Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A court of appeals ruled that a judge must resentence the former high school standout athlete.
More than a year into his current 30-year sentence at Lebanon Correctional Institute, Erick Howard, who was found guilty of robbing and raping a female victim during a home invasion, faces a resentencing. A 12-person jury found Howard guilty of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping, all carrying firearm specifications. He joined two others in tying up and robbing a North Canton couple in their home Aug. 20, 2012. The Canton Repository reports that Howard must be resentenced for his 2012 convictions, because of a ruling that came down from the 5th District Court of Appeals this week. Former high school football standout Erick Howard must be resentenced for his 2012 convictions for robbing a North Canton couple. It’…
Monday, March 25, 2013
The man sentenced to 30 yeas after being found guilty of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping — is opening up in an exclusive interview.
The Canton Repository talked to Erick Howard at the Lebanon Correctional Institute a little more than a year into his 30-year prison sentence for robbing and raping a female victim during a home invasion. A 12-person jury found Howard guilty of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping, all carrying firearm specifications. He joined two others in tying up and robbing a North Canton couple in their home Aug. 20, 2012. Howard, who says he's innocent and has an appeal in the works, agreed to talk to The Canton Repository under one condition — the reporter not mention the conviction or the crimes. Read the entire six-page report where Howard, 21, opens up about his football career and how drugs and injury landed him in …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Here are our top five stories of the year (so far), based on what our readers have clicked on
1. Water Balloon Fight Soaks Whole Neighborhood When I got an email from a reader asking if I'd come out to a neighborhood-wide water balloon fight a few weeks ago, my initial reaction was "Oh heck yes!" And I'm glad I did. The water balloon fight in the Boroughs neighborhood of Uniontown now is in its 15th year and is as much fun as you'd imagine it to be. 2. Fire Rips Through Microtel Hotel on Sunset Strip Patch ad manager Brandon Tidd really showed what he was made of when he reported live from a fire at Microtel Inns and Suites May 25. Brandon sent me photos, videos and evacuee interviews from the scene as firefighters from around the county battled a blaze caused by a bed of mulch that caught fire. 3. Erick Howard Guilty on All …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Attorneys expect to deliver their opening remarks this afternoon
Attorneys in the trial of Erick Howard are finally getting around to their opening statements after a day and a half of jury selection. More than 70 potential jurors were called into Stark County Common Pleas Court, and the court dismissed 26 Monday. Attorneys targeted a few areas of concern today, including whether the jurors could be fair and impartial after knowing Howard is a well-known athlete. Defense Attorney Rufus Sims also asked if jurors could be fair if Howard would chose not to testify this week. Chryssa Hartnett, assistant chief in the Stark County Criminal Division, asked potential jurors if they could be fair if they heard everyone involved in the incident (Howard, co-defendents and the victims) were associated with the …
Monday, January 23, 2012
His trial in Stark County Common Pleas Court is slated for Jan. 30
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Got a sec? Get caught up on North Canton's top stories from this week!
1. A Stark County Common Pleas judge will allow the video identification of Erick Howard in his home invasion/rape trial. Howard appeared in court Friday because his attorney wished to throw out evidence that he thought would lead to an unfair trial. 2. Have you met Rebecca Tolson? She's our 2011 North Canton Person of the Year, and she's got one inspirational story. She authored and advocated for House Bill 157, which encourages Ohio's Educational Service Centers to hire dyslexia specialists to train teachers in helping dyslexic students. Bravo, Rebecca! 3. A Canton couple must have really needed some cash; they tried to steal the coin changer right off a laundromat wall this week. The key word here: tried. 4. We had a blast video-taping …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Judge Taryn Heath overruled a motion to suppress evidence today in Stark County Common Pleas Court
Defense Attorney Rufus Sims argued today that evidence submitted in the case against his client, Erick Howard, would lead to an unfair trial. Howard, a two-time Ohio Mr. Football recipient and Hoover High grad, is accused of breaking into an apartment at Sunford Avenue SE Aug. 20. Police say he used duct tape to tie up a man and woman, raped the woman and robbed them both at gunpoint. Two others already have pleaded and been sentenced for their involvement. Howard turned himself in Oct. 4 and is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping, all carrying a firearm specification. Today Sims argued that the female victim's identification of Howard was unreliable and should not be admissible as evidence in the case…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
We did the math. These five stories got the most views on North Canton Patch this year.
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- Morgan Day
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
1. Jackson Police Handling Suicidal Woman on Pro Football Hall of Fame Bridge Jackson Township police talked a suicidal woman off of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Bridge in July. Jackson Police Chief Dave Zink said the woman had climbed out onto the decorative part of the bridge, and a hostage negotiator talked her safely to the ground. No injuries reported that night. 2. 5 Hoover High Students Injured in Crash | Hoover High Responds to Crash That Injured 5 Students Five students were involved in a car crash on Pittsburg Avenue just south of Applegrove Street in September. One student, Seth Noble, was seriously injured while the rest were hospitalized and released during the following days. We later reported that the driver, Kyle Byelene, …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Seth R. Obermiller, 19, of North Canton, was sentenced to seven years for his role in a home invasion and rape Aug. 20
Seth R. Obermiller, 19, was sentenced to seven years in a state correctional institute for tying up a couple in their Sunford Avenue SE apartment, holding them at gunpoint and raping the female resident Aug. 20. Obermiller, who turned himself in Sept. 29, had pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, with all charges accompanied by gun specifications. He was sentenced today in Judge Taryn L. Heath's courtroom in Stark County Common Pleas Court. Obermiller's other sentencing requirements include serving a three-year term consecutive to other years served for using a firearm. Once out of prison, he is required to serve five years probation, according to Judge Heath. Co-defendant …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Michael A. Taylor, 20, was sentenced to three years of probation in Judge Taryn L. Heath's courtroom in Stark County Common Pleas court this morning
Michael A. Taylor, 20, of North Canton, will serve three years of probation for his role in an Aug. 20 home invasion. Taylor served as the lookout while two other men robbed a young couple and raped the female resident in the couple's Sunford Avenue SE apartment in North Canton. Taylor, who turned himself in Sept. 28, had pleaded guilty to attempt to commit burglary, a third-degree felony, and appeared in Judge Taryn L. Heath's courtroom in Stark County Common Pleas Court about 11:30 a.m. today for sentencing. Both he and his attorney chose not to make any statements during the sentencing hearing. In addition to three years of probation (the first being under intense supervision), Heath ordered Taylor to perform 200 hours community service…