Top News: Traffic Snarls, Man Hit by Truck, Bank Robbery and Fugitive Goes Down

Plus, student remembered and pedestrian safety.

The week was short, but the week was busy.

Here are some of the top stories from around our Northeast Ohio Patches.

ARRESTED:  Missouri Fugitive Arrested in Westlake, Spotted by Citizen

A Missouri fugitive on the run since mid-August has been arrested in Westlake. He was seen in Westlake yesterday before being chased by authorities into Avon.

Westlake Police Captain Guy Turner said Brian Adkison was seen bicycling on Detroit Road near Cahoon Road by a citizen just after 1 p.m. on Sept. 4.

Strongsville Wants New I-71 Off Ramp to Howe Road

Strongsville officials believe they've found a way to unsnarl rush hour traffic on Royalton Road near I-71 — a new off-ramp that would bypass the congested Route 82 area and take traffic directly to Howe Road.

The project would mean building a new off-ramp for southbound I-71 traffic, one for motorists heading to the south part of Strongsville or into Brunswick.

Deceased Lake Catholic Graduate Michael Robinson Remembered on Social Media

Lake Catholic students, parents, administrators have mourned 2013 graduate Michael Robinson all week on social media.

His death was confirmed Saturday by Ohio University Police. His body was found in his dorm room over the weekend. His funeral took place Thursday morning in Mentor.

City Council to Review Pedestrian Safety

After several news stories about dangerous crosswalks — including our own that got the conversation started — it looks as if the city will consider how to make pedestrians a little safer in Lakewood.

With TV cameras posted around city hall's auditorium for Tuesday’s council meeting in Lakewood, council members discussed some of the proposed changes to the pedestrian crosswalks.

Man Accused of Stabbing Three Golden Gate Villa Residents Hit by Truck

A man is accused of stabbing three Golden Gate Villa residents early Labor Day morning.

One of the victims told police that Matthew Cepik, an Iraqi War veteran, stabbed his girlfriend, her mother and family friend just before 5 a.m., according to our partners at WEWS Channel 5. Mayfield Police began searching for Cepik shortly thereafter and notified Solon officers that a signal from his cell phone indicated he was in the area. Solon police said Cepik intentionally ran in front of westbound traffic on U.S. Route 422 and was hit by a box truck, driven by a 30-year-old from Maple Heights.

CH-UH Schools Names New Co-Coordinator of Educational Services Department

The Cleveland Heights–University Heights School District has named longtime District employee Bob Swaggard as the co-leader of the Educational Services Department.

Swaggard will focus on developing and implementing curriculum in the District’s secondary schools. Octavia Reid, former Principal of Wiley Middle School, will serve with Mr. Swaggard as the co-coordinator of educational services focusing on elementary curriculum.

FBI Searching For Shaker Heights Bank Robber

The FBI is hoping the public can help it catch a man who robbed a Shaker Heights bank at gunpoint in late August.

The Cleveland office of the FBI says the man looks to be between 20 and 25 years old and is about 5-foot, 7-inches tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds.


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