A young woman who was pulled from the smoke and flames of a burning home in Akron has died of her injuries. Akron Fire crews were called to the house in the 100 block of West Crosier Street on the south side a short time before 12:30AM Sunday, where the place was reported fully-involved on arrival. The family standing outside told first responders that 20-year-old Brytnie Carpenter didn’t make it out with the rest of them. Fire crews entered the house, located Carpenter and pulled her to safety. She was taken to an area hospital with burns and smoke inhalation, later listed in critical condition. The Fire Department reported on Tuesday afternoon that Carpenter lost her battle to survive on Monday morning. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation and the home was boarded-up after the last of the hot spots were doused.
Someone armed with a handgun robbed a bank in Ravenna just before the Noon hour on Tuesday. Ravenna Police say the incident happened at 11:55AM at the PNC Bank in the 300 block of East Main Street, where the suspect brandished what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol while demanding money from a teller. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running east from the business. The suspect is a white male, medium build and around five-feet-eleven in height. He wore a dark mask over his face, a light-colored hoodie pulled over his head and dark pants. Tips are needed at Ravenna Police Department or the FBI.
Reward money is on the table for information leading to the suspects who ripped-off nearly two-dozen firearms from an area gun shop last week. The ATF and Broadview Heights Police report the incident happened at Stonewall LTD Gun Shop and Pistol Range in the 100 block of Kem Mar Industrial Parkway on July 11. Investigators say that at least four people were involved in the break-in, during which 23 firearms were stolen from the business. A five-Thousand dollar reward is being offered for information and tips can be made by calling 800-ATF-GUNS.
A Stark County man who apparently can’t avoid running with the wrong crowd took a bullet late Monday night – then was arrested after undergoing treatment at the hospital. Canton Police report that 22-year-old Jaron Nero of Plain Township took a round of hot lead shortly after 11:30PM in the 700 block of Alan Page Drive SE. When officers rolled-up to the scene along with EMS, police say that Nero wasn’t so keen about providing them with details about how he was shot or who fired the bullet. They then learned that he was wanted on warrants on charges including burglary, domestic violence and felonious assault. After undergoing treatment for the bullet wound, Nero was booked into Stark County Jail. Police are still trying to sort-out what led to the shooting and find a suspect.
A Columbiana County man was killed in the crash of his motorcycle during the early-morning hours on Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports that 41-year-old William Stoffel of Lisbon was piloting the motorcycle westbound along State Route 517 in Fairfield Township when he lost control. The machine went off the side of the highway near Mile Post 7 and threw Stoffel from the seat. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash that happened shortly before 1:30AM. The Patrol says alcohol use is considered a factor in the wreck.
Akron Fire and Hazmat crews were called to a home in the city’s Goodyear Heights neighborhood on Tuesday morning. Akron Fire officials didn’t provide much information about the incident that happened in the 600 block of Sanford Avenue, only saying that HazMat was called-in after “an unknown substance” had been found in the house that sent three people to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed issues. No further information was provided by the Akron Fire Department.
Police in Wadsworth say they’ve identified two people who they say were involved in the disappearance of Thousands of dollars’ worth of items from the city’s Public Library earlier this year. While not naming the suspects, police have said the case is being turned-over to a Medina County Grand Jury to consider charges against the pair. In June, Library officials contacted police to advise them that someone had checked-out more than 51-hundred dollars’ worth of DVD’s and books in April and failed to return any of them. Police eventually found the cardholder and her two friends in Summit County, who admitted they were the ones who took the 138 items…plus more that hadn’t been returned after being checked-out at the Public Library in Barberton. They apparently planned to re-sell the stolen goods at second-hand stores. Police say that around 100 items were collected by investigators when they tracked-down the alleged thieves…who apparently had already sold-off another 100 at stores that sell second-hand DVD’s and games.
Three former Summit County Sheriff deputies have been accused of providing false information into the probe following the attempted suicide of a Jail inmate. The Sheriff’s office on Tuesday identified the former Jail guards as Teresa Stark, Debra Weiland and Alycia Hawkins…all charged with falsification and obstructing official business. As the investigation continued into the attempted suicide on April 27 this year, authorities determined the three hadn’t been up-front with what they shared as part of the probe. One has been removed from probationary status while the other two resigned their posts.
A warrant was issued on Tuesday for a Garfield Heights man, accused as the gunman in the fatal shootings of two men on Interstate 90 in Cleveland over the weekend. 35-year-old Gianni Gray faces aggravated murder charges for the incident that happened around 7:30PM Saturday at the exit ramp to West 117th Street. Killed in the gunfire were Malachia Stewart III and Andre Williams, both 35 years old. A 23-year-old Lakewood woman who was driving in the area was wounded by a stray bullet and treated at MetroHealth Medical Center. Police claim that Gray was a passenger in a car that pulled alongside the victims, who suffered multiple bullet wounds to their heads and bodies in the gunfire that followed.
Residents in two separate locations in Akron are looking at the damage that was left-behind when bullets were fired into their homes. Around 10:00 Monday night, police were called to the 900 block of McKinley Avenue on the east side, where several bullets had been fired into a home. About 30 minutes later, police were called to another location in the 800 block of Raymond Street on the west side, where another home was hit with flying lead. No one was hurt in either shooting and no suspects have been identified.
A home-invasion robbery that happened late Monday night on Akron’s east side remains under investigation by police. Three men were inside a home in the 500 block of East Exchange Street when 4-6 men made their way inside shortly before 11:00PM. One suspect held the victims at gunpoint while the others went about the business of ransacking the place. They ripped-off a shotgun, debit cards, a gaming system, guitar and cash before they fled the house. No description of the robbers has been provided yet.
A Tallmadge man who was cutting the grass at a home in Akron’s Goodyear Heights found himself in a struggle with an armed robber on Monday night. Akron Police say the 60-year-old victim was approached by the armed suspect around 8:30PM in the 800 block of Cree Avenue, where the victim refused to hand-over the cash on demand and instead, got into a fight with the robber in the street before he was pistol-whipped. The suspect fled the scene empty-handed. Police are looking for a black male suspect around 35 years old. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
A young couple is the target of a search by Akron Police detectives after they held-up a Family Dollar store on the east side on Monday afternoon. Police say the incident happened around 1:00PM at the business in the 900 block of South Arlington Street, where the manager saw the pair stealing about 200 dollars’ worth of Nyquil and got into a struggle with them as they left. The male suspect lifted his shirt, exposing a handgun in his waistband and threatening to shoot the manager if she called police. The suspects are a black male around 19 years old and a Hispanic female around the same age. They fled the scene in a white, four-door Pontiac Bonneville with a broken back window covered in plastic.
A pair of Stark County men are awaiting return to Portage County Court for sentencing, following their guilty pleas to a list of charges in connection with a rash of crimes. 22-year-old James Davis and 27-year-old Benjamin Robinson, both of Alliance, copped guilty pleas to burglary charges during their previous appearances. The pair have been named suspects in over 20 cases involving burglaries, vehicle thefts and gun rip-offs over an eight-month period. Most of the crimes happened during overnight hours and at least five handguns were stolen during the spree. The two are being held in Portage County Jail to await sentencing.
Akron Police and the FBI on Tuesday were still hunting a pair of suspects who robbed a bank near Chapel Hill Mall on Monday. The bandits brandishing weapons entered the Chase Bank branch in the 1800 block of Brittain Road around 11:40AM, demanding money from tellers and customers before they fled the scene. Both suspects were black males, wearing masks over their faces and dark hooded sweatshirts. One stood around five-feet-six, the other around five-ten in height. Tips are needed at Akron Police Detective Bureau or the FBI.
A 16-year-old boy has hit the big time and will face trial as an adult for the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver in northwest Ohio. a Lucas County Juvenile Court judge bound-over the case of Machello Jackson to adult court this week, where he will face trial on charges of murder and aggravated robbery for the robbery and shooting of the female driver. 28-year-old Sadari Knighten was carrying just 75 cents as she made her final delivery of the day on June 5 in Toledo. The victim died of a gunshot wound to the chest after her assailant pulled the trigger while demanding money at the window to her car.
A court worker in southwest Ohio who had a habit of tipping-off criminal suspects about investigations has pleaded guilty to the crimes for which she was indicted. 45-year-old Yakyma Boyd cut a deal with prosecutors in Hamilton County Court, the place that employed her as a clerk for 22 years before she was caught tipping-off others about search warrants and warning them they had become targets for arrest. Authorities say that Boyd had been paid about a Thousand dollars for each of the search warrants that she shared with criminals on the other side of the law. This week, Boyd copped the plea to charges of bribery and tampering with evidence. She’s expected to get six months in jail as part of her sentence. 49-year-old co-defendant Ernest Bryant is due to appear in court August 2 for his alleged role in the corruption.
The former Cuyahoga County Auditor who was convicted and sent to prison in a corruption case is begging the court to let him go free early. Lawyers representing 68-year-old Frank Russo have requested a hearing before a Federal judge, in order to formally make the request for sentence reduction. Russo pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges as part of a Federal investigation and in 2010, was ordered to spend 22 years in the Federal Pen for his crimes. He admitted taking over a Million dollars in bribes before steering county government contracts to his benefactors and hiring political cronies as favors. His lawyers claim that Russo now has medical issues that require life-saving treatment.
Final preparations are under-way for Ohio’s latest execution of a condemned prison inmate. 58-year-old Robert Van Hook was transferred from Chillicothe’s Death Row to the Lucasville Penitentiary on Tuesday, to spend his last night on Earth in the Death House and have his final meal before he undergoes lethal injection on Wednesday morning. Van Hook was convicted and condemned for the February, 1985 strangulation and brutal stabbing murder of David Self, a victim he encountered in a Cincinnati bar. Prosecutors argued throughout his appeals process that Van Hook had a habit of luring gay men to apartments in order to rob them. Self’s family says they’re looking forward to his killer’s execution.
A Federal case is being made over allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of a now-dead team doctor at Ohio State University. A group of four one-time wrestlers at the University filed their claims in Columbus Federal Court on Monday, saying the school failed to stop what they called “rampant sexual misconduct” on the part of Dr Richard Strauss while he was a team doctor. The filing claims the school had been informed several times about the wrongdoing and that Strauss had victimized them during the late-1980’s into the 1990’s. The suit seeking unspecified monetary damages is the latest development in an ongoing case that arose within the last few months…involving men from 14 different sports at OSU. Strauss retired in 1998 and committed suicide in 2005.