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A two-vehicle crash in Lake Township left one person dead on Wednesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol says the wreck happened around 12:45PM at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue NW and Raymond Street NW. The victim's name and details of the crash were not immediately released by the State Highway Patrol. Troopers remained on the scene conducting the investigation for several hours.
A Federal judge on Wednesday re-scheduled the sentencing of Suarez Corporation CEO Benjamin Suarez. The 73-year-old was convicted on one count of obstruction of justice---witness tampering at the conclusion of his trial on charges he violated Federal campaign finance laws. The head of the Jackson Township-based company faces up to a year in prison when he returns to court for sentencing November 5. He was originally due back in court October 7, but the court cited what were termed “unforseen circumstances” while re-scheduling the hearing. Meanwhile, his former Chief Financial Officer, Michael Giorgio of Cuyahoga Falls, is asking the court to withdraw his earlier guilty pleas after Suarez was acquitted on seven other counts in his trial.
The man convicted last month for the strangulation murder of a Youngstown-area real estate agent was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison with no chance of parole in Mahoning County Court. 29-year-old Robert Brooks had previously pleaded guilty to murder charges in the September 20, 2010 slaying of 67-year-old Vivian Martin – a murder that happened as she was showing a house on Nelson Avenue on the city's east side. 25-year-old co-defendant Grant Cooper is due in court for sentencing on Thursday for his role in the crime.
An argument between employees left a restaurant worker dead of a gunshot wound on Wednesday afternoon in Alliance. Police say the shooting happened just before 2:00PM at the Blue Fig in the 2300 block of West State Street, where witnesses heard the two arguing before one worker went outside got a gun and returned to the kitchen to settle the issue with a bullet. The victim was dead on the scene and the other worker was arrested. The gun was found outside in the grass. Names of those involved were not immediately released.
A Youngstown man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, stemming from the shooting death of another man more than two years ago. 29-year-old Walter Drake of Hilton Avenue was in Mahoning County Court for a hearing stemming from the June 13, 2012 shooting that claimed the life of 24-year-old Dion Weatherspoon. He was found with six bullet wounds in the front yard of Drake's home following an argument between the two. Drake returns to court for sentencing at a later date.
Police in Chagrin Falls are investigating the discovery of a handgun and ammo, found ditched in a public mailbox in the city's downtown district. The items were inside a shopping bag that was pulled from the box after being dropped there sometime between 10:30AM pick-ups on September 18 and 19. Investigators say the weapon and ammo had been stolen from a home in Bentleyville, where the owner's son had held a party in late August. Police are questioning those who attended the shindig and the Ohio BCI is processing the evidence to link a suspect to the rip-off.
The city of East Cleveland is on the hook for at least 638-Thousand dollars and likely more, after defaulting on a long-overdue bill owed to a Rhode Island company that once distributed traffic cameras. A Federal judge in Providence ruled this week that East Cleveland – one of the poorest cities in Ohio – never responded to previous attempts to settle the case. The city might also be ordered to pay as much as a Million dollars if interest and attorney fees are billed.
Federal prosecutors in Chicago say authorities have wrangled 14 so far and are looking for more conspirators, after 22 people were charged in a multi-state drug ring from Mexico to the US – including Ohio. The 14 arrests were made since Monday night in Chicago, California, Pennsylvania and Iowa and agents pulled-in five-Million dollars, 78 kilos of cocaine, 20 kilos of heroin and a large amount of marijuana. The ring operated in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Oregon and Chicago. The investigation continues.
Former Firestone High School teacher David Spondike's bid for a change of venue for his lawsuit has been denied. Summit County Judge Tom Teodosio was on the bench when Spondike's attorneys requested that the trial be moved to Portage County due to what he called negative media coverage. He filed suit against the Akron Board of Education, challenging his dismissal for posting a racially-charged rant on social media last year after an incident outside his home during trick-or-treat night. The 52-year-old man's attorneys argue the termination was wrongful breach of contract, in violation of equal protection under both Ohio and US Constitutions. The suit demands reinstatement, back pay and attorney fees.
The Marathon station in Canton where two robbery suspects were shot to death was the scene of more gunfire late Tuesday night. Police were called back to the scene at 2201 Ninth Street SW, where shots were fired at the building and a rock was thrown through a window of the store sometime around 11:00PM. It's suspected that the person doing the damage was a friend of the two men who were shot to death in the September 22 firefight with the clerk during the robbery.
A young man in Warren is recovering from a bullet wound to the leg after a drive-by shooting. Police say the 19-year-old victim was hit near the loading dock of a department store in the 2400 block of Parkman Road around 9:00PM Tuesday. He apparently made his way to the sidewalk in front of the store's garden center, trailing blood along his path before he was seen and help was called. Police found several bullet casings and more than a Thousand dollars at the scene. The victim didn't answer questions about the incident and was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A pair of 16-year-old boys were arrested and charged with robberies of two victims in separate incidents in Kenmore on Tuesday night. Police say a 16-year-old boy was walking in the 900 block of Kenmore Boulevard shortly after 9:00PM when two males wearing hooded sweatshirts pulled around their faces approached...one of them slamming the victim against a wall while the other ripped-off his cell phone. Minutes later at Battles Avenue and 16th Street SW, another 16-year-old boy was met by the suspects, one pointing a handgun at him while the other took the victim's cell phone and belongings. One of the 16-year-old suspects was caught at 14th Street SW and Wyoming Avenue while the other was nabbed in the 2100 block of 15th Street SW. Both were charged with robbery and obstruction of justice.
Babcock and Wilcox is reportedly considering a plan to divide its power generation and nuclear operations businesses into two separate entities. The Beacon Journal reports the Charlotte-based firm has the item on the table for the Board of Directors to consider and that additional details of the proposal would be available this November. The newspaper reports the idea would impact around 18-hundred workers at the Barberton operations.
A Youngstown Police officer opened fire on an armed man before the suspect was taken into custody at his home on Monday. The Vindicator reports the shots-fired incident happened around 8:20AM in the 1100 block of Park Hill Avenue on the south side, when officers rolled-up to see the man standing outside his home with a gun. Police say the man pointed the weapon at officers, with one of the authorities firing several shots that missed as the man ran inside the house. He surrendered after about 20 minutes. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.
Flames caused significant damage to an unoccupied home in Plain Township this week. Crews were called to the 3800 block of Thunderbird Circle NW a short time after 4:00PM Tuesday, where the fire began in a bedroom and spread to other areas of the house before firefighters could douse the flames about 45 minutes later. Damage to the home and contents was estimated at 75-Thousand dollars. The cause remains under investigation.