A prosecutor has dropped misdemeanor charges against three of the five police supervisors accused of dereliction of duty for failing to control a high-speed chase that ended with two unarmed black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.
Cleveland.com reports East Cleveland Law Director Willa Hemmons announced the dismissals Wednesday but did not provide an explanation. She says she's preparing to try the other two supervisors' cases.
Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were killed in East Cleveland in November 2012 after a miles-long (kilometers-long) chase. Cleveland subsequently paid their families a total of $3 million to settle a lawsuit.
The supervisors were originally indicted in Cleveland. The case was moved to East Cleveland after the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer who fired 49 shots that night.
The film commissions of Cleveland and Cincinnati say the state needs bigger tax incentives to draw more film productions to the Buckeye State.
Greater Cleveland Film Commission head Ivan Schwarz and Film Cincinnati head Kristen Schlotman say they want Ohio to raise the cap on yearly incentives for film productions from $40 million to $100 million. Cleveland.com reports they are also seeking to expand the mediums included in the program.
Currently, Ohio only credits recorded productions, like film and television, and Schwarz says he'd like to see the credit expanded to Ohio productions of Broadway shows.
State Sen. Kurt Schuring, a Canton Republican and a champion of the film incentives, says he plans an amendment to expand the credits to theatrical work.
(AP) - The whistleblower who helped spur an investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor telecommunications harassment charge in a tangentially related case.
A municipal court judge on Friday sentenced 50-year-old Mike DiSabato, of Dublin, to two years of probation. A six-month jail sentence is suspended as long as he follows the judge's instructions, including not contacting the university-affiliated administrator he was accused of harassing via email.
DiSabato argues that the man harassed him through public criticism.
Messages seeking comment were left Friday for DiSabato and his lawyer.
The former Buckeyes wrestler is among the more than 150 men alleging they experienced sexual misconduct by now-deceased Dr. Richard Strauss, mostly in the 1980s and '90s.
Strauss died in 2005.
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Cuyahoga Falls 9AM Sat – 9AM Mon
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Hudson 10AM Sat - 5PM Sun
Munroe Falls 8AM Sat – 8PM Sun
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A driver lost his life in a head-on crash that happened on Friday morning in Medina County. The State Highway Patrol reported that 35-year-old Nolan Fitch of Medina was driving along State Route 57, south of I-76 in Wadsworth Township, when he drifted across the centerline just after 9:30AM and collided with an oncoming SUV driven by a 31-year-old man from Rittman. The Patrol reports that Fitch was not wearing a seat belt and died on the scene of the wreck. The other driver and three passengers were transported from the scene to Akron-area hospitals for treatment of what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. The highway was closed until just before the Noon hour for the on-scene investigation to be conducted.
A man who was drunk at the wheel when his vehicle struck and killed a woman will pay a hefty price for it. A Stark County Court judge on Friday imposed a 10-year prison term on 22-year-old Alex Mound of East Canton, who pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident. 30-year-old Brianna Lilly was hit from behind on July 14 while she walked along Mapleton Street SE near Dalemont Avenue in Canton Township. The Stark County Coroner pronounced her dead on the scene after she slammed into the windshield of Mound’s truck, then traveled several hundred feet down the road before her body stopped. Mound, who was operating on a suspended license, left the scene and continued on his way to a party.
Akron Police arrested three people on charges they broke into a home and stole the furnace from inside. Police reported on Friday that the trio allegedly broke into a vacant house in the 500 block of Noah Avenue near Copley Road on the west side, then went-about the business of tearing-out the furnace. Arrested and booked on charges of breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools were 56-year-old Hugh Hullum III of Noble Avenue in Akron, 53-year-old Gregory Hullum of Meredith Lane in Cuyahoga Falls and 49-year-old Thomas Beach of Noah Avenue.
A man who was shot in Akron Thursday night didn’t have far to go to get the treatment he needed. Police were called to an area near Arch and North Forge Streets around 6:30PM, arriving to find a 31-year-old man who took bullets to the arm and leg in a drive-by shooting. He told officers that an unknown suspect in a blue four-door car opened-up on him before leaving the area. The victim was taken to nearby City Hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. No suspect has been identified.
An Akron man who was caught with drugs and guns has been told he’s going to prison for possession of the contraband. The Summit County Prosecutor’s office reports that a County Court judge this week ordered 42-year-old Elliott Gales of North Arlington Street to spend the next nine years in prison. The sentence was handed-down immediately after a Court jury convicted him on charges of trafficking and possession of cocaine, weapons under disability and possession of a defaced firearm. On September 26, 2017, members of the Summit County Narcotics Unit conducted a search that turned-up an ounce of coke and two handguns with the serial numbers defaced. More than four-Thousand dollars that was also confiscated in the raid have been forfeited.
Unemployment data released on Friday shows that Ohio’s jobless rate held steady between November and December…posting at 4.6-percent last month, even with the figure that was documented last November. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the December figure for 2018 was slightly lower than the 4.9-percent rate that was documented in 2017. The national rate of unemployment rose a bit last month, coming-in at 3.9-percent compared to the November rate of 3.7 and slightly lower than the 4.1-percent jobless level documented during the previous year.
Whether General Motors begins building something else there or sells-off the property, Governor Mike DeWine says that one way or another, he wants to see the Lordstown Assembly Plant continuing to provide jobs, income and tax revenue to the region. The Governor had a sit-down meeting on Thursday with GM CEO Mary Barra at the Detroit Auto Show, telling Barra that he wants the automaker to keep things running with a new model to replace the Cruze or sell-off the site as quick as possible once it’s completely shut-down in March. He said the Lordstown Plant is a “very good facility with very good workers” and should not be allowed to sit idle. When Cruze production shuts-down, the last 15-hundred workers remaining at the plant will be looking for other employment.
The Ohio Parole Board on Friday denied a request for a condemned killer on Death Row to have his life spared. Attorneys for 55-year-old Keith Henness went before the Board last week, claiming he’s innocent and that he deserves to see his life spared for the murder of 51-year-old Richard Meyers. The victim, a volunteer counselor, was in the process of helping his condemned killer get drug treatment for his wife when he was shot to death in Columbus in 1992. Lawyers for Henness claim that two co-defendants in the case provided the only evidence to convict him at trial – and that his original defense team didn’t fully investigate the case before it went to court. Prosecutors insist that Henness is a liar and should take his last, long walk as scheduled on February 13 at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Unless Governor DeWine grants last-minute clemency, that’s just what will happen.
Another traffic stop, another drug bust on the Ohio Turnpike in northern Summit County. The State Highway Patrol announced the bust on Friday, reporting that a Nevada driver behind the wheel of an SUV with Oregon plates was pulled-over on a lane violation shortly before 3:00PM Tuesday in Richfield Township. 34-year-old Justin Clapper of Reno got a bit jittery, resulting in a K-9 being brought to the scene to sniff-out 90 pounds of marijuana and another 806 grams of hash oil. The drugs have a street value around 276-Thousand dollars, resulting in Clapper’s arrest on charges of drug trafficking and possession. He was booked into Summit County Jail and if convicted as charged, he faces up to 32 years behind prison bars and fines totaling 60-Thousand dollars.
The search for the killer continues after a woman was found murdered in a Cleveland park. Police report that 58-year-old Sheila Wallace of Cleveland was walking her dog around 7:00PM Thursday at McGowan Park on the west side, where witnesses called officers to the scene after hearing the gunfire. Her body was found in the rear of the park behind the basketball courts after she had been shot in the head. She was dead on the scene. Police recovered the dog when it was found wandering in the park and so far, there have been no witnesses to come forward and report they saw what happened.
Police in Canton arrested a couple after both reportedly used a young child as a shield when officers rolled-up at their house. The 20-year-old woman had called police to her home, telling dispatchers that 25-year-old Damir House had forced his way in through the front door and was assaulting her. He reportedly took-away the phone while she was calling for help but when officers arrived, she reportedly told them House was gone and got huffy with them, called 911 again and asked for a new crew of uniforms to roll-in. Police found House hiding in the basement, holding the boy. When threatened with a K-9, he finally surrendered and when the woman was told she was going to be busted for lying to officers about him still being inside, it was her turn to use the child in an effort to avoid arrest. Both were eventually cuffed and hauled-into Stark County Jail, booked on various charges.
After voters in the city of Green last November approved a measure making the Law Director’s job an elected position, members of City Council this week set-down the parameters for the post. The panel determined that the job will include annual pay of 55-Thousand dollars, three-percent pay hikes annually with optional medical benefits – in return for the Law Director working at least 20 hours per week. The job will run on four-year terms that will begin January 1 next year, once voters determine who will assume the position after an election is held later this year.
A life prison sentence has been imposed on an Ohio man who shot two women to death before turning the weapon on himself during a standoff with police. A Butler County Court judge this week sent-away 46-year-old James Geran of Middletown to prison with no chance of parole for the murder of a woman in Madison Township and the killing of his girlfriend’s mother in a standoff that followed with Sheriff deputies at a home in Trenton last June. Geran then shot himself as authorities surrounded the house. Geran previously appeared in court to plead guilty to a murder charge for the slaying of 27-year-old Maegan Motter and an aggravated murder count for killing 63-year-old Sharon McCleary. To this date, no one has mentioned a motive for the crimes.
A unique sort of event is continuing in northern Ohio, where Thousands of students have converged from 10 states around the nation for a robotics competition. It’s known as the “Kalahari Classics VEX Robotics Competition,” which began on Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. A total of 270 teams participating in the event are comprised of students at all levels from Elementary, Middle Schools and High Schools. The teams’ creations go head-to-head in hopes of surviving well enough to move-on to the VEX World Championships…to be held in April in Louisville, Kentucky.
WINTER STORM WARNINGS:
12AM SATURDAY THROUGH 4AM MONDAY –
Geauga, Medina, Portage, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne
8-11” of snow, 35 MPH wind gusts predicted
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6-9” inches of snow, 35 MPH wind gusts predicted