Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including two scammers targeting the elderly in grocery store parking lots, a North Olmsted shooting in a Home Depot parking lot and the law school dean of Case Western Reserve University steps down while facing a lawsuit over inappropriate sexual conduct.
CASE WESTERN: Lawrence Mitchell, law school dean of Case Western Reserve University Law School, has resigned amid a lawsuit by a professor who claims Mitchell retaliated against him for reporting him for inappropriate sexual conduct, according to the Plain Dealer. Mitchell will remain on the school's faculty but will take a sabbatical during the 2014-15 school year, which is standard practice for deans who step down. Law Professor Raymond Ku filed a lawsuit on October 23 against Mitchell and the university saying that he suffered retaliation when he reported Mitchell in 2011 for sexually harassing women, including staff members and students. Judge Peter Corrigan has scheduled a settlement conference for July 2 and a trial is scheduled for November 3. Mitchell has been dean since 2011. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
CHILD ENTICEMENT: Twinsburg Police are investigating possible child enticement that occurred Monday involving two girls, ages 7 and 8, who told police they were approached by a vehicle and offered candy by the passengers to get inside the car near the intersection of Andrew Drive and Bridget Lane around 4:15, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. The police reports describe the driver as a caucasian woman with shoulder-length blond hair, and the passengers as a brunette teenage boy in the front seat and two red-haired, freckled male teens in the back of a black SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee. One of the girls said a similar vehicle with similar occupants approached her near her bus stop on Feb. 24 and motioned for her and her two friends to come closer, but the children did not make contact and the incident was not reported. Click here to read more at twinsburgbulletin.com.
HOME DEPOT SHOOTING: North Olmsted police are investigating a shooting in a Home Depot parking log on Brookpark Road around 11:45 a.m., according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Police said a man was getting into a painting van when another man shot at him. The victim ran into the Home Depot and the suspect fled in a truck, but a witness took down to the shooter's license plate number. Police took a 34-year-old man into custody about 20 minutes after the shooting. The victim was wounded but alert and conscious. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
NEXUS PIPELINE: The Nexus pipeline, which is planned to go through Stark County up to Michigan and Canada, is now scheduled for completion to 2016 or 2017, as opposed to its original completion date of 2015, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. The 250-mile project is expected to carry up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas a day to a hub near Detroit, and the 30-to-36-inch pipeline will could cross through portions of Washington, Lake and Marlboro townships. Spectra, who along with Enbridge and DTE Energy is planning the Nexus pipeline, has also announced a project called the Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (OPEN), which will be built in Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties. Click here to read more at ohiogo.com.
CON-ARTISTS: Stow Police are looking for two women who scammed an 88-year-old woman out of $10,000 in the parking lot of a Stow Giant Eagle, and believe this is the second time the pair have scammed in the area, according to the Beacon Journal. Marian Christopher was approached by two women in the parking lot who said they found a pouch containing $100,000 near her car and offered to split it. The women asked her to withdraw $10,000 from her bank account to mix with the found bills because they were in sequential order and would look suspicious being deposited. Christopher realized she was scammed after they took her money and didn't show up to give her a portion of the found money. Police believe the same women scammed an 80-year-old woman in a Tallmadge Acme parking lot in December. Click here to read more at ohio.com.