Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Akron Police are investigating an expensive heist last Friday, that left a woman without her nearly $30,000 engagement ring! 

According to the report, a burglar, or burlars, hit the home on Jennifer Street in Akron on Friday, May 11th, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., while the victim was at work. 

In addition to the $28,000 ring, other jewelry, including a thousand dollar diamond ring, were taken in the burglary. Police say a suspect entered the home through a rear window, but didn't specify whether it was locked or not. 

Police haven't identified any suspects or leads in the case just yet, but the investigation is ongoing. 

Back on September 1st, 2017, Summit County Jail inmate Anthony L. Jones was involved in an altercation with two Sheriff's deputies at the jail. The following day, Jones died in the jail's hospital. 

Shortly after Jones' death, the Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry requested an investigation into the incident, and requested that Stark County investigators conduct the investigation, to avoid any conflict of interest. 

On Monday, the Summit County Sheriff's Office released the following statement regarding that investigation: 

 

In September of 2017, Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry requested the Stark County Sheriff’s
Office to investigate the death of Mr. Anthony L. Jones due to Mr. Jones’ death occurring while
Mr. Jones was incarcerated at the Summit County Jail. Summit County Medical Examiner, Dr.
Lisa Kohler, performed an autopsy on the deceased and the results of the autopsy were signed
and released on February 22, 2018. According to this documentation the cause of death was
Hypoxic/ischemic encephalopathy due to cardiac arrest of uncertain etiology. The manner of
death is listed as UNDETERMINED: Cardiac arrest during active restraint while in custody.
It should be noted how the autopsy does also reflect the following Accessory diagnosis: Clinical
history of schizophrenia, pulmonary emphysema, and Focal moderate atherosclerotic
cardiovascular disease. Further, Mr. Jones had been admitted to Akron General Hospital in 2016
for acute encephalopathy, respiratory failure, rhabdomyolysis, kidney failure, substance abuse
disorder, and hypokalemia. The investigation was completed by the Stark County Sheriff’s
Office and then turned over to the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office for review. We have now
received correspondence from the Stark County Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. John D. Ferrero, that,
his office has reviewed the investigation into the death of Mr. Anthony Jones. Prosecutor Ferrero
explains how documents from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office investigation, were all reviewed,
as well as the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office documents, including the Medical
Examiner’s Report of Autopsy. The Prosecutor ends his communication with, “Based upon our
review of the case, probable cause does not exist for charging criminal liability with respect to
Mr. Jones’ death. Accordingly, we do not believe this matter merits presentation to the Summit
County Grand Jury.” From everything submitted, it has been concluded Mr. Jones suffered
cardiac arrest due to unknown medical origin during this tragic and unfortunate incident.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and the
Stark County Prosecutor’s Office for their professional assistance and thorough investigation and
offers its true condolences to Mr. Jones’ family.
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For questions concerning this release please contact Sheriff Steve Barry at 330-608-2784

This Saturday, May 12th, WAKR, WONE, and WQMX, are sponsoring a FREE shredding and safety inspection in our station parking lot at the Akron Radio Center. 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Akron Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be on hand providing safety inspections. No tickets will be given for anyone found to be in violation, but they will be able to tell you what you need to fix. 

In addition, AARP will be at the station offering free shredding services for documents, plus they will take old electronic equipment, such as computers, laptops, and other items; please no tube TV's. 

No RSVP is necessary. Our building is located at 1795 W. Market St. 

Akron Police believe they have the man who stole an AMR Ambulance from St. Thomas Hospital early Tuesday morning. 

According to the APD report, officers responded to the hospital at 444 North Main Street Tuesday around 1:30 a.m., regarding a stolen medical unit. An EMS worker, employed by Physicians and Surgeons (AMR), told them that while they were dropping off a patient inside the hospital, someone jumped into their ambulance and drove off. 

While taking a report at St. Thomas, APD Officers were notified of an accident involving an ambulance at Merriman Road and Treaty Line Road. The suspect reportedly crashed the ambulance into a utility pole and then fled the scene. 

Later Tuesday morning, around 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the University of Akron, Polsky's Parking Deck about a suspicious person. Shortly after, APD found 32-year-old Durelle Johnson of Cuyahoga Falls. With him, Johnson had a backpack with him that contained medical supplies that was taken from the EMS unit. 

Johnson is currenly charged with receiving stolen property, but is facing additional charges pending the investigation, according to APD. 

 

 

Monday, 07 May 2018 07:04

House Fire Near UA Leaves One Dead

Akron fire has confirmed that one person is dead after Monday morning house fire at 675 Grant Street, near the University of Akron. 

The victim, identified as 26-year-old Kevin McCollum of Grant Street, was found in a second floor bedroom, while two other people who lived in the home made it out. It is believed that the fire started in that bedroom where firefighters found McCollum, around 4:45 a.m. Monday. 

McCollum was a former University of Akron student, attending from August 2010 through December 2015. While initial reports indicated that the home was occupied by University of Akron students, a spokesman for UA clarified that none of the residents of the home were current students at the school. In addition to McCollum, another resident had graduated from UA in the Spring of 2016. The third never attended the school.  

Meanwhile, the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. 

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:14

Akron Taxi Driver Pepper Sprayed, Robbed

An female Akron taxi driver was pepper sprayed by a female passenger early Monday morning, according to an APD report.

The driver, who works for Rides-4-Less, picked up two women along Noah Avenue, and after driving for about half a mile, one of them sprayed her in the face while the other reached over the seat and grabbed her purse. Both passengers then jumped out of the back and ran.

This is the second Rides-4-Less driver that's been robbed in the past few months; a driver back in October was hit with a stun-gun.

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10

Indians Resume Progressive Field Tours

Cleveland, OH—The Cleveland Indians will resume tours of Progressive Field on Tuesday, May 1, with all proceeds benefiting Cleveland Indians Charities.

Tours will run through Saturday, Sept. 1 and will take place Monday-Saturday with the exceptions of holidays and day home games.

The tours will begin and end at the Team Shop and will be offered at 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On days when the team is on the road or is idle, a 1:30 p.m. tour will also be offered.

Fans can go behind the scenes to explore the most popular areas at the ballpark, including many typically not available to fans on game days.

Those areas include (subject to change):

  • Lexus Home Plate Club
  • Press Box
  • Infiniti Club
  • The Corner Bar
  • Visitor’s Clubhouse (select days)
  • Warning Track
  • Home Dugout
  • Batting Cages
  • Terrace Club Feller Exhibit

Tours are available in several packages:

  • Public: $12 for adults; $10 for children (14 and under) and senior citizens (60 and over) 
  • Group: Group tours are available for $400 and include 40 tickets.

o   Additional tickets are available at $10 each.

  • School: Cleveland Indians Charities presents a special tour program for schools for $7 per ticket.

Tour tickets can be purchased online at Indians.com/tours, in person at the Progressive Field Team Shop or ticket office or over the phone by calling 216.420.HITS.

Since Progressive Field opened in 1994, hundreds of thousands of patrons have toured Progressive Field and benefited Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC). CIC is the self-sustaining charitable arm of the Cleveland Indians that concentrates on creative partnerships with select organizations that focus on youth education and recreation. Since its inception in 1989, CIC has donated more than $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Accused Ohio serial Killer Shawn Grate changed his plea to guilty to 15 charges, including rape, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, and more.

Common Pleas Court Judge Ron Forsthoefel explained in court on Wednesday that this means Grate is waiving his right to take the stand in his own defense and is no facing a minimum sentence of 50 to 72 years to life in prison.

Meanwhile, the same Ashland County Common Pleas jury will be brought back in on the other murder charges Grate is facing.

Read more on the story from WKYC.com

 

    Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:26

    Akron Firefighters Seeing Through Smoke

    The City of Akron announced Wednesday the purchase of 10 new thermal imaging units for the Akron Fire Department. 

    In a press release, City of Akron Press Secretary Ellen Lander Nischt describes the new devices as "life-saving" equipment that will help the City's fire department "advance its mission to protect the lives, property, and environment of the Akron Community." 

    Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker is quoted in the press release saying, “Heat-detecting cameras will allow our first responders to locate a victim in an environment with very limited or no visibility. For a firefighter searching for a trapped victim, little is worse than losing your ability to see due to darkness or dense smoke. In a rescue operation where every second counts, these units can make the difference between life and death, by enabling us to find victims faster and increasing their chances of survival.”

    Akron City Council unanimously voted to approve the purchase of the equipment at an estimated cost of $50,000 for the ten thermal imaging units. 

    The new thermal imaging units were purchased with funds from the passage of Issue 4 last November. 

    “Once again, we thank the Akron community for their support of Issue 4, which has made critical safety investments like this possible,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “In the months and years to come, will continue to invest these funds in ways that make all our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”

    Tuesday, 24 April 2018 12:51

    Teen Charged in Younger Brother's Death

    A babysitter for two underage boys called 911 frantically asking for police at a home on Alden Drive in Streetsboro, saying that a young boy had been injured. 

    Streetsboro Police responded to the home around 9:30 Monday night, and say an 11-year-old was taken to UH Ravenna Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, and then later died. Shortly after responding, police arrested the victim's 13-year-old brother and charged him with aggravated murder, saying that the act was intentional. 

    The names of the victim and the suspect have been released, but the 1590 WAKR Newsroom is not revealing those names as they are both minors. 

     Investigators say the older brother stole a handgun from his grandfather's home, adding that "at one time" the handgun was locked away and "secured." The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and in a press conference later Monday morning, Lt. Patricia Wayne with Streetsboro Police said that more charges are pending. 

    Records indicate that police had been called to the home on Alden Drive multiple times in the past, including as recent at this past Thursday. 

    Below are the two press releases from the Streetsboro Police Department. 

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    First Release:  At 934pm this evening, Streetsboro Police and Streetsboro Fire Departments responded to Alden Dr for a report of a juvenile that had sustained a gunshot wound.  Paramedics began life saving efforts and transported the juvenile to UH Ravenna where the juvenile was pronounced dead.  A second juvenile is being questioned by investigators at this time.  We are not releasing names at this point due to the ages of those involved and pending notifications.  The cause of the gunshot would is still under investigation and more information will be released at a later time. 

     
    Second Release:  The victim in this incident was an 11 year old male.  He was shot once by his 13 year old brother in what appears to be a premeditated act.  The 13 year old male has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Murder and was taken to the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.  The weapon used was a handgun that the male stole from his grandfather's home. We are withholding the names of both juveniles at this time. 
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