A court-appointed guardian who was named to make medical decisions for an Amish girl from Medina County has given-up trying to force her parents to bring her in for live-saving chemotherapy treatment. It's been two months since Sarah Herhberger and her family went into hiding, refusing to continue therapy to save her from the ravages of leukemia after the initial treatment proved difficult for the 11-year-old girl. Her parents opted for herbal and vitamin treatments. Childrens Hospital in Akron says the girl will die without chemotherapy.
A Grafton man who worked as a Lorain County Corrections officer will spend at least the next 15 years getting a look at the world from behind prison bars. 44-year-old William Dembie Jr's bench trial ended Friday with the Lorain County judge finding him guilty on two counts each of murder and felonious assault plus an additional count of domestic violence. In August, 2011, deputies were called to the couples' home where Dembie admitted that he had stabbed his 33-year-old wife Holly to death. He returns to court for sentencing on December 16 – and is expected to spend 15-23 years of a life prison term before he'll be considered for parole.
Don Walters hasn't taken office yet as the Mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, but his son is apparently making a name for himself with police. The Beacon Journal reports 19-year-old Nicholas Walters of 10th Street was named in an arrest warrant by the Summit County Sheriff's office, wanted on charges of trafficking marijuana. He allegedly made a sale of the illegal weed on October 10.
An attorney from Sagamore Hills has been indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on charges he made a bomb threat that forced evacuation of the County Courthouse on July 10 last year. 40-year-old Gregory Moore faces charges of inducing panic and could get between six and 18 month in prison if convicted. Once the threat came in to three employees at the building, an evacuation was ordered and searchers looked for more than two hours to find there was no bomb.
A woman sent to prison for killing her baby daughter in a microwave oven has been denied her bid for a new trial by the Second District Court of Appeals. The panel on Friday affirmed the May 2011 conviction of 33-year-old China Arnold, convicted and handed a life prison term in Montgomery County on a murder charge in the 2005 death of her 28-day-old daughter, Paris Talley. Arnold got into a fight with her boyfriend, then placed the baby in the oven and turned it on.
A Stark County Grand Jury has returned a murder indictment against 49-year-old Tamace Cavitt of Canton. She's accused in the September 5 shooting death of her 68-year-old husband, Harry Cavitt Jr. The retired city firefighter was reportedly gunned-down with a bullet to his head during a fight between the two at their home in the 300 block of Fenton Avenue NE. The woman told police before her arrest that she had been away and returned home to find him dead.
Investigators in Elyria say a 62-year-old man whose body was found inside his burning apartment had stabbed himself and set fire to his apartment in a suicide. Franklin Cory's body was found just after Midnight Tuesday morning, in the bathtub of his home in the 300 block of East River Street. The Lorain County Coroner says the stab wound appeared self-inflicted, although the cause of death was attributed to smoke inhalation.
A 22-year-old Uniontown man has been arrested and police are looking for an accomplice in a string of break-ins of homes and cars...and the rip-off of at least one vehicle. Dean Poling of Lomalinda Circle NW allegedly broke into the home of an elderly couple on Farm Creek Avenue NW on Thursday morning, then was spotted by the victims making-off with guns from the house. Police have recovered items that had been stolen from at least three other locations. He also reportedly swiped a car, then switched plates from another vehicle and used it to go from one crime scene to another before returning it to the yard of a home next door to one of the victims. He faces a number of charges and remains jailed under 102-Thousand dollar bond.
Former Ohio State President Gordon Gee has jumped the river and us returning as interim president at West Virginia University. Gee retired from OSU five months ago after his comments on Catholic schools and universities in the Southeastern Conference got under the skin of some people. Gee previously served as Dean of the West Virginia Law School from 1979-1981, then as President until 1985. He's the temporary replacement for Jim Clements, who's moving-on to Clemson University.
It would have been a good night to quit drinking. 22-year-old Amanda Calabrese of Solon is in hot water on OVI charges after Solon Police investigating a stolen vehicle report found the vehicle in a driveway with the lights on, engine running...and the young woman passed-out in the back. When they woke her up, Calabrese told officers she thought she was sleeping in her bed. After tipping more than a few at a local restaurant, she grabbed the wrong coat and found the keys to a Ford Escape in the pocket...then drove it home. By the way, the vehicle looks nothing like her car – a Nissan that was still sitting in the parking lot.
Attorneys for a convicted Akron woman failed to win any of their arguments before the Ninth District Court of Appeals in the case of 22-year-old Heather Lerch, sent to prison for the methamphetamine poisoning death last year of her 17-month-old son, Patrick. The boy had been abused and neglected, dying in late-February 2012 in the rat-infested basement of a house on St Leger Avenue in Goodyear Heights with a working meth lab nearby. Lerch was sent to prison for a term of 22 years to life.
The wife of an Ashtabula County judge remains behind bars after her bond was set at 100-Thousand dollars this week. 71-year-old Carla Hague, the wife of Judge Charles Hague, is currently up on a felonious assault charge. That count is expected to be stepped-up to attempted murder once a Grand Jury completes its review of the case on December 18. The woman is accused of trying to poison her husband of 45 years with antifreeze in September.
A man wrongfully imprisoned on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in 1992 has been awarded over 600-Thousand dollars in compensation by the Ohio Court of Claims. The order came following a four-day trial held in September for Darrell Houston, who had already been awarded almost 265-Thousand dollars in a preliminary judgment in January after a Cuyahoga County judge last year determined he didn’t deserve the sentence. He was originally convicted and sent to prison on a 33-to-life stretch for the slaying of a man at a Cleveland deli. Release of the big bucks is pending approval by the State Controlling Board.
A former high school choir director in Columbus has now been formally charged with 13 counts, including pandering obscenity involving a minor, compelling prostitution and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. 27-year-old Zachary Ruppel was indicted this week, accused of soliciting sex and nude pictures from a number of male students at St Francis DeSales High School between February last year and last July. He allegedly offered the victims positions in the State Fair Youth Choir if they cooperated.
Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. This evening. Today...snow...mainly this afternoon. Additional snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. High...33. Tonight...snow...mainly in the evening. Additional snow accumulation around an inch. Saturday...Partly sunny and cold. High...25.