 1:56pm

A chase involving a stolen vehicle began in Stark County's Jackson Township and didn't come to an end until the fleeing driver crashed in southeast Ohio's Guernsey County. The Repository reports that the stolen wheels were spotted shortly after 4:00AM Friday at Whipple Avenue and Fulton Drive NW, where the driver refused to stop and fled toward I-77...then headed south. The State Highway Patrol joined the pursuit, which continued at a high rate of speed on the Interstate and onto US Route 22, where the driver crashed near Salt Fork State Park around 9:00AM. The name of the suspect wasn't immediately released.

 

 

PUCO Chair Quits

Apr 29, 2016 -- 1:55pm

It didn't take long for the recently-appointed Chairman of the PUCO to throw-in the towel. Andre Porter resigned his post on Friday, saying he's opting for a job in the private sector. His letter of resignation comes just 15 months after Governor Kasich appointed him to a five-year term as the state's top utility regulator. The decision to quit came in the same week that Federal regulators put their thumb on the PUCO's decision last month to allow temporary rate hikes for FirstEnergy and American Electric Power. A nominating commission will work on finding a replacement and Porter's last day in Columbus will be May 20.

 

 

MI Fugitive Found in Norton

Apr 29, 2016 -- 1:54pm

A SWAT Team from Norton and Barberton Police collared a fugitive wanted in Michigan on Friday morning and say he was holed-up inside a home, refusing to allow a resident inside to leave or contact anyone. David Eugene Carpenter was wanted by the US Marshals Service on warrants out of Saginaw on felony charges of extortion and stalking. Once police learned that Carpenter was in town, they went to the home in the 2700 block of Brookfield Drive in Norton. They got the resident out of the house and SWAT Team members eventually got Carpenter to surrender. He's charged locally with domestic violence and unlawful restraint and will be extradited to Michigan to face charges on the warrant.

 

 

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