Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a Solon man indicted for allegedly embezzling $1.5 million from Parker Hannifin Corp., a challenge to put more state troopers on I-75 and another person charged for dumping franking wast into the Mahoning River.
FRACKING WASTE: Law enforcement officials announced that a third person from Hardrock Excavating LLC has been charged with violating the Clean Water Act for dumping fracking waste into a Mahoning River tributary via a storm drain, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Mark A. Goff, 46, of Newton Falls, was allegedly ordered by his boss, Ben Lupo, owner of Hardrock Excavating, to empty brine and wastewater from drilling into the storm drain. Lupo pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act Monday, and another employee, Michael Guesman, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years' probation and 300 hours of community service. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
MISSING TEEN: A Stow 14 year old who had been missing since Tuesday was reunited with his parents today after he saw postings on social media about his disappearance and turned himself in to police, according to the Stow Sentry. Noah Moore's sister became concerned when she hadn't seen him since 1:30 Tuesday after taking out the trash and called the Stow Police Department, and his parents began posting his information on social media sites. Moore saw the posts on social media and turned himself into the Stow Police Department at 12:10 p.m. today, and police contacted his parents. Click here to read more stowsentry.com.
I-75 CHALLENGE: Ohio is one of six states participating in the I-75 Challenge, an effort from state patrols to reduce crashes on Interstate 75, which runs nearly 1,800 miles from Michigan through Florida, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Ohio state troopers will increase presence on I-75 beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, focusing on seatbelt usage, aggressive driving, speeding and impaired driving. Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida are also participating. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
PARKER HANNIFIN: Solon resident and former Parker Hannifin Corp. employee John A. Miller, 53, allegedly embezzled nearly $1.5 million from the Cleveland-based company, and has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of tax evasion and two counts of money laundering, according to The Plain Dealer. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Miller began his scheme in 2002 by employing his neighbor to do IT work for the company, then approached another man to create invoices and billings for Parker Hannifin. In 2004, Miller falsely inflated the invoices from the IT company and submitted invoices in the names of his wife and son, who were not aware Miller was using their names, according to the indictment. The total loss to the company was nearly $1.5 million from 2004 through 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.