Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:14

Akron Woman Allegedly Stole from Charity Fund

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An Akron woman is charged with theft after Summit County Sheriff's Office detectives were tipped off that she was pocketing donations to a victim's charity fund. 

Back in July, Inspector Bill Holland says the third party manager of the "Walking For You" charity fund notified his office that something wasn't right with the money. The fund was set up to help the families of the victims of the May 28th accident along South Main Street in Coventry Township that left two teenagers dead and seriously injured another. Natasha Boggs, 24, of New Franklin, was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts involuntary manslaughter, and more, after investigators say she was texting while driving and cross over the marked lines along South Main Street, hitting the group of teens. 

After an investigation into the charity fund, Summit Co. Detectives discovered that Melissa Szentes, 40, of Akron, who was volunteering with the "Walking For You" campaign, was taking donations and using them for her own personal gain. 

Inspector Holland says that she is currently charged with theft, but more charges are possible, as they aren't sure how much money was actually stolen. The Summit County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have donated to Szentes directly to call their office so that they can determine the total amount stolen. 

Szentes hasn't been booked yet, as more charges are pending. 

Monday, 14 August 2017 11:34

Akron Metro Bus Involved in Accident Monday

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An Akron Metro Bus was involved in an accident at Perkins and Goodkirk Streets in Akron Monday morning. 

Lt. Rick Edwards with Akron Police says the 61-year-old female driver of the 2007 Pontiac Vibe was cited for running a red light. Lt. Edwards says the driver, whose name hasn't been released, ran the light at Goodkirk and Perkins and hit the driver's side of the Metro RTA bus, causing that bus to flip onto it's side. On the bus were the driver and two other passengers. All three were transported to Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The female driver, meanwhile, was treated by EMS on the scene and not taken to the hospital. 

Akron Metro RTA Communications Director Molly Becker says the driver will be drug tested for their own protection and be placed on paid administrative leave while Metro RTA conducts their own investigation into the crash. 

 

 

Friday, 11 August 2017 11:29

Tallmadge Man Sentenced in Fatal Akron DUI

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Charles Queer, 64, of Tallmadge, was sentenced to 3 years in prison, fined $15,000, and has had his license suspended for the rest of his life, in Summit County Common Pleas Court Friday morning. Judge Joy Malek-Oldfield handing down that sentence. 

Back in March of 2016, 17-year-old Patricia Powell's car had broken down along I-76 in Akron. Queer, who was driving under the influence, slammed his car into the back of Powell's vehicle, killing her. 

Queer pleaded no contest to two felony counts of aggravated vehicle homicide and one misdemeanor count of operating under the influence of alcohol. In court, Queer's attorney said that while he's entering a no contest plea, his client is not denying guilt. 

The family of Powell recalled that in court, Queer had expressed no remorse and had never apologized for taking her life. Powell was a senior at Ellet High School, scheduled to graduate that year. 

Friday, 11 August 2017 07:40

Arrest Made in Cuyahoga Falls Murder

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Police have made an arrest in the murder of a 32-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man. 

Edward Piechowiak Jr., 65, of Maple Heights, was arrested Thursday on aggravated murder and tampering with evidence charges, with other charges possibly pending. 

According to police, they've also recovered the weapon used in the shooting. 

Police were called to the Water's Edge Apartments near Wyoga Lake that Kevin Tiearney shared with his fiance on reports of gunshots fired on August 2nd. Tiearney was found unresponsive, transported to a local hospital, and was pronounced dead later. Piechowiak Jr. is listed as the maternal grandfather of Tiearney's child. 

This is the first homicide in Cuyahoga Falls since the 2014 stabbing death of Amanda Russell who was found outside her Eigth Street home. Her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Conrad, is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of her murder. 

Piechowaik Jr. is being held in Summit County Jail. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:01

Teen Charged in Fatal Crash with Fire Truck

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UPDATE: The teenaged driver, charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and more in the fatal crash that took two other teens' lives back in July, made her first court appearance in Summit County Juvenile Court Thursday. Her attorney, on her behalf, entered a denial to the charges, the equivalent to a "not guilty" plea in adult court. She has been remanded to the custody of her parents until her next appearance in court on September 12th, at 10:30 a.m. 

Akron attorney Adam VanHo, who is representing the girl, says she has never been in trouble with the law, adding that she is remorseful and is having a hard time dealing with the accident that claimed the life of her cousin and another young girl. 

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On Thursday, the Akron Police Department Traffic Reconstruction Unit has signed off on charges that have been filed against a 16-year-old Akron girl for her part in a fatal accident involving an Akron Fire truck. 

According to the police report, the teenager drove through a red light at the intersection of West Exchange Street and South Rhodes Avenue in Akron on July 14th at 3:46 p.m. An Akron Fire truck that was traveling southbound through the intersection slammed into the teen's Chevy Trailblazer. Two girls, a 15-year-old from Akron and a 16-year-old from Tallmadge were killed in the accident. 

The teen, whose name hasn't been released, is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular manslaughter, one count of running a red light, vehicular assault, operating a vehicle on a temporary permit without a licensed driver, and operating a vehicle with more than one juvenile passenger, according to Akron Police. 

Following the accident, the girl was transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:24

Own a Piece of Akron History

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The smokestacks have been partially cut down at the B.F. Goodrich plant on South Main Street for safety reasons, but the remains of the stacks that were trimmed can now be purchased. 

The decision to shorten the northern stack came after the City of Akron was told the cost to preserve it would be around $1 Million, in addition to the growing concern for area residents safety as deterioration was causing loose bricks to fall. Demolition took place earlier this year, knocking off nearly 100 feet from the north stack. The bricks from that demolition were preserved and are now available to buy for $50 apiece, limited to three bricks per person. 

“While the partial removal of the northern stack was an unfortunate necessity, it creates a unique opportunity for individuals to own a piece of Akron’s rich industrial history,” Mayor Horrigan said in a press release Thursday. 

Thos interested in buying a brick, or three, can visit www.akronohio.gov and click on the "Buy Brick from the BF Goodrich Stack" icon on the site, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly. 

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:39

Canton: Drilling Mud Cause for Water Discoloration

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The City of Canton Water Department has issued a public service announcement regarding water quality in Perry Township. 

A large amount of drilling mud that's been dumped into the Beach Street Quarry near the Sugarcreek wellfield, courtesy of the Rover Pipeline. Increased pumped of the Sugarcreek wellfied, the area's primary source of drinking water, has caused a discoloration in that water. 

"That change in pumpage coming from our three different water treatment plants that pump into a common distribution system have stirred up that water in that particular area," Canton Water Department Superintendent Tyler Converse tells 1590 WAKR. He adds, "There was some concern brought up by Ohio EPA that there may be low-level contamination of diesel fuel within that drilling mud." Further testing has deemed the drinking water in Perry Township and the surrounding area safe to drink, and they're hoping that the discoloration issue will be resolved by the end of the month. 

The following is the statement from the City of Canton Water Department: 

 

CANTON, Ohio – This is a public service announcement from the City of Canton Water Department. As has been reported in the newspapers, a significant quantity of drilling mud was dumped into the Beach Street Quarry, which is located near the City’s Sugarcreek wellfield. This wellfield is one of the main sources of Canton’s drinking water. Rover Pipeline, Ohio EPA, and the City are taking a number of measures to protect our drinking water. Among the precautionary steps Canton is taking is reducing the amount of water we pump from the Sugarcreek wellfield and increasing the amount of water we draw from the Northwest wellfield, measures we intend to continue until the drilling mud has been removed.

 

The increased pumping at the Northwest wellfield has had the unintended consequence of discoloring the water in an area west of Canton, specifically along Tuscarawas Street West between Whipple Avenue on the east and Perry Drive on the west, and several blocks north and south. The discolored water is due to an increase in the amount of iron sediment. The iron is not coming from the drilling mud and is not a health concern, although it can change the taste and odor of the water and cause staining.

 

To minimize the undesirable consequences, the City is working on different pumping combinations and has begun hydrant flushing. We are hopeful that the drilling mud will be removed from the quarry in a matter of weeks, at which time we plan to resume normal pumping from the Sugarcreek wellfield. This should resolve the taste, odor, and staining issues currently being experienced by our customers.

 

Although this situation is temporary, we do understand that it is inconvenient to our residents and want to express our appreciation for your patience.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:19

Cleveland Man Sentenced to Life for Green Murder

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Trent Turner, 28, of Cleveland, will spend the rest of his life for the murder of 27-year-old Corey S. Seibel. 

The shooting happened back in November of 2015, when Turner and two other accomplices entered Seibel's Green home, attempting to steal a pound of marijuana. During the encounter, Seibel was shot twice by Turner, while Turner's girlfriend and child slept in a nearby room. Both accomplices have already been sentenced to 14 years apiece in the case. Turner, who the other men described as the shooter, was sentenced to life in prison by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigal Jones on Tuesday. He will not be eligible for parole for at least 36 years. 

Below is the release from Summit County Prosecutor Sheri Bevan Walsh: 

AKRON, Ohio (Tuesday, August 08, 2017) – Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall-Jones sentenced Trent Turner, 28, of Ansel Road in Cleveland, to Life in Prison for the murder of 27-year-old Corey Seibel. Turner will be eligible for parole after serving 36 years in prison. Judge Corrigall-Jones also determined Tuner is a repeat violent offender under Ohio law.

On August 1, 2017 a Summit County jury found Turner guilty of the following charges:

  • One Count of Murder with a Gun Specification – a special felony
  • Three Counts of Aggravated Robbery with Gun Specifications – felonies of the 1st degree
  • Two Counts of Aggravated Burglary with Gun Specifications – felonies of the 1st degree
  • Two Counts of Felonious Assault with Gun Specifications – felonies of 2nd degree
  • One Count of Grand Theft with a Gun Specification – a felony of the 3rd degree
  • One Count of Trespass in a habitation with a Gun Specification – a felony of the 4th degree
  • One Count of Having a Weapon Under Disability – a felony of the 3rd degree
  • One Count of Carrying a Concealed Weapon – a felony of the 4th degree

“Corey leaves behind a family which will miss him every day, especially his 7-year-old daughter. No amount of justice will bring Corey back, but society is safer knowing Mr. Turner will be in prison for a long period of time,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Margaret Scott. “Tomorrow would have been Corey’s 29th birthday. My hope is that his family finds some solace knowing the person who committed these crimes is finally being held accountable.”

In November of 2015, Turner was with two other people when all three went to Seibel’s apartment in Green to rob him. During the robbery, Turner shot Seibel several times. Two of Seibel’s friends were in the apartment at the time. Turner’s co-defendants, Spencer Sims and Ty’Shawn Henderson, both pled guilty and were each sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:19

Stow PD Makes Rape Suspect Arrest

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Stow police went north to pick up a man wanted in connection with sexual assault of young girls while staying with a local family.

Police charge 49-year old Scott Brundage of Garfield Heights with rape, gross sexual imposition and corrupting another with drugs involving a case with seven female victims aged 10 to 15. Brundage was picked up at his home following an indictment handed down last week by a Summit County Grand Jury.

He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

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(Stow Police) On 08/08/17 agents of the United States Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Scott R. Brundage, age 49, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, based upon a warrant for multiple sex offenses involving seven female victims ages 10-15. The charges, four counts of rape (F1), nine counts of gross sexual imposition (F3,F4), two counts of sexual imposition (M3) and one count of corrupting another with drugs (F4), were the result of an investigation completed by the Stow Police Department. The latter charge resulted from inducing one victim to ingest illegal substances.

The investigation was initiated in January, 2017, when the youngest victim disclosed to her mother that Brundage, who at that time lived in their home in Stow, had been sexually assaulting her. Further investigation revealed female siblings had also been victimized. In March, 2017, another parent reported her daughters had also been sexually assaulted by Brundage on occasions when they stayed at the first victim's residence.

Following a lengthy investigation and testimony by a Stow Police Detective before the Summit County Grand Jury, a secret indictment was issued on August 2, 2017.

Brundage was arrested at his home and transported to the Summit County Jail pending arraignment on the charges. If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole on rape charges.

Scott R. Brundage has no criminal history. 

Monday, 07 August 2017 05:19

Browns Name Osweiller Starter to Open Preseason

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The Cleveland Browns are going with Brock Osweiller at quarterback to start the 2017 preseason against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, August 10th, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. 

The announcement came Monday morning, along with the following statement from Browns head coach Hue Jackson: 

“At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against the Saints on Thursday night,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “A lot goes into our evaluation but it’s always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense. You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance. Brock hasn’t really gotten any first team reps and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints. Cody will be the second quarterback to take the field followed by DeShone and then Kevin. I’m pleased with the way our quarterbacks have competed and improved throughout the offseason and training camp. We are going to see a lot more of all of them this preseason and everyone in that room still has the chance to earn more opportunities and the right to lead our team as the starter when the regular season begins on September 10th.” 

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