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Akron house fire

Mar 31, 2015 -- 6:50am

Akron Fire department busy this morning battling a house fire in the 700 block of Moon Street. Akron fire units arrived on scene just after midnight and found heavy smoke and fire on the second floor of the home. The fire was extinguished a short time later. No reported injuries. The cause and damage estimate has not been released.

Kasich considers presidential bid

Mar 31, 2015 -- 6:27am

Governor John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is planning to return to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire next month. The two-term governor visited the state last week in a trip designed to assess his political strength as he considers a 2016 Republican presidential bid. Kasich plans to attend the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit on April 18th.

Head of federal drug policy visits Ohio

Mar 31, 2015 -- 6:22am

 The head of federal drug policy planned to meet with state and local officials while visiting Ohio for a state conference on opiates.
     Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli was scheduled to be in Columbus Tuesday as the keynote speaker at an Ohio conference on opiates and other drugs.
     Botticelli planned to attend a breakfast meeting with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and central Ohio law enforcement.  He was also scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with health care leaders on the impact of opioids on infants and expectant mothers.
     Botticelli was approved by the U.S. Senate as the overseer of federal drug policy in February. He has emphasized prevention and treatment and has been in recovery for more than 25 years.

Local man accused of several area robberies

Mar 31, 2015 -- 5:54am

25 year-old Kevin Materna of New Philadelphia has been indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery related to armed robberies at convenience stores earlier this month. He faces up to 22 years in prison when sentenced. Authorities say, on March 2, he stole an undisclosed amount of money from a Speedway gas station in Canton. He is also accused of robbing a Shell station on S. Broadway. In both incidents, a hunting knife was pulled on the store clerk. Materna remains jailed under $250,000 bond.

UPDATE: Youngsotwn fire

Mar 31, 2015 -- 5:40am

A northeast Ohio prosecutor says a 10 year-old girl died in a house fire yesterday morning, hours before a man suspected of raping her was set to go on trial. The girl and her grandparents died in that blaze in Youngstown. Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains says the trial is delayed. Neighbors say they heard what sounded like an explosion around the time the fire broke out. The fire's cause remains under investigation.

Ohio family wants more answers in man's death

Mar 31, 2015 -- 5:26am

Relatives of an Ohio man who died last week while in police custody at a hospital are asking for more answers.
     Aaron Pope died Friday after Toledo officers responded to a 911 call saying he was acting out of control.
     His relatives said Monday that they don't understand why police didn't call an ambulance because he was foaming at the mouth when officers arrested him.
     Pope's mother says the officers mistreated her 34-year-old son because they knew he had been convicted of attempting to assault a police officer two years ago.
     Toledo police say they are investigating what happened. The city's police chief said last week the officers immediately took Pope to the hospital and it appears they did nothing wrong.

Youth group pushing Republicans on gay marriage

Mar 31, 2015 -- 5:24am

Activists who don't want the Republican Party's 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio.
     The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They're talking about their "Reform the Platform" campaign ahead of the national GOP convention in Cleveland next year.
     They say they've been in several states already, meeting with like-minded Republican activists and elected officials and trying to encourage young Republicans to go to the convention as delegates seeking a platform with inclusive and unifying language.
     Their visit comes less than a month before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments April 28 about same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.

Many people expected at firefighter's funeral

Mar 31, 2015 -- 4:45am

Thousands of people, including firefighters from other departments, are expected this week to mourn and pay tribute to a Cincinnati firefighter killed in the line of duty.
     Visitation for 54-year-old Daryl Gordon starts Tuesday afternoon in the downtown convention center.
     The 29-year firefighter died March 26 of injuries suffered when he fell down an elevator shaft while looking for people to rescue in an apartment blaze. Multiple investigations are underway into the fire's origin and events leading to his death.
     His funeral services will be Wednesday at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, followed by a cemetery service and then a "celebration of life" back at the convention center.
     Gordon is survived by a wife and two daughters.

OSU president to be formally installed

Mar 31, 2015 -- 4:23am

 Ohio State University's newest president plans to lay out his vision for the university at a formal installation ceremony months after his rough start as the school's 15th leader.
     President Michael Drake will take an oath of office Tuesday and receive the presidential medallion under a long-time Ohio State tradition.
     The 64-year-old Drake started his term last June after being recruited from the University of California-Irvine. He is an ophthalmologist by training.
     Drake had been in office only a few weeks when the school fired its marching band director, Jonathan Waters, after determining he knew about but failed to stop a "sexualized culture" in the band.
     Band alumni denounced the decision, and Waters has sued for reinstatement.

Truck Crash Snarls Traffic in Solon

Mar 30, 2015 -- 5:33pm

A semi carrying a large piece of heavy machinery struck the US 422 overpass at Harper Road on Monday afternoon, shutting-down one direction of traffic along Harper until crews could clear the wreckage and inspect the bridge. Police say the mishap occurred in the northbound lanes of Harper Road when the load on the trailer caught the support beams on the overpass. There were no injuries reported, but drivers in the northbound lanes were forced to detour until clean-up work was complete. ODOT was called to the scene to inspect the integrity of the bridge.



Victims Identified in Youngstown Fire

Mar 30, 2015 -- 5:04pm

Authorities in Youngstown have revealed the names of two victims of that fatal fire that left three dead early Monday on the city's south side. Family members confirmed that 63-year-old William Schmidt, his 61-year-old wife, Judith and their ten-year-old granddaughter's bodies were all found on the second floor of the home in the 3600 block of Powers Way. The girl was a fourth-grade student at South Range Elementary, where grief counselors were brought in on Monday to help her classmates and school staff. Authorities also said on Monday that the girl was the alleged victim in a rape case and that 46-year-old Robert Seman Jr was expected to go to trial on the charges on Monday in Mahoning County Court on four counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition. His bond was revoked on Monday morning and he was returned to jail, but authorities say his arrest wasn't immediately connected to the fatal fire. He had been accused of trying to bribe a witness. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.



Murder Charges Filed in Toddler's Death

Mar 30, 2015 -- 3:27pm

A Columbus man has been arrested on a murder charge in the slaying of a one-year-old Maryland boy, whose body was found stuffed in a backpack and thrown into a creek in Ohio's capitol city on New Year's Eve. 24-year-old Kurt Flood is also up on counts of felonious assault, child endangering, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. His arrest came after the toddler's mother, 25-year-old Dainesha Stevens, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. She had told investigators that she and the boy were staying with Flood when the man thought one-year-old Cameron Beckford was controlled by demons --- and that Flood beat the boy to rid him of them. Stevens pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence last week in Franklin County Court. Flood will be arraigned Wednesday.



Men Lured, but Robbery Foiled

Mar 30, 2015 -- 3:00pm

Two men who went to buy a video game system in Akron were set-up...but managed to escape being robbed because one of them was a concealed-carry holder. Police say the men went to the 2200 block of East Market Street just after 5:00PM Sunday, met by a woman who walked them around the corner and told them to go behind a house on Edgehill Drive. When they refused, a man came from behind the house, pointing a gun at the intended victims and demanding their belongings. One of the victims pulled his own handgun and ordered the male suspect to drop his weapon...which he did before running-away. Responding officers recovered the suspect's pellet gun and a PlayStation box with a brick inside, arresting 22-year-old Natasha Brady of Eastholm Avenue on a robbery charge. Detectives were still working to identify her male accomplice on Monday.



Man Stabbed --- over Salsa

Mar 30, 2015 -- 2:50pm

A fight over snack food led to a stabbing in Akron on Sunday afternoon. Police were called to the 100 block of Lake Street by 61-year-old Ronnie Bucker, who told officers he was eating chips and salsa with his girlfriend around 4:00PM when she apparently got upset over who was eating all the dip. Bucker was stabbed with an ink pen before his alleged assailant walked toward the TV to knock it over. When he grabbed the television, the woman went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed the man in the stomach before she fled the scene. While the victim was taken to AGMC for treatment, 50-year-old Phyllis Jefferson of Canton was pulled-over on I-77 south of US 224...cuffed and booked into Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault and criminal damaging.



One Arrested after Stabbing with Box-Cutter

Mar 30, 2015 -- 2:43pm

A fight between two men on Sunday afternoon culminated with a stabbing that sent one to the hospital, the other to jail. Akron officers went to the 1000 block of Yale Street around 3:00PM, where one of the men reportedly whipped-out a box-cutter and slashed the other in the face during the fight. The victim was taken to City Hospital for treatment while 52-year-old Shoffon Gentry of Yale Street was booked into the Summit County lock-up on a felonious assault charge.



Car Shot-Up in Drive-By

Mar 30, 2015 -- 2:39pm

The suspect in a drive-by shooting in Akron is being hunted-down by police detectives. Akron Police say the victim called around 4:00PM Sunday, when officers responded to the 700 block of Aberdeen Street to find a parked vehicle with four bullet holes. No one was inside the car at the time of the shooting and no suspect has been named yet.



Man Killed in Car Crash Identified

Mar 30, 2015 -- 2:01pm

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office has identified the man who was killed in a high-speed crash early Monday morning. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Richard Lynch of Cleveland. Investigators say he was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his car and crashed, killing him on the scene around 12:30AM. The accident happened on the city’s east side as Lynch was traveling at speeds over 80 miles an hour, preparing to turn at the intersection of Eddy Road and Arlington Avenue. His car sideswiped another before hitting three poles and ejecting him from his seat. His body was found about 100 feet away from the scene near the steps to a church when crews arrived.



Police Panel may Recommend State Oversight

Mar 30, 2015 -- 1:56pm

A panel put-together by Governor Kasich to review police relations with their communities is considering a possible recommendation for state oversight of local departments. Suggestions under review by the task force include creating state-wide committees to investigate police-related shootings, along with a central database detailing officers who are fired by a department and data on police-related shootings. A number of panel members have said more training is needed on how to deal with the mentally-ill and that more minority officers are needed on the streets.



Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in Child-Rape Case

Mar 30, 2015 -- 1:48pm

A former elementary school teacher in Delaware County appeared in court on Monday to enter not guilty pleas to 32 charges involving the sexual assaults of five students. 39-year-old Matthew Rausenberg had been a popular Third-Grade teacher at Arrowhead Elementary School, but resigned following his arrest and indictment on 28 counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts each of kidnapping and pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. A teenager eventually lifted the lid on the alleged abuse when she reported that she had previously been molested by Rausenberg. He was ordered held in the County Jail under a Million-dollar bond and faces a possible life prison sentence if convicted as charged.



Woman Charged with Stealing From Aunt

Mar 30, 2015 -- 1:37pm

A woman from Green is free on bond following her arraignment on charges she ripped-off money from an elderly family member. 42-year-old April Ramsey recently appeared in Barberton Municipal Court on theft charges, accused of stealing over 30-Thousand dollars from the bank account of her 83-year-old aunt between January 2012 and August last year. The elderly victim's son reported the crimes to Summit County Sheriff detectives after finding more than 22-Thousand dollars' worth of unauthorized withdrawls from the bank account and another more than nine-Thousand in purchases on a credit card.



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