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Powdered caffeine ban

Oct 23, 2014 -- 11:23am

Following the death of a local high school student, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will stand with Logan Stiner's parents today to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of powdered caffeine. Logan Steiner was a student at a school in Lorain when he died in May after ingesting too much powdered caffeine. Earlier this year, Logan's parents started a national crusade asking for an internet ban on caffeine powder. The coroner's report says they found more than 70 micrograms of caffeine in the teen's blood. That's equal to drinking about 23 cups of coffee. Although the FDA has alerted consumers to the dangers of powdered caffeine on its website, these products remain on the shelves and are readily available online without any sort of regulation, warnings or protections.

Minerva-area man dies in crash

Oct 23, 2014 -- 10:50am

A Stark County man was killed in a single -car crash around 11 last night on Meese Road NE, north of state Route 153 , in Nimishillen Township . the State Highway patrol says, alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash that killed 36-year-old Kenneth Williams, of Minerva. Authorities say , Williams was driving south on Meese when he traveled off the right side of the road. He was thrown from the vehicle when he struck a utility pole and several trees. Williams was not wearing a safety belt. 

Copley man accused of stealing $1.5M from health-care plans

Oct 23, 2014 -- 10:41am

A Copley Township resident is accused of stealing more than $1.5 million from health-care plans he administered and using the money to pay for bonuses, operating expenses, luxury car leases and a country club membership. The feds say, 61-year-old Robert Hartenstein was indicted on 7 counts of theft from a health benefit program. Officials say, Hartenstein was entrusted with millions of dollars to pay for hospital stays and medical tests , but instead betrayed that trust and used his clients' money for fancy cars, lavish entertainment and his own business operation. 20 years-ago , Hartenstein started PBA- Professional Benefits Association , a company that was a third-party administrator of health care plan benefits. It was located in Cuyahoga Falls and had a branch office in Austintown.  

Kent student hit

Oct 23, 2014 -- 9:54am

A Kent City Schools student was taken to the hospital early Wednesday after being struck and injured by a garbage truck on Hudson Road near Fairchild Avenue. Police say the student was not in the crosswalk when hit, and managed to walk home. From there, Kent Fire Department personnel transported the child to a local hospital. No information on his condition. The investigation as to who was at fault is continuing.

Killings in 2014 could pass recent rates

Oct 23, 2014 -- 9:33am

Police say the number of homicides in Cleveland in 2014 is on track to to surpass rates of recent years . 85 people have been killed in Cleveland so far this year. Averaging about two homicides per week, the city could see more than 100 killings by the end of the year. That would be the highest count since 2009, when the city logged 120 homicides.  

US must apologize to free detainees

Oct 23, 2014 -- 8:05am

North Korean legal experts say the U.S. Government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle. The two law experts said that getting Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae out of prison will likely require an official statement of apology and formal request from Washington. Fowle was flown out of North Korea yesterday after being detained for six months for leaving a Bible in a nightclub. State media said he was released after leader Kim Jong Un granted him a special pardon following “repeated requests” from President Barack Obama. There has been no word on whether any progress has been made toward getting Miller and Bae released as well. 

Kent police ready for Halloween celebration

Oct 23, 2014 -- 7:57am

Kent police are ready for the annual downtown Halloween celebration, which is expected to bring hundreds of people to Kent this Saturday night. Roughly 100 police officers and sheriff's deputies will patrol the streets. Kent Police Lt. James Prusha tells the Record-Courier, police are taking precautions this weekend similar to previous years. Officers from Kent State University, the Portage/Summit Metro SWAT Team, Brimfield, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Ravenna and Stow, among others will provide aid. Last year, 43 arrests were made during the unofficial downtown Kent Halloween celebration, 50 arrests in 2012.

YSU faculty to strike

Oct 23, 2014 -- 7:20am

Faculty members at Youngstown State University have voted to authorize a strike as the school and the faculty union work to reach a contract settlement. The faculty union at YSU voted last night to authorize a strike, which allows a bargaining committee to submit a 10-day strike notice to the state. Faculty members have been working without a contract since mid-August. Health care coverage has remained a sticky issue throughout negotiations. The two sides are scheduled to to meet again to negotiate non Oct. 28, and a strike notice could be issued in November if no agreement is reached.

Sex offender case

Oct 23, 2014 -- 6:45am

Attorneys for a sex offender charged with killing three women near Cleveland want a special prosecutor to handle the potential death penalty case. Lawyers for Michael Madison sought the court appointment of a special prosecutor in a filing this week, ahead of a trial scheduled for November 3rd. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty called the request a delay tactic.

Officials say they've ID'd all Ohio Ebola cases

Oct 23, 2014 -- 5:53am

State officials say there are now 164 people in Ohio being monitored for Ebola because they had contact or potential contact with 29-year-old Amber Vinson who visited the Akron area before being diagnosed with the virus. Amber Vinson's family said yesterday that doctors no longer detect Ebola in her body. Gene Nixon, Health Commissioner-Summit County Public Health said the number will fluctuate daily, but the number of people quarantined in their homes stands at three. No one in Ohio has been diagnosed with Ebola.One of those quarantined is Vinson's stepfather in his home in Tallmadge.

 

Guilty!

Oct 22, 2014 -- 11:36am

Summit County Jury has found 19 year-old Shawn Eric Ford Jr., of Akron, guilty in the murders of Jeffrey and Margaret Schoebert at their Portage Lakes home last April. Jurors will consider his sentence; life in prison or death. The jury started deliberating on Monday. Ford is also charged with stabbing the Schoebert's daughter, Chelsea, his girlfriend at the time. Authorities had said Ford targeted the Schoebert's because they were keeping him away from their daughter. A 15 year-old accomplice, from Stow, will go on trial next month. He is being charged as an adult.

Assisted living director accused of pill thefts

Oct 22, 2014 -- 10:55am

A woman in charge of a northeast Ohio assisted living facility has been charged with burglary after police accused her of going into elderly residents' rooms and stealing their prescription pain medication. 41 year-old Christina Melaragno of Gates Mills is the executive director of Gardens of Westlake. Police say there have been six reports of stolen pills at the facility since November.

State: About 272,000 Ohio voters have cast ballots

Oct 22, 2014 -- 10:52am

The state's elections chief says more than 272,000 absentee ballots have been cast ahead of the fall election. Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person before Nov. 4. Early voting began two weeks ago. Voters will choose the next governor along with other statewide officeholders. More than 7.7 million Ohioans were registered to vote as of Oct. 1. there's still time to vote early, including this Saturday. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is noon Nov. 1. 

North Korean detainee lands back home in Ohio

Oct 22, 2014 -- 10:40am

An Ohio man detained for about six months in North Korea has landed back home in Ohio. Officials say a plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed this morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, near Dayton. The state department announced Tuesday that the 56-year-old Miamisburg man had been released. The news came about a half-year after he was taken into custody after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. He had been awaiting trial.

Canton mother held dead baby while talking to police

Oct 22, 2014 -- 10:37am

Authorities believe that a woman was holding her dead baby as she spoke to officers and paramedics hours before she killed herself by running in front of a semi on I-77 in Summit County . The Canton Repository reports evidence indicates 20 year-old Kayelisa martin's son was already dead when she struck a fire hydrant with her car around 6:30 am on Aug. 7 in Canal Fulton. Martin reportedly calmly provided information for an accident report while she held the infant who was covered in blankets. The Canton woman ran onto I-77 and was struck by a semi hours later. A Stark County coroner investigator says it appears Martin smothered the infant before the accident in canal Fulton. Officials initially said the infant had no signs of trauma.

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