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Crews search for man missing in river

Jun 25, 2018 -- 11:00am

The search continues for a man who went missing while floating down the Licking River on a raft with some friends. The sheriff's office said a 22 year-old man went missing in the Blackhand Gorge area around 4 pm Sunday. Witnesses report the man fell off his raft and went under. Several people tried to rescue him, but they never saw him resurface. The fast-moving water hampered their attempts to reach the man. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has provided a boat with sonar capabilities to help in the search.

Harley- Davidson, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas

Jun 25, 2018 -- 10:45am

(AP) - Harley-Davidson, facing rising costs from new tariffs, will begin shifting the production of motorcycles heading for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.
    The famed motorcycle maker said in a regulatory filing Monday that European Union tariffs on its motorcycles exported from the U.S. jumped from 6 percent to 31 percent.
    Harley-Davidson Inc. said that it will not raise its prices due to "an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region."

UPDATE: Mentor police officer dies in line of duty

Jun 25, 2018 -- 10:34am

Authorities are expected to release more information today after a Mentor police officer was killed in the line of duty. Officials say an officer was struck and killed while assisting at a traffic stop around 1 a.m. Sunday in the eastbound lane of state Route 2 near Route 306. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Fox 8 reports, the suspect is now in custody after investigators found the vehicle at Mentor Lagoons Marina a few hours later. A press conference is scheduled for later today.

UPDATE: Sandusky bar shooting

Jun 25, 2018 -- 10:23am

A fun night out turned violent for patrons at a bar in Sandusky overnight. Police say an apparent altercation inside the bar spilled outside and led to an exchange of gunfire that left several people shot and wounded. Police say evidence shows more than 70 shots were fired in the confrontation shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at the Milan Road Bar and Grille on Milan Road. Once on scene, police discovered five people had been shot. One of them had to be life flighted to the hospital. Their current conditions are not known at this time. So far, there has been no word of any charges related to the shooting.

Ohio AG summer scam warnings

Jun 25, 2018 -- 10:02am

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of seasonal scams, including home improvement fraud and travel-related schemes. DeWine encourages to be careful. Make sure you know who you're dealing with. Ask for references and take your time before making a decision. Common signs of a potential scam include:

**Pressure to act quickly

**Requests for payment via wire transfer, money order or gift card

**Claims that are too good to be true

**No written information or contact information

**Requests for personal information

**Requests for large down payments


Summit County Children Services board levy to appear on ballot

Jun 25, 2018 -- 9:55am

Summit County Council has approved legislation to place renewing the Summit County Children Services board levy on the Nov. 6 ballot. The renewal will provide services for children in the county, particularly those who have been affected by the opioid crisis. There has been a 17 percent increase in the number of children who have entered the Summit County Children Services' custody over the last two years related to cases of substance abuse. The cost of care and placement for affected children has increased nearly 20 percent. If passed, the levy will increase 1 mill and will continue for a period of six years. Executive Director Julie Barnes tells the Beacon, Summit County Children Services assisted approximately 10,000 abused and neglected children in 2017.

Woman found guilty in toddler's death

Jun 25, 2018 -- 9:00am

An Ohio woman has been found guilty in the death of a toddler who crawled beneath a fence and drowned in a swimming pool at her home day care. A Lorain County judge found 49 year-old Elizabeth Zenda, of Pittsfield Township in northeast Ohio , guilty of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the October 2016 death of 22 month old Annie Flynn. The toddler's 21-month old cousin also was found in the pool that day. He was revived but still suffers from brain damage. Zenda testified that she did not sit outside with the children while they played but believed her backyard was safe. Sentencing is set for July 26.

5 people shot outside bar

Jun 25, 2018 -- 6:45am

Five people shot after a fight breaks out early Sunday morning in Sandusky. Police were called to the Milan Bar and Grille around 2 am . The police chief told the Sandusky Register that a fight started inside the bar and spilled outside. He said, Over 70 shots were fired. So far the names and conditions of the five people shot have not been released.

Triple shooting in Cleveland

Jun 25, 2018 -- 6:44am

Cleveland police are investigating a triple shooting on the city's east side Sunday evening. The call came in around 9m last night from the area of East 116th and Kinsman. Police say that two people were shot at the Kinsman Market. A man and a woman were transported to the hospital with what are being reported as minor injuries. A third suspect was located in the 33-hundred block of Kinsman. The 26 year-old man was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds. No further details have been released.

Coroner IDs stabbing suspect killed by police; woman stabbed

Jun 25, 2018 -- 5:13am

 Authorities have identified a man who police say was stabbing a woman in an Ohio home when an officer fatally shot him.
    The Butler County Coroner's Office has identified the stabbing suspect shot Friday in Fairfield as 37-year-old Logan A. Williamson. The coroner's office identified the woman, who later died at a hospital in the northern Cincinnati suburb, as 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry.
    Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard says officers responded Friday to a woman's call for help and found the suspect stabbing Henry. Maynard says officer Bryan Carnes fired multiple rounds to stop him.
    Police records show officers were called to the home last year on a domestic violence report and Williamson was arrested for attacking Henry. The records also show Henry accused Williamson of trying to poison her.

Man missing in river

Jun 25, 2018 -- 4:54am

Emergency crews have been searching for a man reported missing in the Hocking River in southeast Ohio.
    The Athens County Emergency Management Agency reports that the Athens Fire Department was dispatched about 8 p.m. Saturday on a report that a 20-year-old man was in the Hocking River in Athens and was swept downstream. First responders did not find any sign of the man and dispatched rescue boats to search the river.
    Other emergency agencies have joined in the operation. Authorities said the man remained missing Sunday as the search continued.
    Authorities said they had not identified the man.

Man accused of stabbing dad charged with murder

Jun 25, 2018 -- 4:28am

(AP) - Police say an Ohio man was fatally stabbed and his son has been arrested on a murder charge in the death.
    Columbus police say 20-year-old Ronald Ray Radford Jr. was arguing with his father, Ronald Ray Radford Sr., when the stabbing occurred. Police say they were called shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday to a home in Columbus and found the elder Radford lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds. Medics pronounced the father dead at the scene.
    Police say the son was arrested at a nearby business after fleeing the home where the stabbing occurred. Court and jail records don't indicated whether Radford has an attorney.
    Authorities say their investigation is continuing.

College sports doctors under new scrutiny amid scandals

Jun 25, 2018 -- 4:13am

The role of sports doctors is under increased scrutiny amid recent allegations of sex abuse.
     Ohio State is investigating accusations against a former team physician only months after the trial of Larry Nassar, the Michigan State doctor imprisoned for molesting women and girls.
     The fallout has led some physicians to ramp up the use of medical chaperones, or medical staff who monitor exams.
     Purdue University says it's crafting a rule requiring the practice, following a similar update at Michigan State last year.
     Athletic trainers are also getting new education on how to spot and report abuse.
     Some experts say team doctors often have a mix of power and access to athletes that can be ripe for abuse.
     Groups that represent team doctors denounce abuse but say the cases are outliers.

Ohio governor candidate aims to unite GOP with ice cream

Jun 25, 2018 -- 4:10am

(AP) - Republican gubernatorial nominee Mike DeWine's 2018 ice cream social is also intended as a GOP show of force ahead of what could be a highly competitive fall election.
    The attorney general opened his historic homestead in rural southwestern Ohio to the usual hundreds of visitors Sunday. Besides homemade pies and locally-made ice cream, this year's event includes appearances by members of the party's statewide ticket.
    Absent from the event was U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see), the party's U.S. Senate candidate. His campaign said Renacci couldn't rearrange an appearance sponsored by the Republican National Committee.
    Republican GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor also didn't attend. A spokesman said Kasich has never attended. Taylor joined a party-sponsored telephone call Friday where she declined to discuss the governor's race.

Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fatal Wreck

Jun 23, 2018 -- 10:49am


A wrong-way driver has been blamed for a fatal crash early Saturday morning along the Shoreway in Cleveland. Police say the wreck happened around 2:30AM on State Route 2, when a 29-year-old man traveled the wrong direction along the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a car driven by a 22-year-old woman. She apparently tried to avoid the collision, then died of the injuries that she suffered. The driver who caused the crash was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening head injuries.



Stabbing Suspect Convicted on Murder Charge

Jun 23, 2018 -- 10:49am


A man who served as his own defense attorney lost his case in Stark County Court on Friday, when the jury returned guilty verdicts against him on charges in the stabbing death of another man last year. Auletti Brown Jr claimed that he had stabbed to death 25-year-old Yoshawn Williams in self-defense on December 10. The incident happened outside a home he shared with his girlfriend along Ingram Avenue SW in Canton, culminating a running feud between the two men. Brown returns to court for sentencing on Tuesday, when he’s expected to get a life prison sentence.



Four Charged after Child’s Shooting Death

Jun 23, 2018 -- 10:48am


A total of four suspects have been arrested in connection with the slaying of a nine-year-old girl, killed this week when a stray bullet hit her in the head as a shoot-out happened on a Cleveland street. 19-year-old Ce’Matizea Andrews was booked on a murder charge on Friday, accused of involvement in the Wednesday incident that took the life of Saniyah Nicholson of Maple Heights. The alleged wheel man, 19-year-old Devontae Nettles, was arrested Thursday night and formally charged on Friday, as well. Police allege that he was driving a car from where shots were fired at two teenage males along Lee Road on Wednesday night. The gunmen on foot returned fire and the little girl took a fatal bullet while sitting in a car nearby, eating ice cream. Two 17-year-old boys have also been arrested.



Hep-A Outbreak is Widespread in OH, Neighboring States

Jun 23, 2018 -- 10:48am


The Ohio Department of Health has issued a state-wide alert for an outbreak of Hepatitis-A. Health officials announced on Friday afternoon that a total of 79 cases had been documented so far this year in our state, with many more diagnosed in four neighboring states in a problem that apparently might have a common link. The number of confirmed cases in our state so far is already close to twice the number that were documented a year ago. Other states in the region with the problem include, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.



Woman Jumps from Interstate Overpass in Akron

Jun 23, 2018 -- 10:47am


Traffic came to a standstill for around an hour as a woman perched on an overpass jumped to an Interstate highway below in Akron on Friday. Police say the 38-year-old Akron woman was seen on the East Avenue overpass long the combined stretch of I-77 South and I-76 East…where two semi tractor-trailer drivers blocked traffic to keep it from hitting the woman if she jumped. She moved to another area of the bridge before leaping about 30 feet shortly before Noon. She was taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment of what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. Traffic on the Interstate was held-up for about an hour during the incident.



Firefighter Resigns over Lewd Video Stream

Jun 23, 2018 -- 10:47am


One of the two Akron firefighters placed on leave on charges they made a porn video has decided to step-down, while the other will take his lumps with disciplinary action. The city announced on Friday afternoon that Provisional Lieutenant Deann Eller has submitted her letter of retirement, effective immediately. Lieutenant Arthur Dean has agreed to disciplinary action for conduct unbecoming a member of the Akron Fire Department. He remains on unpaid leave while the top brass makes a decision what happens next. Eller and Dean had both been with the department since the Fall of 2000.



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