The daughter of a slain New Franklin couple has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trafficking in cocaine. Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce also gave 19-year-old Chelsea Schobert a $5,000 mandatory fine.

Chelsea is the daughter of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert who were bludgeoned to death in their New Franklin home in April of 2013. Chelsea's boyfriend at the time, 19-year old Eric Ford Jr., is charged with her parent's murder along with a juvenile from Akron.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 15:40

Crews Battle Christmas Morning Fire

New Franklin firefighters battled a house fire Christmas morning.

Fire officials arrived at the house in the 6100 block of Renninger Road and found a a fire involving an attached two-car garage which extended into the attic.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was caused by hot materials that were discarded into a trash can next to the house.

The fire was contained to the garage, but the house sustained light smoke damage. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated to be $10,000.

Firefighters from the Village of Clinton assisted the New Franklin Fire Department.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 07:25

Fireplace To Blame For New Franklin House Fire

A fireplace is to blame for a house fire in New Franklin Tuesday.

New Franklin firefighters were called to the home in the 1400 block of Linger Drive shortly before 5:30 p.m.

A neighbor alerted residents inside the home of the fire and all five people were able to escape. No injuries were reported.

Crews arrived within six minutes to find heavy fire involving the exterior wall and the attic of the structure.

The blaze caused around $100,000 of damage to the home including water and smoke damage to the structure.

Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by heat from a fireplace inside the house.

Firefighters from Clinton, Coventry Township, Canal Fulton, Lawrence Township and Jackson Township helped battle the blaze.

New Franklin fire officials are reminding residents to clean and inspect their chimneys annually.

 

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One of the men charged in the killing a New Franklin couple earlier this year will have a full competency hearing.

The Beacon Journal reports Shawn Eric Ford Jr. didn't accept the accuracy of competency reports done by two psychologists, including one chosen by the defense. That means both of them will be in court on October 28 to testify.

Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker said he has no questions about whether Ford is fit to stand trial, but recognized that he has a right to a hearing.

Ford pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in June to a long list of charges surrounding the April deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret "Peg" Schobert. His co-defendant, 14-year-old Jamal Vaughn, is being tried in the juvenile court system.

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A judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence against the juvenile accused of playing a role in the April deaths of a New Franklin couple to transfer his case to adult court.

But The Beacon Journal reports Ohio law requires another hearing be held to determine whether 14-year-old Jamal Vaughn can be properly rehabilitated in the juvenile justice system.

Vaughn, who had just turned 14 at the time of the murders,  is accused of being an accomplice to 18-year-old Shawn Ford in the beating deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret "Peg" Schobert with a sledgehammer on April 2. Ford faces capital murder charges as well as charges stemming from his alleged assault of the Schoberts' daughter Chelsea, with whom he had a relationship.

Even if convicted in adult court, Vaughn cannot face the death penalty because of his age.

Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Robert Capes said during the hearing that Vaughn stabbed Jeffrey Schobert, though an autopsy revealed the cause of both deaths was blunt impact to the head. Dr. Dorothy Dean, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsies, said the stab wounds did not contribute to Jeffrey Schobert's death. Vaughn told investigators Ford threatened him into helping him carry out the killings.

The date for the second hearing hasn't been set.

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A natural gas line blew out Monday morning in New Franklin near the intersection of Nimisilla Rd. and Dailey Rd.

Many area residents told AkronNewsNow it happened around 6:20 a.m. and sounded like a loud explosion or an airplane crashing.

Dominion East Ohio spokeswoman Tracy Oliver said the ruptured line serves a nearby storage well.

New Franklin Mayor Al Bollas told WONE's Jeff Kinzbach In The Morning the line released a large amount of natural gas. He said there was no fire or explosion and that the well has been shut off.

Crews were evacuating residents, but the evacuation order has been lifted. Dominion East Ohio is investigating the rupture, but has no word yet on damages or a timetable for repairing the line.

 

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There will be a funeral instead of a sentencing hearing in a local rape case.

NewsChannel 5 reports Richard H. Schilling died in a farming accident Tuesday in New Franklin at the age of 74.

He was set for sentencing next week after he pleaded guilty to raping a 10-year-old. Schilling originally pleaded not guilty.

Police are still investigating the accident.

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The man accused of killing a New Franklin couple in April will be evaluated to find out if he's competent to stand trial.

The Beacon Journal reports a judge ordered forensic psychologist Dr. Robert L. Byrnes to check Shawn Eric Ford Jr. to make sure he can understand the court proceedings and that he can help in his own defense. The evaluation will take place within the next month.

If Ford's found incompetent, he will be sent for rehabilitation.

Ford is accused of killing Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert inside their bedroom on April 2. He faces the death penalty if he's convicted.

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The Summit County Sheriff's Department confirmed a driver reported  seeing a large brown bear early Thursday morning in New Franklin.

The driver told deputies he spotted the bear around 1:45 this morning.

The animal was seen in the area of South Main Street and West Nimisila Road. Sheriff's deputies arrived to the scene and did not locate the bear.

Keep checking with AkronNewsNow.com for more information as it becomes available.

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It's never too late to make one of your childhood dreams come true. Just ask Mae Packan.

The New Franklin Fire Department surprised her with a ride in a fire truck for her 99th birthday Tuesday afternoon.

"This is the most fabulous birthday present I could have. Money could not buy this," said Packan.

Kathleen and Bob Pickering, close friends and neighbors of Mae Packan, asked the department if they could grant her the wish.

Lt. Don Burroughs says in the midst of tragedy both locally and across the nation, he's happy the department can give back to the community, even if it's just a smile.

"It's something nice that's happening in the community after some of the events that's happened in the last couple of weeks here," said Burroughs. "The end result will be happiness on her birthday."

With a little help from firefighters, Packan was inside the large fire truck in her driveway shortly after she was surprised by a group of friends outside her home.

The trip around the block only lasted a few minutes, but the memory will last a lot longer for everyone involved.

So, what about her 100th birthday? Packan says she's thinking about a ride in a hot air balloon.

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