Several media reports say that the body pulled from Chippewa Lake early Tuesday evening was the remains of missing 45-year-old Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, who was reported missing on December 16 after his office was found ransacked. The reports cite information from the Medina County Sheriff's office, apparently following positive identification by the County Coroner. The body was discovered around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon by a man who was kayacking on the lake. He asked people on shore to call 911, bringing authorities to the scene from where the body was returned to shore around 4:30PM. The remains were found in water not far from where Macron's vehicle was found on the day he went missing. There was blood evidence inside the abandoned vehicle as well as inside his Township office, located about three miles from the lake. No suspect nor motive for the crime has been determined and the Medina County Sheriff said earlier on Wednesday afternoon that a formal announcement about the identification would be made on Thursday.
The Medina County Sheriff's office is expected to offer more information on Thursday after a body was recovered from the water of Chippewa Lake early Tuesday evening. A kayaker on the water made the discovery about 300 feet off shore around 2:30PM and paddled to the shoreline to ask passers-by to call 911, bringing authorities to the scene who pulled the remains from the water about two hours later. There was immediate speculation that the body may be the remains of missing 45-year-old Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, whose blood stained vehicle was found abandoned near the shore on the day he was reported missing in mid-December. Blood was also found in his ransacked office when another Trustee showed-up at the town hall that morning. The Sheriff's office is expected to formally identify the body on Thursday.
Akron firefighters called to the scene of a building fire on the north side of the Firestone Park district found things too dangerous to enter on Wednesday afternoon. Crews responding to the calls rolled-up to the scene at 355 Morgan Avenue just before 4:30PM to find heavy smoke coming from the empty building. Fire officials said that due to previous inspections of the building, it was determined unsafe for crews to enter...so a defensive attack was mounted from the outside. There was apparently more than one point of origin.
One year after she died along State Route 8 in Akron, the family of a Canton firefighter-medic has filed suit to contest a ruling that the woman died as a result of a suicidal act. Her family insists that Tonya Johnson's death on February 22 last year was the result of an accident and has named the Summit County Medical Examiner, the life insurance company, Akron Police and the City of Akron as co-defendants in the lawsuit. Family members say that Johnson wasn't looking to take her own life when she ran across the southbound lanes of Route 8, then hopped over the median wall and was hit by a passing vehicle. She was reportedly arguing with her husband at the time of the incident and had gotten out of the couple's car along the highway before the incident happened.
A Cleveland drug dealer has copped a guilty plea to charges stemming from the drug overdose death of a woman in 2015. 27-year-old Robert Johnson Jr appeared in Federal Court to plead guilty to a pair of fentanyl distribution charges in a deal he cut with prosecutors as his trial was ongoing in Cleveland. Johnson admitted that he supplied the lethal dose to 46-year-old Kimberly Ferline, who died after ingesting the drugs in August of 2015. He's expected to get a six-year term in Federal prison when he returns to court for sentencing on June 1. He was looking at a possible minimum sentence of 20 years had he been convicted as charged.
Akron Police are on the scene investigating a shooting incident that happened on the city's east side. Lt Rick Edwards confirms the shooting happened shortly after 3:00PM at the intersection of Sylvan Avenue and Pardee Avenue, just west of Arlington Street, but had no immediate details on how many victims or a suspect description. There were unconfirmed reports to our newsroom that two people had been shot – one in the head, the other in the leg. We will provide more details as they become available.
The suspect named earlier this month for the rape of an elderly woman in Summit County has reportedly turned himself in to authorities. Sheriff's Investigator Bill Holland confirmed that 42-year-old Raymond Gates of Boston Heights gave himself up, surrendering to authorities at the Summit County Jail. The Sheriff's office announced on February 16 that the case involves an incident that happened on November 11 last year in Northfield Center Township, when deputies were called by a homeowner after the victim began knocking on the door...barefoot and unable to communicate. The victim was taken to Akron General Medical Center and investigators determined that she had been raped.
Police in Westlake have released surveillance photos and are asking the public to help identify the man who stuffed bottles of champagne down his pants in rip-offs at a grocery store. Police say the thief copped four bottles of swill worth around 240 dollars from the State Liquor Store at a Giant Eagle on Detroit Road on December 27...then apparently returned for a January 16 curtain call. On the second visit, however, the stock had been re-located and he left with his pants empty. Investigators say the man drove a green Chrysler 300 and may have pulled similar jobs at other stores in the area.
A Medina man has been sentenced to life in prison by a judge in Lorain County Court for the murder of an Elyria man more than two years ago. 32-year-old Jeremy Diestler was convicted by a jury earlier this month after he was charged with aggravated murder plus additional counts of murder, felonious assault, improper discharge of a firearm and tampering with evidence. He fired several shots that hit 25-year-old Matthew Stinson in the head and upper body in the hallway of an apartment on Wesley Avenue on September 17, 2014. He was arrested the following day and confessed the crime to officers while being questioned. The life sentence he received this week gives him a chance of parole after he spends at least 41 years in prison.
An elderly man convicted last month for the deaths of two pedestrians in a drunk-driving incident was back in Lake County Court for sentencing on Wednesday. 75-year-old Rudolph Baitt of Eastlake was ordered to spend six years in prison, lost his driving privileges for the rest of his life and was ordered to pay his victims' funeral costs. Baitt wasn't called to the stand and his defense called no witnesses on his behalf before he was found guilty on aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI charges late last month. On January 30 last year, Baitt's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when his pickup truck hit 57-year-old Kimberly Perkins of Eastlake and 50-year-old Dean Capasso of Euclid from behind as the victims walked along Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. Both died from their injuries after being taken to the hospital.
Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday decided against issuing a ruling in the case of an adult charged with raping a young girl when the accused was a teenager. On February 7, Justices heard arguments for an against trying the suspect for the crime he allegedly committed years ago. DNA evidence tested in the unsolved rape of a 14-year-old girl in Cuyahoga County in 1993 tied Darlell Orr to the crime, leading to an indictment handed-down against him in 2013. However, a county judge and state appeals court ruled previously that laws which were in place in 1993 barred juvenile defendants from being prosecuted as adults. Prosecutors argued that the law was changed in 1997, allowing Orr to be brought to court. Defense attorneys said that applying the change in law in retroactive manner is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that the Court “improvidently accepted” accepted the case, but didn't explain why it was tossed-aside.
An accused drug dealer is now facing charges in connection with two overdose cases in Akron, one which claimed the life of a user. 33-year-old Joe Turner II of Tyner Street has been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. He allegedly sold carfentanyl to two people on September 22 last year at an apartment along Kent Street. Both users overdosed and emergency responders managed to revive only one...a 52-year-old man. The victim who died was identified as 49-year-old Belinda Godfrey of Akron. Turner's bond was set at 100-Thousand dollars.
The fight between a couple of Ohio newspapers and the State Attorney General's office over the autopsy records of a murdered family will go to the Ohio Supreme Court. Justices have agreed to hear arguments between the two sides as the newspapers demand full disclosure and non-redacted autopsy reports on members of the Rhoden family --- seven adults and a 17-year-old boy were were shot to death near Piketon last year. The State Attorney General's office provided heavily-redacted reports to the media outlets, saying information crucial to the investigation could not be divulged because the suspects in the crimes had not yet been found or charged. All but one of the victims had been shot multiple times in the head...their bodies found in four separate locations in Pike County on April 22 last year. Authorities have yet to determine a motive for the massacre.
A former corrections officer in the Montgomery County Jail has pleaded guilty in Federal Court to charges he helped inmates in setting-up drug deals. 29-year-old Michael Rose Jr pleaded guilty to charges of attempted extortion under color of official right, admitting that he arranged to provide cell phones to a number of jail inmates and in exchange, took-in Thousands of dollars to line his pockets. The guilty plea came as part of a deal with Federal prosecutors that did not include a sentencing agreement, which means the judge could impose prison time ranging between two and 20 years when Rose returns to court to get his penalty on May 23.
Crime laws here in Ohio are due for a make-over by members of the State Legislature. Some elected officials in Columbus are gathering with leaders of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, looking for new ways of punishing criminals while reducing the bulging prison population. Republican Senator John Eklund of Geauga County and Democratic Senator Charleta Tavares of Franklin County on Wednesday introduced new legislation, the latest in a series of moves over the past few years to bring about change in the state's criminal justice system. State Corrections Director Gary Mohr has been pushing for some time to reduce the number of low-level offenders being warehoused in state lock-ups. Among the ideas forwarded on Wednesday was a push to keep offenders from being automatically returned behind bars if they miss their mandatory meetings with parole officers. Sponsors of the bill also want more rehabilitation efforts in lieu of prison time for non-violent offenders. The prisons are currently 130-percent over capacity with some 50-Thousand, 200 inmates.
An Akron man was booked into Summit County Jail after being caught with a stolen handgun following a domestic fight. Police officers were called to the fight involving the gun, arriving to speak with a woman who said her husband had thrown a gun case at her and hit her in the head. 51-year-old Jackie Taylor of Wilbur Avenue fled before the cops arrived and officers tracked him down, finding him with the weapon that was reported stolen in Cuyahoga Falls. He was booked on initial charges of domestic violence and receiving stolen property.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a pair of accidents in Akron on Tuesday night that led to the death of one person and sent three more to the hospital. As of Wednesday afternoon, Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office had not released the name of the person killed. Akron Fire officials reported that four vehicles had gotten involved in a wreck along US 224 near the exit ramp to Interstate 77 around 8:15PM and shortly afterward, another crash happened nearby that caused one of the vehicles to catch fire. Emergency crews managed to pull one victim from the wreckage while another died on the scene. Conditions of the three injured victims and additional details of the incidents were not made available.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating after a worker died on the job in Akron early Wednesday morning. The Medical Examiner's office says that a 24-year-old man was found fatally injured inside a bailing machine at the Greenstar Recycling plant in the 1500 block of Exeter Road. Another worker at the plant made the discovery and called authorities to the plant around 4:35AM and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim was being withheld pending family notification.
The State Highway Patrol on Wednesday announced that it's launched an initiative partnership with Canton Police, aimed at cracking-down on highway issues including reckless driving, highway intimidation or aggressive and distracted drivers. The Patrol says that Operation TRIADD was kicked-off on February 1 in what authorities call a collaborated target enforcement effort, which will focus its attention on the city of Canton this Friday. The State Patrol says incidents of highway crashes involving reckless, intimidating and aggressive driving habits have become a nation-wide epidemic...with aggressive behavior behind the wheel a contributing factor in more than half the nation's traffic fatalities...with deaths rising by 13-percent during the period covering 2015 and last year.
The investigation continues following a road rage incident in Ashland County, during which a number of shots were reportedly fired. The State Highway Patrol reports that the incident occurred shortly after 4:00 Monday afternoon on US 250 in Ruggles Township. The Patrol says that 48-year-old Kevin Glick of Dalton was behind the wheel of a truck towing livestock when he apparently got into it with 34-year-old Jason Laub of Bellaire, Ohio, who was towing a camper behind his pickup. Details of what led to the shooting were not provided, but Glick has been accused of firing shots at Laub's vehicle, with at least one bullet piercing a tire on the camper. When Troopers questioned Glick, he was found with an expired concealed-carry permit. Laub happened to be a licensed carrier, as well, and was found with a weapon that he apparently didn't fire.