Residents in the City of Akron, please note:
There will no curb service for trash and recyclables on Thursday due to the Christmas Holiday. Curbservice trash and recycle collections will resume on Friday with a one-day delay through Saturday.
Members of the Canton Board of Education on Monday morning signed-off on plans to re-name Fawcett Stadium in honor of Saints Owner Tom Benson – who donated 11-Million dollars to the proposed Hall of Fame Village project. That includes a plan to renovate the football stadium next-door to the Hall. Canton City Council will gather on Monday night to approve a five-Million dollar grant for stadium upgrades and the state is expected to kick-in another ten-Million. The long-term goal is to create a hotel, conference center and travel destination that will attract more than the casual visitors, serving as a revenue source to the community.
A leaking gas well in eastern Ohio has families within a 1.3-mile radius waiting...wondering if they'll be prepared for Christmas this week. Workers in the Monroe County community of Sardis tried to resume production at a previously-plugged well on December 13, but the well began spewing uncontrollably. Around two-dozen families have been staying in a former elementary school during the day and have been told by the county's Emergency Management Agency they might be allowed to return to their homes on Wednesday.
The cost to travel this holiday week is much lower than it was a year ago. The Monday-morning price report from AAA shows drivers in Ohio were paying an average price of $2.19 for a gallon of regular gas...a cost that 22 cents lower than last week and $1.08 lower than last year at this time. The national average came-in on Monday at $2.39...twenty cents higher than the Ohio price and 85 cents less than last year's average.
She was sitting in her recliner when she caught the spray from an accidental shotgun blast in her Medina County home on Sunday. The Sheriff's office says 75-year-old Charlene Ross of York Township was taken to City Hospital in Akron, listed in serious condition with head wounds from birdshot in the shotgun shell. Her 77-year-old husband told deputies he had gone to the closet to get the shotgun and scare some geese from the pond. It went-off while he was checking to see if it was loaded, with the spray going through the closet wall and hitting the back of the recliner. No charges have been filed.
The last of four defendants to stand trial in an attack on a Chippewa Lake family two years ago has been sentenced. 20-year-old Thomas Slagle of Brunswick was handed a three-year prison sentence after his conviction on charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault in Medina County Court. Slagle and the others kicked-in the door to the victims' home, dousing a 14-year-old boy with gasoline while attacking his mother with a baseball bat. The other three co-defendants are already serving prison sentences ranging from 10-15 years.
An Ashtabula County man has pleaded guilty in Portage County Court for his role in the October break-in at a home in Hiram Township. 19-year-old William Yoell copped the plea to a burglary charge and was allowed to go free on bond to await sentencing. Yoell and two other men broke into the home in the 6200 block of Allyn Road on October 7. His two co-defendants, also from Ashtabula County, are still awaiting trial following their indictments on burglary charges. One man is in jail while the other remains on the run with a warrant out for his arrest.
An Akron man who was convicted on multiple charges in an assault on a Brimfield Police officer lost his appeal hearing. 46-year-old Dwayne Ramsey was convicted last October in Portage County Court on charges of aggravated robbery, assault on a law enforcement officer and failure to comply and was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. On June 5 last year, a Brimfield officer tried to pull-over Ramsey's car on Tallmadge Road, sparking a high-speed chase that exceeded 100 miles an hour along the Interstate into Akron. Ramsey and another person in the car bailed and ran, and when the Brimfield officer caught-up to him the taser and pepper spray was ineffective as Ramsey tried to get the officer's gun. The 11th District Court of Appeals in Warren ruled 3-0 in rejecting his appeal.
A woman from Huron was taken to Erie County Jail on charges of OVI and child endangering after a four-year-old inside her car died when the vehicle plunged into the Huron River late Sunday night. The Erie County Sheriff says 32-year-old Lindsey Gunlach was leaving a friend's home in the 9600 block of Riverview Drive around 11:00PM when she backed out the driveway and drove into the nearby river. The four-year-old boy was rushed to a Norwalk hospital and pronounced dead on arrival while another child in the car was unhurt.
With the rash of flu cases in Ohio, pharmacies are scrambling to cope with a shortage of medicine used to help reduce symptoms. State health officials recently said that as of December 13, nearly a Thousand people had been hospitalized with the flu, while others who are trying to treat themselves at home are having problems getting Tamiflu. The Ohio Pharmacists Association says the groundswell of cases has temporarily overwhelmed available supply. The manufacturer says it's cranking it out as fast as possible.
The driver was taken to Akron City Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he lost control of his car on I-77 and crashed on Sunday evening in Coventry Township. The 64-year-old man from Troy, Michigan was driving north when he went off the side and slammed into a disabled vehicle, causing his car to roll-over several times. The 5:00PM crash bottle-necked traffic in the area and forced closure of the ramp to US 224 East for about an hour. The investigation continues.
A January 7 trial date in Missouri has been set for a man who escaped from jail and was eventually found at a Cleveland nursing home. 25-year-old Brian Adkinson faces charges of rape and other counts in Boone County and is also a suspect in additional crimes in six other Missouri counties. He had escaped the Caldwell County Jail in August last year by climbing through a ceiling panel and remained on the run for about a month before he was captured in Cuyahoga County.
A volunteer football coach in Steubenville will be sentenced on Monday after violating his probation by leaving the state, drinking in an Arizona bar and getting into a fight during a protest over the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury decision. Matt Belardine is expected to be ordered to jail to serve the remainder of a suspended six-month sentence, which he got for lying to investigators and hosting a teenage drinking party in his home, just ahead of the 2012 rape of a teenage West Virginia girl by two football players. Belardine pleaded guilty last week to four counts of violating his probation.
There's an Ohio connection to the man who gunned-down two NYPD officers before killing himself over the weekend. Court records show that 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley had lived in Lorain and was convicted on theft and aggravated theft charges five years ago in North Olmsted. He pleaded guilty to aggravated theft for the March, 2009 crime, but later got his record expunged. Brinsley was also indicted on robbery charges in southern Ohio's Clark County in June, 2009. That charge was eventually dismissed and Brinsley's address was listed as “at large” until it was eventually changed to Union City, Georgia.
Two OVI checkpoints were set-up on Saturday night by the Summit County OVI Task Force. In the first round at East Market and College Streets in Akron, 407 vehicles passed-through…resulting in 11 arrests on charges including OVI, driving under suspension, drug possession, carrying concealed weapons and outstanding warrants.
The second checkpoint happened at West Market and West Street, with 85 vehicles passing through and resulting in 12 arrests on charges including driving under suspension, open containers, outstanding warrants and misrepresenting identity.
The checkpoints were augmented with saturation patrols that led to six arrests on various charges. The Task Force says the average Blood Alcohol Content of the people who were cited was point-177…more than twice the legal limit.