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Friday, 24 March 2017 06:42

Army Humvee Stolen From Stow Armory

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

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

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

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.

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 10:24

Renacci Announces 2018 Ohio Governor Run

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:  

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. 

 

Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:50

KSU Hosting NCAA Watch Party Friday

For the first time since 2008, the Golden Flashes are dancin'! 

As a 14-seed, Kent State men's basketball team drew a first round match-up with number 3 seed UCLA. They're playing in the South bracket, which for some reason is playing their games out in California. 

The Golden Flashes and the Bruins tipoff at 9:57 p.m. EST, Friday night. While a few from the local fan base were able to make the trip to Sacramento for the first round game, the majority were not able to. 

With that in mind, Kent State University is hosting an official "watch party" on campus. The official "Hoopin' at the Hub" watch party will be held at the KSU Student Center and will feature giveaways, music, and of course cheering on the Flashes in round 1 of the tournamnet. 

The University says multiple big screens will be set up around the Student Center and there will be plenty of room for everyone to comforatably watch. 

 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:34

Fire Damages Classrooms At Cathedral Of Life

Plain Township Fire Department, with the help of North Canton's department, battled a fire at the Cathedral of Life Ministries at 4111 38th St. NW, Wednesday morning. 

At just about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, fire crews arrived to a fire that had already torn through a portion of the second floor of the building, where it is believed to have started, and then down to the first. Classrooms are housed on that second floor and some damage was reported; no word on the extent. 

While clergy do live on the grounds where the building is located, no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. 

According to the Canton Repository, fire crews were still on scene at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Stark County Sheriff's Office was also on scene assisting with area traffic. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:06

Cold, Windy The Story For Wednesday

Winter appears to be far from over as we in Northeast Ohio were brutally reminded this week. 

One hopeful sign that perhaps the worst is behind us: the National Weather Service's Winter Weather Advisory expiration was moved up from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. and forecasters call for the snow to taper off by mid-afternoon. 

But that doesn't mean the cold is going anywhere. The high temperature for Wednesday is only 27* and was already reached by noon. Factor in the wind chill and some areas could be hit with what feels like -2*, according to the National Weather Service. 

Road conditions progressively got better throughout the morning commute Wednesday, but Brent Kovacs with ODOT tells the Ray Horner Morning Show that trucks will continue to treat the roadways overnight into early Thursday morning to prevent any freezing when temperatures continue to drop. 

For those who may not have anywhere to go when the cold bites as it has this week, Haven of Rest Ministries reminds all residents that their doors are open. They have enacted "Code Zero" and are accomodating their facility at 175 E. Market Street. 

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