Friday, 19 October 2018 05:07

Missing Adult Alert

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Weathersfield Township Police Department for Trumbull County and surrounding counties: Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, and Portage.

Information as of: October 18, 2018 at 10:46 AM

 

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Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On October 18, 2018 at 4:00 AM, Mr. Fusco drove away from his residence and has not returned.

The incident took place in Trumbull County, OH on Lake Shore Terrace in the city of Warren.

The adult's name is Robert Fusco and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 75, is 5' 3" tall, weighs 170 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Fusco suffers from Dementia.

The vehicle involved is a beige 2007 Chevrolet HHR with OH plate number FBB7916. Similar vehicle pictured.

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:12

CONTAMINATED WATER: Village of Windham

(Portage County Health) The Village of Windham is issuing a water use advisory for sensitive populations experiencing discolored water.  Infants (one year and younger) and nursing or pregnant women should not drink the water.  

Bottled water is available at the Windham Fire Station. If you are unable to pick up water, please call the Windham Fire Station at 330-326-2225.

What should I do?

 INFANTS (less than 1 year) AND NURSING OR PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK THE WATER; An alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, and preparing food.

 Healthy adults may continue to drink the water, use the water for bathing, washing hands and washing dishes. The water may be used for flushing toilets.

 Bottle fed infants and children younger than school age must be supervised while bathing to prevent accidental ingestion of water.

 Do not boil the water. Boiling the water will not destroy manganese.

 Consuming water containing manganese may result in damage to the central nervous system.

 

What happened? What is being done?

The Village of Windham is providing bottled water which is available at the Village Fire Station for pickup.  Village officials are taking the necessary steps to correct the problem as soon as possible.

Manganese has entered the distribution system at amounts above health advisory levels due to inadequate treatment.  The Village of Windham water system is making adjustments to its treatment processes to help reduce manganese levels. Officials are working closely with local and state public health agencies to address and resolve the situation. Officials will keep residents informed as the situation is resolved.

For more information, please contact the Village Utility Clerk at 330-326-2622.

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(Portman Press) *On Thursday*, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in an opioid roundtable discussion hosted by Hope Village Recovery Center with the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. (MHRB). Following the roundtable, Portman toured the Recovery Center. As a result of Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), which provides additional resources for prevention, treatment and recovery programs that have proven to work, the MHRB of Portage County was awarded a $534,750 grant through the Ohio State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. These funds will be used over a three-year period to expand medication-assisted treatment access and retention through use of peer support specialists in outpatient and residential settings and to enhance the ability to provide integrated care.

“It was great meeting with Hope Village Recovery Center leadership, MHRB members, and community leaders today to discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting the community of Rootstown,” said Portman. “ The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County is making terrific use of the funding they received through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill I authored that became law in 2016. Their comprehensive approach to addressing addiction and its grip on our communities is exactly what is needed to help turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in Ohio. I’m working to do more at the federal level to help our communities combat this crisis. CARA 2.0 will expand CARA’s funding levels and allow organizations to be even more effective in combatting addiction. My STOP Act will help on the front end by keeping more synthetic drugs like fentanyl out of Ohio. This problem won’t be solved at the federal level, but I am working to help local groups like the ones I met with today have the support and funding they need to continue their good work.”

Portman has been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis. In addition to his work helping to secure $1 billion in new funding to fight opioid abuse in the CURES Act, he also worked to secure $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his bipartisan CARA, and approximately $3 billion in new opioid funding in the most recent bipartisan funding agreement.

Recently, Portman introduced the bipartisan CARA 2.0 Act. This bill will build on the success of CARA, provide additional resources to help turn the tide of addiction, and put in place policy reforms that will strengthen the federal government’s response to this crisis. Portman also recently introduced the bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which is designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States. The bill recently passed the House of Representatives and is expected to be considered by the Senate in the coming weeks.

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:51

Accident in Driveway Leaves Child Dead

The Portage County Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to be a tragic accident that left a young boy dead outside of his grandparents' home. 

According to Sheriff David Doak's office, on August 8th, at about 12:15 p.m., his office received an emergency call to a home on Hopkins Road in Nelson Township. The report goes on to say that the 6-year-old boy was hit by a car driven by his mother as she was pulled out of the driveway. 

The Sheriff's Office report does not indicate whether or not the boy's mother was driving forward or in reverse, but a report from the Akron Beacon Journal indicates she was going forward, out of the driveway toward Hopkins Road. 

While the investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff's report indicates that drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in the accident, as deputies described the incident as a "tragic loss for the family who have requested privacy during this time of mourning." 

 

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A former employee at the Portage County Family and Community Services is suing the deparment, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, and a former Sheriff's Major, claiming she was forced to quit her job after she was sexually harrassed by that major.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Akron, details comments allegedly made by Major Dennis Missimi, who the woman claims asked her to take pictures of herself while she was in the bathroom, among other harrassing comments or actions.

The Akron woman shared an office with the Sheriff's Department between January and May in 2017. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.  

Executive Director of Family and Community Services Mark Frisone told the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, "Obviously, we're going to take this very seriously." 

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Friday, 02 June 2017 11:27

Child Overdoses in Akron Home

Akron Police are investigating after a baby boy accidentally overdosed, forcing his older sibling to call 911 and responding paramedics to issue not one, but two doses of NARCAN, the opioid antidote that is administered through a nasal spray. 

It happened Thursday evening about 6:30, police say, at a home on Gale Street in Akron. Upon arrival, paramedics found the 19-month-old boy unresponsive. NARCAN was administered at the home, but was ineffective. The boy was then transported to Akron Children's Hospital where a second dose of NARCAN was given to the child. Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it's likely the child touched a baggy or some other packaging that was left out that had some opioid residue left on it. A toxicology report is being run to determine what type of opioid the boy was exposed to. 

The mother was at home when Akron Police arrived, but she left. It was a few hours before Lt. Edwards with Akron PD says she showed up at Akron Children's Hospital. Police interviewed her and then found that she had a felony warrant out for her arrest out of Portage County on an unrelated theft charge. 

As for Thursday's incident, Akron Police have not charged the mother with a crime, though Lt. Edwards says it is likely that she will be charged soon. She's currently in Portage County Jail on the theft charge. 

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:59

Ohio Workers Comp. Safety Grants

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation announced Wednesday that 41 employers in Ohio will share more than $942,000 in federal safety grant money.

The cash infusion will be dedicated to purchasing or upgrading equipment designed to reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illness. The money was designated to these companies because of their ongoing commitment to worker safety.

The employers operate in 28 Ohio counties, including Stark, Wayne, and Portage Counties.

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Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced 41 employers will share more than $942,000 in grants to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

“BWC commits $15 million to the safety grant program each year to partner with businesses that make safety a part of their plans to thrive and grow,” said Morrison. “By investing in workplace safety, they’ll have fewer injuries and a more stable workforce.”

The Safety Intervention Grants were approved in December. The recipient employers operate in 28 counties around the state, including:

Allen County
Guernsey County
Preble County
Auglaize County
Hamilton County
Richland County
Brown County
Holmes County
Sandusky County
Clark County
Jackson County
Scioto County
Clinton County
Knox County
Seneca County
Cuyahoga County
Lorain County
Stark County
Fairfield County
Lucas County
Van Wert County
Franklin County
Mahoning County
Wayne County
Greene County
Montgomery County
Wood County
Portage County
 
 
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(UPDATE 3:00 PM 9/27/16) Portage County Sheriff deputies say they have found an armed robbery suspect that they consider armed and dangerous.

23 year-old Elijah Kyle Sanders was taken into custody after the Sheriff's office got information from the public about his possible location.

Sanders is accused of robbed a Ravenna Township home early this morning at around 3:30.

Reports say Sanders pulled out a handgun and robbed three people, after first coming to the Summit Road home as a guest. He then fled on foot.

He's being held at the Portage County Jail without bond, and will be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.

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(Earlier coverage) Portage County Sheriff deputies are searching for an armed robbery suspect that they consider armed and dangerous.

Deputies say they need the public's help to find 23-year-old Elijah Kyle Sanders who allegedly robbed a Ravenna Township home early this (Tuesday) morning around 3:30. Reports say Sanders had come to the Summit Road residence as a guest and at some point pulled out a handgun and robbed three people. Sanders then fled on foot. No one was injured during the robbery.

A warrant has been issued for Sanders. He's facing three counts of aggravated robbery.

 

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:49

Portage County Man Facing 15 B&E Charges

A 23-year-old Portage County man is facing more than a dozen charges after sheriff's deputies identified him as a person of interest in a string of breaking and entering incidents.

Deputies said there were a number of reported incidents in Rootstown and Suffield and Randolph townships. Austin Nichols, 23, of Suffield Township, was identified as the person taking some of the stolen items and selling then to various pawn shops in Northeast Ohio. The incident began in June and increased in July and August, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities think Nichols fled the area and is in Florida. Nichols has been charged with 15 counts of breaking and entering. Warrants for his arrest have been issued.

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Saturday, 05 December 2015 06:35

UPDATE Freezing Fog Advisory Issued

UPDATE 9:45a - The Freezing Fog Advisory has been extended. The advisory is in effect until noon. 
 
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The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Fog Advisory for Summit, Stark, Portage, and Trumbull counties until 10 a.m. 
 
NWS reports the combination of dense fog and colder temperatures may cause some slick spots on the roads and sidewalks. 
 
The dense fog may also reduce visibility by less than a quarter mile while driving. 
 

Freezing Fog Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
312 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

.DENSE FOG WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT. SOME FREEZING
IS POSSIBLE ON UNTREATED SURFACES. VISIBILITIES AT TIMES WILL BE
NEAR ZERO.

OHZ021>023-032-033-051500-
/O.EXA.KCLE.ZF.Y.0001.000000T0000Z-151205T1500Z/
SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-STARK-MAHONING-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...CANTON...
YOUNGSTOWN
312 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

...FREEZING FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A FREEZING
FOG ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING.

* TIMING...DENSE FOG WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND
  BEGIN TO DISSIPATE SATURDAY MORNING.

* VISIBILITY...WIDESPREAD BELOW A QUARTER MILE AND NEAR ZERO IN
  SOME LOCATIONS.

* IMPACTS...VISIBILITIES WILL BE A QUARTER OF A MILE OR LESS AT
  TIMES. THESE POOR VISIBILITIES WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
  CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING MAY ALLOW FOR SOME
  SLICK SPOTS TO DEVELOP ON ROADS AND SIDEWALKS...ESPECIALLY ON
  ELEVATED SURFACES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN DENSE FOG WILL SUBSTANTIALLY
REDUCE VISIBILITIES... TYPICALLY TO LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A
MILE... RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN SOME AREAS.
MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN... AS OBJECTS
ON AND NEAR ROADWAYS WILL BE SEEN ONLY AT CLOSE RANGE.

&&

$$



Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
352 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

OHZ003-006>010-017>023-027>033-036>038-047-060900-
LUCAS-WOOD-OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-HANCOCK-SENECA-HURON-
MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WYANDOT-CRAWFORD-RICHLAND-ASHLAND-
WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MARION-MORROW-HOLMES-KNOX-
352 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

...FREEZING FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL
OHIO...NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST OHIO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE
INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS.

   FREEZING FOG ADVISORY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

 

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:28

Portage County Launches EMA App

Portage County is officially launching its emergency management app today -- set up to help residents prepare for and keep informed during emergencies.

"It's all about how we can reach everybody and get out there," said Ryan Shackelford, the director of the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. "And be more visible as a department."

While there are similar apps across the country, Shackelford said it's the first app of its kind in Northeast Ohio

The app is connected to local law enforcement agencies in the area, and will feature weather-related emergency and crime-related information. 

The app is available on Android and Apple devices.

On the web: www.co.portage.oh.us

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