At least one person was seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash on State Route 8 in Stow on Tuesday afternoon. Police reported the incident happened around 12:15PM on the southbound side of Route 8 before Streels Corners Road, where a car and a commercial truck collided and shut-down the left two lanes. The Summit Metro Crash Response Team was called to the scene to investigate and traffic was funneled along the right lane as officials worked the incident. No other details were immediately released by Stow Police, who requested drivers avoid the area until the wreckage was cleared. The damaged vehicles remained on the scene for several hours until the wreckage was cleared around 4:00PM.
A Cuyahoga County man and his son have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of Food Stamp fraud and operating an illegal slaughterhouse…dumping animal blood into an area stream. 59-year-old Amin Salem of Westlake and his 32-year-old son, Mohamed, are both charged with conspiracy to launder money and engaging in real estate transactions using laundered funds. Amin is facing additional counts of with unpermitted discharges into waterway, distribution of unadulterated, misbranded or uninspected meat and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both are also charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. A third man from Cleveland faces related charges of conspiracy to launder money. The US Attorney’s office alleges that Amin Salem secretly owned several gas stations processing EBT transactions despite being prohibited to do so due to prior convictions on Food Stamp fraud charges. The accused reportedly processed more than 2.7-Million dollars in bogus SNAP transactions between 2010 and 2016. Over a two-year period, he allegedly slaughtered lambs and goats on his property and sold-off the meat without USDA inspection…collecting Food Stamp payments in return.
An Akron man entered not guilty pleas during his video arraignment in Summit County Court on charges in the death of a woman…whose body was found burning along a roadside near the border of New Franklin and Barberton. 46-year-old Daniel Jones was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges including murder, felonious assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The remains found among the debris of a burning mattress on September 23 were later identified as those of 43-year-old Kerri Blondheim of Massillon, whose death was ruled a homicide by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office. Barberton Police report the discovery of the body happened just across the city limits in the city of New Franklin, where Barberton Firefighters had responded around 8:30PM along Van Buren Avenue to a report of the burning mattress. As they put-out the flames, Blondheim’s body was found among the debris. The Medical Examiner later reported the death was brought-on by trauma to the head and neck, the result of a violent beating.
Repairs to the East Avenue bridge over the combined I-77 and I-76 on Akron’s west side will begin soon…and that means traffic congestion and detours for those who travel the stretch of Interstate. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that work to repair the damaged bridge will start next Monday night. Starting at 8:00PM, traffic will be reduced to one lane and the ramp from I-76 East to the Kenmore Leg northbound will be closed at the south end of the Kenmore Leg. On Tuesday night at 10:00, all traffic along I-76 East and I-77 South will be closed at the East Avenue bridge through Wednesday morning. Detours and lane restrictions are expected to last through mid-March.
The span was damaged on December 3, when a tractor-trailer rig hauling a bulldozer on its flatbed trailer failed to clear beneath the bridge…causing serious damage to support beams under the structure. A pickup truck traveling behind was unable to stop in time before colliding with the dozer…but fortunately, no one was hurt.
At least one person was seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash on State Route 8 in Stow on Tuesday afternoon. Police reported the incident happened around 12:15PM on the southbound side of Route 8 before Streels Corners Road, where a car and a commercial truck collided and shut-down the left two lanes. The Summit Metro Crash Response Team was called to the scene to investigate and traffic was funneled along the right lane as officials worked the incident. No other details were immediately released by Stow Police, who requested drivers avoid the area until the wreckage was cleared. The damaged vehicles remained on the scene for several hours.
Ohio is among 45 US states that will benefit from a multi-Million dollar settlement with Johnson & Johnson, announced on Tuesday by State Attorney General Dave Yost. The 120-Million dollar settlement came after attorneys general alleged that a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson had engaged in unfair and deceptive practices with the promotion of metal-on-metal hip implant devices…namely claims about longevity and success rate of more than 99-percent over a three-year period. Some patients who received the devices required hip implant revision surgery due to a wide range of complications created with the devices…which were pulled from the market in 2010.
One day before trial proceedings were to begin in Summit County Court, the defendant chose to cop guilty pleas to charges in the shooting death of his teenage friend last Summer. 19-year-old Javen Foster of Canton pleaded guilty to charges including reckless homicide, weapons under disability and grand theft-firearm. The victim of the August 9 shooting was identified as 15-year-old Christian Smith of Barberton. Police were called to the scene along 27th Street NW a short time before 6:30AM on the report of a shooting, arriving to find Smith bleeding from a bullet wound. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said at the time that the two apparently found the handgun in an unlocked car along 28th Street NW during the early-morning hours and were playing with it when the weapon discharged. Foster returns to Summit County Court to get his punishment on February 25.
An official with the US Department of Defense paid a visit to the University of Akron, apparently intrigued with the school’s weapons-related research program. The Chief Discovery and Integration Officer for the US Central Command was on the Akron campus last week, getting a behind-the-scenes glance of research labs and capabilities in technology involving chemical, biological, nuclear and advanced technical weaponry. He also visited Engineering and Polymer Science programs and took a peek at cybersecurity programs in the College of Applied Science and Technology. The reason behind the visit was to gage whether Akron can play a future role in supporting future missions mounted by CENTCOM.
Akron Police have put the collar on a suspect in connection with the theft of Thousands of dollars from the bank account of an elderly woman. Police were contacted on October 12 after the 92-year-old victim’s daughter checked her account and found unauthorized withdrawals that totaled nearly 12-Thousand dollars. Surveillance photos were used to help identify the alleged thief and police on Tuesday announced the arrest of 22-year-old Aliyah Stallworth of Treeside Drive. She’s accused of taking the money through bank transactions between January 19 and October 12 last year. Stallworth was booked into Summit County Jail on charges of identity fraud and theft by deception.
A man who had gone with his brother to an east Akron home to smoke some dope wound-up with a bullet in his belly. Akron Police were called to the 900 block of Hunt Street around Noon on Monday, where the victim and his brother had ventured into the basement to smoke some marijuana before an argument started. Someone drew and fired, hitting the 27-year-old man from Unclmorse Avenue in Kenmore in the stomach. He was taken by EMS to Akron City Hospital in serious condition. Police didn’t identify the gunman and said the incident remained under investigation on Tuesday.
An Akron couple who got stuck in their driveway were greeted not with help – but with a handgun…and a demand for valuables. Akron Police report the incident happened shortly after 9:00AM Monday along Brighton Drive in Firestone Park, where the older couple had gotten stuck in the snow and two men rolled-up, saying they wanted to “help.” One of them pulled a handgun and demanded their property, getting the male victim’s wallet, his wife’s purse and a cell phone. Responding officers tracked footprints in the snow and arrested 20-year-old Treyvon Wright of Brighton Drive and a 16-year-old from Glendora Avenue. Both were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. While the purse and wallet were recovered, the cell phone was not.
The Summit County Sheriff’s office has issued a call to the public for help finding a hit-skip driver – one who forced a young woman from the highway and caused her vehicle to crash. The Sheriff’s office wants to talk to witnesses who saw the crash that happened around 12:15PM January 15 along I-77 South in Coventry Township. The 20-year-old woman from Green had her six-month-old baby in the back seat when her car was forced off the Interstate just south of the US 224 interchange. Her car went into the median, then airborne and rolled several times before coming to a stop in the northbound lanes. Both the woman and her baby were taken to Akron hospitals as the car that forced them off continued on its way. Detectives are looking for a red Honda Civic, possibly a four-door model, from the 2000-2005 model years. If you witnessed the crash or have any information about the suspect vehicle or its driver, call the Sheriff’s office at 330-643-2181.
Hundreds of teachers at Wright State University in Ohio hit the picket lines on Tuesday. Officials at the school in Dayton say that classes will continue as scheduled, with most of the faculty still on the job including some members of the union that took a walk. Some classes will be taught by substitutes – including the school President - and others will be conducted online. Around 560 of the 17-hundred faculty members at Wright State are members of the American Association of University Professors, whose bargaining team rejected the Board of Trustees’ latest employment terms in a dispute over issues including wages and health care benefits.
A long-time volunteer at the Toledo Zoo had her thumb ripped off her hand by an orangutan during a routine feeing over the weekend. Zoo officials said the incident happened as the female volunteer was working with paid staff members in an off-exhibit holding area on Saturday afternoon. They say that 14-year-old “Bajik,” a male born at the Zoo in 2005, reached his fingers through the enclosure and grabbed the victim’s thumb, pulling her forearm through a gap and bit-down on the arm. When she pulled her arm back through, the thumb was detached. The volunteer who had worked for the Zoo for the past 18 years was taken to an area hospital for treatment. There were no surveillance cameras operating nearby at the time and the US Department of Agriculture is involved in the follow-up investigation.
A fight between two inmates in an Ohio jailhouse has resulted in the death of one of them. The Montgomery County Coroner’s office reports that 54-year-old James Richards of Sydney died on Saturday, one day after he got into it with fellow inmate Peter Stokes at the Shelby County Jail. The Sheriff’s office there reported that Stokes reportedly told Richards to quiet-down while he was talking on his phone, resulting in words being exchanged and the argument escalating into a fist-fight. Richards reportedly hit his head on the floor when he fell, then was beaten as he lay on the ground. Officers eventually broke it up and Richards was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died. Stokes is expected to be charged once the follow-up investigation is finished.
A man who apparently tried to make-off with hundreds of dollars’ worth of meat was caught in the act at an area grocery store. Police in Rocky River allege that 49-year-old Mark Donovan of Cleveland had stuffed nearly 250 dollars’ worth of steaks into his jacket and headed for the exit door at a Giant Eagle on Center Ridge Road. Workers at the store called the cops when they apparently saw Donovan making-off with the meat in the incident that was recorded on surveillance camera. Officers arrived to catch-up to him, cuffing and booking him on charges of theft and criminal trespass. He was also wanted on an arrest warrant out of North Olmsted.
Two people from the area have been arrested on charges they sexually molested a child who was left under their care. After 44-year-old Mark Mueller and 36-year-old Rebecca Brodzenski had already been arrested in Portage County on drug-related charges, local Sheriff detectives were informed that Sebring Police had started an investigation against the couple in late-October. A note written by a 14-year-old girl under the adults’ care was found inside the home where they were living in Deerfield, detailing alleged sexual assaults by Mueller that happened last July while they lived in Sebring. A Mahoning County Grand Jury indicted the pair on charges including gross sexual imposition and child endangering. In Portage County, both are facing child endangering charges. The children are now in the care of other relatives.
The explosion of a gas line in southeast Ohio left at least one person injured and leveled at least two homes on Monday. The massive blast happened shortly after 10:30AM on Smithberger Road near the Noble County city of Caldwell, where authorities reported that as multiple fire crews worked to contain the initial fire, they also had to contend with a number of other fire incidents that were sparked by the first. One victim was transported to a hospital in Marietta for treatment of burns, though that person’s condition wasn’t provided. The blast was heard and felt for miles and resulted in flames as high as 80 feet in the air. The cause of the incident had not been determined as of Tuesday.
The state of Ohio is making a push to encourage more people to open their homes to down-and-out kids through adoption and foster care programs. Governor DeWine’s office has announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has plenty of information to help current and prospective foster families…available through a website created by the Department that has been recommended by an advisory group made-up of a wide range of agencies throughout the state. At last count, there were nearly 16-Thousand kids being held in the custody of Children Services agencies, a number that continues to climb due to the continued problem with the opioid epidemic and the number of children removed from their homes.
A man who allegedly started a fight that ended in deadly gunfire has been charged in the victim’s death. 29-year-old Tyrone Conner of Euclid was recently arrested and booked into Cuyahoga County Jail, charged with involuntary manslaughter for the incident that happened January 12. Cleveland Police report that 35-year-old Deon Taylor and a friend had stopped at a gas station on East 185th Street and when Conner saw Taylor’s friend, allegedly sucker punched him from behind as he walked to the store. Taylor was among several others who tried to break it up as another man got out of Conner’s car and shot Taylor in the stomach at close range. The gunman ran-off after his weapon jammed and Conner got into the car and raced-off. Taylor was pronounced dead of his bullet wound at University Hospitals.