Complaints about suspected illegal gaming led to raids on five business locations in Plain Township by deputies with the Stark County Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff on Friday announced that search warrants were executed at four locations along Whipple Avenue NW and the fifth along Martindale Road NE, with the action taken after an investigation determined illegal gambling had been an ongoing thing at each place. Once inside the businesses, deputies gathered-up gaming machines, video equipment and cash associated with alleged illegal gambling. No arrests were announced but charges are expected to be announced once the ongoing investigation is finished.
A local resident is among three men who’ve been named in a Federal Grand Jury indictment on charges they conspired to distribute anabolic steroids through internet sales. 52-year-old Ronald Roginsky of Brunswick was named in the filing announced this week by the US Attorney’s office. He’s charged along with a 52-year-old man from Wexford, Pennsylvania and a 40-year-old Chicago man – all facing counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances by means of the Internet and conspiracy to launder money. Investigators claim the defendants used various means to conceal their identities as they made their shipments to customers who, in return, paid them through cryptocurrency and cash.
Charges are likely to come from a Grand Jury investigation into the shooting death of a woman outside a bar in the Cleveland area. A panel in Cuyahoga County is reviewing the case of 29-year-old Robert Knox of Cleveland, initially charged with aggravated murder in the shooting that took the life of 27-year-old Sheree Kirby outside a Maple Heights establishment. Knox was arrested on September 11 and ordered held under a five-Million dollar bond, due for a Wednesday arraignment in Common Pleas Court. Police were called to the scene outside the bar along Libby Road on August 17, arriving around 2:30AM to find Kirby laying in the middle of the street and bleeding from her bullet wound. She later died at MetroHealth Medical Center. No motive for the slaying has been mentioned by investigators.
Legendary Ohio State University and NFL running back Howard “Hopalong” Cassady died on Friday. The University and his family announced that Cassady died during the early-morning hours in Tampa, Florida. Cassady played both football and baseball at OSU in the early-1950’s, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1955 and earning honors as a two-time consensus All-American – finishing his collegiate career with nearly 25-hundred yards and 37 touchdowns. He spent 10 years playing in the NFL, most of that time with the Detroit Lions until he retired from the gridiron, spending two decades as a scout and coach with the New York Yankees’ organization. Howard Cassady was 85 years old.
President Trump says that he hosted the family of former North Korean hostage Otto Warmbier at the White House last weekend. Trump and the First Lady invited Warmbier’s parents among 25 of the dead man’s family and friends last Saturday to honor Otto – whose parents claim was tortured by the Communist government following his conviction on charges of trying to steal a propaganda poster. The 22-year-old man was finally released and returned to Ohio in 2017…but arrived in a vegetative state and died just days after coming back to the US. His family is continuing to press for monetary damages against the North, where leaders have denied any mistreatment of him when he was a prisoner. Trump said that previous administrations should have taken more timely action to get him released from captivity.
A guilty plea is expected to come on Monday from a man who allegedly shot an Ohio Sheriff deputy to death and wounded another during a standoff earlier this year. Authorities in southwest Ohio’s Clermont County say the gunfire happened during a 12-hour standoff on February 2. Deputies responded to an apartment complex in Pierce Township around 7:00PM on a 911 call from a man who was apparently suicidal and had reported someone had invaded his home. Shots were fired through a wall during the standoff that followed, killing Sheriff detective Bill Brewer and leaving Lt Nick DeRose will a bullet in his leg. 23-year-old Wade Winn was eventually arrested, booked on charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. The Prosecutor’s office claims that Winn ambushed the deputies when they entered the apartment, believing he had taken his own life. No one involved in the case is commenting since a gag order was imposed by the judge ahead of Monday’s hearing.
There was a slight rise in the rate of unemployment here in Ohio last month – although the numbers were lower than the same time last year. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced on Friday that Ohio’s jobless rate for August came-in at 4.1-percent…one-tenth higher than the level documented for the month of July. State officials reported that last month’s rate was quite a bit less than the 4.6-percent unemployment figure posted in 2018. Nation-wide, the jobless rate was unchanged between July and August at 3.7-percent.
Two Akron brothers apparently traded gunfire when their argument got out of hand – wounding one before both of them were hauled into jail. Akron Police report the incident happened shortly before 10:00PM Thursday in the 1000 block of Peerless Avenue on the west side. Police rolled-in on the shots fired call to find 55-year-old Ronald Blackmon wounded and his 68-year-old brother, Alvin, still at the scene. The younger of the two was treated for his wound before both were booked into Summit County Jail on charges of weapons under disability. Alvin Blackmon was also charged with felonious assault, domestic violence, improper discharge into habitation, discharge within city limits and possession of a defaced firearm. Both convicted felons, neither are allowed to possess firearms.
A young boy was the victim in a strong-arm robbery that happened on Akron’s west side. Police on Friday reported that the 15-year-old victim was in the 900 block of Copley Road when another teenage boy demanded his cell phone and ordered him to give-up the pass code, taking a swing at him when he refused. After eventually getting the code from the victim, the assailant fled with the device. The suspect is a black male between 15-17 years old.
Federal charges have been leveled at a man from Warren who’s accused of supplying fentanyl-laced drugs to someone who died of an overdose. The US Attorney’s office announced that a Federal Grand Jury named 32-year-old Maurice Washington on charges of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and tramadol, multiple cocaine distribution counts and several firearms-related offenses. Washington allegedly sold a deadly dose of laced drugs to an unnamed person on September 29 last year before the buyer died of the overdose. He’s also accused of selling various other drugs on several occasions.
General Motors has announced an offer to invest around seven-Billion dollars into US facilities…but it’s a plan that comes with a catch – and it involves a proposal to create an electric vehicle battery assembly plant in Lordstown. The investment reportedly involves two-Billion dollars’ worth of joint ventures with suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than top union wages. The outside ventures would not be run in the same manner as typical General Motors plants and while they would fall under the umbrella of the United Auto Workers, wages at Lordstown would be far less than the full 30-dollar-an-hour pay that others getting full wage receive. The plan announced this week by GM reportedly comes with a headcount of 27-hundred new jobs – most of them new faces coming-in off the street.
A driver allegedly involved in a hit-skip crash with a motorcyclist last month has been found and arrested. A warrant was issued and 20-year-old Jaron Lee of Canton was taken into custody this week, booked into Stark County Jail on charges of failure to stop after an injury accident. The wreck happened August 2 at an intersection along Maple Avenue NE, where Lee was reportedly driving north when he turned left toward 15th Street NE and into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist who was riding south. The 20-year-old Canton man on the motorcycle was thrown from his seat and taken to the hospital for treatment. Bond for Lee was set at 50-Thousand dollars on Thursday.
It only took a jury about an hour to convict the defendant on Thursday in his murder trial in Stark County Court. The panel came back with guilty verdicts on charges of murder and multiple counts of felonious assault in the case of 25-year-old Curtis Williams, who was accused in the December 15 shooting that took the life of 29-year-old Donte Alexander of Akron. Williams was among a group of others who accompanied another man to a planned “rematch” of a previous fight. The other combatant brought-along a posse to the arranged meeting, as well – but the confrontation ended with several shots fired into an SUV in which Alexander took a fatal bullet to the neck. Williams is now looking at a life prison sentence with no chance of parole for at least 21 years when he returns to court.
A lawsuit has been filed against a substance-abuse treatment facility in Summit County Court by the victim in a sexual assault committed by a staff member. The Beacon Journal reports that the filing happened this week after 41-year-old Juhar Wasi pleaded guilty to a pair of sexual battery charges, connected with the assault on the victim on October 2, 2017. The incident happened at a residential treatment facility run by Northeast Ohio Applied Health on North Cleveland-Massillon Road. Wasi got a three-year prison sentence following his guilty plea…and the lawsuit reported this week claims the male victim suffered physical, emotional and psychological injuries. The Plaintiff wants 25-Thousand dollars in compensation and punitive damages, plus attorney fees and court costs.
As the strike against General Motors went into its fifth day on Friday, a top official with United Auto Workers noted there’s a long list of issues that are yet to be resolved as talks continue to end the walk-out and get a new Master Contract. The UAW President issued a letter to members on Thursday, explaining there has been some progress but nothing close to a deal. The letter also said that the strike is for the right reasons: Job security, a bigger share of the automaker’s profits and a path for temporary workers to land permanent jobs. Talks are expected to run through the weekend in hopes of getting the 49-Thousand rank and file members off the picket lines and back to their jobs.
The Ohio Republican Party has agreed to pay a fine to the Federal Elections Commission, following a probe that determined the party improperly funded a voter-turnout database in 2014 through a firm that was friendly with Governor John Kasich. The party was cited by the FEC last week for using nearly 490-Thousand dollars in non-Federal funds on a project intended for Federal elections. The dollars that were part of a 600-Thousand dollar database named “Project Ruby” went to a company known as FactGem, which was headed-up by the founder of JobsOhio and his wife. The Executive Director of the Republican Party explained the violation happened under the watch of former Republican Chairman Matt Borges – adding that the Ohio GOP is pleased to be back on the right side of things with election regulators. The party will pay a 100-Thousand dollar civil penalty and has agreed to move 490-Thousand dollars from its Federal accounts back to state accounts.
A Zanesville man and former county deputy sheriff must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation about $235,000 in restitution following his felony conviction for workers' compensation fraud. 56 year-old Greg Fitzer pleaded guilty to a charge of workers' compensation fraud. The judge also ordered the former Muskingum County deputy sheriff to four years probation in lieu of a year behind bars. An investigation revealed Fitzer worked at a number of jobs, including truck driver, as a process server and investigator for several law firms in and around Zanesville while collecting disability benefits from the bureau.
A retired Cleveland police officer has died following a hit-and-run crash that occurred in Ashtabula County on Monday. Fox 8 reports...75 year-old William Bakker was a retired officer with the Cleveland Division of Police , also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Authorities say he was riding his bicycle on state Route 307 in Harpersfield Township when he was sideswiped by a pickup truck. That vehicle fled the scene following the accident. Bakker was taken to a Cleveland Hospital, where he passed away Wednesday.
A man charged with fatally shooting an Ohio deputy earlier this year is expected to enter a plea next week. 24 year-old Wade Winn is accused of shooting through a wall at sheriff's deputies, killing Deputy Bill Brewer and injuring another deputy during a standoff at an apartment just east of Cincinnati. Authorities say Winn shot the deputies after he faked killing himself during the Feb. 2 standoff. A plea hearing is scheduled for this coming Monday
Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from July to August. State officials say the unemployment rate was 4.1 % in August, compared with 4 % the previous month. Ohio's unemployment rate stood at 4.6% in August of 2018.
The agency reports gains in educational and halth services, professional and business services, financial activities with losses in leisure and hospitality, information and trade, transportation and utilities.
The national unemployment rate was 3.7% in August, unchanged from July, and down from 3.8% in August 2018.