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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including four shootings in four hours in Cleveland, the Attorney General's Office shuts down a Warren Tae Kwan Do charity and a Canton veteran embarks on six-month hike to "walk off the war."
WARRIOR HIKE: Cecil E. Thayer III, a Canton veteran and Kent State University student, is participating in "Walk Off the War," in which he embarks on a six month hike of the Appalachian Trail with 13 other veterans, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The 27-year-old Marine and Ohio Army National Guard veteran served two tours in Iraq and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Iraq. The hike is through a group called Warrior Hike, and this year will have groups hiking the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail out west. The hike is a way for veterans to decompress and deal with issues surrounding their time in service. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
AKRON BEACON JOURNAL: The Ohio Supreme Court decided not to hold Akron Beacon Journal reporter Phil Trexler in contempt for refusing to testify in an Akron Bar Association disciplinary hearing against attorney Larry D. Shenise, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Trexler wrote a story in which Shenise said he was never notified of his client's hearing in Summit County Comon Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher's court, and as a result Gallagher signed an arrest warrant for the 80-year-old client after he missed the hearing. Gallagher filed a disciplinary complaint against Shenise, who claimed later that that Trexler's story misquoted him. Trexler refused to testify in the hearing, but responded to the subpoena by saying that he stood by the accuracy of the story. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
TAE KWAN DO CHARITY: Dynamite TKD Kids Foundation, a Warren organization founded in 2009 to provide scholarships for students to attend Tae Kwan Do classes, has reached an agreement to pay $5,000 to the Attorney General's Office and cease charitable solicitations in Ohio following an investigation by the Attorney General's Charity Law Section, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The organization, founded in 2009 by Abbie M. Taylor, provided scholarships for students to attend her husband's Tae Kwan Do school, and an investigation began in August 2012 when a complaint was filed alleging that the Taylor's were using the organization's debit card to pay for vacations, groceries and other personal expenses. The investigation also revealed that very few scholarships — all of which sent students to attend Taylor's husband's Tae Kwan Do School — were actually awarded and Taylor had failed to keep appropriate financial records. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
IDENTITY FRAUD: Two of three New York City residents who were arrested last September by Macedonia police have been sentenced to 10 days in jail with suspended prison sentences on charges of identity fraud, forgery and misuse of credit cards, according to the Nordonia Hills News-Leader. Samsara Delacruz, 22, and Johnathan Caceres, 27, both pleaded guilty to felony counts of forgery and misuse of credit cards on Feb. 6. Delacruz also pleaded guilty to a felony count of identity fraud and both were sentenced to 10 days in jail with three- and two-year suspended prison sentences, respectively. The third defendant, 29-year-old Anthony Peralta, pleaded guilty on March 6 and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 3. The three were arrested on Sept. 7 at a Best Buy in Macedonia after an employee became suspicious of Delacruz, who opened a $4,000 credit line. According to the report, the three used fake identification to purchase electronics from Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron, Cleveland and Chicago to sell in New York. Click here to read more at the-news-leader.com.
CLEVELAND SHOOTINGS: Cleveland police say four people were shot during a four-hour span between 10 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The first shooting occurred near East 154th Street and Kinsman Avenue in which one man was shot in the foot and was driven to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Police found a gun but no suspects. Around 11 p.m., police responded to a 29-year-old man shot in the shoulder at the 6500 block of Fleet Avenue. That victim was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center in serious condition, and police say the suspect fled the area in a silver or gray Chrysler sedan. A third gunshot victim who was admitted to MetroHealth said he was shot in the chest around 11:30 p.m. near East 131st Street and Harvard Avenue, but was unable to provide a description of the suspect. The fourth shooting occurred at around 1:30 a.m. at the Castle on Ridge bar at 3837 Ridge Road where last month a 20-year-old man was shot and killed. The victim was also taken to MetroHealth with a gunshot wound to the chest, and police found a handgun at the bar. No arrests have been made. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.