Two fugitives held
AKRON: An Akron robbery suspect and a Springfield Township man accused of raping a child were arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshals’ Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Larry W. Johnson, 54, was wanted by Springfield police on a warrant alleging rape, gross sexual imposition and importuning. He was arrested at a Barberton home. He is accused of molesting a child under 13 between 2007 and 2009.
Steven Young, 24, was wanted by Akron police on aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery charges. He was sought for his alleged role in an April 9 home invasion on Lake Street in which gunmen took cash, jewelry, keys to the home and the resident’s car.
Young was found at a home on Becker Lane in Akron. Task force officers reported seizing a semiautomatic, 9-mm pistol and a stolen 5.56-caliber rifle loaded with 27 rounds of ammunition.
Anthony Shellman, 28, a second suspect in the home invasion, remains on the lam, authorities said. He was added this week to the task force’s “Dangerous Dozen” list.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the task force at 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
To view the “Dangerous Dozen” list, visit: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf.
Private data emailed
AKRON: The University of Akron inadvertently sent a spreadsheet with student email addresses, university ID numbers and phone numbers to 226 College of Education students this week.
The email reminding students to register for fall semester included a spreadsheet with directory information on 8,849 students.
College of Education Dean Mark Shermis later told students by email that the information did not include Social Security information or financial data.
“The University does not expect that you will experience any adverse consequences,” Shermis wrote. “However, as a cautionary step we are notifying you of the inadvertent release.”
Shermis advised students to change any passwords tied to their student identification number. He advised them to consult the university registrar if they notice anything out of the ordinary that could be tied to their ID.
The email was recalled through Outlook less than a half-hour after it was released, the university said.
AKRON: A woman whose car crashed into a Cuyahoga Falls home Thursday morning has been released from the hospital.
A female resident, whose name has not been released by police, was still being treated at a local hospital.
Police said they are investigating how driver Donna Tuber, 65, of Richmond Road in Cuyahoga Falls, lost control of her late-model Chrysler 300 and drove into the Issaquah Street home.
Tuber’s car crashed into the house after she failed to make a right turn from Richmond Road to Issaquah Street. The car went off the street, up a driveway, across a small lawn and through the front of the resident’s home.
A crash scene reconstruction was being conducted.
Drug charges filed
WADSWORTH: The Medina County Drug Task Force seized heroin, prescription pills and illegal bath salts during two separate investigations.
Agents arrested Ryan Grifa, 32, of Akron, on charges of trafficking heroin and illegal bath salts.
He was stopped in a car Thursday with two other men in Wadsworth.
A passenger was arrested on a felony warrant and turned over to Summit County deputies.
Later Thursday, Nicholas Bianco, 28, of Wadsworth, was arrested on charges of trafficking prescription medication and marijuana. Drug agents said they saw Bianco walking through a Wadsworth parking lot while smoking marijuana before selling narcotics to an unidentified person.
Grifa and Bianco were being held in the Medina County Jail pending an appearance in Wadsworth Municipal Court.
State loan sought
NORTON: The City Council passed emergency legislation Friday to apply for a state loan to help combine its dispatch operations with Barberton and Copley Township.
The three communities want to have one public safety dispatch center that would be housed in Norton’s new fire station.
They are each asking for $100,000, so the total funding request is $300,000.
The application process involves two pieces of legislation, which has now been completed by all three communities.
The application now goes to Columbus to meet its Monday deadline.
The state of Ohio’s Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) program requires a minimum 10 percent match of $30,000. Barberton, Copley and Norton have committed to pay a minimum of $70,000 and a maximum of $100,000 in financial or in-kind contributions.
“It’s a great opportunity with a six to one return, we each pay up to $100,000 and get $600,000 for the dispatch project,” said Copley Fire Chief Michael Benson, who will make the actual application.
If the loan is not approved, the agreement among the three communities will be terminated.
Search firm hired
CANTON: Trustees for the Stark County District Library voted this week to hire Bradbury Associates, a library executive search firm based in Kansas City, for $18,000.
The firm will help find a replacement for director Kent Oliver.
He has been named director of the Nashville Public Library starting May 10.