A panhandler who had been shown the door at a store in Cleveland apparently wanted some revenge…returning with a home-made explosive that was set-off inside the place early Friday afternoon in the 8000 block of Madison Avenue. Cleveland Police report that workers at a Family Dollar store had booted the man during the morning hours and he returned with the makeshift device that was set-off around 12:30PM…blowing-out a window of the store and damaging a car parked outside. The suspect was reportedly seen placing the device near the window and running-off just before it detonated. One woman hurt her back while running from her car but otherwise, there were no injuries. The name of the arrested suspect wasn’t immediately released.
A revised petition calling for background checks on virtually all firearms sales has been certified by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. After a previous version was rejected by the AG’s office on June 20, the reworded document was submitted on July 9 and was certified on Friday. The Ohio Ballot Board must now determine if the proposal contains one or multiple laws and if the panel passes it through, backers can begin gathering signatures on the idea to mandate background checks on all gun sales – even those conducted privately at gun shows. If the State Legislature fails to act on the proposal, it can go to a statewide ballot issue for voters to decide.
Two workers lost their lives when they were buried inside a grain storage tank at a facility in Toledo on Friday morning. A spokesman for The Andersons confirmed the workers had been trapped after emergency crews were called to the scene on Edwin Drive around 9:00AM. Officials confirmed the first death around 11:30AM and that that point, they were still trying to locate the second body amid some 180-Thousand bushels of grain. It’s unknown how the deadly incident happened and authorities withheld the names of the two workers who died. An investigation is being conducted.
Someone could be in line for a big paycheck in the form of reward money as authorities continue investigating a Thursday morning shooting death in Akron. 31-year-old Joel Wells was shot in the head in a driveway near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Weeks Street shortly after 8:00AM. Wells, the brother of former Ohio State and NFL running back Beanie Wells, was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s brother is offering 15-Thousand dollars in reward money for tips leading to an arrest. Summit County CrimeStoppers has put-up another five-Thousand and anonymous donors connected with OSU have also pledged funds – bringing the total reward package to 30-Thousand dollars. Akron Police report that the suspect vehicle that fled the scene was a newer-model Jeep with tinted windows and Temporary Tags. Tips are needed at Akron Police Detective Bureau or Summit County CrimeStoppers.
There were no reported injuries, but quite a bit of mess left behind after an explosion blew a window out of a Family Dollar store in Cleveland early Friday afternoon. Police report the blast happened around 12:30PM at the store in the 8000 block of Madison Avenue. The blast also damaged a car that was parked outside the store and Cleveland’s Bomb Squad was called-in to check the business and begin the on-scene investigation. One person was arrested at the scene and police offered no further details as they continued their work.
Three suspects were arrested following the robbery of a bank in the area on Thursday afternoon. The Stark County Sheriff’s office reports the hold-up happened shortly after 1:00PM at the Bank of Magnolia in the 3200 block of Cleveland Avenue SW in Canton. The Sheriff’s office reports that a suspect handed the teller a demand note, then fled the scene in a stolen vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money. The stolen wheels were later found abandoned and within hours, authorities arrested 37-year-old Anthony Clemens on charges of robbery and obstructing official business. 40-year-old Tara Meeks of Alliance was charged with obstructing official business and 38-year-old Kerra Thacker of Canton was also charged with robbery in connection with the stick-up. The three were caught in a second stolen vehicle and the Sheriff’s office reports the group may have also committed a series of other vehicle thefts and burglaries. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.
An elderly man who was hit by a car while working in his front yard six weeks ago has lost his battle to recover. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office reports that 91-year-old Thomas Price of Cleveland died on Thursday at University Hospitals. On June 3, Price was working in his front yard around 3:00PM when a speeding car left the road along East 144th Street, then hit a tree and ran-over Price before smashing into his nearby home. The man at the wheel and his female passenger both bailed from their seats and took-off running on foot after the crash. Neither of them have been found or arrested.
He was a legend in Cleveland television and was welcomed into the homes of Millions of viewers each weekday morning as a host of the pioneering program “The Morning Exchange” on WEWS. Fred Griffith, known to viewers and his friends alike as a gracious, gentle, warm and congenial man whose on-air personality was a mirror image of who he was off-camera, died on Friday at a nursing facility in Solon. His daughter, Gwen, issued a statement that said Fred Griffith passed-away peacefully shortly after 7:00AM while surrounded by his family. Griffith spent 53 years on the air as a broadcaster, hosted the “Morning Exchange” for 27 years on Channel 5, then continued with “Good Company” on WKYC Channel 3 for another 12 years before his retirement in February of 2012. He suffered a broken pelvis in a fall near his home in Shaker Heights in 2017 and had been in assisted living since. Fred Griffith was 90 years old.
Federal dollars are being thrown at the problem of pollution and trash that’s been left behind along the shores of the Great Lakes. The US EPA on Friday announced a two-Million dollar grant program to clean-up the shores and waters, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler appearing in Cleveland to say the money will be made available to state and local governments, non-profit groups and universities to conduct the clean-up programs. The dollars are coming as part of the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration initiative…which will fund up to a dozen projects with the largest single amount set at 500-Thousand dollars. Applications will be accepted in October and the awards will be announced in February.
A total of 12 people have been arrested as a result of a joint Federal-State effort to crack down on the illegal drug trade. The Ohio Attorney General’s office on Friday announced the arrests…reporting that the accused are charged with 92 felony drug-trafficking and possession charges. The US Marshals Service teamed-up with the Major Crime Task Force of Gallia and Meigs counties in conducting the investigation, part of the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission. The effort targeted people in the region who are accused of being major players in the illegal drug trade.
With the hospital group’s leader having stepped-down amid the ongoing investigation into patient overdose deaths, an interim CEO has been named for Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System. Michael Englehart, currently a senior executive for Mount Carmel’s parent firm, Trinity Health, has been tapped to take control with Ed Lamb resigning effective next Thursday, July 25. Mount Carmel fired a total of 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers last week after an internal investigation, which determined that Dr William Husel had ordered potentially fatal doses to more than two-dozen critical-care patients a short time before each of them died. He has since pleaded not guilty to the 25 murder charges that were filed against him.
Governor DeWine says he’s hopeful that lawmakers in the Ohio House will sign-off on the proposed nuclear bailout package – and that he intends to sign it once it hits his desk. The proposal commonly known as House Bill 6 passed in a spilt vote on the Senate floor this week…but stalled in the House despite being debated for months and four lawmakers who pledged to support it were no where to be found on Thursday. The House Speaker said on Thursday that the lower chamber will take-up the issue again in early August. If approved, 150-Million dollars would be provided annually to nuclear and coal-fired power plants in Ohio, with another 20-Million to be tapped as a support fund for solar-power plants that are currently under construction. The money will come from a new surcharge to be tacked-onto every electric customer’s bill throughout the state.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol will join their fellow officers in five other states in a collaborative and educational push beginning Sunday morning. The Six-State Trooper Project will focus on helping assure drivers abide by the “Move-Over Law,” which mandates that people behind the wheel give a wide berth to vehicles along the roadside with flashing or rotating lights. The effort starts at 12:01AM Sunday and continues until 11:59PM next Saturday, July 27. Troopers from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia will all be involved. The law has been enacted in all 50 states in the US – and mandates that drivers move-over to another lane when approaching emergency or service vehicles with their flashing or rotating lights. Those who can’t move over due to traffic or weather conditions are ordered to slow down and proceed carefully.
A woman who was involved in a fatal head-on crash in western Ohio last March has been indicted by a Grand Jury…with the County Prosecutor claiming the accused intentionally caused the wreck. The Montgomery County Prosecutor made the statement while announcing that 21-year-old Abby Michaels of Xenia has been charged with six counts each of murder and aggravated vehicular homicide. Prosecutor Matt Heck alleges that Michaels was driving under the influence of alcohol, but that wasn’t the main factor in the crash. He said that Michaels knew what she was doing and actually sped-up before the impact. The crash that happened on March 17 along I-75 in Moraine killed 51-year-old Timmy Thompson, his 50-year-old wife, Karen and the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Tessa. Michaels was reportedly upset and said in advance that she had intentions of doing it.
The rider was critically injured in the crash of his motorcycle on Thursday night in Stark County’s Washington Township. The State Highway Patrol reports that 65-year-old Mark Smith of Beloit was riding east on Bayton Street near Easton Street just after 10:30PM, when he lost control and went off the side into some grass…then was thrown from the seat when the machine flipped as he returned it to the road. Smith was taken from the scene to Mercy Hospital in Canton with what the Patrol termed life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing any type of protective gear and investigators believe that alcohol use may have played a factor.
Three arrests have been made in connection with a bank robbery that occurred yesterday in Canton Township. Around 1:10 pm Thursday, the Stark County Sheriff's Office responded to a robbery at the Bank of Magnolia in the 3200 block of Cleveland Avenue SW. Deputies learned the suspect entered the bank, showed a note and demanded money. The suspect then left with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area in a stolen vehicle with an accomplice. Deputies later located the stolen vehicle, which had been abandoned, a short distance from the bank. Later yesterday, deputies arrested 40 year-old Tara Meeks of Alliance and 37 year-old Anthony Clemens, with no current address. Meeks has been charged with one count of obstructing official business. Clemens has been charged with robbery and obstructing official business. Both of the suspects were arrested in a stolen vehicle that had numerous items in it believed to be from criminal activity. The third suspect, 38 year-old Kerra Thacker of Canton, was arrested this morning. Thacker has been charged with one count of robbery. Through the investigation, it was learned the trio arrested may be responsible for numerous vehicle thefts and burglaries in Stark County.
The Ms. Wheelchair USA national pageant will once again be held at Walsh Jesuit High School Auditorium tonight and tomorrow. Eight national finalists from Ohio, Iowa, Michigan , Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Washington are competing for the title. Lowery Lockard, founder of Ms. Wheelchair USA Organization tells News 5, the women are interviewed, participate in a gown competition and give insights into their community service. Doors open at 6:30 with the program starting at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow at the high school on Wyoga Lake Road.
Kent Police Department dispatchers confirmed the Portage County Water Rescue Team along with the Kent Fire Department assisted a woman stuck in the Cuyahoga River behind the former Kent Train Depot last night. The Record-Courier reports, she was not in distress. Authorities say , it's believed this woman marks the 24th to be rescued from the Cuyahoga River this season.
Authorities are searching for the individual who gunned down the brother of former NFL and Ohio State running back Beanie Wells. Akron police responded to a shooting around 8 am Thursday near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Weeks Street, where 31 year-old Joel Wells of Goodview Avenue in Akron was found dead on the scene after he had been shot in the head. As of this morning, police had not identified any suspects. Beanie Wells is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Summit County CrimeStoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Additionally, anonymous donors associated with Ohio State University are offering a $10,000 reward. Anyone with information, contact Akron police at 330-375-2490, CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
Legendary Cleveland TV personality Fred Griffith has died at the age of 90. He worked at Channel 5 from 1966-to-1999. In his time at WEWS, Fred produced newscasts and the station's news director and public affairs director, but he was best known for host of the Morning Exchange, which debuted on Jan. 3, 1972. He worked, for many years, alongside Liz Richards and Joel Rose. He also worked with Lee Jordan. Griffith hosted the daily show until 1999. Fred Griffith was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He was the oldest of 6 children. He spent time in the Air Force during the Korean War.