A Trumbull County man was killed on Thanksgiving Day when a truck he had been servicing fell on top of him, trapping him beneath. A woman called 911 shortly after 6:00PM, telling dispatchers that she found her boyfriend beneath the truck in the 5400 block of Herner County Line Road NW in Southington Township. The woman said the jack appeared to be broken and she had no means of raising the truck off her boyfriend's body. 21-year-old Fred Sorrell was pronounced dead on the scene and the incident remains under investigation.
A Toledo man who saw the state take-away his exotic animals nearly three years ago is making another courtroom run at trying to get his animals back. Kenny Hetrick wants the Ohio Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling, which fell on the side of the Ohio Department of Agriculture in the long-running battle over six tigers and other animals that Hetrick once owned. In October, a state appellate court agreed that Agriculture authorities had a right to deny a permit for Hetrick to continue his roadside animal sanctuary. That decision turned-back a previous ruling from a Wood County judge, who had ordered the state to give Hetrick the permit and return the animals to his care that were taken in January 2015.
Two people died and several others were hurt – one of them seriously – in a two-vehicle crash on Thanksgiving Day in western Ohio's Wood County. The crash involved an SUV and a passenger car on US 6 at Rudolph Road near Bowling Green around 2:30PM. The State Highway Patrol says the car ran a stop sign at the intersection and collided with the SUV, killing the car's driver and a front-seat passenger and sending a rear-seat passenger to an area hospital in critical condition. The occupants of the SUV were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where both were listed in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing to determine what caused a blaze that left heavy damage to a home in Mantua this week. The flames were reported around 6:45PM Wednesday at the scene in the 9300 block of Peck Road. Crews arrived within a few minutes to find the structure fully-involved, but the family and their pets all managed to get to safety. Much of the structure and contents were destroyed in the flames and investigators were reportedly looking at a heat lamp in the garage as a possible cause. No estimate was provided on the losses incurred by the fire.
The President of the Ohio Senate has tapped a former chief legal counsel to become the next Chief of Staff to the Senate Republican caucus. John Barron, who currently serves as deputy executive director and General Counsel to the Ohio casino Control Commission, will take-over the post currently held by Jason Mauk on December 18. Senate President Larry Obhof said this week that Barron is respected for his strategic skills and stead temperament, adding that his past work in the Senate lends familiarity for him among Senators and staff alike. Mauk, who spent six of his seven years in the Senate as Chief of Staff, will leave office on December 1 to run a republican campaign operation.
Unionized staff at the Portage County Board of Disabilities had their say in a vote, and the Record-Courier reports a tentative agreement was reached this week to end a seven-week strike at the organization. Members of the Service and Support Administration voted to end the job action and told the newspaper they're waiting to see if the Board will go along with a plan that would allow them to return to their jobs next week. The Board meets on Tuesday morning to discuss the tentative deal and possibly cast a ratification vote.
Bucking the trend of so-called “sanctuary cities,” the city of East Cleveland has announced that it will comply with Federal government strings attached to a grant...by reporting any arrests of illegal immigrants by police. The Justice Department awarded East Cleveland over 425-Thousand dollars this week, money the city says will be used to hire two new police officers. The DOJ says it gave special consideration to applicants that agreed to report immigrants taken into custody and found to be lacking proper documentation. Agents investigating the cases will also have access to jails for conducting interviews.
With the city's former Mayor and Service Director having stepped-down from his cabinet post last week, the city of Ravenna is considering some changes in the Service Department. Don Kainrad's resignation came after recent concern over his hiring of a city work crew to fix a drainage ditch near his home. Nothing came of the concerns other than Kainrad's decision to retire, ending a long term of serving the people in his community. Ravenna Mayor Frank Seaman told the Record-Courier that in the process of finding a new Service Director, it affords a chance to do a little fie-tuning that may include giving other department staff more responsibility and authority.
The 28th annual Meadows Turkey Bowl in Medina County out-did last year's fundraising total, with four 10-man teams going at it in the backyard Thanksgiving Day game to raise 263-Thousand dollars for area charities. The total this year represented another all-time high through the efforts of Mike Meadows and a group of volunteers at his home along Hood Road in Medina Township. Dollars are raised in part through the donations gathered by the players. In order to participate, they need to collect a minimum of two-Thousand dollars in donations.
The state of Ohio says more than 68-Thousand students participated during the second full year of a statewide program that allows Ohio middle- and high-schoolers to earn free college credit. The Ohio Department of Higher Education says that figure for the 2016-17 school year represents a slight increase in College Credit Plus participation over last year's 54-Thousand students. The program is open to college-ready students at public, private and in-home schools, grades 7 through 12. The department says 44-percent of participating students were high school seniors. 28-percent were juniors. More than 90-percent of participants got the passing grade necessary to earn college credit and along the way, families saved an estimated 124-Million dollars in future college tuition through the program. Students' home districts pick up the tab for most of that cost.
Three young suspects have been taken into custody in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins in a three-county area. Uniontown Police announced that officers were joined by agents from the US Marshals Service in executing a search warrant on Wednesday in the 13-Thousand block of Inverness Avenue NW, where 18-year-old Dominic Kisner was taken into custody. His arrest followed the earlier collars of two other 18-year-olds, identified as Shawn Gallagher II of Mogadore and Kobie Jones of Akron. Uniontown Police charged all three with theft in connection with a series of break-ins that happened November 6 and 7. The trio is also considered persons of interest in a long list of similar crimes in Summit, Stark and Portage Counties. Additional charges are possible.
A nine-year-old girl who was critically injured in a hit-skip incident three weeks ago has lost her battle to live. Euclid Police announced yesterday that De'Zyre Mays died on Tuesday. She was taken to the hospital on November 9 after being hit by a passing car around 7:00AM along Babbitt Road near East 232nd Street. The driver fled the scene and the suspect's car was later found at a gas station nearby. 23-year-old Lacynthia Tidmore eventually turned herself in to police and was initially charged with hit-skip. More serious charges are now expected to be filed.
A prison inmate who got free after being taken to a hospital for medical care was eventually re-captured in southern Ohio. The Warren County Sheriff's office says 31-year-old Robert Langford was arrested again on Thursday afternoon, about 17 hours after he ran-away from staff with the Community Corrections Center. They had taken Langford to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, from where he escaped while undergoing treatment. He was captured within just a few miles of the hospital and authorities didn't offer details why he was taken there in the first place. He had been serving time on convictions for drug offenses, but now faces a new felony charge of escape.
Agents from the US Marshals Service are warning people to beware some bad actors who are posing as --- US Marshals. Some nation-wide scams are being run in which the perps pose as federal agents, court officers or other law enforcement authorities. US Marshal Pete Tobin of the Southern District of Ohio says that so far, victims have been taken for Thousands of dollars by con artists, telling them they failed to report for jury duty or have committed other crimes. The hook is being told they can avoid arrest by purchasing a pre-paid debit card and providing the card number to the caller. Anyone getting such calls need to contact their local office of the US Marshals Service and the Federal Trade Commission.
Agents from the US Marshals Service put the collar on a Florida murder suspect before he could jet-out of town and head to Ohio. Agents with the South Florida Regional Task Force caught 18-year-old Sinceer Priest of West Palm Beach at a security checkpoint at the Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday night. Authorities say he was the second person arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Desean Menelas of Boynton Beach. Investigators say the victim had been negotiating a drug deal with two buyers through cell phone texts, including sharing information about locations for the deal. Priest was hauled-away from the airport and booked into Palm Beach County Jail, ordered held without bond on first-degree murder charges.
A drug dealer who admitted selling a fatal dose of fentanyl to a teenager has been handed more than a stretch behind prison bars. A US District judge this week sentenced 29-year-old Michael Chandler of Cincinnati to nearly 17 years in a Federal Prison, but moreover, Chandler has been ordered to pay his victim's family for their funeral costs. The sentence came in the case of a 17-year-old boy who was found dead of an overdose at his home in Campbell County, Kentucky in April last year. The fentanyl that claimed the boy's life was traced back to Chandler, who pleaded guilty to a Federal charge of drug distribution. In addition to prison time, he'll have to pay nine-Thousand dollars in restitution to the victim's family.
As people go about their business with their Black Friday shopping, State Attorney General Mike DeWine is hoping you heed his advice to help you avoid issues or worse yet, getting ripped-off through unauthorized credit card purchases. The state's crime chief says that sellers need to clearly inform customers before the time of purchase if a “no return” policy is in place. Ads for those holiday sales must make it clear if there are any limitations including quantities, restricted sales hours or barring of rain checks. And while paying with a credit card does offer greater protection for consumers, you still have to beware of others who may lift your information and make unauthorized purchases.
The driver was found unconscious and trapped behind the wheel following a crash of his car into a garage in Jackson Township. Police say the incident happened around 3:00AM Thursday at the corner of Blue Ash Avenue NW and Regina Circle NW. A family was asleep inside the house and awakened by the noise, then went to the garage to find the speeding car had collided with both vehicles that were parked inside. One was shoved through the rear wall, the other was left against an adjoining wall. Three passengers in the car bailed from their seats and fled the scene on foot, leaving the driver behind. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The State Highway Patrol is now targeting enforcement efforts along roads with 70 mile per hour speed zones, an effort that's being mounted after a recent report indicated a sharp rise in crashes, injuries and deaths after the limit was raised from 65. The Ohio Department of Transportation is also in on the targeting, considering a temporary return to a limit of 65 in areas with the biggest problems. Last week, the State Patrol reported a 24-percent increase in crashes along 70 mile per hour zones, compared to the levels posted when the limit was 65. Coupled with the higher crash rate was a 22-percent increase in wrecks resulting in death or injury.
A man was killed when flames consumed a garage in the Trumbull County town of Hubbard this week, just days after an earlier fire gutted the home on the property. Firefighters responded to 911 calls in the 400 block of Simler Avenue around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon, where neighbors heard 45-year-old James Vint Sr screaming inside the building when he found himself surrounded by flames. The victim's body was later removed by responding crews and died before he arrived at the hospital. Authorities say flames had spread throughout the house on the property on November 16, leaving the family with no place to live and killing several of their pets. Vint was reportedly sorting through clothing that had been donated to the family at the time the garage fire broke-out. The cause in both fires remains under investigation.