Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including Jimmy Dimora's unexplained transfer to a California prison, a Northfield woman with rare cancer can now receive life-saving transplant and Shaker Heights students break Hot Wheels record.
HOT WHEELS: A group of fifth graders at Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights set the record for longest Hot Wheels track loop Monday, creating a 9-foot, 9-inch long loop and successfully sending a Hot Wheels car through it, according to Sun News. The previous record was set on a track that was 9-foot, 9-inches, six inches shorter. The record attempt was part of a fundraising effort for the Woodbury PTO, as was a promise from principal Randall Yates to have his mustache shaved if the students raised more than the $10,000 goal. The students raised $12,187, and Yates obliged by letting a friend shave the mustache he'd spent 25 years growing after the record was broken. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
MURDER CONVICTION: Akron man Tony Deon Gray Jr., 26, was convicted on Monday for one count of murder, one count of felonious assault with a gun specification and one count of aggravated robbery in the shooting of former Ellet High School football star Paris Wicks II last summer, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Wicks, who was 23, died Aug. 29 behind Lovers Lane Market at Lovers Lane and South Arlington Street after being shot twice while helping friend and former Ellet teammate, Branson Price, who was being robbed at gunpoint. Gray is one of four defendants in the case, and the first one to stand trial. Gray was not the shooter but prosecutors said he helped the shooter leave before police and emergency crews arrived. The shooter was identified as 15-year-old Ramous L. Lewis, also of Akron. Gray will be sentenced at 11 a.m. Friday. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
CANCER: Northfield-native Jeanne Ralston-Astalos, 50, is the only person in the world with her type of cancer, and was almost unable to receive a liver transplant that would save her life, according to the Nordonia News-Leader. A hairdresser who works in Brecksville, Ralston-Astalos' cancer originated in her sinuses and metastasized to her liver. This is an extremely rare circumstance, and Ralston-Astalos was initially denied coverage from Medical Mutual on the basis that it was an experimental surgery. Medical Mutual reversed its decision following an appeal from Ralston-Astalos with help from the Cleveland Clinic, who will perform the operation. Click here to read more at the-news-leader.com.
JOHN LANIGAN: Veteran radio personality John Lanigan will host his last WMJI show Monday after 50 years in radio and about 40 years in Northeast Ohio before settling into retirement, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The 70 year old morning show host will have a tribute to him at the annual Moondog Coronation Ball on Saturday. Lanigan said he he doesn't have plans for his retirement, except to spend it between homes in Florida and Colorado with his wife and their two dogs. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
DIMORA: Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora — who is serving a 28-year prison sentence for racketeering and 30 other corruption charges — has been transferred from medium-security Gilmer prison in Glenville, W. Va. to the Victorville medium-security prison in San Bernadino County in California, with no explanation as to why, according to The Plain Dealer. Chris Burke, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Washington D. C. said that typically the bureau will keep an inmate in a federal corrections facility within 500 miles of an inmate's home and family but said he couldn't comment on why Dimora was moved more than 2,000 from his family in Independence. Burke said exceptions are made for security purposes, inmate protection, disciplinary sanctions or medical needs. Dimora has appealed his convictions and is waiting for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to decide on his request for a new trial. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.