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Crash kills Portage County man

Apr 24, 2017 -- 4:59am

A one-car crash on Moff Road in Atwater early Sunday morning killed a 22 year-old Deerfield man and also damaged an above-ground pipeline, spilling about 850 gallons of oil in the area. According to the Ravenna post of the State Highway Patrol, Nickolas Williams was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape headed eastbound on Moff Road west of S.R. 183 at approximately 5:15 am Sunday when he crossed the center line. The SUV went off the left side of the road, hitting a ditch and a tree before it struck the above-ground oil pipeline access valve, causing a leak. Troopers said alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Deputies find body of man accused of killing wife

Apr 24, 2017 -- 4:42am

Authorities in Stark County found the body of a man accused of killing his estranged wife. Stark County Sheriff George Maier says 39 year-old Dustin Ray White was found by deputies around 9:30 am yesterday. They were responding after hunters spotted a vehicle in a remote, secluded area. Authorities believe White died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was wanted on an aggravated murder charge for the April 21 shooting death of 32 year-old Amber White, found inside a home in Osnaburg Township east of Canton.

Former Judge Faces Sex-Trafficking Charges

Apr 22, 2017 -- 10:56am


The defendant in a sex-trafficking case in northern Kentucky is very familiar with courtroom proceedings. That's because 70-year-old Timothy Nolan is a former District Court judge for the State of Kentucky. The State Attorney General's office announced on Friday that Nolan has been arraigned in Boone County District Court by a Special Campbell County District Judge. Nolan is charged with human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor. The former judge has been outfitted with an ankle monitor and is due back in court for a May 5 preliminary hearing.



Defense Contractor Sentenced for Fraud

Apr 22, 2017 -- 10:56am


A former defense contractor convicted of defrauding the government by supplying non-conforming parts will spend time in a Federal prison for it. 64-year-old Stephan Boggs appeared in Columbus Federal Court on Friday, when he was ordered to spend two years behind bars. He was convicted in July last year on four counts of mail fraud and 21 counts of making false claims. Boggs headed-up a firm that supplied parts for military equipment, aircraft and vehicles to the Department of Defense between April 2010 and January 2014. The Columbus man was also ordered to pay 280-Thousand dollars in restitution to the Defense Department.



OH Turns-Down Charter School Grants

Apr 22, 2017 -- 10:55am


In a rare twist, the state of Ohio has turned-down some 22-Million dollars in grant money from the US Department of Education, part of a 71-Million dollar Federal charter school expansion program. State Superintendent Paolo Demaria told Federal officials that there aren't enough potential charter schools in Ohio to meet the high performance ratings that are needed to qualify for the money. The dollars are funneled to schools opened by sponsors who received ratings of “effective” or “exemplary” last fall...and the state says that only five of the 65 sponsors achieved the lowest qualifying level.



Several Arrests in SumCo OVI Stops

Apr 22, 2017 -- 10:54am


A pair of checkpoints that were set-up by the Summit County OVI Task Force netted a total of 17 arrests on Friday night. The first checkpoint was set-up in the 1500 block of Brittain Road, where 453 vehicles passed-through, 21 of them pulled-off to the side and 11 people arrested on the scene on various charges. The second stop happened in the 900 block of East Tallmadge Avenue, where seven of the 108 vehicles that passed-through were diverted for further investigation...resulting in the arrests of six more people. Authorities say the average blood alcohol content among those charged was point-170.



Young Boy Killed in Crash

Apr 22, 2017 -- 10:53am


A young child lost his life in the crash between a semi tractor-trailer and a car in Elyria on Friday afternoon. The Lorain County State Patrol post reports the crash happened around 1:45PM on Kolbe Road, where a car had stopped for a traffic light but the semi failed to stop before it rammed into the rear of the automobile. The victim was identified as five-year-old Jaxon Artidiello, who was sitting in a booster seat in the back of the car at the time of the crash. He was taken by helicopter to a Lorain hospital where he died. The incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed yet.



Authorities: Firefighter said he sexually assaulted teens

Apr 22, 2017 -- 7:44am

Authorities say an Ohio firefighter confessed to sexually assaulting four teenagers in his department's cadet program, sometimes in paid sexual encounters, while he was an instructor.
    Twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Monroe is charged in Clark County with crimes including rape and compelling prostitution. He pleaded not guilty in court Friday. A message seeking comment was left for his attorney.
    Investigators say Monroe approached police this month to report his actions and indicated his encounters with one victim spanned six years, starting when Monroe was 15 and the boy was 9. Authorities say Monroe admitted repeatedly having sex with another victim in the victim's bedroom.
    Trustees in Springfield Township, about 50 miles (81 kilometers) west of Columbus, tell The Springfield News-Sun  that Monroe resigned as a volunteer firefighter. They didn't comment further.

Former defense contractor sentenced in mail fraud case

Apr 22, 2017 -- 7:34am

 Federal authorities say a former defense contractor convicted of mail fraud and making false claims while supplying non-conforming parts to the military has been sentenced in Ohio to two years in prison.
    The U.S. attorney for Ohio's southern district says 64-year-old Stephan Boggs was sentenced Friday. The Columbus man also was ordered to pay nearly $280,000 in restitution for supplying the non-conforming parts to the Defense Department for military use.
    A message seeking comment was left for Boggs' attorney.
    Boggs was convicted of four counts of mail fraud and 21 false claims counts in July 2016.
    Court documents show he was president of Boggs & Associates, a contractor that supplied parts to the Defense Department from about April 2010 through January 2014 for military equipment including aircraft and vehicles.

Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits

Apr 22, 2017 -- 7:32am

 Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April.
     Last December, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue. They pulled back that threat after winning a four-month extension that preserves benefits through April 30.
     With lawmakers returning to the Capitol following a two-week recess, Manchin says the time for extensions is over.
     But lawmakers have not reached agreement on extending the benefits. A plan pushed by GOP leaders in the House would extend health benefits for 20 months, through the end of 2018.
     Manchin says Senate Democrats are against that idea because it's only a partial fix.

Ohio officials forego $22 million in charter school grants

Apr 22, 2017 -- 5:43am

Ohio state officials have turned down $22 million out of $71 million in federal charter school expansion grants, saying they don't think enough potential schools will meet the high performance ratings needed to qualify.
     The grant money is for new schools opened by sponsors receiving ratings of "effective" or "exemplary." Those are the two highest of five possible ratings on new state sponsor evaluations. Ohio officials say only five of 65 sponsors achieved "effective" ratings and none were rated "exemplary" last fall.
     State Superintendent Paolo Demaria told the U.S. Department of Education that requiring higher performance ratings will increase accountability and create "high-quality community schools."
     Ohio's former charter schools chief David Hansen resigned in 2015 after acknowledging he omitted data of poor-performing online charter schools in evaluations of their sponsors.

One Arrested after Teen Dies in Akron Shooting

Apr 21, 2017 -- 6:14pm


Akron Police have arrested one person following the shooting death of a teenager in the southeast part of the city. Officers were called to the 600 block of Fulmer Avenue around 1:00PM, arriving to find a 17-year-old boy dead on the scene of a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said later that 18-year-old Dylan Hudson of Loma Drive in Akron had been taken into custody, booked on a charge of reckless homicide and receiving stolen property. The gun involved in the shooting was reported stolen from a car along Lansing Road. The accused and victim were apparently among a group of kids who were playing with it when the weapon fired. The Summit County Medical Examiner's office is conducting an autopsy on the body. The victim's name was being withheld pending family notification.



Woman Shot, Killed in Stark County

Apr 21, 2017 -- 5:54pm


A 32-year-old woman was shot to death in Stark County's Osnaburg Township on Friday afternoon and police immediately began looking for her estranged husband. The Stark County Sheriff reports that Amber White had gone to a home in the 7400 block of Hill Church Avenue SE to retrieve some personal belongings – and her husband showed-up around the same time. Deputies were called to the scene a short time after 12:30PM to find White dead. Authorities issued a Be On Look Out for 39-year-old Dustin White – a white male, six-feet-two in height, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was driving a red 2016 Ford Escape with Ohio Plates GUY-4698. Anyone with information, call the Stark County Sheriff at 330-430-3800.



Teen Dies in Akron Shooting

Apr 21, 2017 -- 4:30pm


Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office are investigating the shooting death of a teenager in the southeast part of the city. Officers were called to the 600 block of Fulmer Avenue around 1:00PM, arriving to find a 17-year-old boy dead on the scene of a gunshot wound to the chest. Channel 3 in Cleveland reported that the shooting may have been accidental, the result of a group of kids playing with the weapon. Akron Police said, however, that the manner of death remains under investigation and the Medical Examiner's office is conducting an autopsy on the body. The victim's name was being withheld pending family notification.



Convicted Killer's Execution Date Set

Apr 21, 2017 -- 3:40pm


The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a condemned killer, convicted for the slayings of a woman and her daughter in Trumbull County. The high court told lawyers for Stanley Adams that his date with the drip at the Lucasville Penitentiary is slated for April 16, 2020. In October of 2001, Adams was handed the death sentence for the October 11, 1999 slayings of 43-year-old Esther Cook of Warren and her 12-year-old daughter, Ashley. Adams had previously been convicted and sent to prison for the rape and murder of 40-year-old Roslyn Taylor of Poland Township in August of 1999.



Fair Warning

Apr 21, 2017 -- 3:18pm


Members of the Summit and Stark County OVI Task Forces will be conducting another round of checkpoints on Friday night into Saturday morning. In Summit County, authorities don't divulge the locations in advance while in Stark County, officers plan to set-up shop around 7:00PM in the 2300 block of Columbus Road NE in Plain Township. That effort will be followed by a second that begins at 10:00PM in the 2800 block of Cleveland Avenue South in Canton Township. All checkpoints will be augmented with saturation patrols in an effort to catch those who try to snake their way around the stops.



Suspects Hunted after Akron Hold-Up

Apr 21, 2017 -- 2:49pm


Akron Police detectives are looking for two suspects after a young man was robbed at gunpoint late Thursday night. Police say the 24-year-old victim was approached from behind around 10:30PM in the 700 block of Kling Street on the near-south side, where he found himself looking down the barrel of a handgun and got into a scuffle with the suspect, knocking him to the ground before the second suspect ran-up with a gun in his hand. They took the victim's headphones and a cell phone and were seen running toward East South Street. Police are searching for two black males and are asking for tips from witnesses at 330-375-2490.



One Year Later, Still No Answers

Apr 21, 2017 -- 2:48pm


It's been one year since eight members of the Rhoden family including a teenage boy were found shot to death in southern Ohio. On Friday, surviving family members issued a plea for information that will lead investigators to a suspect. Geneva Rhoden, who lost two sons, three grandchildren and a nephew in the execution-style murders, issued the plea for information in a video that was released by the Ohio Attorney General's office. Saturday is the official one-year mark since the victims' bodies were found in four locations near the Pike County town of Piketon. Authorities have yet to figure-out a motive or suspect in the crimes.



Vehicle Stolen from Murder Scene Recovered

Apr 21, 2017 -- 2:48pm


A high-dollar car that was stolen from the murder scene at a used car lot in Cleveland has been found. Police say the stolen BMW was found outside a house in the 3300 block of West 48th Street and also clarified the status of a second vehicle that had been reported stolen. Investigators now say that vehicle had been sold. Police are still trying to identify a suspect in the shooting deaths of 50-year-old Michael Kuznik and 45-year-old Trina Tomola, who were both found with bullet wounds to their heads at Mr Car's Auto Sales. A 75-hundred dollar reward has been put-up for information leading to an arrest.



OH Jobless Rate Remains Steady

Apr 21, 2017 -- 2:47pm


The rate of unemployment here in Ohio remained steady at 5.1-percent between February and March, according to data released on Friday by the Department of Job and Family Services. This year's jobless rate is slightly higher than it was a year ago and also came-in above the national rate of 4.5-percent...which was lower than both the previous month and year-ago levels.



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