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OSP: Driver Stoned in Fatal Wreck

Aug 31, 2015 -- 5:37pm

The State Highway Patrol says a woman involved in a fatal crash in July was stoned on marijuana at the time of the wreck. Blood samples taken from the 23-year-old Oberlin woman came back positive for drug abuse. The woman lost control of her car on Leavitt Road in Amherst Township on July 28, her car crashing through the wall of a home in the 8700 block and into the living room around 7:45AM, killing a 34-year-old woman who was with her infant child. The mother died on the scene and the baby was taken to the hospital for treatment. Additional charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the car.



Kasich Chimes-in on Denali Re-Name

Aug 31, 2015 -- 5:19pm

Governor Kasich sounded-off on Monday as President Obama took it upon himself to re-name Mount McKinley in Alaska as “Denali,” the name used by Alaskan natives. The Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful joined other Ohio lawmakers in criticizing the President's move, saying people in Ohio thought it was appropriate to keep the name in honor of slain US President William McKinkley, a native of Niles who's buried in a tomb in Canton. He was shot to death by an assassin in Buffalo, New York in 1901. Republican House member Bob Gibbs of Ohio called Obama's move a political stunt, insulting to all Ohioans. Congressman Jim Renacci of Wadsworth called it another example of Obama circumventing the authority of the US House.



Woman Sentenced for Multi-Fatality Crash

Aug 31, 2015 -- 4:52pm

A woman who pleaded guilty in May to three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault was back in Columbiana County Court on Monday for sentencing. 32-year-old Racheal Linesmith of Hanoverton got an earful from the family members of her victims, then got-off relatively easy with the sentence imposed by the judge. She was placed on probation, ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and lost her driving privileges for 10 years for the January 2014 wreck on State Route 518 in Wayne Township that killed three people and injured five others. She was driving at a high rate of speed when her car slammed into a crowded SUV.



Body Discovered During Traffic Stop

Aug 31, 2015 -- 4:51pm

The State Highway Patrol says a suspect in a pair of Cleveland-area crimes was found dead of a gunshot wound during a traffic stop in Crawford County on Monday morning. A trooper pulled-over a Jeep along State Route 100 near State Route 19 shortly after 2:00AM and approached the vehicle to find 34-year-old Michael Collins Jr of Lakewood in the right front seat with a bullet wound to his head. The driver, 24-year-old Kristle Kendle of Lakewood, told the trooper that Collins had shot himself to death. Collins was wanted on warrants for a break-in that occurred at a home in Lakewood and a robbery at a gas station in Strongsville. Kendle was arrested on the scene, charged with DUI. The man's death is still under investigation.



Man Pleads Guilty in Son's Stabbing Death

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:39pm

The Akron man who claimed his son was attacked and killed by intruders has avoided his trial on murder charges with a guilty plea on Monday in Summit County Court. 53-year-old Kevin Golec was charged with aggravated murder and felony domestic violence in the February 13 stabbing death of his 22-year-old son, Brian, at Golec's Inman Street home. Officers arrived to find the victim dead near the side door to the house and later determined that the stabbing had occurred during a fight between he and his father. Golec allegedly has a drug problem and had been accused of stealing money from the family. He had been told by his son to leave after learning his father stole money to support his drug habit. Golec will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 15 years.



One Killed, One Injured in Crash

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:36pm

A one-car crash near Youngstown early Sunday morning claimed the life of the driver and left his passenger critically injured. The State Highway Patrol says 39-year-old Serhiy Kozachuck of Girard lost control of his car shortly after Midnight on a curve while heading north on Logan Way in Trumbull County's Liberty Township. The car went off the side, hitting a guardrail and utility pole before crossing the road, hitting two mailboxes and another utility pole before catching fire. Kozachuck died at St Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, where his 24-year-old passenger from Girard was listed in critical condition on Monday. Investigators say excessive speed played a role in the accident.



Senior Day at Derby Downs is Selling Fast

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:36pm

Tickets are going fast for this year's Senior Day at Derby Downs...an event that continues to grow at the historic track in Akron and will be held this Thursday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby CEO Joe Mazur tells WNIR News the event is limited to 500 participants and by Monday, 300 tickets had already been sold. He says it's a great opportunity for people to cross one off that “bucket list,” and the event is not limited to a trip down the big hill. Mazur says the event has grown bigger and better each year and this year's event includes lunch provided to participants, along with several booths that will be set-up for health screenings, health information and entertainment. You're encouraged to get your tickets in advance....12 dollars each, available at Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, four Akron AAA branch offices, the City of Akron Active Adult office and at the Derby Headquarters office located at the track.



Four Hospitalized after Chemical Accident

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:35pm

Someone accidentally mixed chemicals together and caused an incident on Monday morning that sent four people to the hospital from the North Canton Water Treatment Plant. Authorities responded to the scene in the 7300 block of Freedom Avenue NW shortly after 8:00AM after someone mistakenly mixed chlorine with fluoride in a container inside the building, sending a plume into the plant that made it dangerous to breathe the air. Three workers and a truck driver were all transported for treatment while Stark County HazMat teams worked the scene. The plant was shut down and people nearby were told to stay inside as a precaution. The incident remains under investigation and the conditions of the victims were not immediately known.



Arson Investigation Follows House Fire

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:35pm

The cause of a Monday-morning house fire in Akron remains under investigation by the Fire Department's Arson Bureau. Firefighters were called to the 2300 block of 20th Street SW in Kenmore a short time after 6:30AM and arrived to find smoke pouring from the house. Additional crews were called-in to knock the flames down and there were no reported injuries. No damage estimate was provided by Fire authorities.



Eyeglasses Stolen in Burglary

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:34pm

Someone made-off with Thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise in a smash-and-grab burglary in Akron and detectives are still looking for those involved. Police say the incident happened around 7:30 Friday morning at the offices of two optometrists in the 1600 block of West Market Street, where the front window was broken-out in order for thieves to steal nearly 40-Thousand dollars' worth of designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses. Police are asking for tips to Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.



“Hypnotizing Lawyer” Charged

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:33pm

A former attorney from Sheffield Lake has been formally charged with counts that he took sexual liberties with some of his female clients while keeping them under hypnosis. Michael Fine was busted on Friday, charged with multiple counts of kidnapping, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition counts involving more than 25 women. The alleged victims began emerging last year, leading to a decision by the Ohio Bar Association to suspend Fine’s license in November. One woman began recording her sessions with the attorney after becoming suspicious about his intentions. The recordings revealed alleged illicit activity on the part of the accused.



Driver Busted after Chase

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:33pm

The State Highway Patrol is still investigating after the driver of a stolen car was finally stopped in a chase that wound from Portage County to Canton. Authorities said that the vehicle was spotted on Sunday evening at West Branch State Park by a Ranger with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The Portage County Sheriff’s office was called shortly after 6:30PM the chase was on, following a route that went through Alliance and continued along US 62 into Canton, where State Patrol Troopers joined-in along with Canton Police. The run-down came to an end a short time before 7:00PM on 18th Street NW, where the unnamed driver was taken into custody.



Body Found in Y-Town

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:32pm

Neighbors complaining about a foul smell coming from the back yard of a Youngstown home led to the discovery of that city’s 15th murder victim this year. Police went to the scene in the 100 block of East Philadelphia Avenue on Saturday night, where they found the decomposing body of a man that appeared to have been shot to death, left in some brush behind a garage. The discovery marks the tenth murder on the city’s south side this year. Investigators say the body had been there for an extended period. They’re working to identify the remains and are still looking for clues to the death and a possible suspect.



Indictment Issued after Fatal Crash

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:32pm

A Portage County Grand Jury has issued an indictment against the driver involved in an alcohol-related crash that killed a motorcyclist in mid-August. 28-year-old Evan Carter of Wheeler Road in Hiram Township has been formally charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in addition to a count of driving under suspension and failure to yield. The State Highway Patrol says Carter was behind the wheel of a car that turned left in front of 58-year-old Billy Rodman of Newton Falls, who was ejected on impact and struck by another passing vehicle shortly after 5:30AM August 13 at State Route 700 and Norton Road. Rodman died at the scene of the wreck. Carter, whose blood alcohol level was over two and a half times the legal limit at the time, faces a September 22 trial in Portage County Court, where he could get as much as 11 years in prison.



Man Steals Car, Goes on Robbery Spree

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:31pm

Akron Police say a man stole someone's car at gunpoint, then used it to make his way to a pair of robberies in the area. A 22-year-old man was robbed of his car keys at the service window of a gas station in the 1600 block of West Market Street shortly after 2:00AM Sunday, the robber driving-off in the victim's car. Less than 45 minutes later, the same suspect held-up a Wal-Mart store in the 3700 block of West Market in Fairlawn. Then, shortly before 8:00AM, the suspect pointed a gun at the clerk at a Circle-K in the 1600 block of East Avenue in Kenmore, grabbing the cash register and fleeing with the machine. An officer on patrol spotted the stolen wheels around 9:30AM in the 200 block of Merriman Road, where the suspect bailed and ran from the vehicle until he was eventually caught in the 200 block of Edgerton Drive. 39-year-old Kerik Foerg was booked into Summit County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery and obstructing official business. Other charges are expected to be filed.



Rider Seriously Hurt in MC Crash

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:31pm

The rider was taken to Akron City Hospital following a crash on his motorcycle late Sunday night in Green. The Summit County Sheriff’s office says the 52-year-old man lost control shortly before Midnight and crashed on Myersville Road at the intersection with Superior Drive. He was not wearing a helmet at the time and investigators say speed was a likely factor in the wreck. He was listed in serious condition on Monday morning.



OSU Official is Finalist at Iowa

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:30pm

A high-level administrator at Ohio State University is in line to jump ship and become the next President at the University of Iowa. OSU Executive Vice-President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz left Columbus on Monday for a tour of the campus at Iowa City and a meeting with faculty and students. He’s been with Ohio State since 2009 after previously serving as the head of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for three years at the University of Kansas. Steinmetz is among four finalists for the top job at Iowa.



Obama Re-Names Mountain, Angers Lawmakers

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:29pm

With the stroke of his pen, Barack Obama has made a mountain disappear in Alaska...and gotten under the skin of lawmakers in Ohio along the way. Mount McKinley, named for Niles native and 25th President of the United States William McKinley, no longer exists. It’s now known as “Denali,”an Athabascan word meaning “the high one.” Locals in Alaska have had a sore spot over the name given to the mountain in 1917, following the assassination of the former President early in his second term in 1901in Buffalo, New York. Over the years, the natives have continued to call the 20-Thousand, 320 foot high point by its original name and have tried several times in the past to change it back. Obama said the Department of the Interior has every right to change the name and forego honoring the fallen President’s memory. US Congressman Jim Renacci of Wadsworth said that Obama's action to re-name the mountain on Federal property falls under control of the House Natural Resources Committee, not the Executive Branch...and that Obama continues to circumvent the will of Congress.



Power Plant to be Demolished

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:27pm

With FirstEnergy forced to shut-down several coal-fired power plants along Lake Erie, the firm is now moving ahead in tearing one of the facilities down on Cleveland’s east side. The Lake Shore Power Plant shut-off the last of its boilers in April and demolition of the facility is about to get under-way. Work is expected to take about 18 months at the 57-acre site and while the plant will be gone, high-voltage transmission equipment will remain on site. Three years ago, FirstEnergy announced that it would shutter the coal-fired plants rather than be forced to spend Millions of dollars in pollution-control upgrades mandated by the White House and the EPA.



Turnpike Lawsuit Tossed

Aug 31, 2015 -- 2:26pm

Many aspects of a lawsuit filed over Turnpike revenue spending plans have been tossed by a Federal judge. A Cuyahoga County woman had sued the Governor’s office and the Ohio Legislature over a 2013 decision to use 930-Million dollars in Turnpike Toll revenue on projects that were not located along the Toll Road. The judge hearing the case determined that Turnpike users still benefit from other road and construction projects, even if they’re not connected with Turnpike maintenance. One aspect of the legal action that remained intact, however, was a claim that recent hikes in Turnpike tolls constitute an illegal tax.



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