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Trump to promote infrastructure plan in Richfield next week

Mar 24, 2018 -- 6:45am

President Donald Trump plans to visit Ohio next week to promote his plans to rebuild and repair the nation's roads and bridges.
     Trump asked Congress in February to consider using a $200 billion federal investment to leverage more than $1 trillion in state, local and private funding to pay for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, such as roads, highways, bridges, ports and airports.
     Trump has promoted the plan as one that would garner bipartisan support, but it has received a cool reception on Capitol Hill.
     The White House said Friday that Trump plans to travel to Richfield, Ohio, on Thursday to promote the plan.
     Trump won Ohio in the 2016 presidential election.

Fertility clinic rules out inappropriate access to tank area

Mar 24, 2018 -- 6:19am

An Ohio fertility clinic where thousands of frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged in a storage tank failure says it's ruled out any inappropriate physical access to its storage tanks area.
    University Hospitals in suburban Cleveland also said in the letter this week to clinic patients that it doesn't think there was a hack into its computers, but has made no final determination on that. The hospital says it hasn't discovered what caused the March 4 tank failure that potentially destroyed as many as 2,000 eggs and embryos.
    It says all aspects of the situation are being examined.
    Another tank failure happened the same day at a clinic in San Francisco.
    University Hospitals says it has bought new tanks with new alarms from a different supplier.

Cavs block out Suns

Mar 24, 2018 -- 5:44am

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain 1  1/2 games ahead of the Indiana Pacers for the Central Division lead and the third seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs.
     LeBron James contributed 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 120-95 blowout over the Suns. Kevin Love had 20 points for the Cavaliers, who welcomed back forwards Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood from injuries. Nance finished with 15 points and 10 boards in 22 minutes, Hood added nine points and Thompson had nine rebounds.

No charges in case of news photographer shot by deputy

Mar 24, 2018 -- 5:36am

Investigators say no charges will be filed against an Ohio sheriff's deputy who shot a news photographer setting up to photograph a traffic stop.
     Clark County Deputy Jacob Shaw said he mistook photographer Andrew Grimm's camera for a gun when he shot him twice, once in the side and once in the shoulder, last year in New Carlisle, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Columbus.
     An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation spokeswoman said Friday that grand jurors didn't find sufficient evidence to justify charging Shaw.
     A message was left with the attorney representing Grimm, who works for a weekly newspapers group.
     The Clark County Sheriff's Office is conducting an administrative review.
     A federal lawsuit filed by Grimm claims Shaw used excessive force and violated his civil rights.

Akron Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm, Drug Charges

Mar 23, 2018 -- 5:22pm


An Akron man has decided to plead guilty in Federal Court to charges of using a firearm while possessing close to a half-pound of the dangerous and powerful drug carfentanyl. 27-year-old Da'Nico Geter pleaded to a count of possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of carfentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The charges evolved from his arrest on September 7 last year, with the US Attorney's office likening possession of the vast amount of carfentanyl with walking around Akron with a bomb. Geter is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 years in prison when he returns to court.



Akron Teacher Admits Sex with Student

Mar 23, 2018 -- 3:23pm


A former teacher at Akron's Buchtel High School has formally admitted her sexual relationship with one of her teenage students. 37-year-old Laura Cross of Kent Drive in Tallmadge went before the bench in Summit County Court on Friday, pleading guilty to three felony counts of sexual battery. Cross had struck-up a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy after she became his legal guardian. The illicit activity began in 2014 and continued for three years and the two had a child together. Cross returns to the courtroom on May 24 to learn her sentence following the conviction.



Arraignment for Parents in Toddler's Freezing Death

Mar 23, 2018 -- 3:01pm


The parents of a two-year-old child who froze to death on the front porch of an Akron apartment appeared for arraignment on Friday in Summit County Court. 24-year-old Dariaun Parker and 22-year-old Tierra Williams are facing felony charges of child endangering for the February 2 death of Wynter Parker, who reportedly wandered outside the apartment on Doty Drive as her father slept. She was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital and the autopsy that followed attributed her death to severe hypothermia.



Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:51pm


His penalty for killing the ex-boyfriend of his daughter last year is life behind bars for 66-year-old Edward Piechowiak Jr of Maple Heights. He chose a plea deal with prosecutors in Summit County Court, pleading guilty to one aggravated murder charge with a firearm specification in exchange for other counts against him being dismissed. Piechowiak shot to death 32-year-old Kein Tiearney on August 2 last year at an apartment on Americana Drive in Cuyahoga Falls. Piechowiak won't see a chance of parole until he spends at least 23 years behind bars – if he lives that long.



Man Walks into Moving Rig

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:50pm


Canton Police are continuing to investigate after a man walked directly into a semi tractor-trailer as it lumbered along I-77 on Thursday night. Police told the Canton Repository the incident happened around 6:15PM on the northbound side of the Interstate near the exit to Mercy Medical Center, where the 39-year-old man was seen walking into the lanes in what appeared to be an attempt at suicide. The driver of the semi told police that he looked into his mirror to see the man walk into the side of the trailer. The unnamed man was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.



FirstEnergy Solutions may Go Bankrupt, Lose Generation Capability

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:50pm


According to a report, a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corporation may go bankrupt and find itself leaving the power-generation industry and concentrating strictly on delivering the product. Cleveland.com reports that FirstEnergy is apparently ready to sell-off or close all of its remaining coal-fired and nuclear plants, due mostly to the fact the state and Federal governments have refused to subsidize the operations. The website reports the step-back from power generation could be part of a restructuring plan for FirstEnergy Solutions, expected to go to Federal Bankruptcy Court next week. If the nuke plants are sold through bankruptcy proceedings, anyone seeking to buy them up would be subject to approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The report says that FirstEnergy Solutions is coming-up on an April 2 deadline to make a 100-Million dollar payment to its bond holders...a down payment on a total reported debt of over 2.8-Billion dollars.



Ambulance Crashes on State Route 8

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:49pm


A crash on State Route 8 in Akron on Friday morning involved an ambulance that was transporting a patient to an Akron hospital. The accident that happened in the southbound lanes near the Perkins Street exit shortly before 8:00AM involved a pickup truck and the ambulance, which was coming from Hudson. No injuries were reported following the wreck, but Akron EMS had to pick-up the patient to complete the transport to the hospital. The crash remains under investigation and no charges were immediately filed.



Doctors Can Apply for Marijuana Rx

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:48pm


The State Medical Board here in Ohio has begun accepting applications from doctors who are willing to prescribe medical marijuana, once the state's program is finally up and running. Eligible applicants must hold an active, unrestricted license as a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine. The applicants will have to go through two hours of continuing education on qualifying medical conditions, treating those that qualify and the possible interactions with other medicines.



New Plans for Lake Erie Algae Battle

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:48pm


A new set of plans for combating the chronic algae blooms in the Western Basin of Lake Erie has been proposed by the Governor's office. The proposal was unveiled one day after the state finally declared the shallow end of the lake as “impaired” by the toxic algae that's been a problem for years. The plans call for farmers to dramatically reduce the amount of fertilizer and manure that runs-off their land and int waterways feeding into the lake. Environmental groups have said the state needs to do more than place voluntary restrictions on farmers for the amount of fertilizer they spread on their fields. The Governor's latest plan still must meet with approval by the State Legislature.



Death Sentence Likely for Accused Cop-Killer

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:47pm


The man who reportedly opened-up on two Westerville Police officers last month and killed them both is now looking at a possible death sentence if convicted as charged. 31-year-old Quentin Smith has been indicted by a Grand Jury on several charges that carry the possibility of the ultimate punishment. On February 10, 39-year-old Officer Eric Joering and 54-year-old officer Anthony Morelli knocked on the door to a town house on a reported domestic dispute. They were allegedly met with gunfire from Smith and returned shots before Joering died on the scene. Morelli, a native of Massillon, died later in the hospital and Smith was also hospitalized due to his bullet wounds.



Pre-Teen Charged with Carjacking

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:46pm


A carjacking suspect arrested on charges of stealing the wheels from a woman at gunpoint in Columbus is just 12 years old...and apparently is making a habit of the crime. The accused pre-teen, gun-toting jacker is charged in Franklin County Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery, hit-skip, reckless operation, failure to control and no driver's license. According to police, the 12-year-old approached the victim in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, stuck a gun in her face and ordered her from her seat. Police say the boy later crashed the car when officers tried to pull him over – then was caught after a short chase when he bailed and ran from the seat. The victim told officers this was the second time the kid had ripped-off her wheels.



Two Dead in Area Crash

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:45pm


A crash between a pickup truck and a semi claimed the life of both drivers on Thursday night in Ashtabula County's Richmond Township. The State Highway Patrol says the incident happened just before 7:30PM at the Intersection of State Route 7 and US 6, where a Columbiana County man reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign and drove his pickup truck into the path of the oncoming rig. Both vehicles rolled-over after hitting a ditch and the pickup burst into flames. 46-year-old Clifford Miller of Wellsville died of the injuries he suffered in the wreck along with the driver of the semi, identified as 61-year-old William Rounds of Waterville, New York. The follow-up investigation is ongoing.



Stow Mayor Claims Councilman Assaulted Her

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:44pm


The Mayor of Stow is getting some attention from police and the media following a Thursday night meeting at City Hall. Mayor Sara Kline says that she and City Councilman Bob Adaska got into an argument following the meeting and during the confrontation, the Councilman allegedly shoved Kline. According to reports, there was a police officer working City Council chambers at the time and took no action to remove or arrest either of those involved. Kline took her story to police headquarters to file a report and said afterward that the Councilman had been second-guessing her decision over the removal of a city-owned playground. Adaska has denied assaulting the mayor.



One Dead in Turnpike Crash

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:44pm


One driver died following a crash between his pickup truck and a semi tractor-trailer on the Ohio Turnpike early Friday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the wreck happened in the eastbound lanes of the Toll Road in Boston Heights, just west of the Route 8 Interchange, shortly after 2:00AM. Both vehicles were headed east when the semi was hit from behind by the pickup, which was pulling a camper trailer. The pickup truck caught fire and burned after impact and the driver reportedly died on the scene. The victim's name wasn't immediately released and the crash remains under investigation.



Woman gets Prison for Failing to Disclose STD

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:43pm


A three-year prison sentence has been handed-down to a woman by a judge in Columbiana County Court, her penalty for failing to tell sex partners that she's HIV-positive. Lisa Mutter pleaded guilty to felonious assault charges in January. The county's Health Commissioner informed the Sheriff's office that Mutter had admitted to county nurses that she had been diagnosed with the disease in 2004 and that she had not been taking her medications. She engaged in sex with men she hooked-up with on dating websites without telling them of her medical condition, as required by law. Mutter still has more legal trouble ahead...awaiting trial in Trumbull County Court on similar charges.



Family wants Convicted Killer Released

Mar 23, 2018 -- 2:42pm


A Trumbull County man convicted and sentenced to a life prison term for the murders of two young men may not have to spend much more time in a cell. He'll either die in prison or – as his family wishes – following his early release. Family members of 48-year-old Nasser Hamad of Howland want him granted parole, with an attorney telling the judge who sentenced him that the convicted killer has terminal kidney cancer that has spread to other areas of his body. The family claims that Hamad is being denied appropriate care while behind bars. He was given a 36-to-life sentence for the shooting deaths of the two men and wounding of three others – an incident that happened in the front yard of his home on State Route 46 in late-February last year. The shooting culminated an online feud and back-and-forth taunts on social media.



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