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University of Akron president to step aside

Mar 22, 2018 -- 10:32am

More changes coming to the University of Akron.

School officials reported this morning that President Matthew Wilson has informed the U-of-A Board that he plans to re-join the faculty of US's School of Law, effective July 31, at which time he will step down as president. The four month notice will enable the Board to work closely with the university leadership to ensure a smooth transition and name an interim president.

Wilson announced earlier this year he was applying for ten top job at Central Florida. He was passed over for that top job.

2 teenage boys killed in crash

Mar 22, 2018 -- 9:43am

Two teenage brothers have been found dead inside a submerged car in northwest Ohio. The Wood County Sheriff's Office has identified the teens as 17 year-old Xavier Wensink, and 14 year-old Aiden Wensink. The sheriff's office says a passing motorist discovered the car upside down in the water-filled ditch around 11:30 am Wednesday. Officials say the car appeared to have left the road near a bridge. It wasn't clear how long the car had been in the ditch.

Hall says it won't use Chief Wahoo logo for future plaques

Mar 22, 2018 -- 6:59am

The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members.
     In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it "concurs with the commissioner's sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native American logos in baseball."
     Former Cleveland slugger Jim Thome was elected in January and said he wanted a block C logo on his plaque when it is unveiled in July. Thome said it was "the right thing to do."
     Major League Baseball announced earlier this year the Chief Wahoo logo won't appear on Cleveland uniforms starting in the 2019 season. The decision came after discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan.
     For years, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside Cleveland's stadium before the home opener, saying Chief Wahoo is an offensive depiction of their race.

Federal lawsuit alleges landlord offered free rent for sex

Mar 22, 2018 -- 6:46am

An Ohio landlord who authorities say offered women free rent in exchange for sex has been sued by the Justice Department.
     U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said Wednesday that 68-year-old John Klosterman also monitored tenants with cameras pointed at their units, sent unwanted sexual photos to residents and discriminated against women who were not single.
     The suit accuses the Cincinnati landlord of violating the federal Fair Housing Act. Glassman said his office has discovered at least six possible victims.
     Klosterman told The Cincinnati Enquirer that the allegations are untrue.
     The Justice Department says it's seeking monetary damages to compensate victims.
     Klosterman has owned or partly owned numerous properties in the Sedamsville neighborhood in Cincinnati.


Man charged with hate crime after restaurant beating

Mar 22, 2018 -- 6:43am

Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man has been charged with a hate crime for beating a man whom he believed was Jewish.
     Authorities say 32-year-old Izmir Koch stepped outside of a Cincinnati-area restaurant in February 2017 and yelled asking if anyone was Jewish.
     When one man responded he was, prosecutors say Koch punched the man in the head and continued to hit and kick him while he was on the ground. The victim was left with bruised ribs and a fractured eye socket.
     U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said Wednesday the victim wasn't even Jewish. Still, he says physically attacking someone because of their perceived faith is a federal crime.
     If convicted, Koch could face up to 10 years in prison.

Library scans 1 millionth item into digital archive

Mar 22, 2018 -- 6:42am

The library system in Ohio's capital city says archivists have scanned the 1 millionth item into the system's digital collection.
     The Columbus Metropolitan Library says the item is a panorama photograph taken from the cupola atop the Ohio Statehouse. The library estimates the picture is one of the oldest panoramas in Columbus, likely taken in 1858 when the cupola was being repaired.
     The library's My History collection includes digitized photographs, postcards, newspaper articles and other documents that chronicle central Ohio history.
     The 141-year-old library has 22 branches in addition to the main library downtown.

Great Lakes Commission hires new executive director

Mar 22, 2018 -- 6:41am

Darren Nichols has been hired as executive director of the Great Lakes Commission.
     Nichols succeeds Tim Eder, who left last year to work for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
     The commission is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It represents the interests of the eight Great Lakes states before the federal government on water management and protection issues.
     The involved states include Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec also have seats on the commission.
     Nichols most recently served as associate director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center in Seattle.
     Previously, he was executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, dealing with the governors' offices in Oregon and Washington state as well as other local, state and tribal leaders.

Life, No Parole for Killer

Mar 21, 2018 -- 5:25pm


The man who was previously convicted for the rape and murder of an Ohio State University student has been ordered to spend the rest of his days behind prison walls – no chance of parole. 30-year-old Brian Golsby appeared for sentencing on Wednesday in Franklin County Court, where he learned his punishment after the jury that convicted him last week decided to spare his life and recommended the death penalty be taken off the table. Golsby raped and murdered 21-year-old Reagan Tokes last year, then abandoned the body in a park in Grove City.



Former Teacher Sentenced for Sex with Teen

Mar 21, 2018 -- 4:45pm


A former teacher in the Parma School District has been spared additional time behind bars after pleading guilty to charges she engaged in sex with a 14-year-old student. 26-year-old Ashley Mason had pleaded guilty last month to counts of attempted felonious assault and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Mason was handed two years on probation and given a label as a sex-offender. She met the young victim and struck-up a relationship that turned amorous, leading to trips to a Cleveland Metroparks location where the two engaged in sex at least twice in January and February last year.



Driver Sent to Prison for Dragging Canton Officer

Mar 21, 2018 -- 4:34pm


A driver accused of choking a Canton Police officer and dragging him with his car as he fled a traffic stop decided on Wednesday to cop a plea deal with prosecutors...sparing himself much longer prison time if convicted as charged. 32-year-old Mario Pratt pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault and abduction in Stark County Court. He faced up to 11 years in prison on the counts for which he pleaded guilty – but the judge gave him a bit of a break, handing Pratt a seven-year sentence behind bars. Pratt was pulled-over on December 19, when he put the officer in a choke hold and dragged him alongside his pickup truck as he tried to flee. The truck crashed into another vehicle nearby as Pratt and the officer struggled for control of the cop's service weapon.



Years Later, Suspect gets Prison for Sex Crimes

Mar 21, 2018 -- 3:00pm


A six and a half-year prison term was imposed by a Portage County judge on a Youngstown man for a crime he committed in 2001. 40-year-old Garrett Ake went before the bench to get the sentence after pleading guilty to counts of sexual battery, gross sexual battery and other charges during his March 16 appearance. DNA evidence connected Ake to the assault on a 20-year-old woman in Kent, assaulted after she had been drinking at a party along Stratford Drive on September 9, 2001. The DNA evidence that tied Ake to the assault came-up as a match after he had been arrested on drug charges in Geauga County.



Home Damaged after Kitchen Fire

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:59pm


A kitchen fire resulted in significant damage to a home in Stark County's Plain Township on Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to the 2900 block of Millvale Avenue NE a short time after 8:00PM and had the flames reported under control within about a half-hour. The family living inside the home got out safely and damage from the flames was limited to the kitchen...but smoke damage was reported throughout the rest of the house. Damage estimates were set at 65-Thousand dollars. The cause remained under investigation on Wednesday.



Man Arrested after “Accidental” Gunfire at Beachwood Place

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:57pm


Police in Beachwood have arrested a man from Parma on charges of inducing panic after he allegedly fired a shot at Beachwood Place Mall on Saturday, not long after another shooting that happened outside a Saks Fifth Avenue store. According to police, 24-year-old Brandon Wood accidentally fired a shot inside one of the entrances to the mall in an incident that sent a 17-year-old girl to the hospital for treatment. Authorities haven't said how she was hurt or what type of injuries she suffered. Wood ran from the scene and was later arrested along Wilson Mills Road. The first shooting incident that happened around 3:00PM left one man with a bullet wound to the leg and a handgun was recovered from the scene.



Distribution Center Coming to Twinsburg

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:57pm


A new auto parts distribution center will soon take shape in the city of Twinsburg and along with it will come 400 new jobs. O'Reilly's Auto Parts has been given the green light by the city's Planning Commission and will construct a 30-Million dollar, 404-Thousand square foot facility along Chamberlin Road in the Cornerstone Business Park. The Commission also signed-off on another facility – a 276-Thousand square foot structure that will become the home to several future business tenants. No formal timeline for construction has been announced for either of the projects.



Crumbling Parking Deck Closed at Childrens Hospital

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:56pm


Employees were the first to hear about it on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday, officials at Childrens Hospital in Akron issued a statement, saying that the Locust Parking Deck on the hospital campus has been closed indefinitely due to safety concerns. Falling concrete, cracks and other weaknesses were noted by structural engineers, with the hospital saying there are “serious structural concerns” with the 46-year-old facility in the 300 block of Locust Street. The closure means the parking capacity for the campus was immediately reduced by more than 650 spaces – which has close to 300 hospital staffers in a scramble – trying to find a safe place to leave their vehicles while they're on the job. Patient families who had been using the Locust Parking Deck will have to use the Bowery and Exchange Decks – both accessible to the main hospital building through pedestrian bridges. The hospital claims that it's working to find alternative parking space for its workers...although as of Tuesday night, there was no indication that any accommodations had been made. The hospital had planned to replace the Locust facility in the next few years – but the latest developments may force their hand to move sooner to avoid long-term issues involving safety and inconvenience.



Fleeing Driver Busted after High-Speed Chase

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:55pm


He may have thought he got away for a while...but a man who reportedly led Stark County Sheriff deputies on a 100-mile-an-hour chase was eventually tracked-down and cuffed by Canton Police. Already wanted on an arrest warrant, 39-year-old Michael White of Massillon was driving a car with Florida plates when a deputy tried to pull him over and he refused to stop – spawning the pursuit that reached unsafe speeds and was called-off. The car was later found parked outside a home along Third Street SE and police went inside the make the bust. White now faces additional felony charges of failure to comply along with OVI, driving under suspension and several traffic-related counts. He was ordered held without bond in the Stark County Jail.



OH Woman Charged in Death of Infant Daughter

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:54pm


Involuntary manslaughter charges have been filed against a woman in southern Ohio in connection with the death of her infant daughter. 23-year-old Christina Hazlett of Athens was booked into the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on Tuesday afternoon and is also facing felony counts of child endangering. The Athens County Prosecutor's office wouldn't comment on the particulars of the case, other than to say that police had gone to the child's grandmother's apartment on March 12, where Hazlett had reportedly taken the baby and claimed she found it unresponsive. The infant was pronounced dead at an area hospital. 21-year-old Jerry Andresen of Athens, a boyfriend of the child's mother, had previously been charged with child endangering in connection with the death. He's being held under a 100-Thousand dollar bond. Another woman was also being sought by authorities as the investigation moves forward.



Cleveland Man Dies in MX

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:53pm


A Cleveland man who was a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts has died in Mexico City. Officials at Amherst College announced that Andrew Dorogi, who was a tight end on the school's football team, died last Friday in Mexico. They did not provide a cause of death. A spokesman for the State Department confirmed the death but would provide no further details. Students and coaches from the football team held a gathering on campus this week to honor Dorogi's memory.



Couple Arrested after Hammer Attack

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:53pm


A man and woman have been jailed on charges they attacked a man with a hammer and robbed him on Akron's west side. Akron Police say the incident happened around 6:15 Tuesday night in the 800 block of Frederick Boulevard, where officers rolled on a report of a robbery in progress. The victim told officers that he was leaving his home when two people attacked him with a hammer, taking his money and other personal items before leaving the scene. Police tracked-down 35-year-old Terrill Watson of Wilbur Avenue and 27-year-old Tranay Watson of East Avenue, both of Akron. Both were booked into the Summit County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and theft. The victim was treated for minor injuries.



Summit Council Fills Vacancy

Mar 21, 2018 -- 2:52pm


Members of the Summit County Democratic Party have appointed a new member to County Council to fill a vacancy on the panel. Party members gathered in Barberton to nominate the candidates to fill the seat that was left vacant with the departure of District 7 Councilman Tim Crawford, who left his post after accepting a new job as the County's new Deputy Director of Law, Insurance and Risk Managment. By the time they finished, they had settled on Barberton City Councilman-At-Large Mike Soyars to take-on the duties of representing the District. Soyars will run for a full term in the General Election this November.



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