Friday, August 1 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:34:07 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 5:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:33:44 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:15:08 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the...Full Story >
The U.S. Marshals led Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is requesting the public's help to locate a convicted sex offender currently on the run.
Massillon, OH resident Willard Wigfield, 32, had previously pled guilty in the Lake County Common Pleas Court to a charge of rape of a child under the age of 15.
Wigfield was charged following an investigation conducted by the Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Department. Wigfield was on bond and scheduled to appear for his sentencing on Monday, July 8, 2013.
Wigfield failed to appear for his sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. As part of his conditions of bond, Wigfield had been wearing an electronic monitoring device around is ankle.
When Wigfield did not show up for court, authorities checked the location of the ankle monitor. The device was sending signals from the Tuscarawas River near New Philadelphia, OH. An extensive search of the river by local authorities failed to locate Wigfield or the device.
The Marshals Service, along with the Lake County Sheriff's Office and Mentor-on-the-Lake Police, immediately launched an investigation and quickly developed evidence that Wigfield had cut off his bracelet and was on the run.
During the late night hours of July 9, investigators developed information that Wigfield had traveled to Orlando, FL and Osceola County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a hotel in an attempt to arrest him.
When deputies arrived Wigfield was no longer in the room, however they did locate 33-year-old Robert Mahaffey of New Philadelphia, OH. Florida authorities arrested Mahaffey for his involvement in Wigfield's flight from Ohio. Mahaffey, who had been identified as a close family friend of Wigfield, is being held in the Osceola County Jail on the first degree felony charge of accessory after the fact to the crime of rape.
Task force investigators then discovered that on Friday, July 5, Wigfield made known his plans to flee and enlisted the help of one of his sisters. The sister, identified as 28-year-old Stephanie Smith of Coshocton, OH rented a vehicle for her brother, and that vehicle was recovered by police at the Florida hotel. On Wednesday, July 10, members of the task force traveled to Coshocton, and with the help of the Coshocton County Sheriff and Prosecutor, obtained an arrest warrant charging Smith with obstructing justice, a third degree felony. Smith was arrested on the warrant is currently being held in the Coshocton County Jail.
Investigators have developed solid information that other subjects aided Wigfield and lied to cover his tracks when confronted by law enforcement. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, "Although the primary focus at this point is getting this dangerous sexual predator off the streets, investigators anticipate charging several other individuals for their roles in aiding his flight."
Wigfield is described as a white male, standing 5'07", weighing approximately 190 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Wigfield is known to spend almost all of his free times at locations frequented by juveniles such as skating rinks, playgrounds, and swimming pools. When Wigfield fled his residence he was with his dog, a brown and black Pomeranian-Poodle mix.
At this point, other than knowing Wigfield had been in the Orlando area on Tuesday, investigators are unsure as to his whereabouts at this time. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Willard Wigfield is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to TIP411 (847411) Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.