Funeral services have been finalized for a Kent State football player who was found dead in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment earlier this week. Investigators believe 21-year-old Jason Bitsko passed away from an undetermined medical issue, though a final ruling isn't expected for a couple of weeks once an autopsy follow-up is complete. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening at the St. Peter Catholic Church family center in his hometown of Huber Heights, where the funeral is scheduled at the church Monday afternoon. Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes and was slated to start at center. He started all 12 games in 2013.
His teammates plan to wear his number 54 on their helmets in his honor this year, and will start their season next Saturday at home against the Ohio Bobcats.
Authorities and volunteers returned to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Saturday morning to resume the search for a missing Eastlake woman. 30-year-old Hillary Sharma's car was found near a visitor's center on Boston Mills Road on Thursday night, with a camera case inside but without the woman's camera or cell phone. The woman hasn't been seen or heard from since leaving work on Tuesday at a t-shirt shop in Bedford.
Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will christen its new airship today,launching the next generation of its well-known blimp. The airship, “Wingfoot One” was assembled at the Wingfoot lake hangar.
If you're heading to Cleveland this evening, leave yourself plenty of time. More than 100,000 people are expected to converge up north as the Browns face the Rams in a pre-season game, the Indians face the Astros at Progressive Field and the Gladiators go for an Arena Bowl title at the 'Q.”
A traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff at Hopkins Airport has been jailed, charged with aggravated disorderly conduct. Jay Peck of Bowie, Maryland was charged Friday. Police say he argued with attendants and passengers on a Baltimore-bound Southwest Airlines flight from Hopkins late Thursday. The captain returned to the gate, where police boarded the plane and arrested him.
Attorneys for former former Akron Police captain Douglas Prade argue he should automatically get a new trial. A state appeals court recently ruled a Summit County judge should decide whether the 68-year-old gets a new trial in the 1997 shooting death of Dr Margo Prade, but a Summit County judge has delayed a Monday hearing on the matter as Prade's attorneys argue a previous ruling by another judge automatically granted Prade a new trial. A now-retired judge freed Prade after his DNA didn't match evidence on the victim's coat. That judge also ruled Prade should get a new trial if her decision was overturned, and it was, by an appeals court.
A Mahoning County Grand Jury has returned a multi-count indictment against a Youngstown man in the stabbing death of another man last month. 40-year-old Roy Cleary of Poland Avenue has been formally charged with aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in the July 13 murder of 56-year-old Mark Westfall, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds inside his third-floor apartment at the Struthers Manor complex. Cleary was found with the victim's SUV in Pennsylvania the day after the slaying.
Streetsboro Police detoured traffic off I-480 West from the center of town due to damage to the Turnpike bridge caused by a wreck that happened on Friday morning. ODOT says the Turnpike bridge over 480 was significantly damaged when a truck hit the bottom of the span, forcing authorities to also shut-down the ramps to and from the Turnpike from I-480 and State Route 14. The bridge was inspected and traffic was allowed to resume through the area at 3:45PM. However, the Turnpike Eastboubnd ramp remained closed indefinitely.
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Caught red-handed by the nerds driving those black-and-whites for Best Buy, A Kent man has been sentenced to a suspended one-year prison term and five years on probation, labeled a sex offender after child porn was found on his computer last year. 36-year-old Judd Rusnack was in Portage County Court for sentencing this week, following his guilty plea July 15 to a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Rusnack had taken his computer in for service by the “Geek Squad” at the store when a tech found child porn on his hard drive last November.
An appeals court says Wayne County could be liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who lost control while driving on a road under repair. At issue is the absence of white lines on the rural road during a repair project in 2011. The parents of crash victim Kelli Baker say the county is liable because the condition of the road contributed to the accident, including the lack of lines and steep berms. A judge had rejected the family's lawsuit, saying the county had immunity, but the Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned that decision last week, returning the case to the judge for further review, saying the county could be liable for failing to keep the road in repair.
An important piece of Cleveland history will be celebrated Saturday with the reopening of historic League Park, once home to the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues. The city has spent 6.3-Million dollars to turn an empty, trash-laden field into a handsome ballpark with a playing surface of all-weather field turf. The ticket house will become the new home of Cleveland's Baseball Heritage Museum. The only other piece of the park that remains is a long brick wall...the last remnants of the ballpark where Cy Young threw the first pitch in 1891 for the National League's Cleveland Spiders, and where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run.
For the second day in a row, a lock-down was issued Friday morning and HazMat teams responded to County offices in downtown Akron. This time, a staff member in the Summit County Clerk of Courts office in the 200 block of South High Street opened a letter from an irate prisoner containing a white substance. The discovery was made on the first floor shortly after 10:00AM and staffers who may have had contact with the letter were isolated while things were checked-out before the all-clear was given around 11:30AM. A similar incident happened on Thursday afternoon on the 6th floor of the Stubbs Justice Center on University Avenue, where a white powder was later determined to be a sugar substitute --- apparently sent from the same inmate. The Summit County Sheriff's office is still investigating.
Streetsboro Police say traffic is being detoured off State Route 14 and I-480 west from the center of town due to damage to a bridge caused by a wreck that happened earlier today. The Turnpike bridge over 14 and 480 needs to be inspected and repaired before traffic will be permitted through the area. You will need to use an alternate route and the westbound lanes have been closed indefinitely.
Two of three suspects wanted in the shooting death of an Akron man earlier this month are now in custody. Akron Police say 29-year-old Dustin Melton of Chalker Street and 23-year-old Michael Crockett of Socrates Place, both in Akron, are locked-up in Summit County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Police are still working to identify a third suspect. The trio entered the home of 39-year-old Darryl Trammell of East Brookside Avenue around 10:00PM August 8, shooting Trammell in the head and shoulder before ransacking the house and stealing items from inside. The victim was pronounced dead at Akron General Medical Center.
An industrial accident in Cleveland this week claimed the life of a worker on the shop floor. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says 45-year-old Elbert Woods of Garfield Heights was pulled into a machine and crushed to death at Cleveland Track Material in the 7000 block of Central Avenue on the city’s east side on Thursday afternoon. Authorities say his clothing got caught in the machine and his body was pulled into it. When emergency responders arrived, workers had managed to pull his body from the machine but he was already dead on the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.