Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a Hudson 7-year-old places 12th out of 11 million in an ESPN NCAA bracket challenge, three men arrested in Akron with 112 pounds of cocaine, Jim Tressel applies for Youngstown State University presidency and more.
TRESSEL: Jim Tressel is now in the running for Youngstown State University president as well as University of Akron presidency after he applied for the position Friday, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Tressel has been urged to apply for the position by a number of prominent area businessmen, commissioners and lawmakers including Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Robert Hagan and Rep. Nick Barborak. AGB Search, which conducted the presidential search for the last university president, Randy J. Dunn, has offered to do a new search for YSU for free, since Dunn resigned after only 7 months. Tressel is the former football coach of YSU and Ohio State University and currently serves as University of Akron executive vice president of student success. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
PLANE CRASH: Millersburg couple Lazarus Sommers, 50, and Maryann Sommers, 56, have been identified as the couple killed when their plane crashed in West Virginia following a takeoff from Akron Fulton International Airport reportedly to visit their college-age son on Friday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The Piper PA-32 plane took off from Akron around 3:15 p.m. and went down in eastern Kanawha County at about 4 p.m., and West Virginia media said Sommers had requested help navigating around bad weather. The Federal Aviation Administration arrived Saturday morning to examine the wreckage and a preliminary report will be released in 10 businessdays. The Sommers owned a Millersburg business called GT Thunder that specialized in ATVS, and Lazarus Sommers was active in competitive racing. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
COCAINE: Three Texas men were arrested in Akron last week and charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 100 pounds of cocaine, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Police say Guadalupe J. Zarate, 42; Noe Romero Salinas, 32; and Jesus Alberto Flores, 25, possessed 51 kilograms, or about 112.5 pounds of cocaine and were arrested Friday in the 2700 block of Gilchrist Rod following an investigation by Akron police, Summit County sheriff's deputies, the Akron-Summit County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative, the FBI and the DEA. The three men have been indicted in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland and are being held in Summit County Jail under $1 million bonds. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
MAPLE HEIGHTS SHOOTING: Maple Heights police are still looking for suspects a week after the shooting of a man in a Prime Station convenience store at 14196 Granger Road, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Surveillance video shows a gunman walk up to the store register at about 10:52 p.m. on April 7, and then shooting Kumer Saha, 41, in the chest, climbing over the counter, grabbing cash and running. Saha was the father of two little boys and had moved to America two years ago, hoping to open his own business one day. The shooter was wearing a grey hood, blue jeans, red plaid boxer-type shorts, tan bots and black gloves and was carrying a small black handgun. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
FIRST GRADER: Leah Clifford, a 7-year-old, Seton Catholic School first-grader, placed 12th out of 11 million contestants in an ESPN-sponsored NCAA Tournament bracket contest, picking the University of Conneticut Huskies and the University of Kentucky Wildcats to meet in the final game because she loves animals, according to the Hudson Hub-Times. Leah picked the Huskies to win because Huskies are "soft" and "pretty" and "pettable." Leah and the rest of her family fills out brackets every year and post them to the ESPN leaderboard. This year Leah asked her dad about the seed of each team as well as the mascots to chose her winners. Although Leah's family does not have a pet, she said she is hoping to get a real Husky now. Click here to read more at hudsonhubtimes.com.