Warren man struck, killed in Weathersfield
WEATHERSFIELD - A 41-year-old Warren man was killed early Thursday morning when he was struck by a van on U.S. Route 422.
Pronounced dead at the scene was Byron R. Thompson, who was walking along U.S. Route 422 near the Wabash Avenue intersection about 3:54 a.m.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Thompson stepped into the path of a minivan driven by Phillip Hill Jr., 48, of Barberton.
Troopers are continuing to investigate the accident.
Ryan to answer today on run for governor
U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Niles, is expected to announce today whether he will run for Ohio governor, according to WYTV 33 News.
Ryan will appear at a Democratic party event in Columbus tonight and he is expected to make an announcement on his future before he arrives in the state capital, 33 News reported.
Speculation has been growing for months on whether Ryan will run for governor in 2014. So far, he hasn't said.
Man shot in the leg
in Youngstown home
YOUNGSTOWN - A Logan Avenue man was found shot in the leg early Thursday morning at a 2630 Tyrell Ave. apartment on the West Side.
Police were called to the apartment about 1:50 a.m. and found Albert Coffer, 24, inside bleeding from a gunshot wound to his leg.
Coffer told police he did not see who shot him. A man inside the apartment said he heard a gunshot outside but did not know where exactly.
Reports state officers found powder burns on Coffer's pants, and a cell phone in his pocket was shattered by a bullet. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
AMBER Alert group addresses recent tone
COLUMBUS - During the most recent AMBER Alert, many Ohioans received an early morning message to their cell phone with a loud audible tone, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Due to feedback received from cell users, the Ohio AMBER Alert Steering Committee is temporarily limiting AMBER Alerts sent to cell phones between 6 a.m. and midnight.
The recent alert was issued after 16-year-old Shaina Nicole Tenney and her 7-month-old daughter, Grace Hope Tenney, went missing from a residence in Rock Cave, Upshur County, W.Va.
The alert was canceled after 57-year-old Margel Tenney, Shaina's stepfather, was arrested Wednesday morning on Interstate 79 in Lewis County, W.Va. It was believed for a time that they were heading south on Route 7 in Hubbard.
A permanent schedule will be put in place and cellular phone users who wish to opt-out of the program can contact their service provider, according to the patrol.
Feds to investigate police's use of force
TOLEDO - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will open a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the use of force by Cleveland's police department, whose officers fired 137 shots at the end of a massive police chase last fall, killing two likely unarmed people.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said the investigation will look beyond the November car chase that involved more than 60 patrol cars and ended in the shootings of Timothy Russell, 43, and his 30-year-old passenger, Malissa Williams.
Perez said the probe will not be a criminal investigation; its focus is the entire department, not individual officers. It will analyze several years of excessive force claims as well as police policies, training and procedures, he said.
Russell and Williams were each shot more than 20 times. Some officers thought they were armed, but no weapon or shell casings were found.
Staff, wire reports