Police in Tallmadge report that a man with dementia who had been reported missing on Friday afternoon has been found. Police announced on social media that the family of 65-year-old Eugene Selman said that he was located and is safe. Selman ran away from a nursing facility in the 500 block of Colony Park Drive around 4:15 Friday afternoon and hadn’t been seen until he was found later by the family.
Three men are dead in a triple-homicide that happened in Youngstown. Police were called to the scene in the 500 block of West Delason Avenue shortly after 11:00PM Thursday, when they got a call from someone who arrived to find the victims lying on the floor – one each in the living room, the kitchen and near the front door after all of them had been shot. Police report that the evidence on scene indicates that more than one weapon was involved and while the victims were tentatively identified by investigators, they were awaiting confirmation from the Mahoning County Coroner’s office. Investigators say the victims were alive as recently as one hour before their bodies were found – because one among them had a phone conversation with a family member around that time. No suspects nor motive have been determined.
A woman who didn’t care much for being pulled-over on a speeding violation apparently got more than a little carried-away with her level of irritation. 26-year-old Porsha Edmond of Warren has pleaded not guilty to charges of making terroristic threats against police and misuse of the 911 system. She had been pulled-over for speeding before the officer found she had no license and several other issues involving both the driver and the vehicle. Edmond reportedly became hysterical on the scene and when handed her ticket, screamed racism at the officers on the scene. Warren Police report that Edmond then allegedly began calling 911, yelling expletives at dispatchers and threating to set-off a bomb at police headquarters. When officers located her to make the arrest, theatrics continued as Edmond screamed and flailed in the back of the cruiser while being hauled into the Trumbull County Jail.
Two residents were taken to the hospital with what were termed life-threatening issues from the scene of a house fire in Jackson Township. Firefighters responded to the 911 call made by someone who noticed the smoke and flames a short time after 8:00 Friday morning, then arrived in the 5300 block of Portage Street NW to find the home fully-involved. The elderly couple in their 70’s had managed to escape, but were taken to the Burn Unit at Children’s Hospital in Akron. Fire officials report the blaze began in the attached garage and spread rapidly into the house…leaving extensive damage behind. The road was closed for several hours due to the amount of fire equipment at the scene. The cause remains under investigation and a damage estimate was not provided.
Groups advocating reform of criminal sentencing laws here in Ohio have withdrawn their support for a bill after state lawmakers added an amendment – one that would make penalties tougher for criminals convicted of crimes within a Thousand feet of a drug-treatment center. The American Civil Liberties Union and Ohio chapter of Americans for Prosperity announced this week they will no longer back the bill which, if passed, would reclassify most low-level felony drug-possession crimes as misdemeanors. The amendment doesn’t require police or prosecutors to prove that an arrested person was aware they were in close proximity to a treatment facility.
Police in Tallmadge have put-out a call to the public for help finding a missing man with dementia. Police on Saturday reported that 65-year-old Eugene Selman ran away from a nursing facility in the 500 block of Colony Park Drive around 4:15 Friday afternoon and hadn’t been seen since. Police and Fire authorities along with several other agencies conducted an all-night search to no avail so now, they want the public to step it up and provide tips. Eugene Selman is a white male, 65 years old, five-feet-eight with slender build. When he went missing, Selman was wearing black pants and a gray sweatshirt. He’s at risk due to the cold, wet weather and tips are needed at 330-633-2181.
(AP) - Authorities in an Ohio county say two teens have been shot outside a residence in early morning hours and that one has died. The Warren County sheriff's office says the second teen was hospitalized after being critically wounded. Chief Deputy Barry Riley says that a caller around 2:50 a.m. Friday reported "prowlers." Riley says in a statement that investigators determined there had been gunfire before the call. He describes the investigation as "rapidly evolving" across multiple jurisdictions roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cincinnati. The slain youth was a student at the Warren County Career Center.
An Akron man accused in the November death of his girlfriend appeared for arraignment on Friday in Summit County Court. 36-year-old Ricardo Marshall pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangering. Akron Police were called to a home in the 600 block of Chittenden Street shortly after 8:30PM November 21, having received a 911 call from Marshall who claimed that he found his girlfriend unresponsive on the floor of their home. 40-year-old Kathy Landino was dead before EMS arrived and when police questioned Marshall, he admitted that he had beaten her to death.
A suspect in a stabbing incident in Portage County remained the target of a manhunt by Ravenna Police. The Record-Courier reports the incident happened around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex on West Main Street. The victim was knifed in the shoulder during an argument and the assailant was later identified as 21-year-old Joseph Bardin of Streetsboro. A warrant was issued charging him with felonious assault.
Kent Police and the State Highway Patrol are continuing their investigation into a multi-vehicle crash on Friday morning that sent some of those involved to hospitals for treatment. The State Patrol reports that a car traveling south along State Route 43 drove left-of-center near Diagonal Road around 7:30AM, then collided with an oncoming car and a pickup truck. The pickup was then forced into another nearby car. Those who were hurt suffered what the Patrol termed non-life-threatening injuries. The wreck forced traffic on Route 43 to be diverted and created backups and congestion until the scene was cleared.
A man who was wanted on multiple warrants has finally been taken into custody – but not before his vehicle reportedly struck a State Highway Patrol cruiser in Cleveland. 19-year-old Leondre Tucker was being hunted by authorities on warrants for attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection with a rash of robberies at cell phone stores. He allegedly rammed the Patrol cruiser on Thursday night near East 55th Street and Superior Avenue, then bailed from his seat and ran from the scene on foot. Authorities with help from a K-9 officer tracked him down and arrested Tucker a short time later.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is wagging its finger with a reminder to all drivers in the state: Watch yourselves while traveling the roads during the Holiday Season and despite the many distractions that usually crop-up, keep your eyes and your focus on the roads you travel. The Patrol reports that last year alone here in Ohio, 51 people were killed and more than 68-hundred others were injured as a result of distracted-driving crashes. Taking your eyes off the road – even for just a few seconds – puts your life and the lives of others in danger. Traveling at a 55 mile per hour speed, sending or receiving a text message creates an average distraction of 4.6 seconds and in that amount of time at that speed, you’ve traveled the length of a football field. Put the cell phone down, please, and help make it a safer holiday travel season for yourselves and others.
Bullets were fired into another home on Akron’s west side on Thursday night. Akron Police were called to the 700 block of Crestview Avenue around 6:30PM on a report of shots fired, arriving to speak with the 50-year-old and 43-year-old victims who said they were inside when they heard the sound of gunfire…then realized the house had been struck. Neither of them were hurt and officers collected evidence from outside near the intersection of Crestview and Peckham Street. No suspect was seen.
There was a time not long ago when such a display wasn’t news at all but this week, there’s chatter over a small Nativity scene that’s on display on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse. A private group, “American Nativity Scene,” sponsored the manger scene and says that it’s committed to “keeping the Christ in Christmas” and defending the legal right to do so. The conservative Christian Thomas Moore Society has already stepped-up to represent the sponsors against any legal challenges that may arise. The Executive Director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board says the display doesn’t encroach on Constitutional separation between church and state because it’s not sponsored by Ohio’s government and the private group behind the Nativity paid for a permit to erect the item. The official noted that a Menorah has also been displayed on Statehouse grounds in recent years.
More than 70 years after first enrolling at the University of Cincinnati, a veteran of World War II will cross the stage to collect a sheepskin this weekend. 94-year-old Paul Blom had begun his studies at UC in 1946 after enlisting in the US Navy three years earlier. He was working to help with his family’s trucking business while taking night classes at the University for the next nine years…until life got in the way and set him on a different path. Officials at the University found, however, that Blom had already earned enough credits to land himself an associate’s degree. So, he’ll take the walk on Saturday in the University of Cincinnati commencement ceremony.
A third suspect has been arrested and jailed in connection with a shoot-out that happened last weekend in Canton. Police on Wednesday arrested 30-year-old Justin Johnson on warrants for complicity to felonious assault. He was ordered held in Stark County Jail under a Million-dollar bond. Johnson and two others were wounded when the bullets flew shortly before 3:00AM last Saturday, outside an after-hours joint in the area of 12th Street and Spring Avenue NE. Johnson and 28-year-old Joshua Brantley reportedly fired several shots from inside a vehicle at two other men and at least one of them returned fire, catching Johnson with a non-lethal bullet. Brantley was booked following the incident on two counts of felonious assault and their intended target, Marlow Freeman, was arrested on Monday for his alleged role. He and Brantley were ordered held behind bars without bond.
The deaths of a couple in Stark County’s Jackson Township last week have been officially ruled a murder-suicide. The Stark County Coroner’s office ruled that 54-year-old David Miller had shot to death his live-in girlfriend, 55-year-old Susan Castelluci, at the home the couple shared along Hills and Dales Road NW. He then turned the weapon on himself and investigators report that both victims died of bullet wounds to the head. Last Thursday, Miller’s employer called police to ask for a welfare check on him. When officers found the house was locked-up, firefighters helped break into the home that evening to find the bodies. What led to the shootings remains a mystery.
A suspect has finally been taken into custody in connection with a shooting death that happened more than two years ago in Lake County. 27-year-old Michael Jackson of Painesville was booked into the County Jail, ordered held without bond on a total of five felony counts including reckless homicide and drug-related charges including possession and trafficking in cocaine. He’s named the suspect in an incident that happened August 27, 2017, when police went to a home in the 100 block of West Jackson Street in Painesville shortly before 3:30AM to find 34-year-old Elliot Spikes bleeding from his bullet wounds. He was later pronounced dead at TriPoint Medical Center. A motive for the murder has not been discussed by investigators.
Records unsealed this week show that a former Columbus TV weatherman had allegedly emailed himself nearly 16-Thousand images of child porn, intending to use them on other devices. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office recently arrested Mike Davis and charged him with four counts related to collection and distribution of child porn. The former weatherman at WBNS TV had worked there for more than three decades before he was fired following his arrest in September. The bust happened after the Sheriff’s office had received more than two-dozen tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, citing Thousands of images that had been uploaded to his account.
A pair of birding groups have filed litigation in Federal Court, looking to throw a roadblock in front of plans for a wind farm in Lake Erie. Both groups claim that if the six-turbine cluster of windmills is constructed as planned off the coast north of Cleveland, the set-up would pose a serious risk of collision with large flocks of birds that fly or migrate through the area. The lawsuit claims that the US Department of Energy and US Army Corps of Engineers didn’t evaluate the environmental impact of the project.