Two state legislators want to the end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle. State representatives Terry Johnson and Steven Slesnick say requiring one license plate on the rear bumper could save the state more than $1 million annually. They say it also would save money for car owners whose vehicles aren't built for front license plates and have to pay to have brackets attached to hold front plates.
Gas prices have taken a big jump in Ohio and the U.S. A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was listed at an average of about $3.84 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's up 27 cents from last Monday's average. Analysts blame the increase partially on recent signs that the U.S. And European economies still face considerable challenges. The OHIO price this week is 19 cents higher than the national average.
Akron police are investigating the robbery of the Church's Chicken restaurant, 700 South Arlington Street, in Akron. The robbery occurred around closing time last night. No one was hurt. The suspects are five black males, 13-to-18 years old , ranging in height from 5'6” to 6' , weighing between 130 and 160 pounds and all five wearing dark colored cloting.
Police made regular crime runs to the Cleveland street where three women were held captive in a house over a decade before escaping. Since the 2002 abduction of the first victim, Cleveland police went the block along Seymour Avenue to take crime reports nearly 160 times . That's just over one crime report a month during the past decade for a city block with fewer than 20 homes.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a woman driving a minivan led troopers on an interstate highway chase that reached speeds of 125 mph. The patrol said it happened yesterday when a woman was found by a trooper sleeping in a stolen van in a rest area in Lebanon. She led troopers on a 23-mile chase. Officials say 43 year-old Benjie Pauline-Brown was arrested when she crashed into a trooper's cruiser.
The search for a missing Norton man has ended. On Saturday, over 100 people helped the Portage County Sheriff's Office along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources conduct a search at the Berlin Lake Wildlife area. 45 year-old Jeffrey Hathaway has been missing since Wednesday morning. His car was found Friday morning near an area described by the sheriff as a dense wooded area. Hathaway is 6'2”, blonde hair and blue eyes and weighs around 220 pounds. Anyone with information, call, 330-325-1023.
A Massillon man is standing trial for allegedly shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit in what may have been a mercy killing. Jury selection is the aggravated murder trial of John Wise was scheduled to start this morning in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron. A court official tells Channel 3 news that the date has been pushed back. A new date has not been set. Wise has pleaded not guilty. The 67-year-old Wise, of Massillon, was charged with shooting his wife , Barbara, in the ICU unit of AGMC back on Aug. 4. She died the next morning. A friend said Barbara Wise had been disabled by a stroke and that the couple agreed they never wanted to become disabled in a nursing home.
A 35 year-old woman died Saturday in a fire outside her home in Sugar Creek Twp. Authorities say Carissa Sampsel was pronounced dead at the scene. The Stark County Coroner's office say, she was found next to her stone fire pit and may have used some type of accellerant to burn garbage. The fire remains under investigation.
An Akron woman initially charged with a felony for stealing a man's car from a Brimfield business while intoxicated and taking it for a drive in January has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges and sentenced to 180 days in jail and fined $1,000. 27 year-old Stacie Grumney initially was arrested by Brimfield police on Jan. 25 after a truck driver reported his vehicle stolen from the parking lot of a Tallmadge Road business. He had taken Grumney there after meeting with her at the Akron strip club where she worked. Police say, Grumney was intoxicated when police pulled her over in the truck on Tallmadge Road, while she was on her way back to Akron.
More trouble in Medina for the school board. The Medina Gazette reports, Superintendent Randy Stepp has now filed a lawsuit against the board president and its members. The lawsuit is for breech of contract ,defamation and invasion of privacy. Stepp has been on paid administrative leave since April. The school board rescinded his contract , saying it violated the open meeting law. This came after the news that Stepp received an $83,000 signing bonus. More than a quarter-million dollars paid him to re-pay his college loans.
Brimfield police, along with state troopers held an OVI checkpoint Saturday night. Brimfield police Chief David Oliver says, the checkpoint netted seven arrests, six of which were for OVI. Officers also recovered a loaded .380 handgun from one of the passengers being driven by an intoxicated driver. The owner did not have a CCW permit.
Steve Kleiber has resigned as CEO and president of the United Way of Portage County, effective May 24. Kleiber says he is stepping down to become a regional sales manager for B.J. Wholesale Clubs of Ohio. Kleiber has been with the agency since 2003.
A former Hiram man has admitted to pointing a loaded handgun at a Hiram police officer back in January. The Record Courier reports, 44 year-old Steven Sargent, now of Mantua, will be sentenced following a pre-sentence investigation. He was arrested after a standoff outside his Bancroft Street home on Jan. 16. Sargent had been taken home by police following a drunken driving arrest earlier in the night, but re-emerged from his home carrying a loaded handgun. Backup officers were called in and officers were able to talk him out of that house with no one being injured. Sargent could receive a minimum of probation, or between one-to-three years in prison
East Akron is getting a Hilton. Ground will be broken later this summer for a 136-room, five-story Hilton Garden Inn on three acres of land off East Market Street between Goodyear Hall and the Ganley Auto Campus, according to the Beacon Journal. The $18 million project is expected to open in June 2014.
A Barberton man has been arrested in connection with the robbery of the PNC Bank on Manchester Road, earlier this week. The Summit County Sheriff's Office said 52 year-old Richard Remmy Jr. handed a teller an envelope around 3 pm Thursday afternoon that contained a note demanding cash. The teller handed over an unspecified amount of cash and the robber ran from the bank. Authorities say they were able to track down the suspect with the help of the public after releasing photos of the bank robber. Remmy has been charged with aggravated robbery. Additional charges are pending. He has previous arrests for robbery and drug related crimes.