The wife of a convicted rapist and killer from Stark County, herself doing prison time following convictions on rape and other counts, has died in the Ohio State Reformatory for Women. 70-year-old Estella Sexton died early Friday morning...just weeks before her scheduled parole hearing in December. She and her husband, Eddie Sexton Sr, were both sent-away after their convictions during the 1990's. Eddie was on Florida's Death Row for a murder conviction in 1994 when he died in 2010. The couple fled south from their Jackson Township home after being accused in 1992 of sexually abusing their children. Sexton had his son-in-law murdered in 1993 when he became worried that Joel Good would reveal the abuse that had been subjected on the children.
An alleged drug dealer has been hit with charges in connection with the fentanyl overdose death of a Parma woman. A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury issued an indictment against 41-year-old Charles Nelson, charging him with counts of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs and several other charges in the March 23 death of 34-year-old Nichole Watt. She was found unconscious in a bathroom at an apartment complex on Laurent Drive and taken to Parma Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A raid that followed at Nelson's home on May 24 turned-up heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine and other contraband including cash and handguns. The accused man from the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn is due for arraignment on Monday.
According to reports, at least one person was killed in a crash involving a pair of semi tractor-trailers in the Ohio Turnpike on Friday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol confirmed the wreck happened shortly before 1:00PM in the westbound lanes of the Toll Road, just past State Route 5 in Trumbull County's Braceville Township, where emergency crews had to remove at least one victim from the wreckage. There was a large amount of fuel that spilled following the incident, bringing HazMat teams to the scene to clean it up. The crash forced closure of the westbound lanes between State Routes 5 and 44 until the on-scene investigation was completed and the wreckage could be cleared.
There will be a very special, black-tie event one week from Saturday to honor our nation's active-duty military, Gold Star Families and the memories of fallen first-responders. Dr Tim Novelli is Founder and President of the Patriot Project, which is staging the fourth annual Patriot Ball on November 4 in Canton. Novelli says the setting will be intimate – and several top-shelf celebrities will be attending along with a group of Medal of Honor recipients. Some tickets are still available. Seating is limited to less than 600 guests and the band Lonestar will provide live entertainment. For tickets, call 330-495-8333 or go online to www.Patriot-Project.org.
The Board of Trustees at Youngstown State University have unanimously approved a new three-year contract agreement with unionized members of the faculty. The move comes on the heels of the union rank-and-file membership voting-up the tentative deal earlier this month. Details of the agreement are yet to be formally revealed, but reportedly include salary increases, changes in compensation for summer work duties, a flat-rate employee contribution for health care coverage and limits on workload. The deal is expected to run through the year 2020.
A bid for mercy for an Ohio Death Row inmate was rejected by the State Parole Board on Friday, with the process clearing another hurdle on the way to the condemned man's imminent execution. The Board voted 11-1 to deny mercy for 69-year-old Alva Campbell, convicted and given the death sentence for the shooting death of 18-year-old Charles Dials during a carjacking in 1997. Defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully to spare Campbell's life, telling the Board his health is failing and that he was the product of a violent childhood – marred by sexual abuse and other problems. His date in the Lucasville Death Chamber is slated for November 15.
The rate of unemployment dipped only slightly over the past month here in Ohio, according to numbers released on Friday by the Department of Job and Family Services. The September jobless rate came-in at 5.3-percent, slightly lower than the 5.4 that was reported in August and significantly higher than the five-percent level reported a year ago at the same time. Ohio's rate of unemployment is also much higher than the 4.2-percent figure that was reported nationally...which was down from 4.4 in August and 4.9-percent last year.
Charges have been filed against a Lake Township woman in connection with the reported rip-off of Thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from a home she visited recently. 49-year-old Jennifer Slates of Kim Street NE turned herself in to authorities at Uniontown Police Headquarters after learning she was wanted on a felony charge of theft. She allegedly lifted 16-Thousand dollars' worth of jewels from a home along Gulf Street NW while visiting during the month of September.
A woman who gave Xanax to a toddler to put her to sleep before taking-off for shopping and time at the movies has been sent to prison for the death of the child while the woman was on the town. 32-year-old Summer Shalodi appeared in Lorain County Court this week, apologizing for her actions in December 2015. She gave the drug to 17-month-old Nadia Gibbons while she was babysitting – then left her alone while she went shopping and to the movies with a friend. When she returned to the house, she found Nadia cold and unresponsive and tried unsuccessfully to awaken the baby rather than call 911 for help right away. The Lorain County Coroner's office ruled the child had died hours before emergency responders were called. Shalodi took a plea deal that saw her convicted for involuntary manslaughter in exchange for a murder charge being dropped. She'll now spend the next 22 years in prison.
The FBI has announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the recent robbery of a credit union in Stark County's Perry Township. Police from the Township were joined by Canton Police and Federal agents in the arrest of 47-year-old Glenn Schilling of Perry Township, who was taken into custody at his home and booked on the robbery charge for the September 28 hold-up of St Joseph's Credit Union. Schilling was booked into the Stark County Jail, where his bond was initially set at 25-Thousand dollars.
Agents from the US Marshals Service, still on the hunt for a man accused of raping and killing a 13-month-old girl in Ashtabula County, have now issued photos of a second man they believe may be helping the alleged killer while he runs from the law. The Marshals Service says the second man may be aiding 37-year-old Joshua Gurto, the boyfriend of the young victim's mother. He's wanted for the October 8 death of 13-month-old Sereniti Sutley of Conneaut, who the Ashtabula County Coroner's office says died of blunt force trauma to the head and body. Gurto and the unidentified man were recently spotted in Girard, Pennsylvania, possibly driving a gray Ford F-150 pickup.
A two-week bench trial in Lorain County Court ended with the defendant convicted in the shooting death of her husband almost eight years ago. The judge found 38-year-old Julene Simko of Vermillion guilty on counts including aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. On November 18, 2009, she shot to death 36-year-old Jeremy Simko while he slept...an incident the defense tried to pin on an unknown intruder. In the absence of DNA from anyone else, the alibi fell-apart and prosecutors proved that Simko shot her husband in the back of the head. Sentencing for the convicted killer comes next Thursday.
A crash between an SUV and a box truck left the driver of the car dead in Mahoning County's Jackson Township on Thursday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 10:15PM at the intersection of Mahoning Avenue and North Lipky Road, from where 46-year-old Anthony Pesce of Austintown was taken to St Elizabeth Hospital and later died. The State Patrol says the man ran a stop sign at the intersection and caused the crash that took his life. The driver of the rig and another person were also injured and the box truck driver transported, expected to recover. Troopers are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role, but said there was evidence of possible alcohol use on the scene.
A seven-year prison sentence will be served by a Stow man for firing-off a shotgun blast during a drug-related robbery last January. 28-year-old Alexander Kazoun pleaded guilty in Portage County Court in September to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and firearms charges. The man from Hibbard Drive was arrested along with 20-year-old Jason Sadler of Cuyahoga Falls in connection with a January 24 incident in the 500 block of Murray Court in Ravenna, where a shotgun blast was fired while they held-up a man inside for drug money and stole cell phones from two women who witnessed the crime. Sadler previously pleaded guilty for his role in the incident and is on an eight-year stretch in prison.
The Board of Education in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District on Thursday accepted the resignation of the long-time high school Band Director – then released some details of his alleged inappropriate communications with students. Brian Monroe, who had been the Band Director for 27 years, is officially out of a job. On August 30, school officials began an investigation after students reported receiving texts from Monroe during late-night hours that put them ill at ease. However, there had been concerns raised as early as 2011 about alleged inappropriate contact.
A Maple Heights man has been charged with defrauding five NFL players in an alleged charity scam. 38-year-old Camario Richardson was named in a five-count Federal Grand Jury indictment filed in Kansas City. He's accused of claiming to have contacts with Nike and reportedly agreed to deliver merchandise to players for charity events. In exchange, Richardson reportedly received 25-Thousand dollars to provide backpacks for events. The merchandise was never delivered and the players involved from several teams eventually purchased backpacks from another vendor. Richardson also reportedly failed to deliver on a promise of athletic shoes to another event set-up by a player in California.
The Columbus Crew Soccer Club says there will be no refunds issued by the team to season ticket holders, people who may be ready to turn their backs on the team after the owner tipped his hand about a chance the franchise could move to Texas. The man who has owned the team since 2013 said this week that the franchise is not sustainable unless a new, privately-financed stadium is built in downtown Columbus. The owner says a new house is the only means by which to gain more financial and fan support. The club has announced it will remain in Columbus for the rest of the season – but added that the future beyond that is up in the air.
A Toledo City Councilman running for re-election was arrested on Thursday night after a fight in a bar. Authorities say the dust-up involved an activist who exchanged words with the Councilman and things heated-up – with 33-year-old Julian Mack claiming 68-year-old Larry Sykes punched him and grabbed him by the neck. Sykes' campaign manager denies any punches were thrown and said that the Councilman tried to walk away from his antagonist. Police say there is video evidence of the confrontation and that Sykes was charged with assault.
Forensic tests are being conducted on a set of human remains that were found this week in a wooded area of Lorain County. On Wednesday afternoon, a deer hunter came upon skeletal remains and called the Sheriff's office. Investigators arrived in the 13000 block of West Road in New Russia Township and confirmed the remains were human, saying they had been there for an extended period. The age and gender of the remains were still undetermined as of Friday. The Sheriff's office is asking for tips and information at 440-329-3741.
A Maple Heights man is facing charges alleging he defrauded five NFL players in a charity scam. 38 year-old Camario Richardson was arrested last Friday on a five-count indictment. Prosecutors allege he claimed to have contacts with Nike and agreed to deliver merchandise to the players for charity events. The players, not named, allegedly paid Richardson $25,000. According to the indictment, the players paid Richardson to provide backpacks for charity events but the merchandise was never delivered. The players then bought backpacks from another source. An investigation is on going.