The Canfield post of the State Highway Patrol confirms one person and three horses were killed in a wreck that happened this afternoon on I-76 East in Lake Milton. Troopers say the accident happened on the bridge over the lake a short time before 4:00PM and involved a number of vehicles, forcing authorities to close the Eastbound lanes at State Route 225 in Portage County. No other details were immediately available.
A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio says it's submitted nearly 96-Thousand new signatures as it tries to get the issue before fall voters. Organizers for ResponsibleOhio had to collect additional signatures after the state's elections chief said they fell short by roughly 30-Thousand in meeting the state's requirement of about 306-Thousand signatures. ResponsibleOhio said it had initially submitted more than 695-Thousand signatures, though Thousands were ruled invalid. The group says it expects to challenge the evaluation of some signatures that were tossed out.
A Stow man who pleaded guilty in Summit County Court last month to charges in the beating of a seven and a half-month-old infant was back to learn his sentence on Thursday. 29-year-old Josiah Andexler of Cox Drive was ordered to spend 30 months in prison after he copped the plea to a single count of child endangering in connection with the August 11 crime last year while he was babysitting the victim. He had watched the child for about four hours and the mother later found bruises on the baby's face, back and stomach. Doctors also found marks on the child's neck and diagnosed the baby with two broken ribs and a lacerated liver.
A fired University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a motorist during a traffic stop once used a stun gun on another motorist he said resisted arrest and assaulted him. Officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty Thursday in the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati. His bond was set at one-Million dollars. Records from the Greenhills Police Department show that Tensing used a stun gun while working there in January 2012. Another motorist said he saw the suspect fighting Tensing and trying to get away and Tensing used the stun gun after the suspect continued fighting despite warnings. Tensing reported cuts and bruises to some fingers.
Agents from the MedWay Drug Enforcement Agency, the Ohio BCI and Brunswick Police hauled-out more than 400-Thousand dollars' worth of marijuana from an indoor grow operation this week. The raid went-down on Tuesday in the 500 block of West 130th Street, where authorities say they snapped-up several pounds of pot that had been cut and dried along with growing equipment and other contraband. A loaded firearm was also confiscated from the place and investigators say the man living there has a prior felony conviction. The investigation continues.
A Plain Township man accused in the attack on a couple nearly two years ago has been found not mentally fit for trial by a Stark County judge. 35-year-old Michael Keyes was charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary in the attack that happened in August 2013 at an apartment building in the 4000 block of Orchardale Drive NW. Keyes allegedly kicked-in the door to the couple's home, armed with a knife in each hand, forcing the victims to jump from a balcony before chasing and stabbing both. The man tried to fend-off his attacker be clubbing him in the head with a landscaping brick. Keyes' attorney will be back in court next month, when he could learn to which mental health facility his client will be sent. Meanwhile, he's being held at a facility in Massillon.
Akron Police have released surveillance footage, hoping someone will help identify the two men who robbed the Dollar Magic store at 1100 East Tallmadge Avenue on January 1. One bandit held a store employee at gunpoint while the other rifled through the register, stealing an undisclosed amount of money. The two also made-off with an i-Pad while escaping the scene – possibly driving a red SUV. Police want you to look at the video online and drop a dime to Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.
Something new at this year's Summit County Fair is not only eye-popping, but presented with an eye toward supporting our military veterans in need. Fair sponsorship coordinator Craig Woodruff says the 400 American flags flying at the Fairgrounds this week are all for sale to the public – the proceeds to benefit Valor Home of Summit County on Exeter Road in Akron, a facility that not only provides temporary living space for homeless vets, but also special programs to cope with other issues including post-traumatic stress disorder. Woodruff and Fair officials encourage you to buy 'em and fly 'em. The displays in the Flags of Honor program cost 25 dollars each and can be purchased at the Fair office...then picked-up on Monday once the Fair finished its run this weekend.
Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco released a statement on Thursday regarding the budget-cutting moves involving layoffs of more than 160 employees at the University of Akron. Fusco says he feels for those losing their jobs and the impact on their families...but also understands the need for cutting the spending in the face of revenue losses borne by cuts in state monetary support. With regard to EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Fusco said he doubts this will be the “last gasp” for the facility and hopes the University treats with fairness those people holding tickets to events. He said the city is willing to work with the community to find new venues for canceled events at EJT...mentioning the Civic Theater as a possible alternative venue. He's expected to make additional comments during a press conference next week.
A woman charged with killing her husband on New Year's Eve in Massillon has seen her trial delayed in Stark County Court. 27-year-old Colleen McKernan of Perry Township was to see her trial on a murder charge begin August 31...but it's now been moved-back to September 28. McKernan was arrested following the shooting death of her 29-year-old husband, Rob, who was gunned-down during a fight between the two after they had been drinking. She told authorities that she shot her husband after he hit her. McKernan returns to court for an August 26 pre-trial hearing and faces a possible life prison term if convicted as charged.
Governor Kasich is gathering momentum in his bid to win the GOP presidential nomination while front-runner Donald Trump has voters either loving him....or hating him. A poll released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University shows that Kasich's numbers have more than doubled...up to five-percent after languishing around the two-percent level over the past 18 months. Trump, meanwhile, increased his approval rating among likely voters to 20-percent...a five-percent gain from the May numbers documented. However, 30-percent of those responding said there was no way they'd vote for Trump. Hillary Clinton is still the leader among Democrats responding to the survey.
Charges have been filed after a young child was left locked inside a bus at a bowling center. Akron Police say the incident happened July 15 during a field trip to Stonehedge Bowling Center, where a six-year-old boy was left on the bus when he was unable to unfasten his seat belt. Apparently, no one noticed he was unaccounted for until it was time for everyone to leave and the head-count came-up one child short. He was eventually found...still on board and fastened to his seat. 20-year-old Brittney Taylor of Brunswick was charged with child endangering as a result.
The investigation continues into a shots-fired incident on Akron's west side, apparently involving several people with bad aim. Police went to the 900 block of Stoner Street around 7:30 Wednesday night after callers reported shots fired and were told by a witness that gunfire was exchanged between people in a passing car and a group of men in front of a nearby home. Investigators found shell casings in the street and went inside the house, finding an empty box of ammo on a kitchen table and other rounds nearby, then confiscated a 45-caliber handgun from the basement. Apparently, no one was hit and there were no immediate arrests.
Detectives in Akron are scouring for leads in a shooting incident that happened around Noon on Wednesday on the city's southeast side. A 22-year-old man called police and told responding officers that he was walking along Ericsson Avenue near Tarson Terrace when he heard several gunshots and hid behind a parked car. He went to Akron City Hospital for treatment after realizing he'd been hit in the leg. The only suspect description provided was a black male around 18 years old.
The finger-pointing has begun between Lake County officials and their counterparts from the Federal level over Juan Razo's immigration status and the manner in which it was handled. The Sheriff's office had said this week that the 35-year-old man stopped on July 7 by a deputy admitted he was in the country illegally and that Immigration authorities failed to respond to their request to take him into custody for deportation. Federal authorities later said they interviewed Razo by telephone and saw no reason to hold him, despite his admission of being an illegal alien. Razo remains behind bars under a 10-Million dollar bond following the day-long crime spree in Lake County, during which he allegedly tried to rape a 14-year-old girl, shot and killed a 60-year-old woman and wounded a 40-year-old woman in another shooting on a nearby bike path. Razo has reportedly confessed to all of the crimes.
The pastor of a church in Boardman has pleaded guilty to charges in the molestation of a young man in the bathroom of a restaurant. 73-year-old James Callozzo, pastor of Nativity of Christ Orthodox Church, followed the 18-year-old victim into the bathroom and asked to see his private parts…then groped the young man as the victim shoved him away. The victim took a cell phone picture of the suspect when he returned to his table and turned the photo in to police. Callozzo pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual imposition and was handed a suspended 60-day jail sentence, ordered to pay a fine and placed on probation for one year.
A man who was seriously hurt in a traffic crash in Wayne County lost his battle to survive this week. The State Highway Patrol says 34-year-old Matthew Babbs of West Salem died on Wednesday. He was driving north on Parmenter Road shortly after 10:00PM July 18 when he went off the side and into a ditch, ejected from his seat when the vehicle rolled-over. Babbs was transferred from Wayne Community Hospital to Akron City Hospital where he died. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and became Wayne County’s ninth highway fatality this year.
A suspected burglar was finally apprehended, but not before leading police on a chase on a stolen dirt bike. The record-Courier reports that 36-year-old Robert Ayers of Akron was seen riding recklessly along Meadowridge Road by a Mogadore Police officer, who was in the area checking-out reports of vehicle break-ins. Then the cop tried to pull him over, he fled and struck the cruiser during the get-away…then led officers on a chase that wound through neighborhoods and wooded areas. Ayers also reportedly tried to hit another officer with the bike during the chase. Police from several area departments managed to contain the man, cuffing and booking him into Summit County Jail on several charges. He was also wanted on warrants for drug possession. The motorcycle was reported stolen during an earlier break-in that occurred in Akron.
A cable company technician made a gruesome discovery at a Medina apartment building this week, finding the badly-decomposed body of a toddler in her crib inside the father’s home. Medina Police say the body was so badly decayed that authorities initially couldn’t tell if it was male or female…but later determined the remains were those of Ember Warfel, who would have turned two years old on October 24. The cable tech made the discovery late Wednesday morning at the apartment complex in the 500 block of East Reagan Parkway. Authorities later located the child’s father and arrested 34-year-old Eric Warfel…who was found with his seven-year-old daughter at Crocker Park in Westlake. He was charged with abuse of a corpse and reportedly told investigators the little girl died June 18. The seven-year-old was released to the custody of her grandparents. Warfel saw his bond set at a Million dollars during a Thursday appearance in Medina County Court. The Ohio BCI is assisting with the ongoing investigation and forensic studies will be done in an effort to determine a cause of death.
A life prison sentence was imposed on a northwest Ohio day care worker this week for the rape of a six-year-old girl. 23-year-old Cody Champagne of Toledo won’t be eligible for parole for at least 15 years after entering an Alford plea this week to a rape charge in Lucas County Court. The man had molested the girl on several occasions between September 1 and March 20 last year, giving the child chocolate and telling her not to let anyone know what he was doing.