Springfield Township Police officers responded to an out of the ordinary burglary in progress on Thursday night. Police reported on Friday that officers from the Springfield and Lakemore Departments responded to a call from a home in the 700 block of Lessig Avenue around 9:30PM, where a woman reported that she was in bed when she saw a strange man standing in her doorway – wearing only a pair of boxer shorts. She screamed at him to get out and he fled – but not before snatching a child’s backpack. Police found him at a house next door, trying to hide beneath a vehicle and still in nothing but his underwear. 22-year-old Christian Beard of Akron admitted to the break-in and was booked on the burglary charge. He didn’t explain his motive for the act.
A mother who apparently over-reacted to the situation during a tornado lock-down at an elementary school was jailed for her actions on Thursday. Warren Police report that 30-year-old Raquel Mostella was among a group of parents who wanted to remove their children from McGuffey K-8 school after the building was placed on lock-down around 2:15PM when a Tornado Warning was issued. When she was told that school policy doesn’t allow student release during a lock-down, she reportedly began yelling that she was going to take her kids nonetheless. While a School Resource Officer stood between her and the kids in the hallway, Mostella reportedly tried to force her way past the cop. While she was being arrested, she also reportedly made threatening remarks. She was booked on charges of assault and misconduct during an emergency.
The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon confirmed that a weak tornado touched-down in the Geauga County town of Middlebury on Thursday afternoon, as a line of storms raced across the region. The EF-1 funnel packed winds estimated between 86 and 110 miles per hour, leaving heavy damage to a structure located along State Route 87 and continuing into far northwest Trumbull County before returning to the sky. Tornado warnings were spawned by the storm for several areas as the line ran into Trumbull County. There were no reports of injuries.
A Grafton man has been ordered to spend four years in prison for his role in a murder plot. 40-year-old Seljami Idrizi pleaded guilty last month in Lorain County Court to charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and conspiracy to commit murder and was back in court this week to get his punishment. Last November, a Grand Jury formally accused Idrizi of plotting to hire a hit man to kill a 43-year-old man from North Ridgeville. Police got wind of the plot and staged a fake crime scene, which was shown to Idrizi to make him believe the deed had been done. He was then arrested after handing-over four-Thousand dollars to an undercover informant and another Thousand dollars to a go-between.
If you were looking for lower unemployment numbers here in Ohio in the latest trend, you’re out of luck. Data posted on Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services indicate the jobless rate in our state remained unchanged between the months of July and August. The latest level reported on Friday shows Ohio’s unemployment rate at 4.6-percent last month...even with the previous month, yet lower than the five-percent level reported a year ago. Nationwide, the rate stood unchanged at 3.9-percent, down from the 4.4-percent level documented in August last year.
Another person has jumped and fallen to his death from the top of a parking garage in the city of Columbus. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office reports the incident happened around 4:15PM Thursday at a garage located near the County Courthouse…where the victim was dead on arrival when authorities got there in response to a 911 call. Just this week, Ohio State University said it was closing the top floors of two of its on-campus decks while new safety measures are considered. Four people have jumped to their deaths from parking decks on the OSU campus – including one last week.
Three armed men robbed a convenience store on Akron’s east side on Thursday night and police want help from the public to track them down. Akron Police say the stick-up occurred shortly before 9:00PM at the business in the 1000 block of Hammel Street, where the suspects demanded money from a clerk at gunpoint. They left with cash, a box of lottery tickets and some cigars. The robbers were three black males between the ages of 21-28, all of them wearing hockey masks. Two had blue gloves on their hands.
Two men who were looking to deal cell phones were set-up for a violent robbery and carjacking on an app. Akron Police report that two men from Cuyahoga Falls had advertised the phones for sale on the “Let’s Go” App, then agreed to meet a potential buyer around 10:30 Thursday night near Sylvan Street and Palmetto Avenue on the east side. They were confronted by suspects with handguns who ordered them to lay on the ground before one victim was pistol-whipped. The robbers went through the victims’ pockets, stealing a cell phone and keys before driving-off in their car. Police were led on a chase after they spotted the stolen vehicle, which crashed at Brown Street and Cypress Avenue before the suspects bailed and ran – then were caught after a short foot chase. A 17-year-old Cleveland boy and 16-year-old Akron boy were both charged with counts including aggravated robbery. The older of the two is also charged with felonious assault and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
The city of Stow will officially have its new Fire Chief in place as of the first of the month. The Mayor’s office on Friday extended the invitation to the public to attend the swearing-in ceremony for current Assistant Chief Fred Jackson, who will officially take command as the new Chief once the event is finished. He was tapped July 23 for the promotion after the announced retirement of Chief Paul Moledor. Jackson is a 32-year veteran of the Stow Fire Department. The ceremony happens October 1 at 1:00PM in the Hopewell Room of the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium on Fourth Street.
The University of Akron has announced that start-up firms that are licensed as UofA Technologies have so far raised 4.2-Million dollars from private investors, seed funds and government grants during the first six months this year. The school reported on Friday that around 20 of Akron’s most-active startup companies gained good financial backing, documented through semi-annual reports to the University of Akron Research Foundation and the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network. The level of acquired funding is noteworthy in the fact that it’s much higher than the total of 2.7-Million dollars that had been raised through the entire calendar year of 2017. The companies getting the bragging rights, among a total of 63 start-ups backed by the UofA, are involved in clean-water technology, hands-free, wireless goggles used during surgery and other medical technology endeavors.
The Ohio EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers have come to terms on methods for testing sediment that’s dredged from the Cuyahoga River. The deal follows years of dispute between the two entities – and still hasn’t resolved how test results will be interpreted. Cleveland.com reports that scientists with the EPA have determined that the most recent tests continue to show high levels of PCB’s in the sediment – which means it cannot be dumped into Lake Erie. The EPA says the latest results indicate PCB levels have not improved over the course of the last four years as contaminants continue to make their way into the riverbed. The source of those contaminants also remains undetermined.
A woman who had previously been banned from Walmart stores numerous times in the past has been busted at a store in Alliance on shoplifting charges. 44-year-old Christy Keglor of Salem was arrested Thursday evening at the store in the 2700 block of West State Street, where she reportedly stole some magic markers and was caught in possession of methamphetamine. Booked into Stark County Jail on counts including criminal trespassing, theft and aggravated drug possession, Keglor was also wanted on arrest warrants in Stow and in Columbiana County. She was ordered held without bond.
A young Ohio man has been handed prison time for his role in a shooting death in Colorado. 21-year-old Joshua Baker went before a judge in Fort Collins this week, when he was sentenced to 23 years behind bars after previously pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and accessory to a crime. The judge determined that Baker was less culpable than his co-defendants in the robbery and shooting death of Devon Smeltz, but noted that he was still a willing participant. The gunman in the murder was handed an 80-year prison term while a third co-defendant got 57 years. The three men drove from Cincinnati to meet the victim for a cocaine buy when he was killed in a parking lot on August 26, 2016.
A Democratic candidate for US Congress has been targeted for a closer look from the Ohio Election Commission, with state officials wanting to know if he transferred campaign funds from a local race to his bid for Congress. 35-year-old Aftab Pureval is running against Republican Representative Steve Chabot for the Ohio First District US Congressional seat. The issue involves funds from Pureval’s local campaign account, which had been used for re-election to his post as Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. However, someone filed a complaint saying that Pureval transferred more than 16-Thousand dollars to his current Congressional campaign…in effect, double-dipping into the available finances in possible violation of campaign spending laws. Additionally, the complaint said that trips made by Pureval outside the county and state cannot be considered relevant to his current office.
Those who are serving in the military or currently overseas will soon see their absentee ballots coming from their Boards of Election here in Ohio. Secretary of State Jon Husted said that county Boards would begin mailing-out the ballots on Saturday to those who have requested them for the November General Election. State Issue 1 tops the items to be determined, with backers of the plan hoping to lower drug-possession or abuse crimes from felony to misdemeanor level – but those against it say it will only fuel the burgeoning opioid abuse death toll. The deadline to register for voting this fall is October 9. Everyone can begin voting in person or by mail on October 10.
Ohio's largest school district has announced the selection of a new superintendent.
Columbus City Schools says Talisa Dixon will be offered the job to lead the district and its more than 50,000 students after a unanimous school board vote Thursday.
The district says Dixon could assume the post Jan. 1 after the completion of a background check and contract negotiations. The school board selected Dixon over two other finalists.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the 49-year-old Dixon is beginning her fifth year as superintendent for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights district.
Dixon was a principal in Columbus for nine years and served as an administrator in Saginaw, Michigan, and a principal in the Akron school district in northeast Ohio.
A press conference is being held this afternoon to address the escalating violence in the Cleveland area. Fox 8 reports, eight homicides this past week has officials looking for answers. Richard McIntosh, of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department Crime Stoppers, said the agency is offering reward money for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for any of the homicides.
Two teenagers were arrested following a robbery and short car chase last night. Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards says, around 10:30 last night, two men from Cuyahoga Falls drove to a parking lot in the area of Sylvan Avenue and Palmetto Avenue, In Akron to sell a cellphone. When the victims got out of the car, they were approached by two males armed with handguns. One of the victims was pistol-whipped. The suspects took the victims cellphones and stole the victims car. The stolen vehicle was spotted several minutes later. A brief chase ensued before the driver crashed at the intersection of Brown Street and Cypress Avenue. The suspects were apprehended a short time later. Police arrested a 16 year-old from Akron and a 17 year-old from Cleveland. They were placed into the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
Akron police looking for three suspects in connection with the robbery of a convenience store last night. Around 9 pm. The H & M Quick Stop store in the 1000 block of Hammel Street, was robbed. The employes reported three masked males entered the store, armed with handguns, and demanded money. Then suspects grabbed an unreported amount of cash, a box of lottery tickets, and cigars before fleeing on foot. The suspects are three black males, 21 to 28 years old. No one was injured.
(AP) - State officials say Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from July to August.
The state's unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent last month. It stood at 5 percent in August 2017.
The national rate was 3.9 percent, unchanged from July and down from 4.4 percent in August 2017.
The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 13,900 jobs from July to August.
The agency reports job gains in educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; other services; trade, transportation and utilities; and information exceeded losses in professional and business services and financial activities. Government employment increased by 4,500 jobs.
The state reports a loss of 1,800 manufacturing jobs last month and a gain of 300 construction jobs.