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Medical officials urge parents to vaccinate their schoolchildren
Staff and wire reports The Ohio Department of Health and local medical officials are urging parents to make sure children are up-to-date on vaccinations to protect them and their classmates as they begin a new school year. Dr. Hanna Lemerman, of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics office in Medina, said getting children all of the vaccines Read More... The post Medical officials urge parents to ...
August 21 2014
New trial date set for co-defendant in quadruple homicide case
A new trial date has been set in the capital murder case of a 22-year-old Akron man under indictment for a quadruple homicide.
August 12 2014
Frank Kostecki
Lagrange, ohio
Frank Kostecki, 81, of Spencer, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Akron General Visiting Nurse Hospice Care in Copley, after a long illness. Frank was born April 24, 1933 in Nova, Ohio – after which, at 14 years of age, the family moved to Spencer. He graduated from Spencer High (now Black River District). Read More... The post Frank Kostecki appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram . Click here ...
August 07 2014
Douglas Prade returned to custody
Cleveland, Virginia
DOWNTOWN AKRON — On July 25, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Christine Croce ordered Douglas Prade returned to custody. On July 23, the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear the former Akron Police Department captain’s appeal and denied his motion to extend his stay.
July 31 2014
Services set for former Dover woman who died after crash
Services will be at noon today in Dover Alliance Church for Christina M. Barkett, a former Dover resident who died Saturday in Akron General Hospital from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Stark County.
July 31 2014
Akron capital murder trial on hold; decision about jury pending
The capital murder trial of a 22-year-old Akron man is on hold until next week while a newly appointed judge decides whether to continue the case with the present jury composition.
July 30 2014
Ohio man gets life for killing mother and living six months with body
Michael Petrie, 33, of Barberton, a suburb of Akron, was found guilty of murder and abuse of a corpse after a short trial in June. Prosecutors said Petrie killed his 67-year-old mother in October 2012 by stabbing her in the face, neck and heart with a sai, a traditional Asian martial arts weapon. Petrie continued to live with his mother in her home until April 2013 when police found her body ...
July 30 2014
Judge steps aside in Akron slayings case
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Akron accused of bias by county prosecutors has voluntarily stepped aside in a pending death-penalty case. The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports that Summit County Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands on Tuesday notified the Ohio Supreme Court of her withdrawal from the case of an Akron man facing aggravated murder charges in the drug-related slayings ...
July 30 2014
Prosecutor say Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands asked for them not to seek the death penalty for the qu
Summit County Prosecutors are asking that a judge be removed from a quadruple murder case because she is biased against the death penalty. Prosecutors have asked that Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands be removed from the aggravated murder trial of Deshanon Haywood of Akron.
July 28 2014
Ex-Ohio officer returned to jail in murder case
A former Akron police captain will spend the next 30 days in jail while he awaits a decision about whether he should receive a new trial in the 1998 slaying of his ex-wife, a judge ruled Friday.
July 26 2014
Ohio Man Convicted of Killing Mom, Keeping Body
Akron, Ohio
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man faces a life prison sentence after being convicted of fatally stabbing his mother then living in the house with the decomposing corpse for about six months. A jury in Akron on Thursday found 33-year-old Michael Petrie guilty of charges including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The Barberton man was ...
July 26 2014
Former Akron Police Captain is 'still a convicted murderer' in the death of his ex-wife, ac
Akron, Ohio
In a hearing today, former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade was sent back to prison, pending a ruling on a new trial in the 1997 murder of his ex-wife.
July 26 2014
Judge in Akron disputes bias claims by prosecutors
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Akron disputes claims from prosecutors that she was biased in a death penalty murder case and says she shouldn't be disqualified from presiding at trial.
July 25 2014
Murder trial today, InfoCision settles telemarketing lawsuit, Akron General ranks as top medical ce
AKRON, Ohio -- The second man facing charges for an execution-style murder stands trial Thursday. Dashanon Haywood, 23, could be sentenced to death if convicted of aggravated murder. His co-defendant in the crime, 22-year-old Derrick Brantley, was sentenced to four consecutive...
July 24 2014
Judge's removal requested in NE Ohio murder case
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors in Akron have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to remove the judge slated to preside over the aggravated murder trial of a man charged in the drug-related slayings of four people.
July 24 2014
Ohio Supreme Court turns down Prade's latest appeal in the murder of his estranged wife
Prade was convicted of killing his estranged wife. He claims the case was a setup, and DNA evidence clears him. A Summit County judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday afternoon to decide if former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade will go back to prison.
July 23 2014
Barberton man accused of killing mom, living with corpse
Michael Petrie’s trial on charges of aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse began Tuesday in Akron.
July 23 2014
Supreme Court refuses to hear case of former cop cleared in wife’s death
A former Akron police captain freed in his ex-wife’s death appears headed to prison -- or a new trial -- after a divided Ohio Supreme Court refused today to hear his appeal. Douglas Prade served nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s murder, but was freed by a trial-court judge who found he was wrongly convicted based on faulty DNA testing on a bite mark found on his ex-wife’s lab coat.
July 23 2014
Massillon man convicted of mercy killing dies
Akron, Ohio
A Massillon man who fatally shot his hospitalized wife has died of cardiac arrest while awaiting a clemency hearing.
July 18 2014
9th District Court of Appeals affirms conviction of Akron woman
DOWNTOWN AKRON — On June 30, the 9th District Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Jessica Thomas, of South Akron, for aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Thomas’ trial took place before Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty.
July 17 2014
Man convicted of killing ailing wife dies in prison
The Massillon man found guilty of killing his wife inside an Akron General Hospital room died in a prison medical facility, according to the state prisons department. John Wise was serving time in Columbus
July 16 2014
Should teens who commit crimes with guns be tried as adults?
Akron, Ohio
Advocates for children, including youths who carry guns and commit serious crimes, contend that they deserve a judge’s discretion on whether to send those accused to juvenile jails or hand them off to do hard time in adult prisons. Thus a state law requiring 16- and 17-year-olds to be tried as adults for serious crimes involving the use of guns is unconstitutional, the Ohio Supreme Court was ...
July 13 2014
Ohio GOP sues Ed FitzGerald; court bailiff facing rape charge fired; two tornadoes hit Medina Count
Also, nine arrested in fatal shooting of Elyria man; jury selection starts in murder trial for second defendant in Akron quadruple homicide; Wooster police investigate armed robbery at hotel; tornado damages homes in Canfield area; Sandusky Central Catholic athletic director believes he was unjustly fired; and Ohio Supreme Court publicly reprimands Akron Municipal Judge Joy Oldfield.
July 09 2014
Life in Prison for Ohioan in Quadruple Slayings
Akron, Ohio
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge has handed down four consecutive life sentences to a man convicted of killing four people in a crime rooted in Ohio's growing heroin epidemic. Defendant Derrick Brantley had been convicted of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults, who were shot in their heads during a drug-related robbery of an Akron townhome. Summit County Judge Mary ...
July 04 2014
Jury deliberating case of suspect accused of murdering Salem man
Akron, Ohio
The jury is weighing the evidence in the case of a Salem man accused of murder in Columbiana county. The prosecution and defense presented closing arguments Tuesday in the trial Christopher Miller.
July 02 2014
24YO guilty of murder from May 2013 incident
Akron, Ohio
A Summit County judge found 24-year-old Kyle Spy guilty of murder from an incident that happened May 2013 on Wildwood Avenue.
June 25 2014
Akron Children’s to Operate Pediatric Unit, Special Care Nursery at St. Joseph Health Center
Canton, ohio
St. Joseph Health Center and Akron Children’s Hospital have signed an agreement for Akron Children’s to operate the pediatric unit and special care nursery at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. (PRWeb May 29, 2014) Read the full story at
June 19 2014
Great place to work
Great place to work AKRON Becker’s Healthcare has selected Akron Children’s Hospital as one of
June 18 2014
Man accused of grabbing boy in Grove City Wal-Mart headed for trial
Akron, Ohio
The man accused of grabbing a 9-year-old boy at a Wal-Mart in Grove City faces a judge.
June 18 2014
Father kills 2-year-old son; man killed in knife fight; Akron cousins guilty in murder case: Northe
Also, Kevin Knoefel will not testify in his own defense; former Elyria city worker pleads no contest to theft charges; ex-Wadsworth woman receives four years in prison for arson; Richmond Heights schools to borrow $1.5 million from First Merit Bank; Lorain police chief can't determine source of leaked information; and Southwest Airlines adding several flights at Akron-Canton Airport.
June 18 2014
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