A teacher at McKinley High School in Canton has resigned after video surfaced of his confrontation with a student. 48-year-old Kenneth Weatherbee's letter of resignation was dated January 4...saying that he was leaving the district effective December 21. he had been placed on administrative leave early last month after a short video circulated on social media, showing the teacher slamming the male student to the floor after the kid pulled-away from him with security officers standing nearby. School officials have not discussed what led-up to the run-in between the teacher and the student.
An Akron man convicted in the death of his girlfriend almost two years ago has been handed his penalty for the crime. 43-year-old Heather Knepper of Akron became the city's 14th homicide victim of 2016 when she was run-over by her boyfriend on May 1 during an argument between the two. 43-year-old Jeffrey White went before a Summit County judge on Wednesday and was ordered to serve four years in prison for his role in the death. After the couple began fighting, White got into his car and ran the woman over while leaving the house along Briner Avenue...leaving her laying on the pavement to be found by someone passing by.
The Cleveland Indians have announced changes in the field staff with the Double-A franchise Akron RubberDucks. Tony Mansolino, who was the team's hitting coach in 2015, has been named the new Manager. He becomes Akron's 17th skipper in franchise history and replaces Mark Budzinski, who was elevated to Cleveland's Major League coaching staff after finishing the 2017 Eastern League season with a 69-71 record.
The driver of a recycling truck reportedly had to be rescued from his cab when he accidentally took-down some power lines while making his rounds in Kent on Wednesday. Police reported on their Facebook page that the truck was emptying its front bucket when it came in contact with the overhead lines and pulled them down – causing a power outage around 10:30AM in the area of Overbrook and Brentwood Drives on the city's west side. More than 60 FirstEnergy customers lost their power for a few hours until crews could fix the problem. No one was hurt.
The young victim's mother caught a child rapist in the act of attacking her young daughter in Boardman this week...and the victim with special needs continued playing video games as the assault happened. The 46-year-old mother walked into her 12-year-old daughter's bedroom on Tuesday to find the man on top of her on the floor. 19-year-old Brandon Domer had reportedly been staying at the family's home until the incident, after which he was found by police walking along a nearby street. He reportedly acknowledged the alleged attack when questioned by police, who say the young autistic girl was playing a video game when the assault happened and continued to play until mom walked in. She was taken to Childrens Hospital in Akron for treatment while Domer was booked into Mahoning County Jail on a rape charge.
A California man caught in an online sting by police near Cleveland last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Court. Ryan Johnson had been communicating online with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl, then flew his plane to Akron last summer to meet for sex at a park in Newburgh Heights. When he arrived, he was met by police and agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force...and told that he had actually been exchanging messages with an undercover officer. On Wednesday, Johnson pleaded guilty to charges of attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor. He's now facing up to 18 months in prison when he returns for sentencing on February 26 and will get a label as a sex offender.
The victim who died on Tuesday in a late-morning shooting in Cleveland was identified on Wenesday by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office. No official ruling on cause of death was immediately issued for 62-year-old Linda Myles. 56-year-old Richard Williams engaged in a standoff that lasted four hours before police went inside the home along Archmere Avenue to find the victim dead and arrest Williams. He reportedly made a 911 call around 11:00AM, telling dispatchers he had shot a relative to death. The standoff ended around 3:00PM with SWAT Team officers taking him into custody.
The former administrator of an area nursing home has been ordered to spend the next three years in prison for the death of an elderly patient. 54-year-old Alice Ramsey of Madison Township was back in Lake County Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty on January 8 to charges of patient abuse and reckless homicide...stemming from the death of 85-year-old Mary Srpan. She was taken by EMS from Hubbard Road Meadows Nursing Home on January 3 last year and died two weeks later. The victim had been force-fed eggs along with her medication, causing her to choke. Ramsey was ordered to prison on the anniversary of the victim's death.
A Mahoning County Court jury on Wednesday ended its deliberations with a not guilty verdict in the trial of a man charged with murder. The panel returned not guilty decisions on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the case of 39-year-old Desmond Kimbrough, who was wounded in a shoot-out with Christopher Anderson more than two years ago. Anderson's body was found inside his car following the incident that happened on November 7, 2015 along Montclair Avenue on the south side of Youngstown.
An Akron woman headed to Stark County Probate Court to deal with her dead mother's estate left one noteworthy item inside her purse – which caused a stir when she passed through a security check late Tuesday morning at the building along Central Plaza North in Canton. 41-year-old Stacy Chandler-Daniels was packing a loaded handgun in the bag when she came to the building...and she doesn't have a concealed carry license. The woman told arresting officers that she forgot all about the 380-caliber handgun with the full magazine. She was booked into the County Jail on charges of possession of a deadly weapon and ordnance in a courthouse, ordered held under a 50-Thousand dollar bond.
Many parents of the 12-Thousand students of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow find themselves in a quandary...worried over what the future will bring for their kids if the state's largest online charter school goes belly-up. That could happen by the end of the week. ECOT's sponsor announced recently that it plans to pull the plug on supporting the system and early last month, the Ohio Supreme Court had denied ECOT's request to put a hold on action by the state to recoup 60-Million dollars' worth of taxpayer funding. The state says ECOT failed to properly and accurately document attendance numbers. If the school shuts-down, public school systems would be required to accept returning students in the classrooms...but some parents say they have no intention of sending their children back to the environments from which they withdrew. They're considering other virtual classrooms or home-schooling.
After leaving her seven-year-old grandson in a running car that was then stolen, a grandmother in southwest Ohio has been slapped with charges. 67-year-old Janie Smith of Cincinnati appeared in court to plead not guilty after being charged with child endangering. Police say that she left her car running with the boy in the back seat while going into a convenience store on January 2. A man came-along in the frigid weather, got behind the wheel and drove-off. He stopped a couple of miles away to let the boy out of the car unharmed. The bandit was later arrested on charges of robbery and kidnapping. Police say there was a rash of such vehicle thefts during the cold weather spell, thanks to people leaving the engines running. Meanwhile, grandma Smith is due back in court for another hearing on February 6.
If you haven't yet gotten your dog's 2018 Summit County License, your time's running out. The county's Fiscal Officer says the deadline for license renewals and purchases will fall on January 31. Anyone in the state of Ohio who owns, keeps or harbors a dog over the age of three months is required to get a license. Registration forms are available at the Summit County Fiscal Office or online at www.FiscalOffice.summitoh.net. Payments can be made in person, by mail or online.
Police detectives in Akron have identified and arrested a second suspect involved in the shooting death of another man last summer. 30-year-old Dominique Thomas of Columbus Street in Akron was busted on a charge of complicity to commit murder. US Marshals tracked him down to a house in the 800 block of Hayden Avenue on the city's west side. On July 14, police arrested 22-year-old Terrell Clayton of Belmont Street in Akron, taking him into custody on a murder charge at a house in the 1200 block of Fifth Avenue. Officers responding to a report of a shooting arrived in the 700 block of Baird Street on the east side around 2:00PM July 9 last year, where they found 26-year-old Giovanni Travis unresponsive after he had been shot while sitting in a parked car. He was taken to City Hospital and pronounced dead.
Akron Police are on the hunt for the suspect who hit a donut shop on the city's near-west side on Tuesday night. Police were called to the Krispy Kreme in the 300 block of South Maple Street shortly after 8:00PM, where the suspect entered the business armed with a gun, demanding money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash from the registers. Police are looking for a black male around 19 years old, five-feet-eight and 155 pounds. At the time of the stick-up, he wore a black mask over the bottom half of his face and all-black clothing.
A man wanted on claims he assaulted a woman in her home gave police a hard time in Canton, threatening officers and telling them he preferred “suicide by cop.” 30-year-old Freddie Edens of Canton didn't get his wish...but officers did give him a free ride to the Stark County Jail. Edens was tracked to a motel unit in the 900 block of Tuscarawas Street West on Tuesday night after he allegedly roughed-up the victim by throwing her against a wall and some furniture. After initially refusing to open the door, Edens was eventually taken into custody. He's charged with aggravated burglary, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Bond was set at more than 100-Thousand dollars.
An officer on the Springfield Township Police Department has seen his job taken-away, a move made by trustees early this month after it was alleged he was showing-up for work with booze on his breath. The Suburbanite reports that the officer's issues were the topic of an Executive Session by the Board of Trustees on January 4. Afterward, members returned to announce the officer's employment was terminated immediately for violations of the drug-free policy that includes drug and alcohol testing. The Police Chief had been informed by two officers on December 19 of the allegations – resulting in breathalyzer and urine tests that determined the officer reported to work under the influence of alcohol. The officer is appealing his job termination.
Flames chased a woman and her dog from their apartment in Green late Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to the call around 11:45PM and arrived at Briarwood Estates on Mayfair Road, where the woman was stopped from going back in to search for her dog. Firefighters brought the animal out and kept it safe and warm in a vehicle parked outside. Flames were confined to one unit, but smoke damage was reported in neighboring apartments. The cause and damage estimates were not immediately available.
A former village clerk who was caught stealing water payments from customers will serve a 90-day jail sentence. 30-year-old Lindsey Paolella went before a Portage County Court judge on Tuesday to get the sentence after pleading guilty last October to charges of theft in office and tampering with records. After being hired as a billing clerk in the village of Windham in March of 2015, the woman began ripping-off water bill payments between January and October the following year – while at the same time, failing to pay some 870 dollars' worth of her own water bills. In addition to jail time, Paolella will spend four years on probation, get a mental health evaluation, pay more than 49-hundred dollars in restitution and all court costs and fines. Violation of the terms would mean up to four and a half years in prison.
Two children were among the four people injured in a three-vehicle crash that happened on Tuesday evening in Canton. Police say the crash occurred just after 5:30PM at the intersection of 39th Street and Market Avenue N. A pickup truck and an SUV were the first to crash before the SUV was hit a second time by another pickup truck. The two children were riding in one of the pickups with their mother at the wheel. A four-year-old boy was taken first to Mercy Medical Center, then transferred by LifeFlight to Childrens Hospital in Akron. The mother and her two-year-old daughter were treated for minor injuries at Mercy along with the Canton man who was driving the other pickup. Police are still investigating.