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Local woman hurt by rock dropped on car has 6th surgery

Nov 28, 2014 -- 11:46am

A local teacher whose skull was crushed by a rock dropped onto her vehicle from a Pennsylvania overpass is recovering from her sixth surgery. Sharon Budd of Lake Township had recent surgery to remove plastic skull pieces that became contaminated. Her husband tells the Repository in Canton that days after the operation, his wife is walking, talking and in good spirits. The 4.6 - pound rock caused Budd to lose her right eye and suffer brain damage. Four teenagers have been charged in the case.

Big shopping day

Nov 28, 2014 -- 11:42am

Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Folks are finding some pretty good bargains.

One of the unanswered questions for now is how much has Thanksgiving Day shopping hurt the more traditional Black Friday sales. Last year, sales on Black Friday slumped 13.2 percent as more stores opened on Thanksgiving Day.

Cleveland is waiving downtown parking meter fees today in an effort to bring more people to the city's shops and restaurants. The free meter parking will be in effect all day.



Portage County 'Cram the Cruiser'

Nov 28, 2014 -- 11:27am

The Portage County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with the Rootstown Giant Eagle, 4260 St. Route 44 , will be holding the 6th annual “Cram the Cruiser” event for charity, on Saturday Dec. 6, between 10 am to 2 pm. Santa Claus will also be on hand starting at 1 pm. Volunteers from the Sheriff's Office will be on hand to collect canned goods, non-perishables, as well as financial contributions, for the Center of Hope in Ravena and for Kent Social Services food programs.  

Stark County traffic enforcement for December

Nov 28, 2014 -- 11:21am

The Stark County Sheriff's Office will be conducting additional enforcement focusing on speeding, impaired driving, seat belt and restraint use in December. Stark County deputies will perform increased enforcement and patrol throughout the county during this period and strictly enforce the laws concerning those violations. The extra enforcement is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Ohio Traffic Safety Office. 

OSU football player still missing

Nov 28, 2014 -- 9:43am

An Ohio State football player is still missing. The sister of 22-year-old Kosta Karageorge, 6'-5” senior defensive tackle for the Buckeyes, says her family has reported him missing after he left his apartment, then missed two practices and didn't check in. He was last seen at his apartment around 2 am Wednesday. His sister says he didn't take his wallet or his motorcycle. The former wrestler joined the football team as a walk-on this season.

Kasich a non-factor in 2016 presidential race

Nov 28, 2014 -- 8:23am

Gov. John Kasich pretty much a 'blip' on the screen when it comes to possible Republican presidential candidates in 2016. In a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 nominee pick Mitt Romney leading the pack with 19 percent of respondents picking him for 2016. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was second with 11 percent. Kasich ended up with 2 percent.

Portage County man gets 3 years on meth charges

Nov 28, 2014 -- 8:05am

A Portage County man caught making methamphetamine in his home with a child present will be serving additional time in prison after pleading guilty to a felony. 38 year-old Jason Underwood, of Randolph, was caught making meth at his home in the presence of a juvenile on Sept. 16, 2013. Underwood already is serving an 18 month sentence in prison after being convicted of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals in Summit County Common Pleas Court. That conviction arose after a March 11 traffic stop on Waterloo Road in Akron during which officers discovered Underwood was making meth. 

1 dead, 3 injured in icy crash

Nov 28, 2014 -- 7:36am

The state highway patrol says a man lost control of a minivan on an icy central Ohio roadway and hit a stopped vehicle, killing a woman and seriously injuring the man and his two sons, ages 11 and 13. Troopers say the crash occurred Thursday night along state Route 3 in Knox County, about 40 miles northeast of Columbus. The van hit an SUV that was stopped along the road in a private driveway because of the snowy road conditions. The patrol says 34 year-old passenger Melissa Williams of Mt. Vernon died at the scene. The driver of the SUV was not hurt.

Akron officer shoots and wounds knife-wielding suspect

Nov 28, 2014 -- 7:31am

An Akron man was shot by police after refusing to drop two knives he was holding to his girlfriend's throat. It happened around 10 last night at a home at 245 E. North Street, in Akron. The officer shot the man several times in the leg. 31 year-old Earion Feaster was transported to Akron General Medical Center. Police said, before officers arrived , dispatch informed officers the 911 caller told them Feaster was hitting and threatening to kill his girlfriend, and that he stated he was going to shoot the police if they came. Officers were also informed that the victim's mother and two small children were inside the home. They were not injured. No word on Feaster's condition. He has been charged with felony domestic violence , and two counts of felonious assault and abduction. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Huge Fire in Maple Heights

Nov 27, 2014 -- 11:23am

Fire crews from several departments were called to a blaze in a Maple Heights Warehouse on Thursday morning. The first calls came-in around 8:30AM at the building located in the 17-Thousand block of Rockside Road, which some Cleveland media identified as a warehouse for C&S and Topps. Others identified it as a building housing Fannie Mae Candies with a tire distribution building attached. HAZMAT crews were also called to the scene. Due to the heavy smoke, authorities closed Rockside west of Broadview Road. Fox8 reports crews had problems finding working fire hydrants in the area when they arrived. No word yet on the extent of the fire or cause.



Kids Commit Robbery at Train Station Near Shooting Scene

Nov 27, 2014 -- 5:52am

Four juveniles were arrested Wednesday night after they allegedly robbed three victims at a Cleveland RTA Rapid Station – right across the street from scene of last weekend's police-related shooting. Police say the victims, two female and one male, were followed by six suspects, two on foot, four on bicycles, as they got off the train around 9:00PM and were then robbed at gunpoint. Cleveland RTA Police immediately ran-down and collared the four kids who were arrested and police are still looking for the other two.



OH Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Nov 27, 2014 -- 5:08am

A soldier from Ohio is among the latest to die while on active duty in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says 27-year-old Army Specialist Joseph Riley of Grove City died Monday in Kabul from the wounds he suffered when an IED detonated near his vehicle. Riley was serving with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a 2005 graduate and standout on the Grove City High School football team.



Medina Man Heads to Prison

Nov 27, 2014 -- 5:01am

A Medina man will spend the next 28 years in prison for sharing child porn on the internet. 41-year-old Daniel Cooper pleaded guilty last week in Ashland County Court to 13 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and was facing up to eight years on each count when he appeared for sentencing this week. Authorities caught him using his mother's computer in Ashland County and his record shows he has an appetite for it. His arrest last year came after he had spent three years behind bars for a similar conviction in Summit County back in 2009.



Suspect in Hit-Skip Incident Surrenders

Nov 27, 2014 -- 4:44am

The driver of the car that struck a Minerva man during the mid-morning hours on Wednesday, then fled the scene, has surrendered to authorities. The State Highway Patrol says the victim, 19-year-old Taylor Pandrea, was walking west along US 30 in Paris Township around 8:20AM when he was hit from behind by the vehicle that continued down the highway. The man was taken to Aultman Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was in critical condition on Wednesday evening, later upgraded to “guarded”. The State Patrol announced last night that the suspect driver had surrendered but did not identify him.