Police are investigating a fatal five-car crash in Medina County on Interstate 71 left one person dead and another injured early Sunday morning.
The Medina Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 3.30 a.m. just south of State Route 18 and shut down all lanes of the highway for about three hours.
James Sexton, 75, died due to their injuries sustained in the crash, but four others left the accident needing no medical attention.
Liam Sexton, 5, needed to be taken to Akron Children's Hospital for facial lacerations, but will be okay.
Alcohol suspected as a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation with criminal and traffic charges pending.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Press Release December 27th Sunday
Montville Township – The Medina Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a multiple vehicle fatal crash that occurred on December 27, 2015, at approximately 3:30 A.M., on Interstate 71 North near milepost 216 in Montville Township, Medina County.
A tan 2009 Chevy Malibu, being operated by Erin Jones, age 44, of Avon Lake, Ohio, was traveling north in the right lane. Ms. Jone's vehicle struck a northbound 2011 Ford Fusion, being operated by James Sexton, age 75, of Edinboro, PA. Mr. Sexton's vehicle lost control and traveled off the right of the roadway striking a guardrail. A northbound 2005 Chevy Cavalier driven by Genghis Meredith, age 58, of Oakwood Village, Ohio struck Mr. Sexton's vehicle. Mr. Sexton's vehicle was disabled and sitting in the left lane of Interstate 71. A northbound 2012 Nissan Xtera, driven by Sarah Martin, age 32 of Hamilton, Ohio struck Mr. Sexton's vehicle on the passenger's side causing Ms. Martin's vehicle to roll on to its side and coming to rest on the roadway. A northbound 2012 Lincoln MK7, driven by Waymon Lanier, age 76 of Cleveland, Ohio struck both the Nissan Xtera and Ford Fusion.
Montville Township Fire and EMS, Seville-Guilford Fire and EMS. And Medina LST arrived on scene and pronounced James Sexton deceased. Mr. Sexton's rear seat passenger, Liam Sexton, age 5 year of Monticello, Kentucky was transported to Akron Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other driver's involved in this crash received minor injuries and were treated and released at the scene. Interstate 71 was closed for approximately three hours as a result of the crash. The Ohio Department of Transportation, Montville Township Police, The Medina County Sheriff's Office and the Medina Township Police Department were all on scene.
Mr. Sexton was transported to the Medina General Hospital by Carlson Ambulance service. Mr. Sexton was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation with criminal and traffic charges pending.
An early Christmas morning crash killed two people on a Portage County road.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Ravenna post say a van traveling east on Route 5 near Route 225 in Paris Township went left of center, and struck a car driven by a Newton Falls woman.
The head on crash caught the car struck on fire, and it went off the side of the road.
The car's driver, 39 year-old Sonya Diaz, died, as did the driver of the van. That driver's name isn't being released pending coroner's identification and notification of family members.
The crash is still under investigation.
A fire on Christmas is never a good thing, but this one could have been a lot worse.
Barberton firefighters were called to a fire in the basement of a home on Ford Avenue at just before 7 PM last night.
WKYC Channel 3 reports that they found heavy smoke coming from the home, but the fire didn't spread beyond one basement room.
There were no injuries reported, and firefighters say no one was in the home when that basement room caught fire.
Earlier that afternoon, Akron firefighters say it took just 5 minutes to knock down a small house fire on Brittain Road...minor damage, and no injuries reported.
The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the arrests of two players after a traffic stop early Friday morning.
General manager Ray Farmer, in a statement, says the team takes charges against De'Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant - quote - very serious. He says it's "extremely disappointing" that the players would put themselves in this situation by making poor decisions.
There's no word on what charges were made against the players.
Armonty Bryant won't travel to Kansas City and won't be active against the Chiefs.
Farmer's statement says there's no further comment due to policy, and the pending nature of the legal situation.
(Cleveland Browns) STATEMENT FROM CLEVELAND BROWNS GENERAL MANAGER RAY FARMER:
We are aware of the arrests of De'Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday morning.
These are charges that we take very seriously. The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by making such poor decisions.
Armonty will be inactive on Sunday for our game against the Chiefs and will not travel with the team to Kansas City so he can tend to this personal legal matter.
In addition to being a pending legal matter, this incident is subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and we have no further comment at this time.
For more than 70 years, Haven of Rest Ministries has opened its doors on Christmas Day to serve dinner to hundreds of people in need.
But if you ask Executive Director Jeff Kaiser, he'll tell you it's more than just a hot meal.
"We really want to get to know the individual one-on-one," said Jeff Kaiser, executive director of Haven of Rest. "So our goal is always to make that connection even though we might have 200 or 240 people staying down here a night."
Whether someone is homeless, hungry or alone on Christmas Day, Haven of Rest spends the holiday preparing a fresh meal for hundreds of individuals and families around the Akron area. Each guest also received a bag of toiletry items and a Christmas stocking filled with treats.
"A lot of these people are very discouraged and there are a lot of hardships in their life. So we want to try to encourage them and offer them hope."
55-year-old Christopher Lemonte Lockett is no stranger to Haven of Rest Ministries. Several years ago, Lockett walked into Haven of Rest looking for shelter. On Friday morning, he returned to spend the holiday spreading a message of hope and strength.
"We damaged, but not done," said Locket. "That's why I'm here, to send that message."
Lockett said his mother passed away when he was just 18-year-old after battling alcoholism. He was left to take care of his siblings and later found himself battling the same addiction.
Lockett said Haven of Rest became his home where he could gain strength from the people who he now calls family.
"Everything that I've asked them for, they've never let me down. It's a beautiful place."
The Akron-Summit County Library is offering a new online service to access books, movies, and music. The library has teamed up with Hoopla, described as a Netflix-like online service, to offer users 24/7 online and mobile access to the library.
"We do intend to do a lot more with digital to make library accessible," said Collection Development Coordinator Val Sherman. "No matter where you are, we'll be there for you."
There's a checkout limit for library card holders -- just 10 items per month, but there are no fines since the items automatically return after the checkout period has ended.
"You can have a video for about three days and it'll just automatically return. You won't have to worry about fines."
The Akron-Summit County Library is just one of dozens in Ohio that have partnered with the new digital service.
An employee at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron is facing a sexual battery charge after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Jeffrey Peterson, 28, was fired from his job as an IT coordinator at the private, all-girls Catholic school after school officials learned of the accusations and reported it to Akron police.
Peterson is being held in the Summit County Jail and has a court appearance scheduled on Monday.
On the web: www.cleveland.com
Akron Public Schools are looking into allegations that a Firestone High teacher had an improper relationship with a female student.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the unnamed teacher was placed on paid leave a few weeks ago.
Firestone staff and APS administrators are working with legal counsel to look into the matter, though there's no word yet how it came to the attention of Firestone staff.
There's also no word on the length of the alleged improper relationship or the age of the student.
The allegation could be presented at the Akron school board's next meeting next month.
On the web: www.ohio.com
A 29-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man is facing drug trafficking charges after detectives followed up on a search warrant and found psychedelic mushrooms in a Stone Street house.
Summit County Sheriff's deputies found a Psilocybin Mushroom grow operation, including about a pound of the controlled substance, three handguns and a loaded shotgun.
Jack Kennedy, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
Akron police say a man who drove to sell marijuana last night, and instead of money, he got shot.
Police say it happened at around 10 PM Monday night at Washburn Street and Tressel Avenue - the would-be pot seller was in his car when someone fired several shots at his car.
The man was struck in the torso and arm, and called police after driving to a business at South Hawkins and Diagonal Road.
Police say the victim is in stable condition at Akron General Medical Center.
There's no description of the shooter.
Cops say they found 65 grams of marijuana in the man's car, and he was charged with attempted drug abuse.
Music to our ears.Temperatures have allowed snowmaking to begin for the 15/16 ski season.We are staying optimistic and hope to have information on opening soon.Posted by Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort on Friday, December 18, 2015
The winter season officially begins tonight, but the freezing temperatures and snowflakes are nowhere in sight.
"If you like mild temperatures and lots of rain, you're going to like the forecast, " said Meteorologist Richard Lewelling with the Weather Channel.
Temperatures are expected to reach near the 60s on Wednesday and stay above average through the rest of the year.
"In fact, the coolest temperature I see, anywhere in the next 16 days, is a 40 degree low at night," said Lewelling. "So, pretty much, everyday between now and the end of the year we're going to be looking at 40s, 50s and even 60s in the forecast."
Lewelling predicts record-breaking temperatures across the country as the year comes to a close.
"We're going to see a lot of records fall by the wayside. I think you have to go way back in the record books to some of the strongest El Ninos to actually see weather like this, anywhere in the country. In fact, there's really nothing that compares to it."
It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.
They came by the truck loads, hundreds of bikes delivered by Elves & More put a mile-wide smile on parents and kids faces in Akron on Sunday, just a week a before the holiday.
"Yes, I'm excited because I haven't had a bike in a longtime," Treymaine Lucas said.
Lucas received a bike from LeBron James, as part of the 'I Promise' program, but was stolen when he left it outside on the porch of their house.
Brandy Moore, his mother, said her son was very upset about what happened. She has three kids and was not able to buy her son another one. She said this event made things a lot easier, especially with her Christmas shopping.
"[This event] helps me out a lot because I can't afford to buy three bikes," Moore said. "Being that they were able to give my kids bikes, it's going to be their Christmas presents now."
Elves & More delivered 1,600 bikes total to kids and families in Akron, Canton and Springfield on Sunday.
Moore said she think it's "wonderful" what the people from Elves & More did because it will help a lot of families.
"I think it's nice. I think it's wonderful. It's a nice Christmas gift for all of these kids. Some kids aren't going to get nothing else for Christmas."
Tim House, Co-Founder of Elves and More, said it started about ten years ago when they decided to giveaway bikes for Christmas to kids who needed them most.
"Many of these parents and grandparents that are raising their granddaughter and grandsons or parents that are raising their own children; they're struggling right now and Christmas time puts another stress on them. They have no idea how they're going to buy a gift, so we supply that gift for them."
House said it's the smile on the kids faces year after year that makes this all worth it.
"If you see a kid on an Elves & More bike with a backpack, you know, you just say to your self, she's on her way to a library, she's on her way to school, she's on one of our bikes. There's nothing you can say bad about that."
House said he's lucky to have the amount of people that volunteers each year.
"We are very fortunate in volunteer base," House said. "Last week we put together 1,600 biclycles in about four hours. We had a little over 400 volunteers show up, put the bikes together and clean the warehouse."
One of the many volunteers who helped deliver bicycles at the Akron site was Walter Holtz. Holtz, who works for XPO Logistics as an operations manager in the Alliance and Youngstown area, said it feels good to deliver the bikes and see the kids reactions.
"It's really nice to see the faces and the expressions on kids faces when we give back," Holtz said. "Everybody likes to receive but at the same time there's that special feeling you get every time when you give to someone else...it's an indescribable feeling."
Elves & More does not fund-raise and try to receive grants and donations from corporations to fund the giveaways, House said. He said they're bank account is really low right now after getting the bikes, but in the end, he said, "it's all worth it."