A Friday night crash in Cleveland claimed the life of at least one person and seriously injured several others. Police report the wreck happened on East 93rd Street near Cassius Avenue, where two cars collided head-on and one of them caught fire…with one also hitting a third vehicle nearby. Investigators say that one of the vehicles had been traveling north at a high rate of speed before the crash, causing the death of a 50-year-old man on the scene. Three other men, ages 40, 35 and 30, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and listed in critical condition, while a 56-year-old man was listed stable at MetroHealth and a 12-year-old boy was stable to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. All of the victims reportedly had to be cut from the wreckage
A suspect arrested in connection with a stabbing death in Warren has made his first appearance in Trumbull County Court to plead not guilty to the charges filed against him. 54-year-old Walter Toles of Braceville Township saw his original half-Million dollar bond revoked and was ordered held without bond at the Trumbull County Jail – charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. He was arrested late Monday night, accused in the murder of 27-year-old Marlon Smith. The victim’s mother went to his home in the 200 block of Oriole Place SW around 1:45PM after being unable to reach him by telephone, then found him dead on a blood-soaked couch. The County Coroner reports that Smith died from a stab wound to the neck. Police report that items that had been taken from the dead man’s home were found with Toles at the time of his arrest.
A Cincinnati Police officer was arrested on Friday, charged in a Federal Grand Jury indictment with lying to investigators when asked if she tipped-off a nightclub owner that an undercover cop was posing as a customer. 39-year-old Quianna Campbell is also accused of failing to report tens of Thousands of dollars’ worth of her off-duty income on tax returns over a three-year period. Federal investigators came upon a text allegedly sent by Campbell to the nightclub owner, confirming his suspicions that one of the visitors was working undercover. The detective was inside as part of a probe into crimes involving drug money and their links to area bars. Campbell also reportedly talked to the business owner and explained reasons why his place was targeted as part of the investigation. When questioned about her activities in 2018, Federal Prosecutors allege that Campbell lied about what she had done.
A Sheriff near the western Ohio border with Indiana has promised to resign in order to avoid prosecution on felony charges. Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns cut a deal with a Special Prosecutor, pledging to step down by March 17 in exchange for three felony counts of theft in office being dismissed. Towns had been convicted on a misdemeanor charge in November before the felony counts were lodged following completion of an ongoing investigation – which determined that Towns had submitted an invoice for payment with taxpayer dollars after creation of a transcript of his previous trial – a move that constitutes theft in office. In addition to his resignation, Towns will also reimburse the County for more than 23-hundred dollars’ worth of misspent funds and will surrender his Ohio Peace Officer Certification.
Two of the five inmates who escaped a jail facility near Canton have been recaptured. US Marshals took 36-year-old Joshua Bingham into custody on Friday after the Wednesday recapture of 23-year-old Jade Miller in Carroll County. Still on the run as of Friday were 39-year-old Jason Drake, 29-year-old Michael Fisher and 24-year-old Vincent Blanc. All of them got away from the Stark County Regional Community Correction Center on Lesh Road this week, using padlocks to break a window on the first floor and make a run for it. The facility houses prisoners convicted on low-level felony offenses.
Two drivers were injured – one seriously – in a crash between a car and a semi tractor-trailer on Friday morning in Portage County’s Palmyra Township. The State Highway Patrol tells WNIR News the crash happened around 10:45AM on State Route 225 at Cable Line Road, where a small car driven east by 23-year-old Robert Doak Jr of North Ridgeville blew through the stop sign and collided with a southbound tanker truck that was hauling propane, driven by 58-year-old John Croop of Rootstown. Both drivers were transported to UH Portage Medical Center with Doak suffering serious injuries and Croop getting checked-out for minor injuries. There was no leak from the propane tank, but State Route 225 was closed in both directions between State Route 5 and Interstate 76 as the on-scene investigation was conducted.
A custodian at an Akron Public Schools facility is facing child porn charges, filed against him in a Federal indictment. The accused staff member has been employed in the Akron School system since 2014 and had been working the Night Shift at Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts on the city’s west side. The charges against the 46-year-old Canton man claim he had been receiving and sharing child porn – but apparently not on computers owned by the District and not while on the job. A letter sent to parents of students at the school said that no students were involved and that the accused employee has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Charges have been filed against a Stow man in connection with a fatal crash that happened last year. 34-year-old Stacey Naylor of Garnet Circle is now facing formal charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and failure to yield, stemming from the wreck that happened September 20 last year along State Route 303 at Diagonal Road in Streetsboro. Naylor allegedly turned his SUV left and into the path of an eastbound motorcycle, causing the crash that left 60-year-old Robertt Butvin of Mantua dead at the scene. An arraignment hearing for the accused is set for March 5 in Ravenna.
A group of four teenagers accused of breaking into more than 80 vehicles in and around the east side of Cleveland have now been charged with at least three robberies. The additional charges were filed against three 16-year-old boys and one 17-year-old, accusing them of involvement in a stick-up that victimized a 20-year-old man on 5:00PM January 31. On February 4, an 81-year-old woman sitting in her car found herself confronted by the accused as her car keys were taken from her hand and the teens drove-off with it. That car was used in yet another hold-up that happened around 4:00AM Sunday, when a 34-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint. He gave officers a good description of the car and surveillance cameras captured images of that incident.
A 36-year-old woman with an apparent serious lack of maturity has been arrested, charged with abuse of the 911 system. Massillon Police went to the woman’s home in an affluent area of Jackson Township on Thursday night, when she was cuffed and charged with disrupting public service. According to police, the woman got huffy after her parents decided they weren’t going to cover the cost of her cell phone anymore and had it turned off. She called 911 in an apparent tantrum, reporting what had happened and told by police that she can only use the system for emergency calls. Another call was made later and police report she was belligerent, insisting she had a legitimate emergency. That call brought officers to her home to make the arrest.
A banking firm based in Cincinnati has fired several employees, issuing public notice that they had allegedly siphoned-off customer information and shared it with people outside the bank. Fifth Third Bank had initially claimed that a data breach involved a cybersecurity hack by outside entities but this week, reported that a small number of staff members had been part of an alleged fraud ring that had victimized around 100 customers – operating out of the Cincinnati office. People whose data may have been accessed are being contacted by the firm and officials are not yet decided whether the accused will face criminal charges.
A California man brought to Ohio to face the charges appeared in Federal Court on Friday, denying claims that he made online threats about a shooting on the campus of Ohio State University during Michigan Week in 2018. Daniel Rippy was arrested in Livermore, California after the threats were traced to his device and the indictment against him was unsealed in September last year. In a Facebook message to an TV station in early January, Rippy claimed he’s innocent and did nothing wrong. Following his December 28 arrest, he was released on bond – then failed to report to the court’s Pretrial Services Division as ordered.
Akron Police are investigating the robbery of a Subway restaurant in the Merriman Valley on Thursday night. Police were called to the business in the 1500 block of Akron-Peninsula Road just before 9:00PM, when they were told by workers they were preparing to close for the night when the suspect entered, drew a handgun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money and one of the victims’ cell phones in an unknown direction. The suspect is a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants and a mask.
Federal charges have been leveled at a man from Cuyahoga Falls, accused in a two-count Grand Jury indictment on allegations he attempted to use an explosive device at Cuyahoga Falls High School and made threats against an Elementary school in Kansas. 18-year-old Allen Kenna is charged with attempted use of an explosive device and interstate communication of threats. Kenna was arrested by Cuyahoga Falls Police on January 8, following an investigation that began two days earlier after school staff caught him in the building and recording cell phone video. The US Attorney’s office reports that Kenna apparently had an obsession with mass shootings and had conducted online searches for instructions on making a bomb. He was home-schooled and did not attend classes at the High School.
A manufacturing facility on the far west side of Barberton went up in flames on Thursday night. The fire was reported shortly before 9:00PM at Arconic, Incorporated in the 800 block of Norton Avenue – near the intersection of Norton Avenue and 15th Street NW and the former Seiberling Tire plant – in a building that’s used as an aluminum fabrication business. Flames were reported in the rafters of the structure. The fire was reported under control in around 20 minutes after smoke had filled the entire building. The cause and damage estimates were not immediately available and no injuries were reported.
A woman who recently crashed her car in Solon simply walked away from the scene and hitched a ride with another driver…but was eventually found and arrested, booked on charges of being drunk at the wheel at the time of the wreck. Police were called to the scene of the crash by a witness a short time before 2:00AM Sunday, arriving at the scene to find an abandoned vehicle had slammed into a utility pole. The West Virginia woman who copped a ride to get away was later found walking along State Route 43 at Moneta Avenue in Aurora, where officers questioned her and administered a sobriety test – which determined the 31-year-old driver’s Blood Alcohol Level was at point-201, well over two times the legal limit. She was booked on charges of OVI and driving under suspended license.
A one-vehicle crash on an icy, untreated road surface resulted in one person’s death and sent another to the hospital late Thursday night in Cleveland. Police report the wreck happened around 11:30PM along Fulton Road near Vega Avenue, under the Interstate 90 overpass, where the driver of a southbound car lost control and went left-of-center, then slammed into a bridge abutment. There was no salt thrown-down on Fulton because the concrete road surface had only recently been replaced. A 35-year-old woman in the car died on the scene and a 40-year-old man was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition.
Members of Stow City Council are still considering a proposal to impose more fines on drivers who ignore the flashing lights on school buses as they pick-up or drop-off students. The Record-Courier reports that Council this week discussed a proposed amendment to City Ordinance that would slap violators with higher fines and jailhouse occupation. The city’s Ward 4 Council member introduced a measure in January that would raise penalties for violators to a Thousand-dollar fine – double the current amount – and possible jail time up to 30 days. The city’s Police Chief told Council in a recent meeting that there were 35 reports of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses last year – but that only four among them ever got to the courtroom because the bus drivers failed to follow-through with getting License Plate Numbers or filling-out the required forms to bring violators to accountability.
Had it not been for those dark-tinted windows on the vehicle in which they were riding, three people wanted on arrest warrants might still be roaming the streets today. Police in Solon recently made a traffic stop for illegally-tinted windows at State Route 91 and US 422 and when they spoke with the people inside the vehicle, they found a 23-year-old woman wanted by police in Euclid on charges of passing bad checks. A 22-year-old woman was wanted on warrants in Stark County and Parma. Another 23-year-old woman was named in a warrant out of Eastlake. All three women are from Cleveland.
Murder charges have been filed following a shooting incident early Friday morning that took the life of an 18-year-old man in Boardman – where officers got different stories before they sorted things out. Police report that the suspect, 19-year-old Emanuel Boyd, was seen waving at officers as they responded to the 911 call to a home along West Boulevard. Boyd reportedly told officers that the shooting happened “up the street,” but police found no evidence while officers entered the house where the 911 call originated around 1:00AM – then found Kane Wiesensee on a couch, bleeding from a bullet wound to the chest. He was taken to St Elizabeth Hospital where he died. A woman in the house claimed that Boyd was playing with a handgun when it discharged. Boyd, currently on probation on a juvenile conviction on counts of kidnapping and receiving stolen property, was arrested on the murder charge and booked into Mahoning County Jail under a quarter-Million dollar bond.