A pair of female suspects used a stun gun to victimize an Akron cab driver in a late-night robbery on Wednesday. Akron Police say the 31-year-old female driver picked-up the fare around 11:30PM in the 800 block of Kenmore Boulevard. The women got inside and had the driver take them to an unknown location, when they zapped her with the weapon and made-off with her property. The suspects were a white female around 21 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt. The second was a black female around 21, wearing a black hoodie.
An armed suspect left the scene empty-handed in an attempted robbery of a cell phone store on Akron's west side. Akron Police say the would-be bandit entered Boost Mobile in the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue around 4:00PM Wednesday, demanding that a clerk hand-over cash from the register...but got nothing and fled the scene. Police are looking for a black male in his mid- to late-20's. He wore all-black clothing and a black baseball cap.
A guilty plea came on Thursday in Portage County Court from a man accused in the sexual assault of a young girl earlier this year. 20-year-old Adam Smith of Charlestown Township went before the bench to plead guilty to charges of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, illegal use of a minor in sexually-oriented materials and and pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. He cut a deal with prosecutors that saw other charges against him dismissed. He was accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex in June this year. Smith returns to court to learn his penalty following completion of a pre-sentence investigation.
A Canton man who donned a mask and brandished a gun during his crimes has been sent to prison for the robberies of several restaurants over the summer. 27-year-old Chad Atchison pleaded guilty to a total of five robbery counts in Stark County Court, stemming from hold-ups he committed at several locations between May and June in Perry and Canton Townships. One final robbery attempt that left him fleeing empty-handed and tossing-aside his clothes led to DNA samples that connected Atchison to the string of crimes. The judge ordered him to spend the next 15 years in prison following his convictions.
A woman who stole close to 700-Thousand dollars from elderly victims has been ordered to a four-year prison term and will have to pay full restitution to her victims. 52-year-old Martha Powers of Ravenna got the sentence during a recent appearance in Portage County Court, where the judge gave her ten years to make good on the money she stole from others over a two-year period. Powers pleaded guilty in June to charges of theft from a person in a protected class following her indictment in March last year on a total of 17 charges. She cashed checks against the victims' bank accounts and deposited the money into her personal account while handing the others' financial affairs.
The search for the suspect continues after a shooting that happened in Canton on Wednesday night. Police were called shortly before 8:00PM after a 26-year-old man was hit with hot lead at an apartment building in the 800 block of Alan Page Drive SE. Police didn't provide many details and kept the identity of the victim under wraps, saying that he was not a resident of the apartment building. He was reportedly awake and alert when questioned by officers, taken to Aultman Hospital for treatment. Interviews with witnesses to the crime were continuing on Thursday and no suspect's name was immediately released.
The driver of a stolen van that was used in a smash-and-grab robbery and later crashed, killing two cohorts in the vehicle, has been charged as a result of the chase and crash. 20-year-old Antonio Bradley of Cleveland has been hit with counts including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and several other charges. He and 22-year-old co-defendant Kennth Jones of Cleveland are due in Cuyahoga County Court on Friday, with Jones facing charges of breaking and entering. They and the others reportedly rammed the wall of a gas station to steal an ATM in Broadview Heights on October 7. Police chased the van at high speeds until it crashed in Middleburg Heights, leaving two of the suspects dead inside the vehicle.
The University of Akron has been given the largest donation in the history of the school. The UofA announced that it's receiving 20-Million dollars from the estate of Jean Hower Taber, the great-granddaughter of John Hower – who was one of the founders of the Quaker Oats company and built the 1871 Victorian mansion known as Hower House that was donated to the university in 1973. Jean Hower Taber died last July at the age of 94 and the mammoth donation from her estate will be used for scholarships to honors students who are studying audiology.
A US Congressman from Ohio has announced he's leaving his post in DC, taking-on a new task in the private sector. 54-year-old 12th District Representative Pat Tiberi, who has represented central Ohio since 2001, says he's leaving Congress to become the new president of the Ohio Business Roundtable. The group conducts research and helps drive discussion in a wide range of policy areas – which company CEO's have identified as economic priorities for the state. While Tiberi hasn't announced an actual departure date, his current term is due to expire at the end of January.
Now that one Ohio Senator has resigned his post and apologized for his misdeeds, his former peers in Columbus will be required to go through mandatory sexual harassment training. Republican Senate President Larry Obhof of Medina says that Senate members and their staffs will be required to go through their paces in a training program that's still being set-up. The announcement comes after Findlay Republican State Senator Cliff Hite resigned on Monday, then issued a letter of apology for inappropriate conversations and contact with a female state employee.
Another local heroin dealer has been sent up the river for his crimes. 43-year-old Ernest Bennett of Herberich Avenue in Akron appeared in Summit County Court on Thursday, where he was ordered to spend a mandatory 16 years in prison for two separate crimes. On August 9, Bennett pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking and possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and weapons under disability. Bennett was caught with two bags of heroin when stopped by Akron Police along Reed Avenue in 2015. While on bond for that incident, he was found with handguns, heroine, cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside his home during a search that was conducted in February this year. The Summit County Prosecutor's office says that Bennett, whose rap sheet dates back more than 20 years, will not be eligible for parole until he serves his entire 16-year sentence.
A man who answered a knock at his door was shot to death when he responded on the west side of Youngstown. Police say the shooting happened around 11:15PM Wednesday at a home along south Lakeview Avenue. The 22-year-old victim was hit with several bullets after coming to the door. The victim wasn't identified, pending family notification and police haven't yet named a suspect. An autopsy is being conducted on the victim's body.
A student at a school in Middletown was apparently tired of being bullied...so he brought a handgun with him to class this week. The student – a nine-year-old who's in the Third Grade at an elementary school – was questioned by a teacher who noticed a bulge in his pocket. The child reached to grab the arm of the teacher when she reached for the weapon. Police were called to the building to take the young boy to the Juvenile Justice Center. Police say the boyfriend of the boy's mother was later arrested on a child-endangering charge.
One suspect was captured and another eluded authorities for a while following the chase of a stolen vehicle in Mahoning County. Police in Austintown tried to pull-over the vehicle around 2:00AM Thursday, but the driver refused to stop. Both occupants bailed from their seats at a convenience store along State Route 170 in Poland and one was captured, while a juvenile suspect managed to get away. The kid was later tracked-down by a K-9 unit in a nearby cornfield.
Members of the Stow-Munroe Falls School Board were scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to decide the future of the high school Band Director. Brian Munroe was placed on administrative leave in August after being accused of “inappropriate communications” with students. He had been serving as the Band Director for the past 27 years. No details of the allegations have been revealed, but the Beacon Journal reported that Munroe was expected to resign during Thursday's meeting. The closed-door gathering will reportedly turn toward a termination of his contract in the absence of a resignation letter.
A man from eastern Ohio who was reported Absent Without Leave from the US Air Force more than 40 years ago has been found and arrested in Florida, where he was living under an alias. Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, 64-year-old Jeffery Michels was captured in Sanford, Florida, where authorities say he was living under the name of Jeffrey Lantz. He had gotten married, had children and started-up a construction business down south after flying under the radar since July 6, 1977...when he went missing from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
A former Akron woman who's now living in Delaware is in a local jail after admitting she killed her children. Liberian immigrant Kula Pelima, whose family moved to Akron during the African nation's Civil War, has admitted that she killed her two sons...a four-month-old and a five-year-old. The 30-year-old woman called Wilmington Police to admit drowning the children in a bath tub because she feared deportation back to her home land. Her 38-year-old Nigerian boyfriend and father of the children was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last month and Pelima reportedly feared she would soon be arrested, as well. She was booked on murder charges and bond was set at two-Million dollars.
A teenage girl was listed in critical condition and her ex-boyfriend is behind bars after three men helped corner the girl's alleged attacker in a stabbing incident. Two men were driving home from work when one of them spotted a neighbor, chasing a 16-year-old boy in the Columbus suburb of Whitehall. The neighbor yelled for the men to help corner the kid, who was seen by the neighbor stabbing the young victim. The men caught-up with the young suspect and held him near a creek for officers to arrive. The girl was stabbed more than 20 times but is expected to recover. The boy was booked on charges of attempted murder.
With members of the founding family wanting to step into retirement from the grocery game, Wooster-based Buehler's Fresh Foods will soon hand-over the keys to its own workers. Company spokesman Dan Buehler says the sale has been planned for some time and all 13 stores in the chain will soon be owned indirectly by the people who work there – getting some guidance from a core group of company executives. Workers are being given the chance to buy-in through stock options, a move the family found preferable to selling-off to “an outsider,” after being owned by the same family since 1929. All 21-hundred workers will remain on the payroll and undergo re-training, the stores will remain open and will maintain the same hours. The transition is expected to be finished next month.
Members of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System are having the proverbial rug pulled-out from under their feet. The Board in charge of the OPERS has voted to cut benefits for retirees, a move that will have an impact on each and every one of the system's more than one-Million members. The Board voted to reduce cost-of-living adjustments to match the Consumer Price Index – but those adjustments will be capped-off at 2.25-percent. Benefit amounts had previously been locked-in at three-percent for those who took retirement before January 2013. A representative for retirees under the umbrella said the system is financially stable, that there's no need to make changes that amount to pay cuts for retirees. The move still must win approval from lawmakers in the General Assembly.