Charles Queer, 64, of Tallmadge, was sentenced to 3 years in prison, fined $15,000, and has had his license suspended for the rest of his life, in Summit County Common Pleas Court Friday morning. Judge Joy Malek-Oldfield handing down that sentence.
Back in March of 2016, 17-year-old Patricia Powell's car had broken down along I-76 in Akron. Queer, who was driving under the influence, slammed his car into the back of Powell's vehicle, killing her.
Queer pleaded no contest to two felony counts of aggravated vehicle homicide and one misdemeanor count of operating under the influence of alcohol. In court, Queer's attorney said that while he's entering a no contest plea, his client is not denying guilt.
The family of Powell recalled that in court, Queer had expressed no remorse and had never apologized for taking her life. Powell was a senior at Ellet High School, scheduled to graduate that year.
A 23 year old Cuyahoga Falls man has been arrested, and charged with robbery for a hold up at the PNC Bank branch in Tallmadge on June 23rd.
Tallmadge police say Jacob K. Onusic jumped over the counter and demanded money from employees, and he was identified through traces of DNA left at the crime scene. He's in the Summit County jail now.
Still at large, though, is a suspect who drove the get-away car, in which Onusic is alleged to have escaped.
Sam and Brad spoke with Tallmadge head baseball coach Kenny Linn to talk about their win over Maumee on Thursday in the state semifinals.
The Blue Devils will be playing Dayton Chaminade-Julienne tomorrow for the Division II state title.
A 21-year-old Tallmadge man has been arrested on two counts of attempted murder after police say he was involved in a shooting outside his apartment.
According to police, there was an ongoing dispute with a group of people outside of Saxon Village Apartments where Quashane Varner Jr., allegedly opened fire and shot two people before fleeing in a vehicle.
The incident happened on May 22 and left two people injured. One person was shot in the lower back and another in the leg. Both have since recovered from their injuries.
On Monday night, Akron police caught up to Varner who was allegedly found in a stolen vehicle.
He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Tallmadge Police arrested four people - including two juveniles - in connection to armed robberies and drive-bys.
Police first responded to an armed robbery call when a taxi driver was held as knife-point while pumping gas.
The driver doused the robber in gas as the suspect fled into a getaway car and was able to get the car's license plate.
Police arrested 19-year-old Abdual-Fattah Sallora and a 17-year-old at a home on Norton Drive and another 16-year-old juvenile at the address the license plates were registered.
Cell phone video evidence recovered in the arrests linked 18-year-old Adam Zesiger to three unsolved drive-bys.
He's charged with three counts of Complicity in the shootings
Here's the press release provided by the Tallmadge Police Department.
On Saturday morning at 5:30 Tallmadge Police responded to an Armed Robbery of a taxi driver on Tallmadge Circle. A 41 year old Akron resident reported that he was pumping gas when approached by a masked person brandishing a knife and demanding his money. The victim responded by dousing the suspect with gasoline. The suspect and two others fled in a tan Honda. The victim was also able to provide responding officers with the license plate on the car.
A seventeen year old Tallmadge juvenile and Abdul-Fattah Sallora, 19 of Tallmadge, were arrested at a residence in the 900 block of Norton Drive. A second juvenile was located in the 400 block of Helena Drive in Tallmadge where the license plate returned. During the arrests, evidence was found linking the 17 year old and an adult male to three unsolved drive-by shootings in Tallmadge. One April 12 at 10pm, several shots were fired into a residence in the 100 block of Antone Drive. Sometime Thursday night homes in the 700 block of Treat Blvd. and the 600 block of Newton Street were struck by gunfire from a moving vehicle. All three homes were occupied and no one was injured. Witnesses reported seeing a silver Jeep and hearing “firecracker” like sounds.
The seventeen year old robbery suspect is also alleged to have shot at all three houses. There is cell phone video linking the youth to the shootings. He is incarcerated at the Summit County Juvenile Detention facility along with the 16 year old who was present during the robbery. Adam J. Zesiger 18 of Tallmadge is charged with three counts of Complicity in the shootings. He was allegedly the driver and has been incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Sallora is in the Summit County Jail charged with Complicity and Conspiracy in the robbery case. He and Zesiger will have initial appearances in Stow Municipal Court on Monday.
*No video or photos are available in either case until Monday
A Tallmadge man is facing charges in a car crash that killed a 17-year-old Akron girl on Easter morning.
Police believe 63-year-old Charles Queer Jr. was driving drunk when he rear-ended Patricia Powell's car that was stopped on the shoulder at I-76 near the South Arlington Street exit in Akron.
Police said Powell was having car troubles and pulled over to the side of the road with her emergency flashers on.
Authorities said Queer was intoxicated at the time of the crash, over two times the legal limit.
Queer has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to control, OVI and OVI-BAC.
UPDATE This Missing Adult Alert has been cancelled. Mr. Strauss was located safely by Law Enforcement.
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Stow police have issued a missing adult alert for a 84-year-old man who was last seen in Tallmadge early Saturday morning.
Police say Thomas Strauss left his house on Crossing Circle around 5 a.m. He suffers from Dementia and may become disoriented.
He was last seen wearing glasses and a dark blue jacket. He could be in a silver 2006 Cadillac DTS with OH plate number GOW3474.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.
To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert