Man gets probation for death
of wife in motorcycle crash
An Akron man was sentenced to probation Thursday for a charge stemming from the death of his wife in a motorcycle crash in Cuyahoga Falls in March 2019.
Kevin Overstreet, 38, pleaded no contest Thursday in Summit County Common Pleas Court to vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was originally charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony.
Judge Tammy O’Brien found Overstreet guilty and sentenced him to two years of probation. She also suspended his driver’s license for a year.
Overstreet was riding a motorcycle at State Road and Highbridge Road in Cuyahoga Falls on March 19 when he collided with an SUV. Graciela Overstreet, his wife and a passenger on the motorcycle, was killed, and Overstreet was injured. The driver of the SUV wasn’t harmed.
Jeff Laybourne, Overstreet’s attorney, said there was a dispute about whether Overstreet or the SUV driver was to blame for the crash. The SUV driver was charged with reckless operation.
RubberDucks to hold first
movie night of 2020
The Akron RubberDucks will host its first movie night of 2020 on Saturday.
Fans can watch “Frozen 2” on the large HD video board in Canal Park.
The team said it will follow all social distancing guidelines set by state and local officials. The event’s capacity is 1,300 people.
Fans can purchase reserved seats within the seating bowl, or purchase four-person or eight-person pods on the field.
Field seating will be limited to 250 people.
Concessions will be available for cashless purchases, and the field with have a dedicated entrance and exit.
Guests will be required to wear face coverings at all time, except while sitting in their assigned seats.
The park opens to the public at 5 p.m., and the movie starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone at 330 253-5151. Tickets can also be purchased at the ballpark’s box office on Saturday.
Man and woman arrested
after home invasion
Two people were arrested after a home invasion in Akron early Thursday morning.
Police said a man and woman entered a home in the 700 block of Copley Road. The man is accused of brandishing a handgun and threatening a man and woman inside the home.
Police said the man stole property and fled the scene. Officers searched and found the suspects in a house in the 900 block of Work Drive.
Officers found some of the stolen property inside the home, and a handgun inside a vehicle related to the incident, police said.
The man was identified as Nevin Turner, 20. He was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated menacing and weapons under disability. He was taken to Summit County Jail.
A-19-old woman who police said is a former roommate of the victim was charged with misrepresenting identity after giving officers false information. She was issued a summons and released.
Man accused of assaulting woman,
firing shots in bar parking lot
A man is accused of assaulting a woman and then firing shots at another vehicle as it was driving away, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday deputies responded to a bar in Portage Lakes for a road rage incident.
It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a 28-year-old man assaulted a woman in the parking lot.
The Sheriff’s Office said the man fled in an SUV but almost struck another vehicle. The man then fired at least two shots from a handgun at the vehicle.
The vehicle pulled over as the man fled the area.
Joseph Mitchner, 28, of Akron has been identified as the man, and warrants have been issued for his arrest for three counts of felonious assault.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mitchner should contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-2181.
The Sheriff’s Office said further charges are possible.
Common Pleas Court again
delays most jury trials
Summit County Common Pleas Court will again have no jury trials this month, unless a speedy trial deadline requires that one be held.
Civil trials may be held in September with the permission of both the assigned judge and Amy Corrigall Jones, the administrative judge.
These were among the plans included in an order issued Thursday by Jones, which outlines how the court will operate through Oct. 2.
Other provisions include:
• Sheriff sales may proceed online.
• Foreclosures, evictions and any judgment related to real property may go forward with the authorization of the judge assigned the matter.
• Other civil and criminal matters will be handled via videoconferencing or telephone.
The court will continue procedures previously put in place because of the pandemic, including requiring that people have their temperatures taken when they enter the courthouse and that they wear masks.