2 Youngstown crashes

2 Youngstown crashes


Police are investigating two separate vehicle crashes that occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, one in the 400 block of Albert Street and another in the 700 block of Steel Street.

On Albert, a car rolled over onto its roof after a two-vehicle crash. The number of people involved and the extent of their injuries is unknown, reported 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

One person was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries suffered in the Steel Street crash in which a vehicle struck a utility pole, then hit a house. The vehicle was heavily damaged, but the house was not. No one was injured in the house, police said.

Authorities search for suspect who ran over man at rest stop


A suspect who ran over and killed a man he had been arguing with at an interstate rest area between Akron and Cleveland is being sought by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The patrol says murder and aggravated-robbery warrants have been obtained for 34-year-old Paul Randall Jr., of Dolgeville, N.Y. The patrol says Randall ran over 42-year-old Scott Reichard, of North Olmsted, with Reichard’s heavy-duty pickup truck Friday night at a rest area on Interstate 77 in Bath Township.

The truck was later found in a downtown Cleveland parking lot.

Randall is described as 6-feet-1, 245 pounds, with brown hair and eyes and a large dark beard. Troopers say he should be considered dangerous.

Man steals cruiser in Ohio, leads police on dangerous chase


Authorities say a man being transferred by police to county sheriff’s deputies in Ohio jumped into a police cruiser and led officers and state Highway Patrol troopers on a dangerous high-speed chase on rain-slicked roads.

WJW-TV reports the theft and chase began Friday afternoon in Lorain County and ended in neighboring Erie County when the man drove over a stop stick and crashed into a ditch. A 5-minute-long dashcam video released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows the man dangerously weaving through traffic.

The Lorain Morning Journal reports Lorain police went to a home shortly before noon Friday for a report of a mental-health crisis and leaned the man had warrant with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Bankruptcy ruling could lead to higher Ohio electric pricing


A recent ruling in federal bankruptcy court could mean higher rates for millions of Ohio electricity customers.

A bankruptcy judge last week ruled that FirstEnergy Solutions was able to opt out of its share of costs as an owner of the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. FirstEnergy Solutions and other power companies in the state, including American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power and Light, shared ownership and debt costs for the plants as part of Ohio Valley.

FirstEnergy Solutions, the power plant arm of Akron-based FirstEnergy, filed for bankruptcy protection March 31.

The ruling means other Ohio Valley Electric Corp. owners will have to replace FirstEnergy Solutions or absorb costs, possibly resulting in higher rates for customers all around Ohio.

Staff/wire reports

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