CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Nearly one year after the death of Tamir Rice, his mother and her lawyer are calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to the case. Samaria Rice and Subodh Chandra have scheduled a news conference for Friday, October 16. Their reasoning, to discuss Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty's recent actions. Rice and Attorney Subodh have expressed concern about McGinty's public release of what they are calling 'pro-police and fundamentally flawed reports which they believe will taint the grand jury process'. Tamir Rice, 12, was holding an airsoft pellet gun when he was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer on November 22, 2014 outside Cudell Rec Center. Prosecutor McGinty released expert reports Saturday, October 10, that stated the officers actions were reasonable. A grand jury will decide whether Officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, will face charges. The news conference at Justice Center begins at noon. Watch live on WOIO.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Police in at least four cities are investigating after a man who led Parma Heights Police on a high-speed chase Thursday was shot and killed on I-480. Suspect now id's as Michael Brennan, 31. Investigators tell us he robbed a Papa John's pizza shop on Pearl Road for less than $100 before he sped off in a white pick up truck. Police say the six minute chase ended with a crash into the median just past State Road, near the Jennings Freeway entrance ramp. Brennan got out with a gun in his hand and officers started shooting.Its unclear whether the gun was real or not. "We don't want to say it's a replica gun at this time it certainly may be. We want to have it tested before we are certain," said Det. Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt, Parma Heights Police. Det. Sgt. Scharschmidt says police fired at least six shots. It's unclear how many times the victim was hit.
Our overnight rain showers have moved out but now colder air will filter in. Highs today only top out in the mid 50s. Don't put your rain gear too far out of sight because showers will redevelop this afternoon. They'll linger through tonight. A few wet snowflakes or sleet pellets may also mix in tonight but this should not impact travel or accumulate. Temperatures overnight will drop into the upper 30s. Areas that see more clearing (mainly inland) will wake up to patchy frost tomorrow morning. If you have agricultural interests, bring those plants in or cover them up.We're still on track for a chilly weekend! Highs will be in the 40s all weekend. Occasional lake enhanced rain showers are possible, mainly from Cleveland east into the Snow Belt. Overnight lows drop into the 30s each night. I do think Saturday will be the coldest night (low 30s) and the night that a more widespread frost is likely.