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Rootstown woman charged in hit-skip death

Jul 22, 2014 -- 11:04am

A 22 year-old Rootstown woman was arrested after an accident that claimed the life of a volunteer assistant coach with the Ravenna Youth Wrestling Club. Authorities say Allison Barton was charged with failure to stop after an accident. 37-year-old Richard Schoepe, was hit as he walked toward Columbus Street in Kent last Thursday morning. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he died. Schoepe leaves behind a wife and two small children. Barton entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial date was set for August 11.  

Ohio base workers offered buyouts ahead of layoffs

Jul 22, 2014 -- 10:51am

Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall. The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1. The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service. Employees must leave by Sept. 30 to receive incentives. That applies to employees who are at least 50 years old with at least 20 years federal service , or employees of any age with at least 25 years of federal employment.

Search continues for missing 22-year-old man

Jul 22, 2014 -- 10:35am

The search continues for 22-year-old Cory Barron, of Fremont, who was last seen Friday night around 9:30 at a musical concert at Progressive Field. Cleveland Police and the FBI spent much of yesterday combing through the waterways, green spaces, industrial parks and train tracks south and west of Progressive Field. Since Cory's phone went dead they can't pinpoint his location. Family members say Cory does not have a history of drug problems, no mental issues or history of running away.

Donations to Ohio State top $400M

Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:57am

Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months. Donations during the fiscal year that ended June 30 included a $100 million pledge from L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner and the company's foundation. 

Field voters may be asked to pass 2 school levies

Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:54am

Voters in the Field Local School District in Portage County may have two school issues on the November ballot. The Record-Courier reports, the school board approved a resolution for a renewal of their existing 7.3-mill operating levy, and gave a second reading for a resolution to place a 1-mill continuing improvement levy on the ballot. Treasurer Todd Carpenter says the additional 1-mill is needed to maintain the district's new and existing buildings and keep up with the bus fleet. The district has not approved new local funding since 1991. 

21 year-old man dies in motorcycle-deer crash

Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:45am

A 21-year-old man was killed Monday night after the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer. The Ohio Highway Patrol's Wooster Post says the accident occurred around 9:30 Monday night on Township Road 36 just west of Wooster in Wayne County's Plain Township. David Hayhurst of Shreve was ejected from the motorcycle. He was flown to Akron City Hospital where he died a short time later. Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet. 

2 Akron teens injured in shootings

Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:03am

Akron police investigating two separate shootings over the weekend. One shooting, a 14 year-old boy was shot in the leg at a large party in the 800 block of Delia Avenue. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. The second shooting, in the 900 block of Copley Road. The victim, an 18-year-old male was shot in the abdomen outside a Copley Road business. He was taken to AGMC where he was listed in serious condition. Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Sentencing day for Northeast Ohio man

Jul 22, 2014 -- 7:48am

A man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown today. In march, a jury convicted 27 year-old Jordie Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. And a drug charge. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of life in prison . The jury also found Callahan's girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, guilty of identical counts. She is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

$5 million bond set for 19 year-old woman

Jul 22, 2014 -- 6:17am

A judge has increased the bond from $750,000 to $5 million for a woman who testified that her foster father convinced her to kill his wife in November 2012. 19 year-old Zabrina Zunich was indicted on a charge of aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 41 year-old Lisa Knoefel. She is scheduled for trial Sept. 3, but a plea agreement is likely that will see her sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole after 30-years. She is charged with plotting with her foster father to kill Lisa Knoefel at their home. 43 year-old Kevin Knoefel was convicted last month of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder in his wife's death. His sentencing is Aug. 6.

Life sentence on the line today

Jul 22, 2014 -- 5:17am

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence as a man is sentenced in Youngstown today for enslaving a mentally disabled woman. Jordie Callahan was convicted of forced labor, drug and other charges , with authorities saying Callahan and his girlfriend threatened to hurt the victim's young daughter if the didn't obey them.

Wingfoot One

Jul 22, 2014 -- 5:05am

Goodyear says its newest blimp will be called Wingfoot One. A 76-year-old Akron woman came up with the name, with the tire company saying Charlotte White will get a personal ride in the blimp. The helium-filled craft is more high-tech than earlier blimps, with a semi-rigid internal framework.

New Blimp gets a Name

Jul 21, 2014 -- 5:37pm

Goodyear announced on Monday afternoon that the new, next-generation blimp now has a name. “Wingfoot One” was selected as the tailfin title from nearly 15-Thousand suggestions that were submitted online in a campaign that began four months ago. “Wingfoot One” received almost 35-percent of the vote among ten finalists...and Charlotte White of Akron has the bragging rights of submitting it as a candidate. Since her suggestion was picked, she'll get exclusive use of the new airship for one whole day. The 76-year-old woman says she's never been fortunate enough to get a ride – until now.



Derby Week — Tuesday Activities

Jul 21, 2014 -- 3:58pm

Now that the Champions have been welcomed to Akron for the 77th running of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, they'll be getting down to business Tuesday with a full schedule of repairs, photos, brake testing and trial runs at Derby Downs.

Contestants will also take-in the Akron RubberDucks game at Canal Park tomorrow night, where an alignment clinic and Masters Car clinic will also be held inside the ballpark.

426 contestants are taking-part in the All-American while another 70 kids will race on Friday and Saturday in the National Super Kids Classic – a special race for kids with various disabilities. The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby gets under-way at 8:00AM Saturday with opening ceremonies on the track.



Woman's Body in River Identified

Jul 21, 2014 -- 3:55pm

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner and Cleveland MetroParks on Monday identified the woman whose body was found submerged in Rocky River over the weekend. The body of 57-year-old Karen Bey of North Olmsted was spotted by someone passing by around 12:30PM Sunday at the intersection of Valley Parkway and Cedar Point Road in the MetroParks Reservation. Investigators say there were no obvious signs of foul play but haven't yet determined if she drowned.



Twinsburg Man gets Life in Prison for Wife's Murder

Jul 21, 2014 -- 2:59pm

A Twinsburg man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for the stabbing murder of his wife last year. 51-year-old Glen Wong was back in Summit County Court on Monday following his previous conviction on counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping and domestic violence. Police were called to the family home on February 24 last year by the couple's 10-year-old daughter, who witnessed the crime, and arrived to find Wong straddled atop his 46-year-old wife, Tami...stabbing her in the couple's bedroom.



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