Here's today's headlines from around Northeast Ohio, including a Boardman man who wants to run for governor, a student boycott in Brunswick and a heroin conspiracy indictment in Akron.
CHILD BRIDE: Alliance police say they've found evidence that Robert W. Thomas Jr., the Cuyahoga Falls resident accused of trying to purchase a 5- to 8-year-old girl to turn into a sex slave, had posted his ad on other websites looking for a child bride, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Thomas was arrested on charges of attempted rape, kidnapping, human trafficking and possession of criminal tools Sunday after Alliance police, working undercover with the Ohio internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, responded to his alleged online request. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS: Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth announced details for the University Hospitals Fairlawn Health Center at Monday's State of the City address, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The outpatient facility and urgent care center is expected to open by the end of the summer, and will be located at 3800 Embassy Parkway. University Hospitals is investing about $4.4 million on the project. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
GOP: Boardman veterinarian Donald K. Allen is planning to run against Gov. John Kasich as a tea party candidate in the GOP gubernatorial primary in May, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Allen and his lieutenant governor running mate Kelly Kohls, chairwoman of the Warren County TEA Party, need at least 1,000 valid signatures on nominating petitions by Feb. 5 to be on the primary ballot. Click here to read more at Vindy.com.
UA MUGGING: Police say a 22-year-old University of Akron student was beaten and robbed by two men Sunday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The student told police two men got out of their SUV an attacked him near Wheeler and Allyn streets about 3 a.m., stealing his wallet containing $140 as well as his wallet. According to police, the robbers were two black males in their late teens or early 20s wearing dark-colored clothing. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
LIFE IN PRISON: Akron resident Tyvon D. Ward, 22, pleaded guilty Monday for murder, felonious assault and endangering children and received life in prison, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Ward attacked his girlfriend and their 4-year-old son June 20 after learning the woman was 34 weeks pregnant. The unborn child died the next day as a result of the attack. Ward will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
STUDENT BOYCOTT: According to The Plain Dealer, a group of Brunswick High School students are boycotting classes in a request for an anti-bullying and suicide prevention group. The students gathered in the performing arts center and refused to go to their classrooms, saying in a letter to The Plain Dealer that principals have rejected the idea of the group despite student requests following two student suicides in three days and eight deaths in 2 and a half years. Superintendent Michael Mayell said that school staff is starting the process to create the suicide awareness program. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
HEROIN IN AKRON: Twenty Akron residents were indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, 18 of whom were charged with conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute heroin, according to The Plain Dealer. The other two were indicted on related charges, and one man, Garland V. Phelps, Jr., was charged with contributing to a fatal overdose on Christmas Day, 2012. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
TWINSBURG ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF: The Twinsburg Police Department named Lt. Robert Gonsiewski its first assistant chief Sunday, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. Gonsiewski will be in charge of some of the administrative duties such as grant writing and budget planning. Gonsiewski has served about 24 years in Twinsburg. Click here to read more at TwinsburgBulletin.com.