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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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:50

APD Investigating Monday Shootings

Police are looking into two separate shootings that happened in Akron Monday.

The first shooting was reported outside a house in the 1800 block of 2nd Street SW around 9:30 a.m. A 28-year-old told police he was involved in an altercation and was shot in the arm and leg. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center where his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect allegedly fled in light blue or gray Chrysler minivan. Only a vague description of the shooting suspect was released and no description was given for the person driving the getaway van.

The second shooting happened near a home in the 200 block of Grand Avenue. Three men asked of another trio of men walking past their house to walk across the street so their "dog would not attack them," according to police. That's when one man pulled out a gun and fired several shots. No one was hurt, but the bullets struck two homes. Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00

Akron Police Chief Adds New Heroin Unit

Heroin continues to be a problem in the state and across the country. Akron's police chief has decided to tackle the growing problem by forming a unit targeting heroin dealers for possible murders charges in cases of fatal overdoses.

Police Chief James Nice says the department has worked to track high level dealers - those involved with large amounts of drugs - but now they're also coming after the low level dealers that are directly handing the drugs to the users.

"People are dying weekly from heroin overdoses. It's outrageous. It's unlike some of the other drug problems we've had," said Nice.

Nice said low level dealers barely get any jail time for carrying a small amount of drugs, but he believes they should hold some responsibility in cases of fatal overdoses.

"These people, to me, are the most egregious people that are convincing people to use heroin, giving it to them and they're dead an hour later," said Nice. "Nothing is being done with those."

Nice said the department is working to build homicide cases against the dealers. He said they currently have one case pending, but details of the case were not released.

Nice is working to convince state lawmakers to consider the importance of having tougher laws against dealers in fatal overdose cases. He said

"Those are things as a chief that I can speak out on and have word on, but the laws need to change significantly."

The new heroin unit will consist of two detectives that will have a primary mission to focus on heroin overdose investigations and to track the dealers involved in the case.

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