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Sentence Reduced for Convicted Rapist

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:55pm

A Stark County judge this week reduced a Perry Township man's prison sentence after one of his rape convictions was overturned. The Canton Repository says Michael T. Brown's original 75-year prison term was reduced to 60 years after the 5th District Court of Appeals reversed one of his five convictions for raping young children. The newspaper says the dismissed count involved a young girl who did not testify at the man's trial. Brown was originally convicted in July last year of sexually assaulting children between the ages of four and 13.



Cedar Point to Dismantle “Mantis”

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:49pm

Officials at Cedar Point say they're going to dismantle the Mantis roller coaster soon, and is giving thrill-seekers a final chance to take a ride on the stand-up coaster. The park released its plans via YouTube and social media on Tuesday afternoon, saying the Mantis will be permanently shut-down at 8:00PM on Sunday, October 19. That will end an 18-year run and more than 22-Million rides. They have not yet announced what will take its place, but officials say additional plans for next year's line-up will be announced at a later date.



Weather Blamed for Injury Crash

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:38pm

The State Highway Patrol says weather played a role in a Labor Day crash that left several people injured in Tuscarawas County. Sheriff deputies and the State Highway Patrol responded around 7:00PM to the scene on I-77 North, just north of Stonecreek Road in Jefferson Township, where one vehicle hydroplaned on the rain-slickened Interstate and went through the median, hitting another car head-on and sending it into a third vehicle. Six people including a child were taken to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.



Woman Robs Store

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:38pm

A woman with a handgun robbed a Family Dollar store in Louisville over the holiday weekend. Police say the woman entered the store at 401 Chapel Street North around 9:00PM Saturday, locked the door and ordered the clerks to the floor, tying-up their hands and feet before stealing money from the register. Police are looking for a white female, around five-feet-four with slender build with pale skin and an excessive amount of make-up. She wore a medical bandage on the left side of her face and was dressed in dark pants, a dark shirt or coat with a hood, large sunglasses and light-colored shoes.



Suspect Wanted after Robbery in Stow

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:37pm

Police in Stow have released surveillance photos in hopes of finding the man who robbed a convenience store on Monday night. Police say the suspect was carrying a handgun when he entered the Seven-Eleven at 959 Steels Corners Road around 10:20PM. He went behind the counter and put the gun on the clerk, making-off with money from the register and cigarettes. The suspect is a black male, 20-25 years old, over six feet tall and around 175 pounds with facial hair. He was wearing gray sweat pants with a blue stripe down the leg, black leather coat, black shoes and a red-and-white Santa hat. Anyone with information, call Stow Police Detective Bureau at 330-689-5700.



Guardsman to be Arraigned on Child Sex-Assault Charges

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:36pm

An Ohio National Guardsman from Marysville will be arraigned on Friday on a list of charges involving his alleged sexual contact with three adopted daughters and a step-daughter. The unidentified man and his wife were named in a 35-count Grand Jury indictment, charging him with rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, intimidation and tampering with evidence. The wife has been charged with intimidation, obstruction of justice and evidence tampering. Authorities claim the man had sexually assaulted the girls, then moved one of them out of state in July 2012...threatening the other kids with a similar fate if they didn't keep their mouths shut about the abuse.



Man Gunned-Down by Police

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:36pm

Cleveland Police say a man wielding a gun was shot to death by a veteran officer on Tuesday morning, apparently after the man refused orders to drop his weapon. Police responded to East 140 near Kinsman around 9:30AM after getting a call about a man firing shots at another man. On arrival, 35-year-old Kendrick Brown of Cleveland reportedly approached the cruiser with his weapon raised. The Police Chief says the officer fired three shots after the gunman got to within 6-10 feet. Brown was pronounced dead on the scene by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.



Death Sentence Upheld

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:33pm

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 on Tuesday to uphold the death sentence for the man convicted in a fatal shooting in Cleveland. Jeremiah Jackson had been sentenced to die for killing Tracy Pickryl at a Cleveland laundromat in 2009. The murder culminated a crime spree that extended from Cleveland to Sandusky and Lorain, involving at least a half-dozen robberies and other crimes. The court denied defense attorney claims that a judge was biased against Jackson when he held an unsolicited hearing to determine if the man had a mental disability.



Roof Collapses at Historic Building

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:33pm

The roof collapsed Monday afternoon at a building in Massillon that is more than 100 years old. Neighbors behind the structure at 136 North Avenue NE heard the crash as the roof caved-in around 2:00PM. Fortunately, no one was inside at the time. The Canton Repository reports that people had noticed bricks and boards falling from the top of the building earlier in the weekend. Fire officials and the City Service Director gave it a quick inspection, determining that about half the roof came down and said the building department will conduct a full inspection before determining the next course of action.



Village Remains — Unofficially

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:32pm

It’s been more than a year and a half since residents of a south-central Ohio village voted to dissolve it and allow it to be absorbed into a larger community. However, since the vote, there hasn’t been much done to complete the task. The Village of Orient, southwest of Columbus, has about 88 homes and 200 residents who recently agreed to allow their neighborhood to be absorbed by Scioto Township, but a required state audit hasn’t been done. That means there’s no one around to enforce any maintenance or zoning codes – leading some properties into neglect. State officials say an audit can’t get under-way until local officials complete certain tasks.



OH Man Charged in WV Teen’s Death

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:31pm

A body found in Meigs County, Ohio has been identified as that of a teenage girl reported missing in West Virginia last month – and an Ohio man has been arrested in connection with the case. Campers on Saturday discovered the body of 16-year-old Erika Brown of Cross Lanes, West Virginia on the banks of the Ohio River in Portland. She had been missing since August 10. The Meigs County Sheriff’s office says a trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested 36-year-old Ernest Roach of Racine on Saturday. He was named in a Federal warrant out of Kanawha County, West Virginia.



Protesters Push for Fast-Food Unions

Sep 02, 2014 -- 1:29pm

There could be some big crowds at many fast-food restaurants on Thursday, with labor organizers expected to stage sit-ins and other protests demanding higher wages for restaurant workers. The organizing director for the group Fast Food Forward says workers in around 150 cities will engage in acts of civil disobedience in what’s billed as the “Fight for 15 Dollars” campaign. The events have been organized by the Service Employees International Union, a move the National Restaurant Association says is aimed at boosting the union’s dwindling membership numbers.



NTSB issues report in plane crash that killed 4

Sep 02, 2014 -- 11:28am

A National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of a small plane was trying to return to a suburban Cleveland airport last week when the aircraft plummeted to the ground, killing all four college students on board. The preliminary report released this morning says the pilot told the controller he was not climbing fast and asked for permission to make a left turn. The controller says the plane appears to have crashed after the pilot began turning. The aircraft struck the ground and crashed through a fence before it came to rest about 1,000 feet past the end of the 5,100 foot runway. The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University.

Akron man jailed on domestic charges

Sep 02, 2014 -- 11:20am

A 21 year-old Akron man was arrested after he allegedly punched, kicked and choked the woman he lives with because she didn't like him partying while she was at work. Rooke Sandles was arrested and charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. The woman was hospitalized. She did not want to sign charges against Sondles. The charges were signed by Falls police. Police say, the couple began fighting in a vehicle on Grant Street near 13thStreet, and they got out of the vehicle near State Road and continued fighting in the street. 

Death of Cuyahoga Falls boy ruled an accident

Sep 02, 2014 -- 11:01am

The death of a five year-old Cuyahoga Falls boy in his Hollywood Avenue home that was investigated by police has been ruled an accident by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office. Police say he died after a fall. Falls police Lt. Gary Merton Jr. tells Cuyahoga Falls News Press, that while the case is still open and the complete police report is still pending, no foul play is suspected in the boy's death. 

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