Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including the two bodies recovered from Lake Erie are identified, Cleveland business district will be first in the nation to accept Bitcoin and Case Western Reserve University announces its first female athletic director.
CASE WESTERN: Case Western Reserve University has named Vermilion native Amy Backus as the first permanent female athletic director, according to The Plain Dealer. Backus was formerly the senior associate athletic director at Yale and is replacing Dave Diles, who left in September and accepted a a job as Virginia Military Institute's athletic director. Backus has a 215-205 career record as women's basketball coach at Otterbein, Middlebury and Yale, and will oversee 19 varsity sports, 14 club sports and 35 intramural activities at Case Western. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
MICHAEL MADISON: Attorneys for Michael Madison, the East Cleveland man accused of killing three women and disposing their bodies in plastic bags near his home, are arguing that East Cleveland police needed a search warrant to go into Madison's garage where the first body was discovered, and that all evidence from the search and subsequent searches should be thrown out, according to The Plain Dealer. Prosecutors are rebutting by saying that officers were responding to a community nuisance call — officers discovered the body when neighbors complained of a stench coming from Madison's garage — and tried to find several people to open the door before entering on their own. Both sides will argue before Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell on April 28, before Madison's trial July 21. Madison, 35 is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping and could face the death penalty if convicted. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
BITCOIN: Eight Cleveland Heights businesses will begin accepting Bitcoins as currency beginning May 1, joining The Wine Spot, which began accepting Bitcoins in February, in creating the first organized Bitcoin Boulevard in the nation and the second in the world, according to the Plain Dealer. Bitcoins are electronic currency that are stored in a virtual wallet and are unregulated by governments and banks. The benefit of using Bitcoin is that, unlike a credit card, no personal information is exchanged when used and there is only a 1 percent processing fee. Bitcions are earned by "mining," or using a computer to process transactions that keep the system running. As of Friday morning, one bitcoin was worth about $477. Click here tor ead more at cleveland.com.
FOOD CONTEST: Two Summit County women were announced Thursday as the winners of the Northeast Ohio Food Contest, which will help them to mass produce their product through the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Sally Ohle, owner of Summit Croissants which is run out of her Akron home, won with her multi-grain pancake/waffle dry mix, and Debbie Sablack, of Twinsburg, won with her kombucha fermented tea. Kombucha is made with sweetened tea and a culture of yeasts and bacteria. Before the contest, Ohle sold her mix at a farmer's market and Sablack just gifted her tea to friends. The women won out of around 40 or 50 entries. The Food Contest focuses on different areas of the state each year, and this was the first time Northeast Ohioans could enter since 2011. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
LAKE ERIE BOATERS: Authorities have identified the two bodies recovered from Lake Erie yesterday and are continuing to look for the remaining two boaters today, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The search crews began searching around 2 a.m. Thursday near South Bass Island when the four boaters did not return from a fishing trip, and the 21-foot fishing boat was found empty by crews around 6:30 a.m. Crews recovered the bodies of Amy Santus, 33, from Perrysburg, and Paige Widmer, 16, from Leesville S.C., both of whom were wearing life jackets, just before 9 p.m. The search team includes local, federal and Canadian agencies, but the Coast Guard has canceled its search pending new developments. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.