MEDINA COUNTY

Man accused in rape, 4 deaths

incompetent to stand trial

A former long-haul trucker authorities say is linked by DNA to slayings of four women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois has been ruled incompetent to stand trial on rape charges for a 1997 incident in Medina County.

Medina County Judge Joyce Kimbler on Friday ordered Samuel Legg returned to Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus for treatment. She ordered in May that Legg be hospitalized for evaluation to determine his competency.

Dr. John Tilley, who evaluated Legg, 49, found there is “a substantial likelihood” his competency can be restored. If this happens, he will be returned to Medina for the rape case.

Legg is charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in September 1997 in Westfield Township. The Medina County prosecutor did not charge Legg at the time because of questions about the victim’s credibility.

Authorities arrested Legg at an Arizona group home in January after updated DNA technology linked him to the rape, three Ohio slayings and one in Illinois, they said.

 

Man killed in crash

in Brunswick Hills Twp.

A West Salem man was killed in a one-vehicle crash at 12:21 a.m. Friday on Marks Road just south of Grafton Road in Medina County.

Michael Lemerise, 31, was driving a 2007 Jeep Commander southbound when the vehicle went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.

 

Truck fire closes part of I-71

northbound Friday morning

The northbound lanes of Interstate 71 were closed Friday morning in Medina County just south of the Interstate 76 interchange because a commercial truck caught fire, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The fire was reported at 6:49 a.m.

Multiple agencies responded to the fire.

 

STARK COUNTY

Booster club member charged

with taking over $12,000

A board member of the Perry Varsity Girls Soccer Booster Club has been charged with grand theft, accused of taking money from the club for at least three years.

Monica L. Greenberg, 37, of Massillon, took more than $12,000 of booster money for her personal use, said Police Chief Mike Pomesky.

Police searched records of the booster club’s account as far back as November 2016 to determine the amount of missing funds.

Greenberg was cooperative during the investigation, Pomesky said.

“It’s just unfortunate because the kids are the ones who lose out,” he said.

Judge Edward Elum set bond at $2,500 Wednesday in Massillon Municipal Court.

 

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Grand opening of human

science, culture institute

The grand opening of the Institute for Human Science and Culture — the educational branch of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at UA — will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is at 73 S. College St.

The event includes a first look at the Oak Native American Gallery, which has collections of Native American cultural artifacts from the Jim and Vanita Oelschlager Native American Ethnographic collection. Also on display are dozens of artistic shopping bags and hundreds of thousands of historical postcards.

Admission — which is half off during the event to the general public and free to UA students, faculty and staff with a valid Zip card and military personnel with ID — is $10, $5 for other college students with ID and children under 18; $20 for families and $5 per person for groups of 10 or more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, visit uakron.edu/chp/museum

 

WOOSTER

13-year-old girl hit by car

near county fairgrounds

A 13-year-old girl crossing the street near the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Wednesday evening was hit by a car and transported to the hospital, where she was in stable condition, police said.

Police responded to the intersection of West Liberty Street and Vanover Street at 7:58 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Victor Nedoma said in a news release. The police investigation indicates the girl was crossing Liberty Street outside of a crosswalk when an eastbound vehicle struck her.

The girl was taken to Wooster Community Hospital, Nedoma said in the release. The 29-year-old driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Police continue to investigate the crash, but do not suspect alcohol was a factor, Assistant Police Chief Scott Rotolo said.