An Akron Police officer was injured when someone crashed into a cruiser as it led a funeral procession in Ellet. Police say the incident happened shortly before 2:00PM Thursday as the cruiser was leading the procession from a funeral home on Canton Road. Once they got about a block away, the cruiser was hit by a car driven by a 21-year-old woman from Dudley Street in Akron…trapping the officer inside the unit until he could be removed and taken to City Hospital for treatment. Police say he suffered non-life-threatening injuries along with the female driver and her passenger, who were both taken to Akron General Medical Center. The driver who caused the wreck was cited for a left turn into approaching traffic, driving on suspended license and failure to give right of way to a funeral procession. She’s also got a warrant for driving suspended in Copley.
An Amber Alert was issued on Thursday afternoon following the abduction of an infant from her home in Warren. Police and the Ohio Attorney General’s office reported that the incident happened just before 1:30PM at a home along Hazelwood Avenue, from where two-month-old Jasper Stennett was reportedly abducted by her father, 20-year-old James Stennett, who does not have legal custody. He’s a white male, five-feet-eleven in height and 142 pounds and was last seen driving a gold, 2005 Buick Rendezvous with Ohio Plates: HQN-8371. Authorities ask you to call your local police or Sheriff’s office immediately if you see him or his vehicle.
Already convicted three times on murder charges and serving life prison terms for those crimes, an Ohio prison inmate has pleaded guilty to charges in another attack on a prison guard. Casey Pigge copped the plea this week in Scioto County Court to counts of attempted aggravated murder and other charges, stemming from his assault on Matthew Mathias on February 20 last year. The assault happened at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville as Pigge and another inmate were being escorted to the prison infirmary. Mathias was stabbed a total of 32 times from shanks the inmates fashioned from metal that had been taken off their beds. For his latest conviction, Pigge has seen another 32 years tacked-onto his prison sentences.
An associate warden and two corrections officers at the Cuyahoga County Jail have been indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of abuse of an inmate…beating him bloody and refusing to allow medical treatment after the assault. The Ohio Attorney General’s office announced on Thursday that the correction officers were identified as 37-year-old John Wilson and 36-year-old Jason Jozwiak, charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint and interfering with civil rights with Wilson facing an additional charge of felonious assault. They’re accused in a February 8 beating of a 21-year-old man following his arrest on counts of domestic violence and assault on a police officer. Former Warden Eric Ivey was named in the filing on charges of tampering with evidence and falsification, allegations he ordered corrections officers to turn-off their body cameras during the investigation into the death of another inmate.
The state of Ohio is getting involved in a nearly 66-Million dollar study that aims to reduce the rate of overdose deaths by a significant amount. The Governor’s office on Thursday announced that Ohio has joined the “HEALing Communities Study,” which is funded through a partnership with the National Institute od Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The objective of the project is to reduce the death rate due to drug overdose cases by 40-perent over the next three years. Ohio is one among five states which have signed-on for participation in the study…with 19 counties including Stark County chosen at random to get involved.
A Medina man accused of posing as a missing child from Illinois has been hit with a fresh round of charges. A Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment against 23-year-old Michael Rini, charging him with two counts of lying to Federal agents and one count of aggravated identity theft. He had previously been accused of making false statements after he was picked-up by police in Newport, Kentucky on April 6…then telling authorities that he was Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared at the age of six in 2011. DNA tests proved his claims bogus…ending a false sense of hope for the missing boy’s family one day after they were told the child may have been found. Rini is due for arraignment on Friday.
A wrongful-death lawsuit has been settled between a water park in North Carolina and the family of an Ohio woman…one who died after being exposed to a rare form of brain-eating amoeba during her visit. The litigation was brought to a close this week in Federal Court in Charlotte, where the father of 18-year-old Lauren Seitz of Westerville had gone after the US Whitewater Center for the death that occurred after her 2016 visit during a church outing. Seitz had been thrown overboard and under the surface during a run and died of the infection 11 days later. The operators initially denied any responsibility – but closed the rafting feature for cleaning after a Federal investigation revealed the filtration and disinfection systems were substandard. Details of the settlement were not provided.
His creation of a Twitter account that rated girls at his high school has landed some charges against a student. 18-year-old Mehros Nassersharifi was arrested on Wednesday by Perrysburg Police on a charge of telecommunications harassment. The arrest came after more than 100 students reported the Twitter account, “GirlsRanked,” to teachers and school administrators last week. Once officials at Perrysburg High School got a look at it, they say the contents included disgusting and degrading comments that amount to harassment and intimidation. Police offered few details, citing the ongoing investigation.
More bullets were fired into a home on Akron’s west side on Thursday. Police responded to the 800 block of Peerless Avenue shortly after 3:00AM, arriving to speak to a woman who said that her house had been hit multiple times in the gunfire. One bullet was found laying in the couch of her home but no one was wounded. No suspect description was available and police are working to identify who fired the rounds.
Three men riding in a car on Akron’s west side managed to avoid being killed by gunfire that was aimed their way. Akron Police officers were called to the 500 block of Noble Avenue around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon on the report of shots fired and while they were on the scene, were advised that the vehicle had arrived with the victims inside at the Emergency Room at Akron General Medical Center. Police were told by the victims at the hospital that someone fired rounds at the vehicle but were unable to provide a suspect description. The 21-year-old driver was grazed in the forehead while his 21-year-old front seat passenger took a cut below his eye from broken glass and was left with a bullet fragment in his mouth. The 20-year-old back seat passenger wasn’t injured.
Police in Akron are investigating after a man decided to fire shots at a home from the sunroof of a passing car. Police were called to an area along West Crosier Street on the near-south side around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, when a young woman told officers that she watched a tan four-door traveling down the street and saw the gunman standing through the sunroof – squeezing-off several rounds at a neighbor’s home. No one was hit in the gunfire and the only description provided was that of a black male suspect.
A woman from Boardman who ran a home health care business in Youngstown made an appearance on Thursday in Franklin County Court in Columbus, where she was ordered to spend six months in prison for stealing from the Medicaid program. The Ohio Attorney General’s office reports that 54-year-old Carla Clark was convicted by a jury on February 28 on charges of Medicaid fraud and theft, resulting in losses to the program of more than 63-Thousand dollars. Clark was the operations manager for Caregivers Home Health, where the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit found that she made-off with money for services in 2015 that were never provided. The fraud was discovered when the daughter of the patient involved tipped-off investigators. A co-defendant identified as an unlicensed nurse pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge in connection with the case in December 2017. After Clark is finished with her prison time, she will be on probation for three years. She reportedly provided a check for reimbursement of the stolen funds during Thursday’s hearing.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has joined the “Light Ohio Blue” campaign to help generate support for law enforcement personnel around our state and nation-wide. With President John F Kennedy designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, the Light Ohio Blue campaign coincides with Police Week – which comes annually during the week in which May 15 arrives. This year’s dates are Wednesday, May 8 until Thursday, May 16. You can show your support for law enforcement by placing a blue light on your front porch, wrapping blue Christmas lights around your home, placing blue ribbons on your mailbox or on your home or business or lighting-up your entire home with blue flood lights. People are encouraged to wear blue on May 15.
One school district in the area is facing a grim future in the event that its latest levy requests are turned-down by the voters. Members of the Field Board of Education are warning that if the bids for funding through Issues 8 and 9 are rejected, another 1.6-Million dollars will have to be cut from the budget and along with will go a significant number of jobs. Issue 8 is a 7.3-mill, five-year operating renewal and Issue 9 is a new, 11.75-mill levy covering both operating expenses and permanent improvements. The Board’s budget-cutting plan involves cutting ties with 21 teachers, nine classified staff members and reductions in work hours for others. Buildings will be shuttered to non-school groups and teams after 4:30PM and the School Resource Officer will also be sent packing.
Authorities in Geauga County are still asking for help in the effort to locate a pair of teenagers who haven’t been seen nor heard from since April 9. Police in Burton issued a Be On Look Out for 18-year-old Edward Ebelender and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Lyric Watters. Ebelender is a white male, five-feet-ten and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Watters is a white female, five feet tall and 100 pounds, also with brown hair and brown eyes. They’re expected to be driving a red, 2012 Jeep Compass with black rims and Ohio Plates: HPX-5323. Call the Geauga County Sheriff’s office if you have any information.
His first court appearance turned-out to be a rather colorful one for a man accused of throwing an Iguana at a restaurant worker in Painesville. 49-year-old Arnold Teeter was arraigned by video link on Wednesday, a hearing that featured Teeter launching into a string of obscenities and expletives, screaming into the camera throughout the proceedings. Teeter is charged with animal cruelty, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following the incident that happened on Tuesday at a Perkins restaurant…where he reportedly took the lizard from his shirt and swung it around his head by the tail before flinging it in the direction of an employee. The lizard, given the name “Copper” by police, is undergoing treatment for a broken leg after taking flight with no wings. Teeter is a true-blue jailbird…ordered held under a 10-Thousand dollar bond.
A man who reportedly has mental issues and had gotten high on PCP fled police custody on Wednesday afternoon near downtown Cleveland. The US Marshal’s Service reported that 35-year-old Jonathan Luton of Lakewood was being taken to a mental facility when he somehow managed to flee an ambulance near Chester Avenue and East 130th Street – taking flight while wearing nothing but a hospital gown. Luton was arrested on Saturday following an incident that happened at a home along Irvington Terrace near East 70th Street – where he reportedly used an ax to break in and threatened the people inside. Luton’s girlfriend told police that he had been getting high on marijuana and PCP throughout the day before the incident. He was also wanted on warrants for aggravated assault and aggravated burglary when he was busted. Luton was eventually found and arrested on Thursday by US Marshals.
The discovery of a man’s body in a southern Ohio nature preserve has turned into a homicide investigation. The Greene County Sheriff’s office this week reported that the initial autopsy findings on the remains of 26-year-old Leonid Clark of Yellow Springs showed evidence that he had been wounded in some manner and that his body had apparently been dumped east of where it was eventually found last week…ending a series of searches that began after he disappeared in mid-January. The Sheriff’s office reported that people looking for mushrooms discovered the remains last Friday in the Glen Haven Nature Preserve in the western part of the state…an area that had been scoured with the help of search and rescue dogs in February. High water along the Little Miami River apparently carried Clark’s body downstream until it snagged on some debris near where it was finally discovered. No motive nor suspect has been determined.
Police in west-central Ohio’s Madison County are still investigating an apparent double-murder and suicide that happened on Wednesday. Police in the city of London were called to a shots-fired report around the Noon hour outside a home on Landis Lane, where the 911 caller told dispatchers that a man had shot two women in the driveway. 40-year-old Yaisa Cordero and her daughter, 25-year-old Joceline Cordero, were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. The suspect who was identified as Yaisa’s former boyfriend, 54-year-old James Evans Jr, had fled the scene in his pickup truck before officers arrived. He was found dead a couple of hours later inside the truck, parked near a church just outside of town where he apparently turned the gun on himself. Police are being assisted by the Madison County Sheriff’s office and the Ohio BCI with the follow-up investigation.
A couple from Ohio were arrested in the Florida Panhandle recently after they were found passed-out in a van – a naked toddler wandering the parking lot. Employees arriving for work at an IHOP in Panama City around 5:30AM saw the toddler and scooped him up, wrapping him in an apron while waiting for police to arrive. Officers found 27-year-old Randy McMillin and 24-year-old Jordyn Freeman of West Portsmouth, Ohio passed-out inside their van with two nine-month-old twin children inside. One of them wasn’t found until police removed a pile of blankets and pillows while confiscating narcotics from inside. Once police were able to bring the couple out of their apparent drug-induced stupor, both were charged with child neglect, possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia. The kids were placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.