Akron Police are looking for help for a suspect they say punched and then shot a man he was arguing with Saturday morning.
It happened around 2 a.m. inside a home on West Crosier St. According to the police report, John R. Meeks, 28, was involved in an argument with the 41-year-old victim. It turned physical and Meeks allegedly punched the victim in the face. Then, police say, Meeks pulled out a handgun and shot the victim "several times" in the abdomen. Meeks then fled the season.
The victim was later transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with potential life-threatening injuries. There's been no update on the victim's status.
Meeks is charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to not approach him and to call 911 immediately.
The parents of Ashley Zhao made their first appearance in Massillon Municipal Court Wednesday morning for arraignment.
The charges listed by Judge Edward Elum were First Degree Murder and Felonious Assault for Mingming Chen, mother of Ashley, and Complicity to First Degree Murder and Complicity to Felonious Assault for Liang Zhou, the father of Ashley.
Both Chen and Zhou are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on the morning of January 19th. No pleas have been entered at this time, and both parents have been appointed separate public attorneys.
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Demetrius Ford, 18, of Akron has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for burning his four-month-old daughter.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announcing the sentence Tuesday, saying, "This innocent child suffered significant, painful injuries. She will have to deal with the physical and emotional scars for the rest of her life." The child suffered multiple broken ribs and a skull fracture in addition to third degree burns.
Court reports indicate the child suffered the injuries while Ford was giving the young girl a bath. The girl's mother, 21-year-old Chavelle Grier was also charged in the case. Back in May Grier pled guilty to two counts of Child Endangering. She's currently serving probation. Ford was found guilty for Felonious assault and two counts of Child Endangering.
Akron Police are looking for the public's help in finding the suspect in a shooting near the University of Akron main Campus.
It happened back on September 7, 2016, in the 200 block of Power St. near Rentschler St. One person was shot. The victim was not a University of Akron student, police say. As you see on the police surveillance video below, three men are shown. All three men were described to police by witnesses, but those witnesses say the man in the blue hooded sweatshirt was the shooter. An alert issued by the University stated that the three men fled the scene in a silver car that went north on Rentschler St.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Sergeant Forney with the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490. The suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous.
A man spotted at an after hours club late Friday ended up trying to elude Akron police numerous time, with an APD officer dragged a couple of blocks trying to stop the man.
Officers tried to stop a car after they saw it trying to avoid the cruiser at a South Arlington after hours crowd.
The car eventually stopped on Sylvan Avenue after the cruiser flipped on its lights and siren.
But that wasn't the end - APD says the driver got the car into gear even while an officer was trying to stop that, holding onto the gear shift and the driver...the officer was dragged a few blocks before he let go.
Police found the vehicle crashed on Davies Avenue, and the driver tried to get away again.
Even after being found in the backyard of a Georgia Avenue house, the man struggled with officers, who found a small baggy of marijuana in his pants pocket.
29 year-old Demardre Johnson of 9th Avenue not only faces charges of felonious assault, resisting arrest and pot possession.
Police say he had an outstanding warrant for burglary, drugs and damaging and endangering.
The eight year veteran officer was treated and released. Johnson was treated for minor injuries onscene, and is now in the Summit County Jail