AKRON, Ohio – A man who led authorities on a wild police pursuit with a stolen motorhome in Summit County was sentenced to prison Thursday.
Randy Schiffbauer, 25, of Smithville in Wayne County, pleaded guilty to robbery, two counts of felonious assault and failure to comply. He was sentenced to seven to nine and a half years in prison.
The pursuit began after the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a man trying to break into vehicles in the city of Green on June 2, 2021.
When a deputy arrived, she saw the RV leave the scene at a high rate of speed, with the slide-outs extended and a power cord dragging behind it.
The deputy tried to pull the RV over, but the driver, later identified as Shiffbauer, refused to stop and rammed the deputy’s cruiser and other cars and trucks as the pursuit continued.
Troopers with Ohio State Highway Patrol joined the chase and used stop sticks to try and stop the RV. But, even on flat tires and eventually just the rims, Shiffbauer kept driving.
After ramming into police cruisers and civilian vehicles on Arlington Avenue, Shiffbauer tried to get away by driving through the backyards of homes in a neighborhood in Green.
At one point, troopers tried to use the so-called PIT maneuver to stop the RV and tore off the back end, but, again, Shiffbauer kept driving.
The pursuit came to end when Schiffbauer drove into the back yard of a home. He nearly hit a woman spreading mulch before bailing out of the RV and fleeing on foot. He was quickly captured after being chased down by a Highway Patrol canine.
This wasn’t the first time Schiffbauer made headlines for unusual criminal behavior behind the wheel.
Investigators say in 2019, he jumped into a bulldozer at a construction site in Summit County and went on a rampage on the streets of Akron. Witnesses looked on in disbelief as Schiffbauer used the bulldozer to ram into cars and then tried to demolish a house.
Michigan judge orders release of Oxford school shooting evidence, including surveillance footage
Oakland County Circuit Judge Rae Lee Chabot signed an order Thursday requiring the Oakland County Sheriff’s office, the county and the Oxford Community School District to release evidence, including video footage, related to the November school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan.
The ruling was made as part of a civil lawsuit brought by families of victims of the shooting against school officials, accused shooter Ethan Crumbley and his parents. Court documents show that the victims’ families subpoenaed records related to the shooting and surrounding events, but the school district did not hand over the documents by the deadline set.
Ethan Crumbley, a student at the school, is charged with 24 counts after he allegedly shot and killed four of his classmates on Nov. 30.
His parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are also charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly failing to recognize warning signs about their son in the months before the shooting.
All three Crumbleys have pleaded not guilty. Judge Kwame Rowe on Thursday postponed Ethan Crumbley’s trial to next year.
The families of the victims had asked Judge Chabot to order the school district, Oakland County and the Oakland County Sheriff’s department to hand over evidence.
The district and sheriff’s department had filed requests to stop the release of the evidence, but Chabot denied those requests.
“We fully expect that Oxford Community Schools, Oakland County/Oakland County Sheriff’s Office will fully comply with the law and Judge Chabot’s order. Our clients have waited over seven months to see the full and complete investigation with their own eyes; that’s long enough,” Ven Johnson an attorney for the victims families said in a statement to ABC News.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard, whose department has led the investigation into the shooting, told ABC News that he will meet with lawyers before settling on a timeline for the release of the footage.
Bouchard said he has no issue following the judge’s order, but expressed concern that publicizing the video might complicate efforts to sit juries in the trials against the alleged shooter and his parents, both of which are scheduled for later this year.
The decision came as the Oxford Community School District said Wednesday that it hired Guidepost Solutions and Varnum law to investigate the events surrounding the shooting. The district said it will make all materials and information available to the investigative team.
The district said Guidepost will share the report with the community at the same time it is shared with the board and school administration.
“Of course, independent investigations like these take time, and we will not sacrifice the integrity of the investigation with an artificial timeline. With that said, the investigation team is getting in place, getting up to speed, and getting ready to begin – and they will conduct and complete their work with deliberate care and speed,” Tom Donnelly, the school board president, said in a letter to the community.
The district said it will also launch a website that covers its response to the shooting that it expects to be live in about a month. It also set up a secure email that would allow students, family members and members of the community to share information or request a meeting with investigators.
US Marshals find Jeep registered to Austin woman suspected of killing cyclist
U.S. Marshals found the black Jeep Grand Cherokee registered to Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, the Austin woman suspected of killing professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in May, the law enforcement agency said Thursday.
Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force discovered that Armstrong sold the car to a CarMax dealership in Austin on May 13 for $12,200. Armstrong received a check from CarMax just one day after she was questioned by police, they said.
Wilson was found bleeding and unconscious at a friend’s house on May 11 after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. Despite first-responders performing life-saving measures, she was pronounced dead. Police issued a warrant for Armstrong’s arrest and have been looking for her since last month. She faces a first-degree murder charge.
Colin Strickland, who has been dating and living with Armstrong for three years, dated Wilson during a brief break in their relationship. Strickland and Armstrong resumed dating after that. The day Wilson was killed, she had met with Strickland to go swimming, according to police.
Investigators said Armstrong went to Austin International Bergstrom Airport on May 14, where she boarded a flight to Houston Hobby Airport. Shen then took a connecting flight to New York LaGuardia Airport. Her last known location is the Newark Liberty International Airport where she was dropped off on May 18, according to U.S. Marshals.
Investigators say a source told them Armstrong was provided with transportation to the Newark airport on May 18, but upon searching outbound flights from the airport they found no flight reservations under her name.
The U.S. Marshals Service has elevated the case to “major” and is offering a reward of up to $5,000 in addition to the $1,000 reward from the Capital Area Crime Stoppers, for any information that leads to her arrest. An anonymous donor is also offering up to $15,000 in reward money for her arrest, according to the agency.
Investigators put out a warrant out for Armstrong’s arrest on May 25 for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
U.S. Marshals described Armstrong as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. She has long, curly light brown hair and hazel eyes.
Elon Musk’s daughter, granted name and gender change
Elon Musk‘s transgender daughter’s request to legally change her name was granted by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Wednesday, according to report.
“There being no objections, the petition for change of name, recognition of change of gender, and issuance of new birth certificate is granted,” the judge ruled, according to the document.
Musk’s daughter, whose new name is Vivian Jenna Wilson, asked the court to change her name in accordance with her gender identity and because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”
The petition was filed in Santa Monica in April, and it came to light recently in online news reports as Musk, the chief of Tesla and SpaceX, attempts a takeover of the social media platform Twitter.
Wilson did not respond to text messages from NBC News requesting comment, and it appeared her voicemail inbox was full. She recently turned 18.
Wilson’s mother is Justine Wilson, who divorced Musk in 2008; she did not respond to an email requesting comment on her daughter’s petition.
It was not immediately known what caused the rift between Musk and his daughter.
The tycoon has weighed in on the topic of transgender people choosing their preferred pronouns, tweeting in 2020, “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”
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