The driver died after she lost control of her car Friday afternoon on the ramp from State Route 8 North to I-271 North in Macedonia. The Summit County Sheriff's office says the 40-year-old Macedonia woman's car hit a concrete barrier as she was merging onto I-271 a short time before 2:30PM, ejecting her from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead on arrival a short time later at an area hospital. The name of the victim was being withheld pending family notification.
Two Libertarian candidates for statewide office in Ohio have been tossed from the May primary ballot by the state elections chief. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said Friday he relied on the recommendations of a hearing officer, a former federal elections commissioner. Ohio Republican Chairman Matthew Borges recently told reporters the party played a role in protests filed against gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary. Lawyers challenging Earl told the hearing officer this week that Democrats helped fund and carry out his signature-gathering effort. Under Ohio law, petition circulators must be neutral or affiliated with a candidates' party.
The jury in Summit County Court came-back with guilty verdicts against a Barberton man, who was on trial for the murder of a pregnant 16-year-old girl and the wounding of a Barberton woman. The Beacon Journal reports 25-year-old David Stoddard was convicted as charged in the January 6 shootings last year in the 200 block of East Archwood Avenue that killed Anna Karam of Akron and her unborn child and left 20-year-old Jessica Halman of Akron with a bullet lodged in her spine. Stoddard is due back in court for sentencing next month. He's expected to get life in prison.
Two people have been found guilty of enslaving a mentally-disabled woman for two years with her young child. A jury in Youngstown Federal Court handed down the guilty verdicts Friday on charges including forced labor conspiracy against 27-year-old Jordie Callahan and 32-year-old Jessica Hunt. However, both were found not guilty of stealing the woman's government benefits and tampering with a witness. Prosecutors said the woman was sexually and physically abused and forced to do housework. They say she and the child were threatened with a python or pit bulls. Two others charged in the case pleaded guilty earlier and face sentencing this month.
Jurors in Youngstown Federal Court have a reached a verdict in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child. The decision is set to be announced this afternoon, where a 27-year-old man from Ashland and his girlfriend went on trial on charges they threatened and abused the woman while raiding her government benefits. Investigators say the pair at times forced the woman and her daughter to live in a locked basement. The two could face sentences of up to 30 years if they're convicted on all counts.
Six University of Akron students appeared for arraignment Friday afternoon in Akron Municipal Court, all facing charges of assault and hazing in connection with alleged incidents at Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. All six frat members are accused of beating a 21-year-old pledge with a paddle so badly that he had to be hospitalized. The victim told police there were several hazing incidents at the fraternity, which was suspended by the university on January 31. Channel 3 reports all six defendants are due back in court for pre-trial hearings on March 24.
The ramp from Route 8 North to I-277 North in Macedonia remains closed at this hour, due to a serious-injury crash that occurred shortly before 2:30PM. The Summit County Sheriff says the driver was ejected and LifeFlight was called to the scene. A Sheriff's office dispatcher tells us northbound traffic on Route 8 is being diverted at Highland Road until further notice, although a few callers to our newsroom reported the northbound lanes are still passable. No other information has been provided.
Avoid the area around Route 8 and I-271 in Macedonia due to a severe-injury accident on the Ramp from Route 8 North to I-271 North. A driver was ejected in the crash and LifeFlight was called to the scene. The Summit County Sheriff says northbound traffic on Route 8 is being diverted to Highland Road until further notice.
State Attorney General Mike DeWine was taken to a Cincinnati hospital for evaluation on Friday, after he fell ill during a speaking engagement. His office said only that DeWine had been taken to Christ Hospital as a precaution and released no other information. The former US Senator and Ohio Lt Governor is 67 years old.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has sided with Stark County Sheriff George Maier, breaking a 2-2 tie among members of the county's Board of Elections on the issue of allowing his name to appear on the May 6 primary ballot. Maier's qualifications for the job have been a point of contention since the county's Democratic Party appointed him sheriff in February last year when Michael McDonald was unable to assume office after his election and later died. In siding with Maier, Husted issued a statement saying he's not certain that the Democrat has the proper experience...but says he's also not sure that he doesn't – so Husted chose to rule on the side of ballot access.
Here’s a new twist in the issue of distracted driving. A 25-year-old man is up on charges after he reportedly told the officer who pulled him over that he was cooking heroin on a spoon while behind the wheel. Vienna Police say the officer pulled Aaron Repko to the side of the road on suspicion of drunk driving this week then saw the burned spoon on the passenger seat. During a search, Repko kept falling asleep. He told the officer he had injected heroin a short time earlier and was cooking-up more as he tooled-down the road. He’s being held on a 20-Thousand dollar bond to await an appearance in Girard Municipal Court.
Unemployment numbers have been released for January, showing a slight down-tick in the number of Ohioans out of work. The Department of Job and Family Services says the Ohio unemployment rate was down to 6.9-percent from a December level of 7.2 and a November rate of 7.4. However, Ohio’s jobless rate is still higher than the national average of 6.6-percent for January.
A Canton man got the baker’s dozen – 13 years in prison – after a Stark County Court jury convicted him on charges of aggravated robbery for holding-up a Canton Township bank. 24-year-old Christopher Jones, who acted as his own attorney in the trial, got ten years for the hold-up and a mandatory three years for using a gun while knocking-off the Bank of Magnolia on Cleveland Avenue SW on December 11. He and an accomplice made-off with cash before an exploding dye pack left him, the money and the rented get-way car stained with ink. The accomplice has not been identified or located yet.
The owner of a Jackson Township massage parlor that was raided last month has now been charged. 41-year-old Timothy Gross of Plain Township was named in an arrest warrant and was expected to turn himself in on Friday on charges including promoting prostitution and procuring. Jackson Township and Alliance Police raided Touch of Class on Higbee Avenue NW on February 20, and four women were subsequently arrested on charges of soliciting and possession of criminal tools.
Copley Township Trustees have agreed to apply for a low-interest, 5.4-Million dollar Federal loan for construction of a new police station. The ten-year loan would come through the US Department of Agriculture and a program dealing with rural development projects. Similar loans have been used for construction in Montville Township and Brimfield, and Trustees have already given a green light to accept bids for demolition of the Copley Community Center to make way for the new police headquarters. The new facility is expected to take-up more than 21-Thousand, 700 square feet with construction time estimated at 13 months. It could be finished by November of next year.