The Summit County OVI Task Force had another busy Friday night, conducting sobriety checkpoints in two locations in the City of Green. The stops were made on West Turkeyfoot Lake Road and on Arlington Road at Liberty Green, where officers had a total of 413 vehicles pass through. Seven drivers were booked on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with only four of them agreeing to the on-scene breath tests that logged an average blood alcohol content of point-132. Two people were arrested for driving under suspension, two more had open containers and one was wanted on warrants...marking a total of 12 people hauled into jail.
A Friday-evening crash on I-80 in Austintown killed one driver. The State Highway Patrol says traffic in the eastbound lanes was still moving slow after a fifth-wheel camper trailer had burned on the highway earlier in the afternoon in Weathersfield Township. The driver of a car failed to stop before slamming into the back of a semi trailer just west of I-680 around 6:45PM. That's the same place where a cattle truck overturned earlier this week. The driver died on the scene after the car was wedged beneath the trailer. The victim's name hasn't been released.
The owner of the property was injured when a huge blaze destroyed both his business and his home in Stark County's Tuscarawas Township on Friday afternoon. The owner of Paul Pratt's Services and Towing suffered burns to his face and both arms. He was taken to an area hospital after flames broke-out around 4:30PM at the shop in the 12-Thousand block of Barrs Road SW. The fire was fed by propane tanks inside and quickly spread to Pratt's home next door, destroying both structures despite the efforts of eight area fire departments. The items inside included tires that caused heavy black smoke to belch high into the air, slowing traffic along US 30 nearby. No damage estimate has been made yet and the cause remains under investigation.
The trial for a Kent man accused in a high-speed crash that killed a Toledo couple has been delayed...again. 26-year-old Andrew Gans was supposed to go on trial this week in Sandusky County Court, but the start of proceedings was delayed because a prosecution witness was unavailable to testify. Gans remains in a Toledo mental hospital, although he was previously deemed competent to stand trial in the deaths of Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, who died in a fiery crash on the Ohio Turnpike on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. Investigators say Gans was driving more than 125 miles an hour when the wreck happened in the westbound lanes near Fremont. No new trial date has been announced yet.
One of three efforts aimed at getting a marijuana legalization issue to the November ballot has hit a snag. The Ohio Attorney General's office rejected petitions filed by “Legalize Marijuana in Ohio”, saying organizers had problems with the summary. Among the issues noted were incorrect statements on the amount of pot taxes to go toward Ohio's Local Government Fund and no age limit noted for the sharing of equipment among medical marijuana users. The group's been told to re-write the language and re-submit in order to begin collecting signatures from registered voters. Meanwhile, the other two legalization petitions are being circulated around the state and gaining momentum.
A Federal judge this week denied Ohio State University's request for dismissal, ruling that the lawsuit filed by a former band director will go forward. Jonathan Waters, who was fired last year over what OSU called a “sexualized culture” within the OSU Marching Band, filed a civil rights lawsuit. He claims gender discrimination and says he was treated differently than a similar case involving a female employee at the University.
A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the slaying of a veteran firefighter who crashed his truck after being shot in Cleveland last May.
The death of 58-year-old Theodore Wright initially was believed to an accident after he crashed his truck into a pole. Later it was determined that he'd been shot in the left arm before the crash. The gunshot caused internal injuries and his death.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1Dsb8He ) reports that Slatter Howell III pleaded not guilty Friday and is being held with a $1 million bond. Other charges include aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.
Court documents accuse Howell of trying to rob Wright before shooting him.
Howell was sentenced to five years in prison last fall on unrelated charges.
A central Ohio museum is going to honor the first woman to fly solo around the world.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1GmdcUp ) reports that The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology in Newark announced plans for a permanent exhibit that will commemorate Jerrie Mock, who flew from Columbus around the world. She returned 29 days and 23,000 miles later.
Mock was born in Newark and died in September at 88. She was dubbed the "Flying Housewife."
The exhibit is expected to be on the second floor of the museum when it opens in the spring of 2016.
It will include a touch-screen tour of her flight with Mock's commentary along with a flight simulator and a possible replica of her plane.
Police say a 13-year-old girl was shot in the leg while she was inside her family's house in Columbus.
It happened Friday night at a single-family home in the city's Hilltop neighborhood. Officers who were dispatched to the scene interviewed the girl's family, who told them she was inside when a single gunshot was fired into the house and struck her in the leg.
She was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Police are investigating.
Health officials say they're closer to finding the source of botulism that killed one person and sickened several more after a church picnic last Sunday in central Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health said Friday that six food samples taken from a garbage bag at the church have tested positive for botulism. Four of the samples were potato salad, along with a sample of macaroni and cheese and a spaghetti pasta salad. More testing is needed to determine which of the foods was initially contaminated. A 55-year-old woman died from botulism after the potluck at a church in Lancaster. Nineteen other botulism cases have been confirmed, in addition to nine suspected cases.
A man who was considered a suspect in the shooting of an Akron man last fall has become a shooting victim. Akron Police say 24-year-old Marriece Ellis of Akron walked into Children's Hospital with a bullet wound to his left arm around 11:30 Friday morning. He was transferred to Akron General Medical Center for treatment and is expected to recover. He didn't tell investigators where the incident occurred or who may have been the suspect. Ellis had been arrested in January, accused in the November shooting on Diagonal Road that claimed the life of 24-year-old Vernon Appleton of Akron. However, a lack of evidence and cooperative witnesses resulted in a Grand Jury failing to return an indictment against Ellis.
An Akron woman was seriously hurt in a one-car crash in Portage County's Randolph Township on Friday morning. The State Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Laura Keller was driving eastbound on Waterloo Road just east of Township Road 39 just after 10:00AM when she lost control of the wheel and her car slammed into several trees. Keller was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to an area hospital. Troopers are still investigating the wreck.
Cuyahoga Falls Police on Friday morning raided a home and pulled-out dozens of marijuana plants and other evidence, breaking-up a large indoor growing operation. Acting on tips from the public, officers went to the house in the 400 block of Loomis Street at 8:00AM and entered to find 43 marijuana plants, two firearms and growing equipment. Arrested on the scene was 32-year-old Michael Kay, who was booked into Summit County Jail on a total of 12 charges including trafficking and possession of drugs, illegal marijuana cultivation and possession of criminal tools. Kay is due in Stow Muni Court on Monday.
If you happen to be on the University of Akron campus around mid-day Saturday and see one person after another packing heat, you'll be okay. Gun rights activists will stage a march across the campus, a gathering to raise awareness about their cause to support Ohio's law allowing people to open-carry firearms. Marchers will gather at the corner of Hill and South Forge Streets at 1:00PM and some of them will be packing rifles and shotguns. Organizers say the chambers will be empty and the safeties ON. The marchers want to call attention to what they view is a whittling-away of Americans' rights to bear arms.
Bond was set at one-Million dollars on Friday for a Cincinnati woman accused of killing her mother. A not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated murder was entered in Hamilton County Court for 41-year-old Nikole Flagg. She was arrested Thursday and accused following an investigation that began when the body of 61-year-old Myrvinia Lowe was found inside her Cincinnati home on April 12. Investigators did not mention a cause of death, only saying that the victim suffered a major injury. Flagg's case will be presented to a Grand Jury on May 4.
The US House Appropriations Committee has approved a new Federal military spending bill that designates funding to a pair of northeast Ohio facilities. Congressman Tim Ryan's office announced this week that the Ravenna Joint Military Training Center and Youngstown's US Air Force Air Reserve Station will each get shares of 12.7-Million dollars' worth of appropriations, if Congress agrees to the plans included in the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. Ravenna is in line to receive 3.3-Million dollars while Youngstown would get 12.7-Million under the plan.
Investigators with the Columbiana County Coroner's office are now turning to DNA testing in hopes of identifying the second of two victims in a deadly house fire in Salem last Sunday morning. On Wednesday, one victim was identified as 46-year-old Michael Tyson, but authorities say it could now take weeks before the second victim's identity is revealed. The fire reported shortly before 6:00AM last Sunday in the 500 block of Franklin Avenue destroyed the house and remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office.
Between 12-Thousand and 15-Thousand people are expected in Akron this weekend to attend the tenth annual King James Shooting Stars basketball tournament. Over 600 teams from across the US and Canada will take part in the event that brought about 2.5-Million dollars in revenue to the area last year with 500 teams competing. The additional teams, coaches and family members in attendance this year is expected to significantly increase the revenue figures.
Let the orange-barrel season begin. Starting early Monday morning, the southbound side of the Kenmore Leg for be closed for re-surfacing and other repair projects that will keep that stretch of highway closed into June. The work is part of a 9.6-Million dollar project on the ODOT road schedule this summer that will eventually result in closure of the northbound lanes after the first phase is complete, with the total project slated for completion this October. Drivers on I-76 West and I-277 South will lose access to the Kenmore Leg, with ramps at the north end and the I-77 split to be closed as well as the on-ramp from 22nd Street SW. Detours are posted.
A Summit County Grand Jury has reportedly decided NOT to issue an indictment against an Akron firefighter, arrested earlier this month on a drug-related charge. FOX 8 quoted the County Prosecutor's office in reporting that the panel returned a No Bill for 30-year-old John Howell. He was arrested April 8 on a felony drug abuse charge after police saw his car parked at a known drug house on North Howard Street. When officers made a traffic stop after he left around 3:30AM, a small amount of crack cocaine was found hidden inside a contact lens case inside his car.