Richard Beasley, who was sentenced to death for the murders of three men he lured to a southern Ohio property through a Craigslist Ad for a job, is appealing his sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court. Beasley, who posted the ads from a room he rented in Akron, claims he didn't receive a fair trial because of the pre-trial publicity surrounding the case that made it impossible to select an impartial jury.
Death Sentence for One of Two Craigslist Killers Examined
Richard Beasley was accused in 2011 of using the classified advertising website Craigslist.org to list a job on a farm in southeastern Ohio to lure interested candidates and kill them for their belongings. His case and the trialof his co-defendant, a minor named Brogran Rafferty, attracted national attention. Rafferty was convicted first, in 2012, and sentenced to life in prison. In March of the next year, a jury convicted Beasley for the murders of three men, the attempted murder of another man, and robbery, kidnapping, theft, identity fraud, and weapons offenses. He was sentenced to death.
In State v. Beasley, his appeal directly to the Supreme Court, Beasley argues he didn’t receive a fair trial because a “maelstrom” of pretrial publicity made it impossible to select an impartial jury in Summit County. Representing the state, the Attorney General’s Office maintains that Beasley never presented evidence to the trial court to support this claim, and his case isn’t a rare or extreme one that justifies moving the trial to another location.
Among several other arguments, Beasley also challenges testimony from several witnesses about what the victims and others said to them. Noting his constitutional right to confront witnesses against him, he describes this testimony as hearsay and argues none should have been admitted at trial. The state responds that all the statements qualified as exceptions to the hearsay rule and were properly allowed by the court.
Akron Police Detectives, along with the University of Akron officials, are asking for the public's help finding a shooting suspect.
The shooting in question happened early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Parking Lot on campus. According to the Police report, the victim was sitting in a car that was parked in the Wheeler Lot (parking lot 5), at the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. Around 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy Cobolt pulled in the lot, the driver got out, and fired on shot into the other car, hitting the victim.
The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital where they were treated for minot injuries and released. The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male, about 5' 5", and roughly 150 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or can send a tip annonymously to University Police by texting it to CRIMES (274-637) using keyword ZIPTIP.
See the press release from the University of Akron below:
City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting reported at about this morning at the corner of Brown and Wheeler Streets in parking lot 5.
A late model, white Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants entered the parking lot. The driver exited the car, approached the other vehicle and fired a single shot. The Cobalt then left heading West on Wheeler toward Grant Street.
The shooter is described as a black male, 5'5", weighing 150 pounds.
The driver of the other vehicle, a non-UA student, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.
You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.
The University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.
The UA Police Department's Campus Patrol is available to escort you to and from your car to classrooms and labs at any hour. Call the service at 330-972-7263.
Our officers patrol campus and the neighborhoods near campus around the clock. See safety recommendations from our police.
Akron Police are looking for help finding a suspected T-Mobile store robber.
Police provided surveillance photos from the July 12th robbery of the T-Mobile store on North Hawkins Avenue. According to the report, the suspect pointed a gun at employees and demanded the cash from the register. That suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash and stolen equipment.
Anyone with information, or who may recognize anything from the photos, is asked to call Akron Police Detective Doney at 330.375.2490. Police are considering the suspect armed and dangerous and caution to not approach him.
In the midst of an historic winning streak, the Indians are looking ahead to next season... Not really, they just released their 2018 schedule as it's now been set.
- The Indians open the season on the westcoast, with a series in Seattle against the Mariners on Thursday, March 29th.
- The Home Opener is Friday, April 6th, against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field.
- In a rematch of the 2016 World Series, the Indians host the Cubs April 24th and 25th, and play two at Wrigley Field May 22nd and 23rd.
See the full schedule below:
2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
@ Los Angeles-AL
@ Los Angeles-AL
@ Los Angeles-AL
April 6 v Kansas City
v Kansas City
v Kansas City
@ Minnesota (San Juan)
@ Minnesota (San Juan)
@ New York-AL
@ New York-AL
@ New York-AL
v Kansas City
v Kansas City
v Kansas City
June 22 v Detroit
June 23 v Detroit
June 24 v Detroit
June 25 @ St. Louis
June 26 @ St. Louis
June 27 @ St. Louis
June 29 @ Oakland
June 30 @ Oakland
July 1 @ Oakland
July 2 @ Kansas City
July 3 @ Kansas City
July 4 @ Kansas City
July 6 v Oakland
July 7 v Oakland
July 8 v Oakland
July 9 v Cincinnati
July 10 v Cincinnati
July 11 v Cincinnati
July 12 v New York-AL
July 13 v New York-AL
July 14 v New York-AL
July 15 v New York-AL
July 16-July 18 – MLB All-Star Break
July 20 @ Texas
July 21 @ Texas
July 22 @ Texas
July 23 v Pittsburgh
July 24 v Pittsburgh
July 25 v Pittsburgh
July 27 @ Detroit
July 28 @ Detroit
July 29 @ Detroit
July 30 @ Minnesota
July 31 @ Minnesota
August 1 @ Minnesota
August 3 v Los Angeles-AL
August 4 v Los Angeles-AL
August 5 v Los Angeles-AL
August 6 v Minnesota
August 7 v Minnesota
August 8 v Minnesota
August 9 v Minnesota
August 10 @ Chicago-AL
August 11 @ Chicago-AL
August 12 @ Chicago-AL
August 13 @ Cincinnati
August 14 @ Cincinnati
August 15 @ Cincinnati
August 17 v Baltimore
August 18 v Baltimore
August 19 v Baltimore
August 20 @ Boston
August 21 @ Boston
August 22 @ Boston
August 23 @ Boston
August 24 @ Kansas City
August 25 @ Kansas City
August 26 @ Kansas City
August 28 v Minnesota
August 29 v Minnesota
August 30 v Minnesota
August 31 v Tampa Bay
September 1 v Tampa Bay
September 2 v Tampa Bay
September 3 v Kansas City
September 4 v Kansas City
September 5 v Kansas City
September 6 @ Toronto
September 7 @ Toronto
September 8 @ Toronto
September 9 @ Toronto
September 10 @ Tampa Bay
September 11 @ Tampa Bay
September 12 @ Tampa Bay
September 14 v Detroit
September 15 v Detroit
September 16 v Detroit
September 18 v Chicago-AL
September 19 v Chicago-AL
September 20 v Chicago-AL
September 21 v Boston
September 22 v Boston
September 23 v Boston
September 24 @ Chicago-AL
September 25 @ Chicago-AL
September 26 @ Chicago-AL
September 27 @ Kansas City
September 28 @ Kansas City
September 29 @ Kansas City
September 30 @ Kansas City
Update: The Summit County Coroner has identified the victim as 20-year-old Najae Monique Jeffries. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police still have not named any suspects or provided any description.
Akron Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Channelwood Village.
According to reports, the victim was shot and killed near the corner of West Thornton Street and Dunbar Avenue early Tuesday morning, around 2:45 a.m.
Police have not released the name of the victim and aren't saying much about a suspect yet.
Their investigation started near the intersection, but later moved to the Channelwood Village apartments.
On Tuesday, Cedric Murphy, 60, of Akron, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a University of Akron student.
Court documents show that in November of last year, Murphy offered a ride to the victim who was walking home from a night out with friends. The female victim agreed to the ride back to her dorm, but while she was inside Murphy's car, he assaulted her and refused to let her out. The victim eventually jumped from the moving car. She then ran home and called 911.
A later investigation found DNA evidence on the victim that lead to Murphy's conviction in July, 2017. He was found guilty on first degree kidnapping, third degree abduction, and two counts of fourth gross sexual imposition.
Murphy, sentenced by visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove in Summit County, is not eligible for parole until 10 years into his life sentence.
William Knight, 64, of Streetsboro was ruled mentally competent to stand trial in the case of the shooting death of Akron man over the online sale of a dirt bike.
According to court documents, Knight responded to an online ad for a dirt bike for sale that he says was stolen from his son-in-law a few months before. In March, Knight agreed to meet Johnson at a home on Danmead Avenue in Akron to buy the dirt bike, reportedly for $4,000. When the two met, Knight confronted Johnson and the two argued. A physical altercation ensued, and Knight pulled a gun, which he has a permit for, and opened fire, allegedly as Johnson tried to drive off on the dirt bike.
Knight called 911, saying that he had no choice but to shoot Johnson, claiming self defense. He was arrested shortly after the shooting, and charged with murder and felonious assault. He's currently being held on $50,000 bond.
Initially, Knight's attorney entered a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity plea, but withdrew that plea after Wednesday's evaluation. Knight is due back in court for another status hearing in November and will meet with another psychologist in October.
Johnson's family claims the shooting was racially motivated. Knight's family protested after he was charged in the shooting.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, always on the edge of innovation, is taking a brand new approach to tire technology with the help of the United Soybean Board.
In a release sent Tuesday, Goodyear announced the first commercial use of a new soybean oil-based rubber compound that's helping enhance tire performance in several differnt weather conditions, including winter weather. The tread compound, created by a group of Goodyear scientists, uses soybean oil, which is naturally grown and harvested, cost-effective, and a renewable source, according to the company. Goodyear says they've found a new way to keep the rubber pliable in different weather conidtions, increasing grip to the roadway in varying conditions.
“Goodyear’s legacy of innovation drives us to continue to apply new technology solutions, developing superior performing tires that meet consumer demands,” said Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s director of global materials science.
Harvey made landfall in Texas a a category 4 hurricane last Friday, August 25th; the largest storm system to make landfall in the U.S. in more than a decade. In the process, Harvey destroyed or otherwise damaged refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, near Houston.
Patrick DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com, says that is going to affect the price at the pump in Akron and prices across the U.S., due to the trickle-down effect.
"This is such large event and there are so many refineries in Houston; you're talking about the energy capital of the U.S.," DeHaan told the Ray Horner Morning show Tuesday. He added that Harvey has tipped the supply and demand scale, with demand now outweighing supply, due to the damage to those refineries in the Gulf. DeHaan says that because of the amount of production at those affected refineries that has been temporarily thrown offline, we are seeing increases in our area and across the U.S.
Below is the weekly release from GasBuddy.com detailing increases in Akron gas prices and including information on the impact Harvey will have:
(GasBuddy.com) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have risen 14.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.36/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 16.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 14.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on August 27 in Akron have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.16/g in 2016, $2.53/g in 2015, $3.39/g in 2014, $3.54/g in 2013 and $3.75/g in 2012.
Areas near Akron and their current gas price climate:
Cleveland- $2.25/g, up 4.2 cents per gallon from last week's $2.21/g.
Pittsburgh- $2.60/g, flat from last week's $2.61/g.
Ohio- $2.30/g, up 7.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.23/g.
"Gas prices are up in many places and motorists should be gearing up for more in the coming weeks, thanks to Hurricane Harvey inundating significant refineries along the Texas coastline, leading to closures and tilting the delicate balance of supply and demand," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "Prices will likely rise nearly country wide heading into Labor Day, from rural towns in the Rockies to major cities in the Midwest and West Coast- nearly everyone will feel a bit of a pinch at the pump from Harvey. The impact could linger for several weeks or longer, depending on how long it takes Texas refiners to return to normal operations. In addition, the situation could worsen should more shutdowns or outages happen in the coming week as Harvey continues to drop feet of rain on already flooded Texas."
The Cleveland Browns have announced rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will start the Browns preseason game 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, August 26th in Tampa.
Here is the statement from Hue Jackson:
“This morning, I informed our quarterbacks that DeShone will be our starter for the third preseason game against Tampa. He has made a lot of progress by investing the time necessary to learn our offense, working hard to improve on his fundamentals while also effectively moving the offense in preseason games. Development is so important for a young quarterback, this is the next step he needs to take and he deserves this opportunity. We are very excited about seeing DeShone in the role of starter for this week, as he is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season.
“Much like DeShone, Brock, Cody and Kevin have worked extremely hard throughout training camp and have helped create a very supportive environment in our quarterback room. They’ve pushed each other, worked well together and we expect that to continue.”