The Portage County Sheriff's office is asking the public for help in locating a missing man. 57-year-old Joseph Mullins hasn't been seen since around 4:30PM Friday in the ten-Thousand block of Infirmary Road in Mantua Township. The Sheriff's office says there's no rational reason to explain the disappearance. Joseph Mullins is a white male, 57 years old, five-feet-six and 140 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a light brown, waist-length Carhartt jacket, light gray sweatshirt, flannel-lined blue jeans and black tennis shoes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Mullins is asked to call the Portage County Sheriff's office at 330-296-5100, extension 0.
A head-on crash in Orrville claimed the life of a Dalton High School senior on Friday night. The State Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Sara Weikert of Dalton was driving her car south on State Route 57 around 6:20PM when the wreck happened, killing her on the scene. The driver of the northbound car, 67-year-old Linford Falb of Orrville, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to City Hospital in Akron where his condition was not released. The crash is still under investigation by the State Patrol.
A Portage County Court jury on Monday will begin deliberating the fate of 25-year-old Christopher Kiehl of Barberton, following closing arguments heard Friday in his murder trial. Kiehl faces two murder charges and other counts in the September 21 slaying of 26-year-old Kyle Fox of Akron, who died of a bullet wound to the neck in a shooting that happened during a fight on State Route 183 near Giddings Road - outside his fiancee's Edinburg Township home. Keihl faces a possible life prison sentence with parole eligibility after 15 years.
Flames gutted a home in Canton Township on Friday night. The fire was reported shortly before 8:30PM in the 4000 block of Ninth Street NW and responding crews reportedly had trouble getting water to the scene due to the location off the road, away from hydrants. Firefighters were still battling hot spots after 10:00PM and the home and its contents were a total loss. The family wasn't home at the time and no injuries were reported. The cause hasn't been determined yet.
A Streetsboro woman will return to Summit County Court for sentencing on February 2, after pleading guilty to a list of charges for ripping-off her employer for over 150-Thousand dollars. 32-year-old Erica Shaffer pleaded guilty to felony charges including grand theft, tampering with records and misuse of credit cards...stemming from crimes committed while she worked as the office manager for an outpatient surgery center between 2009 and last year. She used company dollars for personal purchases including vacations, electronic devices and dinners.
An explosion and fire destroyed an auto repair shop in Medina County's Liverpool Township on Friday evening. Crews were called at 4:45PM and arrived at the scene in the 5900 block of Center Road to find the building engulfed in flames. Several other departments were called for help until the blaze was finally put-down a short time after 7:00. An employee at the business was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but otherwise there were no injuries reported. The cause of the blast wasn't immediately determined and damage estimates were still being compiled on Saturday.
Veterans who served in Iraq during the war are running out of time to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500. the Ohio Department of Veterans Services says the application deadline for those who served in Iraq is Dec. 31.
Governor Kasich on Friday signed into law a measure which mandates that a police officer must be present for tickets to be issued from traffic cameras. The new law provides state-wide regulation of the devices and the Governor's action came one day after the Ohio Supreme Court cited “home-rule authority” while siding with municipalities that use the cameras.
Stark County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Marlington High School student on Friday afternoon, after the kid texted a photo of a gun to another student. The school building in Alliance was placed on a precautionary lock-down after the student who received the text notified a teacher. A 16-year-old boy was charged with inducing panic and there was no gun on campus.
A couple-hundred pounds of marijuana were found inside a car that a State Highway Patrol trooper pulled-over in Summit County this week. The trooper made the stop on the Turnpike in Hudson after witnessing a lane violation and picked-up the scent of the illegal contraband...resulting in a call for a K-9 unit to sniff it out. Inside the car with Nebraska plates were 234 pounds of hydroponic pot, worth nearly 1.2-Million dollars. A 63-year-old Colorado man and his 62-year-old female passenger from New Jersey were both busted on charges of marijuana trafficking.
A group in favor of marijuana legalization has begun its push for allowing both personal and medical use here in Ohio. ResponsibleOhio is kicking-off its campaign to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot next November, aimed at allowing people 21 and older to access pot in the same manner as alcohol...through a system that's taxed and regulated by the state. A spokesperson for the group says legalization would increase safety and smother the black market, reducing the number of people jailed for marijuana use and encouraging small business growth.
Five years after a man from Vermilion was murdered, his wife has been put behind bars on charges that she's the killer. The Lorain County Prosecutor's office announced this week that 36-year-old Julene Simko was indicted by a Grand Jury on an aggravated murder charge. She faces additional counts of murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting death of Jeremy Simko. His body was discovered in the couple's home on November 18, 2009. Julene Simko turned herself in Friday morning at the Lorain County Sheriff's office and was booked into the county lock-up.
A second teenager's death in Ohio has been confirmed as the state's number of flu-related hospitalizations approaches one-Thousand and authorities with the Cuyahoga County Health Department announced on Friday that three people died from the flu there last week. The Ohio Department of Health says the latest child-age death involved a 16-year-old boy from Heath, who died on December 4 just hours after being taken to a hospital. The Licking County Health Commissioner says the boy was also suffering from pneumonia and a staph infection in his bloodstream. As of December 13, 985 people in Ohio had been hospitalized with the latest flu strain...including 335 in Cuyahoga County.
A Muslim woman from Rocky River has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Cuyahoga County, claiming she was forced to attend Christian church services while she did 60 days in jail on an assault charge. Lawyers for 24-year-old American-born inmate Sakeena Majeed filed the suit in Cleveland Federal Court, saying their client and other inmates were forced to take part in Friday-afternoon services that were led by a Baptist minister. The filing also claims that the woman was threatened with solitary confinement if she didn't attend and that she was mocked by another officer when she refused to actively participate.
Former State Representative Pete Beck will go on trial next March on charges he lied to investors about a company's financial status, then took their money for his personal use. The former state lawmaker from Mason has pleaded not guilty to over 60 charges including felony theft and securities fraud and will see the case against him go to court on March 23 in Hamilton County Court. The 62-year-old accountant lost his re-election bid in the May Primary, then resigned from his House seat in November.