'Duck Dynasty' star speaks at Youngstown men's rally, former Akron police officer withheld thousands of secret recordings, Utica shale developer returns: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's headlines from around your area, including "Duck Dynasty"-star Phil Robertson at the Men's Rally in the Valley in Youngstown, former Akron police officer withheld thousands of secret recordings and the developer of Utica shale returns to Ohio.

UTICA SHALE: Aubrey McClendon, the founder and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy who is largely responsible for the development of Ohio's Utica Shale, is back in Ohio with a new company focusing on the southern portion of Utica Shale, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. McClendon resigned from Chesapeake, which is the largest player in the Utica shale region, a year ago after shareholders began questioning his use of personal stakes in company-owned wells and the company's debt under his leadership. McClendon has now raised an estimated $4.1 billion in equity and loans with his new company, American Energy Partners LP, to begin acquiring drilling sites and has acquired 16 Ohio permits for horizontal wells. American Energy Partners has also been purchasing newspaper ads and billboards for attracting oil-field workers. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

CHILD SHOT: East Cleveland resident Larry Sanders, 47, was jailed on $100,000 bond this morning after police say his fiancée’s 6-year-old son found his loaded revolver in Sanders' jacket and shot himself in the head, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Six-year-old Yuseff Yahfear is in critical condition at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hosptial after police say he walked into a closet where he found Sanders' .38-caliber gun in a jacket and shot himself in the forehead around 6:40 p.m. Sunday. Sanders is facing charges of second-degree felony assault, third-degree felony child endangering and third degree felony possession of a gun despite being a felon. Sanders has been arrested nine other times and has spent time in prison in 1992 on a drug conviction and another in 2003 for a robbery. Yahfear remains unconscious but responsive to stimuli after surgery this morning. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE: An investigation revealed that former Akron police officer Donald Schismenos had a veritable library of secret photo, video and audio files of criminals, fellow officers and even court proceedings that he recorded almost daily and stored on his city-owned computer but didn't turn them over as evidence, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Police also discovered weapons taken from suspects, police reports, crime scene videos and employee records of fellow officers. About 10-12 arrests that Schismenos had recorded have been turned over to county prosecutors to determine whether or not the recordings were required to be shared with defendants in those arrests, in accordance with Constitutional law that law enforcement shares all of its evidence with defendants. Schismenos' computer contained 220 gigabytes of secret recordings, taking up about 30 percent of the department's server. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

JIM TRESSEL: Tressel visited Youngstown State University today as part of its presidential search, less than a week after his pitch to the University of Akron for their presidential search, and said it he thinks it might be "the time and the place for a non-Ph.D." president, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Tressel also said that he has not been offered a position at University of Akron, and he hasn't thought much about which he would accept. Tressel began the campus visit with a meeting with faculty, followed by a meeting with the deans and other representatives and administrators. Tressel spoke to the campus community at Tod Hall to a standing-room crowd at 2 p.m. Tressel also spoke about increasing retention, fundraising and recruiting. Click here to read more at vindy.com.

DUCK DYNASTY: Phil Robertson, patriarch and star of A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," spoke to between 4,500 and 5,000 people at the fifth annual Men's Rally in the Valley 2014 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown Saturday, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The seven-hour event features six main speakers and focuses bringing Christian men closer together and build their relationship with Jesus. Robertson's speech called the United States "pitiful" for its "sin problem." The rally included religious merchandise, workshops and more than 20 baptisms. Click here to read more at www.vindy.com.

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