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A young Cuyahoga Falls man has gotten four years in prison following his guilty plea earlier this month to a child-porn charge. 19-year-old Timothy Bergeron of Stow Avenue appeared in Summit County Court on Monday to learn his fate after pleading guilty November 2 to a charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor. He downloaded images of kids engaged in sex – the youngest a six-year-old child – and was caught following an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition to the prison time, Bergeron was also labeled a Tier-II sex offender.
A Clinton man who sought-out a sexual encounter with a teenage girl online will serve five years in prison for it. the Summit County Prosecutor's office says that 25-year-old Thomas Trend was in Summit County Court on Monday, where he was handed the sentence and labeled a Tier-II sex offender. Trend pleaded guilty in October to a charge of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and eight counts of child porn. The man had posted an online ad, looking for sex with an underage girl, which drew a response from a Tallmadge Police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. The detective had received several pornographic photos from Trend before arranging a late-night meeting with him on January 31. He was arrested when he arrived.
A second teenager in Akron was robbed of some Air Jordan shoes last week, just two days after a similar incident involving a 19-year-old. Police say a 14-year-old boy had arranged a sale of his Nikes on Instagram, just as his older predecessor had, then met a potential buyer at Slosson Street and Seward Avenue around 5:00PM Friday. Two men approached the young victim...one of them pulling an air soft pistol and demanding the shoes before both suspects fled the scene. Police are looking for two black males, 16-18 years old between five-eight and five-ten in height. One wore a black sweat shirt and sweat pants while the other was dressed in a white t-shirt and camouflage pants.
Akron Police and school officials say yes, they're aware of a man walking around various busy areas of town with a rifle strapped across his back...but no, he hasn't threatened anyone. Authorities have received numerous calls in the last several days and police have questioned the man...who says he's merely exercising his right to carry a firearm in the open. There have apparently been rumors circulating on social media that the man threatened others, but a spokesman for Akron Public Schools says those rumors are false. None the less, officials say the man hasn't broken any laws....but they're keeping tabs on his actions and location, just the same.
A man from Green has been sent to prison for his role in the heroin overdose death of his wife last summer. 35-year-old Ross Weiland of April Drive was in Stark County Court last week, pleading no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. On Monday, he returned to court where the judge ordered him to spend the next four years in prison. The charges came following an investigation into the June 21 heroin overdose death of 33-year-old Monique Weiland, his wife of 11 years who was found unresponsive in the couple's home on 11th Street NW in Canton. Investigators say Weiland and his wife were both hooked on heroin and going through withdrawl when he gave her the dose that took her life.
A pair of northeast Ohio women died in a one-car crash on the Indiana Toll Road late Sunday night. Indiana State Police say it appears that 59-year-old Linda Pohto of Fairport Harbor fell asleep at the wheel as her car traveled eastbound around 10:30PM near Elkhart. A witness told investigators the car passed him at a high rate of speed just before hitting a guardrail and flipping several times. The driver and her 88-year-old passenger, Viola Pohto of Fairport Harbor, were both killed. A 31-year-old passenger from Colorado who was also in the car was taken to a hospital in South Bend for treatment of severe injuries but is expected to survive.
A former employee at Ohio State University vandalized some artwork before pulling a gun and killing himself in an on-campus museum. University Police say 63-year-old Dean Sturgis was once a security guard on campus, but quit his job in 2009 to avoid being fired. Sturgis had entered the Wexner Center for the Arts late Sunday morning, shortly after the doors opened for a Picasso-inspired art show. Investigators say the man vandalized some of the displays before pulling the handgun and firing shots a short time before 11:30AM. Responding officers and SWAT Team members found his body on an upper level of the museum. Officials are still assessing the amount of damage left behind in the vandalism.
The Summit County Prosecutor's office on Monday affirmed the news we reported last week, with the notorious Goodyear Heights Rapist denied parole by the Ohio Parole Board. David Allen Bellomy had been sent to prison for a 20-50 year sentence in January, 1996 and on November 4, the 54-year-old man asked the Board to set him free....a request denied by the panel in a ruling issued last Wednesday. Bellomy was convicted on 19 counts of rape, 16 aggravated burglary charges and 3 attempted rape counts. He will not be eligible for parole again for another 10 years...in September, 2025.
State officials here in Ohio are asking the Federal government for more flexibility in work requirements that must be met by certain welfare recipients. The state says Federal rules don't give people enough time to complete vocational training or job-readiness programs and are asking to increase the limit on vocational educational training from the current 12 months to 36. The Governor's office says current training for many in-demand jobs exceeds 12 months and many more families could help move off public assistance to sustainable jobs if given the opportunity for proper training. The state's request is under review by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Following a short spike during the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period, gasoline prices fell back below the two-dollar mark for drivers heading back to work on Monday morning in Ohio. AAA reported that the state average for a gallon of regular fuel was around $1.82 – around 38 cents less than last month at this time and almost even with the average that was reported last Monday. Nation-wide, gasoline prices fell about three cents from last week's level to a Monday average of $2.04.
The State of Ohio says it's holding onto around 2.3-Billion dollars' worth of unclaimed funds...money that lay dormant and forgotten in bank savings or checking accounts. The Division of Unclaimed Funds in the Ohio Department of Commerce says other unclaimed dollars involve forgotten rent or utility deposits, un-cashed checks and insurance policies. State officials say that so far this fiscal year, Ohioans have received 34.4-Million dollars in previously unclaimed funds – with the average claim around 21-hundred dollars. You can check the department's website to see if you're due a refund.
At least two homes were shot-up with bullets over the weekend in Akron and police are trying to identify the suspects involved. Police say both incidents happened on Saturday night...one on the west side, the other on the south side of town. Shots were fired into a home in the 500 block of Mineola Avenue around 9:30PM and about two hours later, a similar incident occurred in the 700 block of Amherst Street. No injuries were reported in either incident, no suspects have been identified and no motive determined. Anyone with information, call APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.
Police in the Mahoning County Village of Lowellville are investigating after a teenage girl was struck and killed by a train early Monday morning. The Police Chief and the Mahoning County Coroner's office say the incident occurred around 6:45AM on the tracks near Youngstown-Lowellville Road, not far from the state line near Pennsylvania and in close proximity to the high school she attended. The name of the victim wasn't immediately released and the incident remains under investigation.
A skiing accident in California claimed the life of a young Stark County woman over the weekend. 21-year-old Natalie Altieri was skiing in the Bear Mountain area near Los Angeles when she took a fatal fall. The Jackson Township woman who graduated from Jackson High in 2013 had been in California since August as part of a student co-op program while attending University of Cincinnati. Authorities say she died on Sunday.
Felony charges have been filed against the man accused of stealing an Akron Police cruiser, then trying to run-down an officer with it. 22-year-old David Duffield led officers on a foot chase on Friday afternoon after police were called to the 800 block of Carnegie Avenue on a report of a suicidal man with a gun. Duffield had reportedly jumped into the cruiser while officers were on foot and threw it into gear, then backed-up and tried to run-over one of the cops who were pursuing on foot. The officer, a 16-year veteran of the force, opened fire and hit Duffield in the shoulder with a bullet before the cruiser jumped the curb, hitting a fence and fire hydrant before coming to a stop. Duffield has been charged with felonious assault, willful fleeing and theft. A Summit County Grand Jury will review the case for possible additional charges.
An Akron defense attorney now needs legal help of his own, following his arrest on charges he traded legal services for steroids. 48-year-old Thomas Bauer Jr is free on bond following his arrest by the Summit County Drug Task Force. The bust came as Bauer met with an undercover agent in the parking lot of a sandwich shop in the 2300 block of South Main Street, where the informant wore a wire as he handed Bauer a box which the legal-eagle apparently thought contained three-Thousand doses of anabolic steroids. Agents then raided Bauer's home, recovering vials and bags of suspected steroids.
Police haven’t found the person who fled the scene after hitting an 11-year-old boy in Alliance, but they have found something noteworthy…a meth lab hidden in the home of his aunt and her live-in boyfriend. Both are now facing felony charges. 36-year-old Loyal Williams of Garrison Avenue is charged with illegal manufacture and possession of chemicals and child endangering after neighbors’ complaints about possible illegal activity led to a search of the home on Friday night. Authorities found the meth lab and the ingredients hidden behind a false wall of the house, where four children between the ages of six months and 11 years were also living. The 11-year-old boy’s aunt, 33-year-old Cynthia Morris, was also charged with child endangering. Bond for Williams was set at 100-Thousand dollars while Morris saw hers set at 25-Thousand. Meanwhile, police are still trying to identify the driver that struck the 11-year-old in early-November and fled the scene.
A man who admitted he broke into someone’s home over the summer has been ordered to prison for the crime. 33-year-old Samuel Miracle of Randolph pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Portage County Court in connection with the August 27 break-in at a home in the 2700 block of Ranfield Road. He was arrested in late-September and found with some of the stolen items from the place. The judge hearing his case immediately sentenced Miracle to two years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine and court costs.
A man who allegedly sent threatening messages to the head of security at Mount Union University, threatening faculty and staff members in the process, has been charged with the crimes. 47-year-old Edward Madison of South Union had reportedly sent numerous threats between early-March last year and November 5…then apparently continued to do so by using an online messaging system after he was hauled into jail. Madison was taken into custody Friday afternoon at Alliance Police headquarters, charged with felony counts of menacing by stalking and telephone harassment. He was ordered held under a 25-Thousand dollar bond.
Two suspects were shot and two others were still being hunted on Monday following a weekend home invasion in Ravenna. Police went to a home in the 400 block of Jefferson Street shortly before 4:00AM Sunday, where a door had been kicked-in while a woman and two men were inside. The men managed to run-out and one called police while the other went back inside to confront one of the four intruders, who had a gun. Several shots were fired during a struggle for the weapon and two of the suspects were hit with bullets before all four of them fled. 18-year-old James Dokes and 21-year-old Edward Ramsdell, both of Ravenna, were later captured and taken to hospitals for treatment. The others were still on the loose and police need tips at 330-296-6486.