September 16, 2014

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UPDATED: Akron school bus driver killed during safety drill

Student book bags are removed from the scene of an accident on Tuesday in Akron. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr)

AKRON (AP) — An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed. “She sacrificed her own life to save the life of this 10-year-old girl,” said Akron police Read More…

UPDATED: Man who set himself on fire connected to homicide

State troopers take measurements at the scene of the incident on Rt. 20 on Monday after a man lit himself on fire. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CLEVELAND – Authorities suspect – although they won’t say with certainty – that the three children found in a car with homicide suspect Hugo Ramos on Monday belonged to him and a woman found murdered in a Cleveland home, police said. Ramos, 28, was driving the children on Route 20 Monday morning when he pulled Read More…

Chardon school shooter has long discipline record in prison

TJ Lane

COLUMBUS — The school shooter who briefly escaped from a prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured, the state patrol said Monday. T.J. Lane, convicted of killing three students at Chardon High School in the Cleveland area in 2012, did not threaten officers with the pitchfork, and it isn’t known where he Read More…

Experts investigating Chardon shooter’s escape

TJ Lane

LIMA — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how T.J. Lane, a convicted killer of three students, and two other inmates were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. The state prisons agency also said outside experts will review the agency’s procedures and recommend possible improvements. The three prisoners Read More…

Escaped school shooter captured near Ohio prison

Convicted killer of 3 students escapes

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A teenager convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambled over a fence to escape a state prison with two other prisoners and was captured nearly six hours later hiding near a church, authorities said. T.J. Lane, 19, was caught only about 100 yards from the prison by two Read More…

UPDATED: Chardon school shooter escapes from prison

TJ Lane

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An intensive manhunt was underway in western Ohio early Friday for the teen convicted of killing three students at a suburban Cleveland high school after his escape from prison. Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped around 7:40 p.m. with two other inmates from Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, about 80 miles south Read More…

Bay Village police say they ID’d 5 teens in ice bucket prank

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police said they have identified five teenage suspects involved in dumping bodily fluids on a 15-year-old autistic teen who thought he was participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Evidence against the suspects, who are between the ages of 14 and 17, will be presented to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office early next Read More…

Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone — Children’s Mercy in Kansas Read More…

Lawyer: Bay Village ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ pranksters ID’d

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for the family of an autistic teenager who had feces and bodily fluids dumped on him when he thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge said Monday that police know who the perpetrators are even as celebrities continue to offer reward money to find those involved. Attorney Dean Read More…

After Toledo water scare, states ask EPA for help

After Toledo Water Regulation

TOLEDO (AP) — Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe even far beyond the Great Lakes. But with no federal standards on safe levels for drinking algae-tainted water and Read More…