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Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Other headlines:  Supreme Court suspends former judge's law license; Ohio women injured by overpass prank remains in critical condition

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  • Supreme Court suspends former judge's law license
  • Ohio women injured by overpass prank remains in critical condition
  • Lucas County Sheriff to treat overdoses as homicides
  • Supreme Court suspends former judge's law license
    The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former Cuyahoga County judge convicted of lying to FBI agents.

    A federal jury convicted Bridget McCafferty in 2011 of 10 counts of making false statements concerning conversations she had with then-county auditor Frank Russo and a local businessman about cases in her courtroom. A judge sentenced her to 14 months in prison.

    The Supreme Court decided today to indefinitely suspend McCafferty's license instead of disbarring her and preventing her from practicing law again in Ohio.

    Russo and county commissioner Jimmy Dimora received long prison sentences for their roles in corruption schemes.

    Ohio women injured by overpass prank remains in critical condition
    A Stark County woman remains in critical condition in a Pennsylvania hospital after she was hit in the face by a rock thrown from an interstate overpass.

    The Plain Dealer reports that doctors delayed surgery for Sharon Budd of Lake Township after her condition worsened.

    Four teens are accused of throwing an 8 pound rock off an I-80 overpass last Thursday that smashed through the windshield hitting Budd.

    She has likely suffered brain damage and lost an eye.  Surgeons are working to reconstruct her face.

    Lucas County Sheriff to treat overdoses as homicides
    An Ohio sheriff says his office will begin investigating heroin overdose deaths as homicides and pursue murder charges against dealers who provided the drugs.

    Lucas County Sheriff John Sharp has dedicated three full-time and one part-time detective to investigate overdoses in his county, where heroin deaths have jumped from eight four years ago to 80 last year.

    The tactic is new in Lucas County but familiar to state and federal prosecutors elsewhere trying to reign in a heroin epidemic that continues to grow.

    The state Health Department says heroin-related deaths soared 60 percent to 680 in 2012, the most recent year of available data.

    Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
    A northeast Ohio mall is in foreclosure after its Tennessee-based owner stopped payments on a $77 million loan and owes $1.3 million in back taxes.

    The Beacon Journal reports that Chapel Hill Mall in Akron was placed in receivership and is scheduled to be sold in an October sheriff’s sale.

    Chapel Hill remains open despite the foreclosure proceedings. 

    Listener Comments:

    Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have scaled back security to almost nothing...and some shops are closing and leaving in the dark of night. You would think Chapel Hill would of learned a lesson from Rolling Acres. They will try to milk the mall and get stores in but until they put some money into it and get the safety of the mall where it needs to be I believe they will close just like Rolling Acres. They may offer good rent to stores but all the good stores have fled the mall over the years and I do not look for them to return. I feel sorry for the stores that are stuck in their leases and have no way out of a failing mall. I hope the owners of Chapel Hill are proud of how they ran it into the ground!

    Posted by: Joanne (Akron, OH) on July 17, 2014 2:07AM
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