Local news briefs — Nov. 12


Request for court

AKRON: The attorney for Tyree Feaster is asking authorities to have his now-dismissed murder charge erased from a clerk of courts website.

Feaster, 23, was arrested Friday on aggravated murder charges in the death of Angelo Kerney of Akron.

Police that same day dismissed the murder charges, however, after obtaining what appears to be exonerating evidence, a spokesman said. Despite the charges being dropped, the case remained on the Akron Municipal Clerk of Courts website as of late Monday.

Attorney Jana DeLoach filed a motion seeking the removal of the charges.

“My client and members in his family have been placed in great jeopardy. They are already receiving threats, even though Mr. Feaster has been totally cleared of these allegations,” DeLoach wrote.

Travaski Jackson, 23, is charged in the death of Kerney, who was shot and killed during a home invasion Thursday on Edward Avenue.

On Monday, Feaster remained in Summit County Jail for charges in an unrelated robbery case.

Ward 10 meeting

AKRON: Garry Moneypenny, the Ward 10 councilman and council president, will host a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Goodyear Branch Library, 60 Goodyear Blvd.

Fabian Lujan of the Sanitation Division will discuss trash pickups and other sanitation issues.

Akron police officers also will attend to discuss safety issues.


Fatal shooting

ALLIANCE: Police say an Alliance man fatally shot his ex-wife before turning the gun on himself in a hospital parking lot.

Alliance police said Lee Toalston, 31, called 911 Sunday night and reported killing his ex-wife, Holly Toalston, 28. He also told police his name and location and his intention to kill himself.

As police arrived, Toalston shot himself in a parking lot near Alliance Community Hospital. He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital by medical helicopter. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to the head.

Alliance police Lt. John Jenkins said in a news release Monday that it appears Toalston shot his former wife outside her Burt Avenue home. He then carried her body to a parking lot at Burt and College Street, where he fired several more shots into her body. He then made his call to police.

Police said Holly Toalston’s body was wrapped in blankets and left next to a trash container in the hospital parking lot.

The couple recently had divorced.


Driller fined $7,000

CARROLLTON: Houston-based drilling company Sidewinder Drilling of Houston has been fined $7,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the death of a drilling worker in eastern Ohio last February.

Killed in the Feb. 25 accident was Abdel L. Audeh, 28, of New Philadelphia. Another worker, Alex Cox, was injured.

Equipment on the drilling rig that had not been secured struck the men, officials said.

The company was drilling a well in Carroll County’s Washington Township for Rex Energy.

The OSHA fine was imposed in August, according to the People’s Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio that posted the OSHA report online.


State post filled

COLUMBUS: Susie Lawson, a Tri-County Educational Service Center and Wayne County Schools Career Center board member, was elected president of the Ohio School Boards Association on Monday.

The OSBA, which lobbies for public school districts, made the selection during its organizational meeting at the Capital Conference and Trade Show.

Lawson’s term begins in January.

A veteran OSBA member, Lawson served on the Chippewa Board of Education in Wayne County for 18 years before receiving numerous OSBA awards and joining the National School Boards Association’s Central Region Nominating and Pre-K Legislative committees.


Fatal accident

NORTH HARMONY, N.Y.: State police say a Cuyahoga Falls man died after his vehicle collided with an oncoming car in Chautauqua County.

The accident happened Sunday on Interstate 86 in North Harmony, about 60 miles southwest of Buffalo near the Pennsylvania border.

Troopers say Thomas Erickson, 57, was heading west when his vehicle veered across the center median into the eastbound lane.

His car collided with a Jeep Cherokee driven by Barbara Kubiak, 52, of Bradford, Pa. She was flown to a hospital in Erie, Pa., with chest pains.

Erickson was pronounced dead at a Jamestown hospital.

— Associated Press


Marijuana seized

MOGADORE: Police sniffed out what they called an elaborate indoor marijuana grow farm operating inside a resident’s home.

The seizure — more than 100 marijuana plants — is the department’s largest pot bust ever, Mogadore police said.

Officers were called to the Louise Street residence early Saturday after a neighbor noticed a pickup truck with its engine running for more than two hours.

Police went to the home and talked to resident David Schramm, 54. During the conversation, police “smelled the distinct and very strong odor” of marijuana coming from inside the house, they said.

Schramm allowed police to search his residence, and police found the drugs.

Schramm was arrested on charges of marijuana cultivation and drug possession. He was being held in the Summit County Jail pending an appearance in Akron Municipal Court.


Snow advisory

The National Weather Service on Monday issued its second lake-effect snow advisory of the season for Northeast Ohio.

Affected counties included Summit, Portage, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Trumbull.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 12 deployed about 65 trucks starting at 7 p.m. Monday in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

The weather service said 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible today. The advisory was scheduled to expired at midnight tonight.


Case dismissed

RAVENNA: A Portage County judge dismissed criminal charges levied against a Mogadore police officer following a New Year’s Eve party at his home.

Judge Laurie Pittman dismissed the charges against Mark Halliwill in mid-trial, finding a lack of evidence brought to court by prosecutors and Portage County sheriff’s deputies.

Halliwill had been on paid leave since being charged Jan. 1. He was accused of pointing a gun at a fellow officer during a party. Charges included felonious assault.

No shots were fired.

Halliwill contended at his trial late last month that he acted in self-defense.

A message seeking comment from Mogadore Police Chief Todd Higgins was not immediately returned Monday.

A family member said Halliwill has resigned from the department.

Pittman found that the other officer had no right to be inside Halliwill’s home and that he was within his right to defend his property.


Network to meet

AKRON: The Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Musica, 51 E. Market St.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the free program will begin at 6:15 p.m.

GAINS will discuss “placemaking,” a collaborative and place-sensitive process of shaping neighborhoods, communities and districts.

The evenings discussion will cover successful best practices, opportunities, challenges and development choices with significant economic impact for Greater Akron.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/GAIN4Sustainability.



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