Traffic was backed-up in both directions on Tallmadge Road in Brimfield Township late Saturday morning following a two-vehicle, head-on crash with injuries. The incident happened shortly after 11:15AM in the 1600 block of Tallmadge Road and one person was reportedly trapped inside one of the vehicles. One person was taken from the wreck to Cleveland Clinic AGMC while another person was treated on the scene. No other details were immediately available.
Less than a month after his indictment by a Trumbull County Grand Jury, a Warren man has copped guilty pleas to charges of arson and breaking and entering. 19-year-old Ricky Mohn and three juveniles, identified as a 16-year-old from Niles and two boys from Warren, ages 15 and 17, broke into the “Dragon Wagon” storage barn at McKinley Stadium in Niles on August 19, stole items from inside and set the place ablaze. They also reportedly broke into an outbuilding at Niles Middle School on the same night. No sentencing date has been set while a pre-sentence investigation is completed.
A family member of a man on trial for the murders of three people in a Cleveland-area barber shop has been arrested, accused of trying to get a juror to go easy on the defendant. 37-year-old Lasandra Johnson is the aunt of 21-year-old Douglas Shine Jr, charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder and several other charges in the shooting deaths of three men and wounding of three others last year in Warrensville Heights. Johnson allegedly approached a juror's family, begging for mercy for the man who allegedly committed the crime in relation to the Heartless Felons street gang. Johnson was booked on charges of obstruction of justice and attempted jury tampering. Once the court heard of the contact, the juror was dismissed and the judge denied a defense motion for mistrial.
A Columbus-area school bus driver was stabbed and sexually assaulted Friday morning on her bus. Police in Hilliard say the 43-year-old woman had boarded her bus to prepare for the morning run on Friday when her assailant attacked her after waiting in the back of the vehicle for her arrival. She was cut several times with a knife and bound with zip-ties before being raped. While undergoing treatment at a nearby medical center, she gave police a description of a suspect dressed in black clothing with paint on his face. She remained hospitalized at Grant Medical Center on Saturday morning and Hilliard City School officials say extra security will be added to the bus compounds, including regular checks inside the transports.
Early voting data shows Hillary Clinton seems to be showing strength in the battleground states of North Carolina and Florida. The Associated Press is collecting data that also indicates Donald Trump is holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia. More than 4.4 million votes have been cast already, far outpacing the same period in 2012.
Police say a bank robbery suspect was shot and critically wounded by police after he raised a gun at officers. A Columbus police statement says officers responded to a report of an armed robbery about 10 a.m. Friday at a Key Bank. Police say the suspect fled in an SUV and witnesses report the suspect exited his vehicle and raised a gun toward two officers who then fired multiple shots.
For the third time in just over 10 years, Ohio is relocating its Death Row to another prison facility. The Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections said on Friday that most of the state's 124 condemned prisoners currently held in Chillocothe will soon be moved to another lock-up in Toledo. Prisons officials say the change is being made to improve the manner in handling aging inmates on Death Row, including those with physical limitations. They also want to help reduce overcrowding at prisons around the state. Executions will still be carried-out at the Lucasville penitentiary.
The Summit County Sheriff's office has released surveillance video in hope the public can help identify a burglary suspect...a man who may have been involved in a string of break-ins in Green and Coventry Township. In each case, the intruder gains entry after knocking or ringing a doorbell to see if anyone's home...then rips-off jewelry, cell phones and electronics. A white male with a heavy build and wearing black clothing and a ball cap was recorded in an October 8 crime in Green. The Sheriff's office is asking people to view the video and call with tips to 330-643-2131.
A man is recovering from his bullet wounds after being shot during a robbery as he sat inside his car on Thursday night in Akron. Police say the 41-year-old victim was approached by two men asking for a cigarette lighter around 7:00PM near Sumner and East Voris Street. When he said he didn't have one, one of the assailants reached into the vehicle to steal money from a cup holder while the other fired several shots. The victim took hot lead to the leg and drove to a fire station on East Thornton Street to seek help. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic AGMC for treatment and will recover. Two black male suspects are still being sought by police.
Police in Canton have made two more arrests in connection with the robbery and sexual assault of a woman last month. 21-year-old Curtis Bailey of Canton and 20-year-old Johnnylee Johnson, reportedly homeless, have both been charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. They and a 17-year-old cohort reportedly took a woman at gunpoint in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue on September 17, forced her to drive to an ATM to withdraw money and sexually assaulted her behind Timken High School. The Stark County Prosecutor's office says that Charles Fortson Jr of Canton will be tried as an adult on charges of kidnapping, robbery and rape.
A final pretrial hearing was held on Friday in Hamilton County Court as officials gear-up for the murder trial of a former University of Cincinnati Police officer. The judge heard an update and set the selection process to find a jury to begin next Tuesday. Over 200 people responded after being summoned by the Court and said they could serve on the panel, while hundreds of others begged-off or were excused for various reasons. Prospective jurors will fill-out questionnaires that will be reviewed by attorneys from both sides, with in-court questioning to start on October 31. 26-year-old Ray Tensing was charged with murder and other counts for the shooting death of an unarmed driver last year as the victim fled a traffic stop, knocking Tensing to the ground.
A Barberton man copped a guilty plea on Friday in Summit County Court to a list of charges, stemming from a robbery and subsequent armed confrontation with an Akron Police officer this summer. 20-year-old Javon Spells of East Husted Street pleaded guilty to counts including attempted murder, aggravated robbery with a gun specification, weapons under disability and assault of a police dog. On June 28, Spells attempted to rob a man at gunpoint at Ada and Reed Avenues, but the victim ran-off to call the cops. An Akron Detective tracked-down the suspect, who tried to run and pointed a weapon at the officer, pulling the trigger. The weapon didn't fire and Spells then tried to fight-off the police dog while being taken into custody. Immediately following his guilty plea, Spells was handed 15 years in prison.
Detectives in Akron are following-up after several shots were fired in the area near Rosemary Apartments on the city's east side on Thursday afternoon. Officers responded to the shots-fired call around 1:00PM in the 1000 block of Edmeyer Court, arriving to find two apartments and a parked vehicle had been shot-up with bullets. There are no reported injures and no suspect description was immediately provided. Police need tips at 330-375-2490.
The Ohio Attorney General's office on Friday issued a warning to Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers fans to beware ticket scams as the Tribe prepares to open the 2016 World Series and the Cavs begin their new season next week. Mike DeWine's office says there are con artists preparing for the game just as the teams are – but with an eye toward getting your money and giving you nothing but a hard time. Earlier this month, at least one person reported losing 280 dollars by trying to buy Indians tickets on Craigslist. After wiring money to buy a pair, the victim got nothing in return. The AG's office says you should only buy from reputable sellers, check ticket policies for the venues, pay with a credit card, if possible and by all means, report any suspected illegal activity.
Akron Police detectives are searching for the suspects involved in the robbery of a used car dealership in the city. Police say that two men armed with handguns entered Long's Auto Haus in the 700 block of North Main Street shortly after 8:00AM Thursday, then pistol-whipped the owner and demanded cash. They fled with the take to a waiting car driven by a woman. The suspects are two black males and one black female, last seen leaving in a gray Ford Taurus that was waiting on Frances Avenue. Police believe the suspects may be the same people who committed a similar hold-up October 7 at Bel-Air Motors in the 600 block of West Exchange Street.
A Toledo man accused of shackling a teenage relative in his basement and raping the girl for nearly a year has a new attorney – for the fourth time. A Lucas County judge this week appointed yet another new attorney for 53-year-old Timothy Ciboro...who continues to insist that he be allowed to represent himself at trial. This week, the accused told the judge that he wanted to withdraw pending motions in his case and move-ahead with an October 31 trial date. The judge denied the request, citing Ciboro's disruptive behavior in court that led to the bench appointing him an attorney. Ciboro's 28-year-old son, Esten, is also charged as a co-defendant and is being allowed to represent himself.
The latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services indicates a slight rise in the unemployment rate in the state. Data released by the Department on Friday pegged the jobless rate for the month of September at 4.8-percent, a tenth higher than it was during the month of August. The current number is also higher than the 4.6-percent unemployment rate that was reported a year ago during the same period. Nation-wide, the unemployment rate also rose one-tenth to a September level of five-percent compared to the previous month...slightly lower than the 5.1-percent mark that was documented a year ago.
Two years after being struck by lightning at a charity event, a Columbus firefighter has died from an infection associated with his injuries. The city's Fire Department announced this week that 56-year-old Stu Tudor died on Thursday, less than two months after his official retirement from the ranks. Tudor was off duty and attending a charity event at a stadium in town in June 2014...helping to raise money for first-responders injured in the line of duty when he was struck by a bolt of lightning. The incident left him without use of his legs and limited use of his arms. He obviously left an impact on those he knew on the job because afterward, hundreds of his fellow firefighters donated vacation and sick days to him so that he could reach 25 years of service and collect his pension.
A chemical spill north of Cincinnati this week that caused a HazMat response and evacuation has been blamed on a mistake by a company employee. The Fire Chief in West Chester says that the worker using lime to neutralize waste water was distracted and inadvertently dumped 60-Thousand pounds of the substance at once, rather than a small amount that's typically used. The mishap generated a dust cloud in the area on Wednesday evening, resulting in three people being treated for throat irritation. They're all expected to recover. The incident that began around 5:00PM was eventually cleaned-up and an all-clear was issued by emergency management officials around 9:00PM.
He heard about the groundswell of social media chatter and actor Charlie Sheen responded...but you can forget about seeing him on the mound at Progressive Field. The man who portrayed Ricky Vaughn in the sports comedy movie “Major League” offered-up his services as “Wild Thing” to throw-out the first pitch at one of the Cleveland Indians' home games in the World Series. The online talk began almost as soon as the Indians clinched the ALCS on Wednesday in Toronto, with fans posting their wishes for Ricky Vaughn to take the hill to start-off one of the parties at home. Major League Baseball squashed the idea on Friday, saying the choices for tossing-out the ceremonial first pitch for the games had already been made.