Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:03

APD Charge Teen in Perkins Park Brawl

Akron Police say they've charged a teenager in connection to the brawl and riot that was caught on camera Sunday night at Perkins Park in West Akron. 

According to reports, the 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday evening. He tried to run from police when they attempted to detain him. 

The teen is the first to be charged in the fight that was recorded by a neighborhood resident. That resident told News 5 that the park has been a problem for some time now, saying there's always fighting, drinking, partying, and even drug dealing going on. 

Police say they monitor the park and respond to the calls they get regarding illegal activity at the park. 

The teen's name has not been released. Witnesses reportedly told police he was one of the instigators of the fight. He's been charged with obstructing official business and instigating a fight. 

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, during a speech at Akron's Fire Station #2 Thursday morning, announced that he is proposing a quarter-percent income tax increase to be put on the November ballot. 

Mayor Horrigan cited several reasons for the "necessary increase," including deteriorating roads and Akron Police Department and Fire Department needs. "The City of Akron continues to lose about $15 Million every year from the elimination of fair tax sharing in the state of Ohio," the Mayor said. Since the Recession of 2008, Horrigan added, the city has lost a total of $80 Million in unrealized income tax revenue. 

If approved by City Council, the issue would be placed on the November ballot for Akron residents to vote on. The proposed increase would raise the current income tax rate of 2.25% to 2.5%. 

The City of Akron hasn't had a general income tax increase (see next paragraph) since 1981 for "essential city services", Horrigan said in a prepared release. He says the city desperately needs this proposed increase for new, updated police cruisers and fire trucks; to support the APD body camera database; and to improve roughly 45 miles worth of Akron roadways, just to name a few things.

Akron voters approved a boost in the municipal income tax by .25 percent in 2003 dedicated to fund an $800 million dollar, 15 year plan to rebuild local schools as Community Learning Centers by the Akron Public School district. That project has been underway but has been scaled back with the loss of student enrollment across the district. State funds are used as well as local funding generated by the Akron income tax percentage taken for the school rebuilding project.

Mayor Horrigan touted his adminstration's efforts to continually do "more with less," but says the increase is necessary to maintain safety efforts and keep up with regular road maintenance and repaving efforts. Akron Police Chief James Nice and Fire Chief Clarence Tucker were on hand for the Mayor's announcement Thursday, and they both expressed their full support for the tax increase.  

The Mayor will officially present his proposal to Akron City Council this coming Monday, June 26th. 

Below is the press release from the Mayor's office regarding the proposed increase: 

Akron, Ohio, June 22, 2017– Today, Mayor Horrigan announced his proposal for a ¼% earned income tax increase to fund capital and operating needs for police, fire/EMS, public service and roads in the City of Akron. The income tax proposal, if passed by City Council, would be placed on the November 7, 2017 ballot for approval by Akron voters.

“Over the last several years, the City of Akron has continued to do more with less. We have made cuts across the board, reduced personnel, and consolidated services to reflect the City’s revenue challenges. However, we simply cannot cut our way to prosperity,” Mayor Horrigan said of the proposal. “It has been 36 years since our last income tax increase for essential city services, and as we seek to grow our population and revitalize our neighborhoods, our city needs and deserves this funding. The time is now.”

On average, the funds would be spent between police (1/3), fire/EMS (1/3), and streets (1/3). “It is essential that we provide our police and fire/EMS personnel with the equipment and facilities they need to protect our neighborhoods and keep us safe. And, we simply cannot allow our roads to deteriorate further if we expect our neighborhoods and business districts to thrive,” Mayor Horrigan said.

The City of Akron has lost $15 million per year in fair tax-sharing from the State of Ohio and lost an estimated $80 million in unrealized income tax revenue since 2008, as a result of the recession. Without replacement funding, the City would be forced to make difficult budgeting decisions that would impact City services across the board.

“As promised, I’ve listened closely to the Akron community over the past two years, and the feedback I’ve received is clear—we must invest in the long-term vitality of our neighborhoods. This fair and reasonable increase will allow us to significantly improve streets across the city by paving an average of 43 more miles of roadway each year. It will provide the funding needed to maintain current public safety staffing levels and replace deteriorating equipment and facilities for our Police and Fire Departments.”

Police Chief James Nice and Fire Chief Clarence Tucker joined Mayor Horrigan to express their full support for the proposal and detail the dire needs of their departments—including the need to launch a body-worn camera data storage program, replace two aging fire stations, at least one pumper truck, and 63 police cruisers in poor condition.

The additional ¼% income tax only applies to income earned at a job and will not affect retirement/pension income, social security, or other government benefits. Two-thirds of the funding raised through income tax collection is paid by commuters who work in Akron but live in other communities. If successful, this proposal would raise Akron’s income tax to 2.5% – consistent with cities like Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton. The cost of the additional ¼% tax is $1.68/week, for a resident earning Akron’s median income of $35,000.

Council President Marilyn Keith joined the Mayor in making today’s announcement. “I am proud to stand with Mayor Horrigan in support of this reasonable and much-needed income tax proposal,” President Keith said. “These funds will support the core services we provide as a City, and address the issues most important to our residents – public safety, the quality of our roads and neighborhoods.”

The Mayor concluded by renewing his commitment to continue to control spending. “Even with an income tax increase, we must continue to explore ways to spend smarter, and prioritize funds where they’re needed most.” The legislation authorizing the ¼% income tax increase will be introduced to City Council on Monday, June 26th .

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Just before 5 p.m. Monday, Akron Police attempted to pull over a Kia on Chittenden Street in Akron after they noticed the driver make several traffic violations. The driver refused to pull over and continued onto McKinley Street, eventually pulling into a driveway. Then, the driver fled on foot through backyards. 

Officers chased the suspect on foot and noticed he was carrying a gun. During the chase, officers repeatedly told the man to drop the weapon. He did not and continued to run.

Eventually, the suspect was cornered by police in a driveway in the 600 block of Roscoe Avenue. Again, officers commanded the man to drop his weapon. He did not and an officer fired one shot, striking the suspect in the torso. 

The suspect, identified as Delon J. McGill of Akron, was secured in handcuffs and taken to Akron City Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.  

The officer involved in the shooting, a four year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid administrative leave, per departmental procedure. McGill has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and weapons under disability. He is still in the hospital under observation. 

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Akron Police Detectives have issued a murder warrant for Malik Shabazz Baldwin, 22, of Fairbanks Place in Akron, in connection to the shooting death of LeMichael Stevenson, 24. 

Back on June 7, 2017, Stevenson was sitting on his front porch in the 800 block of Sumner Street in Akron. Shortly after 9 p.m., shots were fired outside the home and Stevenson was hit several times. He was transported to Akron City Hospital in a private vehicle; he later died at the hospital. 

Detectives believe it was Baldwin who fired those shots and issued the warrant for his arrest. He's listed as 5'10", 190 lbs. Baldwin is said to be armed and dangerous. 

Anyone who knows where Baldwin might be is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED, or the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Tips can be made anonymously as well by texting TIPSCO at 274637. 

 

 

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Less than one week after a 19-month-old Akron boy overdosed on opioids in his home, and then eventually died as a result, Akron Police are investigating another child overdose. 

The latest happened Tuesday night. Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says officers responded to Akron Children's Hospital where the boy was taken by his mother. He was given NARCAN at the hospital and revived. Last check he was in stable condiiton at the hospital. 

Lt. Edwards says the boy's mother told them she left her son with her 5-year-old and 7-year-old daughters outside for just a moment. When she came back outside, the mother noticed her son was stumbling and acting funny. It was when the boy started going in and out of consciousness that she drove him to Akron Children's ER. 

No charges have been filed in the case, but while the investigation is ongoing, all three children have been placed in the custody of Summit County Children's Services. Lt. Edwards tells 1590 WAKR that this is a safety precaution as the investigation continues. 

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 11:16

APD Looking for Inheritance Thief

Akron Police are investigating an assault and the theft of cash from an apartment on South Maple Street. 

The report indicates that it happened back on May 26th, when the victim, Lisa Mitchell, tells police 33-year-old Derrick Whatley walked into her apartment, which was unlocked, pistol whipped her, and stole $75,000 in cash. 

The money was an inheritance left to Mitchell by her boyfriend, Craig Bradney, who passed away just the day before from liver cancer. 

Mitchell says she isn't sure how Whatley could have known there was cash in the apartment. 

U.S. Marshall's, along with Akron Police are asking for the public's help bringing Whatley in. They're offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-434-COPS. Whatley is considered armed and dangerous. 

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Akron Police say the fight between two Akron women was over a man... and it got ugly! 

According to the APD report, 36-year-old Dateika Jackson was visiting her ex-boyfriend on Bellevue Avenue near Diagonal Road when the man's current girlfriend came home. 

The two women started arguing and during the fight Jackson allegedly bit the tip of the 35-year-old woman's finger off. The victim was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Meanwhile, APD is still looking for Jackson who they say fled the scene. They've issued a warrant for felonious assault. 

Anyone with information on Jackson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department's detective bureau at 330-375-2490.

 

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The 19-month-old baby boy who accidentally overdosed in his West Hill home in Akron last week has died. 

According to police, the boy ingested heroin, fentanyl or another type of opiate after coming in contact with a baggie at the home. 

At the time of the overdose, the boy's older sibling, a 9-year-old, dialed 911. He was given a dose of NARCAN at the home, but it had no effect. Afterwords, he was transported to Akron Children's where he was given another dose that revived him. Sunday night, the boy died in the hospital. 

The mother of the boy was at the home when police arrived, but left shortly after. Akron Police were trying to find her before she showed up about 3 hours later at Akron Children's. She was arrested on an outstanding felony theft warrant out of Portage County, but hadn't been charged in the overdose of her son. That boy, and the woman's two other children were placed in custody of Summit County Children's Services until further notice. At that time, last week, Lt. Rick Edwards with APD said charges related to this most recent incident were very likely to be filed soon. 

An autopsy is pending with the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office. 

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Friday, 02 June 2017 11:27

Child Overdoses in Akron Home

Akron Police are investigating after a baby boy accidentally overdosed, forcing his older sibling to call 911 and responding paramedics to issue not one, but two doses of NARCAN, the opioid antidote that is administered through a nasal spray. 

It happened Thursday evening about 6:30, police say, at a home on Gale Street in Akron. Upon arrival, paramedics found the 19-month-old boy unresponsive. NARCAN was administered at the home, but was ineffective. The boy was then transported to Akron Children's Hospital where a second dose of NARCAN was given to the child. Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it's likely the child touched a baggy or some other packaging that was left out that had some opioid residue left on it. A toxicology report is being run to determine what type of opioid the boy was exposed to. 

The mother was at home when Akron Police arrived, but she left. It was a few hours before Lt. Edwards with Akron PD says she showed up at Akron Children's Hospital. Police interviewed her and then found that she had a felony warrant out for her arrest out of Portage County on an unrelated theft charge. 

As for Thursday's incident, Akron Police have not charged the mother with a crime, though Lt. Edwards says it is likely that she will be charged soon. She's currently in Portage County Jail on the theft charge. 

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Akron Police are looking for 41-year-old Denise Myles of Akron who they say gave her name and phone number to a Family Video store clerk before holding the store up for cash. 

It happened about 3 p.m. at the store located at 1117 South Arlington Street in Akron. Police say Myles, who was later identified, walked in and approached the counter. After an exchange with the store clerk, Myles gave up her phone number so the clerk could look up her account. Shortly afterwords, Myles reportedly held her hand under her shirt as if she had a weapon, and demanded cash from the drawer. 

There is no word on whether she actually had a gun or not, and police did not specify how much cash Myles got away with. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron PD. 

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Around 3:00pm yesterday afternoon, the Family Video Store, located at 1117 South Arlington Street, was robbed. The employee reported the suspect entered the store and shopped for a video. The female then approached the checkout counter, gave her phone number so the clerk could look up her account, then placed a note on the counter stating she had a gun. The female suspect had her hand under her sweatshirt, as if she had a gun, and demanded money. The clerk opened the cash drawer and handed the female an unreported amount of cash. The suspect fled.

Detectives followed up on the robbery and were able to identify the suspect as Denise Myles. A warrant for aggravated robbery was signed on Denise Myles. Denise Myles in 41 year old, 5’04” and 200 lbs. She was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:39

APD Identifies Man Found Shot on Cordova

Akron Police have identified the man who two passers-by found shot on Cordova Avenue in Akron Tuesday afternoon. 

About 4:15 Tuesday, two people were driving down Cordova Avenue near Thurston Street in Akron when they noticed the man lying in the devil's strip, bleeding from a gunshot wound. They called 911 and when police arrived they found the man and loaded gun on the scene. He was transported to Akron General where he died from his wounds. 

On Thursday, Akron Police identified the man as 27-year-old Stacy Parker of Akron, who is no stranger to the law according to records. 

Police have not released any suspect information. The investigation is ongoing. 

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UPDATE 8:35 a.m.: Akron police say Darius Heard, Jr. was returned by his non-custodial father to the apartment where the boy's mother cares for him. The one-year old is safe. Police are still searching for Darius Heard, Sr. 

 

UPDATE Akron police have released a photo of the toddler missing from a Callis Oval apartment after he was taken from his non-custodial father. Darius Heard, Jr. is one year old and last reported wearing a red-white and blue polo shirt and a diaper. His father, Dairus Heard, Sr. (pictured above) has warrants out for his arrest and has "violent tendancies" according to the AMBER Alert message broadcast earlier this morning. The public is asked to look for a silver Chevy Sonic which may have Texas license plates and bears and Enterprise rental car sticker on the driver's side, front windshield. If you see the car or Heard, please dial 9-1-1.

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Akron Police have issued a statewide Amber Alert for missing 1-year-old Darius R. Heard Jr. The young boy was last seen leaving the apartments on Callis Oval in Akron with Darius R. Heard Sr. The younger Heard was wearing a red, white, and blue Nautica Polo shirt and a diaper. 

Darius R. Heard Sr. (pictured) has warrants for his arrest. He is driving a silver Chevy Sonic with Texas license plates; police say it is likely an Enterprise rental car. 

Anyone with information or if you see Darius Heard Sr., the young boy, or the vehicle, you're asked to call 911. 

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The parents of a two-year-old who accidentally overdosed on a synthetic opiate back have been arrested, according to Akron Police.

On March 7th, around 1 a.m., 27-year-old Randy Boggs found the toddler unresponsive in the home and called 911. He and 21-year-old Catelynn Smiley of Akron are charged with felony child endangering. They've been booked in Summit County Jail.

Read the full press release from Akron Police below: 

Child Endangering/Unintentional Overdose:

Detectives arrested the parents of the 2 year old that overdosed on a synthetic opiate around 1:00am on March 7, 2017. The 2 year old male was found unresponsive by the father at his residence in the 500 block of Brittain Road. Detectives charged Randy Boggs II, 27 and Catelynn Smiley, 21, both of Brittain Road, with felony child endangering. They were booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:46

Akron Fugitive Turns Himself In

Akron Police and the U.S. Marshals Office say Kenneth Lindsey, 28, of Akron, has turned himself in on a murder warrant. 

On Wednesday April 19th, police say Lindsey and 32-year-old Reginald Edwards were involved in an argument outside of Lindsey's home on Pine Knolls Drive. During the argument Lindsey pulled out a gun and shot Edwards in the chest. Lindsey then fled the scene. 

Edwards, meanwhile, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Lindsey had been on the run since the shooting, but on Tuesday, he turned himself in to Akron Police with his lawyer. 

Lindsey is charged with the murder of Reginald Edwards. 

 

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:45

APD Looking For Robber Who Knew Victim

Akron Police are looking for 24-year-old Mark E. Clay of Akron and his accomplice on aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and abduction charges.

About 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, according to an Akron Police report, Clay and another man allegedly entered a home on Jason Avenue. The 62-year-old victim, and resident of the home, immediately recognized Clay; she said he's a friend of her son's. The other suspect was reportedly wearing a mask, and the victim was unable to identify him. During the home invasion, Clay and the other suspect allegedly attempted to tie up the victim, and ransacked the home, stealing her cell phone and then fled the house.

Afterwords, the victim walked to a neighbor's home and called police, identifying Clay (pictured). Anyone with information on Clay or the second suspect is asked to call the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490. Tipsters call also call the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4- WANTED;or the Summit County Crimestoppers, Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous. Callers can remain anonymous.

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has named Kenneth Lindsey of Akron this week's Fugitive of the Week. 

Lindsey is wanted in connection to a murder last week on Pine Knolls Drive. It happened Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. Police say it started as a verbal argument and then Lindsey allegedly shot the victim in the chest. 

U.S. Marshals say Lindsey is likely hiding out in the Akron area. They're offering a reward for any information leading to Lindsey's arrest. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 05:14

UPDATE: Uber Driver Turns Himself In

UPDATE: Akron Police say Brandon Franklin turned himself in to the Summit County Jail Wednesday morning. A warrant for sexual battery had been issued for Franklin stemming from the claim a female Uber passenger made that Franklin sexually assaulted her. 

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Akron Police are looking for 33-year-old Brandon Franklin, of Tallmadge, in connection to a sexual assault. 

According to reports, Franklin, who is an Uber driver, gave a woman a ride home and when he dropped her off he sexually assaulted her. 

The woman reportedly admitted to police that she was intoxicated, which is why she was using the ride service. 

A warrant on sexual battery was issued for Franklin (pictured) on Tuesday. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.

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Akron Police Sgt. Vince Yurick has resigned his position with the City after entering a guilty plea in court last on charges he was driving under the influence when he crashed his car last August. 

The accident happened August 7, 2016, around 9 p.m., when police say Yurick, 46, went left of center, struck a curb, and smashed into a tree on Canterbury Circle. His was was a passenger in Yurick's vehicle and suffered a brain injury in the crash. 

Yurick plead guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular assault, a fourth degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is a first-degree misdemeanor. After 19 years with the police, Yurick was forced to resign. He is due for sentencing in Summit County on April 28; he's facing 18 months in jail. 

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Monday, 03 April 2017 12:43

Akron Police Hiring Officers

The City of Akron is looking to hire 15 new police officers and is accepting applications from now through May 26. 

Candidates must meet the following requirements; 

- Have a high school diploma or GED

- Have a valid drivers license

- Be between 21 and 35 at the time the candidate takes the exam

Candidates must also be able to pass a written exam, a physical fitness test, background investigation, and be able to pass a polygraph. 

Find more information at www.akronohio.gov/personnel

 

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Akron Police are looking for the public's help identifying two thieves who muscled their way out of the Sally Beauty Supply after helping themselves to a few items from the store. 

The incident in question happened back on February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the seemingly crowded store. The man and woman in question were caught on camera, and the female suspect is seen pushing an employee out of the way before the two left in a black SUV. 

See the surveillance video below. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police. 

 

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:47

Second Deadly Shooting At Akron Bar

The victim of a deadly shooting of a bouncer at Game 7 Bar and Grill on South Arlington Rd. in Akron Saturday night has been identified as 33-year-old Daniel Turner. 

Initially, Thomas Dunn III, 19, and Anthony Cox, 21, were charged with Obstruction of Justice, but the charges have since increased. Dunn is charged with Murder and Cox charged with Complicity to Commit Murder. 

Saturday's incident is the second deadly shooting at Game 7 in just over a month, and now residents are calling on local officials to do something about it. 

Back on January 28th, 2017, 23-year-old D'Cortez Taylor was found shot to death in his car that was parked in the Game 7 parking lot. 

Residents of the area have called on Akron City Council to do something about the area. Councilwoman Tara Mosely-Samples is suggesting making that area a "Dry Zone," or free of alcohol. She tells WKYC-TV that she's not sure if that's the final answer, but she thinks it could help the situation. 

 

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Monday, 06 March 2017 12:22

Akron Shooting Suspect Still Loose

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. 

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:18

Akron PD Looking For B&E Suspects

Akron Police looking for a group that broke into the Community Builder Incorporated at 212 East North St. February 20th about 7 o'clock that evening.

They got away with some checks after breaking in through the back door. They were caught on surveillance video (below).

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

 

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:32

APD Arrest Suspect In Girlfriend's Murder

Akron Police have arrested Duane M. Lucas, 29, of Akron in the murder of 31-year-old Brittany Littlejohn. 

Police responded to a call about an argument and shots fired in the 2500 block of Romig Road, at the Woods Apartment Complex, about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday. There they found Littlejohn dead on arrival and they're investigating the incident as a homicide. She was found on an outside patio with several shots to the abdomen.  

A warrant was issued for Lucas who police caught up with around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of North Howard Street in Akron. He's been charged with Littlejohn's murder. 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 05:11

APD Looking For Three Burglars

Akron Police looking for three suspects they say broke into The Depot at 80 E. Exchange Street back on February 8 between midnight and 2 a.m., using bolt cutters to get it.

Three young males were caught on CCTV. They were all wearing dark colored hoodies, one, a white male was wearing red. Another white male was seen wearing grey sweatpants, a brown hoodie, a winter hat and glasses. The third, a black male, wearing a blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Police aren't saying what they got away with. Anyone with information asked to call APD.

 

 

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:45

Akron Man Pleads Guilty In Wife's Death

Phillip Battle, 52, has pled guilty in the shooting death of his wife, Anita Heard. 

Akron Police report that Battle called police to their home back on October 11, 2016, claiming that the two of them heard voices in the house. Officers responded to the disturbance call at the home on Johnland Avenue. 

The next day, Battle called 911 again and told police he shot his wife in the head. He was arrested shortly after. Heard died about a month later.

On Wedensday, in Summit County Common Pleas Court, Battle entered a guilty plea to charges Involuntary Manslaughter with a Gun Specification, Tampering with Evidence, Failure to Comply, and Domestic Violence; all felony charges. 

He is due back in court for sentencing on February 22nd. 

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:51

Reminder: Akron Closures For Sewer Repair

Beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2017, H.M. Miller, KCI and the City of Akron will be closing the south bound side of S. Portage Path between Crosby St. and W. Exchange St. They will also be closing the center lanes of W. Exchange St. between S. Portage Path and Hyde Ave. These closures are for sanitary sewer repair work, which is currently expected to take 3 weeks to complete, but this may change, depending on the extent of the repairs that are needed.

See detours below: 

On S. Portage Path, south bound traffic will be detoured using W. Market St., S. Rose Blvd. and W. Exchange St.
On W. Exchange St., traffic will be maintained in both directions.
Drivers are urged to obey all road construction signs and to use caution as they proceed through the work zones.
Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

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Monday, 30 January 2017 13:22

APD Investigating Weekend Homicide

Akron Police investigating a murder in Akron over the weekend. 

According to police reports, 23-year-old D'Cortez Taylor was found shot dead at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 600 block of S. Arlington St. He had suffered mutliple gunshot wounds and was dead on arrival. 

APD has not released any suspect information and is asking for any witnesses to come forward. 

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 09:30

APD Investigating Deadly Shooting

Akron Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect or suspects who shot a man on Monday afternoon. 

It happened on Ericcson Avenue in Akron Monday just before 3 p.m. The 25-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was apparently involved in a verbal altercation with a group of other men. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later passed away. 

No suspect information has been released and police say once an official autopsy is complete and family is notified, the victim's name will be released. 

Police asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward with information. The investigation is ongoing. 

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Monday, 14 November 2016 12:24

Akron Man Charged In Grandmother's Murder

Akron Police have arrested 24-year-old Nathan Craig Huff and are charging him with murder in the stabbing death of his grandmother.

According to the Akron Police report, Huff called 911 last Friday night shortly after 10 o'clock, to report that he went to his 70-year-old Lena Cline's home and found his grandmother dead on the living room floor.

After investigating and interviewing Huff, police arrested him on charges of murder. He's been booked into Summit County Jail. 

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An investigation is ongoing after two bodies were found in an Akron apartment early Friday morning. 

Police were called to a residence at the Parklane Manor Apartments on Druid Lane just after midnight. They say a relative of one of the victims found the 22-year-old male and 21-year-old female in the upstairs of the apartment after the man didn't show up for work. 

The report says both victims were found with gunshot wounds and police detectives have since classified the incident as a murder/suicide. 

The Summit County Medical Examiner is still investigating, so the victims' names have not been released. 

 

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:22

APD Looking For St. V Thief

Akron Police are looking for a suspect who was very clearly caught on CCTV breaking into the St. Vincent-St. Mary Field House and making off with a number of items. 

It happened back on October 16th, at 12:30 in the morning. Police have just released the video (below) and are asking anyone with information to call Detective Anthony at 330-375-2490. 

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Friday, 30 September 2016 12:08

APD Looking For Breaking And Entering Suspect

Akron Police are looking for the public's help in identifying the suspect who threw a large rock through the glass door of the Dollar Magic store on E. Tallmadge Avenue back on August 31, 2016. 

Surveillance video (below) shows the man shuffle up to the door with the large rock and then check the door to see if it was actually locked. When he saw that it wasn't, he then threw the rock through the door, ducked inside, and grabbed Lottery tickets. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rhodaback with the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490. 

 

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 11:30

Craigslist Sale Turns Into Robbery

Akron Police say a 22-year-old man was robbed of his ID, Social Security card, and $5,000 when a would-be Craigslist sale went awry Monday morning. 

According to the report, the man showed up with cash to a home in the 1500 block of Fairfax Road around 8:30 Monday morning, looking to buy a Harley Davidson Dyna motorcycle he'd seen advertised on Craigslist.com. He was met outside of the home by the purported seller who went by the name "Arwil." The suspect and the victim walked around the side of the home where three other men were waiting, one of whom had a gun. The suspect with the gun then pointed it at the victim and demanded the cash. The suspects fled the scene. 

"Arwil" is described as a black male between 20 and 25-years-old, between 5'10" and 5'11", weighing approximately 130 pounds, with short black hair and a goatee. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black, red, and blue Chicago Bulls shorts. Another suspect, who police say goes by the name "Young Driel," is described as a black male between 20 and 25-years-old, about 5'09" and roughly 200 pounds. The two remaining suspects are said to have been in their early to mid 30

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department. 

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Monday, 19 September 2016 11:08

APD Officer Shoots Suspect Holding Rifle

UPDATE: Police have identified the victim of the police-involved shooting at 61-year-old Philip B. Hasan who lived at the apartments located at 1000 Florida Avenue. The autopsy revealed that Hasan died of a gunshot wound to the chest. 

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Akron Police say an officer shot and killed a suspect who refused officers' orders to not reach for a rifle. 

The incident happened Sunday afternoon around 3:30 when police were called to an apartement parking lot along Florida Avenue in Akron. The inital call was regarding an altercation between a 61-year-old man and another resident of the apartment complex. The victim called police saying the suspect clammed his arm in a car door during the altercation.

When police arrived on the scene, the suspect was walking toward a van parked in the lot. Officers ordered him to stop when they saw him reaching for a rifle that was stashed in the van. The man refused and that's when one of the two responding officers opened fire, hitting the man with several shots in the torso. The man, who's name has not been released, was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he later died.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is protocol for the department while the investigation is ongoing. No officers were injured during the incident. 

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:22

UPDATE UA Police Report Near Campus Shooting

UPDATE 1:15 PM 9/8/16: The victim of a shooting near the University of Akron campus is still recovering.

Akron police say that 22 year-old Michael Jones was shot four times in the neck and chest after the shooting on Power Street on Wednesday afternoon.

He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where he's reported to be in stable condition.

Akron police and UA police are still investigating.

Three people, including the shooter, were seen driving away from the scene in a silver car.

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(Earlier coverage) Akron police and University of Akron police are looking into a shooting this afternoon just south of campus.

Police say three suspects - including one shooter - were involved in the shooting near Rentschler and Power Streets at about 2:40, and that a victim is being treated at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

There's no immediate word on any condition.

The university says it appears that the victim is not a UA student.

The men were seen on video driving north on Rentschler Street in a silver car.

University of Akron police are asking anyone with more information to call UA police detectives.

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(University of Akron notice) City of Akron and University police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting that occurred about 2:40 p.m. today near Rentschler and Power streets, south of campus.

A witness described the shooter as a black male wearing a blue hoodie and gray sweatpants. He was accompanied by two other black males, one wearing a red shirt and the other, a black and yellow hoodie.

The three were observed on video driving north on Rentschler Street in a silver car. No further description was immediately available.

A victim was being treated at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Early indications are that the victim is not a student.

If you know anything about this incident, please call University police detectives at 330-972-2911.

You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.

The UA Police Department's Campus Patrol is available to escort you to and from your car to classrooms and labs at any hour. Call the free service at 330-972-7263.

Our officers patrol campus and the neighborhoods near campus around the clock. See safety recommendations from our police.

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Akron Police is looking for the public's help identifying the person they say robbed the Carnegie Pantry at 959 Carnegie Avenue last Wednesday afternoon just after 4 p.m. 

As shown in the video below, the suspect entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money from the register and Newport 100 cigarettes. 

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5'5", between 250 and 300 pounds. He was wearing gloves and a bandana over his face. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Magaw with the Akron Police at 330-375-2490. 

 

 

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Monday, 29 August 2016 15:36

Man Charged After Watching Women Sleep

A Canton man was arrested after a woman says he watched two women sleep early Friday morning in the basement of their Akron home.

Akron police say that 38 year-old Andrew Hayes fled out of the home on Glenmount Avenue at just before 7 on Friday morning...after he tapped on the shoulder and woke them up.

Hayes was arrested nearby after being chased by officers through backyards.

The sleeping women were not injured.

Hayes was booked into the Summit County Jail and was charged with burglary.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:50

APD Sergeant Charged In Crash

An Akron police sergeant has been charged in connection with a crash that left his wife seriously injured.

Vince Yurick is facing a list of charges including aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while impaired.

Akron police say Yurick was driving his car Canterbury Circle on Aug. 7 when he lost control, went left of center, and hit a tree. Yurick was injured and his wife suffered serious injuries. Authorities say speed and alcohol are both factors in the crash.

Yurick is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Akron Municipal Court on Tuesday, August 30. Yurick is currently on paid administrative leave per the union contract

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:26

APD Looking For Female Bank Robber

Akron Police are asking the public's help catching a woman who robbed the PNC Bank at 1546 West Market Street just after the bank opened after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The police report states that employees reported the suspect entered the bank, handed the teller a note and demanded money. The teller handed the suspect an unreported amount of cash. The suspect put the money in a large purse and fled on foot.

The suspect is a black female, 35–45 years old, 5’02”–5’05”, 125–150 lbs., with long black hair. She was wearing a light blue zip-up jacket, dark jeans and a multi-colored head scarf.

Anyone with information about this suspect is encouraged to call Akron Police Department, at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers, Inc. at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:28

Video: Akron Robbery Suspect

Akron Police are asking for help identifying a suspect who robbed the LoanMax at 1340 East Tallmadge Avenue just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Below is a video of the incident with more details from Akron PD. WARNING: SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: 

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During a time when relationships between police and the communities they serve are tense, it is nice to see our local men and women in blue making efforts to connect with residents. 

Over the weekend, a video of two Akron Police Officers playing basketball with some kids in the area went viral. First posted by Smiggz McCormick on Facebook, the video has more than 110,000 plays and has been picked up by local and national media alike. 

WARNING: SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

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The impact of the deadly shooting in Dallas is hitting local communities. The Cleveland Police Deparmtent has ordered officers to patrol the streets with a partner and the Akron Police Department is also following those orders.

"...officers will be only two-man cars, which for us is not typical for our daytime patrol officers. But until further notice, we will be operating on two-man cars." said APD Major Kenneth Ball.

The department has been involved in a number of training programs -- including training on implicit biases.

For the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the department is focused on remaining vigilant.

"We're going to stay vigilant," said Barry. "We've had a heightened awareness level for a while now due to the problems throughout the country and we're going to continues to proactively approach it that way."

Sheriff Steve Berry says training continues to be an important priority of the department, especially ahead of the Republican National Convention where they will be sending between 20 to 40 deputies.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 10:43

Akron PD, Marshals Looking For Suspect

U.S. Marshals have joined the search for an Akron man accused of raping a woman while her child was in the home and then grabbed the child when the woman tried to protect herself with a knife.

 

Lorenzo Finsley, seen above, faces a variety of charges for the attack on June 7 in Akron. He now stands as the latest entry to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force "Most Wanted" list. He is believed to be hiding in Akron. 

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(US Marshals Service) The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Lorenzo Finsley.

 

Finsley is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Akron PoliceFinsley is wanted for two counts of rape, aggravated burglary, sexual battery, assault, and aggravated menacingIt is alleged that on 06/07/16Finsley broke into the home of the victim and raped her while her child was in the home. During the assault the victim managed to break free and grab a knife for protection. Finsley then grabbed the child to shield himself from the knife. Finsley fled from the scene in a vehicle.

 

Finsley is a 29-year-old black male standing approximately 5’07” and weighing 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyesFinsley is believed to be hiding somewhere in Akron. He has a previous address near the 400 block of Flora Ave. in Akron.

 

If you have any information in referenceto Lorenzo Finsley, 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.

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The Akron Police Department is presenting a gift to the humane society officer who was attacked in late March.

Officers and employees have collected and raised more than $700 for officer Timothy Harland who was attacked by a man with a shovel and knife.

Harland was pulled off to the side of the road on 18th Street while talking on the phone. Police say McCullen Webb approached the vehicle and struck Harland in the head and used a knife to cut the officer several times in the head, face, and arms.

Webb also shattered the officer's windshield with a barbell. Harland spent several days at the hospital due to his injuries.

Akron police officers responded to the scene where Webb was tased. It didn't have any effect on him so officers fired shots, striking Webb. He was taken to the hospital and was later charged.

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Saturday, 05 March 2016 15:48

Akron Man Found Shot To Death In Driveway

Police are investigating the shooting death of an Akron man that happened Friday night.

The Akron Police Department says the shooting took place shortly before 11:00 p.m. in the 1200 block of Onondago Avenue.

The victim, who has yet to be identified, was a 26-year-old male, of Victory Street in Akron.

Police say the man was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside of his 1999 Chevy Malibu parked in the driveway.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No suspect(s) have been identified.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy and the victim's name will be released when he is positively identified and when family notifications have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective bureau at (330) 375-2490.

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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

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A young couple faces charges after police say they found their five month old baby with injuries from being scalded.

Akron police were called to an apartment on Byers Avenue late Thursday evening on a call of possible child abuse.

Lt. Dan Zampelli says that the five month old child was found "severely burned by her father and mother".

The infant girl was taken to Akron Children's Hospital, where she's being treated for third degree burns.

Police arrested the baby's 17 year-old father, and the mother, 20 year-old Chavelle Grier.

Both face charges of felonious assault, felony child endangering and domestic violence.

Grier is in the Summit County Jail. The 17 year-old father is in the juvenile detention center.

Note: It is the policy of WAKR.net not to name juveniles arrested unless there are special circumstances involved.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:28

Hairstylist Robbed In Akron

Akron police are looking for the man who robbed a hairstylist at an East Waterloo Road salon.

The hairstylist reported that the man pulled out a small, silver revolver after he entered the Famous Hair salon at just after noon on Monday.

She said he demanded money, and would shoot her if she didn't comply. She did hand over some money, and police say he fled the store.

Police describe the robber as "a white male, 25 – 35 years old, 6'0" – 6'-02", 180 lbs., with black hair, and was wearing a black hat, black pea coat, blue jeans and white shoes."

 

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Friday, 06 November 2015 10:29

Prade Hearing Wraps Up

The latest court hearing to determine whether former Akron police Captain Doug Prade will get a new trial has concluded.

Defense experts were testifying in court about the DNA found on the lab coat of Prade's ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade.

The hearing is similar to one held in 2012 that led to Prade being exonerated. That decision was eventually reversed. Judge Christine Croce decided to hold another hearing instead of relying on transcripts.

Judge Croce has asked for written closing arguments to be filed with the court in four weeks. She will then determine whether Prade gets a new trial.

Previous Coverage: 

Prade Hearing Over, Written Decision Comes Later

Court To Hear Arguments For New Murder Trial

Prade's New Trial Request "Under Advisement"

Court Turns Down Latest Prade Appeal

Date Set For Prade Murder New Trial Hearing

Prade New Trial Order Sent Back To Summit County Court

UPDATE Prade Ordered Back Behind Bars

 

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