Friday, 24 March 2017 06:42

Army Humvee Stolen From Stow Armory

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for a missing Army National Guard Humvee that was stolen from the Stow armory Wednesday morning. 

On Wednesday afternoon, around 3:30, State Troopers noticed the chain link fence around the facility near where the vehicle was stored was cut. Then they realized the Hummer was missing. OSHP says the thief or thieves disabled the lock on the vehicle. 

The Humvee is marked with the numbers 174 and 1-145 on the bumper near the left tail light and HQ-51 near the right tail light. 

The Highway Patrol has not released any suspect information and they're asking anyone who may have any information to call their office at 216-265-1677. 

 

Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:27

Portage Men Exonerated In 1988 Murder

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The state of Ohio will pay two Northeast Ohio men $1.45 million each after being wrongfully convicted of and imprisoned for 16 years for the murder of a Portage County woman in 1988.

The Ohio Court of Claims approved the settlement between the state and Robert Gondor and Randy Resh. Gondor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and obstruction of justice, while Resh was convicted of murder and attempted rape. 

Below is the full story courtesy of CourtNewsOhio.gov

 

Court of Claims: Two Men Exonerated for Murder Granted $1.45 Million Each for Wrongful Imprisonment

 

Robert Gondor, et al. v State of Ohio, Case No. 2015-00921

The state has agreed to pay two Northeast Ohio men about $1.45 million each after they were declared wrongfully imprisoned for more than 16 years.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Court of Claims approved a settlement between the state, Robert Gondor, and Randy Resh. The two men were implicated in the 1988 murder of Connie Nardi in Portage County. They were released from prison in 2007 and officially designated wrongfully imprisoned in 2014.

The two filed for compensation with the Court of Claims and received partial payments in December 2015. Gandor, who spent 5,936 days in prison, was initially paid about $422,000, and Resh, who was imprisoned for 6,012 days, received about $427,000.

Both were 24 years old when incarcerated. Gondor was employed as a carpenter and Resh as a roofing contractor at the time the murder. Nardi was found strangled to death. A third man, Troy Busta, pleaded guilty to Nardi’s murder and agreed to testify against Gondor and Resh in exchange for the prosecutor agreeing not to pursue the death penalty against him.

New Trials Ordered Years after Conviction
A Portage County Common Pleas Court jury found Gondor guilty in 1990 of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and obstructing justice and sentenced him to a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of more than 50 years in prison, while Resh was convicted of murder and attempted rape and was sentenced to 15 years to life.

The Eleventh District Court of Appeals affirmed their convictions. However, in a second appeal, the two won the right to a new trial court hearing regarding evidence. At the new hearing, the trial court found the two had ineffective counsel because their attorneys didn’t recognize exculpatory evidence in the prosecutor’s file. Prosecutors objected to the finding, and the Eleventh District sided with the state. However, in 2006, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the two had to be retried.

Resh was tried first and found not guilty. The state dismissed the charges against Gondor, and both were set free in 2007. Overturning a verdict is the first of two steps an individual must attain before being declared wrongfully imprisoned. A civil suit then must be filed and the individual must prove that no further prosecution can occur for any other illegal act related to the alleged crime that resulted in imprisonment.

The trial judge hearing the case concluded that neither Gondor nor Resh were with, or even near, Nardi when she was killed, and that they qualified as wrongfully convicted.

Additional Compensation Paid 
In addition to paying each of the two men $1.45 million, the settlement includes paying $1.1 million to attorneys Mark B. Marein and Steven L. Bradley for professional fees and expenses incurred representing the men, and about $18,000 for the services of experts who were involved in the litigation.

The Court of Claims is given original jurisdiction to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the state of Ohio and its agencies.

To access information on other cases visit the Court of Claims website.

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Office of Public Information for the general public and news media. Opinion summaries are not prepared for every opinion, but only for noteworthy cases. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official headnotes or syllabi of court opinions. The full text of this and other court opinions are available online.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:27

Portage Men Exonerated In 1988 Murder

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The state of Ohio will pay two Northeast Ohio men $1.45 million each after being wrongfully convicted of and imprisoned for 16 years for the murder of a Portage County woman in 1988.

The Ohio Court of Claims approved the settlement between the state and Robert Gondor and Randy Resh. Gondor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and obstruction of justice, while Resh was convicted of murder and attempted rape. 

Below is the full story courtesy of CourtNewsOhio.gov

 

Court of Claims: Two Men Exonerated for Murder Granted $1.45 Million Each for Wrongful Imprisonment

 

Robert Gondor, et al. v State of Ohio, Case No. 2015-00921

The state has agreed to pay two Northeast Ohio men about $1.45 million each after they were declared wrongfully imprisoned for more than 16 years.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Court of Claims approved a settlement between the state, Robert Gondor, and Randy Resh. The two men were implicated in the 1988 murder of Connie Nardi in Portage County. They were released from prison in 2007 and officially designated wrongfully imprisoned in 2014.

The two filed for compensation with the Court of Claims and received partial payments in December 2015. Gandor, who spent 5,936 days in prison, was initially paid about $422,000, and Resh, who was imprisoned for 6,012 days, received about $427,000.

Both were 24 years old when incarcerated. Gondor was employed as a carpenter and Resh as a roofing contractor at the time the murder. Nardi was found strangled to death. A third man, Troy Busta, pleaded guilty to Nardi’s murder and agreed to testify against Gondor and Resh in exchange for the prosecutor agreeing not to pursue the death penalty against him.

New Trials Ordered Years after Conviction
A Portage County Common Pleas Court jury found Gondor guilty in 1990 of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and obstructing justice and sentenced him to a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of more than 50 years in prison, while Resh was convicted of murder and attempted rape and was sentenced to 15 years to life.

The Eleventh District Court of Appeals affirmed their convictions. However, in a second appeal, the two won the right to a new trial court hearing regarding evidence. At the new hearing, the trial court found the two had ineffective counsel because their attorneys didn’t recognize exculpatory evidence in the prosecutor’s file. Prosecutors objected to the finding, and the Eleventh District sided with the state. However, in 2006, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the two had to be retried.

Resh was tried first and found not guilty. The state dismissed the charges against Gondor, and both were set free in 2007. Overturning a verdict is the first of two steps an individual must attain before being declared wrongfully imprisoned. A civil suit then must be filed and the individual must prove that no further prosecution can occur for any other illegal act related to the alleged crime that resulted in imprisonment.

The trial judge hearing the case concluded that neither Gondor nor Resh were with, or even near, Nardi when she was killed, and that they qualified as wrongfully convicted.

Additional Compensation Paid 
In addition to paying each of the two men $1.45 million, the settlement includes paying $1.1 million to attorneys Mark B. Marein and Steven L. Bradley for professional fees and expenses incurred representing the men, and about $18,000 for the services of experts who were involved in the litigation.

The Court of Claims is given original jurisdiction to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the state of Ohio and its agencies.

To access information on other cases visit the Court of Claims website.

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Office of Public Information for the general public and news media. Opinion summaries are not prepared for every opinion, but only for noteworthy cases. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official headnotes or syllabi of court opinions. The full text of this and other court opinions are available online.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:20

NEOMED Boasts High Residency Placement Rate

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March 17th was national "Match Day" for med students across the U.S. and at NEOMED, Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

In a ceremony, students revealed where they will continue their medical training for their residencies. Nationally, 94% of medical students were placed in a residency program at a hospital; at NEOMED, 99% of senior students were placed. NEOMED also boasts one of the highest placement rates in the national for their pharmacy program.

Read more about the success of NEOMED students in the press release below. 

 

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ROOTSTOWN, OHIO – During Match Day on Friday, March 17, fourth-year College of Medicine students at Northeast Ohio Medical University moved one step closer to practicing medicine as they learned where they will continue their medical training as resident physicians following graduation in May.

The NEW Center’s grand ballroom, located on the University’s campus, was host to family and friends as they watched with pride and anticipation while students walked on stage to reveal their matches. As students opened their envelopes and read their residency matches one by one, there were two common themes: The medicine students were in demand by many of the nation’s best and many of the students had a preference to practice health care in Ohio.

NEOMED students were matched with some of the best hospitals in the country including the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland;  UPMC, Pittsburgh; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. But it was the students’ overwhelming desire for Northeast Ohio’s hospitals that resonated most with the University’s mission of developing health care professionals for and from Northeast Ohio, as 55 percent of the students matched with hospitals in Ohio.

The College of Medicine’s community base was evident as 76 students from its Class of 2017 matched in Ohio for their residencies. The College also responded to the ongoing critical need of primary care physicians with 45 percent of the medicine students deciding to continue their training in a primary care field such as family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine or obstetrics/gynecology. Eleven percent of the students matched in surgery and the remaining 44 percent matched in other specialties such as anesthesiology, dermatology and emergency medicine.

“Our students represent the values and mission of NEOMED to care for the people and the communities of Ohio,” said Elisabeth H. Young, M.D., interim dean of the College of Medicine. “NEOMED graduates provide patient centered humanistic care.  I know I am proud to be cared for by a NEOMED graduate and to have NEOMED graduates care for my family members.”

Nationally, more than 30,000 students participated in the highly competitive process with 94 percent of the U.S. applicants matching to a residency position. The College of Medicine students at NEOMED mirrored the national average, and the College placed an additional 5 percent through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). As a result, 99 percent of NEOMED students were placed.

The 139 students from NEOMED’s Class of 2017 who participated in the match program are among medical school seniors nationwide who received results of the NRMP on March 17. Students began applying for residency programs at the beginning of their fourth year and participated in interviews with hospital officials during the fall and winter months. The majority of students indicated their residency preferences through the NRMP, hospitals indicated their preference of students, and the NRMP matched the two. Others participated in separate matches through the San Francisco Match Program (for ophthalmology), the Urological Association and the military match.

For more information about the graduates and their residency matches, please visit neomed.edu.

About Northeast Ohio Medical University
For more than 40 years, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas. www.neomed.edu.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:12

Stolen Dirt Bike Leads to Death

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A Streetsborog man is charged with manslaughter after a shooting over a dirty dirt-bike deal gone horribly wrong in Akron. 63 year old William Knight set up a meeting to buy a bike back after it had been stolen from his son-in-law; it quickly turned into a fight and Knight reportedly shot to death 24-year old Keith Johnson as Johnson was trying to flee on the dirt bike.  Knight says he was protecting his family. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

What may make this even more heartbreaking is the victims of the dirt bike theft called police asking for help getting their stolen property back. APD Lt. Rick Edwards told News5 such calls aren't handled as the highest priority, so the family pursued recovery on their own.

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(Akron PD)  Shortly before 8:00pm Monday, officers responded to a shooting in the 700 block of Danmead Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a 24 year old male lying in the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

On February 4, 2016, a 40 year old male from Annapolis Avenue in Akron reported a Yamaha dirt bike stolen from his unlocked garage. The male then noticed his dirt bike for sale on a social media site. The male made several attempts through social media to contact the person attempting to sell the Yamaha dirt bike. After several attempts, the male was finally able to meet up last night on Danmead Avenue.

The male took his 63 year old father-in-law and his wife. The male got into a verbal altercation with the 24 year old male trying to sell the dirt bike. The argument was over the dirt bike being stolen, and who owns the dirt bike. During the altercation, the 40 year old male grabbed onto the dirt bike. The 24 year old male tried to flee the area on the dirt bike and started to drive right for the 40 year old male. The father-in-law then pulled out a handgun and shot the 24 year old male on the dirt bike.

Detectives arrested the father-in-law, William M. Knight, 63, of Lady Catherine Street in Streetsboro, Ohio. Knight was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault and booked into the Summit County Jail.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 05:20

Fugitive Of The Week Busted Near Cleveland

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Update: Michael Cleveland was arrested at a motel in Middleburg Hts. Tuesday. 

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Michael Cleveland. Cleveland is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for violating the terms of his bond in federal court.

On February 8th a warrant was issued for Cleveland after he failed to report to a halfway house for drug treatment. Cleveland’s bond violation stems from being charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Cleveland is a 34 year old white male standing approximately 6’00” and weighing 180 pounds. He has blond hair and hazel eyes.

Cleveland is believed to be hiding in the west side of Cleveland and possibly in Parma. If you have any information in reference to Michael Cleveland, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411) Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Monday, 20 March 2017 16:51

Falls PD Looks For Missing Woman

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UPDATE Cuyahoga Falls police report Weygandt was found last night.

Cuyahoga Falls police are hoping the public will help them find a missing 75-year old Cuyahoga Falls woman missing since this morning. Police report Juanita Weygandt was last seen in Pinebrook Trail; she suffers from dementia. Weygandt was last seen in a 2016 white Hyundai Elantra with license plante number GRC 3330. Anyone spotting the vehicle or Weygandt can dial 9-1-1 and direct police to the sighting.

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(Ohio Missing Adult Alert System) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department statewide.

Information as of: March 20, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On March 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Ms. Weygandt left her residence and failed to return.

The incident took place in Summit County, OH On Pinebrook Trail in the city of Cuyahoga Falls.

The adult's name is Juanita Weygandt and the individual is missing. The adult is a White female, age 75, is 5'06" tall, weighs 148lbs, and has brown hair and blue eyes. Ms. Weygandt suffers from Dementia.

The vehicle involved is a white 2016 Hyundai Elantra with OH plate number GRC3330. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

Monday, 20 March 2017 10:24

Renacci Announces 2018 Ohio Governor Run

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Ohio U.S. Representative Jim Renacci has put the speculation to rest, confirming his entry into the 2018 Ohio Governor's race Monday morning. 

The announcement that he's filed the official paperwork with Secretary of State Jon Husted's office came in the 9 a.m. hour. 

In a release, Renacci said, "For far too long, career politicians in both Washington and Columbus have been looking out for themselves, not us, and now more than ever we need a serious, conservative outsider to lead our state who will always put Ohio first. We need a leader who will end the “pay to play” sweetheart deals that have corrupted Columbus.  We need a leader who truly understands what it takes to keep and attract good paying jobs to Ohio and who knows how to simplify our tax code for Ohio families and businesses. And we need a leader who will put an end to the over-regulation that continues to hold Ohio’s economy back."

See the Renacci Campaign video:  

Barberton municipal court Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger will be moving over to Summit County Common Pleas Court in April, filling the vacancy left as Judge Tom Teodosio now serves on the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals.

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(Governor's Office) Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Jill Flagg Lanzinger of Barberton (Summit Co.) to serve as a judge on the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. Lanzinger will assume office on April 3, 2017. She must run in November 2018 to retain the seat for the full term commencing May 17, 2019. Lanzinger is replacing Judge Thomas A. Teodosio who has been elected to Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals.

Lanzinger received her bachelor's degree from Heidelberg University and her law degree from University of Akron. She currently serves as a municipal judge presiding over the Barberton Municipal Drug Court. She is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the City of Green Opiate Task Force and a board member of the Portage Lakes Advisory Council.

Friday, 17 March 2017 09:02

APD Looking For Sally Beauty Supply Thieves

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Akron Police are looking for the public's help identifying two thieves who muscled their way out of the Sally Beauty Supply after helping themselves to a few items from the store. 

The incident in question happened back on February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the seemingly crowded store. The man and woman in question were caught on camera, and the female suspect is seen pushing an employee out of the way before the two left in a black SUV. 

See the surveillance video below. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police. 

 

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