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1 person killed in multi-vehicle accident

Jun 27, 2016 -- 5:56am

The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash involving three vehicles, including two motorcycles. It happened yesterday around 9:15 am. Authorities say a Commercial Tractor Trailer was traveling westbound in the left lane of US 30 in Perry Township. Two motorcycles were both stopped in the emergency turnaround on US 30. The Commercial vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway into the median striking both motorcycles. One person was killed; 41 year-old Marcy Simchak, of Alliance. Three others were injured and transported to local hospitals. No word on their condition. Authorities say helmets were not in use by any of the motorcycle riders. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not a factor in the crash.

Leader to be sentenced in Ohio egg farm forced labor case

Jun 27, 2016 -- 5:46am

The leader of a scheme to smuggle teens into the U.S. and keep them as virtual slaves at an Ohio egg farm is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
 
     A federal judge delayed sentencing Aroldo Castillo-Serrano in April after learning that he hadn't given up properties taken from the victims' families.
 
     Castillo-Serrano is a Guatemalan who is in the U.S. illegally. Prosecutors say he made victims' family members sign over deeds to their property in Guatemala to pay for transporting the boys, with assurances they would be enrolled in school.
 
     Castillo-Serrano agreed to plead guilty last year to forced labor conspiracy, forced labor, witness tampering and encouraging illegal entry into the country.
 
     Public court records don't yet indicate whether the property issue has been resolved. A message was left Friday for his attorney.

Ohio officials teaming up at forum on opioid addiction

Jun 27, 2016 -- 5:39am

An Ohio congressman is joining with state officials to host a forum looking at opioid addiction in the state.
 
     The meeting is set for Monday night at the University of Findlay.
 
     Republican Congressman Bob Latta of northwestern Ohio and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are taking part.
 
     Latta says fighting opioid abuse needs a coordinated effort among health professionals, law enforcement, public officials and the community.
 
     DeWine adds that these types of forums are important because communities need to play a big role in the fight against opiate addiction.
 
     The directors of Ohio's health department and addiction services department also are expected to take part.

Group pushes to bring civility back to Ohio politics

Jun 27, 2016 -- 5:20am

 A group of Ohioans wants to bring civility back to politics as part of a national effort to return respect and reason to leaders' daily discourse.
 
     The group is allied with the National Institute for Civil Discourse and has unveiled Revive Civility in its campaign to rid name-calling and polarization from politics.
 
     Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space says the current environment is keeping people from talking reasonably with those they disagree with. He says citizens need to hold candidates responsible and demand common decency.
 
     Doug Oplinger, managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, says journalists have a role to play in the effort and need to restore trust with their consumers.
 
     He says reporters need to call out candidates who use attack ads and mislead the public.

New public schools chief in Oiho set to report to work

Jun 27, 2016 -- 4:59am

Ohio's new public schools chief is ready to report to work.
 
     The state school board selected Paolo DeMaria (POW'-loh dee-muh-REE'-uh) last month in a rare unanimous vote as the state's next superintendent of public instruction. He starts Monday.
 
     DeMaria is a well-regarded expert on Ohio education policy. He worked in government going back to the 1980s, serving as adviser to the state Senate and to former Republican Govs. George Voinovich and Bob Taft and as state budget director. He also served as vice chancellor of the Board of Regents during Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's administration, and he worked previously at the Education Department.
 
     He worked most recently as a consultant.
 
     DeMaria is the permanent replacement for former superintendent Richard Ross, who retired Dec. 31. Lonny Rivera served in the interim.

    

2 rescued after tuber fails during wind gust

Jun 27, 2016 -- 4:44am

 Authorities say two people had to be rescued from a northwest Ohio river after a woman fell off a tube that was being pulled by a small boat and a man jumped in after her.
 
     The Blade in Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/291ajl4 ) the Coast Guard says the woman fell during a sudden windstorm on the Maumee (maw-MEE') River Sunday evening in Toledo. A man on the boat then dove in to try to help her.
 
     The Coast Guard says rescuers helped get her out. The man swam ashore.
 
     Both were fatigued and had swallowed river water and were taken to a hospital. Their conditions and identities weren't immediately released.
 
     State officials towed the boat to shore.

Teen Admits Shooting at Cavs Rally

Jun 25, 2016 -- 7:14am

 

A 15-year-old boy has reportedly admitted to Cleveland Police that he fired two shots at a crowd of people following Wednesday's victory parade and rally for the Cavs in downtown. Police say the search continues for a second gunman. Officers broke-up a fight among teenagers outside Tower City around 5:00PM and tried to arrest one boy, but a 15-year-old girl tried to pull him away and shoved officers in the process. She was tackled when she charged at the officer a second time. Police say that while they spoke with the girl, six to eight gunshots rang-out...with bullets hitting a 13-year-old girl in the knees. They caught the young gunman after a short foot chase and he admitted firing two shots.

 

 

Murder, Suicide in Warren

Jun 25, 2016 -- 5:23am

 

An 11-year-old girl watched in terror as her mother was gunned-down by her boyfriend, who then turned the weapon on himself in a murder-suicide in Warren on Friday. Police say 27-year-old Roleigh Culver shot to death 34-year-old Jessica Crowder at the victim's home in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street SW around Noon Friday, then went around the corner to another home in the 400 block of Austin Avenue SW where he turned the weapon on himself when confronted by police. Crowder was dead on the scene and Culver died later at a hospital. A family member said that the two had been arguing in the driveway before Culver pulled the trigger.

 

 

Driver Dies from Crash Injuries

Jun 25, 2016 -- 5:09am

 

A man who was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Massillon this week later died of his injuries. The Canton Repository reports that 63-year-old Eddie Stinson of Masillon died on Thursday at Akron City Hospital, where he and the other driver were taken following a crash that occurred around 4:00PM Wednesday. Stinson was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that was hit by a car when a 51-year-old man suffered a medical emergency and his wife, sitting in the passenger seat, tried to pull off to the side of Lincoln Way West. Both drivers had to be extricated from their seats.

 

 

Oops! Text Error Tips Hand to Manziel Plea Deal

Jun 24, 2016 -- 5:47pm

 

Johnny Manziel's attorney has let it slip with an accidental text message to the Associated Press, saying he's trying to work-out a plea deal in the former Browns quarterback's domestic violence case in Dallas. Attorney Bob Hinton sent an AP reporter a text after being contacted about Manziel's Monday-night hit-and-run accident...saying he's got doubts that Manziel will be able to stay clean. In his words: “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.” Hinton was also reportedly given a receipt that allegedly shows Manziel spent over a Thousand dollars at a drug paraphernalia shop just 15 hours after the crash.

 

 

Thousands' Worth of Eyeglass Frames Stolen

Jun 24, 2016 -- 3:39pm

 

Police in Copley are investigating the rip-off of over 14-Thousand dollars' worth of eyeglass frames in a smash-and-grab robbery. Authorities on Friday released surveillance footage of the crime that happened June 16 at Handel Vision center on Cleveland-Massillon Road, where someone backed a vehicle into a window of the business to gain entry, then stole 51 eyeglass frames and 11 pairs of sunglasses. The crime is similar to other break-ins at eyeglass businesses in Akron, Bath Township and Streetsboro.

 

 

SWAT Standoff Ends Peacefully

Jun 24, 2016 -- 3:35pm

 

Kent Police and SWAT Team members were held at bay for about an hour in a standoff situation on Friday. Police say officers went to a home on Currie Hill Parkway on the south side of town to serve an arrest warrant around 9:30AM – but that 38-year-old Bernardo Martinez of Streetsboro refused to come out. That led to a call to the Metro SWAT Team, which set-up a perimeter around the scene as a negotiator began communicating with the man inside. He was eventually convinced to give himself up without incident. He was booked on the warrant and faces additional charges of obstruction of justice.

 

 

Batter UP! Kids Hope for Big Crowd in Season Finale

Jun 24, 2016 -- 3:29pm

 

Players from the Tallmadge Challenger Baseball League will gear-up one final time this season on Sunday...and they want a good head-count of fans to help cheer them on. Greg Michalec works with the League and says that his son, Cory, came-up with the idea to “Fill the Hole” at Mack Burleson Baseball Complex. The game involves kids with special needs and difficulties that make a simple task like facing the day a difficult challenge. Michalec says that all too often, the challenges these kids face each day are either overlooked or unknown to most people whose kids are more fortunate. The League gives them a chance to compete with others on their own level. Organizers and the players – some real-life sports HEROES to their families and friends - want to see between 250 and 500 people there to cheer them on. Tallmadge Mayor David Kline will serve as Home Plate umpire and WNIR's Mark Richards will be the stadium announcer.

The game happens on Sunday at 2:00PM at Mack Burleson Baseball Complex, 30 Wright Road in Tallmadge.

 

 

Deal Stuck in RNC Lawsuit

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:32pm

 

A Federal judge says an agreement has been reached between the city of Cleveland and the ACLU in a lawsuit centering on rules for protesters during the Republican National Convention. A judge on Thursday had ruled that the regulations put in-place by the city were an infringement on the Constitutional right to free speech and freedom of expression. A second judge acted as a mediator between the sides on Friday, coming-away from the meeting saying that an agreement was reached and both sides would expedite a settlement. Details weren't immediately provided.

 

 

Smash-and-Grab in Stow

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:31pm

 

Stow Police are investigating the area's latest smash-and-grab robbery. Police announced on Friday that officers were called to a 7-Eleven store in the 900 block of Steels Corners Road just before 5:00AM, where bandits backed a dark blue or black full-size Ford Econoline van into the store, knocking an ATM from its mount. Police say between six and eight suspects were involved in grabbing-up the money machine and fleeing from the store, last seen headed north on State Route 8. Police are asking for tips from witnesses. Call 330-689-5700 if you saw anything.

 

 

OH Voting Rules Dispute Continues

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:31pm

 

With separate court rulings on Ohio ballot procedures conflicting with one another, Ohio's voting rules have been thrown into legal limbo in advance of the Presidential Election. Two laws passed in 2014 mandate that voters accurately provide their names, addresses, birth dates and signatures along with acceptable ID when casting absentee or provisional ballots. Failure to do so means their votes may not be counted. The problem lies in the fact that one Federal judge upheld those laws while another ruled them unconstitutional. The issues arise at a point when there's not much time to address them ahead of the General Election.

 

 

Man Threatens Cop, Attacks K9

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:30pm

 

A Canton man is in the Stark County Jail after he reportedly threatened to shoot a police officer and attacked a K9 this week. The Repository reports that the 37-year-old man had been stopped for a traffic violation on Thursday afternoon and as he prepared to leave the scene, allegedly threatened to shoot the officer who gave him the ticket. When the officer then said he was under arrest, the man began running away – through traffic and across a field before a K9 officer was turned-loose to run him down. The man then wrestled the dog to the ground and tried to choke it before officers moved-in to slap-on the handcuffs. The suspect is facing several charges now.

 

 

Man Blows Hand Off with Dynamite

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:29pm

 

He played with dynamite – literally – and it cost him his hand. Police in Youngstown say first-responders were called to a home on Alexander Street near Poland Avenue around 9:00AM Friday to find the victim inside, bleeding profusely after the blast. They say the man was sitting with a lit cigarette in one hand and the quarter-stick of dynamite in the other when the explosion occurred. The victim was taken to St Elizabeth Hospital and a woman who was at the home at the time wasn't injured.

 

 

Area Businessman Sent to Prison

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:29pm

 

An area businessman has been ordered to spend six months in Federal prison and another six months on house arrest for failing to pay employment taxes. The US Attorney's office says 58-year-old Jonathan Lawrence of Garrettsville pleaded guilty earlier this year to 10 charges of failure to truthfully account for and pay employment taxes. Federal authorities claimed that Lawrence, while serving as President and CEO of Laurenco Systems of Ohio, LLC, withheld nearly 350-Thousand dollars in taxes from workers from 2008 through part of 2011 and never turned-in to the IRS. The company is based in Leavittsburg in Trumbull County. He was ordered to pay 300-Thousand dollars in restitution along with his time incarcerated. That payback includes money he's already forfeited to the government.

 

 

Couple Accused of Trafficking Heroin

Jun 24, 2016 -- 2:28pm

 

A couple from Brunswick were arrested this week, charged with selling heroin in the area after drug agents followed-up complaints about drug sales involving the pair. The Medina County Drug Task Force reportedly made undercover buys of drugs at a home in the 1600 block of Eisenhower Drive, then raided the place to confiscate scales, packaging material and a ledger used in the deals. 36-year-old Mark Jones and 33-year-old Danielle Spahn were both booked into Medina County Jail while their four children were placed into the custody of Job and Family Services.

 

 

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