- 1 of 1 Photos | View More Photos
Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a suspected case of measles in Hudson, Jimmy Dimora suing for slipping and falling in prison and United says "no" to daily air service at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
YOUNGSTOWN AIRPORT: Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport officials released a letter Tuesday stating that United Airlines would not be starting daily air service at the airport citing that "there is not a solid business case," according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The airport said United requested a revenue guarantee four times higher than the $1.75 million that the airport could raise even with a federal grant and matching funds from the Western Reserve Port Authority equalling $1.2 million. United informed the airport that it would "analyze and maintain the possibility for future service," but would not be establishing daily service in the near future. This news comes at a time when United has already been criticized for harsh cuts at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport earlier this year. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
MEDINA SUPERINTENDENT "RESIGNATION": Former Medina City Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp submitted a one-paragraph resignation letter Monday, which was accepted by the the Medina Board of Education, although Stepp indicates in the letter that the board requested him to submit a formal resignation despite already being terminated, according to the Medina Gazette. Stepp cites that he was already fired in October 2013 and Dave Knight, who was hired as interim superintendent during Stepp's leave, was approved to a 15-month contract as superintendent. "Notwithstanding, you requested me to formally resign," the letter read. "I do not believe that is necessary given the forgoing, but you have left me with no choice. Therefore, I hereby resign." It is not yet clear what the significance of a formal resignation means for various lawsuits filed by Stepp against board members for breach of contract, defamation and invasion of privacy. Stepp was fired following a special audit that revealed $4,121 in illegal spending and $1.5 million that was not property documented or unclear in purpose. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.
DIMORA: Ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, who is serving a 28-year federal sentence for racketeering and corruption charges, is suing the state and private prison company Corrections Corporation of America for negligence and emotional distress after he claims he slipped in a pool of water and fell at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown in May 2012, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Dimora is seeking $50,000 each from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the prison company in lawsuits filed last month. Dimora was recently transferred to the Victorville medium-security prison near Death Valley in California after spending part of last year in a prison in West Virginia. Just last week a Cincinnati federal appeals court rejected Dimora's request to overturn his convictions and reduce his sentence. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE: A group of Baptist ministers spoke to Akron City Council Monday and urged them to request a federal investigation to into former Akron police officer Donald Schismenos to determine just how much evidence he was withholding from defense attorneys, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. An internal 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. 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, and have acknowledged contacting only one. Two men who were not contacted but saw the videos released to the Beacon Journal have come forward to say the videos would have helped them in their arrest. Police Chief James Nice said at the meeting that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice has already looked at the investigation. Schismenos has not worked for the department since December. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
MEASLES: The Summit County Public Health department and the Hudson City School District advised 18 students from Evamere Elementary School to stay home while they investigate a suspected, not confirmed, case of measles in a student, according to the Hudson Hub-Times. Symptoms of the viral respiratory illness include a cough, a runny nose, a fever higher than 101 degrees and/or pink eye, and can appear 10 to 12 days after exposure and about four to five days to identify. A press release from the Summit County Health District said the unconfirmed case is not a cause for panic, but parents should be aware of symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary. Click here to read more at hudsonhubtimes.com.