One of two badly-decomposed bodies found this week at a Parma Heights home has been positively identified as the remains of a missing Stark County woman. Parma Heights Police and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirmed that the female body, found in a bedroom of a house along Nelwood Road, was that of 50-year-old Regina Capobianco. She had reported missing last month by her family. The other body, not yet formally identified, is believed to be that of 65-year-old homeowner John Mann Jr – who was the woman's boyfriend. Both deaths have been ruled homicides, though no suspect or motive has been determined.
Wayne County has logged its fifth fatal crash of the year on Friday, with the death of a Stark County man. The Repository reports that 77-year-old William Nagel died in the head-on wreck that happened along Back Massillon Road near Black Diamond Road. 30-year-old Brian Ledbetter of North Lawrence reportedly drove left-of-center while trying to pass another vehicle, colliding with Nagel's oncoming van a short time before 3:30 Friday afternoon. Nagel died on the scene while his 72-year-old wife was taken to Akron General Medical Center with serious injuries. Ledbetter was reportedly driving without a seat belt and also suffered serious injuries, taken to Akron City Hospital for treatment.
The reaction was fast and furious in the aftermath of a second mistrial in the case of a former University of Cincinnati Police officer on Friday. After more than 30 hours of deliberations, the jury in Hamilton County Court told the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked in the murder retrial of 27-year-old Ray Tensing, who has admitted that he shot to death unarmed driver Samuel Dubose during a July 2015 traffic stop. Members of Black Lives Matter called the mistrial a “textbook example” of institutionalized racism at work and the case a “blatant injustice.” The Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP said the case is another example that police “can get away with murder” if the victim is black. Dozens of people gathered to demonstrate the development outside the courthouse.
Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby has been tapped to received this year's Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ernst and Young. The honor was formally bestowed upon Babby during a Thursday night event at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland Hotel, honoring the team owner for his work and what the organization called excellence in areas including innovation, financial performance and personal commitment not only to business, but the community alike. The awards program is in its 31st year. Babby bought the franchise in October 2012 and has seen attendance at the games in Canal Park rise over 27-percent. Akron also hosted the Eastern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby for the first time last summer.
A military jet practicing for an air show crashed at Dayton International Airport on Friday, trapping two crew members inside the aircraft. The Montgomery County Sheriff's office says the F-16 Fighting Falcon, part of the Air Force Thunderbirds, went off the runway and landed on its top around 12:30PM. A crash team and heavy rescue crew from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was dispatched to the scene and the crew was removed. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.
The Summit County Prosecutor's office has filed a long list of additional charges against an Akron man, formally charged with counts including impersonating a police officer after marching kids in handcuffs to the County Jail and Courthouse. 47 additional charges have been leveled against 26-year-old Christopher Hendon of Nome Avenue, including kidnapping, abduction, 16 additional counts of impersonating an officer with firearm specifications and several other charges. Between March 29 and April 6, he reportedly entered schools dressed in police tactical gear and placed children in handcuffs in what he called a “scared straight” program. Hendon will be arraigned on the supplemental indictment on July 11.
For the second time, a mistrial was declared on Friday in Hamilton County Court in Cincinnati, with a jury telling the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked in deliberations in the retrial of a former University of Cincinnati Police officer charged with murder. The panel came-in on Friday morning for Day Five of deliberations, returning to the courtroom later in the morning to tell the judge they haven't been able to agree on a verdict. The judge sent them back behind closed doors, telling jurors to keep working at it before they returned in the afternoon, saying that reaching a verdict was impossible. This time, the jury deliberated for more than 30 hours – surpassing the time logged by the jury that heard the first case of 27-year-old Ray Tensing before they declared a deadlock and a mistrial was declared last November. The murder and voluntary manslaughter charges filed against Tensing came following the July 2015 shooting death of unarmed driver Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop.
The rain will be gone and the weather will be perfect for a day in the sun this weekend – and that has organizers of Sunday's second annual “Fill the Hole” Challenger Baseball finale hoping for another big crowd...bigger than the one they saw show-up last year. This year features a double-header...a pair of two-inning games involving representatives of the Indians, Reds, Tigers and Pirates who get their chances at the plate they wouldn't otherwise have without the Challenger program. Special-needs and physically-challenged kids make-up the rosters in a program that's expanded while other cities have dropped theirs. Last year, the program had just 16 players – a number that grew to 45 this season. The first game at Mack Burleson Stadium in Tallmadge last year drew quite a crowd...close to 350 fans. Game One this year begins at 1:30PM Sunday after Children's Hospital President and CEO Bill Considine throws-out the first pitch. Bring your lawn chairs and stake-out a spot around the fence --- not a bad seat in the house at Mack Burleson Stadium, 30 Wright Road in Tallmadge. Admission is free and the concession stand will be open. WNIR's Mark Richards will be the stadium announcer.
Human remains found in Lake Erie near the Pennsylvania shoreline could be those of a victim from a December plane crash last year. The Erie County Coroner's office says that DNA tests are being conducted on the leg that was found in the water by a fisherman around 8:00 Thursday night. Six people were on-board the aircraft that took-off December 29 from Burke Lakefront Airport, after the victims had attended a Cleveland Cavaliers game. Remains from the bodies of three victims were recovered, while the bodies of the pilot's wife and two of their children have not yet been found.
The driver behind the wheel in a fatal crash in Lorain County last May was stoned at the time. Those were the findings from the State Highway Patrol, reporting this week that 18-year-old Chase Johnson had enough pot in his system to be considered legally intoxicated. The ruling came following completion of blood tests, taken after the May 21 wreck that happened shortly after 3:00AM along State Routes 82 and 57 in Eaton Township. Johnson's car hit two utility poles, killing 17-year-old Lindsey Rotuno, a student at Midview High School who was among the students attending an after-prom event. She was not wearing a seat belt. The State Patrol says charges will be filed against Johnson.
A man from Kent has been named the suspect in the shooting death of another man in Cleveland last year. A warrant on an aggravated murder charge was issued this week for 30-year-old Frank Mosier, accused as the trigger-man in the April 1 incident last year that claimed the life of Brandon Blackburn. Police say that the killer tried to rob the victim before shooting him in the head – his body found inside a minivan stopped in the 3600 block of East 53rd Street in Slavic Village. Mosier has a long criminal history, including prior convictions in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn, in Kent and Strongsville. Police are asking for tips that will lead to his arrest.
After a jury in Stark County Court convicted an Uber driver for the sexual assault of a female passenger, the judge handed the defendant a four-year prison term on Friday. 28-year-old Mushen Shilbaya was found guilty on charges of kidnapping and gross sexual imposition, stemming from his actions July 10 last year. After picking-up the 44-year-old victim from a night out at a bar, he refused to take her home – instead driving-around while groping the woman, exposing himself and forcing her to touch his private parts. Shilbaya's claims that the woman's actions were consensual were cast-aside by the jury before the accused man was convicted at the end of a two-day trial.
The city of North Canton has elevated John Minock to the post of Chief of Police, replacing Stephan Wilder in the post from which he retired in March. Minock had been filling the job on an interim basis and city officials say that he posted the highest score on the promotional exam among the candidates who took the test. John Minock has been with the North Canton Police Department for over 30 years, became a Lieutenant in 2015 and served 10 years in the Detective Bureau. He'll officially get his new title with a swearing-in ceremony on Monday evening at City Hall.
There was a familiar refrain on Friday in Hamilton County Court in Cincinnati, with a jury telling the judge they were deadlocked in deliberations in the retrial of a former University of Cincinnati Police officer charged with murder. The panel returned on Friday morning for Day Five of deliberations, returning to the courtroom later in the morning to tell the judge they haven't been able to agree on a verdict. The judge sent them back behind closed doors, telling jurors to keep working at it. As of the time they left the courthouse on Thursday evening, they had deliberated for close to 26 hours – surpassing the time logged by the jury that heard the first case of 27-year-old Ray Tensing before they declared a deadlock and a mistrial was declared last November. The murder and voluntary manslaughter charges filed against Tensing came following the July 2015 shooting death of unarmed driver Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop.
Some people with sticky fingers are being blamed for a Fiscal Emergency, declared this week by the State Auditor's Office for the Madison County village of Mount Sterling. Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says a series of theft crimes committed by former village officials dealt the community a heavy financial blow. Mt Sterling's budget deficit stood at 270-Thousand dollars at the end of April, an issue that Yost says was caused by problems inflicted by corrupt former officials and employees. A former Village Administrator was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison for stealing some 725-Thousand dollars between 2012 and last year. A former Mayor and administrative assistant were indicted on theft in office charges in April.
A former doctor and Ohio University Trustee who ran a pill-mill operation was shot during a home-invasion this week. The Franklin County Sheriff's office says 51-year-old Kevin Lake was in critical condition following the incident. Lake's son called 911 Thursday morning, reporting that he heard gunshots after someone broke into the family home. He told authorities on the scene that the family had recently received a written threat. Lake had pleaded guilty in January to charges he skated on 3.5-Million dollars' worth of tax payments and doling-out prescription painkillers and other drugs to hundreds of patients daily while he worked at Columbus Southern Medical Center. He resigned his post as an Ohio University Trustee on January 21.
The North Korean government denies any wrong doing and in fact, calls itself the “biggest victim” following the death on Monday of former captive Otto Warmbier. The Central News Agency in the Communist nation released a statement this week, denying the Cincinnati-area college student had been tortured or treated in a cruel manner...accusing the United States and South Korea of a “smear campaign” that insulted what they claim has humanitarian treatment of the 22-year-old. He had been in a coma since just after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March last year. The News Agency claimed that North Korea dealt with Warmbier in accordance with domestic laws and international standards.
Though the Cavaliers lost in the NBA Finals, there was one big winner in the end as the team this week donated 875-Thousand dollars to Habitat for Humanity. The money was raised through the sale of tickets for watch parties at Quicken Loans Arena, where fans bought tickets at ten dollars a pop to watch as Cleveland played their road games with Golden State at Oakland. The Cavs have so far donated over two-Million dollars to non-profit groups through fundraisers, in-game raffles and watch parties over the past three years.
On the same day a Stark County jury convicted him, 27-year-old Timothy Mayle of Canton was handed a life prison sentence for killing a one-year-old girl who was left in his care last year. The jury deliberated about four hours before finding Mayle guilty on murder and child endangering charges for the beating death of Leah Tucke in March last year. When paramedics were called to the house, they found the toddler was having trouble breathing and Mayle told them she fell down some stairs. She died a few days later and the autopsy revealed several injuries to her skull that authorities said were caused by a brutal beating. The child was also recovering from five separate fractures from other injuries she had suffered before the March 11 murder. Mayle's life prison sentence comes with a chance of parole after he serves at least 15 years.
A woman from Mansfield lost her life and her young son was seriously hurt in a Thursday night crash on a highway in Lorain County's Huntington Township. The State Highway Patrol reports that 30-year-old Jessica Harper's car rolled through the stop sign on New London Eastern Road at State Route 58 just after 9:00PM. Her car rammed the side of a semi tractor-trailer on the highway and was pinned beneath the trailer, trapping the victims in the car. Harper died on the scene and her six-year-old son in the back seat was cut from the wreckage, taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.