Investigators say that drugs and alcohol played a factor in a deadly two-car crash in Plain Township early Wednesday morning.
According to the report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Michael D. Elsass, 26, of North Canton, drove through a red light at a high rate of speed around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. He struck a Chrysler Town and Country, driven by Lawrence E. Dobbins. After the collision, Elsass's Chevy Malibu ran off the side of Cleveland Avenue and into a a group of trees along the roadway.
When Highway Patrol and EMS arrived on the scene, Elsass was pronounced dead on the scene. Neith Dobbins nor his passenger, Lynda Dobbins, were injured in the accident.
Highway Patrol investigators from the Canton Post believe that drugs and alcohol played a factor in the deadly crash. The investigation is ongoing.
An Akron man has been acquitted of knowing about and assisting in the shooting of a woman in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park during the Fourth of July holiday in 2016.
Raymond Moore III, 27, of Akron was acquitted by a federal jury in Ohio on Monday. He had been accused by the FBI, after an investigation, of driving Dezay Ely to the park all the while knowing that Ely had planned on shooting the woman that they were with. Ely did shoot the victim three times in the park and left her for dead along Akron-Peninsula Road back on the morning of July 3rd, 2016. She was found by hikers later that day along a horse trail. She had been missing for a few days prior to the shooting and had no identification, was unable to speak, and was left blinded by the shooting.
Earlier this year, Ely pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges, firing a gun during a crime of violence, and being a felon in posession of ammunition. He is due for sentencing in federal court on August 24th.
The Stark County Sheriff is investigating two separate robberies which may be connected.
The first, according to the Sheriff's report, happened Friday, June 30th just before 6 p.m. at the PNC Bank at 2800 Whipple Avenue NW in Plain Township. A white male entered the bank wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark glasses, a white T-shirt over his face, and white gloves.
Witnesses told investigators that the suspect never showed or indicated that he had a weapon.
The second robbery happened Monday, July 3rd, just after 6 p.m. at the Dairy Queen 4110 Hills and Dales Rd. NW., also in Plain Township.
Deputies responded to the Dairy Queen where witnesses say a man wearing a T-shirt and shorts with dark sunglasses and a white shirt over his face and head demanded the cash drawer. The report indicates the suspect in this robbery did say that he had a weapon, but never showed one. He left with the drawer in a maroon four-door SUV-type vehicle, possibly Kia Rio.
In both robberies, the suspect is described as a white male, in his late 20's or early 30's, between 5' 6" and 5' 10", with a slender build. Anyone with information or who recognizes the suspect is asked to call the Stark County Sheriff's Office at 330-430-3800 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 330-451-3937.
The Stark County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened Monday evening in Canton Township.
Deputies responded to a 911 call just after 5:30 Monday night, to a home on 49th St. SW. Upon arrival they found a man with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center where shortly afterwords he was pronounced dead.
The victim was later identified as Michael W. Christensen, 30. It's unclear if Christensen was a resident of the home where he was found.
The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have information on the shooting to call their office at 330-430-3800.
The Stark County Dog Warden had an overcrowding issue last week, and there were discussions at the warden's office of the unfortunate last resort: euthanization.
Thankfully, Stark County Dog Warden Jon Barber says that last weekend they had a good amount of adoptions and even a few owners reclaiming their lost pups, which doesn't happen too often.
With that said, Barber says, "That could change at any moment. It just depends on the number of dogs coming in versus the number of dogs going out." With the Fourth of July holiday weekend upon us, Barber adds that they typically see an influx in dogs being brought to the Warden's kennel. "Fourth of July, more so, dogs get scared with fireworks being shot off and things like that, and they'll run off and get turned around; so we do see more dogs around the Fourth of July." Barber recommends keeping dogs inside during fireworks, but, if you decide to bring your dog outside while fireworks are going on, keep them on a leash.
If you happen to lose your dog in the Stark County area, the Warden's office is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed for the Fourth of July on Tuesday, and then back to regular hours on Wednesday.
See more at StarkDogs.org.
Akron Police are looking for help finding suspects who broke into the Linda Theater on Monday.
The surveillance video caught the trio pilfering the candy stash at the theater, located at 1745 Goodyear Boulevard, about 12:30 Monday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Akron Police are investigating two separate shootings in the city within a few hours of eachother.
The first happened around 9:40 p.m. Thursday night at a home in the 800 block of Sumner Street. According to the APD report, a 17-year-old male walked up onto the porch of the Sumner Street home and knocked on the door. There were two other males waiting outside, closer to the street. A 24-year-old male stepped out of the house and after a short conversation, multiple shots were fired. The victim, that 24-year-old, who was later identified as Deontae D. Henderson of Storer Ave. in Akron, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.
Two other males, a 23-year-old and a 30-year-old, came out of the house after hearing the gunshots. They were shot, taken to the hospial by acquaintances. One victim is listed in critical condition; the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Neither of their names have been released yet. The 17-year-old who approaced the house was also shot. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards tells 1590 WAKR that they are unsure who fired the shots and that the investigation is ongoing.
The second shooting happened early Friday morning, around 3 a.m., outside a gas station in the Valley, along Merriman Road near Portage Path.
According to the Akron Police report, a large crowd gathered in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven as the bars in the Valley were closing. Multiple shots were fired and two men, a 23-year-old and a 29-year-old were wounded. Friends of the two victims drove them to Akron City Hospital. Their injuries were reported as non-life-threatening. Their names have not been released. APD is still investigating that shooting.
The Stark County Sheriff's Office has joined the North Canton Police Department in investigating a string of vehicle break ins in the northern part of the county, most recently two reported overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
Investigators with both departments believe it's a group of three or for suspects responsible for the break ins.
The North Canton PD says they've obtained security footage of one of the suspects using a credit card that was stolen from one of the victim's cars. Video from two different Canton gas stations, shows a white male with a beard and a vertical scar on the back of his head purchasing items with the card. He's seen driving away from both gas stations in a white, mid-to-late-90's Ford Escort wagon.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect or the break ins is asked to call the Stark County Sheriff's Office at 330-430-3800.
Akron Police are looking for help identifying two suspects who broke into Holeshot at 364 S. Arlington Street. It happened Friday, June 23rd, about 12:30 a.m. Police say they didn't get away with anything, but damaged a lock on a shed on the property. See the surveillance video below:
Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detective Bassett at 330-375-2490.
Akron Police say it wasn't a one-time incident of child abuse that lead to the arrest of Melijah Isiah Lacy, 21, of Sheridan Avenue in Akron.
Back on June 24th, Lacy's three-month-old child was taken to the doctor for a routine check up. The child was immediately taken to Akron Children's Hospital where staff found a brain bleed and multiple fractured ribs. They determined that the injuries were consistent with the baby being shaken on more than one occassion.
A subsequent investigation lead police to the child's father, Lacy. He was arrested Tuesday morning on felony child endangering charges and was scheduled to be booked in Summit County Jail.
The baby was placed in custody of Summit County Children's Services.