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President Barack Obama has ordered that U.S. flags on all public buildings and military posts be flown at half-staff as a "mark of respect for the memory" of retired astronaut John Glenn.
Glenn was elevated to hero status in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the earth. He died Thursday at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital at age 95.
Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Glenn's internment.
Burial is being planned for Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.
Glenn also served as a Marine combat pilot and he represented Ohio in the U.S. senate for more than two decades.
Authorities in Ohio have released the identity of the Hudson police officer who fatally shot a United Arab Emirates citizen who police say fled after causing a crash on the Ohio Turnpike.
City records released Thursday say Officer Ryan Doran killed 26-year-old Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri following a struggle in a wooded area near the highway.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office found that Alameri died of a gunshot wound to his head. The death is listed as a homicide.
Doran is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, which made headlines in Alameri's native country on the Arabian Peninsula.
Authorities also released dashboard camera footage of the incident. In the video Doran can be heard warning Alameri that he will shoot him if he doesn't stop.
The Summit County Sheriff's office has released surveillance footage from the scene of a robbery that happened on Wednesday evening in Green, hoping that someone will take a look and drop a dime to identify the suspect. A man armed with a gun equipped with a laser sight kicked-in the door to an internet cafe in the 2700 block of South Arlington Road, demanding money from the register and threatening to shoot the people inside before he fled with cash. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's office or Summit County CrimeStoppers.
Browns rookie wide receiver Jordan Payton has been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season for violating the league's policy on PED's. He'll go without a paycheck until January 2, one day after the Browns' final game against Pittsburgh.
President Obama and Governor Kasich have both issued orders for all flags to be lowered to half-staff in memory of American space pioneer and Ohio native John Glenn, who died on Thursday afternoon at the age of 95. Both the President and the Governor have ordered flags lowered until sunset on the day of Glenn's burial next week at Arlington National Cemetery. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in space, a veteran of the US Marine Corps and a combat pilot in World War II and Korea. He served for 24 years as a US Senator from Ohio and returned to space at the age of 77 during the Shuttle program.
Akron Police have identified the suspect they're looking for after the shooting that left three people wounded at a barber shop on the city's west side. A warrant for the arrest of 24-year-old Robert Rodgers of Hardesty Boulevard was announced late Friday afternoon. He's wanted on counts including felonious assault and weapons under disability for the December 1 shooting that happened around 11:00AM at R.P.'s Blade Academy in the 500 block of West Exchange Street. Rodgers allegedly pulled a gun and fired shots at a 20-year-old man who was yelling at him as he sat in a barber chair. The young man was hit three times while two other men inside the shop were also wounded before Rodgers fled the scene – the barber's cape still tied around his neck. Robert Rodgers is a black male, fine-feet-five in height and 140 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information, call Akron Police, the US Marshals Service or Summit County CrimeStoppers.
A man currently incarcerated in a state prison facility in Mansfield has been fingered as the suspect who knocked-off a pair of Akron restaurants in armed robberies earlier this year. Akron Police announced on Friday that 22-year-old David Greer III has been charged with two counts each of aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon under disability. Police say Greer is the man who used a gun to hold-up two Church's Chicken restaurants on April 20. One crime happened in the 700 block of South Arlington Street; the other occurred in the 1200 block of Copley Road. Greer is currently doing time for an unrelated conviction at the Richland State Correctional Institution.
A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend during an argument has now been indicted by a Mahoning County Grand Jury in connection with the incident. Latasha Colmon is facing two counts each of felonious assault and aggravated assault, stemming from the fight that happened in late October at a home on Benwood Avenue in Youngstown. Police arrived on the scene and were told by the woman that her boyfriend became enraged when he found text messages from another man on her cell phone. He allegedly threw a TV down some stairs and a brick through her car window before Colmon reportedly grabbed a steak knife and took a swipe at him, cutting his hand before stabbing him in the mid-section with the blade. The man was treated for his injuries at St Elizabeth Hospital while Colmon was booked into the county jail.
As members of the State legislature put the wraps on the two-year session this week, the Ohio House approved a bill that expands the state's concealed-carry law to allow handguns into day cares, on college campuses and on privately-owned aircraft. The measure that passed the Senate earlier this week now goes to the Governor's desk for a signature. It still allows individual entities to ban concealed-carry, if they wish and weapons will still be prohibited in state and municipal buildings – unless allowed by local authorities.
Child porn charges have been filed against a Canfield man, accused of collecting and sharing illicit images that included a two-year-old. A Mahoning County Grand Jury this week returned a 52-count indictment against 68-year-old Paul Clymer, who was taken into custody by agents from the US Marshals Service. Clymer is facing 27 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and another 25 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
The Ohio Parole Board on Friday denied a last-ditch bid for mercy in the case of 43-year-old condemned rapist and killer Ronald Ray Phillips of Akron. He's first in line to be executed in Ohio's Death Chamber in Lucasville next month, when the State of Ohio resumes lethal injections with a new three-drug combination. Phillips' defense attorneys recently went before the Board to beg for mercy, saying their client was a victim of child abuse and arguing that he's not among the worst offenders on the state's Death Row. Phillips brutally raped and murdered the three-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in the upstairs of the mother's home while she was away. He has managed to get his execution postponed on several previous occasions for a wide range of excuses...but the Board rejected his latest bid for clemency in 2013. The Parole Board voted 10-2 on Friday to deny clemency and the final word will come from Governor Kasich. Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says that Phillips has constantly blamed others for his crime and that the wait for justice to be served has lingered long enough. Phillips' date with death is January 12.
Authorities have named a suspect and issued an arrest warrant for that Monday-night shooting that left a Youngstown firefighter wounded. 30-year-old Cameron Dyer is already in jail following his arrest for a drug-related parole violation and authorities believe he's the one who fired shots at a truck as it was leaving the scene of a vacant house fire. One bullet went through the side of the truck and caught 46-year-old Lt Paul Hutton in the leg. Investigators say that Dyer was the owner of the house that burned and had been arguing with fire officials on the scene, berating them for what he thought was slow work on their part in snuffing the flames. Authorities say he allegedly had 10-Thousand dollars in cash inside the place that he had gained from drug sales. He's been named on an initial warrant for disrupting public service to keep him locked-away until forensic testing can be completed that ties him to the shooting.
A Holmes County man who changed his plea to guilty in October was recently sentenced to prison time for his role in the drug overdose of another man last January. 33-year-old Jacob Aune was back in Medina County Court, where the judge sentenced him to a three-year prison term. In early October, Aune pleaded guilty to counts of involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and permitting drug abuse. He was charged after the January 20 death of 31-year-old Timothy Nelson of Medina, who injected the fatal dose of heroin at the home of 34-year-old Heather Hobbie of South Harmony Street and prosecutors say the accused delayed seeking treatment for the victim for as long as 20 minutes before driving him to a hospital, rather than calling 911. He died later that day. Aune and Hobbie were arrested April 27 after a long investigation. Hobbie pleaded not guilty to the charges she faces. Her trial is due to get under-way on Monday.
Five arrests were made this week by Canton Police following an investigation into gang activity in the area. One bust at a motel room in the 900 block of Tuscarawas Street West netted three men and a woman while authorities from the Special Investigations Unit, SWAT Team members and agents from the FBI also took-in crack cocaine and a loaded handgun. Another man in the motel was found with heroin, cocaine and packaging materials and was also booked into the County Jail. The raids culminated an investigation that ran for the past several weeks involving alleged members of the Shorb Blocc street gang. Those arrested were booked on various charges including drug trafficking, possession and weapons under disability.
The University of Akron is planning to spend money in order to save money – agreeing to pay at least 1.2-Million dollars to a professional services firm to help the school find ways to cut a budget deficit and increase revenue. The University is also reaching-out to students who may be interested in studying abroad and as a result, plans to hire six staffers to develop the Center for International Studies and to create an Institute for Global Education and Engagement. Services firm Ernst and Young has been tapped to work-up a plan aimed and cutting costs and bringing more dollars into the school, which is mired in a budget deficit and looking to make 65-Million dollars' worth of cuts or positive gains by the year 2019.
A pair of suspects have been named in arrest warrants in connection with the murder of a Youngstown man earlier this year. Police detectives in the city are looking for 24-year-old David Oliver and 22-year-old Jalon Allen, both wanted on murder charges for the September 20 shooting death of 34-year-old Andre Harrison...whose body was found inside a home in the 1500 block of Kensington Avenue. Investigators say the victim died from a gunshot wound to the neck. Within hours after the murder scene was cleared by investigators, someone set fire to the place. Both Oliver and Allen were still being hunted-down by detectives on Friday.
The City of Cuyahoga Falls is issuing warnings to residents about another scam that's making the rounds. The latest heads-up issued by the city this week involves people placing calls to residents, posing as employees with the city's utility billing department and trying to glean information from their targets which could be used to victimize them. City officials say there is no reason for anyone in the billing department to call customers with such questions – since the city already has that information in its database. Anyone with questions, call the City of Cuyahoga Falls Utility Billing staff at 330-971-8250.
A huge chain-reaction crash on Interstate 90 east of Cleveland left the highway closed for over 14 hours before the road was cleared for travel again on Thursday. The Lake County Sheriff's office says around 20 people were injured in the pile-up, with involved around 50 vehicles and began with a wreck between a truck and a Greyhound bus. A witness told authorities that he saw the rig slam into the bus from behind, causing a string of additional accidents as oncoming traffic was unable to stop before ramming into vehicles ahead. Crews managed to get the Interstate open for travel again in time for Friday's morning rush hour.
All that remains for the case involving a Columbus street gang to be put to bed is the sentencing of the last defendant, convicted this week in a murder and racketeering trial. 24-year-old Jonathan Holt, a member of the Short North Posse, was convicted on all charges he faced this week in Franklin County Court. He was indicted in October 2014 on a list of charges including murder, drug trafficking, robbery and several other crimes and was fingered as a co-defendant in the March 2010 murder of 31-year-old Quincy Battle, who was robbed and shot to death at his home on the city's east side. Holt returns to court at a later date, when he's expected to get life in prison. Authorities say that more than 100 members of the street gang operating here in Ohio have faced various charges over the past 25 years.
There were some frightening moments at a school in southwest Ohio's Hamilton County this week, when a small group of kindergarten students were found playing with a loaded handgun in a classroom. The incident happened at North College Hill Elementary School as classes were being dismissed. A teacher who noticed the young children playing with the firearm got it away from them before a shot was fired and the small semi-automatic weapon was turned-over to police. The investigation continues in an effort to learn where the gun came from and how the kids got their hands on it.