Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:44

UPDATE Vinson's Family Says She Is Ebola-Free

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UPDATE: The family of nurse Amber Vinson released a statement to local and national media on her status, attributed to a family spokesperson:

Amber's mother, Debra Berry, spoke to her just a few hours ago. Amber is steadily regaining her strength and her spirits are high. We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body. She has also been approved for transfer from isolation. Amber remains under treatment within Emory's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit.

"Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition," Mrs. Berry said. "We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home."

Amber is committed to continuing to work closely with the doctors at Emory and following their guidance until she has fully recovered. She and our family would like to thank the entire team at Emory, as well as Amber's colleagues at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for their continued support throughout her treatment.

We appreciate everyone for keeping Amber in your thoughts and prayers.


(Earlier coverage) A report says Amber Vinson's family says she has no sign of the Ebola virus at this time.

ABC News reports that the family issued a statement to them on Wednesday evening.

"We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday [Tuesday] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body," ABC quotes the statement.

ABC adds that the family says Vinson should be able to leave the isolation unit.

"Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition," ABC quotes Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, in a statement. "We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home."


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:39

Health Officials On Ebola: We're Ready If Cases Come

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Another day, and there are still no confirmed Ebola cases in Ohio.

The latest update Wednesday from the Ohio Department of Health shows 41 people are being monitored in Summit County, including the same 2 people that are still in quarantine. 161 contacts of nurse Amber Vinson are being monitored in Ohio.

Summit County health commissioner Gene Nixon says as each day goes by, the local health care system is better prepared for any possible Ebola case, or for other diseases.

"Hospitals, our first responders and our public health system continue to develop protocols, procedures and policies," Nixon said on a conference call with reporters, "and to train and drill to best address Ebola, and other emerging and infectious diseases."

Nixon says if a current contact develops significant symptoms, local health care providers would be able to accurately evaluate, transport and care for that person through the screening period.

If no Ebola cases develop, area contacts of Vinson should be cleared by November 4th.

Calls to the Summit County Ebola hotline - 330-926-3939 - are a fraction of what they were a week ago, with call levels at about 25 per day...compared to 300 to 400 per day when the hotline was put into place.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:47

Ford Guilty Of Schobert Murders

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It's guilty for Shawn Ford Jr. -- perhaps not a surprise given his admission for the beating and stabbing death of Peg and Jeffrey Schobert in their New Franklin home. What was surprising is the three days worth of deliberations taken by the jury, including removing two jurors.

Ford, 20, could get the death penalty Monday when this same jury returns Monday to being the sentencing phase. Ford's lawyers had offered guilty pleas in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table but prosecutors said the Schobert family would not agree.

The Schobert's were found stabbed and bludgeoned to death in April 2013; Ford had dated their youngest daughter, Chelsea and the Schobert's wanted the relationship ended after she wound up beaten in the hospital. Construction workers on the home off Rex Lake in New Franklin found the bodies in a bedroom of the home. 

The Beacon Journal reports Ford's mother wept when the verdict was announced. Jessica Schobert, the eldest daughter of the victims, did not comment following the decision from the jury. A gag order on both sides was imposed by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:14

Man Accused Of Groping Akron City Hospital Nurse

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A Euclid man allegedly groped an Akron City Hospital nurse Sunday evening.

The Plain Dealer reports Antwon K. Chatman was being wheeled into a room within the emergency room when he grabbed the nurse.

Chatman, 21, is charged with third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition.  He posted his $1,000 bond Tuesday in Akron Municipal Court. 

Chatman was convicted earlier this year for possessing a replica firearm, for which he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail. 

Summit County health officials say there are still no Ebola cases in the county.

"We are doing regular monitoring of all of our contacts, all of those tiered contacts," Summit County health commissioner Gene Nixon told a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, "and currently, today, all of those contacts are healthy, and there's no Ebola in Summit County."

The numbers Tuesday in Summit County didn't change much - 42 contacts with nurse Amber Vinson, 40 of them in some form of monitoring and two still in quarantine. 159 are being monitored statewide, with still one quarantine case in Cuyahoga County.

Donna Skoda with Summit County Public Health says most new reported contacts are coming from those who were at Akron's Coming Attractions bridal shop, when Vinson was there a week ago Saturday.

"What we're finding is that most of the contact that we're adding now are bridal shop contacts that we in the past were not able to make contact with," Skoda says. "And we're finally being able to contact them."

Nixon says there have been over 1,200 calls to the county's Ebola hotline - 330-926-3939 - but that number has "dropped significantly".

He says the hotline is now getting about 25 calls a day, down from 300 to 400 a day at the beginning.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:10

Buck Gets Life For Murder Of Stow Roommate

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The Stow woman convicted of murdering her roommate has been sentenced to up to life in prison.

45 year-old Roxanne Buck got a 15 year-to-life prison sentence in the court of Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands, and also got sentenced to three additional consecutive years for tampering with evidence.

Buck fatally stabbed 21 year-old Michelle Johnson on March 14th in her Stow home.

Police found Johnson's body hidden under blankets in a backyard shed.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:21

Canton Baby's Death Ruled A Homicide

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The death of a baby whose mother took her own life after walking into the path of traffic on Interstate 77 has been ruled a homicide.

The Stark County Coroner's Office released final ruling this morning. Investigators believe Omoyele N. Gonzalez died from "probable smothering" at the hands of his mother, Kayelisa Martin, on the morning of August 7th. Martin later committed suicide that evening by walking in front of a semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 77.

The autopsy revealed no trauma and toxicology tests came back negative.

Investigators say the child had been dead for several hours prior to authorities finding the boy at the residence in Canton.

Police detectives report that Martin has called several individuals about whether or not it was possible to die from jumping over a bridge and how she could obtain a firearm.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:42

UPDATE 159 Ebola Contacts Being Monitored

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The numbers are changing on a daily basis -- now 159 people statewide are being monitored for Ebola symptoms. The number is up about 17 contacts from the Ohio Department of Health's report released late Monday morning.

Health officials said it's normal to see those numbers change as they learn more about the amount of exposure each individual had with Amber Vinson during her visit. The number of those who are under strict quarantine remains at three -- two in Summit County and one in Cuyahoga County.


(Ohio Department of Health) The Ohio Department of Health reported this morning in its Daily Ebola Contact Report that there are currently:

  • 0 confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio;

  • 3 people under quarantine;

  • 159 contacts statewide;

ODH’s Daily Ebola Contact Report is issued at approximately 11 a.m. and is compiled from the local health districts, ODH officials and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ohio team members who are working together to identify anyone who may have had contact of some type with the Dallas nurse who was in Northeast Ohio, Oct. 10-13. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8-10 days.  It is anticipated that contacts will be removed from the contact list between October 31, and November 4, 2014. The figures may change daily based on the information officials learn from contacts and the type of exposure they may have had.

The report is below and also found on ODH’s website here:

(as of 11 AM, EST of date of issuance)























Enforced restrictions on movement/travel; temperature taken twice daily; public health contact; no commercial travel

Temperature taken twice daily--once in-person by a public health official; no commercial travel; other travel restrictions possible

Temperature taken twice daily--reported to public health official; international travel restrictions

Temperature taken twice daily; not reported, but will call if change

Any direct skin/membrane contact

No direct contact, but within 3 feet for more than 1 hour

No direct contact, in same enclosed space (not within 3 feet) for morethan 1 hour

No direct contact, in same enclosed space (not within 3 feet) for lessthan 1 hour





























All Other Counties *














14 counties have seven or less contacts and those figures are not being broken out by county in order to protect the privacy of individual contacts.  (Belmont, Erie, Franklin, Geauga, Hamilton, Hardin, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Putnam, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Wayne)


The Akron Fire Department will take the lead in transporting any contact of nurse Amber Vinson who would show symptoms of Ebola.

Akron Fire Chief Rob Ross says that the department will transport any of those patients countywide, using a specialized ambulance and well-trained crews.

"We've identified a very particular ambulance that we will use for that purpose," Chief Ross tells, "and we also have highly trained crew members who are very used to donning and doffing the sorts of protective equipment that will be used with any patient that may be exposed to Ebola."

Chief Ross says the specialized transportation will only cover those who are already being monitored after contact with Vinson, who spent the weekend October 10th in the Akron area.

"It is not meant to be a countywide, every single Ebola-type call," he says. "Only those individuals who are being monitored as contacts right here and now."

Others who fear they have Ebola would be transported through their local EMS unit. Chief Ross says those units have been trained to handle possible cases.

The plan came together after a meeting Saturday between Summit County's health commissioner, the mayors of Akron and Tallmadge, and county executive Russ Pry.

A young Ravenna man is in trouble after allegedly telling passengers on an airplane headed for Youngstown that he had Ebola.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports that 18 year-old Joshua Marshall is free on bond on a fourth degree felony charge of inducing panic.

Passengers on the Sunday night Allegiant Air flight from Florida told officials that he claimed to have Ebola.

He vomited on the plane.

Marshall's lawyer tells the Vindicator that his client doesn't have Ebola and hasn't visited or contacted anyone who's visited West Africa.

Lawyer Marc Dann says Marshall has been "suffering from mental illness" and is grieving over his father's death. Dann says his client was hospitalized two weeks ago in Akron for bipolar disorder.

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