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Akron man found dead on front porch of home

Sep 26, 2017 -- 8:53am

Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office investigating the homicide of a 44 year-old male. Police were called out around 12:45 this morning to a residence in the 700 block of Garfield Street, just west of Patterson Park, in Akron. When officer's arrived on scene, the man was discovered dead on the front porch with an apparent stab wound to the chest. The man's name has not been released pending notification of family members. Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Police dog collapses, dies during pursuit of child abductors

Sep 26, 2017 -- 8:19am

Officials in suburban Cincinnati say a police dog died while pursuing suspects in the abduction of a 1-year-old child, who was found safe.
     Green Township police say the 7-year-old male Belgian Malinois and shepherd mix named Dino collapsed Monday night while pursuing suspects who fled a vehicle.
     Police say they believe the K-9's death was due to a "medical event." A necropsy was planned.  
     The dog was searching for suspects in an abduction in the northern suburb of Forest Park. Police there say a woman reported being approached by masked gunmen who took money and the child and fled in an SUV.
     Police say they chased the vehicle until the men stopped, jumped out and ran, leaving the child behind.
     Police say one suspect was arrested. Three others are sought.

DNA sought to help identify 4 dead in fiery car crash in Hartville

Sep 26, 2017 -- 8:18am

 Authorities say they'll use DNA testing to help confirm the identities of four people killed in a fiery car crash in northeastern Ohio.
     State troopers say the vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames near a driveway after a speeding driver apparently lost control Sunday evening in Stark County's Lake Township. The Repository in Canton reports that they believe two males and two females were trapped in the vehicle as it burned.
     Investigators have asked relatives of the vehicle's owner for DNA samples to help positively identify the remains.
     A witness to the crash, Emily Herron, says she saw the car speed around a bend and crash. She says her husband unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose.

Man convicted in boy's death gets 15 years to life

Sep 26, 2017 -- 7:02am

An Ohio man convicted of murder and other charges in the 2015 death of a 3-year-old boy he was baby-sitting has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
     Arthur Harper was sentenced Monday in Trumbull County. A jury last month found the 45-year-old Warren man guilty of murder, felonious assault and child endangering charges.
     Prosecutors say Harper killed Russell Cottrill in November 2015 in Warren, about 57 miles (92 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. Authorities say Harper called 911 saying the boy was unresponsive after falling out of bed and later told police he injured Russell with a professional wrestling move called a "piledriver."
     A medical examiner said the boy died days after receiving a severe blow to his skull.

Sheriff: Deputy accused in confrontation with inmate fired

Sep 26, 2017 -- 7:01am

 A northeast Ohio sheriff says a deputy accused of a confrontation with an inmate that resulted in the inmate's hospitalization has been fired.
     Mahoning (muh-HOH'-ning) County Sheriff Jerry Greene said Monday that Deputy Zachary Pasko has been on paid administrative leave since the confrontation July 10. Greene says the sheriff's office reviewed surveillance video and believes Pasko used excessive force against the inmate.
     The sheriff says the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation also is investigating.
     Greene previously suspended the 29-year-old deputy for two weeks after he got into a fight in November at a bar in Boardman while off-duty.
     Pasko could not be reached for comment Monday. His phone number isn't listed publicly.
     Authorities haven't released details of the confrontation or how the inmate was injured.


Convicted Craigslist killer of 3 questions evidence

Sep 26, 2017 -- 7:00am

An Ohio man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers is questioning the strength of the evidence against him.
     Lawyers for Richard Beasley say it doesn't make sense that someone would go to such lengths to rob destitute men with little or no money.
     Prosecutors say Beasley's motives were so callous and depraved they befuddle the average citizen.
     The Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday for and against Beasley's death sentence.
     The 58-year-old Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on a southeastern Ohio farm. The job offers were posted on Craigslist.
     Beasley also says extensive pretrial publicity prevented him from getting a fair trial in Summit County.

Ohio abortion restrictions case heads to state's high court

Sep 26, 2017 -- 6:45am

The Ohio Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over whether a Cleveland abortion clinic has the legal right to proceed with its challenge to several abortion restrictions placed into a 2013 state budget bill.
     Preterm of Cleveland needs to be granted standing to sue over the budget amendments, which it argues violate Ohio's single-subject rule.
     Disputed provisions include a prohibition on public hospitals providing emergency backup under required transfer agreements and a requirement that clinics check for a fetal heartbeat before conducting an abortion.
     The 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County ruled last year that Preterm had been injured by the amendments and so had standing, reversing a trial court.
     Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has appealed to the state's high court.

Sheriff: 3-year-old boy run over by farm equipment, dies

Sep 26, 2017 -- 6:43am

 A sheriff's office says a piece of farm equipment ran over a 3-year-old boy and killed him.
     The Richland County Sheriff's Office says the preliminary investigation has found that the child was accidentally struck by a skid loader at a farm in Butler Township.
     Sheriff's officials say they received the call about 10:30 am. Monday, and Richland County coroner's officials pronounced the boy dead at the scene.
     Authorities say the boy lived at the residence. The Mansfield News Journal reports that coroner's investigator Bob Ball says the boy's father was in the skid loader at the time and says he didn't see his son.

Local woman charged with OVI while picking up man charged with OVI

Sep 26, 2017 -- 6:42am

Police say an Ohio woman drunkenly drove to a sheriff's office after receiving a call to pick up her boyfriend, who had already been arrested for drunken driving.
     WEWS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2yF1eHI ) a sergeant at the Stark County Sheriff's Office talked to the woman by phone last week and told her that her boyfriend wanted her to pick him up. The sheriff's office says the sergeant noticed she sounded drunk and advised her not to drive if she had been drinking.
     Police say she drove to the office anyway and was given a breath test that measured her blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit.
     They say she had two children, ages 5 and 9, in the car.

Cuyahoga Falls Murder Victim Planned to Meet Ex-Boyfriend

Sep 25, 2017 -- 3:40pm


The pieces are starting to fall into place regarding the murder of an Akron woman in Cuyahoga Falls over the weekend. Police on Monday said that the body of 27-year-old Ashley Williams of Akron was found inside an apartment along Howe Avenue on Saturday night, where officers responded around 7:15PM to find the victim had been stabbed multiple times. She was pronounced dead about a half-hour later. Police say that Williams' family had reported her missing to Akron Police just minutes before her body was found. The family had told authorities that she had last been seen around 9:45PM Friday and according to Cleveland.com, she told them that she planned to meet with 35-year-old Marcus Coker of Akron. He led Akron Police on a chase that ended in a crash late Friday night while driving the murder victim's car. Coker lost control and hit a parked car along Arnold Avenue. He reportedly refused to get out of the car when ordered to do so and police say he made a number of threatening moves before an officer fired a round into the vehicle. A SWAT Team was called and finally removed him from the car about an hour later. He was already wanted on warrants involving a domestic incident that happened last week. Coken hadn't been officially charged with the murder as of Monday afternoon.



Opponents Line-Up against OH Voter Rules

Sep 25, 2017 -- 2:54pm


The list is growing for those opposed to Ohio's system for removing inactive voters from the registration rolls. Legal briefs were filed on Monday in the US Supreme Court, calling on Justice to toss the state's rules governing inactive voters and claiming the system is illegal. The briefs came from 12 other states, the District of Columbia, 27 black Congressional representatives, 17 former Justice Department officials and at least three-dozen others, including Democratic US Senator Sherrod Brown. They, along with the ACLU and a public advocacy group based in New York, claim the state's tactics are in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.



Pizza Driver Robbed

Sep 25, 2017 -- 2:39pm


A pizza delivery driver was robbed late Sunday night in Akron, just south of the University District. Akron Police say the driver arrived at an address in the 500 block of Brown Street around 11:00PM and when she got out of her vehicle, she was approached by two suspects, who came from behind the house and beat her before making-off with the food she carried. Two black males being hunted by police detectives are between 18 and 24 years old, five-ten to six feet in height and 150 pounds. Both wore hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled over their heads and faces.



Man Shot Defending Mother

Sep 25, 2017 -- 2:33pm


A 27-year-old man remains in City Hospital after being shot over the weekend on Akron's south side. Police say the victim was inside a van driven by his mother at the intersection of East Emerling Avenue and Curtis Street shortly before 2:00PM Sunday when two suspects approached. One reached inside the vehicle and stole the keys from the ignition and when the victim got out to confront the suspects, one pulled a gun and shot him several times. Police say the suspects were a pair of young black males between the ages of 20 and 25. One wore a black tank top. Tips are needed at Detective Bureau – 330-375-2490.



Rider Killed in Car-MC Crash

Sep 25, 2017 -- 2:28pm


The rider of a motorcycle lost his life in a crash with a car over the weekend on Akron's north side. Akron Police say the crash happened around 10:30PM Saturday at the intersection of East Lowell Avenue and North Main Street. Police say that 42-year-old Jamie Bittaker of Tenth Street in Cuyahoga Falls was riding north on Main Street when the driver of the car turned left in front of him. Bittaker wasn't wearing a helmet when he was ejected from his seat on impact. He died at City Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.



Akron Pharmacy Robbed

Sep 25, 2017 -- 2:17pm


Three suspects are being hunted by Akron Police following yet another pharmacy robbery. Police say the trio entered a Rite-Aid in the 300 block of East Waterloo Road around 9:30 Saturday morning, one suspect keeping the store manager distracted while the others headed to the pharmacy counter. One shoved an employee behind the counter while the other loaded-up on various prescription pills before all three led to a van that was parked nearby on Boxwood Avenue. Three black male suspects are being sought by police detectives.



Man Beaten, Robbed in Akron

Sep 25, 2017 -- 2:02pm


The victim is recovering from his injuries and police are looking for the suspects who beat him and robbed the man of a large amount of money over the weekend. Police say the 51-year-old victim was walking from from a store on Kenmore Boulevard early Saturday morning, when he was approached by two suspects in the 500 block of Sharon Street. One suspect had a handgun and pistol-whipped the victim while the second beat him with his fists. They took 15-hundred dollars in cash from the man and fled on foot. Police are looking for two black males between 16 and 20 years old, both around five-feet-eleven and 155 pounds. The armed bandit wore a blue hooded sweatshirt.



Infant Hospitalized after Likely Overdose

Sep 25, 2017 -- 1:54pm


A six-month-old boy was taken to Childrens Hospital after being found unresponsive, the victim of an apparent drug overdose. Akron Police reported on Monday that officers were called to a home in the 700 block of Boulevard Street around 4:00PM Friday, where the child was found unresponsive with shallow breathing. Police say that a number of adults inside the house have history of drug abuse, resulting in the six-month-old and a one-year-old being placed into custody of Children Services. Police say that charges may be filed once toxicology tests on blood samples have been completed.



Akron Zoo Donates to Hurricane Relief

Sep 25, 2017 -- 1:37pm


The Akron Zoo has pledged funds to hurricane relief. Through October 7, the Zoo is donating two dollars from each admission ticket toward the Association of Zoos and Aquarium Hurricane Relief Fund. Guests coming through the gates at the Akron Zoo will also have the option of donating additional funds, if they wish. Akron officials say that the damage caused by hurricanes that have made US landfall varies at the AZA-accredited facilities, but the need for monetary help is certainly there.



Passenger Killed in DUI Crash

Sep 25, 2017 -- 1:36pm


A passenger in the roll-over crash of an SUV died in the wreck that happened on Sunday afternoon in Painesville Township. The Lake County Sheriff's office reports that alcohol use is a suspected factor in the crash that took the life of 57-year-old Michael Corrigan of Painesville. The 57-year-old man who was behind the wheel lost control and went off the left side of the exit ramp from State Route 2 to State Route 44 just after 4:00PM. Investigators say the driver over-corrected and went of the right side of the ramp before rolling-over, ejecting Corrigan from his seat. He was taken to a hospital in Concord Township, where he died a short time later. No charges have been filed yet and the driver's name was being withheld.



Stabbing Suspect Cops Plea Deal

Sep 25, 2017 -- 1:36pm


A man charged with stabbing another in June has copped a plea deal to reduced charges in Portage County Court. 31-year-old Anthony Lewis of Ravenna was originally charged with felonious assault, stemming from a June 15 incident in which a 27-year-old Ravenna man was stabbed with a pocket knife along West Locust Lane. The victim flagged-down a passing cruiser and told Ravenna Police he had been attacked, giving officers the name and description of his assailant. Lewis pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault and will return to court following completion of a pre-sentence investigation.



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