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Police: Missing Teen Alert was a Hoax

Mar 03, 2015 -- 5:21pm

Youngstown Police say a teenager who was reported missing, spawning an Amber Alert and a widespread search, is now likely to face charges after authorities learned it was all a hoax. If 17-year-old Tereyjah Green was looking for attention, she got it. Green became the subject of a search by police, the BCI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children beginning Sunday night, when her mother reported the girl had run away from home. Text messages sent to the family indicated the girl may have come to “extreme harm”. Police located the girl a short time before 1:00PM Tuesday. Since there were so many agencies involved and hours spent investigating, Green was booked into the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center on a probation violation. Charges against her are pending.



Two Arrested after Fire in Suffield Twp

Mar 03, 2015 -- 3:57pm

A West Virginia couple has been arrested on chares connected with the fire that damaged a former church in Suffield Township late Monday night. The Portage County Sheriff's office says 29-year-old Stefanie Koon and 26-year-old Richard Connally, both of Elkins, West Virginia, were taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon on breaking and entering charges, ordered held in the County Jail under 150-Thousand dollar bonds. The Sheriff's office says additional charges are expected. Investigators say the couple forced entry into the building at 1292 Waterloo Road, where a fire broke-out around 11:20PM before both suspects fled. The vacant church had been converted into the Massage Center…which was raided in 2013 after the Department of Justice indicted owner John Ceroni on charges that he bilked the Department of Education out of 2.3-Million dollars by running a scam involving fake diplomas and financial aid applications, involving a college that he and his wife were operating. The building had been vacant since the charges were leveled against Ceroni. He also faces prostitution charges involving another massage parlor he operated in North Canton.



Man Sentenced for Serious Injury Crash

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:27pm

A Hiram Township man who was facing up to a year and a half in prison for causing a serious injury crash nearly two years ago was back in Portage County Court for sentencing on Tuesday. 37-year-old David Workman of Herr Drive was ordered to report to the County Jail on Friday to begin serving a six-month sentence with work-release privileges. Workman also lost his driver's license for five years and was ordered to pay two-Thousand dollars in fines and spend five years on probation. He pleaded no contest in December last year to a charge of vehicular assault involving a crash that happened in Freedom Township in April 2013. A woman was left paralyzed following the wreck.



HIV-Positive Man Charged with Assault

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:26pm

Felonious assault charges have been filed against an Akron man, accused of having sex with someone without telling the partner he's HIV-positive. Akron Police say 26-year-old Jeffrey Boatright is up on the felony count after a 22-year-old man reported that the two had sex on November 14...with the younger man unaware of Boatright's diagnosis. The victim also now has the virus and Boatright is free on ten-percent of a 25-Thousand dollar bond, awaiting his next court appearance on Monday.



Apartment Building Gutted, Families Homeless

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:25pm

At least ten people from four families are homeless after fire gutted a four-unit duplex apartment building in Navarre late Monday night. The smoke alarms alerted residents to the fire and crews were called around 11:00PM to the 200 block of Wooster Street NE, where the fire consumed most of the structure before it was finally under control around 3:00AM. No injuries were reported and no damage estimate has been compiled yet as the State Fire Marshal's office begins its investigation. The Red Cross is providing some help to the victims left homeless.



Guilty Plea in Bomb Threat

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:25pm

A Munroe Falls man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a bomb threat that was e-mailed to Cuyahoga Falls High School in 2013. 20-year-old Michael Nicodemus appeared in Summit County Court, where he pleaded to charges of inducing panic and making false alarms. The charges evolved from the threats made at the school on May 24, 2013...resulting in students and staff being evacuated from the building and going home for the day. Nicodemus returns to court for sentencing on April 7.



Home, Garage Burn in Jackson Twp

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:24pm

Fire crews were rousted into the cold weather early Tuesday morning to battle the flames at a home in Jackson Township. The call came in around 1:30AM in the 4600 block of Crystal Lake Avenue NW, where crews arrived to find flames that started in the garage had spread into the home. The four people inside managed to escape unharmed and the fire was out within a half hour. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation and no damage estimate was immediately available.



Gunman Wanted after Shots Fired

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:21pm

Akron Police detectives are looking for tips to lead them to the person who fired several shots late Monday night on the city's west side. A resident in the 1300 block of Thurston Street called 911 around 10:30PM, reporting that he heard several shots fired...then noticed a bullet hole in his apartment. No one was hit and no suspect has been identified yet. If you have any information, call APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.



Babysitter Charged with Murder

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:20pm

Mansfield Police have arrested a babysitter, charging her with the murder of an infant child. Authorities say police were called January 21 by staff at Children's Hospital in Akron, who told them they were treating a 10-week-old baby who had suffered “significant injuries”. The baby died on February 3 and the investigation conducted by police and Childrens Services officials determined the injuries happened while the victim was under the care of 61-year-old Brenda Pratt. A Richland County Grand Jury returned a murder indictment against the woman and she was taken into custody this week.



Fire Labeled Suspicious at Former Church

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:19pm

A vacant church in Suffield Township that had been converted into a massage parlor caught fire late Monday night, and authorities say the cause is suspicious. The flames were reported just before 11:00PM at the building in the 1200 block of Waterloo Road, a structure that had been converted into the Massage Center…which was raided in 2013 after the Department of Justice indicted owner John Ceroni on charges that he bilked the Department of Education out of 2.3-Million dollars by running a scam involving fake diplomas and financial aid applications, involving a college that he and his wife were operating. The building had been vacant since the charges were leveled against Ceroni. He also faces prostitution charges involving another massage parlor he operated in North Canton. The cause of the Monday night fire is still under investigation.



Stop Sticks End Chase

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:18pm

A chase involving a drunk driver during the early-morning hours on Tuesday came to an end when the State Highway Patrol deployed spike strips to disable the fleeing driver’s car. The chase began when a Trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on I-77 South at US 224 around 2:40AM. When the driver refused to pull over, another trooper deployed the sticks at the Shuffel Drive interchange…deflating at least one of the tires on the car before the driver lost control and hit the center wall just past the exit ramp to Tuscarawas Street in Canton. The driver was taken into custody and booked into jail.



Guilty Plea in Shots-Fired Incident

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:17pm

An Akron man will return to Portage County Court for sentencing at a later date after pleading guilty to charges in a drunken shots-fired incident in Brimfield last summer. 47-year-old Donald Mills pleaded guilty to charges of vandalism and using weapons while intoxicated and could get anything from probation to a year and a half in prison. He fired a round from a small-caliber rifle on July 29 last year in the 1400 block of Cherrywood Road, with the bullet hitting the awning of a home.



Akron Embarks on Pilot Wastewater Project

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:05pm

The City of Akron has entered into agreement with some Israeli firms to begin a pilot project here, aimed at cleaning wastewater that can be used for things other than human consumption. The Mayor announced this week that the city plans to spend a half-Million dollars annually over a three-year period in what’s been termed the Advanced Waste Water Treatment Demonstration Project, a five-Million dollar undertaking involving five Israeli firms that will locate here and use new methods of cleaning-up wastewater. It’s viewed as a high-tech step in aiding the city’s mammoth task of completing the combined sewer overflow project. Mayor Plusquellic says the firms could be here in Akron and ready to start work later this year.



“Ebola Store” for Sale

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:04pm

The owner of the Akron bridal shop forced to close after the Ebola scare has put the place up for sale. Once news of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson’s positive test for Ebola broke, Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal on East Tallmadge Avenue closed its doors for two weeks and under-went a thorough cleaning. Along the way, people began canceling their dress orders and Vinson herself sent a letter through her attorney demanding refunds and saying she was taking her business elsewhere. After losing an estimated 100-Thousand dollars in business, the shop owner said she would close in the spring…but she now has problems with the bank, which has cut-off her business line of credit and is demanding full, immediate payment. The problems for the store owner began when Vinson decided to come to Akron to visit family and the bridal shop last year…just after having contact with a patient in Texas who died of the virus. Meanwhile, Vinson was among a group of health care workers who were recently invited to the White House by the President to be commended for their work and service to their communities.



CO Deaths Blamed on Blocked Chimney

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:03pm

The deaths of three children due to carbon monoxide poisoning in southwest Ohio have been blamed on a blocked chimney flue in the home where the kids were found. Authorities went to the house in Troy on Friday afternoon and found four children, ranging in age from eight to 14, all unconscious. A 13-year-old girl and her 14-year-old sister died that day while a 13-year-old cousin died on Sunday. Her eight-year-old brother remains in critical condition. The victims’ grandmother had been hospitalized with pneumonia on Friday and a relative said the kids had been sick for several days before the incident. There were no CO detectors inside the house.



Ohio Boasts Job-Creation — However...

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:03pm

Ohio’s privately-run JobsOhio program says it helped create more than 21-Thousand jobs for residents in the state last year. The non-profit economic development office released a report this week, saying that it landed a total of 286 projects and 6.1-Billion dollars’ worth of capital investment by companies looking to locate and expand in the state. However, there was a down side to the number of jobs retained by working with existing companies to upgrade or expand their operations…with the number of retained jobs falling by 26-percent, more than 18-Thousand. Once you do the math, the combined number of jobs created and retained stood at just over 73-Thousand, 500. That’s a 17-percent decline from 2013 despite the fact that 6.1-Billion dollars in corporate investments were secured by the agency --- a 72-percent gain from the previous year.



Tornado Drill Postponed

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:02pm

The annual state-wide tornado drill for Ohio has been postponed due to the bad winter weather. Ohio Emergency Management officials say the drill that was slated to happen on Wednesday morning has been pushed-back to 9:50AM Friday, with the test to last three minutes.



Cleveland Mayor Apologizes

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:00pm

The Mayor of Cleveland has apologized for the city’s response to a Federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice. Frank Jackson said this week that the city’s response was poorly-worded and offensive to the family of the 12-year-old boy who was shot by a police officer on November 22 at Cuddell Park. Jackson says the city will modify the wording of its response. The city had submitted a written response to the court that said Rice died as a result of his own actions and a failure to exercise due care to avoid injury. He was waving a toy gun around, repeatedly pointing it at the heads of others as they passed-by, resulting in a 911 call that brought officers to the scene where the confrontation ended in police gunfire.



Man Dies when Home Explodes

Mar 03, 2015 -- 2:00pm

Authorities in Belmont County say a propane gas leak is to blame for an explosion that killed a man in his home in the village of Shadyside. The blast happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon, tearing the roof off the structure and sending debris flying into the air in the 3900 block of Highland Avenue. The incident also resulted in damage to nearby houses and caused a massive fire at the scene. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released and the State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.



State Accuses BP of Double-Dipping

Mar 03, 2015 -- 1:59pm

The State of Ohio has filed a 33-Million dollar lawsuit against BP, claiming the gasoline company double-dipped by taking money from both the state and insurance companies to clean-up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of filling stations. The lawsuit filed on Monday came from the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board. Its funds are used as a last resort when tank owners don’t have insurance or haven’t accepted insurance money. The lawsuit claims the oil company misled the state, saying it had no insurance when it had already accepted payments for claims submitted to the state.



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