A burglar made-off with clothing and weapons from the home of a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy this week. The Sheriff’s office on Tuesday reported that the intruder gained entry to a spot along East Ido Avenue in Akron’s Firestone Park neighborhood shortly after Midnight Monday morning, then ripped-off a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and clothing with the word “Sheriff” emblazoned on the fabric. The black male suspect was recorded on surveillance camera as he tried the handle on a locked truck outside and got into an unlocked car to steal items. He wore a dark jacket with a gray hood and red-colored shoes at the time of the incident. The video has been released for public view and the Sheriff’s office is asking for tips leading to an arrest and recovery of the stolen items. If you have information, call the Summit County Sheriff’s office at 330-643-2147.
Akron Police didn’t have much trouble running-down the suspect in a robbery that happened on Monday night. That’s because he was a frequent customer at the place he allegedly hit. Workers at a Circle-K in the 1700 block of Brittain Road near Chapel Hill Mall called officers to the business around 9:15PM, telling them the man entered the drive-through with a handgun, holding it on a 42-year-old female employee and a 19-year-old worker, then threatening a 46-year-old woman who had been standing in line at the counter as he took money from the register. Workers recognized him from his previous visits and police rounded-up 23-year-old Deonta Walker at his home on Kimlyn Circle…booking him into Summit County Jail on an aggravated robbery charge.
A traffic stop morphed into a police chase and the eventual arrest of the driver, who was caught packing heat. Akron Police attempted a traffic stop on a red light violation at Lovers Lane and Hammel Street on the city’s east side around 8:45 Monday night…when the driver hit the gas and led the pursuit until it finally ended in the 1800 block of Manchester Road, west of Summit Lake. The suspect got out and was taken into custody, but officers found a loaded handgun on the ground beside the car. Once they checked, police learned that both the car and handgun had been stolen. The problems continued for 18-year-old Nyles Ervin of Bisson Avenue in Akron after he was also caught with marijuana, a digital scale and counterfeit cash in his possession. He was booked into Summit County Jail on a long list of charges.
Firefighters were called-in to snuff the flames after the engine on a freight train caught fire on Monday night in Hudson. Authorities report the freighter was traveling along the Norfolk Southern tracks when it somehow caught fire – eventually stopping at the Stow Road crossing just south of Ravenna Street around 8:30PM. Crews from Hudson Fire Department got some help from neighboring departments in knocking-down the flames and the crossing was reopened for travel less than 90 minutes later. No one was hurt and officials didn’t note what may have started the flames.
Workers at a drive-thru business on Akron’s Firestone Park neighborhood were robbed at gunpoint on Monday night. Akron Police were called to the business in the 500 block of East Waterloo Road near I-77 around 8:20PM, after the suspect entered the store brandishing the weapon and threw a bag at employees, ordering them to open the register. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and police described the suspect as a white male around 18 years old, five-feet-eight and 140 pounds. He wore all-black clothing, red shoes, whiter gloves and had a black t-shirt tied around his head. The robbery was recorded on surveillance camera and police have released images for the public to see.
A pair of corrections officers at the Cuyahoga County Jail have copped guilty pleas to charges they delivered a beat-down on a mentally-ill man while he was restrained in a chair. The Ohio Attorney General’s office on Tuesday announced that Timothy Dugan pleaded to a felony count of attempted abduction and a misdemeanor charge of assault, while Nicholas Evans copped the plea to charges of felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Both had been indicted in April after an investigation into a March 22 incident, when the 47-year-old inmate was strapped to the chair as he was abused…leaving him with a concussion from the beating he took. Both men agreed to resign their jobs and are due back in Cuyahoga County Court for sentencing December 12. Dugan faces up to two years in prison while Evans could get six years behind the wall.
A young man from Ohio has been identified as the victim of a homicide that happened over the weekend on the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville. Metro Nashville Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Rickey Scott, reporting that the shooting happened around 11:00AM Sunday inside a room at the Watson Hall dormitory. Scott, who was found unconscious in a hallway of the building, was initially taken from the scene to an area hospital, then transferred to another medical facility where he died of a bullet wound to the torso. Police on Monday were still interviewing other residents and reviewing surveillance footage in an effort to get a line on a possible suspect.
An Akron man who was convicted by a jury last week was back in front of the bench in Summit County Court on Tuesday, when he was handed a life prison sentence for shooting his rival to death after a long-running feud between the two. The jury that heard the trial of 23-year-old Javonta Moore of Archwood Avenue returned guilty verdicts October 8 on charges of murder and two counts of felonious assault – all with firearms specifications – for the incident earlier this year in the city’s Firestone Park neighborhood that took the life of 22-year-old Kaleen Primm…who was dating Moore’s ex-girlfriend, the mother of his children. The two got into a late-night confrontation on March 31 outside a home on East Mapledale Avenue near Sweitzer Street. That’s where Moore gunned-down his rival – then claimed unsuccessfully at trial that he was acting in self-defense. Moore won’t have any chance of parole until he has served at least 18 years in prison.
The open enrollment period for Medicare here in Ohio has begun. Residents now have until December 7 to enroll or make changes to their current coverage under the government-sponsored health insurance plan. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Department of Insurance are asking all Ohio residents to take a look at their current Medicaid coverage options, to determine if they’re still on the plan that best-meets their needs and their budgets. The Department of Insurance will sponsor a series of “check-up” events throughout the state as part of its Senior Health Insurance Program and will provide counselors to help steer folks through the system.
There’s been some improvement in the collection of child support payments here in Ohio, reported this week through data gathered by the Federal government through the Fiscal Year that ended in September. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services collected nearly 70-percent of the child support payments that were owed statewide, staking our state above the national average of 65.8-percent. The agency collects and disburses close to two-Billion dollars each year for support of over a Million children, tasks handled through child support enforcement agencies in each of the state’s 88 counties. The state’s Office of Child Support had led an effort to help county agencies achieve a 70-percent collection rate and said that the office established goals for each county – plus provided them with regular performance reports.
An elderly woman got the scare of her life when a car smashed through the front of her home in Niles this week. The incident happened shortly before 1:30 Monday afternoon, when a car was traveling along Maple Street at a high rate of speed before it went through the intersection at Emma Street, through a guardrail and right through the front wall of the woman’s home in the 300 block of Emma Street. The 82-year-old woman and her daughter were inside at the time but were not hurt. The front of the car didn’t come to a stop until it was deep into the front bedroom of the house. 70-year-old driver Richard Cumo of Niles managed to avoid serious injury, though he had breathing trouble on the scene and investigators are working to determine if he may have had a medical emergency.
There’s a long list of charges that have been filed against a Massillon man, accused of bashing someone in the face with a baseball bat. 37-year-old Carl Murphy of First Street NE recently appeared in Stark County Court on a felonious assault charge, involving a July 17 incident where a man was beaten in the face with the bat. When police went to his home to make the arrest, however, they found evidence of drug dealing and got a warrant to go inside and start gathering evidence. They confiscated a large amount of money, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and marijuana…leading to more than a dozen drug-related counts filed against Murphy. The Canton Repository reports he’s also been indicted on nine other charges following another incident that happened June 1, when he was found sleeping in a car in the 800 block of North Avenue NE…where he was found with several bags of drugs packaged for sale.
While charges are pending for his alleged involvement in a drunk-driving crash that killed two people last month, the driver has already been sent back behind bars on a parole violation. 33-year-old Gregory Barnhart of Bristolville was locked-up at Mahoning County Jail for his alleged involvement in another DUI crash that happened last Friday on I-76 in Youngstown…a violation of his parole after doing time for a series of burglaries in three area communities plus drug-related charges. Barnhart is also awaiting charges from the State Highway Patrol, with authorities awaiting toxicology tests after a wreck on September 28 that took the lives of two people near Lake Milton. Killed in that crash were 68-year-old Howard Mounts of New Middletown and 34-year-old Bradley Ronci of Youngstown.
A business presenting itself as a lingerie store has been shut-down following an investigation, one that determined the operators were hiding a strip club that allowed illegal drug and alcohol sales. The City Attorney in Columbus announced that the owners of “Sexxy 4 Less” on the city’s east side are accused of using the business as a front from an underground strip club, where police reportedly gathered evidence of the illegal activity. The club was also the scene of a shootout in July that connected one of the gunmen to a murder that happened in June. Husband and wife owners Lawrence and Sharonda Rutledge reportedly have a history of prior felony convictions on a variety of charges.
For those who haven’t yet done so, the Governor’s office is reminding you that you have less than a year to get a Federally-compliant Driver’s License and ID…something that’s mandatory if you need to fly on a plane or visit any Federal Building. According to state officials, only one in three Ohio residents have gotten their hands on the new ID cards – and getting them for the first time requires you present extra documentation. What you will need to present to the BMV includes at least two legal documents proving your residency status. Effective October 1 next year, your current License or State ID will no longer be valid for boarding a commercial plane or getting through security at any courthouse or Federal facility. The new cards were mandated in 2005 in response to the September 11 attacks as a means of preventing ID theft and fraud.
An elderly woman lost her life in a head-on crash that happened this week in Lorain County’s Brownhelm Township. The State Highway Patrol reports that 68-year-old Robin Chunnic of North Ridgeville was a passenger in an SUV driven by 64-year-old Richard Chunnic of North Ridgeville, who drove left-of-center shortly before 5:00PM Monday while headed south on Baumhart Road. The SUV slammed into an oncoming dump truck beneath the Interstate 80 overpass, causing the injuries that took Chunnic’s life at Lorain Mercy Hospital. She was wearing a seat belt but the driver was not and he was taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with serious injuries. The 33-year-old Vermilion man driving the truck wasn’t injured and the wreck remains under investigation.
A North Royalton man suspected of showing up at Kent State University sorority houses naked, or nearly naked is expected to make a court appearance today.43 year-old Steven Franzreb faces charges of menacing by stalking. Fox 8 reports, he is expected in Ravenna Muny Court later this afternoon. Police said an investigation started on Aug. 22 when a man showed up nude outside a sorority house. A few days later, he returned wearing a speedo. Police say another similar incident occurred earlier this month. Franzreb was arrested last Friday.
The strike by some 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers union may be coming to an end soon. A person briefed on the talks says General Motors CEO May Barra is joining negotiators at the bargaining table, a sign that an agreement may be near. The person who didn't want to be identified because the talks are confidential says, Barra was with company President Mark Reuss during talks this morning. The strike, now in its fifth week, has shut down all of GM's U.S. Factories and hampered production in Canada and Mexico.
It will be a crowded stage tonight as 12 Democratic candidates will debate , 8 pm in Westerville, Ohio. The candidates will have 75 seconds to answer questions and 45 seconds for rebuttals. Front-runners appear to be Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders. There will be no opening statements. The moderators are the CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and the Times's National editor, Marc Lacey.
Earlier today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the 2020 class. Among the nominees include, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Todd Rundgren and Thin Lizzy. The Class of 2020 will be inducted May 2, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. Acts are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.