A Federal Court judge has issued orders to a Portage County man to repay close to 95-Thousand dollars in restitution, part of his punishment after being nailed in a Federal mail fraud case. Jody Foster of Ravenna pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges in April, admitting to FBI claims that he stole money from Asurion Insurance Services between 2012 and 2016. He submitted numerous false claims for cell phones that were bought by co-conspirators who then gave the devices to him.
A Youngstown man has been hit with a Federal indictment, with a Grand Jury charging him on counts of using a firearm and a drug house for sales of marijuana, crack cocaine and other drugs. The US Attorney’s office on Thursday named 26-year-old Rafael Samaniego, charged with one count each of maintaining a drug-involved premises, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Federal authorities allege that Samaniego had been dealing pot from the house along West Marion Avenue in April, then expanded his inventory to include other drugs. He was caught with a handgun in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Akron Police and the US Marshals Service are looking for a man accused in two murders that recently happened in the city. Police on Thursday afternoon signed warrants for aggravated murder and murder on 29-year-old Doneya Tyus, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Lucy Street on the east side.
He’s wanted for the July 7 shooting death of 46-year-old Bonn Rassavong of South Arlington Street, who was killed as he walked to his car in the 600 block of Schiller Avenue around 3:30AM. Tyus and his 27-year-old brother, Orlando, were accused as the assailants.
The second murder happened around 4:30AM in the 300 block of South Arlington Street, where 58-year-old Robert McCall of South Arlington Street was found dead of a bullet wound to the head.
Orlando Tyus was taken into custody on Tuesday and police have a set of handcuffs reserved for Doneya…a black male, five-feet-eleven and 200 pounds. He has a beard and mustache and should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have information, call Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the US Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED or Summit County CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
A consumer-protection lawsuit has been filed by the Ohio Attorney General’s office against a used car dealership in Niles. The operators of “Steals on Wheels” are accused after around 25 customers filed complaints with Mike DeWine’s office, many of them saying they never received Titles to the vehicles they bought. Leroy and Donetta Braxton are charged with violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act…demanding reimbursement for the Title Defect Recision Fund. The state also wants the business shut-down until they’ve made good on required payments.
The FBI has issued an alert to the public after an inmate was mistakenly released from the Lucas County Jail in Toledo on Wednesday night. 28-year-old Don Ellis was being held on Federal bank robbery charges and additional counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. He’s accused of holding-up a Fifth Third Bank branch in Toledo on Monday. The FBI reports that Ellis was released from the facility at 10:30PM Wednesday and at the time, was dressed in a black t-shirt, light blue shorts to the knees and white tennis shoes with dark laces. He used the alias of “Antwon Moore” at the time he escaped the lock-up. Ellis should be considered armed and dangerous and reward money is being offered for his re-capture.
Police in Streetsboro continue to seek help from the public to locate a missing girl. 16-year-old Samantha Castro hasn’t been seen since May 27, when she reportedly packed-up and left her family’s home. Police say that while she has ties to Stark County and Cleveland, she could be anywhere by this time and authorities are asking the public to keep a watchful eye. Samantha Castro stands five-feet-two in height and weighs around 120 pounds. Her brown hair may have been dyed to a darker shade of brown, black or possibly burgundy. She has a heart tattoo with flowers on her right arm and an unknown word tattooed on her right ankle. Tips are needed at Streetsboro Police Department.
A former teacher and coach at Ginn Academy in Cleveland has been ordered to prison by a judge in Cuyahoga County Court for sexual assaults on two fellow teachers at the school. Before the judge imposed the two-year sentence on Terrell Reddix on Thursday, she lashed-out at the school administration for the manner in which the allegations against the man were handled. Reddix was convicted this week after being accused of sexually assaulting two former teachers during incidents that happened in 2013 and 2016. At least one of the assaults was captured on school surveillance camera.
A Federal Grand Jury has named three men on charges they were trafficking drugs in Lorain County. The US Attorney’s office reported on Thursday that 33-year-old Doyal Cannon of Elyria, 35-year-old Aaron Matthews of Lorain and 36-year-old Ramon Collins of Cleveland were charged following a joint investigation by Federal agents and local authorities. Cannon faces counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine and additional firearms charges. Matthews faces similar charges while Collins faces drug-distribution counts.
Federal officials are now involved in the follow-up investigation into claims of sex abuse on the part of a former team doctor at Ohio State University. The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will probe the allegations, looking to determine whether the University responded properly and equitably to complaints from students about Dr Richard Strauss. They want to determine if school officials were aware of the alleged abuse and failed to do anything to stop it. The allegations against the former doctor involve numerous male athletes and other students during the 1980’s and 90’s. Strauss killed himself in 2005.
A restaurant on Akron’s east side was an apparent easy target for a bandit. Police were called to a Church’s Chicken in the 1200 block of South Main Street around 7:30 Wednesday night, after an armed man pulled the stick-up and beat an employee in the process. Police report the suspect demanded all the cash from the register, pistol-whipped a worker and stole another employee’s wallet while making-off with the cash from the drawer. The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned African-American, dressed in a gray hooded sweat shirt and sweatpants, a red bandana and blue gloves.
A young woman who was tapping on the bedroom window of her grandfather’s home was shot to death by the man inside. Police in Columbus report that 19-year-old Jordan Williams didn’t have her keys to get inside late Wednesday night, so she began tapping on grandpa’s window to wake him up. 72-year-old Booker Moody apparently thought there was an intruder trying to get in and fired through the window. Police responded to the scene around 11:00PM to find Williams on the front lawn. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died. Moody was arrested on a murder charge and booked into Franklin County Jail.
Two people were taken into custody during raids on two locations by agents from the Medina County Drug Task Force. Agents were joined by police from Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Police Departments in the raids in Brunswick, which culminated an investigation that began with complaints from neighbors about drug-related activity. Undercover agents purchased methamphetamine at a mobile home in the 300 block of Pearl Road, where 25-year-old Steven Kochera was taken into custody. The other raid on Tuesday happened at a house in the 4200 block of Regal Avenue…where cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and syringes were taken from the place. 23-year-old Jaimie Rericha was arrested on site. Both of the accused are facing drug-related charges.
Two Portage County residents and a third from Akron are facing charges of felonious assault, connected with a stabbing incident that happened over the weekend on Saxe Road in Suffield Township. The Portage County Sheriff reports the stabbing happened during a fight on Saturday afternoon, where the victim was reportedly beaten, kicked, held to the floor and suffered cuts to his left hand and neck from a woman who was among the alleged attackers. All three alleged assailants were ordered held in Portage County Jail, with bond for two of them at 100-Thousand dollars cash and the third under a 75-Thousand dollar note.
There are but a handful of them left and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has managed to snap-up four historic Zephyr train cars. The CVSR has announced that it’s acquired the rail cars at a cost of 1.5-Million dollars. Two of them are made of stainless steel and include domes that lend riders a 360-degree view. The cars became well-known between the 1940’s and 1960’s as they carried passengers between San Francisco and Chicago. There were only 77 Zephyrs in the fleet and many of them were sold-off as scrap. Railroad President and CEO Joe Mazur says the organization is preserving history while at the same time, giving rail riders a new chance to enjoy the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Their first runs will happen September 21 through the 30th.
A Stow man remains free after posting bond following his arrest on rape charges in Stark County. 19-year-old Timothy Flower was taken into custody over the past weekend, following an indictment returned against him by a Grand Jury. He’s up on two counts each of rape and sexual battery, accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman whose ability to resist was impaired due to mental or physical condition. The August 7 indictment cites alleged crimes that happened in April, during which the victim was either forced into the acts or threatened. Flower is due back in court next week for his arraignment.
A Warren man who had been missing for nearly a week on Mount St Helens in Washington State is continuing his recovery following Wednesday’s rescue…and his family says he survived by making like a bear in the woods. 40-year-old Matthew Matheny’s parents held a press conference on Wednesday evening after their son was pulled from a flank on the mountain, saying he wasn’t familiar with the terrain, became lost and hadn’t seen another human since August 9 until he was rescued by helicopter. Matheny reportedly survived by eating berries and bees that he had picked or killed. He was hospitalized with a case of dehydration and his parents say that he’s grateful for those who finally found him.
The University of Akron, explaining that it needs to change with the demands of the times, has announced a planned phase-out of 80 degree programs. Members of the Board of Trustees pointed to declining enrollment levels in targeted programs, coming on the heels of a review that examined a total of 414 degrees and degree paths. Over the next few years, programs at all levels from Doctoral to Associate will be cut…33 of them at the Master’s level. The U of A says it plans to focus on what it calls “key areas of strength and opportunity” including polymer science, cyber security and biosciences. Students will be able to complete their current studies and the school says the changes will not impact faculty numbers.
The Ohio Supreme Court has decided that it won’t hear another appeal that had been filed by the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Justices last week sided with the state in a case involving the manner in which Ohio calculated student funding for ECOT based on participation data, not just the enrollment figures provided. In the appeal rejected by the Court, ECOT argued that the Ohio Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act when deciding the online charter school was on the hook for 60-Million dollars in taxpayer funding. The school went dark in January while it had more than 11-Thousand students enrolled.
Firefighters in many departments will benefit from a 1.1-Million dollar grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. The money is being provided under the BWC’s Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which aims to protect first-responders from carcinogens and other health hazards they encounter while on the job. Safety gear, exhaust systems and special washing machines will be purchased by more than 100 departments around the state. The special washers are used for removal of harmful residue that collects on fire gear during an incident. Under the five-to-one matching grant program, departments with annual payroll above 500-Thousand dollars will get up to 15-Thousand dollars – while there’s no match requirement for smaller departments.
(AP) - Federal officials will investigate Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s.
The school says the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will investigate whether Ohio State has responded "promptly and equitably" to students' complaints, including claims that school officials knew about misconduct by Dr. Richard Strauss but didn't stop him.
The university's chief compliance officer says it responded appropriately when allegations were made this year about Strauss, who killed himself in 2005.
Some former students say they raised concerns about Strauss to university employees decades ago. Ohio State says allegations that staff didn't properly respond back then are a key part of an ongoing independent investigation.