Man is facing murder

charge after collision

The case of a North Ridgeville man charged with murder in the fatal shooting Aug. 27 of a Twinsburg woman after a car crash in Solon was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury Aug. 31.

Matthew Ryan Desha, 29, was charged by Solon police with one count of murder after police say he collided with Deborah J. Pearl, 53, at Richmond and Solon roads, exited his overturned vehicle and shot Pearl several times.

Bedford Municipal Court Judge Brian Melling continued a $1 million cash bond he set during Desha's Aug. 29 initial appearance in Bedford.

Police said there is no known connection between Desha and Pearl, apart from the traffic crash, nor a known motive for the shooting.

Pearl's Ford Taurus, traveling northbound on Richmond Road, collided around 7:20 a.m. with a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Desha, according to police. Police say Desha ran a red light.

The Associated Press reported that Desha served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps and received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

-- Gina Mace, Twinsburg Bulletin

Site in eastern Portage

supported for missiles

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and all but one of the 16 members of the Ohio Congressional delegation have signed a letter urging that Camp Ravenna be selected as the site for a new missile defense system.

The letter urges Vice Admiral James D. Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, to select Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center as the preferred site for the East Coast Missile Defense System.

Ryan, a Democrat, represents Ohio's 13th Congressional District which includes Camp Ravenna in Portage County.

Signers of the letter included Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and Representatives Steve Stivers, Dave Joyce, Pat Tiberi, Bill Johnson, Brad Wenstrup, Marcy Kaptur, Warren Davidson, Jim Renacci, Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Jim Jordan, Bob Gibbs, Bob Latta and Steve Chabot.

"Ohioans stand ready to support the defense of our nation and look forward to this potential opportunity to strengthen the regional economy," the letter stated.

It also said Camp Ravenna's close proximity to the Akron and Youngstown transportation networks could facilitate the flow of military and construction traffic.

The project has been estimated at $3.16 billion and could support 2,300 jobs during construction and employ up to 850 full-time people once the system is operational.

-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier

3 cited at checkpoint

Three arrests were made Aug. 26 during a sobriety checkpoint on Route 14 in Streetsboro, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. The checkpoint was paid for with federal funds.

A total of 485 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, resulting in two arrests for possession of drugs and one for drunken driving, according to the highway patrol.

The reaction from the public was very positive, with many people commenting about the increased effort to combat impaired driving, said Ravenna post commander Lt. Antonio Matos.

Trio hospitalized after

ODs at Nelson Ledges

The Portage County Drug Task Force is investigating the source of illegal drugs that reportedly sent three people to the hospital Aug. 26 after they ingested the narcotics at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said that deputies were dispatched to the park for a report of a suspected overdose.

Deputies met with EMS personnel who were giving the anti-overdose drug Narcan to an unresponsive male, he said.

While at the scene, deputies learned of a second possible overdose at the park. As they met with that person, park staff brought a third person to the deputies who had overdosed on narcotics about 30 minutes earlier, Doak said.

Yet a fourth person also was brought to deputies' attention while they were at the scene.

Four ambulances were dispatched, and three people were transported to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. A fourth refused medical attention, Doak said.

-- Record-Courier staff report

Portage earns award

A recent financial audit of Portage County by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean report. Portage’s excellent recordkeeping has qualified it for the Auditor Award with Distinction.
“Clean financial books are vital to accountability in government,” Yost said. “Portage County is clearly committed to maintaining accurate records, and I am proud to present this award to them.”
The Auditor Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award must meet certain criteria.