AKRON

Police arrest man suspected

of shooting woman in head

A man suspected of shooting a woman in the head early Sunday morning in Akron was arrested early Monday afternoon.

Stuart Boykin Jr., 24, was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Monday on East Mapledale Street, Akron police said. Boykin was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Akron detectives had signed warrants for felonious assault and weapons under disability involving Boykin.

The woman was listed in critical condition at Cleveland Clinic Akron General with the head wound, Akron police said Monday. The shooting took place about 3 a.m. in the 200 block of East Voris Street, near where the woman lived, according to police.

Boykin had a last known address on East Ido Avenue. He was last seen with the woman prior to the shooting, police said.

 

Authorities ID man found

dead in Ohio & Erie Canal 

The body found by a kayaker Saturday morning floating in the Ohio & Erie Canal just south of downtown Akron has been identified as 35-year-old Carl Young II of Akron.

He is the third person found or suspected dead in Akron's rain-swollen waterways since June 2.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has not yet determined the cause and manner of Young's death, a spokesman said Monday.

Before Young was identified, fire officials had confirmed the body was not that of 24-year-old Catalino Hernandez, an immigrant from Guatemala who disappeared June 2 while swimming in the Cuyahoga River in the Merriman Valley.

 

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Stow judge candidate

to hold fundraiser

Tania Nemer, a candidate for Stow Municipal Court judge, will have a campaign kickoff event and 40th birthday celebration from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event will be at Boulevard Tavern, 435 Chestnut Blvd. in Cuyahoga Falls. It is open to the public. Suggested donations are $100 for individuals and $40 for young professionals and 1997 Wash Jesuit alumni.

Nemer is currently a magistrate in Akron Municipal Court.

 

ELSEWHERE

Senate confirms UA law

professor to federal court

A University of Akron School of Law professor was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate for a spot on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Ryan T. Holte’s nomination passed on a 65-35 vote. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown joined several Democrats and Republican Sen. Rob Portman in the vote for Holte. He will serve a 15-year term on the Washington, D.C.-based court, which hears claims for money filed against the federal government.

Holte joined the University of Akron School of Law in 2017 and serves as the David L. Brennan Associate Professor of Law and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology.

 

CHARDON

Mother charged in newborn's

death pleads not guilty

A woman who authorities say put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder.

Gail Eastwood-Ritchey, 49, pleaded not guilty Monday in Geauga County to aggravated murder and murder charges. Her bond was set at $250,000.

Community members paid for a funeral, burial and a headstone marked "Geauga's Child."

Investigators say Eastwood-Ritchey stated she hid the pregnancy from everyone. They say the woman, of the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, married the baby's father and has three grown children.

Authorities say familial DNA ancestry from an online database was used to track down Eastwood-Ritchey.