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A Mahoning County Grand Jury has indicted a Youngstown man on multiple charges, accusing him of trying to burn his home down and kill his wife. 56-year-old Ronald Magby was officially charged on Thursday with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated arson, kidnapping and domestic violence. The charges stem from hishe November 24 fire at a home in the 2000 block of Megan Circle. Police and firefighters called to the scene arrived to see Magby running out the house in flames. He suffered third-degree burns and was treated in the Burn Unit of Akron Childrens Hospital. Police said at the time that Magby had made previous threats to kill his wife inside the home they shared. He had reportedly cut the gas lines and tried to torch the place.
Snow Parking Bans remain in effect in Cuyahoga Falls until 5:30AM Friday and in Ravenna until 9:00AM Friday.
In the City of Akron, officials say a Snow Parking Ban for ALL CITY STREETS will go into effect at 6:00PM Thursday and remain in effect until further notice.
There are commercials running in Ohio warning listeners that state lawmakers are conspiring to extend term limits, neutralizing the current law that restricts State Senators and Representatives to eight consecutive years...but there's one problem with the ads: No such legislative vote is imminent. The ad campaign may have jumped the gun a bit, as members of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission this week examined two proposals aimed at extending terms limits to 12 years. While the committee was expected to discuss the matter on Thursday, no vote was scheduled.
Officials from the Summit County Public Health Department have confirmed they're working a case of tuberculosis in an Akron school building. The Health Department cited privacy laws for withholding most of the related information, but confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the case involves someone at North High School. Authorities say they're conducting a thorough investigation in order to identify all those who were potentially exposed and will respond as necessary under the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those concerned about the issue, a hotline has been set-up at the Health Department. That number is 330-926-5795. You can also log onto www.scph.org.
A local teenager has been collared on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property after allegedly burglarizing a home and making-off with a car from the property. Akron Police reported on Thursday that someone had gotten into a home in the 2200 block of Edmund Avenue during the overnight hours into Wednesday morning, using an unlocked garage door to gain entry and swipe the car keys from the kitchen counter. The stolen vehicle was recovered several hours later in the 2900 block of Mogadore Road and a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody for the crime. Police say he had recently been released on similar charges.
A convicted sex offender who was out on bond following his arrest for failing to register his address has now been charged in another sexual attack – the latest one involving a 12-year-old girl in Springfield Township. Police say the alleged victim's mother reported to police on January 19 that her daughter had been raped on October 30 last year. That incident allegedly happened just 15 days after 18-year-old James Lane was indicted on a charge of failing to register. Lane was booked into Summit County Jail after being questioned by detectives investigating the most recent crime.
Canton Police hauled-in a large amount of marijuana, cocaine, cash and a gun during a raid on a home in the city this week. Police announced on Thursday that a search warrant executed in the 1100 block of Roslyn Avenue SW also resulted in arrest warrants for 49-year-old Carlos Romero, wanted on felony charges of marijuana trafficking, trafficking controlled substance and possession of marijuana, cocaine and paraphernalia. After getting complaints from neighbors, authorities went inside the home to confiscate 33 pounds of marijuana along with undisclosed amounts of cocaine and cash, along with a 22-caliber rifle.
The trial of the second defendant charged in the shooting deaths of three people in Barberton may be about to get under-way. The Beacon Journal reports that attorneys from both sides and the judge hearing the case may be about to wrap-up several issues which led to delays in the proceedings. Among those issues is a debate over whether the lone survivor of the shootings will be called to testify. Eric Hendon of Akron is expected to see his trial start next Wednesday in Summit County Court. He's charged in the New Year's Eve 2013 murders of 42-year-old John Kohler, his 18-year-old step-daughter Ashley Carpenter and her brother, 14-year-old David Carpenter-Kohler. The man's girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, survived the shooting but lost her left eye. Eric Hendon's younger brother, Michael, has already been convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Ohio Supreme Court has weighed-in on the sale of a prison facility in northeast Ohio to a private operator, saying the deal was not a violation of the State Constitution. The 5-2 ruling came Thursday in a lawsuit that was brought by former prison employees and their union at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut. In 2011, the facility became the first in the nation to be sold to a private company when it was handed-off to Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America. The former workers and union attorneys claimed the sale was a Constitutional violation, citing language prohibiting the state from financial involvement with private enterprise.
People who made it part of their Labor Day weekend to take-in the Taste of Hudson will be making other plans this year. After 11 consecutive years, the annual event is on hold for 2016 – thanks in part to construction and renovations that will be ongoing in the community's downtown district this year. Organizers of the Taste of Hudson say they expect to resume the event in 2017...possibly with a few changes to the format and related events.
Officials from the Summit County Public Health Department have confirmed they're investigating a suspected case of tuberculosis in an Akron school building. The Health Department cited privacy laws for withholding most of the related information, but confirmed the case involves someone at North High School. Authorities say they're conducting a thorough investigation in order to identify all those who were potentially exposed and will respond as necessary under the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those concerned about the issue, a hotline has been set-up at the Health Department. That number is 330-926-5795. You can also log onto www.scph.org.
Authorities with the Lake County Sheriff's office on Thursday provided updated information on that massive pile-up that happened on Interstate 90 on Wednesday afternoon. The Sheriff's office said that nearly 15 semi tractor-trailers were among the 40 vehicles that became tangled-up in multiple crashes after white-out conditions reduced visibility to zero, sending 17 people to area hospitals. Three of them were seriously hurt, including one person who wasn't wearing a seat belt and was ejected after impact – then wound-up trapped beneath another vehicle. Investigators say they doubt they'll be able to pinpoint the cause of the initial crash that triggered the pile-up, because there were so many vehicles involved. The Sheriff told NewsChannel 5 that costs for the response and clean-up of the aftermath are expected to reach a Million dollars.
Former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste has formally endorsed Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld's run for the US Senate, bucking the common trend among Democratic power-brokers in the state who feel former Governor Ted Strickland is the best bet for unseating Republican incumbent Rob Portman. While issuing his endorsement on Thursday, Celeste called the 31-year-old Councilman a “breath of fresh air,” and feels he has the best chance of winning in the November General Election. Celeste, who was very popular in the state during his term as Governor in the 1980's, now lives in Colorado. While Strickland's campaign has received numerous endorsements prior to the March Primary, he's also taking some heat from editorial boards around the state for his refusal to have a debate with his fellow challenger Sittenfeld.
Additional charges are expected to be filed against A Stow teenager accused in the shooting death last weekend of a Kent State University student. Authorities on Thursday announced also that a second arrest has been made. The Police Chief in Munroe Falls says that a stolen gun was found inside the 17-year-old suspect's vehicle, though it was not the gun used in the murder. Police say the gun had been reported stolen following a break-in that occurred at a home in the 200 block of Gaylord Drive between February 3 and February 5. The weapon was among a number of items reported missing, including a second handgun, after the house had been ransacked. Authorities announced on Thursday that a 17-year-old Massillon boy had been taken into custody shortly after 8:00PM Wednesday, ordered held without bond on a charge of delinquency by reason of aggravated murder. Both suspects are charged in the shooting that took the life of 18-year-old Nicholas Massa. Witnesses told police he had been shot in a third-floor unit of Ryan Place Apartments on East Main Street in Kent, just east of campus, after three suspects wearing masks forced their way in and demanded money at gunpoint.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued an apology on Thursday after a bill was sent by the city to the estate of Tamir Rice, demanding a 500-dollar payment for the ambulance ride to the hospital and medical service he received en route following the 2014 shooting that took his life. The creditor's claim was filed by the City Law Director this week in Cuyahoga County Probate Court and said payment is overdue. A family attorney issued a statement saying the claim was callous and insensitive in nature, since the 12-year-old boy was shot by the city's own police officers. The president of the city's police union agreed, terming the city's claim “unconscionable.” Jackson on Thursday said the process was a matter of routine and that the bill should have been red-flagged so that it wouldn't have been sent.
A Hamilton County judge on Thursday set an October 24 trial date for the former University of Cincinnati Police officer charged in the shooting death of a motorist following a traffic stop. Setting the date had been previously delayed due to issues with the discovery process, with additional time needed for both sides to share information and evidence in the case of former officer Ray Tensing. His attorney says the officer opened fire on Samuel DuBose last year because he feared he'd be dragged under the man's car as he sped-off from the traffic stop. The attorney wanted the trial moved out of Hamilton County. The University fired Tensing after the incident and has already reached a 5.3-Million dollar settlement with the family of DuBose. A pre-trial hearing will be held April 6.
The two men accused of torching a house at West Branch State Park recently pleaded guilty to charges in Portage County Court. 25-year-old Benjamin Lallathin of Newbury and 18-year-old Joseph Wray of Ravenna were accused of setting fire to the house in November last year. The place was destroyed in a blaze that brought crews from eight different departments to the scene and two days later, the suspects were seen returning to the property to remove items. Lallathin copped the guilty plea to a felony arson charge and Wray pleaded to a reduced charge of breaking and entering. Lallathin could get up to eight years in prison and is undergoing a mental health evaluation. Both will return to court following completion of pre-sentence investigations.
Officials in Columbus have stepped-back from a plan to ask the state for five-Million dollars to help fund a new training camp facility for the Cleveland Browns. The President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership posted a column in the Columbus Dispatch, explaining it was never the group's intent to use state money to poach from another region's business community. Alex Fisher wrote that while the effort to move summer training camp to Columbus remains in work, it will happen without state money. He explained that the state had previously spent nearly 100-Million dollars over the past 15 years in support of sports facilities and initially saw the funding request as a reasonable one...aimed at creating a multi-use facility that would be shared with the Browns.
Barberton Police are trying to identify the suspects who chopped-down 10 black walnut trees that had been planted more than 100 years ago by the city's founder. Officials with the Barberton Historical Society say it appears the vandals had cut-down the trees with intentions of hauling-off some valuable wood. The trees were located on two vacant lots now owned by the Historical Society. They were originally planted on the property once owned by town founder O.C. Barber and were located near a 100-year-old wishing well the group was preserving as a part of the Magic City's history. Officials said the 50-foot-tall trees with 30-inch trunks had stood proudly in that spot since 1910...until this week. Police are asking for tips leading to an arrest of those responsible.
Members of an Ohio House committee this week met with people who favor a bill allowing churches in the state the option of denying performance of same-sex marriage. At issue is the Pastor Protection Act, which was introduced in the House three weeks after the US Supreme Court last year issued its landmark decision allowing gay marriages nation-wide. Among the 22 people who spoke to the committee this week was a pastor who called the Court ruling “tyranny and treason against God and country,” adding the nation is “suffering a severe mental illness of Biblical literacy.” The bill's sponsor says the intent of the measure it not discriminatory, rather about protecting clergy.