A homeless man remains in the Burn Unit at Akron Childrens Hospital, where he was taken after someone set him on fire while he slept in a vacant house in Canton. Neighbors told Canton Police that the victim was banging on doors begging for help after the incident happened around 1:30 Wednesday morning along Richmond Avenue NE. the victim had sought shelter in the vacant structure, where someone apparently broke-in, dumped gasoline on him and touched-off the fire that left him burned over most of his body. The 29-year-old victim wasn't identified and authorities are working in an effort to find a suspect.
A baker's dozen of arrests were made at a pair of OVI checkpoints conducted Friday night into Saturday morning in Barberton and Coventry Township. The Summit County OVI Task Force says eight people were busted in stops conducted in the 200 block of East Robinson Avenue and five more arrests were made in the 3000 block of Manchester Road. Charges leveled against those arrested included driving on suspended license, outstanding warrants, OVI and concealed-carry violations. Others were issued citations including marijuana possession and a total of five vehicles were impounded during the stops.
Thousands of runners took to the streets of Akron on Saturday morning for the annual Akron Marathon. The 14th annual event got under-way at 7:00AM with some 13-Thousand participants leaving the line in front of Akron Police headquarters, taking a circuit that wound through the streets and finished inside Canal Park in downtown. Akron Children's Hospital sponsored the race for the first time this year and brought-in 13 patients who have struggled with or beaten serious afflictions.
A 17-year-old already behind bars in the Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center on other counts has been charged with rape, aggravated robbery and abduction. Detectives from the Canton Police Department linked the youth to an attack on a woman that happened last weekend. The victim told police she was attacked by three men with a gun shortly after 12:30AM last Saturday in the 1300 block of Cleveland Avenue. She was forced to go to an ATM and withdraw money from the bank before she was sexually assaulted. Two alleged cohorts are expected to be charged in the near future.
Sentencing is scheduled for Monday for a former Kent State University professor, who earlier pleaded guilty to charges of importuning. In August of 2015, Akron Police arrested Harrell in the parking lot of an elementary school with a 15 year-old boy. Harrell told police he met the boy through an online site and drove to the school parking lot with the intent of having sex. While out on bond, Harrell attempted to flee into Canada. He was turned away at the border, and was released back into the U.S. In March, 2016. Harrell was caught in Louisiana and extradited back to Summit County.
The attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart two years ago is scheduled to meet with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The meeting comes two years after the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the shooting of John Crawford III at a Beavercreek Wal-Mart.
Crawford family attorney Michael Wright told the Dayton Daily News he hopes the Sept. 30 meeting provides insight into why the investigation is taking so long.
Justice Department officials didn't immediately return calls for comment Friday.
A 911 caller on Aug. 5, 2014, reported a man waving a gun at the store. It was actually an air rifle taken from a shelf. Police say Crawford refused to drop it. The officer wasn't charged.
A 13-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by a Columbus police officer investigating a report of an armed robbery will be laid to rest this weekend.
Attorneys for the family of Tyre (ty-REE') King say funeral and visitation services will be held Saturday morning at a Columbus church.
Police say Officer Bryan Mason shot Tyre on Sept. 14 after the boy ran from investigators and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm.
Evidence in the shooting investigation will automatically be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officer's actions were justified or charges are warranted.
Tyre's family has called for an independent investigation.
The family's attorneys say the eighth-grader played football and other sports, and he was in a young scholars program.
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The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday ended its effort in settlement talks in a lawsuit, aimed at allowing media access to autopsy reports of the victims in the Pike County massacre. Shortly afterward, redacted versions of the autopsies were released for the eight members of the Rhoden family, killed in four separate locations in Piketon. County and state authorities had tried to block access to the reports, saying that releasing them could jeopardize the investigation. The reports that followed the April 22 discovery of the victims' bodies show that one had been shot nine times and that all but one of the eight victims had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Much of the information contained in the reports had been redacted before they were released for public view. No suspect nor motive has been determined.
A head-on crash this week in Brecksville claimed the life of one of the drivers. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office on Friday announced that 64-year-old James Skoda of Northfield died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash that happened around 9:00AM Wednesday at State Route 82 and Riverview Road. Authorities say he was driving west along Route 82 when he crossed the center line while trying to pass a vehicle that was turning right. He collided with a car headed the other way, driven by a 73-year-old man. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles, both taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where Skoda later died of injuries to his head and body.
That bulge in his pants wasn't an indication of some freakish endowment of nature when a Maple Heights man left a grocery store in Solon. Police released a report on Friday, detailing the Thursday arrest of 40-year-old John Gaglione after his recent visit to a Giant Eagle on Aurora Road. Police say Gaglione strolled past the seafood counter on September 16 and took several items from the shelf, placing them into a baby seat in his cart. After going to another area of the store, he allegedly stuffed eight lobster tails into his pants – then walked out without paying for the items valued at over 80 dollars. Police didn't say if the stolen goods were recovered, but Gaglione has been charged with theft.
A pair of juveniles charged with playing a role in the arson fire that destroyed a historic school house in Green have pleaded guilty. The Summit County Prosecutor's office announced on Friday that the teenagers pleaded guilty in Juvenile Court to two counts each of breaking and entering and vandalism, stemming from the August 9 fire at Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse at Boettler Park. Crews arrived on the scene in the 5300 block of Massillon Road shortly before 5:00AM to find the structure fully involved and were unable to save it before it was totally gone. There were other acts of vandalism committed at the park nearby and at another park in the 2500 block of Wise Road. The old one-room school house was originally built in 1885. Both teens who pleaded guilty have been ordered to serve 150 hours of community service, undergo counseling and pay restitution. Two adults, 19-year-old Matthew Swan and 18-year-old Brandyn McCrosky, are both awaiting their next hearings in Summit County Court after they were charged with arson and several other counts in connection with the incidents.
Hospital emergency workers and County officials in southwest Ohio shed more light on the overdose epidemic in that region on Friday. Hospitals in Hamilton County have been treating an average of 15 overdose cases each day since fentanyl and carfentanyl have come into the picture. A County Commissioner says the more than one-Thousand overdose cases reported in the area over the past two months come with a massive infusion of heroin addicts. The overdose count of one-Thousand-four covers emergency room information involving cases between July 15 and Wednesday this week...including 174 overdoses that happened over a six-day period last month.
A three-judge panel on the Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati took the side of opponents to Ohio's voter registration rules. The panel ruled on Friday that Ohio's process of maintaining the voter registration roles is in violation of the National Voter Registration Act – in essence, telling the Secretary of State that his office has been wrongfully removing eligible voters from the state's registration list. The ruling comes in a challenge of the process that was previously filed by the ACLU and a public advocacy group, which claimed the state had been illegally dropping registered voters from the rolls based on failure to cast ballots. Secretary of State Jon Husted said in response that the state has had the current process in place for over 20 years... and that previous challenges have found it to be constitutional and in compliance with both state and Federal laws.
A possible enticement incident remains under investigation by detectives with the Stow Police Department. Police were called on Wednesday by a concerned parent, who told them his 11-year-old son was approached after he got off a school bus near Springdale Road and Temple Trail around 3:15PM. A woman driving a blue SUV reportedly approached the boy, asking him if he wanted to get in the vehicle and help look for Pokemon. Police are looking for a white female, 50-60 years old with short brown hair, possibly wearing glasses. Police want tips at 330-689-5700.
Charges of felonious assault and criminal damaging have been lodged against a Mogadore woman, stemming from an incident that happened earlier this month. 48-year-old Lisa Christopher of Old Forge Road was recently arrested by Akron Police detectives. According to authorities, Christopher allegedly struck another woman in the back of the head with a tire iron on September 5 in the 400 block of Burning Tree Drive on Akron's west side. She's also accused of damaging the woman's car in the driveway. Police didn't provide information on the motive for the assault.
A long list of charges have been leveled against an Akron man, accused of robbing another at gunpoint in the city. 40-year-old Deon Johnson of Reed Avenue allegedly held-up his victim at the intersection of Buckingham and Johnston Streets on the near east side, then was arrested after a brief chase on foot involving police. At the time of the bust, Johnson was caught with crack cocaine and marijuana. The weapon used in the crime was recovered and Johnson was booked into Summit County Jail on charges including aggravated robbery, weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and cocaine, drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business.
Federal authorities met with reporters in southwest Ohio on Friday, updating the ongoing effort to get a grip on the skyrocketing heroin and opioid abuse and trafficking. The acting US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio told reporters that so far, 96 people have been charged in heroin trafficking cases over the past year, resulting in 38 convictions. Two of those who were charged allegedly played roles in the deaths of overdose victims. Officials say that since an average of one person dies every two days due to drug overdoses, there's no rush to claim victory in the battle to get the dealers and drugs off the streets. Meanwhile, prevention and treatment programs are being pushed hard by those involved in the effort to stem the tide of death and abuse.
After drawing some initial support from his Democratic peers with name recognition as the former Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland's campaign for US Senate is sputtering as we come down the home stretch to the November General Election. The 75-year-old opponent to incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman had gotten strong early support from labor groups and garnered support of Democratic Party leaders in his Primary Election victory over Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. Today, Portman's comfortably ahead while the Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Millions of dollars' worth of political ads. While some pundits question whether those who supported Sittenfeld's campaign may have been right, the Chairman of the state's Democratic Party says that Strickland remains the best candidate to face-off against Portman this fall.
The driver of an ambulance died of the injuries she suffered in a crash in northwest Ohio on Thursday night. The State Highway Patrol says the wreck happened shortly before 7:30PM at County Road 197 and State Route 19 in Sandusky County's Green Creek Township, where 45-year-old Sandra Cline of Holland was transporting a patient when a vehicle driven by 48-year-old William Bluethmann of Broomfield Hills, Michigan ran a stop sign. His vehicle broadsided the ambulance, causing it to flip-over. Cline was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Toledo, where she died a short time later. A crew member in the ambulance and the patient were both hospitalized along with Bluethmann and all three survivors are expected to eventually recover. Charges are pending against the driver who ran the stop sign.