A serious accident along I-77 started with a high-speed chase between Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers and a suspect vehicle.
According to the State Highway Patrol, a Trooper attempted to pull over a newer model Chevy Camaro around 1:45 a.m. Thursday along I-77 Northbound near the Akron-Canton Airport. The Trooper said when he turned on his lights, signalling the driver to pull over, the driver continued and sped up. That's when the pursuit started.
The driver then attempted to exit the highway at the I-77 North exit to Massillon Road., lost control, and struck a light pole and a traffic box. The car was totaled and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.
The car came to a rest on the west side of Massillon Road with the driver lying in the middle of the street alongside glass and other debris from the vehicle.
He was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The ramp to Massillon Road was closed for several hours following the incident, but as of 10:35 a.m. has re-opened.
Police say a family member has positively identified the body of missing 43-year-old Stacey Stanley as one of the bodies that was found Tuesday morning inside an abandoned home on Covert Court in Ahsland County.
Stacey was last seen around 11 p.m. last Thursday at a BP gas station East Main and Union Streets. She had made a phone call to her brother saying that she had a flat tire, but was making her way home, but never made it.
Early Tuesday morning, a woman called Ashland police saying that she was being held captive. Police arrived at the home on Covert Court and found that woman alive, the remains of two other women, and 40-year-old Shawn Michael Grate. Once in police custody, Grate told police that he'd killed the two woman they found at the home on Covert Court, and a third woman whose body was in Richland County. Grate told police he'd killed the woman at a home on Park Avenue East in Madison Township back in June of this year.
Stacey's uncle says the family was called to the police station just after Tuesday night to look at photos. That was when the family positively identified Stacey. During a press conference later on Tuesday, the family of Stacey Stanley was upset with the investigation into her disappearance that was reported last Thursday night.
Grate is being held on abduction charges in Ashland County and is facing many more charges as the investigation continues.
The Larry O'Brien Trophy has made the rounds since the Cavs locked up the 2016 NBA World Championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors. Now the championship trophy can boast a bird's-eye view from the Goodyear Blimp, after a trip in the iconic conveyance.
It's the first time the blimp has given a ride to any professional sports championship trophy.
Ohio House Bill 110, the "911 Good Samaritan Law," was signed by Governor John Kasich back in June and takes effect Tuesday.
The law offers immunity from prosecution to anyone who is trying to report a drug overdose, whether it be for themselves or someone else, and is actively seeking help. It covers people who are calling 911, trying to report to police or to a medical facility up to two times. The third time, the law states, would leave the person reporting the overdose open to being charged with drug offenses.
The Good Samaritan Law is one of several efforts being made in Ohio to curb drug addiction and overdoses that have spiked over the first half of 2016, especially over the past few months.
Read more about the law here.
Medical Marijuana passed as state law and officially went effective on September 8th of this year. While the state still has a lot of work to do as far as securing approval for licenses to prescribe marijuana as medication and permits for dispensaries, the city of Akron says it needs more time to get the law straight.
On Monday night, Akron City Council approved a year-long moratorium on the state Medical Marijuana law. Councilman Jeff Fusco says the timetable is flexible, but the council believes more time is needed to see how Akron will take part in the statewide law. Fusco says the moratorium will give the city a chance to figure out "what's best for Akron in terms of the grow operations, processing, (and) dispensing of medical marijuana" within the city.
Hear the entire interview from the Ray Horner Morning Show by clicking the player below:
Guilty pleas across the board now for the four adults who's heroin habits helped kill a 16-year old ini a Green hotel room back in April. Andrew Frye died of an overdose watched by his mother Heather, grandmother Brenda and family friend Jessica Irons. Now 59-year old Donald Callahan pleads guilty to posession of heroin, the fatal dose. He was supposed to go on trial today. He'll be sentenced in October.
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(Summit Prosecutor's Office) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Donald Callaghan, 59, of Neville Avenue in Akron, pled guilty to possession of heroin. Callaghan's girlfriend, 52-year-old Brenda Frye, sold heroin belonging to Callaghan to her daughter Heather. Heather Frye's 16-year-old son Andrew died after ingesting the heroin.
Callaghan pled guilty as indicted to the following charge:
Possession of Heroin – a felony of the 5th degree
On August 31, 2016, Brenda Frye, Heather Frye, and Jessica Irons all pled guilty to various charges, including involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the death of Andrew Frye.
On April 6, 2016, 16-year-old Andrew Frye was found dead at a hotel room in Green, Ohio. The Summit County Medical Examiner determined the teen died from injecting heroin. Investigators discovered Frye's mother Heather, her friend Jessica Irons, and Heather Frye's mother Brenda Frye (Andrew's Grandmother) were all in the hotel room prior to Andrew's death. As part of their investigation, Summit County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the heroin Andrew used was obtained by Brenda Frye from her boyfriend Donald Callaghan. Brenda sold the heroin to Andrew's mother Heather while Andrew was present.
Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan is scheduled to sentence Callaghan on October 26, 2016 at 1pm.
story updated 1:34 p.m.
Donald Trump is bringing is campaign back to Northeast Ohio with an event planned for Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Republican candidate for president is heading back to Ohio after two stops in Northeast Ohio last week. His speaking engagement is at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Doors open at 4 p.m.
If you plan on attending the free event, the campaign is asking that you RSVP on the campaign website.
Akron Civic Theatre undergoing more renovations, after about $20 million worth more than a decade ago. Executive Director of the theatre, Howard Parr, says the upcoming renovations are going to be a on a smaller scale, but are all part of making the Civic a premier concert venue in Akron. The total cost, Parr says, will be around $600,000, the majority of which will be coming from an Ohio capital grant and the rest from the county.
Some of the renovations time around include interior electical work in the Grand Lobby. Parr says they'll be taking down all 7 of the chandeliers inside, shipping them out, and having them restored.
The project has already begun and is expected to last three or four months. Parr says that it'll be business as usual during the current renovations, and great acts will continue to come to the Akron Civic Theatre.
Hear the entire interview with Howard Parr from the Ray Horner Morning Show below:
William Jobe, 29, was sentenced to five years in prison today Summit County Common Pleas Court, after pleading guilty back in August to a second degree felony charge of Endangering Children.
In August of 2015, Jobe violently shook his girlfriend's 8-month-old child, temporarily paralyzing the baby. He was the only one home at the time of the incident, called 9-1-1 and admitted to shaking the child during an interview with police.
The baby suffered severe brain injuries, and according to the prosecutor's office has a lengthy recovery.
Below is the press release from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office:
AKRON, Ohio () – Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher sentenced William Jobe, 29, of Second Street in Cuyahoga Falls, to five years in prison for violently shaking his girlfriend’s baby.
On August 4, 2016, Jobe pled guilty to the following charge:
According to Cuyahoga Falls police, emergency crews responded to the Second Street home on August 19, 2015 after a call to 9-1-1 to report an 8-month-old who was having difficulty breathing. The 8-month-old was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. During a police interview, Jobe, who was the live-in boyfriend of the baby’s mother and was home alone at the time of the incident, admitted to shaking the infant. The shaking was so severe, the infant suffered temporary paralysis.
Brown Mackie College's Akron campus, located 755 White Pond Drive in Akron, will close for good on October 31 of this year. The announcement coming after Brown Mackie's parent company, Education Management Corp., settled a class action lawsuit in 39 states. The lawsuit claimed the career-college was misleading students with the graduation rates they were providing new enrollees and the number of transferable credits they were telling students they'd acquire. Per the lawsuit, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company is required to pay back roughly $10 million in student loans.
A report says that the college issued a statement to current students saying that they would be able to transfer to the Jackson Township campus at 4300 Munson Street NW, but that has not been confirmed.
The Brown Mackie announcement comes amid a tumultuous time for career-colleges, as ITT Technical Institute has announced that it will not be accepting new student enrollments at their campuses across the U.S. This after the U.S. Department of Education handed down a number of sanctions against the college. The basis for the majority of those sanctions were in that the college was accepting millions of dollars in federal grant money and loans while not providing adequate job-training for students. Furthermore, the school was told that it cannot accept enrollment from students who were planning on using federal financial aid. In 2015, ITT TEch. received an estimated $580 million in federal funding.
ITT Tech., has nine Ohio campuses, including one in Akron on W. Market St.