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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including one of Northern Ohio's most wanted men is arrested, Cortland man sentenced to probation and community service for dumping fracking waste in the Mahoning River and a Twinsburg man's upcoming murder trial.
AGGRAVATED MURDER: The trial of Twinsburg-man Glenn Wong, who is charged with aggravated murder for the murder of his wife, Tami Mitchell Wong, is set for March 24 in Judge Paul Gallagher's court at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. Wong pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Oct. 24, 2013, and is facing one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder, both special felonies, as well as one count of kidnapping, a first degree felony; one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. Twinsburg police responded to a call on Feb. 24, 2013, from the couple's 10-year-old daughter who was in the home with their 8-year-old son during the stabbing. Tami Mitchell Wong was taken to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center where she died. The case is not eligible for the death penalty. Click here to read more at twinsburgbulletin.com.
PRADE MURDER: Former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade, who spent nearly 15 years of a life sentence for aggravated murder and was exonerated and freed in Jan. 2013, was transported back to jail Thursday following an appellate court decision that reversed the ruling claiming he was innocent, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. His ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade, was shot six times in her van in the parking lot of her office in 1997, and new DNA tests on a bite mark on her lab coat exonerated Prade of the crime. The 3-0 decision says that while the results of the new DNA testing appear to prove Prade's innocence, the results only generated more questions than answers and did not prove Prade's innocence unequivocally. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
FRACKING WASTE: Michael P. Guesman, 34, of Cortland, was sentenced to three years probation and 300 hours of community service Thursday for dumping tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a Mahoning River tributary via a storm drain on 24 nights in late 2012 and early 2013, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Guesman pleaded guilty to one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act on Aug. 29, following an investigation triggered by a Jan. 31, 2013 incident resulting in a $1 million cleanup. Guesman's employer, 62-year-old Ben Lupo, of Poland, and owner of Hardrock Excavating LLC, originally pleaded not guilty to the charge but has a change of plea hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
CEREBRAL PALSY: Fifth-grade Munroe Elementary School student Rachel Prior was honored as a Distinguished FInalist for Ohio in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for raising more than $4,000 over two years for cerebral palsy, according to the Tallmadge Express. Prior, who has a friend with cerebral palsy, created the Elm Trail Race in 2012 to raise money for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland. She wanted to create the community fun run because she was too young to run with her friend's Akron Marathon team. The National Association of Secondary School Principals honored Prior with an engraved bronze medallion during the March 19 Tallmadge Board of Education meeting. The award recognizes youths for "outstanding acts of volunteerism." Click here to read more at tallmadgeexpress.com.
MOST WANTED: U.S. Marshal's arrested David Morales, who was on the North Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force's "Dangerous Dozen" list of 12 most wanted men in Northern Ohio, Thursday morning in Lorain, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Morales was wanted for narcotics trafficking and possession in Pennsylvania and parole violation in Ohio, and is believed to be connected in the shooting of 36-year-old Lorain resident Taru Smith Sr. in Wellsville on Tuesday. Smith died from several gunshot wounds after a vehicle pulled up alongside his SUV and opened fire in what was believed to be a drug-related incident. Morales had been on the run for months and was found following an anonymous tip. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.