Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

An Akron man is under arrest, facing multiple felony charges, after Akron Police say he held his girlfriend against her will and threatened her life. 

According to the APD report, police were called to the home at 26 West Dalton Avenue around 9 a.m. Tuesday. As officers pulled up to the home, they noticed 56-year-old Leon J. Newsome on the porch and a woman running from the home. That's when Newsome reportedly ran back into the home and locked the door. 

The female, who is believed to be Newsome's girlfriend, told Police that Newsome had held her against her will all night, that he had a gun and that he held the gun to her head and pulled the trigger... For some reason, Police say, the gun did not fire, sparing the woman's life. 

S.W.A.T. was called to the home and after a short time Newsome surrendured without further incident. He's being held in Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault, aggravated menacing, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault, having weapons while under disability, and menacing.


Akron Police have identified one of two suspects in a deadly shooting outside the Spring Hill Apartments on Everton Drive back on June 5th. 

Police first responded to the call of a man shot around 5 p.m. June 5th, and found 27-year-old Diamond Smith of Everton Drive lying near the apartment's pool area with several gunshot wounds. He was shortly after pronounced dead on the scene. 

Detectives spoke with Smith's girlfriend after the shooting who said two men broke into her apartment, pushed her around, and then took cash. Smith, the robbery victim's boyfriend, ran after the two men and was shot while he chased them. 

APD Detectives have since identified one of the two men as Cenqunn Woods (pictured), who is listed at 5'9" and 150 pounds. Anyone with more information on Woods whereabouts, the shooting, or the other suspect, is asked to please call APD Detectives Bureau at 330-375-2490. You can find more information here

A Wadsworth teen charged with aggravated murder in the death of his elderly neighbor has pleaded not guilty to all 9 felony counts against him. 

Gavon N. Ramsay, 17, a Junior at Wadworth High School, is charged as an adult in the death of 98-year-old Margaret Douglas, who police say was murdered and her body hidden in a closet inside of her home on Portage Street back on April 9th. 

Ramsay was indicted back on May 22nd, and on Tuesday, he appeared in Medina County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Joyce V. Kimbler. Chief Public Defender Jocelyn Stefancin entered a "not guilty" plea to each of the 9 felony counts against Ramsay, which include four counts of Aggravated Murder, two counts of Murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Burglary, and one county of Gross Abuse of a Corpse. 

The murder trial of Ramsay is set to begin August 6th. He's currently being held in the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center on $1 Million bond. 

Akron Fire Department Arson Investigators were called to the scene of a house fire Tuesday night around 8:15 in the South Akron Neighborhood. 

According to the AFD report, the fire started on the second floor of the home at 1286 Moore Street. There is no report on whether or not anyone was home at the time, but there were no injuries reported. 

The investigation into the cause is ongoing, but again, they do believe the fire was set intentionally.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:24

UPDATE: ID on Akron Bank Robber

Update: Akron Police have identified the suspected robber of the Fifth Third Bank along South Canton Road as 55-year-old Gary R. Neal of Pocantico Avenue in Akron. 

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Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, Akron Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank branch at 576 South Canton Road and demanded money from a bank teller. 

Reports are the man, described as a white male between 40 and 50-years-old, handed the teller a note that demanded an undisclosed amount of cash. Employees told police the suspect said he had a gun, but they did not see one. After the teller handed the suspect cash, he fled. T

APD Lieutenant Rick Edwards says the F.B.I. is now handling the case, but that anyone with information or who may recognize the suspect (pictured) should call Akron Police. 


This week's Fugitive of the Week, Jessie Lee Butler III was apprehended by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in the 800 block of Wales Rd. NE on Tuesday afternoon. 

Another man, Rushon Patterson, was arrested at the home Butler was found at, on obstruction charges. Patterson was found hiding in the attic of the home. 

The following release is from the U.S. Marshals Office: 

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Jessie Lee Butler III.

Butler III is wanted by the United States Marshals Service and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office for complicity to discharge a firearm into a habitation and tampering with evidence. Butler III is accused of being in a vehicle that was used in a drive-by shooting into an occupied residence. He is also accused of washing the vehicle to remove gunshot residue.

The shooting happened on May 22, 2018 at a home in the 2500 block of 45th Street NW in Canton Ohio.

Butler III, 21, is a black male, standing approximately 5 feet11 inches and weighing 176 pounds. BUTLER III is known to frequent the Canton and Louisville areas. If you have any information in reference to Jessie Lee BUTLER III, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411).

Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:30

Akron Man Guilty in 2016 Shooting

A Summit County jury has found Darshawn T. McCormick, 25, guilty in a shooting death of another man back on December of 2016. 

According to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's office, MCCormick was convicted on Wednesday on two counts of murder with a gun specification, one count of felonious assault with a gun specification, and having a weapon under disability. 

Court records indicate that back on December 26th, 2016, Javanta Virden was working on a car that was parked in a lot along Ericsson Avenue in Akron when he was approached by three people, one of whom was McCormick. The information doesn't point to a motive, but Virden was shot and killed. A subsequent investigation led investigators back to McCormick and he was arrested and charged. 

McCormick will be sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Jason Wells on Tuesday June 26, at 1 p.m. 


Akron Municipal Court– The Akron Municipal Court offices and courtrooms will close at Noon Tuesday, Tuesday, May 29, and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to NoonWednesday, May 30, due to extreme temperatures and the lack of air conditioning. The court will reschedule all hearings originally on the docket for this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon. This measure was taken for health and safety reasons.


The Clerk of Courts office will remain open on the 7th  Floor only. Payments will continue to be accepted.


For those who had a hearing on the docket for this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon, your appointment will be rescheduled for Thursday or Friday. Please call (330) 375-2120 or the specific courtroom directly for further instructions.


A notice will be posted on the Akron Municipal Court website regarding the closure.

UPDATE: The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is reporting that Jacari Woodley was returned to his home safely. No further details were available. 


A Statewide Endangered Missing Child Advisory out of the Columbus area this morning. Franklin County Sheriff's Office reporting that 2-year-old Jacari Woodley was last seen around 7 o'clock yesterday morning with his non-custodial mother, 28-year old Jasmine Tyree. He was supposed to be back by 6 last night, but was never dropped off. The Sheriff's Office says the boy may be in danger on account of past incidents involving Tyree.

See more details, including a description of Jasmine Tyree below. 


Endangered Missing Child
(This is NOT an AMBER Alert)


Jacari Woodley was last seen at 7:00am with his non-custodial mother, the child was to be returned home by 6:00pm and was not. The child is believed to be in danger due to the non-custodail mother's past behavior.
INFORMATION AS OF 05/18/2018 04:50 AM.

DOB:  10/18/2015 2 Yrs old
SEX:  Male
RACE:  Black
HEIGHT:  2'0"   WEIGHT:  26 lbs
HAIR:  Brown
EYES:  Brown
LAST SEEN DATE:  05/17/2018 06:00 AM
Columbus, Ohio

SUSPECT: Jasmine Tyree
DOB:  10/24/1989 28 Yrs old
SEX:  Female
RACE:  Black
HEIGHT:  5'7"   WEIGHT:  140 lbs
HAIR:  Black
EYES:  Brown
She has multiple tattoos on her arms.

(Akron Zoo) – The Akron Zoo is adding new animals to its popular exhibit, Curious Creatures. Throughout the month of June, guests will begin to see new animals on exhibit, such as tree monitors, flamboyant flower beetles, spotted turtles, pinkfall trigger fish, spotted jellyfish and more.

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The Partula snail will also now be featured in Curious Creatures. The Akron Zoo has had great success in past years breeding the Partula snail, which became extinct in the wild in the 1990s after a carnivorous snail species was introduced to the islands of Tahiti. In 2016 and 2017, the Akron Zoo and several other zoos sent shipments of snails to Tahiti and the snails were successfully introduced into a predator-free reserve.

Curious Creatures opened in June 2017 and featured animals with strange and unique adaptations. The exhibit features over 20 different species, plus several interactive areas, including the Learning Lab.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $9 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to connect your life to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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