Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including an Ohio Trooper's car stolen in Ashtabula, Youngstown records first homicide of the year and a protest against Chief Wahoo is planned for Friday's home opener.
CHIEF WAHOO: Organizers are planning a protest outside Progressive Field Friday during the Cleveland Indians' home opener to rally against the team's mascot Chief Wahoo, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Due to recent national attention toward the NFL Washington Redskins' controversy, protesters are hoping to have more support against the Native American caricature this year than they have in the past. The group, which includes several Native American organizations, plans to march from West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue to Progressive Field at 12:30 p.m., and stay there until 3 p.m. The mascot has been used for more than 60 years, and 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Indians' team name. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
BURNING VEHICLE DEATH: The body of a man found Saturday night in a burning SUV on Yukon Avenue in Akron has been identified as 30-year-old Marshallville resident Robert Workman III, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Workman's body was discovered when police responded to a report at 11:12 p.m. Saturday that the a vehicle was fully engulfed in flames on Yukon near Stoner Street. Firefighters found the body after the fire was put out. The cause of death is still under investigation. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
WOOSTER MAN SHOT: Police are searching for two persons of interest in relation to the shooting of 29-year-old Bruce Aber, who received two gunshot wounds in his leg at Schellin Park Monday night, according to the Daily Record. Police believe the two people involved in the incident knew Aber. Aber was transported to Wooster Community Hospital for non life-threatening injuries. Click here to read more at the-daily-record.com.
UA PROGRAM CUTS: The University of Akron's Faculty Senate’s Academic Policies Committee released a report Monday of recommendations for the proposed cut to 55 academic programs to be reviewed by the full Faculty Senate Thursday and by the Board of Trustees April 23, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The committee reviewed the recommendations of programs to be cut from the Provost's office and agreed to eliminate 22 of those programs, halt admissions to 20 of those programs temporarily, suspend seven that weren't on the original list and eliminate 33 as recommended. The Board of Trustees is looking to suspend programs with low enrollment or placement rates, and include bachelor's and master's degrees in theater arts, the master's program in physics and doctoral programs in elementary and secondary education. The about 600 students in suspended programs would be permitted to finish their degrees but UA would not permit new students to enroll in them. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
YOUNGSTOWN HOMICIDE: Youngstown recorded its first homicide of the year today in the case of a 24-year-old man found shot to death on the porch of a vacant South Side home this morning, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Gunshot sensors detected gunfire in the area, prompting police to find Maurise Kerns on the porch of the home with a firearm on his person and an SUV in the driveway. Police collected some shell casings and are investigating. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
AMISH BUGGY ACCIDENT: Burton Township resident Douglas S. Learn, 42, pleaded not guilty to drunk driving Tuesday and is facing charges of second-degree felony aggravated vehicular homicide, drunken driving and driving under suspension after allegedly hitting an Amish buggy with his car Sunday, killing one man and injury three others, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Troopers said Learn's SUV struck the buggy from behind on Tavern Road north of Ohio 700 at about 9 p.m. Joseph E. Byler, 28, was pronounced dead about a half hour after the accident at University Hospitals Medical Center, and his four family members received non life-threatening injuries. The horse from the buggy ran away from the crash and was struck and killed by a second car. Bond was set at $75,000 for Learn. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
TROOPER'S VEHICLE STOLEN: The personal vehicle of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon Miller was allegedly stolen from a Post parking lot in Ashtabula County Thursday by a man who had been arrested and detained at the Post, according to the Star Beacon. Daniel Rodriguez, 22, and his brother were arrested during a traffic stop and during detainment were separated. While attending to his brother, Rodriguez exited the building and drove off in Miller's vehicle, which was unlocked with the keys on the seat, later saying that he thought it was his brother's car, which was the same color. OHP Sgt. Jeremy Kindler saw Rodriguez drive from the parking lot and pulled him over, arresting him. Rodriguez was arraigned Monday on a fourth-degree felony grand theft auto charge. Click here to read more at starbeacon.com.