Innocent pleas were entered Friday in Warren Municipal Court for Marcel D. Tipton, 27, of Warren, who is charged with the New Year’s Day hit-and-run accident involving a bicyclist.
Police say Tipton was the driver of a 2000 Lincoln Continental that struck Harold Rice, 46 of Scott Street Northeast while Rice was riding his bicycle at 2:48 a.m. on Summit Street at Tod Avenue Northwest.
The Lincoln left the scene, and Rice suffered several broken bones and other injuries.
The Lincoln’s license plate was found at the scene, and the Lincoln was found several days later at an abandoned home on York Street Northwest.
Tipton was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to probation in 2009 after he fled from police on a stolen motorcycle and wrecked it while fleeing from police.
Crash victim listed in critical condition
Gerald Petrock, 61, of Canfield, was in critical condition Friday night in Akron City Hospital after the car he was riding in was in an accident on Interstate 76 between state Routes 14 and 44 in Portage County.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Ravenna Post said Petrock was a passenger in a 2002 Saturn LW2 station wagon driven by Eva M. Heckert of Ravenna, 24, that traveled off the right side of the road and struck a guard rail, then came back across the center lanes, striking a concrete barrier.
The vehicle was eastbound at the time of the 5:25 p.m. accident.
Heckert was transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital. Petrock was freed from the wreckage by mechanical means. The crash is under investigation.
Man arraigned on assault charge
Derrick Ross-Howard, 28, of Youngstown, was arraigned Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court on a warrant charging him with felonious assault.
Police arrested him Thursday morning inside a house on Rutledge Avenue on the city’s East Side. His bond was set at $50,000.
Police said the charge stems from a Dec. 10 incident at the same house on Rutledge in which Ross-Howard is accused of firing a gun three times at a 25-year-old Katherine Street man, hitting him twice. The victim survived.