Here are some of today's top headlines, including a Super Bowl partier who wandered into the wrong house, a proposed House Bill to target predatory towing and a proposal for state Route 8 to become Interstate 380.
LOCKHEED MARTIN: Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor which announced in November that it would be closing its Akron facility, says it expects to offer out-of-state job transfers to about 380 of its 600 Akron employees, according to the Beacon Journal. The employees could be transferred to locations in Bothell, Wash.; Orlando, Fla.; Owego, N.Y., or Baltimore, where Lockheed Martin is based. The company will begin employee lay-offs June 26, which will continue until December 2015. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
ROUTE 8: The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study is proposing that state Route 8 south of Macedonia be redesigned as Interstate 380, according to the Nordonia Hills News-Leader. The proposal was submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation in October and is being considered in Columbus. Potential advantages of the redesignation include potentially more federal funding for roadway maintenance and attracting more businesses and travelers looking for attractions. Click here to read more at The-News-Leader.com.
AKRON GUILTY PLEA: Akron-native Jeffrey Richardson pleaded guilty to charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and attempted conspiracy to kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday, according to the Beacon Journal. According to prosecutors, the 35-year-old posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to exploit children sexually. The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used an undercover agent to communicate with Richardson, claiming to be the father of a 12-year-old girl. Another undercover agent received emails containing photos of young children from Richardson. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
TOWING LAW: House Bill 382, proposed in December, is looking to regulate towing and target predatory towing practices in Ohio, according to the Daily Kent Stater. The bill would prohibit towing companies from charging additional "administrative fees," require more explicit signs at tow-away zones, implement a 24-hour grace period for overnight storage fees, make it illegal for towing companies to refuse major credit cards, and make tow truck operators photograph illegally parked vehicles prior to towing, among other stipulations. The Ohio Attorney General's office has received 229 complaints against towing companies since January 2010. Click here to read more at KentWired.com.
HUDSON PASTOR: Pastor Tom Randall of Hudson's Christ Community Chapel will return to the U.S. this week from the Philippines, where he has been held in jail for 22 days, according to the Hudson Hub-Times. Randall, who founded the Sankey Samaritan Orphanage in the Philippines, was arrested Jan. 12 for negligence related to human trafficking case. That charge has been dropped, and Randall was released Monday. Click here to read more at HudsonHubTimes.com.
SUPER BOWL PARTIER: Jeffrey Knox of Collins was charged with burglary around 2:15 a.m. Monday after a Vermilion couple found him allegedly trying to sleep on the floor at the foot of their bed, thinking he was at his friend's house, according to The Chronicle-Telegram. A breath test showed that Knox was drunk, and he told police that he had been drinking at a friend's Super Bowl party and had left to go get sandwiches and ice cream bars from a woman's house. He then attempted to return to the party, but mistakenly entered the house of Matt and Alexandria Thompson. After being kicked out of the house, police say they found Knox walking in the neighborhood still carrying a sandwich, two ice cream bars and keys to Thompson's house, which he may have found in the their car. Click here to read more at Chronicle.NorthCoastNow.com.