The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has officially identified all nine victims killed in last week's jet plane crash in Ellet.
The final identification came Friday, of pilot 40 year-old Oscar Chavez and co-pilot 50 year-old Renato Marchese, both of Florida.
The seven passengers, all employees of a Florida real estate firm, were identified earlier.
(Summit County Medical Examiner's office, news releases) The Summit County Medical Examiner has positively identified the two remaining victim's from the plane crash that occurred on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, on Mogadore Road in Akron, Ohio
Pilot - Oscar Chavez, 40, from North Bay Village, Florida.
Co-Pilot – Renato Marchese, 50, from Boynton Beach, Florida.
(earlier names released)
· Gary Shapiro, 35, from Boca Raton, FL
· Diana Suriel, 32, from Wellington, FL
· Thomas Virgin, 31, from Boca Raton, FL
· Jared Weiner, 35, from Boca Raton, FL
· Ori Rom, 32, from Delray Beach, FL
· Nick Weaver, 34, from Boca Raton, FL
· Diane Smoot, 50, from Delray Beach, FL
An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal fight at a Norton nightclub Thursday night.
Norton police tell WAKR.net that 36 year-old Robert Lantz of New Franklin is charged with felonious assault and murder in the death of 63 year-old Daniel Carraway of Norton, who was found next to his car, unresponsive outside Desiree's Nightclub on Wooster Road West.
Police say Lantz got into a fight with Carraway inside the nightclub, was asked to leave and later returned.
They say witnesses saw the two leave the back of the bar before Carraway was assaulted.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says results of an autopsy are pending.
A man officials say conducted a reign of harrassment of his Ellet neighbors will spend the next 10 years behind bars.
42 year-old Jason West was sentenced after pleading guilty to 22 counts of harrassment, witness intimidation and obstructing justice.
West was also charged with harrassing Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
He was charged with sending sexually explicit letters, nude photos, pizzas and prostitutes to a neighbor's homes, and with harrassing officials and media outlets even behind bars.
West bragged about killing 31 people - crimes he did not commit.
(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Todd McKenney sentenced Jason West, 42, of Hillman Road in Akron, to 10 years in prison.
On October 21, 2015, West pled guilty to the following charges:
17 counts of Telecommunications Harassment – felonies of the fifth degree
Intimidation – a felony of the third degree
Menacing by Stalking – a felony of the fourth degree
Two counts of Intimidation of a Victim or Witness – misdemeanors of the first degree
Obstructing Official Business – a misdemeanor of the second degree
"Jason West preyed on innocent, unsuspecting people in the community, and made them fear for their lives," said Prosecutor Walsh. "West continually harassed, badgered, and made false accusations about his neighbors and community leaders. Even as an inmate at the Summit County Jail, West would contact his victims. I'm pleased he will spend significant time behind bars."
West was arrested on October 1, 2014, accused of sending dozens of explicit text messages and images to a number of people and organizations in Summit County. West also stalked one of his victims by putting explicit notes where she worked. West would continually harass the community by sending prostitutes, pizzas, and taxi-cabs to the homes of elderly neighbors at all hours of the day and night. He also sent text messages containing nude photos to members of the community.
As an inmate in the Summit County Jail, West continued to harass his victims. He relentlessly sent letters to Summit County judges, the Akron Police Department, the Oriana House, the Akron Beacon Journal and several other government agencies and media outlets, accusing investigators of unfounded misconduct.
The ice skating rink at Lock 3 opens today (Friday) -- a week before the official grand opening of this year's winter lineup in Downtown Akron.
New to the winter lineup this year is an indoor/outdoor skating rink, sponsored by the University of Akron, with a polymer surface for beginners 14 and under.
That will open next Friday, November 27, along with many of the traditional events schedule, including the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival.
Below is a list of events/activities scheduled this year, provided by Lock 3:
THE ICE RINK: The Lock 3 ice rink opens Friday, November 20, 2015 through Presidents Day, February 15, 2016. Admission to the ice rink is free to everyone. Skates can be rented for $3. Skate rental closes 1⁄2 hour before rink closes.
ZIPPY'S LITTLE ROO RINK: Presented by The University of Akron, Ohio's Polytechnic University. The 28' x 48' rink designed for beginner skaters, age 14 and under, is an all weather, indoor/outdoor synthetic skating surface and is one of our newest attractions to Lock 3! Zippy's Little Roo Rink will operate during the same hours as the Ice Rink.
AKRON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM POP-UP SITE: Explore the emerging Akron Children's Museum Pop-Up Site, presented by PNC at Lock 3 this winter! Families can explore, create, build, and move through our interactive exhibits designed to inspire the imagination. Admission is $3.Open Wednesday-Saturday 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday 11 am –5 pm. Check Akronkids.org for more information.
POLAR PUTT-PUTT: 9 holes of indoor putt-putt golf that winds through festive holiday decor. Fun for all ages. $3 for 9 holes.
THE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL: On Friday November 27th at 7 p.m. the City of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership will light up the night sky over Lock 3. The half hour program hosted by WONE's Jeff Kinzbach will feature North East Ohio native, The Voice's Jacob Rummel and end with the lighting of spectacular displays throughout Lock 3 & a must see pyrotechnics show. It is also tradition for guests to stay after the show and ice skate into the night.
THE WELCOME SANTA PARADE: Saturday November 28th at 11am. This annual family tradition features over 75 units including marching bands, floats, costumed characters, dance groups and area organizations. The parade will end with Santa coming to town! Santa will stop at the main stage for the end of the parade entertainment and then come to Lock 3 to meet everyone. All Lock 3 attractions will be open.
REINDEER RUN: Enjoy 150 feet of downhill fun on our all-season polymer coated slide designed for children 14 and under. Adults may accompany children on the slide. Only sleds provided by Lock 3 may be used and are rented for $3 for 30 minutes. The number of sleds available each half-hour will be limited to ensure maximum fun. Purchase wristband and time slot at Skate Rental Desk.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9:30-11am. Breakfast is $10 and includes pancakes with lots of yummy toppings, sausage, hot chocolate and orange juice. A ticket to ride the Magical Train, access to the Akron Children's Museum Pop-Up location, and your choice of a skate rental, Reindeer Run wristband, or a game of polar putt-putt. Bring your camera for plenty of photos with Santa! Reservations recommended by calling Lock 3 at 330-375-2877.
COUNTOWN TO FIRST NIGHT: A celebration in diversity and the largest community visual arts display in Northeast Ohio is Lock 3's "Countdown to First Night," featuring 40, hand-painted banners from schools, churches, community centers, ethnic organizations and civic groups - each one illustrating an expression of the winter holiday season. Lock 3 unveils a new banner on the State Street Parking Deck façade each evening, between Nov. 27 and First Night.
THE MAGICAL TRAIN: Enjoy a drive through Lock 3 on this trackless train that holds both adults and children. Fare is $3 for adults and children.
THE VINTAGE ONEIL'S WINDOW DISPLAYS: The famous classic department store animated window displays that Akronites remember from the 1960's through the 1980's will be displayed in the windows of the O'neil's and Polsky buildings on Main St. Displays include The 3 Little Pigs, The Wizard of Oz, 3 Men in a Tub, Alice In Wonderland, The Cabbage Patch Kids, Raggedy Ann and more.
CRAFT IN SANTA'S WORKSHOP: December 3, 10, 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Santa's Workshop (located inside Polar Putt Putt). Children 3-12 years old. FREE. Looking for a fun evening out with the kiddies? Join Santa and his helpers making crafts inside Santa's workshop! Lots of fun craft projects to choose from. You make it and then take it home with you! Enjoy photo opportunities with Santa and complimentary cookies and punch. Lots of holiday fun!
CRAFTY MART PRESENTS COTTAGE MART: For the first time, Crafty Mart is hosting a holiday pop-up market with a curated collection of our area's finest artists and makers in the outdoor wooden cottages. Enjoy ice skating, the new Children's Museum space, have a cup of hot chocolate, and stroll through the outdoor marketplace. Do your holiday gift shopping for locally-made items by small business makers for one weekend only. Saturday December 5th 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
AKRON2AKRON HOLIDAY WALKING TOUR: Join us for the Akron2Akron Downtown Christmas History Walking Tour and After Party on Saturday December 12th. The Walking Tour starts at 4pm and is free to the public and is led by Joanna Wilson the author of The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman and Akron's History of Christmas Attractions.
FIRST LOCK 3 JINGLE BELL BASH: To benefit Ronald McDonald House of Akron. December 12th at 6pm inside Lock 3. Admission is $10 and each party goer will receive 2 tickets to a raffle, one drink ticket, and food. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, Thirsty Dog's Christmas Ale, soda, holiday cookies and hor d'oeuvres available. Guests will also have free access to ice skate and play putt putt golf during the event.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Need something to make your winter weekends a little warmer? Stay tuned to the website for more events and activities throughout January and February.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE: The concession stand at Lock 3 offers chili, soups and other hot items to warm skating and sledding enthusiasts. Akron's own Thirsty Dog brews are offered, including Lock 3 Lager. Coca Cola soft drinks and hot chocolate are also available.
Kent State University president Beverly Warren gave her first State of the University address Thursday.
"Kent State is already a shining example of the best in higher education," Warren told the audience at Kent State's Kiva Center.
She talked both about the university's accomplishments and the future.
"We continue to shatter student enrollment and retention records," Warren said. "Where we see other universities seeing declining enrollments, we have had record enrollments over the last seven years."
Warren said it's not just about enrollment records, it's about the high quality of incoming students.
"Most importantly, we also attracted really highly academically qualiifed freshmen in our university. And freshmen with talents that abound in all ways," Warren said.
She says it's about preparing for jobs and careers, but also believes the value of higher education extends far beyond job preparation
"Now, I'll be the first to say preparing students for great careers is a fitting goal for us," Warren commented. "But I also stand with those who say the value of higher education extends far beyond job preparation.
Warren says students should think about what they want to do in life, not just "checking off" degree requirements.
Warren says Kent State should get more national recognition for everything it does.
A copy of the speech is available on Kent State University's website.
Akron police say they have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of an Akron man over the weekend.
On early Sunday morning, Jaleel Jovon Woods, 19, of Endicott Drive was found with a gunshot wound to the head near Cordova and Courtland avenues.
Detectives arrested Jovonte A. Veal, 21, of Copley Road and charged him with murder. He was taken into custody Wednesday night and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Akron police have launched their third homicide investigation in four days.
The latest fatal shooting was reported on Edward Avenue, where the body of 29-year-old Devon M. Anderson of Caddo Avenue in Akron was found in a car parked in a driveway.
He had been shot several times.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy, and says Anderson died of a gunshot wound to the torso, a homicide.
Akron police are investigating what happened.
Sheriff's deputies arresting a 15-year old after a traffic stop turned into a chase over a stolen vehicle. Deputies noted the driver crashed near Prosser Avenue and Sauer Drive in Coventry Township, then took off on foot. The deputy caught up to him after a short foot chase.
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(Summit County Sheriff) On November 19, 2015, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Manchester Road in Coventry Township in regards to a stolen vehicle.
The deputy confirmed that a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer was stolen, and at approximately 3:00 p.m., the deputy located the stolen vehicle in Coventry Township.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle did not comply with the deputy's order. The stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Prosser Avenue and Sauer Drive in Coventry Township.
The driver of the vehicle exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. The Deputy pursued and eventually apprehended the suspect a short distance away without any furhter incident. The suspect was identified as a 15-year old male from Coventry Township.
He was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property (F4), Failure to Comply with an Order of a Police Officer (F3), and Criminal Damaging (M2). He was transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility.
The University of Akron has released its list of capital improvement projects on campus. University officials are asking the state for more than $32 million dollars over the next two years and an additional $60 million to help pay for projects from 2018 to 2022.
One of their main priorities is to keep all the lights on, according to UA Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Nathan Mortimer.
"Our number one priority is our infrastructure on our electric. We've got a single loop infrastructure right now and we're trying to go into a double loop, which means if something happens, we've got backup. Right now if it goes out, we're going to lose power for about a million square feet of our campus and that wouldn't be good for us."
Among the projects: building renovations, roof replacements, building demolitions, and repairs to sidewalks, fire alarms and elevators.
Not only is a former Akron attorney not allowed to practice law -- she's being chided again by the Ohio Supreme Court for not surrendering the documents that lawyers need to practice. Jana Bassinger DeLoach was first suspended back in 2010, publicly reprimanced in 2012, charged with misconduct by the Akron Bar Association in 2013 and ordered in May of this year to turn in her registration card and certificate of admission to practice law.
The Court today ruled she's in contempt for not turning the documents to the Supreme Court. DeLoach's practice concentrated on immigration, civil and criminal cases.
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(Ohio Supreme Court ruling 11/19/2015) In re Resignation of DeLoach. It is ordered by this court, sua sponte, that Jana Bassinger DeLoach, Attorney Registration No. 0071743, last known business address in Akron, Ohio, is found in contempt for failure to comply with this court’s order of May 14, 2015, to wit: failure to failure to surrender her attorney-registration card and her certificate of admission and failure to file an affidavit of compliance on or before June 15, 2015.
Background May 2015:
(Ohio Supreme Court) The Supreme Court first suspended DeLoach’s law license in December 2010 for failing to comply with her CLE requirements. In August 2011, the court issued a six-month stayed suspension and a two-year period of monitored probation for engaging in dishonest conduct during a disciplinary investigation, and in October 2012, she was publicly reprimanded for failing to notify clients that she lacked professional liability insurance.
In May 2013, the Akron Bar Association charged DeLoach with professional misconduct for neglecting a client matter, charging the client an excessive fee, and failing to deposit the client’s retainer into a trust account. The disciplinary board recommended a two-year suspension, with both years stayed if DeLoach met certain conditions. The court, recognizing that the actions questioned by the bar association took place during the same time she was being sanctioned for other rule violations, decided to issue one year of actual suspension with the second year stayed.
The suspension is the result of DeLoach taking a $7,000 retainer from Rose Warren in April 2008 to investigate the murder conviction of her son, OsRouge Turner, and obtain Turner’s release from prison. DeLoach told Warren she would charge $250 per hour until she reached $7,000 and if further work was required, she would continue without charge.After taking the fee, DeLoach failed to obtain a trial transcript and public records in Turner’s case. She did not file a motion for resentencing, the first step in the process for obtaining Turner’s release, until May 2010, two years after his mother retained DeLoach, the court noted.
The resentencing motion was three pages long, and DeLoach failed to file a brief in reply to the state’s 10-page memorandum opposing Turner’s resentencing. “She told Turner that she would update and resubmit the brief, but she failed to file anything additional with the court,” the per curiam opinion stated.
DeLoach admitted to the disciplinary board that she did not act with diligence in filing the motion and some of her early work was not necessary. The board found she made bad tactical decisions and failed to manage her caseload so that she could handle the Turner case competently. Both the board and the court found DeLoach violated the professional conduct rule requiring a lawyer to act with reasonable diligence and promptness when representing a client.
Warren asked for a full refund of her $7,000 retainer, but DeLoach declined to refund the money and did not provide a billing statement to her. During the disciplinary proceedings, an expert testifying on behalf of the bar association said it was likely DeLoach spent 16.6 hours working on Turner’s case and could have charged Warren $4,150, leaving Warren a $2,850 refund. DeLoach then agreed to pay the refund, but waited 36 days after the disciplinary hearing to pay. The court deemed that DeLoach violated the rule prohibiting lawyers from charging a clearly excessive fee, and that DeLoach never placed the money into a client trust account where she could withdraw payments after documenting the time spent working for the client.
In determining the sanction, the opinion explained that actions leading to her prior disciplinary charges had taken place within months of the wrongful conduct in handling the Turner case. “Thus, DeLoach committed some of the underlying misconduct while her first disciplinary case was pending,” the opinion noted. “More importantly, we would have sanctioned DeLoach differently in her prior cases if we had been aware of the extent of her misconduct.”
The court ruled its stay of the second year of suspension is contingent on DeLoach not committing further misconduct, completing 12 hours of legal education in law practice management and recordkeeping, and submitting to monitored probation.
The former manager of a Twinsburg pizza shop has been sentenced to four years in prison for videotaping female employees with a hidden bathroom camera.
34 year-old Paul Strebler of Tallmadge pleaded guilty to charges related to the hidden camera taping in September.
Prosecutors say Strebler set up the hidden camera to record several female employees, some under the age of 18.
He fled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where he was arrested by park rangers.
(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Paul Strebler, 34, , of Norton Drive in Tallmadge, to four years in prison. Strebler was also designated a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will have to register with the local sheriff every six months for the next 25 years.
On September 16, 2015, Strebler pled guilty to the following charges:
Two counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Orientated Material – both felonies of the second degree
Seven counts of Voyeurism – misdemeanors of the first degree
"Paul Strebler violated his victims and destroyed their sense of privacy. This has become a living nightmare for the girls involved," said Prosecutor Walsh. "Many of the victims worked for Mr. Strebler and trusted him. I am pleased to know the community will be kept safe from the deviant actions of Mr. Strebler."
Strebler was the manager of a local pizza restaurant and the district manager at several other shops. Strebler set up a hidden camera in the bathroom of the restaurant and recorded several of his female employees, some of whom were under the age of 18 at the time. Strebler fled to Arizona and was eventually arrested by National Park Service Rangers at the Grand Canyon.
Akron police say some observant neighbors helped them arrest a man they say assaulted and robbed an elderly woman at her home in Firestone Park.
Police say the 81 year-old woman says a man followed her into her home when she returned from grocery shopping, grabbed her and demanded her purse and jewelry.
The robber pulled some jewelry off her wrist and the woman had minor injuries.
Police say a few neighbors called with a description of the suspected robber and his vehicle.
They found the vehicle at an apartment on Nadia Court, and found their suspect hiding in the attic crawl space.
Police say 26 year-old Brandon Elkins of Nadia Court tried to get away while being taken from the police station to a patrol wagon, pushing an officer and running....but was taken into custody again after a foot chase.
Elkins faces aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and escape. Most of the victim's property was found at the Nadia Court address, and they hope other items found will link him to similar burglaries and robberies.
The National Transportation Safety Board released its first report on last Tuesday's jet crash on approach to Akron Fulton Airport that killed nine. The preliminary report doesn't contain much new that hasn't been reported previously. It does note some of the wreckage including airframe, engines, primary flight controls, and landing gear were recovered and forwarded for further testing along with the voice data recorder.
Former FAA investigator Jeff Rich explains the information in the NTSB's preliminary report
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(FAA) Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Akron, OH
Aircraft: BRITISH AEROSPACE HS 125 700A, registration: N237WR
Injuries: 9 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.On November 10, 2015, about 1452 eastern standard time (EST), Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A, N237WR, departed controlled flight while on approach to landing at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR) and impacted a 4-plex apartment building in Akron, Ohio. The pilot, copilot, and seven passengers died; no ground injuries were reported. The airplane was destroyed by the crash and a postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to Rais Group International NC LLC and operated by Execuflight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand charter flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY), Dayton, Ohio, about 1413 EST and was destined for AKR.The airplane, which was based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, departed Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1112 EST on the day of the accident and arrived at MGY about 1125 EST. The airplane remained parked on the ramp at one of the fixed-base operators until departing for AKR.According to Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control and radar data, about 1438 EST, the Akron-Canton terminal radar approach control facility provided radar vectors to the accident airplane for the localizer runway 25 instrument approach procedure at AKR. A Piper PA-28-161 airplane performing flight training at the airport completed the localizer runway 25 instrument approach procedure at AKR before the accident airplane began its approach. According to the flight instructor on board the Piper PA-28-161, the airplane "broke out at minimums" on the localizer runway 25 approach and landed on runway 25. After the Piper PA-28-161 exited the runway, the flight instructor reported that he heard one of the pilots of the accident airplane state "Hawker Jet on a 10 mile final localizer 25" over the Unicom frequency. Subsequently, the flight instructor radioed to the accident airplane and stated "we broke out right at minimums." According to the flight instructor, one of the pilots of the accident airplane acknowledged this transmission with "thanks for the update." About 1452 EST, a motion-activated security camera located about 900 ft to the southeast of the accident site captured the airplane as it came in over the surrounding trees in a left-wing-down attitude about 1.8 nautical miles from the approach end of runway 25 at AKR. An explosion and postcrash fire were observed on the video just after the airplane flew out of the security camera's view.The postcrash fire consumed most of the airplane; however, the airframe, engines, primary flight controls, and landing gear were all accounted for at the accident site. The airplane was equipped with a Fairchild GA-100 tape unit cockpit voice recorder, which was recovered and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board's Vehicle Recorders Laboratory for examination. About 1450 EST, the surface weather observation at AKR was wind from 240 degrees at 7 knots; visibility 1 3/4 statute mile in mist; ceiling broken at 600 ft above ground level (agl); overcast ceiling at 900 ft agl; temperature 11 degrees C (52 degrees F); dew point 9 degrees C (48 degrees F); and altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury.