Man finds intruders
A 20-year-old West Akron man reported he awoke early Wednesday morning to find three men in hoodies ransacking his bedroom, police said.
The incident happened just before 1 a.m. on Noah Avenue, just off Copley Road.
According to police, the men fled without taking anything and no one was injured.
The resident said the three intruders were 20 to 25 years old and wore black, hooded sweatshirts, black sweatpants and black hats.
death of police dog
The Wayne County community is mourning the death of retired police K-9 Qoose.
The police department posted Facebook photos and a tribute to the canine officer, who retired in 2016.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of K-9 Qoose," the post said Tuesday. "Chief Casey Tester and Qoose were partners from August 2006 to May 2016. Qoose patrolled the village with Chief Tester, assisted neighboring agencies when called upon, and was responsible for numerous drug arrests throughout his career.
Since his retirement in 2016, Qoose spent his final years living with his handler and the rest of the Tester family. To the Testers, he was always more that a police dog, he was a family member. ''RIP Qoose. We’ll take it from here."
The post had received more than 250 comments as of Wednesday afternoon.
high school teacher
A suspended James A. Garfield High School teacher is being investigated by village police, although details had not been released.
Kristina Klima has been on unpaid administrative leave from her job since late August. Police Chief Tim Christopher confirmed Tuesday that his department “has an open investigation in regards to Ms. Klima.”
Christopher said he could not release any further details “until the investigation is complete and reviewed by the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office.”
Garrettsville Superintendent Ted Lysiak previously said he could not comment on the specifics of the investigation. Klima’s duties are being handled by a substitute teacher, he said.
Klima, who also previously was an assistant volleyball coach before resigning that position in July, has been with the district since 2015.
City will pay family
of man killed by cop
Cleveland has agreed to pay the family of a man fatally shot by an off-duty police officer $3.7 million.
Cleveland.com reports a federal jury in 2015 awarded $5.5 million to Kenny Smith’s family in a lawsuit filed against officer Roger Jones, who shot Smith in the head in downtown Cleveland in 2012. A judge later reduced the award to $4 million.
A federal appeals court in January rejected the city’s claim it shouldn’t have to pay Smith’s family because the shooting was objectively reasonable.
Attorney Terry Gilbert said Tuesday the family didn’t want to prolong the litigation.
A county prosecutor cleared Jones of wrongdoing. The lawsuit alleged Smith was outside a car and not near a gun as Jones told investigators after the shooting.
A city spokesman declined to comment.
Bank exec told rescuers:
Save my life for my kids
Believing she was dying after a gunman riddled her body with bullets, a bank executive said Wednesday she urged first responders to save her life for her two small children.
Whitney Austin, 37, survived 12 gunshots Sept. 6. She recounted her ordeal in a taped interview shown Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The gunman shot her as she entered the bank.
As she lay bleeding on the floor she said she spotted a Cincinnati police officer and shouted: “I have a 5- and a 7-year-old who need their mother. You need to save me!”
Omar Enrique Santa Perez, the gunman, died in a hail of police bullets and shells.
“My kids are everything to me,” she said. “That was my motivation through all of that.”