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PARTA Phone Service Restored

May 22, 2018 -- 5:47pm


Telephone service to the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority was finally restored on Tuesday evening after a service interruption that began on Monday.

A PARTA spokesman says the phone lines were up and running again around 5:30PM following repairs by AT&T service crews.



Fired Worker Goes Berserk

May 22, 2018 -- 5:30pm


After being told she was losing her job, a Maple Heights woman wasn’t about to leave quietly. 27-year-old Courtney Bush was called to the carpet early last Friday morning at PCC Airfoils on Octavia Road in Cleveland, where she was fired from her job. She reportedly stormed from the office, shouting obscenities and smashing ceramic parts that are made at the plant…continuing the tirade as she made her way out the door. Officials at the shop say that it was easy for the responding police to whip-out the handcuffs…since she left her car keys in the Human Resources office. Damage from the flip-out was estimated at 17-Thousand dollars and Bush – sporting a nose ring in the mug shot – was booked on a felony count of vandalism.



Family Loses Fight to Overturn Suicide Ruling

May 22, 2018 -- 4:59pm


The family of a Canton firefighter, killed when she was hit by a vehicle on State Route 8 in Akron, has lost their battle to overturn the suicide ruling that was issued following her death. A judge in Summit County Court on Tuesday stuck with the initial suicide ruling from the Medical Examiner’s office on the manner of death for Tonya Johnson. On February 22, 2016, she got into an argument with her husband while traveling along the highway…then ordered him to pull-over. She exited the vehicle and ran across the southbound lanes, jumped over the median wall and was then hit by an oncoming vehicle in the northbound lanes.



Phone Lines Still Down at PARTA

May 22, 2018 -- 4:36pm


Telephone service that was disrupted at the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority on Monday continued to be a problem through the day on Tuesday. PARTA said that DART rides would continue as scheduled, since passenger cancellation calls could not be made due to the outage.

For Will Call trips, PARTA says you can call 330-351-3977.

For scheduling changes, use the following numbers:




AT&T is still working to restore normal telephone service and there’s no timeline available for when that will happen.



Uber Driver Sentenced for Sex Assault

May 22, 2018 -- 4:32pm


A hired driver who was supposed to provide a safe ride home to a woman will spend time in prison for the sexual assault of his passenger. Convicted by a jury on a sexual battery charge on April 20, 34-year-old Brandon Franklin of Tallmadge was back in Summit County Court on Tuesday – when the judge ordered him to a four and a half-year prison term. He picked-up his 22-year-old victim after she had been out drinking, then attacked her inside her home on March 25 last year. His attorney told the judge that he plans to request shock probation for his client after he serves six months behind bars. An appeal is in the works.



Weather Sparks Warnings in Region

May 22, 2018 -- 3:38pm


The conditions were ripe and delivered the expected.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings peppered the airwaves beginning early Tuesday afternoon, as storms packing heavy rain and high wind gusts continued to develop throughout northeast Ohio.

Shortly after 2:00PM, the National Weather Service issued warnings for Summit, Medina and Cuyahoga Counties. That alert was followed by another warning for Portage County that was issued around 40 minutes later, followed in short order by yet another warning for Trumbull County.

In some instances, wind gusts around 70 miles per hour were reported along with quarter-size hail.

More storms were developing over Lorain County shortly before 3:00PM that continued to migrate to the east.

There have so far been no reports of serious damage or injury.



Massillon Man Sent to Prison for Long Term

May 22, 2018 -- 2:58pm


A 40-year prison sentence was imposed on a Massillon man on Tuesday in Stark County Court. 35-year-old Christopher Fahrni got the penalty after pleading guilty earlier this month to charges including attempted murder, felonious assault, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. The charges evolved from an incident that happened on January 22, when Fahrni entered the home of a woman he once dated in Perry Township, ordering her and her children into the basement where they were held for some three hours. A man who came to the house to check on the family took a bullet to the stomach when he encountered Fahrni…who then fled the scene and was later arrested at a motel in New Philadelphia. The shooting victim recovered from his bullet wound.



Worker Injured in Propane Tank Blast

May 22, 2018 -- 2:39pm


A worker was rushed from the scene to the hospital with burns following the explosion of a propane tank truck in Parma on Tuesday morning. Police and Fire officials say the blast happened shortly before 11:30AM at ABF Freight, located in the 5600 block of Chevrolet Boulevard. The worker was filling portable propane tanks from the line connected to his rig when a fire began in one of the tanks…spreading to the loader on the truck and resulting in the massive blast. The victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, suffering burns to the face and arms. His condition at the hospital was not immediately provided.



Woman Charged in Husband’s Shooting Death

May 22, 2018 -- 2:39pm


Canton Police have announced an arrest in connection with the city’s latest homicide. The suspect is the victim’s wife. According to police, 33-year-old Classie Hawthorne had gotten into an argument with 39-year-old Cleveland Hawthorne on Monday afternoon…with the squabble culminating in gunfire in the parking lot of a church near their home in the 800 block of Concord Avenue SW. Police responded to the shots-fired call a short time before the Noon hour, arriving to find the man bleeding from a bullet wound to the chest. He died on the scene and Classie Hawthorne was cuffed and booked into Stark County Jail a couple of hours later, charged with murdering her husband. Authorities say the couple had married last July.



OH Pot Dispensaries Delayed

May 22, 2018 -- 2:38pm


Plans to announce winning applicants for medical marijuana dispensary operations were delayed on Tuesday, when the Ohio Board of Pharmacy cancelled a Wednesday meeting that was intended to reveal the winning applicants. Instead, the Board said the announcement will come during the next regular monthly meeting – scheduled for the first week of June. A Board spokesman said that all of the applications have been scored…but background checks and other probes into meeting necessary criteria have not yet been completed. The state’s medicinal marijuana program was scheduled to be up and running by September 8…but state officials have already conceded that not all of the businesses will be operating by the deadline.



One Captured, One Hunted after Escape

May 22, 2018 -- 2:38pm


One teenager was captured while another remained at large on Tuesday, following the escape of two inmates at a juvenile prison in Highland Hills. Authorities say the two made their escape by throwing a sheet over the fence to climb-out around 12:30 Tuesday morning at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility. Cleveland Police found and captured a 16-year-old escapee around 6:00AM near East 131st Street and Miles Avenue. The Hardin County youth was serving time on charges of theft and tampering with evidence and wasn’t due for release until next year. The escapee that remained at large on Tuesday afternoon is a 17-year-old from Licking County, who was slated to be released next month after doing time for a parole violation on a conviction for vandalism. Investigators believe he intended to head back home after scaling the fence.



Payday Loans Issue Moves Forward

May 22, 2018 -- 2:37pm


A proposed ballot issue to impose further restrictions on so-called “payday lenders” is taking another step toward a state-wide vote. The “Short-Term Loan Consumer Protection Amendment” was certified this week by the Ohio Attorney General’s office after the proposal garnered the needed one-Thousand valid signatures. It’s now headed to the State Ballot Board and if approved, backers of the amendment will be able to collect signatures in all 88 Ohio counties to place the measure before voters next year. Organizers who launched the effort in February want to cap interest rates on the short-term loans at 28-percent. Other limits had previously been approved by voters – only for the lending firms to find loopholes they’ve continued to use to their advantage.



Losses High after Storage Facility Burglarized

May 22, 2018 -- 2:37pm


Losses totaling thousands of dollars’ worth of property have been reported to police in a string of break-ins at a storage facility in Tallmadge. Police say that the thief managed to gain entry to locked units by tearing-back insulation and climbing over walls at Public Storage on Brittain Road…making-off with home furnishings and TV sets. Police say the losses are estimated at 16-Thousand dollars at one unit – 15-Thousand at another in the facility, where a key code is required to get into the complex and the suspects burglarized as many as eight units. Police say they have a suspect in mind but have yet to make an arrest.



OSU President wants Alumni Input for Probe

May 22, 2018 -- 2:36pm


As officials at Ohio State University press-on with a probe into alleged misconduct by a former doctor, the President at OSU is calling on alumni to come forward with information they may have. President Michael Drake sent emails to alumni who attended the school from the mid-70’s to the mid-90’s, asking for them to share any information they may have with a Seattle-based law firm, hired to conduct an independent investigation. The probe centers on the alleged sexual misconduct of Dr Richard Strauss, who died in 2005 and was implicated of wrongdoing by male athletes in at least eight sports at OSU.



Murder Victim’s Family Sues OH Prison Agency

May 22, 2018 -- 2:36pm


The family of a murdered Ohio State University student has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the state’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the operators of a halfway house. The family of 21-year-old Reagan Tokes claims that the private company that operates the prison halfway house failed to provide proper supervision and control over 29-year-old Brian Golsby. He had been cut-loose from prison after a six-year stretch on an attempted rape conviction, remanded to the residential facility following his release. In February last year, he abducted, raped and killed the young woman…whose body was found at a park in Grove City. For his crime, Golsby was handed multiple life prison sentences in March after a jury convicted him on charges of aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping.



Police Hunt Suspect after Akron Shooting

May 22, 2018 -- 2:35pm


An Akron man is recovering from a bullet wound and police are working to identify and arrest the suspect who shot him. Akron Police say the 31-year-old victim was outside his home in the 400 block of Wildwood Avenue when he was shot in the left leg. The incident happened around 1:30PM on Monday and a friend drove the victim to City Hospital to get treatment. He’s expected to recover. The victim said that the assailant was a black male, wearing all-dark clothing and a black ski mask. Tips to help identify the gunman are needed at Detective Bureau – 330-375-2490.



APD gets New Equipment through Issue 4 Funds

May 22, 2018 -- 2:34pm


Akron Police officers are in line to get some updated gear, thanks to voter approval of Issue 4 at the ballot box last fall. City Council voted this week to approve allotting close to a half-Million dollars to the Police Department – money that will be used for purchase of Tasers, ballistic helmets and vests and updates to the Crime Scene Unit’s office space. Voters last November approved raising the city’s Income Tax by a quarter-percent…generating around 13-Million dollars annually that’s to be divided equally among police and emergency services and road repairs.



Rider Killed in MC Crash

May 22, 2018 -- 2:34pm


The rider lost his life in the crash of his motorcycle on Monday evening in Wayne County. The State Highway Patrol reports that 61-year-old James Saffell of Wooster was riding along Sylvan Road in Wooster Township when the crash occurred around 5:30PM. The Patrol says that Saffell lost control of the handlebars on a curve, then went off the left side of the road before hitting an embankment and a utility pole. He was pronounced dead on the scene.



Former Student Sues APS over Sex with Coach

May 22, 2018 -- 2:33pm


A former member of the girls’ basketball team at Firestone High School has filed a lawsuit…naming a former assistant coach, the school, the district and the Board of Education. The litigation comes on the heels of charges filed against 28-year-old Jessica Saffold of Chagrin Falls, accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with the female student who was 16 when the alleged offenses happened in the 2015-16 school year. The former coach was arrested and charged last week, following an investigation by Akron Police that began in March. The lawsuit claims that Saffold groomed the teenager for a sexual relationship and that the alleged victim felt that if she tried to put a stop to it, she’d face retaliation. The alleged victim is demanding 100-Thousand dollars in damages.



House Session Cancelled

May 22, 2018 -- 2:32pm


A special session of the Ohio House to choose a successor to the former Speaker didn’t go-off as planned on Tuesday. Republican House members were hoping to meet to vote on whether Republican Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith would get the nod. Democrats, however, spoke-out against the move --- saying it was improper because the session was called by President Pro Tem Kirk Schuring. According to House rules, only the Speaker can add a session to the calendar. Former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned last month, amid an FBI investigation into his relationships with lobby groups and questions over his lavish lifestyle. Last week, GOP House members failed to find a candidate among them to garner the 50 votes needed to advance.



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