Friday, 13 October 2017 09:37

UPDATE: Summa St. Thomas Still Closed

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Update: Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron is still closed after the fire that started in the basement early Friday morning. 

No one was injured, as medical staff and first responders were able to evacuate patients and staff in time, but there is severe smoke damage throughout much of the hospital. 

The following is a statement, released Monday morning, on the status of when St. Thomas will open: 

Summa Health has contracted with ServiceMaster to lead the cleanup efforts at Summa Health System – St. Thomas Campus, which suffered significant damage as a result of the fire last Friday morning. ServiceMaster crews of more than 100 individuals worked in tandem with Summa Health employees all weekend, and plans call for the clean-up work to continue through this week.

A firm date for re-opening the hospital has not been set yet, though the target for inpatient services is early next week. There is a possibility that outpatient services could open sooner.

We will provide more details as they become available. In the meantime, the hotline number for additional information for patients and their families is 330.375.7702.

Thank you

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Akron Fire Department responded to a fire just after 6 a.m. Friday at Summa St. Thomas Hospital at 444 Main Street. 

Reports from Akron Fire officials is that the fire started in a storage area in the basement of the hospital. No one was injured in the fire. Patients and staff were evacuated shortly after the fire was reported. Patients have been transported to Akron City Hospital, the Barberton Campus, and the Western Reserve campus.

In a statement released at 9 a.m. Friday, Summa Health System confirmed that the fire was extinguished. In a later press release, Summa Health added that they have set up a hotline for family and friends of patients at St. Thomas: 330.375.7702. Summa also recommends checking the health system's Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates, as well. 

WAKR will have updates on this story as they come in. 

 

Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:43

APD Looking for Robbery Suspect

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Akron Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Copley News on Copley Road at gunpoint on Tuesday, October 10th, just after 2 p.m. 

The suspect (pictured) is a black male, between 18 and 29-years-old, about 5'10", with black hair and brown eyes. 

APD is asking anyone who may recognize the man, to please call the Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals at 866-4-WANTED, or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. 

Tips can also be texted in to 274-637 (CRIMES), using the word "TIPSCO." 

Police believe the suspect is armed and dangerous, so if you see him, you're asked to call 911. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:46

Goodyear Announces Dividend Increase

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In a press release Wednesday, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the Board of Directors has approved an increase in quarterly common stock dividends. 

It's a 40% increase, from 10 cents per share to 14 cents, amounting to a rate of 44 cents per share for the remainder of 2017 and 56 cents per share for 2018. 

The increase is effective December 1, 2017, and applies to shareholders of record as of November 1, 2017. 

Monday, 09 October 2017 12:40

Crestwood HS Football Resumes

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Crestwood Local School District announced Monday that football at Crestwood High School would resume with practice and that the Red Devils would play their first game in three weeks on Friday. 

The announcement comes after an investigation into an "incident" at football practice back on July 28th. It was announced two weeks ago that the football team would suspend operations until further notice and that an investigation by Mantua Police was being conducted. 

Mantua Police revealed late last week that they had found no criminal activity that took place July 28th, calling it a "school-related" incident. They did say that all of the information they uncovered in their investigation would be turned over to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, and it would be up to the Prosecutor whether or not any criminal charges would be filed. 

On Monday, administrators with the school told News 5 that they would resume football at the high school and they would play the game scheduled for Friday, October 13th, against Rootstown. 

 

Monday, 09 October 2017 12:04

OH Teen Killed in Summit County Crash

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly crash in Coventry Township early Sunday morning. 

According to the report, a 17-year-old boy was ejected from the car he was riding in after an accident just after 2 a.m. Sunday. Once the boy was ejected, he was hit by multiple vehicles along I-77 South in Coventry Township, at mile marker 121. 

Coventry Fire Department responded to the scene, where the boy was pronounced dead shortly afterwords. 

The victim's identity has not been released, pending the Summit County Medical Examiner notifying next of kin. The cause of the accident is still under investigation and no criminal charges have been filed as of Monday morning. 

Friday, 06 October 2017 11:56

Green HS Briefly on Modified Lockdown Friday

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On Friday morning, just after 8 a.m., Green High School was placed on "modified lockdown" after a social media threat. 

Inspector Bill Holland with the Summit County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old male student of Green High made threats and posted pictures students online. Holland said that the student claimed to be on the campus at the time the threat was made, thus prompting the lockdown. It wasn't until nearly two hours  later, after the school was searched, that the student was found at an address nearby, not on school property. Inspector Holland was unable to comment whether or not that was the student's home. 

A "modified lockdown" means the students were not locked in classrooms, and essentially, the day went on as normal. The lockdown was lifted just before 10 a.m. 

Holland told 1590 WAKR that while the threats were not specific, charges are pending against the teenager. 

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:55

Norton-Barberton Shooter Injured, Arrested

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The 911 call came in to Norton Police just about 7 p.m. Tuesday; reports of a man with a long rifle standing underneath a covered storage unit at the Barber Road Storage facility in Norton. 

There were no reports of "shots fired" at the time. 

Norton Police, Barberton Police, and the SWAT team comprised of officers from Norton, Barberton, and New Franklin Police departments, arrived within minutes. The suspect, 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek, was there with an assault-style rifle waiting for police and opened fire when they arrived. Police returned fire. The exchange lasted several minutes and Havrilek was injured in the shootout. Police then were able to take him into custody and then he was transported to Akron General Medical Center. 

There is no word yet on the charges Havrilek, an Akron resident, is facing, but he is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal history, including charges for felonious assault and domestic violence, among others. 

Norton Police Chief John D'alessandro said in a press conference following the incident that "the good guys" prevailed Tuesday night. It was Chief D'alessandro's ascertation that Havrilek was attempting to lure responding officers into a wooded area near the storage facility, but officers responded in accordance to their training and did not take the bait. 

Barberton High School and Middle School were placed on lockdown, while the Barberton Sports Complex and two area businesses were evacuated. The all-clear was given and the lockdowns lifter at about 8:37 p.m. 

While the situation was still "active," an Ohio Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed and officers used infrared to confirm that there was not a second suspect. There was no second suspect, just Havrilek. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:17

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Akron Stabbing

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Akron Police have arrested Crystal Bruce, 33, of Garfield Street, in the death of a man found with a stab wound to his chest on an Akron porch early Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday, around 12:45 a.m., APD was called to the home in the 700 block of Garfield Street. Upon arrival they found 44-year-old Shawn Belville with a stab wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. Detectives ruled his death a homicide. 

Later in the day on Tuesday, APD arrested Bruce and she was charged her with murder, tampering with evidence, and illegal cultivation of drugs. She's been booked in Summit County Jail. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:44

Deputies Look For Subway Thief

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Summit County deputies looking for a man who claimed he had a weapon when he stuck up the Subway restaurant on Massillon Road in Green. He got away with cash; witnesses and surveillance photos showed him wearing a cap with a "John Deere" patch and a white Ford F-150 pickup.

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(Summit Sheriff) On Monday, September 25, at approximately 8:22 p.m., a man entered the Subway restaurant located at 3471 Massillon Road in the City of Green and handed the cashier a note. The note indicated the man had a weapon and it went on to instruct the employees to give him cash or they would be harmed.

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. One of the employees subsequently called 911 and the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20's, bewteen 5'10 and 6'0. The suspect had long red sideburns. He was wearing flip flop style shoes, blue jeans, a gray long-sleeved hooded pull-over shirt, and a baseball hat (dark colored hat with green/yellow "John Deere" patch). The suspect may have fled in a white Ford F-150 truck with a white cap.

Monday, 25 September 2017 11:36

Woman Found Stabbed in Falls Apartment, Dies

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Cuyahoga Falls Police are investigating the second murder in the city within the past two months. 

The Medical Examiner's Office and Police say a 27-year-old woman was found stabbed inside an apartment in the Falls in the 1000 block of Howe Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds, according to the ME's report. She died about 30 minutes later, according to the report. 

Positive identification of the victim has not been released, pending an autopsy and notification of next-of-kin. 

Prior to the shooting death of Kevin Tiearney back in early August, the last murder recorded in the Falls was the 2014 stabbing death of Amanda Russell outside her home on Eighth Street. Her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Conrad, is serving a life sentence for her murder. 

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