Governor DeWine has put-in a request for Federal disaster aid for farmers whose effort to plant crops this season have been stalled by constant, heavy rain. The Governor’s office on Friday submitted the aid request through the US Department of Agriculture in a step toward helping Ohio farmers get monetary support. DeWine said that record rainfall seen here in Ohio has been devastating to farmers – whose fields have been saturated…in many cases, flooded. As of this week, only 50-percent of the state’s corn crop had been planted and just over 30-percent of the soybean crop had been set-in. Erosion and delayed field work are also coming into play in what appears to be one of the worst planting seasons the state has ever seen.
The rider was hospitalized in critical condition following the crash of a motorcycle in Stark County’s Lawrence Township. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened shortly before Midnight on State Route 93, while 39-year-old Ryan Nussbaum of Dalton was riding south. He lost control and went off the right side, flipping the bike and ejecting from the seat as the machine hit a nearby sign. The Patrol reports that Nussbaum was incapacitated and taken to Aultman Hospital. He was not wearing a helmet and alcohol use is a suspected factor.
The parents of an infant child whose body was recovered from the bottom of a 30-foot well have been formally charged with killing the child. A Scioto County Grand Jury has indicted 41-year-old Daniel Groves and his 39-year-old wife, Jessica, on charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping and corpse abuse. The Otway couple reportedly dumped the body of four-month-old Dylan Groves into the well in an attempt to hide it after he died.
A life prison term was imposed on a Youngstown man on Friday in Mahoning County Court, where 43-year-old Arturo Novoa had pleaded guilty to a total of 43 charges in the murder and dismemberment of his ex-girlfriend. The cut-up remains of 28-year-old Shannon Graves were discovered inside a freezer in Campbell in July of 2017. Some body parts had been dissolved in acid in a failed attempt to cover-up the crime. Three co-defendants are awaiting justice for their roles in the crime and cover-up. Novoa won’t get a chance at parole until he serves at least 48 years in prison.
The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol is investigating a serious injury motorcycle crash which occurred around midnight on state Route 93 near mile post 15, in Lawrence Township, in Stark County. 39 year-old Ryan Nussbaum, of Dalton, was heading south on 93 when he went off the side of the road and into a ditch. The motorcycle then overturned and struck a tree. The driver was ejected from the bike. Authorities say Nussbaum remains in critical condition. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
(AP) - Representatives of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region will meet next month to discuss helping fund a federal plan to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.
Officials say the July 16-17 session in Chicago will focus on a $778 million strategy developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen defenses at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois.
The plan calls for installing electric barriers, noisemakers and other devices to block the path of fish moving toward the lake from the carp-infested Illinois River.
Illinois has agreed to help foot the bill but wants the other states to contribute as well.
The meeting was announced Friday during a gathering of the region's governors and premiers in Milwaukee.
A man accused of killing his prison pen pal and her friend just weeks after he was released from the Penitentiary has been convicted for the crime. After the jury deliberated for two days, 44-year-old Thomas Knuff of Parma Heights was found guilty on more than 20 charges filed against him including aggravated murder. Knuff was released from prison in April 2017 after doing 15 years and stayed at a home along Nelwood Road with the pen pal, 50-year-old Regina Capobianco and her friend, 65-year-old John Mann. He stabbed both to death during an argument – with the woman suffering a half-dozen wounds and her friend stabbed 15 times. The bodies were then wrapped in blankets, placed in a bedroom and covered with garbage. They were left to rot for more than a month before neighbors called police to complain about the smell. The remains were discovered by police on June 21. The sentencing phase in Knuff’s trial starts July 22 in Cuyahoga County Court.
A Richmond Heights man has pleaded not guilty to charges filed against him in connection with the death of his wife last month. Aggravated murder charges and additional counts of murder and felonious assault were formally filed in a Grand Jury indictment against 26-year-old Knee Wachee, who was arrested a few days after the victim had been killed. Richmond Heights Police got a call from the employer of 22-year-old Maiya Latimer, with the caller explaining that she failed to show at work and wanting officers to check her welfare. Police went to the couple’s apartment in the 400 block of Richmond Park East on May 22…where they found her dead on the floor inside. Investigators have not publicly discussed the cause of death. Wachee’s bond was continued at one-Million dollars on Friday during his court appearance. He’s due back in court June 25.
A man who caused a fatal impaired-driving crash in Ashtabula County last year has been ordered to spend time in prison for it. 42-year-old David Caudill of Geneva appeared before a County judge on Friday, when he was told he’ll spend the next seven years in prison for the head-on crash that happened on May 3, 2018 in Harpersfield Township. The State Patrol reported that Caudill was driving west on State Route 84 when his minivan went left-of-center around 7:40AM, then crashed into the car driven by 33-year-old Samuel Hejduk of Madison. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time and died on the scene. Blood tests on Caudill following the wreck showed that he was under the influence of cocaine at the time. Caudill pleaded guilty on April 3 to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. In addition to prison time, his driving privileges have been taken-away for the rest of his life.
Officials with the National Weather Service on Friday confirmed that a tornado had touched-down during a storm that rolled through Geauga County on Thursday. The Weather Service reports that an EF-0 funnel with winds at 84 miles an hour had touched-down in Huntsburg…staying on the ground for a little less than a half mile and cutting a path around 75 yards wide. The twister tore the roof from a house along Chardon Windsor Road and caused a barn to collapse, but there were no reported injuries.
The driver apparently needed a “bump” after the motor home he was driving broke-down…and was caught in the act of ingesting drugs when a State Highway Patrol trooper rolled-up on him along A Stark County highway this week. The trooper came upon the broken-down vehicle along I-77 near the Belden Village area around 2:00PM Thursday and as he approached the window, 28-year-old Ryan Duck of Canton was reportedly holding a syringe and taking a hit from a makeshift smoking device. Once he became aware of the trooper standing next to him, he reportedly tried to hide the goods…too late. Rousted from his seat, a search of the vehicle turned-up crystal methamphetamine, paraphernalia and a number of syringes. Already wanted on an arrest warrant for domestic violence and theft, he was booked at Stark County Jail on drug-related charges. The Patrol then learned the motor home had been reported stolen from a home in the area earlier in the day…leading to more charges.
A motion has been filed in Cleveland Federal Court, asking a judge to create a group to negotiate the hundreds of opioid-related lawsuits that have been filed against makers and distributors of opioid medications. The motion filed on Friday calls for creation of a panel consisting of cities and counties throughout the US to represent some 25-Thousand communities with a stake in the outcome…and any future settlement that may evolve as a result of the lawsuits. A lawyer who represents the litigants noted on Friday that the move would also benefit manufacturers and distributors – defining a finalized group of entities that would benefit from any settlement. The lawsuits claim that drug firms downplayed the addictive nature of opioids and prescription painkillers – blamed for much of the deadliest drug crisis in recent US history.
Authorities in southern Ohio’s Brown County have learned more after skeletal remains were found inside a car pulled from the Ohio River this week. Police in the village of Aberdeen report the vehicle registration connected the car to a western Ohio man who had been reported missing in 2006. A fisherman using a depth finder near a boat ramp suspected there was a large object at the bottom of the River and the search that followed turned-up two sunken automobiles – one containing the bones. Forensic testing is still ongoing to determine if the remains were human…but the car was registered to a man from the Dayton suburb of Brookville.
Two people were rousted in the middle of the night in a home-invasion robbery in downtown Akron. Police were called around 2:30 Friday morning to an apartment along East Exchange Street, where a 23-year-old man and 22-year-old woman reported the intruder entered their bedroom, demanding money he claimed was owed to him. The victims’ hands and feet were bound with tape before the suspect fled the scene with several stolen electronic items. The suspect was described only as a black male and more follow-up investigation is ongoing.
Akron Police on Friday were still searching for the gunman after a woman was shot to death in the Kenmore neighborhood. Police were called to the reported shooting just after 8:00PM Thursday, when they arrived in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue to find the 44-year-old woman in the front passenger seat of a car – bleeding from a bullet wound to the head. She was taken to Akron General Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. A witness told police that the victim had driven to that location to meet with a man who fired several shots at her before leaving on foot. The suspect was later identified as 42-year-old Coley Richardson of Silvercrest Avenue. He’s a black male, five-feet-eleven and 170 pounds. Police say that Richardson should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts needs to call Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or Summit County CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS.
A man who had gone to a spot in Akron looking for a hook-up with a woman got a rude greeting on arrival. Police report the 23-year-old man had gone to a location along East Brookside Avenue in Firestone Park, planning to “hang-out” with a woman around 11:30 Thursday morning. The woman showed-up with a male companion…who fired several shots at the victim before the couple fled the scene. The victim wasn’t hit in the gunfire and police described the gunman as a black male around 23 years old, five-feet-eleven in height and 140 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweat shirt and red jogging pants with a white stripe. He and the woman fled the scene in a silver-colored KIA SUV.
The crash of a chicken-hauler in Stark County tied-up a portion of US Route 30 throughout Friday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports that the driver of the semi tractor-trailer fell asleep at the wheel while heading east…waking-up just in time to see the nose of his cab heading into a guardrail and embankment. Troopers and emergency crews rolled-up to the scene around 5:30AM to find the truck overturned and hanging along the rail at the bridge over Pigeon Run Avenue SW. The 62-year-old driver from Canton was rescued from the cab and was treated for minor injuries on the scene. Hundreds among the eight-Thousand chickens on board were thrown from the trailer and some of them died. Route 30 was totally closed for more than four hours afterward until one-lane travel resumed. The crash remains under investigation.
Federal drug- and firearms-related charges have been filed against a Canton man, accused of working to distribute various dangerous drugs in the area. The US Attorney’s office announced that 43-year-old Jack Mitchell has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine. Added to the filing was a charge of using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Cleveland Federal Court this week. He was busted February 12 during a traffic stop in Canton, caught with the drugs and a nine-millimeter handgun. The search of his home that followed along 34th Street NE turned-up even more contraband and another handgun, along with cash.
The victim’s daughter has been accused as the killer in a murder that happened in Cleveland this week. Police responded to an apartment along Kewanee Avenue around 3:00AM Thursday to find the body of 53-year-old Donna Ivy. With the amount of blood on the scene, police initially believed she had been stabbed to death – but the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office later reported the murder involved blunt force trauma. A neighbor called 911 when she heard Ivy and her daughter fighting inside their apartment and after police found the victim’s bloody body on the floor, the 21-year-old daughter was found and arrested in a bedroom.
You can’t hold a big shindig without the right amount of volunteers to make it happen…so the Pro Football Hall of Fame is putting-out a call for help in advance of Enshrinement Week and the upcoming Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic. Both events take place at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton…with Enshrinement ceremonies happening August 3. The football Classic happens on September 1. The Hall says it needs around five-Thousand volunteers to help with events that will happen between Sunday, July 21 and Monday, August 5…when more than 700-Thousand football fans will visit the area to take part.