Police seek suspect in attempted abduction
WEATHERSFIELD - Police are seeking information following an attempted child abduction on Thursday.
At about 2:45 p.m., a man tried to entice a child into a van in the 1300 block of Depot Street, according to a police report.
The suspect was described as a bald, white man, 30 to 40 years old and unshaven. He was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off.
The man also had tattoos on his arms that appeared to be wings, either of a dragon or the Harley-Davidson logo.
The vehicle was an older model white cargo van with rust on the driver's side door.
Township police Chief Joseph Consiglio said the attempt took place near the middle school on state Route 46. He said officers will be assigned to be visible near the school when school ends and begins.
Often, it is hard to find child abduction suspects because they do not stand out, Consiglio said. They typically are in common vehicles and dressed in a common fashion, he said.
Public help is crucial. ''The biggest thing is citizen cooperation,'' Consiglio said.
Anyone with information should contact Weathersfield police at 330-652-6486 or dispatch at 330-652-9944.
30-40 years old
tattoos on arms
driving white cargo van
Tribune Chronicle editors head to Cortland
CORTLAND - The next stop in a yearlong series of gatherings to allow the public to meet the editors of the Tribune Chronicle is scheduled for Tuesday in Cortland.
Readers are invited to ask questions and make suggestions at the event, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lakeview Drive.
Scheduled to attend are Tribune Chronicle publisher Charles Jarvis; general manager Len Blose; editor Frank Robinson; managing editor Guy Coviello; business editor Brenda Linert; features editor Mary Beth Wyko; humor columnist and assistant metro editor Burton Cole; entertainment writer Andy Gray; Browns beat reporter Mike McLain; and community news reporter Bob Coupland.
Light refreshments will be served. The monthly sessions are being coordinated as part of the Tribune Chronicle's bicentennial celebration.
The next Meet the Editors event is planned for Nov. 20 in Weathersfield.
Lawmaker to introduce juveniles' rights bill
COLUMBUS - A state lawmaker says she wants to clarify part of Ohio's law that deals with minors' access to legal counsel following a decision this week by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The high court said in a 4-3 ruling on Wednesday that state law doesn't entitle minors the right to an attorney during police interrogations that come before charges are filed or an initial appearance in juvenile court.
State Rep. Tracy Heard said Friday that she's introducing a bill to require that children younger than 18 be read their rights regarding interrogation "in their language."
The Columbus Democrat says accused youths also would not be required to answer any questions, and minors would have the right to speak to their parents or legal counsel prior to answering questions.