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Police believe bodies found are homeowner, missing woman

Jun 23, 2017 -- 6:02am

Police say they believe that two badly decomposed bodies found in a northeast Ohio home are the homeowner and a woman reported missing.
 
     Parma Heights Police Capt. Steve Scharschmidt said Thursday that the bodies were found Wednesday when officers arrived at the home in the Cleveland suburb to search for 50-year-old Regina Capobianco. She had been reported missing from the Stark County area.
 
     Scharschmidt says the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's office will need to positively identify the bodies. But he says police believe they are Capobianco and 65-year-old John Mann, the homeowner.
 
     Scharschmidt says police believe the bodies may have been in the home about a month.
 
     The deaths are being investigated as homicides.
 
     Police have not discussed whether there is a suspect. The case remains under investigation.

Councilman asks if city can stop responding to overdoses

Jun 23, 2017 -- 5:58am

A city councilman in southwest Ohio has asked if it's possible for city emergency crews to stop responding to drug overdose calls as costs for those calls mount.
 
     The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports (http://bit.ly/2sG0uPL ) Middletown City Council member Dan Picard has asked if there is a law requiring the city to respond to overdose calls.  
 
     Picard says arresting people who overdose increases the burden on taxpayers and strains the court system. He suggests issuing a court summons to individuals who overdose and ordering them to do community service.
 
     City Manager Doug Adkins declined to comment on Picard's suggestions until he gets an opinion from the city's law department.
 
     Adkins has said Middletown is on pace to spend $100,000 on the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone, while it budgeted $10,000 for the year.

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Jun 23, 2017 -- 5:57am

Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years.
 
     The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted by the House. Yet it still would force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.
 
     The doubts about the latest plan are coming from Republicans, Democrats and the nation's one independent governor.
 
     Among the Republicans voicing concern are Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. They say the GOP plan could leave hundreds of thousands of people in their states without coverage, including those dealing with chronic health problems.

Work on bridge linking Ohio, Kentucky to slow traffic

Jun 23, 2017 -- 5:47am

Two months of traffic troubles loom for drivers going over the Ohio River in Cincinnati and in Covington, Kentucky.
 
     Maintenance work on the Brent Spence Bridge connecting the Ohio and Kentucky cities begins Friday night and continues over the next two months. Two lanes in each direction will be closed during the project.
 
     The chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the regular maintenance project will include pouring concrete and installing new lighting. Chief District Engineer Bob Yeager says it also will include fixing drainage issues and improving the bridge's steel frame.
 
     Kentucky transportation officials are advising commuters to choose alternate routes and to expect delays on Interstate 71 and Interstate 75.
 
     Yeager says there is no estimate for the length of daily delays.
 

Jurors set to return for 5th day in police shooting retrial

Jun 23, 2017 -- 5:45am

 Deliberations in the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have gone on longer than in his first trial.
 
     Jurors in Ray Tensing's murder retrial will get back at it Friday, their fifth day. They've deliberated nearly 26 hours, compared to 25 hours over four days before a November mistrial was declared.
 
     The Hamilton County court administrator says the jury asked a question Thursday, and the judge sent an answer after meeting with attorneys. The question wasn't made public.
 
     The 27-year-old Tensing also is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose. Tensing says he feared for his life when DuBose tried to drive away from a traffic stop over a missing front license plate.

Air Force Thunderbirds, jet trainer set for Ohio air show

Jun 23, 2017 -- 5:03am

 The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Lockheed Martin's newest jet trainer will be featured at annual air show this weekend in southwestern Ohio.
 
     Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show say Lockheed Martin's new T-50A aircraft will be featured at the event Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.
 
     The 43rd annual show also will include a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, an F-35 Lightning II and the Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team. It also will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in World War II.
 
     Officials estimated attendance at more than 50,000 spectators last year.
 
     Two performers died in a crash at the 2013 show. Federal investigators said pilot error was the probable cause of the crash that killed the pilot and a wing walker.

Man faces charges after stealing more than 500 signs

Jun 23, 2017 -- 4:56am

An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers.
 
     John Hoelzl, of Avon Lake, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of receiving stolen property.
 
     Police say the signs, valued at more than $5,500, were taken over a period of several months.
 
     The Avon Lake Police Department began investigating the thefts after receiving several complaints. Police say some of the signs were illegally posted, but most had been granted city approval.
 
     Hoelzl tells WJW-TV in Cleveland that he "probably shouldn't have" taken the signs and he expresses his apologies.

Dog that mauled 2 kids in car seats to be euthanized

Jun 23, 2017 -- 4:54am

 Police say a pit bull that mauled two young children in Pennsylvania as they sat helplessly strapped into their car seats is being euthanized next week.
 
     Police say a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl suffered puncture wounds to their faces after the dog broke through a fence in Lancaster and attacked them Monday.
 
     The children's mother was able to pull the dog away from the van with the help of several other people.
 
     Lancaster Police Lt. Bill Hickey says the girl was released from the hospital Thursday. The boy is still hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
 
     Hickey says the dog's owner is voluntarily euthanizing the animal June 30. The dog is currently under quarantine.

Defendant Convicted in Murder of SWAT Officer

Jun 22, 2017 -- 5:02pm

 

A Franklin County Court jury on Thursday found the defendant guilty as charged in the shooting death of a Columbus Police SWAT Team officer during a standoff last year. Lincoln Rutledge shot officer Steven Smith in the head while police tried to arrest him on April 10 last year on a warrant for arson charges. The officer died two days later, leading to the aggravated murder charge on which Rutledge was convicted on Thursday. The sentencing phase begins next week and the convicted man faces a possible death penalty for his crime.

 

 

Baby-Killer Convicted

Jun 22, 2017 -- 4:46pm

 

A Stark County Court jury on Thursday afternoon returned a guilty verdict against a man accused of beating to death his girlfriend's one-year-old daughter. 27-year-old Timothy Mayle was found guilty on a murder charge for the March 11 death last year of Leah Tucke, who was found having trouble breathing when paramedics were called to a home along Seventh Street NW in Canton. Mayle told authorities afterward that the little girl had fallen down some stairs...but the jury didn't buy his story while prosecutors claimed the little victim had been subjected to a brutal beating.

 

 

Defendant Fit for Trial in Cop Run-Down

Jun 22, 2017 -- 4:05pm

 

An Akron man accused of ramming police cruisers in Cuyahoga Falls and causing a head-on crash that left an officer seriously hurt last year has been deemed mentally fit to go to trial. 46-year-old Donald Watson was hit with a supplemental indictment by a Summit County Grand Jury last November charging him with 17 new counts in addition to those he already faces for the July 23 incident last year. He copped insanity pleas to the charges filed against him for the incident, which started with a harassing phone call to Falls Police, followed-up by Watson allegedly ramming his vehicle into several cruisers at headquarters before driving-off, then causing the head-on crash that hospitalized Officer Ted Davis. Watson's final pre-trial hearing in Summit County Court is set for September 21 – with the trial due to begin October 2.

 

 

OH Budget Falls Short — Big-Time

Jun 22, 2017 -- 3:49pm

 

Final estimates are in regarding the state of Ohio's projected budget shortfall – indicating expenditures out-distance revenue by a whopping one-Billion dollars or more. Budget analysts released the data on Thursday during a House-Senate Conference Committee, working to hammer-out the differences between lawmakers' versions of the proposed two-year state budget. Along with the budget problems, the state is also expected to see Medicaid caseload costs overtake estimated projections by around 59-Million over the two-year budget period.

 

 

Suspect Charged in Warren Murder

Jun 22, 2017 -- 3:43pm

 

A suspect has been arrested and jailed on charges connected to the murder of a Warren man, whose body was discovered near Warren last week and positively identified as a young man who went missing earlier this month. 18-year-old Austin Burke of Bristolville was arrested shortly after the robbery of a pizza shop in Cortland on Tuesday night...and police say they located him at an apartment building in the downtown area. Burke was charged in the death of 22-year-old Brandon Sample, who left his Warren home June 11 after telling his family that he was going to take a friend to Akron. His family reported him missing the following day after being unable to reach him by phone or text and the body was found last shot to death Tuesday in a remote area of Bristol Township. His car was found abandoned near a bike trail. Burke's bond was set at one-Million dollars on Thursday and he remains in the Trumbull County Jail.

 

 

He Hates Those Signs!

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:54pm

 

Police in Avon Lake have arrested a man who apparently has it in for those temporary signs you see along the roads. Police received a number of complaints about signs being removed from the roadsides in the past few months and eventually saw video of the guy who was doing it. After identifying and questioning 62-year-old John Hoelzl, police say he admitted to taking the signs – more than 500 of them, in fact – because he felt they were a distraction to drivers. Police found 55-hundred dollars' worth of the signs stacked-up at his home. He was charged with receiving stolen property and released on a one-Thousand dollar bond following his arrest.

 

 

Co-Defendant Named in Home-Invasion Robbery, Shooting

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:44pm

 

A Portage County Grand Jury has issued an indictment naming a co-defendant in connection with a home-invasion robbery where at least one shot was fired earlier this year. The Record-Courier reports that 18-year-old Alexander Kazoun of Stow was named in a filing earlier this month, charging him with counts including attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping. Those are the same counts previously leveled against 19-year-old Jason Sadler of Cuyahoga Falls. The two are accused of getting inside a home in the 500 block of Murray Court in Ravenna on January 24, holding three people at gunpoint and firing at least one round while threatening to kill the hostages. The newspaper reports that Karoun's bond was set at 500-Thousand dollars cash during his arraignment in Portage County Court.

 

 

MC Rider Identified, was Speeding before Fatal Crash

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:43pm

 

Cuyahoga Falls Police have identified the victim and released additional details involving the fatal motorcycle crash on State Route 8 that tied-up traffic for hours on Tuesday afternoon. The rider was identified as 19-year-old Richard Hopkins Jr of Brandon Avenue in Akron. Police say he was riding south along the highway around 95 miles an hour before losing control of the handlebars, hitting the median wall and being thrown into a utility pole – his body landing on the northbound side of the highway. The motorcycle then struck another vehicle nearby with debris from the crash hitting a second vehicle that was headed north. Speeding and improper lane change were blamed as the cause of the crash. Hopkins was wearing a helmet at the time.

 

 

Otto Warmbier Eulogized

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:43pm

 

Some two-Thousand people packed into a school in southwest Ohio on Thursday for the memorial service for Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old Cincinnati-area man who was returned to Ohio in a coma following nearly 18 months in captivity in North Korea. After the service at a high school in Wyoming, Ohio, a bagpiper played as his casket was carried to a hearse and hundreds more people lined the street. Warmbier was arrested on accusations he tried to steal a propaganda banner, then was convicted and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March last year for what the Communist government called crimes against the state.

 

 

Victims' Rights Initiative Gains Momentum

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:42pm

 

Backers of a Constitutional amendment for victims' rights in Ohio say they're confident they've got the steam to get the proposal to the November ballot. The measure is aimed at giving crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused and organizers on Thursday delivered 560-Thousand petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State's office. 306-Thousand valid signatures are needed to move the item to the voting booths. The proposal, dubbed “Marsy's Law,” would require notification of crime victims and their families at every step in the judicial process – and also allow them to tell their side of the story in criminal cases, plus give the victims input on plea deals...declaring full and timely restitution a right under the Ohio Constitution.

 

 

Fire Official Faces Sex Charges

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:41pm

 

Sex-related charges have been filed against an area fire Lieutenant. The Medina Gazette reports that 35-year-old Granger Township Fire Lt Brandon Quinn was placed on unpaid administrative leave by Trustees following his arrest on 11 counts of gross sexual imposition, involving his alleged sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. The firefighter is accused of assaulting the young victim between January 2007 and June of 2012. Quinn was arraigned last month in Medina County Court and pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him in April. He was released under a 25-Thousand dollar bond, with a trial date set for August 7.

 

 

Arsonist Pleads Guilty

Jun 22, 2017 -- 2:41pm

 

A Ravenna resident has pleaded guilty in Portage County Court to an aggravated arson charge, stemming from a fire he set at a home last fall. 27-year-old Vincent Keen was charged in connection with an October 31 blaze at a home along the 300 block of Day Street in Ravenna that killed a family dog. Keen took a plea deal that saw additional charges of aggravated arson, attempted burglary and cruelty to animals dismissed. The judge hearing the case ordered a pre-sentence investigation, after which Keen returns to court and faces prison time between two and eight years.

 

 

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