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Suspect sought in Portage County robbery

May 29, 2015 -- 10:40am

Portage County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a subject who robbed the Circle K convenience store at 3966 Waterloo Road in Randolph Township. Lt. Gregory Johnson says the robbery occurred around 12:30 this morning. He entered the store, brandishing a handgun and approached the clerk, He demanded money and a carton of cigarettes and fled on foot.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portage County Sheriff's Office at 330- 296-5100.

 

 

DUI checkpoint in Portage County

May 29, 2015 -- 9:39am

A sobriety checkpoint will be held from 6:30 to 9 pm tonight on S.R. 282 in Nelson, according to the Ravenna post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. M Additional saturation patrols are planned, with troopers on the lookout for drug-and-alcohol impaired drivers . Motorists are encouraged to designate a sober driver or make alternate travel arrangements before drinking. Statistics show there were 317 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 350 people were killed last year in Ohio. State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year.

Amish buggy-car crash in Middlefield

May 29, 2015 -- 8:56am

Authorities say four people were hurt when a vehicle struck an Amish buggy and then fled. A man, woman and two children in the buggy were taken to a hospital after the crash Thursday evening near Middlefield. Relatives of the people who were hurt said their injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The Geauga County Sheriff's office said a description of the vehicle that hit the buggy wasn't immediately available. The horse that was pulling the buggy also was injured. The family said it was not expected to survive.

Local man charged with runnign hooker ring from jail

May 29, 2015 -- 8:34am

A 28 year-old Cleveland man has been charged with running a prostitution ring from a county jail by asking someone to recruit prostitutes for him. Darius Clark was charged after authorities learned in November that he was running a prostitution ring from Cuyahoga County Jail. Clark was jailed in September on charges of felonious assault, aggravated burglary and criminal damaging for an alleged attack on a 17 year-old girl at a nursing home.

Akron doctor charged with handing out pills in exchange for money, sexual favors

May 29, 2015 -- 8:03am

An Akron-area doctor accused of writing powerful painkiller prescriptions in exchange for money and sexual favors faces four dozen federal charges, according to a grand jury indictment handed up Thursday. The charges against 29 year-old Dr. Gregory Ingram, involve incidents from Nov. 2012 to Oct. 2014, while he worked as an emergency room doctor at several locations at Akron General Medical Center's emergency department. Authorities say, Ingram, from Ravenna, wrote prescriptions for 1,759 tablets of oxycodone and morphine tablets for 12 people in that time period. The indictment also says he frequented strip clubs in the Akron area and gave the pills to those he met at dance clubs and their friends. Ingram is charged with 48 counts of illegal dispensing of a controlled substance.

Driver charged in fatal crash blames voices he heard

May 29, 2015 -- 7:56am

A driver charged in a double-fatal crash on the Ohio Turnpike has been committed to a psychiatric hospital after telling a judge he hears voices and was speeding at nearly 150 miles an hour because it was the only way to fight them. 26 year-old Andrew Gans, of Kent, previously was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fiery crash that killed an elderly Toledo couple on Thanksgiving in 2013. The judge's recent order means Gans , for now, will remain at a psychiatric hospital where he's been since the crash.

Local doctor accused of sexual misconduct loses license

May 29, 2015 -- 7:44am

A northeast Ohio pain doctor convicted of sexual imposition has lost his medical license. James Bressi, of Hudson, surrendered his license earlier this month, and it was permanently revoked. Bressi was sentenced to 59 days in jail last year after he was found guilty on one of the 27 sexual misconduct counts against him. He was accused of improperly touching 11 female patients. His sentence was stayed while he tries to appeal. His patients also have filed dozens of civil lawsuits alleging sexual touching. Bressi alleged during his trial that the complaints were part of a former partner's conspiracy to put him out of practice.

 

Man charged with running prostitution ring from jail

May 29, 2015 -- 6:53am

A 28-year-old Cleveland man has been charged with running a prostitution ring from a county jail by asking someone to recruit prostitutes for him.
 
     Darius Clark was charged Thursday after authorities say they learned in  November that he was running a prostitution ring from Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Jail. Clark was jailed in September on charges of felonious assault, aggravated burglary and criminal damaging for an alleged attack on a 17-year-old girl at a suburban nursing home.
 
     Prosecutors have a case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to reinstate Clark's previous conviction and 28-year sentence for child abuse. His appellate attorneys successfully argued that a pre-school teacher for a 3-year-old victim shouldn't have been allowed to testify at trial.

Ohio police officer fired over racist Facebook post

May 29, 2015 -- 6:50am

 A central Ohio police officer has been fired after a four-month investigation into Facebook posts that officials say were racially charged.  
 
     Officials say Reynoldsburg Officer Katherine Mielke was fired last week after a disciplinary hearing. Authorities say she posted two items on Facebook last year that were racially insensitive to African Americans and Asians.
 
     Chief Jim O'Neill recommended the firing. He says he was shocked and disappointed the 22-year veteran of the department posted the items on social media. O'Neill says officers have gone through cultural diversity training since the investigation started.
 
     Mielke couldn't be reached for comment.
 
     The police union says she's fighting to get her job back.

Man arrested with machete

May 29, 2015 -- 6:49am

A man seen running through traffic wielding a machete was taken into police custody yesterday afternoon. Tallmadge officers were joined by Akron police in search of a shirtless man near the Akron-Tallmadge border who was reportedly running in and out of traffic. The man apparently ran out of the Sunset View housing development.

Vehicle hits Amish buggy, injuring 4

May 29, 2015 -- 6:48am

Authorities say four people were hurt when a vehicle struck an Amish buggy and then fled in northeast Ohio.
 
     WEWS-TV (http://bit.ly/1AxWTVK ) reports a man, a woman and two children in the buggy were taken to a hospital after the crash Thursday night near Middlefield, a village roughly 35 miles east of Cleveland. The station says relatives of the people who were hurt said their injuries weren't life-threatening.
 
     The Geauga (jee-'AW-guh) County Sheriff's Office said a description of the vehicle that hit the buggy wasn't immediately available.
 
     The horse that was pulling the buggy also was injured. The family said it was not expected to survive.

Ohio University choir chosen to back Rolling Stones

May 29, 2015 -- 5:14am

 Members of the Ohio University Singers know it's only rock 'n' roll, but they're still elated to be performing onstage with The Rolling Stones this weekend in Columbus.
 
     Thirty-two members of the southeastern Ohio college's most select choir will perform the backing vocals during the band's rendition of its 1969 song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.
 
     Hiring an area choir to back the band during that song is a longtime concert staple for the Stones.
 
     The Columbus Dispatch reports that the connection came through the ensemble's director, Daniel Hall. A former teacher of Hall's now is at the University of Southern California and recommended the Ohio University outfit when the band contacted USC scouting choirs.

Akron shopkeeper sentenced for food stamp scam

May 29, 2015 -- 5:04am

 A northeast Ohio storekeeper has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $1 million in a food stamp scam.
 
     Forty-five-year-old Johnnie Byrd III was sentenced Thursday in Akron following his conviction last week on charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, grand theft, money laundering and illegal use of food stamps.
 
     The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1KBdCum ) reports that Byrd was accused of cheating the state and federal government out of more than $1 million in food stamp benefits after opening his business, Byrd's House Groceries, in 2009. Prosecutors say he was running a scam with government-issued electronic benefits transfer cards.
 
     Byrd's attorney called the evidence circumstantial and said Byrd was innocent.

Inmate shot by police files lawsuit

May 29, 2015 -- 4:59am

An inmate who was shot and paralyzed by Cleveland police following a robbery last year has filed a civil rights lawsuit.
 
     Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1RtogEq ) 22-year-old Alex Littlejohn, of Maple Heights, says in the lawsuit that his civil rights were violated when he was shot in the lower back after robbing a Family Dollar in May 2014. The lawsuit says the officer provided inaccurate information to the city when he was investigated that made the shooting justified.
 
     Littlejohn is serving 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary, aggravated robbery and related offenses.
 
     The officer and the city were named as defendants in the case. He's asking for an unspecified amount in damages.
 
     A city spokesman says the city doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Kent driver charged in fatal crash blames voices he heard

May 29, 2015 -- 4:44am

A driver charged in a double-fatal crash on the Ohio Turnpike has been committed to a psychiatric hospital after telling a judge he hears voices and was speeding at nearly 150 mph because that was the only way to fight them.
 
     Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Gans, of Kent, previously was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fiery crash that killed an elderly Toledo couple on Thanksgiving in 2013. Their family's attorney urged the court to confine Gans to prevent him from hurting anyone else.
 
     The News-Messenger in Fremont says Gans told a judge he still hears the voices that prompted his high-speed driving.
 
     The Blade in Toledo reports the judge's recent order means Gans for now will remain at a psychiatric hospital where he's been since the crash.

Doctor's License Revoked

May 28, 2015 -- 5:18pm

The State Medical Board on Thursday permanently revoked the license of former doctor James Bressi of Hudson, following his conviction on a sexual imposition charge involving a patient at a Stow pain management clinic. Bressi initially saw his medical license temporarily suspended after he was charged with a total of 27 counts after patients accused him of sexual harassment and other misconduct when they visited his office.

 

 

Woman Indicted in Stabbing Death

May 28, 2015 -- 4:01pm

A Grand Jury in Mahoning County has returned an indictment on multiple counts against Youngstown woman in the stabbing death of her boyfriend earlier this month. 19-year-old Autumn Hines is charged with two counts of murder and one count each of felonious assault and voluntary manslaughter. The charges stem from the incident that happened shortly before Midnight, May 18 in the 1400 block of Maplewood Lane, where 23-year-old Rashad Bailey was found lying on the ground with a stab wound to the chest. He died a short time later at an area hospital. Hines told officers on the scene that she stabbed the man after he punched her in the face.

 

 

Girls Plead Guilty in Assault on Autistic Child

May 28, 2015 -- 3:48pm

A pair of 12-year-old girls appeared in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court this week, pleading guilty to charges they assaulted an 11-year-old girl with autism last month. Both copped pleas to charges of abduction, rioting and assault in connection with the incident that happened at a CMHA housing complex on April 25. They'll return for sentencing on June 10. Meanwhile, a 30-year-old Cleveland woman who was arrested for allegedly urging the girls to mount the attack has seen her case referred to a Grand Jury.

 

 

Two Plead Guilty, Accept Alternative Sentencing

May 28, 2015 -- 3:44pm

A Lake County judge gave a pair of lawbreakers some unique alternatives to jail time following their guilty pleas in separate cases on Thursday. One woman who pleaded guilty to an assault charge was given a choice of 30 days in jail or a shot of pepper spray delivered by her victim. She chose the pepper spray and three days of community service and, by the way, the court didn't tell her they were using a water-based, harmless liquid before the punishment was doled-out. Another woman who pleaded guilty to a theft charge for stiffing a cabbie was given a choice of 60 days in jail or walking 30 miles within 48 hours. She chose taking the walk, which she will complete at the Lake County Fairgrounds. She'll also have to fork-over 100 dollars to the cab driver.

 

 

Guilty Plea in Waste Water Dump

May 28, 2015 -- 3:01pm

Operators of a Youngstown-area drilling company pleaded guilty in Cleveland Federal Court on Thursday to charges of violating the Clean Water Act. Hardrock Excavating, LLC of Poland, Ohio had been accused of dumping waste water from oil and gas-drilling operations into storm sewers on 33 occasions between October 2012 and January the following year. The firm was fined 75-Thousand dollars and ordered to pay another 25-Thousand to be split among a pair of local environmental groups. Company owner Ben Lupo pleaded guilty in March last year to Federal charges and was sentenced last August to 28 months in prison.

 

 

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