The married father arrested with a backpack full of weapons at the Crocker Park movie theater in Westlake is due in court this afternoon. Scott A. Smith is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 1:45 p.m. He is charged with 21 counts, including carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability. The 37-year-old North Ridgeville man was arrested Saturday evening while seated in a showing of the movie Dark Knight Rises. An off-duty officer and movie theater manager confronted Smith because he was acting suspicious. Smith opened his backpack without a fight, and revealed a Glock 9mm handgun and three knives. Smith does not have a concealed carry permit. Police say Smith was seated in the last row of the theater with his back against the wall. That's what police call a tactical position.
58-year old Gary Stroud was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life for the murder of his wife Diane Stroud. The 53-year old's body was found last November in their garage, stuffed into a sleeping bag and wrapped in a tarp. Family members told police that Stroud, a former Mentor cop and Lake County Sheriff's Deputy told them Diane had run away to join a cult. Stroud was convicted of murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and failure to report a death.
Immunizations aren't just for young children -- college students need them, too. That's the message an expert has for parents who will be seeing children off to college this month. "Children who are preparing for their freshman year in a dormitory are at increased risk for bacterial meningitis," Dr. Peter Wenger, associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, said in a university news release. Bacterial meningitis causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The potentially deadly condition affects up to 2,600 otherwise healthy people in the United States each year, and teenagers and young adults are in the high-risk category. All first-year college students should receive the meningitis vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. The vaccine provides three to five years of protection. New Jersey, Pennsylvania and seven other states require all incoming students living on college campuses either to be vaccinated or to sign a waiver saying they choose not to receive the vaccine, according to the news release.
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