The future of Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer will be determined this week. Trustees at OSU have set Wednesday for a meeting to discuss Meyer’s future, now that an independent panel completed its review of allegations that were made against him. Fact-finders briefed the Board on Monday, with the panel to retreat into Executive Session on Wednesday before publicly discussing what steps will be taken. President Michael drake will have the final say on whether any action is taken against the coach, who was accused by the ex-wife of a former assistant of knowing more than he admitted about domestic violence issues.
A Federal Grand Jury has indicted an Ohio man on charges he made threats to kill people connected with the Ohio Lottery. 38-year-old Jason Stovall of Dayton was hit with four counts of making threats over interstate communications. The US Attorney’s office reported on Monday that Stovall is accused of making the threats through numerous posts to the Ohio Lottery Commission’s Facebook Page, items which appeared between June 28 and July 7 in which he allegedly threatened to kill people.
The mother of a four-year-old girl who was wounded after her older brother fired a gun he found earlier this year has been handed jail time for failing to seek medical attention for the little victim. 28-year-old Alyssa Edwards of Hayesville appeared on Monday in Ashland County Court, where she previously pleaded guilty to child endangering charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. She’ll spend six months behind bars and perform 25 hours of community service. Her plea came in advance of a trial in connection with the incident that happened on March 3 at her home, when she arrived from work to find her eight-year-old son had gotten his hands on a weapon, then shot his little sister four times. Rather than take the wounded child to a hospital, Edwards returned to work and finally got around to seeking medical treatment after coming home a second time later in the day.
A Grand Jury in Lake County has handed-up an indictment against a Kirtland man in connection with a hit-skip incident that killed a Mentor Police officer. 24-year-old Brian Anthony faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, OVI or operating under influence of drugs, failure to stop after a crash and other counts. On June 24, 41-year-old Officer Matthew Mazany was on the scene of a traffic stop and helping another officer when he was hit on State Route 2 near State Route 306. He was taken from the scene to TriPoint Medical Center, where he died. According to prosecutors, Anthony fled the scene after hitting the officer and tested positive for several drugs after he was arrested several hours later.
Two homes burned on Akron’s east side over the weekend in separate incidents that authorities believe may be related – both suspicious in nature. Akron Firefighters were called to a burning home in the 600 block of Chittenden Street around 7:00PM Friday, arriving to find the structure engulfed in flames. A little more than 24 hours later, a second home nearby was also the scene of a fire response, after an explosion led to calls as the flames began consuming the house around 11:00PM Saturday. One of the homes was reportedly destroyed in the flames while the other took heavy damage. There were no injuries reported in either incident and Arson investigators are looking into the cause of both incidents.
With communications giant AT&T looking to drop Federal “Lifeline” telephone service, utility regulators here in Ohio are seeking comment from the public on the proposal. Several advocacy groups, representing more than 10-Thousand low-income residents helped under the program, are asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to reject the idea. Lifeline offers a credit that covers one-quarter of the 36-dollar average monthly cost of a landline phone. AT&T claims that the number of Lifeline subscribers have diminished due to competition and wants to drop the service in 10 states. Advocates have argued the program keeps people connected who can’t afford phone and internet service…with landlines bringing help to their homes in times of emergency.
A man from Akron’s Goodyear Heights neighborhood apparently went a bit too far when he decided to confront a neighbor who he believes has been breaking into homes in the area. Akron Police report that 34-year-old Jason Ross of Kennebec Avenue had apparently been drinking before deciding to confront the neighbor who lives behind his property…toting an AR-15 as he paid a visit. Police rolled-up to find Ross in the neighbor’s driveway with his pickup truck and the loaded rifle. He was booked on charges of improper handling of a firearm and weapons while intoxicated.
A young Akron man was killed and his grandfather was charged with the crime following a shooting incident that happened near Summit Lake on the city’s southwest side. Police were called to a house in the 500 block of Rothrock Avenue around 10:30 Sunday night, where 22-year-old Cody Czerpak was found inside the home with a bullet wound to the chest. He was dead on the scene when officers arrived. Police say the shooting culminated an argument between Czerpak and his grandfather, 61-year-old Dann Schaffer, who was arrested on the spot and booked into Summit County Jail on a murder charge.
A woman was victimized in a home-invasion robbery that happened on Akron’s east side on Sunday evening. The 24-year-old victim told officers that two black males entered her apartment along Safer Plaza around 5:30PM, telling her they had guns to keep her at bay. No weapons were seen as the men ransacked the home, stealing 100 dollars in cash before running out. The victim wasn’t hurt and police are continuing the effort to identify the robbers.
Police in Akron are still investigating a burglary that happened at a neighborhood market on the south side. Police were called on the reported break-in at the Family Corner Store in the 100 block of West South Street, arriving shortly before 5:00AM Sunday when the owner showed them where the suspect entered through a window that had been boarded-up. The burglar made-off with 30-40 packs of cigarettes and a Lottery ticket from the business.
Akron Police are still trying to sort-out what happened that led to a shooting incident over the weekend that left a woman with a bullet wound. The problem is – officers have been given multiple versions of the incident and haven’t figured-out which among them is legit. Police responded to the shots fired report shortly after 1:00AM Sunday, arriving in the 100 block of Crosby Street on the west side to find the 46-year-old woman with a bullet wound to the forehead. She was taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment and is expected to recover. A handgun was found hidden in a clothes hamper inside the home, where 38-year-old Johnny Jones Jr was collared on charges of weapons under disability and booked into Summit County Jail.
The suspect who knocked-off a Dollar General store in Akron’s Chapel Hill neighborhood remains on the run. Police say the robber entered the store in the 1500 block of Brittain Road shortly after 8:00 Saturday morning, took a few items from the shelves and went to the check-out, brandishing a pocket knife while demanding cash from the clerk. He fled the scene with money from the register. The suspect is a white male in his mid- to late-20’s, five-feet-nine and 190 pounds with a goatee. At the time, we wore a black hat with the letter “T” on the front, white t-shirt with the slogan “property of the Marines” on the front and green or gray shorts.
The investigation continues after a man was beaten to death while visiting a home on Cleveland’s east side. Police say officers were called to the scene in the 1300 block of East 85th Street shortly before 11:30PM Saturday, arriving to find the 33-year-old victim on the ground. Authorities say his death was brought-on by blunt force trauma to the head and neck. Witnesses told investigators the victim was visiting the home when confronted in the front yard and driveway by his assailant, a man in his 20’s to 30’s who fled the scene after the victim went down.
A second child has lost his battle to survive the injuries he suffered in a five-vehicle accident that happened early this month in Lorain County. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office reports that one-year-old Daniel Turner died on Saturday at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He was critically hurt in a wreck that happened on August 8 along State Route 2 in Amherst Township, where the State Highway Patrol reports that a box truck rear-ended the small SUV in which the baby was riding. That vehicle was shoved into the one in front of it, which was in turn pushed into a third vehicle with debris from the impact hitting a fourth. A 12-year-old child in the SUV that was hit died on the scene in the accident, which the Patrol says may have involved drug use on the part of the truck driver.
Akron Police report that one of the city’s murder suspects has been taken into custody. Police say that 27-year-old Andre Warren of High Avenue was captured in Canton, booked on charges in the shooting death of another man more than a month ago. Police say that Warren had entered a restaurant in the 300 block of Pioneer Street on July 1, ordering food to go before he was allegedly seen firing several shots at 31-year-old Dominique Thomas as he arrived as the passenger in another car. Thomas died on the scene. Warren was caught on Saturday night in the 3300 block of Millvale Avenue NE in the Hall of Fame city, booked on charges of murder and felonious assault.
Police in Cuyahoga Falls are continuing their investigation into a smash-and-grab robbery that happened at a jewelry store, one in which the suspects made-off with Thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise in mere seconds. The incident happened a short time before 3:00PM Saturday at a Jared store in the 300 block of Howe Avenue, where two men entered the business and used a hammer to shatter the glass of a display case. Several diamonds were scooped-up before the bandits fled the scene. It’s the second such crime at Jared’s locations in the area in as many months. A nearly identical heist was pulled at a store in the 3900 block of Medina Road in Copley.
The man who reportedly ripped-off a pickup truck from another man at a rest area in northern Summit County remains behind bars. The pickup was stolen from 42-year-old Scott Reichard of North Olmsted around 11:15PM Friday at the rest area along I-77 in Bath Township, where the suspect ran the victim over with the vehicle while making his get-away. The pickup was later found abandoned in Cleveland and on Saturday night, The State Highway Patrol tracked-down 34-year-old Paul Randall Jr of Dolgeville, New York along with his girlfriend in Guernsey County around 7:00PM Saturday in southeast Ohio. Randall has been hit with initial counts of murder and aggravated robbery. Additional charges are possible and the girlfriend is accused of helping the accused man flee the area.
The National Veterans Memorial in Columbus will be dedicated this fall. Officials with the Memorial have slated October 27 for the dedication ceremony, with retired US Army General Colin Powell to present the keynote address. Officials say the 82-Million dollar museum and memorial grove is more than a memorial or military museum…intended to take visitors on a narrative journey and tell individual stories and offer shared experiences of military veterans over the course of American history. The ceremony that starts at 2:00PM will be open to the public and will feature veterans whose stories are highlighted in the museum, plus military leaders and entertainment. The museum will expand its displays and offerings in the near future after the unveiling.
A woman was struck and killed while riding her electric scooter in Cleveland over the weekend. Police report the incident happened around 10:00 Saturday night in the Downtown district, where the 21-year-old victim was riding along East 9th Street near St Clair Avenue. Investigators say that a car traveling “ell above” the 25 mile per hour speed limit by a 19-year-old man hit the woman from behind, throwing her to the ground. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, then booked on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. Police say that alcohol use on the part of the male driver is a suspected factor in the incident.
The investigation continues after a man was hit and killed by a train over the weekend in Ravenna. The Portage County Sheriff’s office was called shortly before 1:30 Sunday morning to the rail crossing at South Prospect Street, where the 34-year-old Ravenna Township man was dead on the scene when the first units rolled-up. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released and an autopsy is being conducted by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office.