Several animals were trapped inside a burning barn and died in the smoke and flames late Friday night in Medina County’s Hinckley Township. Firefighters from six departments worked the incident, which was reported around 11:30PM along West 130th Street. With no hydrants available in the area, getting water onto the burning barn was delayed as a tanker shuttle system was set-up. The flames continued to burn for more than five hours and were finally reported under control around 5:00AM. Authorities didn’t say how many animals lost their lives in the blaze and the cause remains under investigation.
A man who grew-up in Lorain and became a career criminal at a young age has admitted from his prison cell that he’s responsible for as many as 90 murders in several states. 78-year-old Samuel Little, who began his criminal activities at the age of 16, is currently doing time in prison following his previous convictions in 2014 on charges in three California murders. He was moved to Texas in September to stand trial for the murder of a woman in that state. He finally fessed-up and said he’s killed dozens of people…and so far, a District Attorney says that Little has been matched to at least 30 slayings. If the count in Little’s murder spree holds true, he will become the most prolific killer in US history…three times as many heinous crimes as other notorious murderers including Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Authorities have speculated that since Little has lost his final appeal of his life prison sentence, he decided to admit the other crimes because there was no longer any reason to hide his involvement.
One person was injured when flames tore through a trailer home in Akron’s Ellet neighborhood on Friday evening. Firefighters were called to the 400 block of South Canton Road shortly before 5:30PM, arriving to report a fully-involved structure fire. The victim was outside when crews rolled-up and witnesses reported that a woman and child were still trapped inside – but there was no one remaining to be rescued and the flames were brought under control within about 30 minutes. Arson investigators were called to the scene to work on determining the cause. Damage estimates were not available and the condition of the injured person was not provided.
The driver who admitted to hitting a Cleveland Police officer and leaving the scene of the fatal incident was back in Cuyahoga County Court on Friday, where he got the maximum possible sentence for his crime. 46-year-old Israel Alvarez cut a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty in October to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts including vehicular manslaughter. On January 24 last year, his vehicle struck and killed Officer David Fahey as he was placing flares at the scene of an accident along Interstate 90. After hearing from a long list of family, friends and comrades of the dead officer, the judge ordered Alvarez to spend the next 12 years in the State Pen.
A pair of Cuban nationals have been hit with Federal charges they used skimmers to steal identities, make bogus credit cards, then rack-up numerous purchases at stores in several cities…including Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland and elsewhere. The US Attorney’s office announced the indictments of 45-year-old Silvio Leon and 41-year-old Pablo Arrechavaleta, charging both with conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. The two reportedly installed skimmers on gas pumps in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and several other states between May 2016 and a recently as last June, then downloaded stolen information onto flash drives for use of the alleged scam. The data was used to generate cards that were later used to make purchases at a number of stores in the region. Authorities say the two had ripped-off nearly five-Thousand credit card accounts in the process.
A judge in Mahoning County Court has been named in a Federal Grand Jury indictment, accused of stealing at least 100-Thousand dollars from a deceased former client she represented for legal matters. The US Attorney’s office says that 50-year-old Diane Vettori-Caraballo of Youngstown has been formally charged with mail fraud, structuring cash deposits and making false statements to law enforcement investigating her alleged crimes. She and her 60-year-old husband face an additional count of filing a false tax return. Federal authorities claim that Caraballo ripped-off between 100-Thousand and more than 328-Thousand dollars in cash that was inside the home of a client who died in March of 2016. Robert Sampson died in 2015 and Caraballo filed paperwork to act as the estate administrator, claiming the man died without a Last Will. However, court records indicate that she had prepared one for him. She then reportedly took several shoe boxes filled with cash that Sampson’s sister had stored at her home until she died on March 10, 2016…with the judge depositing only 20-Thousand dollars’ worth of the money into the estate.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan wants to continue as the city’s leader, formally announcing on Friday his re-election campaign for next year. At a gathering attended by family, friends and supporters at the Trailhead at Cascade Lofts, Horrigan made his announcement official with his intentions to run on the Democratic ticket in the May Primary Election. He and his campaign team’s first order of business will be to open a campaign headquarters, load-up on volunteers to work the streets and hire a full-time campaign coordinator.
The President of Canton City Council lost his battle with a long illness on Friday morning. Officials at City Hall confirmed the death of Allen Schulman, who along with his work on the elected panel was the head of a law firm in downtown. Schulman took office on September 28, 2006 after being elected as a Democratic Council Representative. He was a graduate of Miami University in Ohio and the University of Akron Law School. During his career, Schulman was involved in several philanthropic efforts and routinely donated his salary as the City Council President to the Stark County Hunger Task Force. City Council will now have a vacancy to fill, with his current term not due to expire until the end of next year.
A third suspect was taken into custody this week in connection with the murders of a Bedford man and his teenage daughter last month. US Marshals collared 26-year-old Quentin Palmer after they located him along Northampton Road in Cleveland Heights on Friday. Palmer has been named a co-conspirator along with the others who were previously arrested. He, along with 23-year-old Ronald Newberry and 21-year-old Kodii Gibson, are accused of forcing their way into the victims’ home, then torturing and murdering 39-year-old Paul Bradley and his 14-year-old daughter, Paris. Their bodies were found in the back seat of a burning car in an open lot in East Cleveland on October 10.
An Akron man who headed-up a charter school organization in Florida has been sent to prison for a 20-year stay, his penalty after being convicted on charges he bilked the state out of Millions of dollars through his shady deals. 56-year-old Marcus May appeared for sentencing this week in Escambia County Court, where he was convicted last month on counts of racketeering and fraud. Between 2010 and 2015, May diverted money intended for Midwest Education Partners and Newport Education in Florida to other accounts for his own personal use. In addition to the prison time, he’s been ordered to pay five-Million dollars in fines.
The rate of unemployment here in Ohio remained steady between the months of September and October, according to data released this week by the Department of Job and Family Services. The jobless rate was unchanged at 4.6-percent over the period, down from the 4.9-percent rate that was documented a year ago. Nation-wide, the rate also remained unchanged at 3.7-percent…which was down from last year’s level of 4.1-percent.
Three men who were set free from prison after a judge said they had been wrongfully convicted have been awarded five-Million dollars each for the time they spent behind bars. A jury in Cleveland awarded the men the money after they spent nearly 20 years in prison and their lawyers argued that East Cleveland Police officers violated their rights. Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and Derrick Wheatt were accused of killing 19-year-old Clifton Hudson in 1995 – but the case against them fell apart when lawyers found-out that a prosecuting attorney withheld reports that raised questions about their involvement. A judge set them free and ordered a new trial in 2015…but the charges were dropped and a judge in March declared the trio had been wrongfully imprisoned.
The suspect remains at large following the armed robbery of a sandwich shop on Akron’s near west side. Police report the hold-up happened shortly after 9:00PM Thursday at a Mr Hero in the 400 block of West Market Street. Employees told officers that the man entered armed with a handgun and demanded cash from the register and after getting a small amount from the drawer, forced the manager to open the safe. From there, he took an envelope that contained an undisclosed amount of money before he fled. Police say the robber is a black male around six-foot-two in height. He wore a black wool coat, black boots, winter hat and a mask over his face.
A check-cashing business in the Chapel Hill Mall area was held-up on Thursday and Akron Police are still working to find the suspect. Police reported on Friday that the incident happened shortly after Noon at a Check into Cash in the 1900 block of Buchholzer Boulevard, where a woman brandishing a handgun entered the place and demanded money. She fled with an undetermined amount of loot. The suspect is a dark-skinned female in her late-teens to early-20’s, five-feet four and 115 pounds. She wore a dark winter coat and gray hat at the time of the stick-up.
The woman who was killed in a carjacking in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon was later identified as 33-year-old Lesley DeJesus-Gonzalez of Cleveland. Police say that she was with her husband and children, volunteering to paint a church along Archwood Avenue on Thursday afternoon when the adults caught sight of the two suspects breaking into the minivan. The father tried to open the driver’s door as the womanran around to the back of the vehicle before she was knocked to the ground, then run-over twice as the suspects drove-away. She died on the scene. The minivan was found a short distance away along Denison Avenue with the back window broken-out. The suspects are still unidentified and police need help finding them to make the arrests. A five-Thousand dollar reward is being offered.
A rotting tree became uprooted from the weight of the ice that collected on its limbs and down it came – smashing into a mobile home and starting a fire that destroyed the place on Thursday afternoon. Fire Crews from area departments responded to the scene along State Route 172 on the far east side of Canton around 3:00PM, arriving to find two trees down and flames coming from the structure. They had problems getting the flames under control after the incident began. The highway nearby was closed to traffic due to one tree blocking the lanes. Authorities said afterward that the tree that hit the mobile home caused the fire in a wood-burning stove to ignite the structure surrounding it…starting the flames that destroyed the house. The woman inside was hit by a tree limb but suffered only minor injuries. The road was closed for several hours as crews worked the fire and until the downed tree could be removed.
Testimony in the murder trial of an Akron woman became heated at times on Thursday, as one of her alleged victims took the stand and shouted at the accused. 50-year-old Hedy Moss of Akron is charged with murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, weapons under disability and tampering with evidence after an incident that happened in the early-morning hours of January 16. Moss allegedly went to the house and confronted the victims, James McMullen and Ernest Sherman, about a handgun that had been stolen from her. She allegedly shot both men during the run-in, leaving Sherman dead of bullet wounds to the head and McMullen bleeding from the arm as he ran down the street after escaping the house on Gold Street. Moss is claiming self-defense in an effort to avoid a conviction.
Residents living along State Route 8 might be talking about their close call for a little while, following a fire along the highway early Friday morning that resulted in some tense moments. The Akron Fire Department reported that a semi tractor-trailer tanker that was hauling 85-hundred gallons of gasoline began burning as the driver tooled north on Route 8. The flames resulted in a call that brought crews to the scene just north of the Central Interchange a short time after 3:00AM. Responding firefighters managed to contain the flames before the tank was breached and fortunately, there was no spill or explosion. The highway was closed for several hours and disrupted Rush Hour traffic for a while as the volatile cargo was transferred to another tanker.
A group of cities and counties that have paid legal fees to represent immigrants in deportation cases is making plans to expand the effort. The Vera Institute of Justice participated in a network conference this week, announcing that it’s looking for proposals from additional cities and counties to join what it calls its “Safety and Fairness for Everyone Network,” which was created to wage legal battles against the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Currently, the network operates in 12 cities and counties in eight states around the US – including Ohio – with legal defense funds created to help support the group’s fight to keep illegal immigrants from being booted from the country. Network officials claim that 38-percent of the illegals represented by lawyers were allowed to remain in the country during the network’s first year of operation.
An attorney for a man accused of shooting a Cleveland Police officer entered not guilty pleas on his behalf during a hearing in Cuyahoga County Court. 30-year-old Jonathan Chambers is charged with attempted murder and other counts, related to the incident that happened on November 3 when he allegedly shot and wounded the officer as the lawman responded to a report of another shooting. Chambers allegedly shot a man in the neck while the victim sat in a car, then turned the weapon on 28-year-old officer Shane McNea…shooting him in both legs when he and a partner arrived on the scene. Both the original shooting victim and the officer are continuing their recovery.