Akron Police have identified one of two suspects in a deadly shooting outside the Spring Hill Apartments on Everton Drive back on June 5th. 

Police first responded to the call of a man shot around 5 p.m. June 5th, and found 27-year-old Diamond Smith of Everton Drive lying near the apartment's pool area with several gunshot wounds. He was shortly after pronounced dead on the scene. 

Detectives spoke with Smith's girlfriend after the shooting who said two men broke into her apartment, pushed her around, and then took cash. Smith, the robbery victim's boyfriend, ran after the two men and was shot while he chased them. 

APD Detectives have since identified one of the two men as Cenqunn Woods (pictured), who is listed at 5'9" and 150 pounds. Anyone with more information on Woods whereabouts, the shooting, or the other suspect, is asked to please call APD Detectives Bureau at 330-375-2490. You can find more information here

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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. 

 

 

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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.

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Akron Police are looking for the public's help finding a suspected bank robber. 

According to a press release from the police, the suspect walked into the PNC Bank at 1 Cascade Plaza around 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and handed the teller a note. The note reportedly demanded $8,000 in cash and claimed that the man had a gun. 

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The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, between 40 and 45 years old, around 6 feet tall, approximately 190 pounds with a mustache. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

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Watch your speed along Akron City streets in the coming months, as APD is starting to crack down on speeders. 

The request is coming from Akron City Council, who will be working with the Police Department's Traffic Commander to decide which areas to target. 

Akron Police Chief Ken Ball tells the Akron Beacon Journal that the department is adding three, four-hour patrols each weekday, to rotate between Akron's 10 wards. Typically, shifts will run late afternoon, which is a high-volume time around the city. 

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Monday, 12 March 2018 12:34

APD Looking for Domestic Assault Suspect

Akron Police are looking for 33-year-old Marcus Brooks, who is wanted on a Domestic Violence charge.

According to the APD report, a 25-year-old woman walked into the station about 3:30 Sunday morning, crying, bleeding from her head, and her right eye swollen and bruised. She reported that Brooks, who is her live-in boyfriend assaulted her during an argument, and then grabbed a pistol and threatened to shoot her. After she begged him not to shoot her, the victim told police Brooks hit her with the butt of the

The victim was able to get out of the house and then went right to the police. Brooks, meanwhile, left the house in the victim's car; a dark blue 2005 Nissan Maxima. He's listed as a 6 foot, 260 pound black male. 

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

 

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Akron Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed a Sunday evening shooting to come forward. 

Officers responded to a call of "shots fired" in the 2100 block of 4th Street Southwest Sunday evening, just before 8 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found the victim, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he was last listed in critical condition. 

Police have not offered any suspect description, but again are asking any possible witnesses to come forward. 

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:50

APD: Young Girl Abducted, Dropped Off Unharmed

Akron Police are looking for a suspect who abducted an 11-year-old girl in the city's East Neighborhood Tuesday afternoon and then let her go unharmed.

The victim's mother says the girl was walking home from David Hill Elementary School on East Archwood Avenue about 2:35 p.m. According to reports, the suspect grabbed the girl from behind, covering her mouth, and threw her in the passenger side of his van.

The victim says the man who took her was yelling at her for screaming so loudly and then he dropped her off not long after - along South Arlington near East Wilbeth Road.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30's, wearing a navy blue shirt and black shorts. He's said to have been driving a black cargo van with no windows on the sides and possibly tinted windows on the front and back. Anyone with info is asked to call Akron Police.

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:19

APD: Two Women, One Child Shot in Akron

Akron Police are looking for anyone that may have witnessed a shooting along Hamlin Street Tuesday afternoon to come forward. 

According to the press release, two young women, 22-years-old and 19-years-old, were sitting in a car along with a 7-year-old girl, in the 800 block of Hamlin Street in Akron on Tuesday afternoon. At about 4:45 p.m., gunshots were fired from a passing vehicle, hitting all three of the victims inside the car. Two of the three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the third is reportedly in serious condition. Akron Police did not specify which of the victims was in serious. 

There is no description of the suspect or suspects at this time, so APD Detectives are looking for witnesses to come forward. 

Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 330-375-2490. 

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An Akron toddler who managed to get outside of the apartment she lived in at Willow Run Apartments on Doty Drive in Ellet Friday afternoon, and was later found by her mother, died at the hospital. 

Officials identified the young girl as 2-year-old Wynter Parker. Her mother, who found her out on the porch, called 911 around 3:30 Friday afternoon. She was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where she later died. She told Akron Police that she wasn't sure how the young girl got outside. 

The Summit County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Monday to determine the cause of death. 

No charges have been filed. 

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:47

APD Looking for Daughter who Broke Mom's Arm

Akron Police looking for Courtney Marie Magrell, 21, of East North Street for allegedly beating up her mother, and breaking her arm.

Police were called to the home on Kingsley Avenue about 4 p.m. Tuesday, where the victim says she was dragged out of a UHaul truck by her daughter, and then repeatedly punched and kicked. The victim told police she put her arm up to block a kick to the face and that's when her arm broke.

Magrell is reported to have broken the victim's cellphone and then stole her ID before leaving the home.

The victim was taken to Akron General and treated for the broken arm.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Akron Police.

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:35

Bank Robbery Suspect Turns Himself In

It wasn't long after Akron Police circulated his photo that Deandre L. Garrett, 26, turned himself in, they say. 

According to a police report, Garrett is alleged to have walked into the PNC Bank at 889 West Market Street last Friday just before 3 p.m., handed the teller a note demanding money, and walked out with cash. According to the report, Garrett made threats of a gun, but no gun was seen during the robbery. 

During the alleged robbery a very clear photo of Garrett was snapped. He turned himself in Monday. He's facing multiple charges. 

 

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Friday, 19 January 2018 10:31

APD Investigating Thursday Night Shooting

When Akron Police arrived at the home in the 1100 block of Bethany Avenue Thursday night on a call of a man shot, they found the victim sitting on the porch of the home with mutliple gunshot wounds, holding a gun. 

The call first came in around 10 p.m. The victim was sitting on the porch and had suffered gunshot wounds to the face, chest, and arms. Upon approaching the home, officers noticed that the man was holding a handgun. They secured the gun and then the victim was transported to Akron City Hospital. According to the APD report Friday morning, the victim, whose name hasn't been released, was in serious condition. 

According to that report, detectives were not given any suspect description or any more information. Now, they're asking for anyone who may know something to call them. 

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We have an update on the shooting in Akron's West Hill neighborhood this morning.

According to the report, just before 5 this morning Akron Police responded to the 300 block of Gold Street near Nickel, on a call about a shooting.

There were two male victims that were shot; one in the head, the other in the arm. The first victim is at Akron General in Critical Condition, while the second was taken to Akron City Hospital and is in serious condition. A short time later, Akron Police arrested Hedy Moss, 49, who fled the scene after the shooting, and charged her with two counts felonious assault.

She's in Summit County Jail.

The victims' names have not been released, pending the notification of their families. 

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Akron Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Waterloo Road Friday night around 11:30 about a man with a gun, inside the home, acting irradically, possibly on drugs, and threatening to shoot someone. 

The female caller, who hasn't been identified, said that Michael Higgins (pictured) was acting crazy and tearing up the home. She could be heard in a recording sent the the WAKR Newsroom by Akron Police yelling at Higgins, telling him to get out of the house. 

When police arrived, Higgins opened fire, to which Akron Police officers returned shots. After the shootout, Higgins reportedly barricaded himself inside the home. Akron SWAT was called, but it is unclear if they were needed, as Higgins gave himself up peacefully shortly after he locked himself inside. 

Higgins was arrested and taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with a minor injury; he reportedly was grazed with a bullet from an Akron Police officer's gun. He's charged with felonious assault on a police officer and more charges are expected. Higgins was booked in Summit County Jail. 

The officers involved in the shootout have been placed on adinistrative leave, per APD protocol. The incident remains under investigaiton. 

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Friday, 12 January 2018 11:52

Former Akron Police Chief Nice Charged

Former Akron Police Chief James Nice has formally been charged after a months-long investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office into his inappropriate behavior while on the job for the City of Akron. 

The charge is Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Police Database, a first-degree misdemeanor. The WAKR Newsroom has attempted to contact Nice's attorney, Henry Hilow. 

Nice, a former FBI Supervisor, was Akron's Police Chief from 2011 up until he abruptly resigned, at the request of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, in August of last year. 

There were also allegations of conduct unbecoming of an officer, and accounts of Nice's inappropriate language and conduct in the office, and allegations that Nice attempted to interfere with an investigation into his nephew, Joseph Nice, involving the car dealership he owns in Akron. There is no confirmation on whether or not that investigation is what the charge is stemming from. 

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:03

APD: Suspect Shot Victim After Robbery

UPDATE: The following is an update from the Akron Police Department: 

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the suspect involved in last night’s homicide outside of Luei’s Carryout, located at 1012 Hammel Street, has been arrested.

Task force officers and officers from the Akron Police Department arrested Jarvell Henderson, 27, with an unknown address in Akron. Henderson was taken into custody on Akron’s west side without incident. Henderson will be charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Shortly after 4:00pm yesterday evening, Henderson entered Luei’s Carryout armed with a handgun. Henderson robbed the clerk and fled the store. While Henderson was fleeing the store, a customer who witnessed the robbery sprayed Henderson with a chemical mace. Henderson fired a shot, striking the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Henderson fled through a neighboring apartment complex.

Henderson was identified after he dropped an out of state identification card at the scene of the robbery/homicide.

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Akron Police Detectives are investigating a deadly shooting that happened after an alleged robbery outside a carryout store in Akron. 

According to the report, the suspect robbed Leui's Market about 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. As he was leaving with the cash, the suspect was confronted by a man who witnessed what had happened. That man sprayed the suspect with what is thought to be pepper spray, trying to stop him. The suspect then shot the victim and ran. The victim was taken to Akron City Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His name hasn't been released, pending an autopsy and positive identification from the Summit County Medical Examiner. 

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, between 25 and 30-years-old, about 5'3", 13-140 pounds, with a short beard. He was wearing a plaid shirt, black Carhartt jacket, blue jeans, and white sneakers. 

Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Akron Police Detective's Bureau. 

 

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 12:21

Ken Ball Named Akron's 16th Police Chief

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has officially named Ken Ball the 16th Police Chief for the City of Akron's police department Wednesday. 

Ball, who has been with Akron Police for 26 years, has been serving as interim chief since the abrupt resignation of former Police Chief James Nice back in August. Nice was asked to resign by Mayor Horrigan after allegations of professional misconduct and was said to be criminally involved with his nephew's car dealership in the city. Nice's attorney has denied any criminal wrongdoing. 

During the press conference, Mayor Horrigan said that when deciding to promote within, he knew that he needed someone who understood that while the Akron Police Department is an outstanding law enforcement agency, wouldn't accept the status quo and would always be looking to move the department in a forward direction. 

Of the appointment, Chief Ball said that he will approach the office with "quiet disconent," meaning he will not be the chief that is banging on doors, demanding change. Instead, Chief Ball says he will be someone who, "internally, not satisfied with where they're at," and always seeking improvement and to get better. 

The initial term for Chief Ken Ball's office is four years. 

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:22

Missing 14 Year Old Barberton Girl Found

Update: 12-22-17

The 14 year old Barberton girl who has been missing since December 4th, and has been on the run with her 33 year old convicted felon cousin, has been found.

US Marshals caught up with Analys Clay, and Louis Jakab, when they were spotted at a Cleveland area Denny's restaurant last night. They fled, but were caught after a chase during which Jakab crashed his car, and the couple then tried to escape on foot.

The girl, who is believed to be pregnant by her cousin, who was taken to the hospital as a precaution. But, US Marshal  Pete Elliot, says--she appears to be OK. Jakab, meanwhile, is in custody on previously filed charges, and faces more now.

Update: 12-19-17

US Marshals are still searching nationwide for 14 year old Analys Clay of Barberton, and her 33 year old convicted felon cousin, Louis Jakab. In addition, US Marshal Bill Boldin tells us, they now have a new description of the car they believe Jakob is driving.

While it was first reported as a 2017 Black Audi A-3, with stolen Ohio license plates, Boldin says that now they're looking for a midnight blue, but appears black in color, 2013 Audi A-7, license plate # HED-3844.

Boldin says they believe the Vehicle was stolen by Jakab, during a test-drive from a dealership in Brunswick.

Please see below for more information, and updates that show how this story has unfolded over the past two weeks:

Update: 12-18-17

The nationwide search continues for a missing 14 year old girl from Barberton, who is with her 33 year old cousin, who's wanted for crimes in 8 different jurisdictions.
 
Senior Inspector Bill Boldin from the US Marshall's says a tipster called them last week to tell them that Analys Clay and her cousin Louis Jakab, had been seen at a hotel in Fairfax County, Virginia, on December 12th.
 
But he says since then; there have been no further clues as to their whereabouts. See below for pictures and more details. 

Update:12:14-17

Akron police have issued an arrest warrant for the mother of the 14 year old Barberton girl who went missing last week, and is with her 33 year old cousin, who is a fugitive now being sought by Federal Marshals. 


Police say 36 year old Helena Clay initially lied about where and how her daughter took off with her cousin, who has charges pending against him in eight different jurisdictions, and has a number of past felony convictions, including manslaughter. 
 
Authorities are concerned about the girl's safety, say she may be missing important medication, and that she is pregnant--by her cousin, Louis Jakab. See below for more info.
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US MARSHALS SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING JUVENILE GIRL BELIEVED TO BE WITH WANTED FUGITIVE Cleveland, Ohio –The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of fugitive Louis Jakab and the recovery of missing juvenile Annalys Clay. Jakab, 33 is wanted by the United States Marshals Service on felony warrants in 8 different jurisdictions charging him with interference with custody, robbery, theft, fraud, passing bad checks, and receiving stolen property. Jakab is also wanted for violating his parole, and he has a prior conviction for manslaughter. Clay, 14 is a reported missing juvenile from Barberton. On Dec. 4, Helena Clay reported her daughter Annalys missing to the Akron Police Department and believes she is with Louis Jakab. Helena Clay reported that her daughter is pregnant, and that Jakab, who is her cousin, is believed to be the father. It is believed that Clay is currently with fleeing fugitive Jakab. They were last seen in a 2017 Black Audi A3, with Ohio license plate HED-3844. The plates had previously been reported as stolen in Cleveland. Investigators believe that they are still together and have left the State of Ohio. Jakab is a white male standing approximately 6 feet 4 inches, weighing approximately 190 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes. Clay is a white female standing tall 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 125 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1- 866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/ohn/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

Update: 12-11-17

US Marshall's are on the trail of a 33 year old wanted fugitive believed to be on the run with a 14 year old girl from Barberton, and they're offering a reward for information leading to his capture.

Louis Jakab is wanted on felony warrants in 8 different jurisdictions, including parole violation, robbery, fraud, passing bad checks, and receiving stolen property. He also has a past conviction for maslaughter.

Jakab is a white male standing approximately 6 feet 4 inches, weighing approximately 190 pounds, with a shaved head andblue eyes. Clay is a white female standing tall 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 125 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tipto TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/ohn/index.html.

See below for more detailed information.

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  US MARSHALS SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING JUVENILE GIRL BELIEVED TO BE WITH WANTED FUGITIVE

Cleveland, Ohio –The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of fugitive Louis Jakab and the recovery of missing juvenile Annalys Clay.

Jakab, 33 is wanted by the United States Marshals Service on felony warrants in 8 different jurisdictions charging him with interference with custody, robbery, theft, fraud, passing bad checks, and receiving stolen property.
Jakab is also wanted for violating his parole, and he has a prior conviction for manslaughter.

Clay,14 is a reported missing juvenile from Barberton.
On Dec. 4, Helena Clay reported her daughter Annalys missing to the Akron Police Department and believes she is with Louis Jakab.

Helena Clay reported that her daughter is pregnant, and that Jakab, who is her cousin, is believed to be the father.

It is believed that Clay is currently with fleeing fugitive Jakab. They were last seen in a 2017 Black Audi A3, with Ohio license plate HED-3844. The plates had previously been reported as stolen in Cleveland.

Investigators believe that they are still together and have left the State of Ohio.

Jakab is a white male standing approximately 6 feet 4 inches, weighing approximately 190 pounds, with a shaved head andblue eyes. Clay is a white female standing tall 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 125 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tipto TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/ohn/index.html.

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According to reports, Annalys was driving with her mother on the highway Sunday, and the two were arguing. During the argument, Annalys reportedly exited the car and got into 33-year-old Louis Jakab's car. Jakab, 33, of North Royalton, was reportedly driving behind Annalys and her mother in a silver Cadillac STS with Ohio license plates HAA8369

Reports indicated Annalys was last seen in Barberton with Jakab. 

A warrant has been issued for Jakab on Interference with Custody charges. 

This is not an Amber Alert, but police again believe that Annalys is in danger. Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490. 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:43

APD Looking for Robbery Suspect

Akron Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Copley News on Copley Road at gunpoint on Tuesday, October 10th, just after 2 p.m. 

The suspect (pictured) is a black male, between 18 and 29-years-old, about 5'10", with black hair and brown eyes. 

APD is asking anyone who may recognize the man, to please call the Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals at 866-4-WANTED, or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. 

Tips can also be texted in to 274-637 (CRIMES), using the word "TIPSCO." 

Police believe the suspect is armed and dangerous, so if you see him, you're asked to call 911. 

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:17

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Akron Stabbing

Akron Police have arrested Crystal Bruce, 33, of Garfield Street, in the death of a man found with a stab wound to his chest on an Akron porch early Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday, around 12:45 a.m., APD was called to the home in the 700 block of Garfield Street. Upon arrival they found 44-year-old Shawn Belville with a stab wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. Detectives ruled his death a homicide. 

Later in the day on Tuesday, APD arrested Bruce and she was charged her with murder, tampering with evidence, and illegal cultivation of drugs. She's been booked in Summit County Jail. 

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:18

Prade Remains in Jail on OH Supreme Ct. Ruling

In a 5-1 ruling Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of Summit County Prosecutor's decision to uphold a 2014 ruling that put convicted murder, and former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade back in prison. 

Back in 2013, new DNA testing of a lab coat Prade's former wife, Dr. Margo Prade, was wearing at the time of her murder in 1997 was ordered. In a subsequent hearing in Common Pleas Court, Prade was found not guilty of the murder he was convicted of in 1998. At that point, Prade had already served 15 years of his life sentence. 

Immediately following the 2013 ruling, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh filed an appeal and in 2014 Prade was ordered back to jail after his original conviction was upheld. 

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court said that Walsh was justified in her appeal, and upheld the original conviction once again, leaving Prade in jail to serve his original life sentence. 

Click here for more from the Ohio Supreme Court. 

 

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Akron Police Detectives, along with the University of Akron officials, are asking for the public's help finding a shooting suspect. 

The shooting in question happened early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Parking Lot on campus. According to the Police report, the victim was sitting in a car that was parked in the Wheeler Lot (parking lot 5), at the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. Around 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy Cobolt pulled in the lot, the driver got out, and fired on shot into the other car, hitting the victim. 

The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital where they were treated for minot injuries and released. The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male, about 5' 5", and roughly 150 pounds. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or can send a tip annonymously to University Police by texting it to CRIMES (274-637) using keyword ZIPTIP. 

See the press release from the University of Akron below: 

 

City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting reported at about 2:30 this morning at the corner of Brown and Wheeler Streets in parking lot 5.

A late model, white Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants entered the parking lot. The driver exited the car, approached the other vehicle and fired a single shot. The Cobalt then left heading West on Wheeler toward Grant Street.

 

The shooter is described as a black male, 5'5", weighing 150 pounds.

 

The driver of the other vehicle, a non-UA student, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

 

If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.

 

You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and 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 University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.

 

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 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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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:42

APD Looking for T-Mobile Store Thief

Akron Police are looking for help finding a suspected T-Mobile store robber. 

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Police provided surveillance photos from the July 12th robbery of the T-Mobile store on North Hawkins Avenue. According to the report, the suspect pointed a gun at employees and demanded the cash from the register. That suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash and stolen equipment. 

Anyone with information, or who may recognize anything from the photos, is asked to call Akron Police Detective Doney at 330.375.2490. Police are considering the suspect armed and dangerous and caution to not approach him. 

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Update: The Summit County Coroner has identified the victim as 20-year-old Najae Monique Jeffries. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Police still have not named any suspects or provided any description. 

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Akron Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Channelwood Village. 

According to reports, the victim was shot and killed near the corner of West Thornton Street and Dunbar Avenue early Tuesday morning, around 2:45 a.m. 

Police have not released the name of the victim and aren't saying much about a suspect yet. 

Their investigation started near the intersection, but later moved to the Channelwood Village apartments. 

 

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William Knight, 64, of Streetsboro was ruled mentally competent to stand trial in the case of the shooting death of Akron man over the online sale of a dirt bike. 

According to court documents, Knight responded to an online ad for a dirt bike for sale that he says was stolen from his son-in-law a few months before. In March, Knight agreed to meet Johnson at a home on Danmead Avenue in Akron to buy the dirt bike, reportedly for $4,000. When the two met, Knight confronted Johnson and the two argued. A physical altercation ensued, and Knight pulled a gun, which he has a permit for, and opened fire, allegedly as Johnson tried to drive off on the dirt bike. 

Knight called 911, saying that he had no choice but to shoot Johnson, claiming self defense. He was arrested shortly after the shooting, and charged with murder and felonious assault. He's currently being held on $50,000 bond.

Initially, Knight's attorney entered a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity plea, but withdrew that plea after Wednesday's evaluation. Knight is due back in court for another status hearing in November and will meet with another psychologist in October. 

Johnson's family claims the shooting was racially motivated. Knight's family protested after he was charged in the shooting.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 13:45

Nice Out As Akron Police Chief

Akron Police Chief James Nice has stepped down after Mayor Dan Horrigan requested his resignation.

A statement released by the City of Akron Sunday evening did not specify a reason for asking Nice, who had served as Chief since 2011, to leave his post. More answers are expected at a press conference scheduled for Monday at 12:30 p.m. James Hardy, Horrigan's Chief of Staff, declined further comment pending the press conference.

Nice served in the FBI from 1985-2011 before joining the Akron Police. He is a graduate of Kenmore High School and the University of Akron.

Horrigan appointed Maj. Ken Ball to serve as Provisional Chief of Police.

 

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:29

APD Investigating after Mausoleum Vandalized

Akron Police are looking for a suspect, and a motive, after a woman found an Akron mausoleum broken into and vandalized.

Rita Day-Lavelle tells News 5 that she was walking past East Akron Cemetery Tuesday and noticed the door to a mausoleum was open. Upon further inspection she saw the lock had been broken. When she looked inside, she saw that a casket had been toppled over, and a man's body was sprawled onto the floor. She tells News 5 that limbs had been broken and the man's head was detatched. 

The man, later identified as a World War I veteran, had been buried in the mausoleum 37 years ago. Another crypt was damaged as well. 

Akron Police Lt. tells the news outlet that grave robbery could be a possible motive, but they haven't established any suspects yet. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Akron Police and Fire Investigators say the man accused of setting the fire that killed a family of 7 in their home on Fultz Street in Akron back in May is suspected in two other fires, one that claimed more victims. 

Stanley Ford, 58, of Hillcrest Street, was originally charged in the May 15, 2017, fire that killed 7 members of the Boggs/Huggins family, including 5 children. In that case, Ford is charged with 1 count of aggravated arson and 7 counts of aggravated murder. On Thursday, the Deputy Chief Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Margaret Scott announced the additional aggravated arson, aggravated murder, and more charges Thursday. The additional charges are connected to another house fire on Fultz Street, just a few doors down from the May fire, that left an Akron couple dead, and a car fire. There were no injuries as a result of the car fire. In total, Ford is facing 22 counts of aggravated murder, 2 counts of aggravated arson, 1 additional count of arson, and several more charges. "Never before in Summit County history has a suspect been charged with the murders of 9 people," Scott said. 

"This is the worst crime... in the history of this city," Akron Police Chief James Nice said during the press conference, adding that he was at the scene of both house fires and witnessed the tragic nature of the crimes, calling them "horrific." 

Ford remains in Summit County Jail, awaiting his next court appearance, Wednesday, August 2nd. 

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Facial reconstruction technology is not new to forensics, but it is new to Northeast Ohio, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. 

In a press conference at Akron Police headquarters downtown, DeWine along with Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker, Akron Police Captain Jesse Leeser who heads the Detective Bureau, Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler, M.D., and other law enforcement officials, DeWine unveiled the facial reconstruction of a human skull that was found at the scene of an Akron fire. 

The fire in question happened at a vacant home at 1345 Marcy Street back in 2012. Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said that the department conducted their standard three-tiered sweep of the home and found no human remains. It was not until January 8, 2016, that the remains of John Doe were found. Captain Leeser said remains were found inside and outside the home. Just recently, forensic scientists with Ohio BCI and Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania were able to use facial reconstruction technology to put together the model (pictured.) It is their estimate that the John Doe is a white male, between 30 and 55-years-old. He's estimated at 5'9", but his weight, hair color and eye color remain unknown. 

 

DeWine's office's hope is that someone might recognize the man and contact law enforcement. 

As for the facial reconstruction technology, DeWine says it's been used in cases in Ohio before, but not in Northeast Ohio to this point. 

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:31

Weekend Standoff Suspect Identified

The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified the man at the center of a four-hours-long standoff outside a home on Thurmont Road Sunday in Akron. 

The report says Edward Earl Taylor, 54, died of a gunshot wound to the chest. They've further determined that the gunshot came from police and was not self-inflicted, as was suspected earlier. 

Police were initially called to the home on Thurmont on a report of a woman inside the home being sexually assaulted. When they first arrived, they were met with gunfire, believed to be from Taylor. Police returned fire and then SWAT was called as the suspect didn't come out of the home. After four hours, SWAT entered the home and found Taylor dead inside. 

No further details are available. 

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Monday, 10 July 2017 09:33

Suspect Dead After Standoff with APD

A man suspected of attempting to rape a woman is dead after a standoff with Akron Police SWAT early Sunday morning. 

According to the report, at 4 a.m. Sunday, APD was called to 2070 Thurmont Rd. where a woman was being held at gunpoint and that the man who was holding her was trying to rape her. The victim managed to text a cousin who called 911. 

When police arrived, the suspect ran out of the house and fired shots at officers who then returned fire. The suspect then retreated back into the home. SWAT was called to the scene and tried to communicate with the suspect who was not repsonding. After about 4 hours of trying to contact the suspect, SWAT entered the home and found the suspect dead inside. 

The Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine whether or not the suspect died of gunshots from the police or a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His name has not yet been released. 

Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department protocol, while the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

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Friday, 30 June 2017 05:07

APD Looking for Linda Theater Thieves

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. 

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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. 

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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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