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Ex-convention head's federal trial scheduled in Ohio

Jul 22, 2017 -- 10:04am

A former convention bureau director in southwest Ohio faces a federal trial Aug. 7 on child pornography charges.
 
     U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott (duh-LAHT') confirmed the trial date for Robert Lambert at a hearing this week in Cincinnati. She earlier denied a motion to continue the case from his attorneys, who said they needed more time to prepare. Court documents indicate there have been plea negotiations.
 
     Lambert has pleaded not guilty.
 
     He was indicted on four federal charges after his arrest nearly a year ago in Hillsboro on charges involving sexual material depicting minors.
 
     Lambert was fired from the Highland County Convention and Visitors Bureau after his arrest. Hillsboro is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of downtown Cincinnati.
 

Woman killed when car struck by deer

Jul 22, 2017 -- 9:57am

A woman was killed when a deer struck and sent airborne by a motorist traveling in the opposite direction smashed into the windshield of her family's car. The State Highway Patrol in Trumbull County says 39 year-old Amy Stoneburner, of Negley, was in the front passenger seat when the deer flew into and through the car's windshield Thursday night. The crash occurred on State Route 7 in Kinsman Township, about 70 miles east of Cleveland. Stoneburner died at the scene. Her husband,who was driving the car, and their two children, were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The driver of the car that struck the deer and his three passengers were not injured.

Pet adoption event going on this weekend

Jul 22, 2017 -- 9:46am

A pet adoption event going on this weekend--

Those adopting pets today or tomorrow from the Summit County Humane Society will get 50 percent off adoption fees , as ACME Fresh Markets hosts Adopt-A-Pet. The event going on today until 6 pm...and from noon-to-5 pm tomorrow at the humane society, 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg. The goal of the event is to find homes for 300 pets.

Bob Golic –broadcasting his show LIVE out there today!

Kyrie wants out!

Jul 22, 2017 -- 8:00am

 Two people familiar with the situation says All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him. Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the people who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the star's demands. Irving's appeal was first reported by ESPN.

Indians bats come alive!

Jul 22, 2017 -- 7:59am

Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs against his former team, and the Cleveland Indians broke open a close game with an eight-run seventh inning to rout the Toronto Blue Jays 13-3 Friday night. Encarnacion, who played the last six seasons with Toronto before signing a three-year, $60 million contract with Cleveland in January, hit a leadoff home run in the second, broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a two-run double and added an RBI single in the seventh.

Prosecutor: Infant whose remains found was alive at birth

Jul 22, 2017 -- 7:58am

A prosecutor has said an infant whose remains were found buried in southwestern Ohio was born alive. 18 year-old Brooke Skylar-Richardson is charged with reckless homicide in the baby's death. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Friday the charge was based on evidence the infant was born alive and was not a stillborn baby. A not guilty plea was entered for Richardson.

Ohio argues against execution delays for 3 condemned inmates

Jul 22, 2017 -- 7:44am

Ohio is arguing against the delays of three upcoming executions on grounds that the condemned killers have little chance of legal victory and that repeated postponements drain state resources. Death row inmate Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter. He and two other inmates seek more time from the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal Ohio's lethal injection method.

Investigation into fatal crash

Jul 21, 2017 -- 12:25pm

The Summit County Crash Team is investigating a July 20 accident involving several vehicles which left one person dead on Route 8 in Boston Heights. According to police, the accident happened in the northbound lanes of Route 8 near the Turnpike exit lane. An American Coach motor home driven by a man from Pennsylvania struck two vehicles that were stopped on the exit ramp. Th driver of one of the vehicles, a 47 year-old man from the state of Washington was pronounced dead at the scene. Other individuals involved in the crash were transported to local hospitals. Two lanes of the roadway were closed for about 3 hours. The crash remains under investigation. Neither speed not alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. If any witnesses of the crash have information regarding the accident, they should contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office or Boston Heights Police Department.

Man attacked while walking on South Main Street in Akron

Jul 21, 2017 -- 11:40am

A 33 year-old man was robbed at knife point early this morning. Akron police say, the man was walking on South Main Street near Wilbeth Road, when he was confronted by two black males. One suspect struck the victim in the legs with a board while the other suspect pulled out a knife. The suspects demanded the victim give them everything. The victim handed over his wallet containing about $200, and his cell phone . The suspects fled northbound from the intersection. The victim walked to a gas station and called police. He was treated on scene by paramedics for minor injuries. The suspects are two black males. The first is around 6-feet tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and was armed with a knife. The second suspect is around 5'10”, and was wearing a white t-shirt and was armed with a board.

Late night shooting in Akron

Jul 21, 2017 -- 11:29am

Akron police investigating a shooting, which occurred around 11 o'clock last night in the 700 block of Amherst Street. When officers arrived, a 19 year-old man reported he was involved in an argument with another man, and during that argument, the suspect attempted to pull out a handgun from his pocket. The victim wrestled with the suspect and took the gun. Two other men that came with the suspect then fired several shots at the victim. He was not struck, however, a car in the driveway was hit. The suspects fled the scene. Detectives signed warrants for two counts of felonious assault on 28 year-old Christopher Hackney, and 30-year-old, Spencer Hackney, both of Chittenden Street.They should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information, on there whereabouts, call Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Ohio's jobless rates inches upward

Jul 21, 2017 -- 9:50am

 State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate rose slightly in June from the previous month and remains higher than the national rate.
 
     The state unemployment rate rose from 4.9 percent in May to 5 percent last month. Ohio's unemployment rate in June 2016 was 4.9 percent.
 
     The national rate was 4.4 percent in June compared with 4.3 percent the previous month.
 
     The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 11,500 from May to June.
 
     There were job gains last month in sectors that include manufacturing; construction; financial activities; trade transportation and utilities; health and education services; and other services. Those gains exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality; information; and professional and business services sectors.

Ohio veteran able to keep pet ducks

Jul 21, 2017 -- 9:39am

An Ohio veteran who sought to defy local law and keep pet ducks, that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, can now keep them. The West Lafayette Village Council this week granted Darin Welker a variance to an ordinance prohibiting farm animals in the village, about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker was convicted in 2014 of a misdemeanor for violating the ban. Welker declined to comment on the decision.

Search for 2 men in fatal shooting

Jul 21, 2017 -- 9:35am

Ohio police are searching for two men suspected of fatally shooting two occupants of a Columbus apartment during a home invasion that lasted nearly 10 hours. Aggravated murder warrants were issued this week for 35 year-old Desmond Webster and 22 year-old Julius Anderson, both of Columbus. They are suspects in the slayings early Wednesday of 19 year-old Abdul Yussef and 26 year-old Mohammed Ali Mohammed.

Tax increase in Medina County

Jul 21, 2017 -- 8:05am

Medina County commissioners are considering a quarter-percent sales tax increase. The commissioners are expected to vote next week on placing the issue before voters on the November 7th ballot. The increase would raise about $6 million for general operations. The current sales tax rate in Medina is 6.75 percent, with the county keeping 1 percent and the remainder going to the state.

Prosecutors to hear evidence before ruling on death penalty

Jul 21, 2017 -- 7:52am

Prosecutors will hear evidence from attorneys of a man charged with aggravated murder for a blaze that killed seven people in Ohio before deciding whether to pursue the death penalty.
    The Akron Beacon Journal reports  Summit County prosecutors are making the case of 58-year-old Stanley Ford part of a pilot program allowing defense attorneys to share mitigating evidence before prosecutors ask grand juries to add death penalty specifications to charges.
    Ford is charged with seven counts of aggravated murder and arson for the fire on May 15 in Akron that killed a couple and five children who lived near him. Authorities haven't offered a motive.
    The case must be presented to a grand jury by Aug. 20, which is 90 days from Ford's arrest.

Child killer makes 2nd appeal to top court to stop execution

Jul 21, 2017 -- 7:51am

A condemned child killer in Ohio has made a second appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his scheduled execution.
    Ronald Phillips asked the high court Thursday for an emergency stay based on his age at the time of the murder. He was 19, older than the Supreme Court's cutoff of 18 for purposes of barring executions of juveniles. His request argues the age should be 21.
    Also before the court is Phillips' request for an emergency stay based on an execution method he and other inmates have challenged.
    Phillips is set to die July 26 in what would be Ohio's first execution in more than three years.
    Phillips was sentenced to death for the 1993 rape and killing of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

Deputy sheriff charged with rape, kidnapping of woman

Jul 21, 2017 -- 7:46am

An Ohio deputy sheriff has been indicted on rape, kidnapping and sexual battery charges in a sexual assault case.
    The prosecutor's office in Summit County has released only a few details about the indictment of 46-year-old Antonio Williamson on Thursday. The prosecutor's office says the assault occurred March 19.
    Williamson also faces a gross sexual imposition charge. He turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
    The Summit County sheriff declined to comment.
    A prosecutor's spokesman said Williamson was off-duty, had just left a side job and was in uniform and driving a county cruiser the day the 26-year-old woman said she was assaulted. The spokesman, James Pollack, said Williamson didn't know the woman.
    It's not clear whether Williamson has an attorney yet.

Local congressman elected to 18 terms, passes away

Jul 21, 2017 -- 7:46am

A former Ohio congressman elected to 18 terms in the U.S. House has died. Ralph Regula (REH'-gyoo-luh) was 92.
    Family members say the Republican former congressman died Wednesday.
    Regula represented Canton and northeastern Ohio for 36 years before retiring in 2008. At the time he was dean of Ohio's congressional delegation and a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
    Regula's moderate views on federal spending and social programs sometimes put him at odds with conservatives in party leadership during his later years in office.
    He was a key player in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and helping pass new user fees for national parks to provide money to improve facilities.
    Regula and his wife, Mary, also were instrumental in establishing the National First Ladies' Library in Canton.

Ohio vet can keep ducks to relieve PTSD, depression

Jul 21, 2017 -- 7:45am

 An Ohio veteran who sought to defy local law and keep pet ducks, that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, can now keep them.
    The Coshocton Tribune  reports the West Lafayette Village Council this week granted Darin Welker a variance to an ordinance prohibiting farm animals in the village, about 80 miles (128 kilometers) east of Columbus.
    Welker was convicted in 2014 of a misdemeanor for violating the ban on farm animals. A state appeals court later upheld his conviction and the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal.
    Welker argued his six ducks have been therapeutic. He served in Iraq with the Army and was medically discharged from the Ohio National Guard. His doctor says the ducks have helped.
    Welker declined to comment on the decision.

All-clear at Cleveland Browns stadium

Jul 21, 2017 -- 5:47am

Cleveland's chief building official says panels used on a city-owned NFL stadium are "similar if not identical" to those used at a London apartment tower that burned.
    However, Thomas Vanover also says he's confident the Cleveland Browns' stadium is safe.
    A spokesman for Cleveland's mayor initially said questions about the stadium would have to wait until after the investigation into the London fire, which killed at least 80 people. But Vanover held a news conference Thursday after The Associated Press reported on concerns about several U.S. buildings, including the stadium.
    Vanover says the panels were installed on the stadium in a different way than in London's Grenfell Tower, and that the venue's overall cladding system was different.
    Arconic Inc. quit making the panels available for high-rise buildings after the fire.